July 12, 2010 – 3:53 am

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The Fox Collection [no label, 2CD]

Rarities and outtakes. Very good soundboard?

This was compiled from four unofficial, now-deleted German CDs released by a label named “Fox”. Two BBC session tracks and three concert tracks are joined by an assortment of alternate takes and mixes, notably the only release of the “Laura Lee/Show Me The Way” medley which isn’t from a damaged source. The group ended up separating this medley into two separate songs for release. There is also an assortment of re-makes of Sweet hits by Andy Scott’s Sweet, fronted by guitarist Andy Scott, one of two surviving original members. Why did I distill these four CDs down to a two-CD set? Answer, because the label had a limited quantity of material to work with, and so the contents of the four CDs [“Hard Rock Tapes”, “Previously Unreleased Tracks + Versions”, “Sweet Complete” and “Only The Best”] overlapped heavily, so you ARE getting everything from the four discs. I have added a bonus track: an instrumental mix of the group’s final major hit “Love is Like Oxygen”. This is taken from an unofficial CD, “Love is More Than Oxygen”, a disc which has occasional electrical static pops. - Philip Cohen

Mention “glam” today, and Lady Gaga quickly comes to mind. A decade or so ago, it would have been Madonna but in the ’70s, one remembers David Bowie, Gary Glitter, T Rex and Suzi Quatro. And, of course, The Sweet.

Unlike Bowie, who appeared to have a diabolical streak (impressions are everything), or Gary Glitter (we have all read about what he had been up to), there is still something quite wholesome about the British Sweet. After all, they were a band who started off with bubblegum hits such as Funny Funny, Co-Co, Poppa Joe and Littly Willy before moving to harder rockers such as Blockbuster, Hellraiser, Teenage Rampage and Rebel Rouser.

Then there are the “in-between” more-pop-ish tracks as Summer In The City (who would have thought they would cover The Lovin’ Spoonful) and Fox On The Run. Then again, any band with a friendly call-and-response between its members (yes, those were happier times) before Ballroom Blitz can’t be all that threatening.

In 1997, keyboardist and vocalist Brian Conolly died from liver failure and repeated heart attacks; and in 2002, drummer Mick Tucker died from leukemia. 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 Phil for re-compiling this chestnut and sharing the tracks.

Note: A longtime music fan, Philip Cohen was a contributor to the now-defunct ICE Magazine and compiled the boxsets for The Yardbirds, The Small Faces, Humble Pie and Nice.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 256 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Funny Funny (4.9MB)
Track 102. Summer in The City (6.2MB)
Track 103. Get On The Line (5.1MB)
Track 104. Done Me Wrong Alright (BBC) (4.9MB)
Track 105. Need A Lot Of Lovin’ (BBC) (5.4MB)
Track 106. Be With You Soon (6.4MB)
Track 107. Blockbuster (5.9MB)
Track 108. Hellraiser (5.8MB)
Track 109. Teenage Rampage (6.0MB)
Track 110. Rebel Rouser (5.9MB)
Track 111. Ballroom Blitz (7.2MB)
Track 112. Fox on The Run (Andy Scott Demo) (3.0MB)
Track 113. Solid Gold Brass (10.2MB)
Track 114. Medussa (Are You Coming to See Me) (2.9MB)
Track 115. Breakdown (5.8MB)
16. Hellraiser (Live)* - omitted
17. You’re Not Wrong For Loving Me (Live)* - omitted
18. The Man With The Golden Arm (Live)* - omitted
Track 119. Action (6.2MB)
Track 120. Cockroach (8.9MB)
Track 121. 4th of July (6.9MB)
Track 122. Midnight to Daylight (7.2MB)

*These tracks are available officially, and at the correct speed, on the European CD, “Live at The Rainbow 1973″ (RCA/BMG), and on the Japanese Capitol CD, “Anthology” (the album known on its’ original vinyl release as “Strung Up”).

Disc 2
Track 201. Live For Today (6.3MB)
Track 202. Hard Times (8.4MB)
Track 203. Medley: Laura Lee/Show Me The Way (12.2MB)
Track 204. She Gimme Lovin’ (7.4MB)

Andy Scott’s Sweet (remakes):
Track 205. Funny Funny (4.7MB)
Track 206. Co-Co (5.2MB)
Track 207. Poppa Joe (5.4MB)
Track 208. Alexander Graham Bell (5.3MB)
Track 209. Little Willy (5.6MB)
Track 210. Wig Wam Bam (5.2MB)
Track 211. The Six Teens (7.8MB)
Track 212. Fox on The Run (6.4MB)
Track 213. Love is Like Oxygen (7.2MB)

Bonus track (by the original group)
Track 214. Love is Like Oxygen (backing track; from the bootleg “Love is More Than Oxygen”; contains occasional static pops) (12.7MB)

Click on the link to order Sweet’s Live At The Rainbow.


  2. “Summer in The City” is an unreleased track from the line-up which recorded the group’s Fontana debut single(Brian Connolly,Mick Tucker & Steve Priest with guitarist Frank Torpey), and “Get on The Line” is an alternate mix of a song from one of the group’s Parlophone singles(by that time, Frank Torpey was replaced by Mick Stewart). It was only when the group moved to the RCA label(and guitarist Andy Scott joined), that the group found its’ distinctive vocal harmony sound.

    By Philip Cohen on Jul 12, 2010

  3. This is like X-mas , thank you so much!! More Glam PLEASE!!!!!!

    By Happy Jap on Jul 12, 2010

  4. To Happy Jap,

    The Philip Cohen Collection has two more discs of “Sweet” material that may appear here at some point in the future. Stay tuned!

    By Philip Cohen on Jul 13, 2010

  5. thanks a lot for the sweet post.

    By shadreck on Jul 13, 2010

  6. Thanks so much for this set!! Never really paid much attention to Sweet, only having heard
    “Ballroom Blitz” and “Fox on The Run” before. But having listened to this 2 CD set, I’ll be seeking out more of their discography.
    Another great job Phillip!!!!

    By Rick D on Jul 13, 2010

  7. I have the full length version of Laura Lee (show me the way) but every C.D I have found it on it comes from a damaged source tape. This is the first version you can listen to and enjoy. Can’t wait for more BRING IT ON!!!

    By Happy Jap on Jul 13, 2010

  8. Thank you so much Philip!!!

    By Happy Jap on Jul 13, 2010

  9. What a great-sounding collection! And what a joy to listen to. Even the remakes are well done, at least in my opinion. As one who was a fan back in the day, getting to hear these very early metal tracks has definitely transported me back to the mid-70’s. I bought and still have an original American-bought “Strung Up” LP (however, I guess it could be an import, have to check). What incredible phrasing with the guitars! Very catchy composing!

    By 2yrsnojob on Jul 18, 2010

  10. Is there any other material from the Level Headed era which produced Love is Like Oxygen?

    By Richard on Jul 18, 2010

  11. Summer in the city: It is NOT Sweet in any incarnation or form!

    By Jan Achmann on Aug 12, 2010

  12. Any chance of knowing recording dates?

    Looks like a lot of this stuff is not from the original album’s sessions but instead later-reworked versions.

    Is my guess right?

    By E. Matos on Aug 26, 2010

  13. Bubblegum anyone?

    By George martini on Dec 31, 2013

  14. Bubblegum anyone?
    in place of an olive in your martini?

    By the emperor`s new clothes on Dec 31, 2013

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