Wednesday, 12 December 2018

NEW MUSIC EAR'S PERSONAL PLAYLISTS - "THE SWEET"

A NEW FEATURE ON NEW MUSIC EAR.  THE PLAYLISTS ON MY IPOD FEATURE LOTS OF VARIOUS ARTISTS SO I THOUGHT I WOULD SHARE MY PLAYLISTS WITH YOU.  HOPE YOU SEE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITES!

THE SWEET


PLAYLIST


The Sweet's debut album "Funny How Sweet Co-Co Can Be" was a great first album of quirky Glam Rock and Classic Rock.  I chose 7 of the 12 tracks for my playlist.  The singles "Funny Funny" with its hint of Soul and Motown and the tribal Indian sounding "Co-Co" are here.  The cover of The Lovin' Spoonful's "Daydream" and the brilliant B-sde that is "Jeanie" make the list.  "Chop Chop" is similar to "Co-Co in its bare bones sound while the final two songs are Classic Rock standards of the time, "Done Me Wrong Alright" and "Spotlight".



In 1972 The Sweet released what was to be my defining album regarding the band.  Although a compilation "Biggest Hits" was packed full of non-album singles they released.  I played this album to death and it was just a superb album.  It contained 6 of the 7 tracks I chose from the debut album and I could still choose 5 of the remaining 6 for my playlist.  The well known sing-a-long track "Wig Wam Bam" had to be included with the very cheeky "Little Willy" and running along the Native American India theme of "Chop Chop" and "Co-Co" came "Poppa Joe".  The quite brilliant "Alexander Graham Bell" is here along with the fabulous ballad and one of my favourites, "You're Not Wrong For Loving Me".  



From "Sweet Fanny Adams", the release of 1974 I chose 3 tracks, the rocky "Rebel Rouser" and the Bolan-esque "Peppermint Twist" as well a later bonus track, "Burn On The Flame".



Also in 1974, The Sweet released "Desolation Boulevard" which signalled a more mature and harder Rock style.  I added 5 tracks from this, the absolutely timeless and fantastic "Fox On The Run" and the storming cover of The Who's "My Generation" are included.  The emotive and lovely "Lady Starlight" is here along with Classic Sweet track, "The Six Teens" and the hard rockin' "Solid Gold Brass".



From the 1976 album, "Give Us A Wink" I only included the single, "Action" and the later bonus track, the superb B-side, "Miss Demeanour".  This album was the first to be written fully by the band members and not relying on  Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman.



1977 and I chose from The Sweet's fifth studio album, "Off The Record", only two tracks, both giving the Classic Sweet sound, "Lost Angels" and "Fever Of Love".



In 1978, the last Classic lineup of The Sweet (as Brian Connolly left to go solo) released "Level Headed".  This proved to be the last album I would take songs from, as without Brian it just wasn't the same.  Here the 3 tracks I chose are the Electronic, ELO sound of "Love Is Like Oxygen", the jolly, upbeat "California Nights" and the lilting and superb "Silverbird".



To complete my playlist and fill in the gaps of my favourite tracks I had to look at various compilation albums, including this "Greatest Hits" album.  The tracks that complete my playlist are the classics "Teenage Rampage", "Blockbuster", "The Ballroom Blitz", "Hellraiser" and the brilliant B-sides "New York Connection" and "Rock & Roll Disgrace".


I AM SURE MANY FANS WILL BE DEBATING THE INCLUSIONS AND THE TRACKS NOT INCLUDED, BUT I HOPE YOU FOUND THIS PLAYLIST INTERESTING, CHECK BACK FOR MORE ON NEW MUSIC EAR!






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