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Sweet: Level Headed Tour Rehearsals 1977

British rock band Sweet enjoyed quite a bit of success in the early '70s, with singles, albums, and tours all garnering plenty of attention for the band as they became one of the most popular acts of the burgeoning power pop/glam rock movement. As the decade wore on, Sweet started to turn into more of a hard rock machine, but still relied on those catchy melodies that gave their songs that immediate impact. With a new record deal and new album, Level Headed, 1977 proved to be a transitional year for the band, but yet again another success story. Level Headed Tour Rehearsals 1977 is a 'live' album of sorts, as the band holed up in Shepperton Studios in England to fine tune their upcoming set list for a new tour, and guitarist Andy Scott has supplied these recordings for release on Angel Air Records, home to many Sweet archival gems from the vault.

Level Headed ultimately proved to be the last album to feature the classic four piece of Scott, singer Brian Connolly, bassist Steve Priest, and drummer Mick Tucker. They are joined here by keyboard player Gary Moberly and second guitarist Nico Ramsden, both of who helped flesh out the sound a bit. The intention was to not include any songs from the very early part of their career, concentrating on the mid-late '70s material along with songs from Level Headed. Along with classic fare such as "Fox on the Run", "Action", "Stairway to the Stars", "Sweet FA", and the rampaging "Set Me Free", you get solid renditions of then new tunes like "Love is Like Oxygen" (which became a pretty big hit for the band), "Dream On", "Fountain", and "Lady of the Lake". The guys really turn it on for "Done Me Wrong Alright", a song that shows they are much more than a glam band, as Moberly's keyboard stylings add a certain Deep Purple/Uriah Heep flair to their sound. All the trademark Sweet vocal harmonies are ever present, as are Scott's chugging riffs, making this a great overall set of some of the bands best material.

The sound quality is quite good, and Angel Air have included in the CD package a great booklet filled with photos & info on the band. As a sort of 'final document' of the classic line-up of the band, this one is a must have for fans.


Track Listing
1) Action
2) Yesterday's Rain
3) California Nights
4) Stairway to the Stars
5) Dream On
6) Lady Starlight
7) Lady of the Lake
8) Fountain
9) You're Not Wrong for Lovin' Me
10) Fox on the Run
11) Air on a Tape Loop
12) Done Me Wrong Alright
13) Love is Like Oxygen
14) Set Me Free
15) Sweet FA
16) Windy City

Added: March 1st 2015
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
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Related Link: Angel Air Records
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Language: english

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Sweet: Level Headed Tour Rehearsals 1977
Posted by Jon Neudorf, SoT Staff Writer on 2015-03-01 12:58:49
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There will always be a place in my heart for British rockers The Sweet as I became familiar with the band in my formative years when I was actively searching for and discovering new music. The Sweet were right up my alley as the Desolation Boulevard album completely blew me away. A few years later in 1978 Level Headed was released to critical acclaim. Level Headed Tour Rehearsals 1977 has been dug up from the vaults by Angel Air Records and original Sweet axe slinger Andy Scott.

With Brian Connolly (vocals), Andy Scott (guitar), Mick Tucker (drums) and Steve Priest (bass) you just know this will be a powerful performance and that is exactly what the band delivers. Guest musicians Gary Moberly (keyboards) and Nico Ramsden (guitar) lend a hand as well.

It's off to a roaring start with the fiery rocker "Action" from the Give Us A Wink album. The high pitched background harmonies are still there as well as a pretty tricky chord progression. "Yesterday's Rain" is another melodic rocker with an excellent Scott solo and soulful singing from Connolly. "California Nights" and "Lady Starlight" show a more poignant side of the band as does the keyboard drenched ballad "Dream On". The classics "Fox On the Run" and "Love Is Like Oxygen" are obviously included and the band's energy is palpable. The set ends with a bone crushing rendition of "Sweet FA" with huge guitar riffs and organ swells and the Deep Purple inspired "Windy City" where the heavy riffs burst forth and Connolly puts in one of his most gritty performances.

It's not all perfection as some of the vocals harmonies are a little flat at times but it doesn't matter as the overall performance is a rocking good time.

Level Headed Tour Rehearsals 1977 should be savoured by all Sweet fans as the band's classic line-up would soon dissolve in the late '70s ending what was a great run by one of the stalwarts of '70s melodic rock. Recommended!




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