Sunday, June 19, 2016

Review : Sweet - Strung Up Expanded edition

Sweet - Strung Up Expanded edition (2016) Sony Music
Produced by Sweet / Phil Wainman / Mike Chapman / Nicky Chinn
Tracks CD 1 : 1.Hell raiser 2.Burning / Someone else will 3.Rock´n´roll disgrace 4.Need a lot of loving 5.The ballroom blitz 6.Done me wrong all right 7.You´re not wrong for loving me 8.The man with the golden arm 9.Teenage rampage 10.Blockbuster
CD 2 : 1.Action 2.Fox on the run 3.The lies in your eyes 4.Fever of love 5.Set me free 6.Miss Demeanour 7.The ballroom blitz 8.Teenage rampage 9.Burn on the flame 10.Solid gold brass 11.The sixteens 12.I wanna be commited 13.Blockbuster 14.Hellraiser
5 out of 5

Up to 1973, The Sweet was labeled as a bubblegum pop band completely in the hands of songwriting duo Chinn / Chapman. On stage, the band was everything else than pop. Much louder, more rocking and far from the teen-pop hits they had on the radio.
A selection of tracks from their live performance at the Rainbow theatre, London on December 21st, 1973 was captured and released on the first disc of the classic double album Strung Up in 1975.
The complete concert was later re-released in 1999 as Live at the Rainbow, including 13 songs. Ten of these songs are now available on the expanded edition of Strung Up, the only songs missing are "Little willy", "Wig wam bam" and "Rock´roll medley".
Sweet really had the same energy as The Who back in the 70´s, I can easily compare this live disc to The Who´s Live at Leeds.
And something that strikes me while listening to the studio disc with some of their biggest hits, they don´t sound dated at all even after 40 years. This is glam rock heaven.
Four bonus tracks have been added to the studio disc, "Fever of love", "Hell raiser", "The lies in your eyes" and "Teenage rampage".
Every home should have a copy!
Highlights : The entire double album
Recommended if you like Queen, Slade, Kiss

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