THE SWEET - BERLIN 1976

March 29, 2010 – 3:51 am

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THE SWEET
Berlin Blitz [PR002, 1CD]

Live at the Eissport Halle, Berlin, Germany, May 16, 1976. Very good soundboard.

For many music listeners in South-east Asia, The Sweet are associated with Middle Of The Road as the British group’s first hit was Funny Funny, which charted in March 1971 (while Middle Of The Road’s Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep hit No. 1 in June 1971). The bubblegum moniker stuck with Sweet for a while as their debut album, Funny How Sweet Co-Co Can Be (1971), included pop tunes such as Co-Co and Tom Tom Turnaround. The group’s subsequent pop singles such as Poppa Joe, Little Willy and Alexander Graham Bell only cemented that reputation.

However Little Willy and Wig-Wam Bam showed signs of a rocking heart beneath that Sweet exterior and, by 1974, the British Sweet were decidedly a rock band with Block Buster, Hell Raiser, Fox On The Run and the smashing Ballroom Blitz. While Sweet are now seen as a glam outfit, for many listeners, they are “situated” within the Suzi Quatro end of the glam spectrum (as opposed to the Gary Glitter end) - that is, a nice mix of rock and glam. At the same time, with the synth keyboards and high vocals, there is something Who-ish about Sweet as well.

But the Sweet story is not a straight forward one. The early ’70s saw disagreements over artistic direction, and, over the years, there have been several changes to the group’s lineups. In 1997, keyboardist and vocalist Brian Conolly died from liver failure and repeated heart attacks; and in 2002, drummer Mick Tucker died from leukemia.

According to the wikipedia, there are two versions of The Sweet still active today - Andy Scott’s Sweet, which frequently tour across Europe; and Steve Priest’s Sweet, which tour the US.

Thanks to the person who shared the lossless tracks on the Dime site in 2006.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Ballroom Blitz (5.6MB)
Track 02. Yesterday´s Rain (7.2MB)
Track 03. Someone Else Will/Block Buster (with a harmonica solo by Stevie) (7.9MB)
Track 04. Restless (8.1MB)
Track 05. Cockroach (6.7MB)
Track 06. Burn On The Flame/Healer (9.9MB)
Track 07. AC/DC (5.7MB)
Track 08. Keep It In (4.6MB)
Track 09. The Lies In Your Eyes (4.5MB)
Track 10. The Sixteens (6.9MB)
Track 11. Turn It Down (4.8MB)
Track 12. Action (6.1MB)
Track 13. Set Me Free (5.8MB)
Track 14. Fox On The Run (6.7MB)
Encore:
Track 15. Sweet F.A. (10.7MB)

Lineup:
Andy Scott - guitar, vocals
Brian Connolly - vocals, keyboards
Steve Priest - bass, vocals
Mick Tucker - drums, vocals

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  1. 10 Responses to “THE SWEET - BERLIN 1976”

  2. This is one of a series of Official Bootleg discs released by a Sweet archivist named Kevin Smith. Smith released an assortment of CD’s Video CD’s & DVD’s, but all of the discs became unavailable when Mr.Smith had to close his online shop due to illness. Though I have this disc in my collection, I didn’t consider it to be sufficiently rare to send a copy to Big O. Thankfully, Big O was able to obtain it anyhow.
    At the time Mr.Smith’s online shop was operational, I was still using a set-top box(WebTV) to put internet on my Television screen, and I didn’t have PayPal capability(which was neccessary if you wanted to buy from Mr.Smith’s company). I did get a few of Smith’s CD releases through New York mail-order dealers, including a studio outtakes collection “Into The Light” which I’ve supplied to Big O for future use.
    The one disc that Mr.Smith released that I wished I had been able to purchase was a disc of outtakes from the album “Cut Above The Rest”

    By Philip Cohen on Mar 29, 2010

  3. Fun! KROQ/AM & FM in the early 70’s broke Los Angeles in to Sweet, with the help of Rodney Bingenheimer. Long live The Starwood…

    By Timmy on Mar 31, 2010

  4. Better than I thought, even if the quality of the live vocals does not reach the studio versions. Sometimes this recording sounds like wanna-be-early-Queen with a little bit Uriah Heep and some Status Quo :-).
    I never liked the early Sweet hits like “Wig Wam Bam” and the other stuff for children, but some of their later songs really are o.k., especially “Ballroom Blitz” (this one still works at parties).

    By walter on Apr 4, 2010

  5. The out takes from Cut above The Rest are available on the official release Platinum Rare which can be bought or downloaded from various places on the net.

    WG

    By walrus gumboot on Apr 5, 2010

  6. Dear Walrus,

    The “Cut Above The Rest” outtakes disc once offered by Kevin Smith had some exclusive material not available on “Platinum Rare”.

    By Philip Cohen on Apr 7, 2010

  7. Andy Scott was an outstanding guitarist and maybe is - I don´t remember the year when he certainly still was…
    pre Queen? Some kind of, Walter - maybe… Early Brian May may have looked up to Scott as early Eddie Van Halen did to May.

    Credit where credit is due.

    By Kint on Aug 18, 2013

  8. It seems track 5 cockroach has a broken link?

    By Stlouielou on Aug 3, 2014

  9. It seems the links to tracks 2 “Yesterday’s Rain” and 14 “Fox on the Run” are broken.

    By Cat of Pavlov on Jun 23, 2015

  10. hello Big O:
    You guys have been on a roll lately…keep up the great work.
    Tracks 2 and 14 still come up as HTML documents, and yes I’ve refreshed!! If you wouldn’t mind…I’d appreciate it, as always, and I wish you the best

    By carsmile2 on Sep 25, 2015

  11. Ich war auch am 16.5.1976 beim Sweet Konzert in der Eissporthalle.
    Beim Live-Mitschnitt fehlt das Drum Solo
    von Mick Tucker “Man with the Golden Arm”
    und die Deutsche Nationalhymne von Andy Scott, gespielt auf einer Doppelhalsgitarre.

    By Fred on May 19, 2021

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