Nazareth

Love Hurts

Composed by Boudleaux Bryant

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After becoming favorites in the U.S. through touring and occasional airplay on hard rock radio, Nazareth finally broke through to pop-chart success with a unique power ballad version of "Love Hurts." This song was originally performed by the Everly Brothers and is a classic example of their early 1960's material: the lyrics convey an old-fashioned sense of heartache with lines like "I know it isn’t true/Love is just a lie made to make you blue" with a melody that rises and falls in time with the lyrics’ mixture of yearning and melancholy. It never became a big hit for the Everly Brothers but its high level of quality made "Love Hurts" a standard for everyone from Roy Orbison to Jim Capaldi. However, it never became a true hit until Nazareth recorded it in 1975 with the intention of making it a single b-side. Their unique arrangement respected the song’s ballad style but pushed its emotional content even further with a heavy arrangement built on thick, ominous power chords pushed along by the occasional hard-hitting drum beat. It also worked in an aching slide-guitar solo from Manny Charlton and was topped off by a muted wail of a vocal from Dan McCafferty that captures the song’s emotional desolation with economical skill. The result was powerful yet fragile and this compelling balancing act made "Love Hurts" a natural a-side. A&M Records rescued the track from b-side obscurity, using it to replace the group’s cover of Randy Newman’s "Guilty" on Hair Of the Dog and issuing it as its own single. Their faith in the record was rewarded when "Love Hurts" became a top-ten smash in 1976. It has since become a radio staple and remains Nazareth’s best-known song on American shores.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1972
Various Artists
A&M 3:03
Hair of the Dog 1975 A&M 3:53
Hot Tracks 1976 Interscope / MCA 3:51
No Image 1978
Various Artists
Media Records
Snaz 1981 Salvo 3:59
No Image 1984 Blueline / IMV
Classics, Vol. 16 1987 A&M / Universal 3:52
Die Neue Kuschelrock 1989
Various Artists
CBS Records 3:51
The Very Best of Nazareth [Arcade] 1991 Arcade Music 3:53
Radio City Love Songs 1992
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:52
Heart of Rock [Polygram] 1993
Various Artists
Polygram 3:53
No Image 1994 Castle Music Ltd. 3:52
Rock Me Slowly 1994
Various Artists
MCI 3:53
From the Vaults 1994 Sequel
Class Reunion: The Greatest Hits of 1976 1995
Various Artists
Rebound Records
Love Hurts 1995 A&M
No Image 1995 Castle Music Ltd.
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande
WARW: All Rock Classics, Vol. 2 1995
Various Artists
Varese 3:52
Move Me 1995 Castle Music Ltd. 4:06
Greatest Hits of the 70's [Arcade] 1995
Various Artists
Arcade Music 3:51
Greatest Hits 1996 Rock Classics / Salvo
The  Best of Nazareth 1996
Greatest Hits [Castle] 1996 Castle Music Ltd.
On the Border of Pop 1996
Various Artists
ZYX Music 3:53
Classic Rock: 70's 1998
Various Artists
Rebound Records 3:54
Kuschelrock, Vol. 2 1998
Various Artists
CBS Disques S.A.
Greatest Rock: All-Time Classics 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:02
Guitar Heroes [Rivie're] 1998
Various Artists
Riviere International Records 3:51
Live at the Beeb 1998 Snapper 4:21
Rock Ballads 1998 Import 3:53
Three Classic Albums: Razamanaz/Loud 'N' Proud/Hair of the Dog 1998 Essential Records 3:51
No Image 1998
Various Artists
VH1
Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 1999 Essential Records 4:08
Kuschelrock Special Edition 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:51
Guitar Rock [Time-Life Box Set] 1999
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:03
Guitar Rock: Guitar Power 1999
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:03
Rockin' 70's, Vol. 1 [Madacy] 1999
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:54
Heart of Metal 2000
Various Artists
Hip-O / Polygram 3:52
Heartbreak of Rock 2000
Various Artists
Virgin 3:51
Amplified 2000
Various Artists
UTV 3:52
Burning Hearts, Vol. 1 2000
Various Artists
Polygram 3:53
Classic Rock 70's 2000
Various Artists
Trans World 3:51
Best of Romantic Rock, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
BMG Special Marketing 3:52
Back to the Trenches 2001 Castle Music Ltd. 4:06
Guitar Rock: Power Ballads 2001
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:01
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Special Product / MCA
Nazology: Best of Nazareth 2002 Recall (UK) 3:52
Homecoming: The Greatest Hits Live in Glasgow 2002 Salvo
Love Hurts: The Rock Ballads 2002 Music Club Records 3:51
Definitive 70's, Vol. 2 2002
Various Artists
B.R. 3:52
Story of Rock: Radio 538 2002
Various Artists
B.R. 2:50
Homecoming: The Greatest Hits Live in Glasgow 2002 Eagle Vision 4:37
Extended Versions 2002 BMG Special Products 4:09
The Collection 2002 Delta Music Ltd. / Delta Distribution
Razamanaz [DVD] 2002 UME Imports
No Image 2002
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:49
Casey Kasem Presents: America's Top Ten - The 70's Classic Rock's Greatest Hits 2003
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 3:03
Then and Now 2003 Sanctuary / Sanctuary Records 4:09
Die 70er Show, Vol. 2 2003
Various Artists
BMG 3:50
Earth Shaking Rock 2003
Various Artists
Direct Source 4:21
The River Sessions 2004 River Records / River 4:14
Best Power Ballads In The World...Ever! 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:52
Classic Rock Ballads [Universal] 2004
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Ultimate Rock Ballads Collection [Warner Music] 2004
Various Artists
WEA International 3:51
Maximum XS: Essential Nazareth 2004 Phantom Import Distribution / Metro Doubles 4:07
Sad Songs 2004
Various Artists
Virgin
Live in Texas 1981 2004 River
Mustang 40th Anniversary 2004
Various Artists
Madacy 3:02
Legends: My Generation 2004
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:56
Acoustic Rock [Crimson] 2005
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:51
Bad Bad Boys: The Best of Nazareth 2005 Music Club International Records 3:50
Power Ballads Gold 2005
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:54
Best of Classic Rock...Live 2005
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 4:02
Singles A's & B's 2005 Repertoire 3:52
The Complete Singles Collection 2005 Recall (UK) / RECALL BOX 3:52
36 Massive Rock Tracks 2005 Solid Gold Records 3:52
Flashback to the 70's [Universal] 2006
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Naza Live 2006 Dark Peak 4:21
Rock Box [Member] 2006
Various Artists
MSI Music Distribution / Member
Road to Nowhere 2006 Document 4:05
Classic Rock Hits 2006
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande / Fuel 2000 / Varese 4:02
The Very Best of Nazareth [Metro] 2006 Metro 3:53
Live from Classic T Stage 2006 Warner Bros. / WVI
The Greatest Classic Rock Hits of All Time 2006
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 3:53
Ultimate 16: Ultimate Power Ballads 2007
Various Artists
Madacy 3:02
The Seventies: Hard Rockin 70's, Vol. 1 2007
Various Artists
American Beat Records 3:52
The Primo Collection 2007 Primo Records 3:55
Mullets Rock! Too! 2007
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:50
Legends Informercial Set 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:56
Halloween [2007 Original Soundtrack] 2007
Original Soundtrack
Hip-O / Universal 3:52
Hair of the Dog Live 2007 ZYX
This Is Rock Ballads: Essential '80s 2007
Various Artists
Cleopatra 4:16
Hair of the Dog Live 2007 Golden Core Records
Child in Time 2007
Various Artists
BR Music
The Ultimate Rock Ballads Collection: Love Hurts 2007
Various Artists
Rhino 3:02
The Power of Love: 60 Powerful Love Ballads 2008
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:52
Broken-Hearted Love Songs 2008
Various Artists
Chron Reissues / Universal Strategic Marketing 3:53
Classic Rock Heroes [Golden Core] 2008
Various Artists
Golden Core Records / ZYX/GCR 4:18
Playlist Plus: Classic Rock 2008
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:52
Animals [2005] 2008 Documents Classics 3:51
'80s Monster Ballads 2008
Various Artists
Cleopatra / Dead Line Music 3:51
101 Power Ballads 2008
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:50
Broken Down Angels 2008 World of Blueline / IMV Blueline 3:55
Guitar Monster 2009
Various Artists
Madacy 3:53
Hair of the Dog Live in London 2009 Cherry Red / Golden Core Records
The Anthology 2009 A&M 3:51
Ultimate Collection: Dad 2009
Various Artists
Ultimate 3:43
Greatest Ever! Love: The Definitive Collection 2010
Various Artists
Union Square 3:53
The Early Days: Love Hurts 2011 IDS / Intergroove / Starline 3:55
Greatest Ever! Sad Songs 2012
Various Artists
Union Square Music 3:53
The Singles 2012 Salvo 3:53
Greatest Ever!: Soft Rock: The Definitive Collection 2012
Various Artists
Greatest Ever 3:52
A&M 50: The Anniversary Collection 2012
Various Artists
A&M 3:52
Hard Rock Hits 2013
Various Artists
Paradiso 3:54
Latest & Greatest: Soft Rock Ballads 2013
Various Artists
USM Media 3:51
The Greatest Ever! Love Songs 2014
Various Artists
Greatest Ever 3:51
Rock Anthems: The Ultimate Collection 2014
Various Artists
Union Square Music
Greatest Ever! Rock Ballads [2014] 2014
Various Artists
Greatest Ever
NOW: 25 Top Hits of the 1970's 2014
Various Artists
Universal 3:53
Latest & Greatest: Indie Love 2015
Various Artists
USM Media
100% Rock Guitar Anthems [Mood Media]
Various Artists
Mood Media Entertainment 3:52
Classic Rock [Mood]
Various Artists
Mood Media Entertainment 3:53
De Pre Historie: 1976, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Eva 3:52
Greatest Ever Summer Love
Various Artists
Greatest Ever
Greatest Hits [Salvo] Salvo 3:51
Greatest Hits [Vertigo] Mountain Records
Hits der 70er: Pop Giganten
Various Artists
BMG 3:54
Latest & Greatest Rock Ballads
Various Artists
USM Media
Life Is a Highway
Various Artists
Allegro Corporation / Universal Music 3:53
Live From London: Live From the Camden Palace The Store for Music
No Image
Various Artists
Phantom Records (England) / Membran
Music Was My First Love
Various Artists
Jeton Compact Discs
No Means of Escape Eagle Rock 3:50
Rock Ballads [Warner]
Various Artists
WSM / Warner Bros.
Rock Ballads: Ultimate Collection
Various Artists
Ultimate
Songs for Lovers [Metro]
Various Artists
Metro
Summer Memories, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Neon Records
Super Hits of the '70s: Have a Nice Day, Vol. 17
Various Artists
Rhino 3:04
Super Oldie Hits, Vol. 2: Die Grössten Hits der 50er, 60er und 70er
Various Artists
Sony Music Entertainment 3:52
The  Power of Love [Sony]
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
No Image Union Square 3:51
The Ultimate Collection: 70s Schooldays
Various Artists
Ultimate Collection 3:51
World's Biggest Seventies Anthems
Various Artists
Union Square Music / Worlds Biggest
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