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Mon, April 1, 2013

Desolation Boulevard

Sweet (also referred to as The Sweet) were a British rock band that rose to worldwide fame in the 1970s as a prominent glam rock act, with their most prolific line-up: lead vocalist Brian Connolly, bass player Steve Priest, guitarist Andy Scott, and drummer Mick Tucker.

Sweet were formed in 1967 and achieved their first hit "Funny Funny" in 1971 after teaming up with songwriters Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman and record producer Phil Wainman. During 1971 and 1972, their musical style followed a marked progression from the Archies-like bubblegum style of "Funny Funny" to a Who-influenced hard rock style supplemented by a striking use of high-pitched backing vocals.

The band achieved notable success in the UK charts, with thirteen Top 20 hits during the 1970s alone, with "Block Buster!" (1973) topping the chart, followed by three consecutive number two hits in "Hell Raiser" (1973), "The Ballroom Blitz" (1973) and "Teenage Rampage" (1974). Their first self-written and produced single "Fox on the Run" (1975) also reached number two on the UK charts. These results were topped in West Germany and other countries on the European mainland, where the band was very popular. From 1976, the success started to decline, and Sweet had their last Top 10 hit in 1978 with "Love Is Like Oxygen". Connolly left the group in 1979 to start a solo career and the remaining members continued as a threesome until disbanding in 1981.

Since the mid-1980s, Scott, Connolly and Priest have each played with their own versions of Sweet during different periods of time. Connolly died in 1997, and Tucker died in 2002. The two surviving members are still active in their respective versions of the band; Scott's is based in the United Kingdom and Priest's in the United States.

Desolation Boulevard, was the second release from the band Sweet in 1974 . It contains the original variant of one of the band's best known songs, "Fox on the Run". (The U.S. version also includes the smash "The Ballroom Blitz".)

Most of the songs from the US version have been covered by different bands, such as "AC/DC" was covered by Joan Jett in 2006 and Vince Neil in 2010.

Cover artwork

The album cover photo was shot near the entrance of a rock 'n' roll club called The Central, located at 8852 Sunset Boulevard, in West Hollywood. Today it's the site of The Viper Room, where actor River Phoenix died from a drug overdose on October 31, 1993.

Track listing
European version (LP/CD)

    "The Six Teens" (Mike Chapman, Nicky Chinn) - 4:02
    "Solid Gold Brass" (Scott, Tucker, Connolly, Priest) - 5:28
    "Turn It Down" (Chapman, Chinn) - 3:27
    "Medusa"[2][3] ("Medussa", on remastered CD editions 1999 and 2005[4]) (Scott) - 4:44
    "Lady Starlight" (Scott) - 3:09
    "The Man With the Golden Arm" (Elmer Bernstein, Sylvia Fine) - 8:33
    "Fox on the Run" (Scott, Tucker, Connolly, Priest) - 4:49
    "Breakdown" (Scott, Tucker, Connolly, Priest) - 3:03
    "My Generation" (Pete Townshend) - 3:54

Bonus tracks on Remastered CD Edition (2005)

    "Teenage Rampage" (single A-side) (Chapman, Chinn) - 3:32
    "Own up, Take a Look at Yourself" (single B-side) (Scott, Tucker, Connolly, Priest) - 3:58
    "Burn on the Flame" (single B-side) (Scott, Tucker, Connolly, Priest) - 3:37
    "Someone Else Will" (single B-side) (Scott, Tucker, Connolly, Priest) - 3:25
    "Medussa" (home demo) (Scott, Tucker, Connolly, Priest) - 5:51
    "Burn on the Flame" (home demo) (Scott, Tucker, Connolly, Priest) - 3:57
    "I Wanna Be Committed" (Chapman, Chinn) - 3:10
    "Fox on the Run" (single A-side) (Scott, Tucker, Connolly, Priest) - 3:24
    "Miss Demeanor" (single B-side) (Scott, Tucker, Connolly, Priest) - 3:17

US version

    "Ballroom Blitz" (Chapman, Chinn) – 4:06
    "The Six Teens" (Chapman, Chinn) – 4:05
    "No You Don't" (Chapman, Chinn) – 4:36
    "AC DC" (Chapman, Chinn) – 3:28
    "I Wanna Be Committed" (Chapman, Chinn) – 3:13 (original length 4:04)
    "Sweet F.A." (Scott, Tucker, Connolly, Priest) – 6:15
    "Fox on the Run (7" version) (Scott, Tucker, Connolly, Priest) – 3:27
    "Set Me Free" (Scott) – 3:59
    "Into the Night" (Scott) – 4:25
    "Solid Gold Brass" (Scott, Tucker, Connolly, Priest) – 5:35 (with guitar overdub)