Funk It Up 4. A Distinct Lack of Ancient 5. Fox on the Run 7. Miss Demeanor 8. Someone Else Will 9. Teenage Rampage Own Up, Take a Look at Yourself The Ballroom Blitz Hell Raiser Burning Blockbuster Wig Wam Bam New York Connection Little Willy Man From Mecca Poppa Joe Alexander Graham Bell The Stripper Intro 2.
Hell Raiser 3. Wig Wam Bam 6. Need A Lot Of Loving 7. Done Me Wrong All Right 8. The Man with the Golden Arm Ballroom Blitz Block Buster! Lollipop Man 2. Time 3. The Juicer 4.
Love Me Two Times 6. Paperback Writer 8. I Can Hear the Grass Grow 9. The Who Medley Summertime Blues Business Man Santa Monica Sunshine Chop Chop Awful brickwalled copies, still I played it loud cos it deserves it, but why or why the loudness wars and brickwalling. I ordered mine during the 3-for-2 offer at Saturn. Same information is given on jpc. Thanks, Klaus.
Import CDs just cancelled my order for this, as it has been on backorder since day one. Any one else have trouble getting a copy? I have a Glam Rock VHS tape with the great live version of Hellraiser from that show with the live footage of the same performance.
I would have loved to see that whole show filmed. The BBC disc looks great. I have a live Gold CD from their Swedish radio broadcast which has a bunch of the same songs but sadly the vocals are mixed way too low. I still enjoy listening to it though. To name a few. Having said that, if I find it super cheap down the road maybe I will pick it up. I really would love to own that BBC disc alone!!! I am currently reading Block Buster! I bought it as an e-book for my kindle on Amazon.
I would love to buy the Steve Priest book, but is not available on Amazon. Bought the re-issues which I love. So many great non-album tracks. First band I got into in as a ten year old. Loved the b-sides which is most likely why I became a rocker. B-sides that could have been added to 3 of the albums.
The single edits and non-L. B-sides ARE included. It has now an official european release with two extra tracks but should still be cheaper if you are European. It will also be released as a double album in december. Just saying. I must try and chase it up. Product Description Ingeniously matching heavy-metal style with pop hooks, Sweet became glam-era stars in the UK and the U. Review This two-disc, track collection traces the group's evolution from Latin-esque froth to metallic ferocity, definitively proving that Sweet were the glitter gang Def Leppard always wanted to be.
Amazon's Sweet Store Music. Customer reviews. How are ratings calculated? Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Top reviews Most recent Top reviews. Top reviews from the United States.
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Verified Purchase. Sweet have always been one of my guilty pleasure bands. There was just something about them that always struck a chord with me. I have quite a few of their albums on vinyl, but had nothing besides the "Live At The Marquee" album on CD which only contained two original members.
When this two CD anthology was released this year I went on a nostalgia kick decided to pick it up. The material has all been remasterd and sounds excellent. Sweet went through several stages of their career.
They started off as a bubblegum pop band that had several hits in England. They never made much of a dent in the U. The band continued in this style, and then eventually morphed into a more sophisticated band that even dabbled in progressive rock. On the anthology the first half of disc one focuses on the band's early bubble gum rock recordings that were mainly the product of outside songwriters Chinn and Chapman.
Of these songs "Little Willy" was the only one to be a hit here in the states so most of this stuff is new to me. I am not a huge fan of bubblegum rock, but this material is so catchy that it is difficult not to like it. The real meat of this collection though is contained in the second half of disc 1 and 1st half of disc 2. These were the years where Sweet moved into harder rocking territory with big hits like "Ballroom Blitz" and "Fox On The Run" two songs which in my opinion are two of the greatest singles of the 70's.
Other classics like "Action", "Sweet F. After their hard rock period the band appeared to want to garner a more mature approach and incorporated elements of progressive rock into their sound for albums like "Off The Record" and "Level Headed".
A great example is the band's last major hit "Love Is Like Oxygen" in which the longer album version is included here with it's extended instrumental middle section. The band's later material is a bit more hit and miss, but songs like "California Nights" and "Big Apple Waltz" are good ones from the latter period.
This two disc set covers a lot of ground and although there is a lot missing for Sweet completists it is a very nice collection of their work remastered to perfection. In Sweet went back into the studio to re-arrange and record a more pop-oriented version of the track " Fox on the Run ". Sweet's first self-written and produced single, "Fox on the Run" was released worldwide in March and became their biggest selling hit, reaching number one in Germany, Denmark, and South Africa , number two in the United Kingdom, Ireland , Norway and the Netherlands and number three in Austria and Switzerland.
In Australia it not only made it to the top of the charts, it also became the biggest selling single of that year. The release of this track marked the end of the formal Chinn-Chapman working relationship and the band stressed it was now fully self-sufficient as writers and producers. The following single release, " Action " July , peaked at number 15 in the UK. Now confident in their own songwriting and production abilities, Sweet spent the latter half of in Musicland Studios in Munich , Germany, where they recorded the Give Us A Wink album with German sound engineer Reinhold Mack , who later recorded with Electric Light Orchestra and co-produced Queen.
The new album release was deferred until so as not to stifle the chart success Desolation Boulevard was enjoying, peaking at number 25 in the US and number 5 in Canada. It contained one live disc, recorded in London in December , and one disc compiling previously released single tracks plus an unused track by Chinn and Chapman — "I Wanna Be Committed".
Tucker played drums on both tracks. Sweet's first album to be fully produced and written by themselves, Give Us A Wink , was released in March By this time, Sweet strove to build on their growing popularity in America with a schedule of more than fifty headline concert dates.
The US tour was not financially successful, with small audiences at many venues leading to the final half-dozen or so dates to be cancelled. Following the end of the tour, the band went on to Scandinavia and Germany. The band also spent a week at the Who 's Ramport Studios in Battersea demoing material for a new album before abandoning that project and playing eight dates in Japan. By the end of the Japanese shows Connolly's extremely hoarse singing voice was manifest evidence of the demands of constant touring and the enduring after-effects of his assault.
Between October and January , Sweet wrote and recorded new material at Kingsway Recorders and Audio International London studios for their next album. A new album, Off the Record , was released in April. The next single from the album, "Fever of Love", represented the band heading in a somewhat more Europop hard rock direction, once again charting in Germany,  Austria and Sweden, while reaching number 10 in South Africa.
The band cancelled a US tour with emerging US rockers Aerosmith , did not play any live dates in support of the album and, in fact, did not play a single concert for the whole of Sweet left RCA in and signed a new deal with Polydor though it would not come into force until later in the year. In the United States, Canada and Japan Capitol had issued Sweet's albums since and would continue to do so through The first Polydor album, Level Headed January , found Sweet experimenting by combining rock and classical sounds " a-la clavesin ", an approach similar to Electric Light Orchestra 's, and featured the single " Love Is Like Oxygen ".
The ballad, "Lettres D'Amour", featured a duet between Connolly and Stevie Lange who would emerge as lead singer with the group Night in With the addition of session and touring musicians keyboardist Gary Moberley and guitarist Nico Ramsden, Sweet undertook a short European and Scandinavian tour followed by a single British concert at London's Hammersmith Odeon on 24 February One more single from the album, "California Nights" May , featuring Steve Priest as the lead vocalist, peaked at number 23 on the German charts.
The tour included a disastrous date in Birmingham, Alabama on 3 May, during which visiting Capitol Records executives in the audience saw Brian Connolly give a drunken and incoherent performance that terminated early in the set with his collapse on stage, leaving the rest of the group to play on without him. The band returned briefly to Britain before resuming the second leg of their US tour in late May supporting other acts, including Foghat and Alice Cooper.
Concluding the US tour in early July , Brian's alcoholism and estrangement from the group was steadily becoming a greater issue. Due to tensions between various members attributed to Connolly's health and diminishing status with the group, his long-time friend and fellow founding member, Mick Tucker, was tasked to produce Connolly's vocals. It was felt Tucker would extract a better performance than Scott from Connolly.
A number of tracks were recorded featuring Connolly. However, these efforts were deemed unsatisfactory and Brian left the band on 2 November Publicly, Connolly was said to be pursuing a solo career with an interest in recording country rock.
Sweet continued as a trio with Priest assuming the lion's share of lead vocals, though Scott and Tucker were also active in that role. The first single release for the trio was "Call Me". Guest keyboard player Gary Moberley continued to augment the group on stage. Tragedy befell Mick Tucker when his wife Pauline drowned in the bath at their home on 26 December The band withdrew from live work for all of One more studio album, Identity Crisis , was recorded during —81 but was only released in West Germany and Mexico.
Sweet undertook a short tour of the UK and performed their last live show at Glasgow University on 20 March Steve Priest then returned to the United States, where he had been living since late When Polydor released Identity Crisis in October , the original Sweet had been disbanded for almost a year. The band performed at the Marquee Club in London in February , with the shows recorded and gaining release a few years later, bolstered by four new studio tracks including a cover of the Motown standard " Reach Out I'll Be There ".
This line-up also toured Australian and New Zealand pubs and clubs for more than three months in and for a similar period again in Singer Paul Mario Day ended up marrying the band's Australian tour guide and relocating downunder. He continued with Sweet commuting back and forth to Europe for the group's tours until this proved to be too cumbersome.
He departed in late As McNulty moved into the front man spot, Jeff Brown came in to take over bass early in Lanzon too went back and forth between Sweet and Uriah Heep during before Heep's schedule grew too busy. Tucker departed after a show in Lochau , Austria , on 5 May He later was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia. They recorded an album during this period, simply titled A.
Before the band embarked on the supporting tour for A in , Bodo left and Bisland returned as permanent percussionist. Scott changed the band's name to 'Andy Scott's Sweet' after Tucker's departure but truncated it to simply 'The Sweet' once again after Tucker's death in Mal McNulty , now lead vocalist, departed in , though he would return briefly that year to fill in for Jeff Brown on bass as he would again in as lead singer for a few dates while Rocky Newton subbed on bass.
Sweet's former keyboard men Gary Moberley and Ian Gibbons also did fill-in jaunts with the group that year, as did Chris Goulstone. Chad Brown ex- Lionheart ; no relation to Jeff was the new front man. Glitz Blitz and Hitz , a new studio album of re-recorded Sweet hits, was released during this period. In Mann left to take a job in television and Gibbons came back for a short time before Steve Grant ex- The Animals became the permanent keyboardist.
When Chad Brown quit in after developing a throat infection, Jeff Brown assumed lead vocals and bass duties. After this, the band was stable again for the next five years. The mids would bring further confusing shake-ups and rotations. Ian Gibbons came back for a third stint as fill-in keyboardist in June for a gig in the Faroe Islands.
O'Hora decided to split to take a teaching job in late Tony Mills ex- Shy was slated to be Sweet's new singer in early but failed to work out and left after six shows in Denmark. The line-up then consisted of Scott, Bisland, Grant and Lincoln. March saw the U. In the group played in Germany, Belgium, Austria and Italy. The tour was called the 'Sweet Fanny Adams Tour'. In March and April , Scott was absent from a couple of gigs due to ill health and Martin Mickels stood in.
Scott revealed later that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer and was treated at the Bristol Royal Infirmary. Glam rock ,  power pop . The Sweet's Biggest Hits The Sweet Sweet Fanny Adams Christgau's Record Guide. B- .Decades on, the classic tracks of The Sweet now have real credibility. This collection covers their most productive period and it is a good buy if you want to rediscover their music. The Sweet deserve more recognition for their contribution to British pop music as so many of their tracks are timeless/5().