Following the remastered re-release of Nine Below Zero’s debut album ‘Live At The Marquee’ in 2012, and ‘A to Zed – The Very Best of’ compilation on Zed Records in 2013, Universal has released remastered copies of Nine Below Zero’s first two studio albums ‘Don’t Point Your Finger’ and ‘Third Degree’. Both releases come complete with a second disc of bonus material.
Nine Below Zero were formed in 1977 and over a couple of years built up a loyal following in and around London as they became known for their high tempo, energetic blues rock live performances. In 1979 they were signed to A&M Records and somewhat fell into the current wave of Mod Revival, with the likes of The Jam.
Capturing their raw, live energy, their debut album ‘Live At The Marquee’ was released in 19980. But it was with their first two studio albums that Nine Below Zero peaked both critically and commercially.
Don’t Point Your Finger (1981) was recorded in 12 days at Olympic Sound Studios in Barnes and produced by the legendary Glyn Johns.
Lead singer & guitarist Dennis Greaves says, “We were walking in the footsteps of some of the all-time greats. Led Zeppelin’s first album was recorded there, along with “Who’s Next” and “Beggars Banquet” by The Stones. It was the most inspiring experience”.
Nine Below Zero went on to support both The Who & The Rolling Stones. The double CD release includes a live performance recorded for the BBC in 1981 at The Granary Club in Bristol.
The Third Degree was released in 1982 and included the single 11+11 which was performed on the first episode of cult TV show, The Young Ones. This was to be the bands final album with A&M and spent six weeks in the album chart. David Bailey, renowned photographer of The Beatles, The Stones and the Kray Twins (to name a few), took the photograph for the album front cover artwork.
Nine Below Zero originally recorded the album with Glyn Johns, at his studio in Sussex. But A&M rejected the recording stating it was too raw. The band went on to re-record it with Simon Boswell.
Glyn Johns’ original recording is available here as a bonus disc, along with the original release of the album.
Dennis Greaves says “I think it will be interesting for fans to see how a series of songs can sound so different and how the production process affects the finished article”.
‘Don’t Point Your Finger’ and ‘The Third Degree’ by Nine Below Zero are released through Universal.