Strung Up [New Extended Version]

Strung Up [New Extended Version]

by Sweet
     
 

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By late 1975, the Sweet were no more the power in pop land that they had once seemed to be. It was nine months since they broke away from songwriters Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman, with whom they'd enjoyed almost unfettered success -- since that time, only "Fox on the Run" had

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By late 1975, the Sweet were no more the power in pop land that they had once seemed to be. It was nine months since they broke away from songwriters Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman, with whom they'd enjoyed almost unfettered success -- since that time, only "Fox on the Run" had suggested that the Sweet's own songwriting prowess was even vaguely capable of competing with the masters, and two further singles ("Action" and "The Lies in Your Eyes") had emerged as the band's worst performing efforts since their very earliest days. Time, then, to dig into the vault and see what could be done to salvage the situation -- time, then, for Strung Up, a double album comprised of three-year-old live material plus a mishmash of old and new studio work. The concert recordings are the revelation. For all their reputation as mere purveyors of whatever their puppet masters offered them, the Sweet had developed into one of the most exciting live bands on the mid-'70s U.K. circuit, as sonically dynamic as they were visually alluring. Not for nothing had the band's sexually charged stage show been banned from one of the country's leading ballroom chains; not for nothing did Ritchie Blackmore join them on-stage in California one night. No matter how far their crown slipped in chart terms, in concert the Sweet would never let you down and, though the Strung Up tapes dated back to 1973 and a phenomenal show at the London Rainbow, they had not dated in the slightest. The studio cuts are less alluring, concentrating in the main on the self-composed B-sides that the band had long insisted upon, a few recent singles ("The Six Teens," "Fox on the Run," and "Action"), and a couple of songs laid down during the sessions for the band's last studio LP, Desolation Boulevard. In modern terms, it's the kind of compilation that would form the basis for a tremendous box set; at the time, however, it spoke more of the uncertainty with which the band's record label, if not the bandmembers themselves, viewed the future. And, tellingly, it sank like a stone.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/03/2016
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0889853116829
catalogNumber:
5073614
Rank:
11045

Tracks

Disc 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

Disc 2

  1. Action
  2. Fox on the Run
  3. The Lies in Your Eyes
  4. Fever of Love
  5. Set Me Free
  6. Miss Demeanor
  7. The Ballroom Blitz
  8. Teenage Rampage
  9. Burn on the Flame
  10. Solid Gold Brass
  11. The Six Teens
  12. I Wanna Be Committed
  13. Blockbuster
  14. Hell Raiser

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sweet   Primary Artist

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