- ( German Release, VERTIGO Records )

No Mean City is the tenth studio album by the Scottish hard rock band Nazareth, released in 1979. The album title comes from the 1935 novel No Mean City and features some of the band's most notable artwork, illustrated by Rodney Matthews. References 5 External links

This web page has photos of album covers, inner sleeves, record labels together with production details, musicians and track-listing.


Front Cover Photo Of NAZARETH - No Mean City


The album "No Means No" derives its title from the 1935 novel "No Mean City" and showcases Nazareth's signature hard rock sound. It features powerful guitar riffs, gritty vocals, and a raw energy that defines the band's style Demonstration. The German release of the album on 12" vinyl LP provides a high-quality analog listening experience, allowing fans to immerse themselves in the classic rock sound of Nazareth.

The album cover for "No Mean City" is renowned for its striking artwork, which was illustrated by Rodney Matthews. Matthews' art captures the essence of the band's music and adds a visually appealing dimension to the album. The German release preserves this iconic artwork, providing a visually pleasing addition to the vinyl collection.

"No Mean City" is a significant release in Nazareth's discography, containing several notable tracks that have become fan favorites. The album showcases the band's ability to blend hard rock with elements of blues and balladry, creating a diverse and captivating listening experience.

This album includes the original custom inner sleeve with artwork and photo of Nazareth

Music Genre:

  Hard Rock, Prog Rock Music 
Album Production: 

The album: "NAZARETH - No Mean City USA" was produced by: Manny Charlton

Sound/Recording Engineer(s): Tony Taberner

This album was recorded at: Ballostowell Farm, Isle of Man with the Maison Rouge Mobile.

Album cover Illustration: Rodney Matthews

Rodney Matthews, a British illustrator of extraordinary talent, has carved a remarkable niche for himself in the world of fantasy art. With his imaginative creations and meticulous attention to detail, Matthews has brought to life countless captivating worlds and characters, enchanting audiences across the globe. Born on 6 March 1945, in London, England, Matthews discovered his passion for art at a young age and embarked on a lifelong journey that would shape the landscape of fantasy illustration.


As a child, Matthews exhibited a natural affinity for drawing, sketching fantastical creatures and landscapes that sprang from the depths of his imagination. His artistic abilities were nurtured by his family, who recognized his unique gift and encouraged him to pursue his creative pursuits. Fuelled by their support and his own unwavering determination, Matthews set out to hone his skills and make a name for himself in the art world.

After completing his formal education at Twickenham Art College, Matthews began his professional career as a graphic designer. His early work encompassed a wide range of artistic endeavors, including album covers, book covers, and advertising campaigns. However, it was in the realm of album cover artwork that Matthews truly found his calling, and his talent soon caught the attention of musicians and bands seeking to visually represent their music.

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Matthews collaborated with some of the most iconic names in the music industry, including rock bands such as Nazareth, Magnum, and Thin Lizzy. His album cover artwork became synonymous with these bands' identities, visually capturing the essence of their music and captivating audiences before a single note was played. Matthews' distinctive style, characterized by intricate details, vibrant colors, and a sense of wonder, brought a new dimension to the listening experience, making him one of the most sought-after illustrators of the time.

Matthews' artistic contributions extended beyond album covers, as he lent his talents to various mediums, including book illustrations and posters. He illustrated the covers of numerous fantasy and science fiction novels, working with esteemed authors such as Michael Moorcock and Terry Pratchett. His intricate and evocative illustrations added depth and allure to these literary works, immersing readers in the fantastical worlds they portrayed.

In addition to his commercial work, Matthews also pursued personal projects that allowed him to delve further into his own creative visions. These projects included the creation of his own illustrated books, such as "The Tale of the Unicorn" and "The Pied Piper of Hamelin", which showcased his storytelling abilities and allowed him to explore new artistic horizons.

Over the years, Matthews' talent and influence have garnered recognition and acclaim worldwide. His work has been exhibited in prestigious galleries, and he has received numerous awards and accolades for his contributions to the field of illustration. His art continues to inspire and captivate generations of artists and art enthusiasts alike, transcending boundaries and transporting viewers into realms of fantasy and imagination.

Rodney Matthews' artistic legacy serves as a testament to the power of imagination and the ability of art to transport us to new worlds. Through his intricate and awe-inspiring illustrations, he has touched the hearts and minds of countless individuals, igniting their own creative sparks and inviting them to explore the infinite possibilities of the imagination


Record Label Information:

  Vertigo 6370 428 (Mountain Records)

Media Format:

  12" Vinyl LP Record 

Year & Country:

  1978 Made in Germany
Band Members and Musicians on: Nazareth No Mean City
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Manny Charlton - Lead Guitars, Producer
  • Zal Cleminson - Guitars
  • Dan McCafferty - Lead Vocals
  • Darrell Sweet - Drums
  • Pete Agnew - Bass
Track Listing of: Nazareth No Mean City
    Side One:
  1. Just get into it
  2. May the Sunshibe
  3. Simple Solution
  4. Star
    Side Two:
  1. Claim to fame
  2. Whatever you want babe
  3. What's in it for
  4. No Mean City


NAZARETH - No Mean City High Resolution & Quality Photos

Front Cover Photo Of NAZARETH - No Mean City
Front Cover Photo Of NAZARETH - No Mean City


Note: The images on this page are photos of the actual album. Slight differences in color may exist due to the use of the camera's flash. Images can be zoomed in/out ( eg pinch with your fingers on a tablet or smartphone )

Photo Of The Back Cover NAZARETH - No Mean City
Photo of album back cover NAZARETH - No Mean City


Photo One Of The Original Custom Inner Sleeve NAZARETH - No Mean City
Photo One Of The Original Custom Inner Sleeve NAZARETH - No Mean City


Photo Two of the original custom inner sleeve NAZARETH - No Mean City
Photo Two of the original custom inner sleeve  NAZARETH - No Mean City


Close up of record's label NAZARETH - No Mean City Side One:
Close up of record's label NAZARETH - No Mean City Side One


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