Sweet – Sweet 16: It's It's....Sweet's Hits - 1984 UK Issue - Glam Rock - Sealed LP
The Sweet – Sweet 16: It's It's....Sweet's Hits
Anagram Records – GRAM 16 / RCA
Vinyl, LP, Compilation
Album is Sealed
Cover is Sealed and Mint
A1 Alexander Graham Bell
A2 Poppa Joe
A3 Little Willy
A4 Wigwam Bam
A6 Hell Raiser
A7 Ballroom Blitz
A8 Teenage Rampage
B1 Rebel Rouser
B2 The Sixteens
B3 Fox On The Run
B5 Lies In Your Eyes
B6 Stairway To The Stars
B7 Lost Angels
B8 Love Is Like Oxygen
Distributed By – Pinnacle (3)
Licensed From – RCA
Licensed From – Chinebridge Records
Licensed From – Polydor
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Anagram Records
Copyright (c) – Anagram Records
Published By – Chinnichap
Published By – Rak Publishing Ltd.
Published By – Sweet Publishing Ltd.
Published By – Handle Music
Mastered At – The Town House
Pressed By – SNA
Compiled By – Iain McNay, James Horrocks
Design – Jim Phelan
Liner Notes – James Horrocks
Mastered By – Kevin Metcalfe
Photography By [Front Cover] – Phil Ward (5)
Written-By – Scott (tracks: B1, B3 to B8), Connolly* (tracks: B1, B3 to B7), Chapman/Chinn* (tracks: A1 to A8, B2), Tucker* (tracks: B1, B3 to B7), Priest* (tracks: B1, B3 to B7), Trevor Griffin (tracks: B8)
℗ + © 1984 Anagram Records
All songs published by Chinnichap Music/Rak Publishing Ltd. except:
B1, B3 to 8 published by Sweet Publishing Ltd./Handle Music
Tracks A1-A7 & B1 licensed from RCA.
Tracks A8, B2-B7 licensed from Chinebridge.
Track B8 licensed from Polydor.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched, variant 1): GRAM 16 A-1 TOWNHOUSE
Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, etched, variant 1): GRAM 16 B-2 TOWNHOUSE
Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched, variant 1): [SNA Stamp] GRAM 16 A-1 TOWNHOUSE
Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, etched, variant 1): [SNA Stamp] GRAM 16 B-2 TOWNHOUSE
Like The Sweet's American debut album on Bell, the second album to see the light of a US release (on Capitol) stitched together two halves of their previous British albums and an extra single. You also get to hear Sweet make their final break from the Chinn/Chapman stranglehold and write their first all-band hit, the classic "Fox On the Run."
The first side of this "Desolation Boulevard" album was the usual Chinn/Chapman teen teasers, like "The 6-Teens." This isn't to say that they weren't amazing songwriters; "Ballroom Blitz" still sounds incredible.
But on side two, the Connolly-Scott-Tucker-Priest lineup staked their songwriting turf for good, forever ditching the bubblegum tag that was dogging them since "Little Willy." That they were capable of harmonies that would make Queen jealous helped push the drama of "Sweet F.A." and "Solid Gold Brass." And Andy Scott shaped himself into guitar hero mold here, putting the energy into "Ballroom Blitz" and setting himself up for Sweet's even heavier albums to come (especially "Give Us A Wink"). But for the times as they were, this remains a great LP for 70's nostalgia. "Desolation Boulevard" deservedly put The Sweet on the roadmap.