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The Very Best of the Sweet [BMG International]

  • 1. Ballroom Blitz
    2. Blockbuster
    3. Need a Lot of Lovin
    4. New York Connection
    5. Rock & Rock Disgrace
    6. Hell Raiser
    7. Burning
    8. Done Me Wrong All Right
    9. Reflections
    10. Little Willy
    11. Funny Funny
    12. Co-Co
    13. Chop Chop
    14. Alexander Graham Bell
    15. Popa Joe
    16. Santa Monica Sunshine
    17. Tom Tom Turnaround
    18. Wig-Wam Bam
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): PA758/2

  • Credits

    THE BEST OF--ORIGINAL HITS collects some of the best tunes glam rockers the Sweet put to tape, including "Ballroom Blitz," "Need a Lot of Lovin," and "Wig Wam Bam," among others.
    The Best of the Sweet on BMG International is a fine 18-track collection of material the group recorded for RCA between 1970 and 1973. Included is the worldwide blockbuster "Ballroom Blitz" along with a raft of great bubblegum and glam rockers, most written and produced by the team of Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn. The collection is basically split into two sections, with the first eight songs being tough, razor-sharp rockers along the lines of "Ballroom Blitz." Best among these are the howling "Blockbuster," "Hell Raiser," and the group-penned "Done Me Wrong All Right." Most of their self-written songs during this period were clunkers compared to the Chinn-Chapman tunes, but this one was a treat. The rest of the disc is devoted to the lighter, cuter side of the band, and includes some of the best bubblegum and pop tunes of the early '70s. Chief among these are "Little Willy," "Wig Wam Bam," "Funny Funny," and "Alexander Graham Bell," brilliant combinations of propulsive rhythms, silly lyrics, and sharp, sharp hooks one and all. Also included are two great songs from this early era that don't fit into either mold, the darkly hummable, almost folky bubblegum ballad "Tom Tom Turnaround" and the glittering country-rocker "Santa Monica Sunshine." You don't get a complete picture of the band from this collection, as it leaves off everything from Desolation Boulevard, but it is still one of the better Sweet collections on the market. If you buy this and Desolation Boulevard, you should have just about all the Sweet you need. [This collection was also released on Camden with a different cover.] ~ Tim Sendra

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