Sweet – Strung Up [2 CD Expanded Edition] (2016) FLAC

Artist……………: Sweet
Album…………….: Strung Up: Expanded Edition
Genre…………….: Glam Rock
Source……………: CD
Year……………..: 2016
Ripper……………: EAC (Secure mode) / LAME 3.92 & Asus CD-S520
Codec…………….: Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC)
Version…………..: reference libFLAC 1.3.1 20141125
Quality…………..: Lossless, (avg. compression: 66 %)
Channels………….: Stereo / 44100 HZ / 16 Bit
Information……….: CD IMAGE LOG CUE SCANS

Digitally remastered and expanded to include three bonus tracks on the ‘Live Album’ (The Ballroom Blitz, Blockbuster and Teenage Rampage) and four on the ‘Studio Album’ (The Lies in Your Eyes, Fever of Love, Teenage Rampage and Hell Raiser).
By late 1975, the Sweet were no more the power in pop land that they had once seemed to be. It was 9 months since they broke away from songwriters Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman, with whom they’d enjoyed almost unfettered success — since that time, only “Fox on the Run” had suggested that the Sweet’s own songwriting prowess was even vaguely capable of competing with the masters, and two further singles (“Action” and “The Lies in Your Eyes”) had emerged as the band’s worst performing efforts since their very earliest days.

Time, then, to dig into the vault and see what could be done to salvage the situation — time, then, for Strung Up, a double album comprised of three-year-old live material plus a mishmash of old and new studio work. The concert recordings are the revelation. For all their reputation as mere purveyors of whatever their puppet masters offered them, the Sweet had developed into one of the most exciting live bands on the mid-’70s U.K. circuit, as sonically dynamic as they were visually alluring. Not for nothing had the band’s sexually charged stage show been banned from one of the country’s leading ballroom chains; not for nothing did Ritchie Blackmore join them on-stage in California one night. No matter how far their crown slipped in chart terms, in concert the Sweet would never let you down and, though the Strung Up tapes dated back to 1973 and a phenomenal show at the London Rainbow, they had not dated in the slightest. The studio cuts are less alluring, concentrating in the main on the self-composed B-sides that the band had long insisted upon, a few recent singles (“The Six Teens,” “Fox on the Run,” and “Action”), and a couple of songs laid down during the sessions for the band’s last studio LP, Desolation Boulevard. In modern terms, it’s the kind of compilation that would form the basis for a tremendous box set; at the time, however, it spoke more of the uncertainty with which the band’s record label, if not the bandmembers themselves, viewed the future. And, tellingly, it sank like a stone.


CD1: Live Album
01. Hell Raiser 03:58
02. Burning/Someone Else Will 05:43
03. Rock’n’ Roll Disgrace 04:14
04. Need a Lot of Loving 02:57
05. The Ballroom Blitz (Bonus Track) 04:30
06. Done Me Wrong Allright 08:07
07. Youre Not Wrong for Loving Me 03:28
08. The Man with the Golden Arm 08:04
09. Teenage Rampage (Bonus Track) 03:40
10. Blockbuster (Bonus Track) 05:32

CD2: Studio Album
01. Action (Strung Up Mix) 03:37
02. Fox On the Run 03:22
03. The Lies Iin Your Eyes (Bonus Track) 03:46
04. Fever of Love (Bonus Track) 04:00
05. Set Me Free 04:00
06. Miss Demeanour 03:27
07. The Ballroom Blitz 04:02
08. Teenage Rampage (Bonus Track) 03:34
09. Burn On the Flame 03:38
10. Solid Gold Brass 05:32
11. The Sixteens 04:03
12. I Wanna Be Commited (Full Lenght Version) 04:04
13. Blockbuster 03:12
14. Hellraiser (Bonus Track) 03:17