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Includes Little Willy; Blockbuster; Ballroom Blitz; Teenage Rampage; The Six Teens; Fox on the Run; Action; Love is Like Oxygen and 8 more original glam rock classics.

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  • Audio CD (May 8, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002UQF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,324 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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83 of 86 people found the following review helpful By G.C. on January 14, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Unlike what other reviewers have stated, the tracks on this disc ARE ORIGINAL RECORDINGS. Some of the confusion with Sweet is a lot of CD's from the group (primarily imports) are re-recordings or re-mixes of their famous 1970's-hits, so buyers beware. In the early 1970's these British glam-rockers were rated up there with David Bowie, but while Bowie moved on to bigger and better things, Sweet was never able to make the transition (the rise of disco music may be partly to blame). More unfortunate is the fact that recordings from Sweet's most productive period (1972-76) are not readily available (Capitol Records: Are you listening?). All that is available is the 1975 LP "Desolation Boulevard", which was clearly the band's best, and "Best of Sweet". "Best of" is a fairly decent compilation. Other than the glaring omission of their 1973 hit "Hell Raiser", most of the tracks that should be on the disc are included. Among the highlights: "Little Willy"; "Wig Wam Bam"; "Ballroom Blitz" (later covered by Tia Carrere on "Wayne's World"); "Fox On The Run"; "Action"; and "Love Is Like Oxygen" (I actually prefer the edited version that appears on this disc). I've owned these songs on vinyl and still listen 25 years later, which probably says enough. Further note to record "executives": the European version of "Desolation Boulevard" contained different songs than the U.S. LP (and CD). It would be nice if someone showed some foresight to re-issue the LP with these "missing" songs.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Peter Uys HALL OF FAME on October 7, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This collection completely ignores their early pre-Glam period when they had brilliant bubblegum hits with songs like Funny Funny and Coco. So it covers mainly their best songs from the glam era when their sound gained a harder edge, and their late 70s period when they gained rock/heavy metal credibility. They always had the best hooks, their harmonies were tops and the expert production assured them regular top 10 status for a good many years. Songs like Ballroom Blitz, Fox On The Run and Teenage Rampage are rowdy little teen anthems which still sound fresh today. Love Is Like Oxygen is a lush rock ballad while Mother Earth impresses with its beautiful acoustic guitar sound. Besides the aforementioned Funny Funny and Coco, some of their other big hits not found here are Poppa Joe, Hell Raiser, Set Me Free, Restless and Sweet FA. Although incomplete, this album is worthwhile as a showcase of seventies power pop and includes enough of their most popular numbers to satisfy the fans.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Tim Brough VINE VOICE on November 15, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The Sweet went through three very distinct periods, and this Greatest Hits paints a picture for each segment. There was the early bubble-glam period, where the Sweetshop shortened their name to Sweet and churned out Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman insta-hits like the insanely catchy "Little Willy" and the inane "Wig Wam Bam." The band was soon tired of being pop pretty boys and really wanted to rock. Chinn/Chapman fed them "Ballroom Blitz," but with "Fox On The Run," Sweet proved they could make international hits fine on their own.

After that, the band broke off with Chinn/Chapman and recorded "Give Us A Wink," a sly glitter rock album that featured the incendiary "Action." That was the roar that inspired 80's pop metal from Def Lepard to Poison, with "Stairway to the Stars" and "The Lies In Your Eyes," while not American Hits, are just as tasty.

Then the band decided that hits alone weren't good enough, and they took a shot at musical "credibility." "Level Headed" sounded less like Sweet and more like Alan Parsons, but "Love Is Like Oxygen" (included here in the single edit) was a masterpiece. Unfortunately, the following album was without Brian Conolly and pretty much was a forgettable work. ("Mother Earth" was ok, "Sixties Man," better.) But most of these songs are guilty pleasures, and still sound fresh now. After all, almost 30 years later, how can you resist that opening call of "Ballroom Blitz?"

.....all right fellas, let's Goooooooooooooo!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Archie Mercer VINE VOICE on March 7, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I wasn't a big glam fan so I wasn't into Sweet when they were actually recording. I mean, I like "The Ballroom Blitz" just because it had an original sound, and "Love is Like Oxygen" was a great rocker, although the long version (not featured here) was even better. But other than those two tunes I wasn't that aware of their music. After listening to this collection I am surprised how much great rock & roll is here. Musically they are solid, and the lyrics, coupled with their 3 & 4 part harmonies really make for an enjoyable CD. Other favorites here: "Fox on the Run" (my personal favorite), Little Willy (a silly yet engaging pop song), and "Action".
I would recommend this collection to ANY rock fan. They may have been glam but they had the talent to back it up.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cletus J. "Bubba" Huckabee Jr. on December 5, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Now if you ask me, and many glam rock fans do now and again, this here Sweet is probably the finest overlooked glam band to ever emerge in the music recording industry. I type that with an absolutely straight face because, truth be node, I done overlooked them myself until very recently. See, my musical taste, while varied and erudite, has not often trodden the path of the glam band. I mean, I always thought T Rex was innovative, and David Bowie looked good in mascara, but I had never even heard of Sweet until recently when I saw a piece in Psychology Today that mentioned a study in The Journal of Modern Music Ethnology that featured Sweet in a case history. So I got me that article and commenced to reading and became interested in discovering what all the fuss was about and before I knew it I had their music coming out the speakers in my pickup while I drive down the road to the feed store to get some dietary supplements for the chickens.

I liked what I heard. This will be particularly surprising to folk around me in Chesterfield County who are more used to the twang of more traditional sounding Country and Western and, in fact, the CD I have is probably the first and only Sweet CD to ever enter Chesterfield County. But when I pass by the Chicken Shack, or Cooter's Beer Hall, or any locale that tends to attract a lot of the locals, I often roll my windows down and turn the volume up just to kind of educate my neighbors and display to them that there is another form of music out there what they might could be exploring with me. So far, no takers. However the twins were looking at the cover last night and said the guys in the band were kind of cute... so that may be the inroad that gets Sweet in to Chesterfield County all these years after they disbanded and went their separate ways.
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