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.....and, then there are the songs with words that make no sense: case in point--Lionel Richie's "Say You, Say Me". What the heck????!!!

I'd much rather hear the sha-na--na--la--bing-bongs.... Tony--feel free to chime in on this one--I now you have issues with this song too!

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marvin said:

"Desolation Boulevard" was a fine record, but in my opinion, it pales next to "Off the Record" or "Cut Above the Rest." Some incredible songs on both those records. Even "Give Us A Wink" had that one killer tune, "Action."

In case no one knows the american version of Desolation Boulevard was somewhat of a compilation lp. It compiled from the 2 overseas studio lps Sweet Fanny Adams and Desolation Boulevard. 5 and 3 tracks respectively. Blitz originally came out in 73 and was a add on. So was I Wanna Be Committed which I think was a B side. The overseas DB featured the original version of Fox On The Run which was a totally different version than the one we're all familiar with. It was a straight ahead rocker and without the synths.

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John P said:

In case no one knows the american version of Desolation Boulevard was somewhat of a compilation lp. It compiled from the 2 overseas studio lps Sweet Fanny Adams and Desolation Boulevard. 5 and 3 tracks respectively. Blitz originally came out in 73 and was a add on. So was I Wanna Be Committed which I think was a B side. The overseas DB featured the original version of Fox On The Run which was a totally different version than the one we're all familiar with. It was a straight ahead rocker and without the synths.

John I think it's pretty clear to everyone that you're the resident Sweet expert. Can you summarize why Priest and Scott don't work together - and in fact why their versions of Sweet operate on two different continents?

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Ask me anything of Sweet because I'm a SWEETAHOLIC. Steve Priest and Andy Scott did talk about working together but those 2 simply don't see eye to eye. Steve disagrees on Andy's choices of musicians and Steve wanted a band of the musicians that he wanted. Oddly enough Steve did say years ago that he would never go out with a band of his own under the moniker Sweet and even criticized Andy for not going under a another name like the Andy Scott Band.

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I Wanna' be Committed was the final 'single' (A-Side) written by Chinn- Chapman but was disgarded by the band and they released their self-penned re-arranged version of "Fox On The Run" and as a result had a worldwide HIT. No.1 in most European countries. The Sweet had 8 No.1's in Germany along with all the other 8 or 9 chart toppers. Some of their European B-Sides are as good, if not better than the A-Sides, A good compilation CD available on most music websites will confirm this.The problem with Sweet is some of you people will expect the 'Little Willy' type of complete rubbish and then get blown away with the likes of "Off The Record" and "Give Us A Wink!" albums. "Level Headed" was a completely different ball game!

Not easy to sum up in a nutshell but for now that's the best i can do, hope it helps somewhat!!!

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Every so often I pull out an album I haven't heard in a long time and don't have on CD. I played CATR about three weeks ago, actually. Always loved the solos in Discophony and the variations in middle of Mother Earth (and also the synths on the fadeout). That record and Level Headed were my favorite Sweet albums.

I have all the albums from DB to Sweet VI except OTR - didn't like that one for some reason at that time and I don't remember why...

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