RATINGS: A = must own B = buy it C= average D = yawn F = puke

Sweet – Desolation Boulevard Revisited Live
Sweet Records

Rating: B

Back in 1974 Sweet released the album Desolation Boulevard, which would become a very influential album due to its near perfect mix of pop sensibility and hard rocking guitars.  The album contained such classics as “Ballroom Blitz” and “Fox on the Run.”

Now, in 2013, Sweet has released a live version of the album available only by digital download (link below).  The only original member of Sweet, guitarist Andy Scott, says this about the album, “Sweet’s Desolation Boulevard album was groundbreaking back in 1974 and proved to be a major influence on soon to be famous rock bands such as Kiss, Motley Crue, Def Leppard and many more. The album was a tightly produced collection of power-pop, heavy-rock, radio-friendly tunes that still sound great today. This was the album that accelerated Sweet into a major headlining touring band in the '70s, a testament of anyone who saw the band 'live.' Several of the songs from the album have been covered by other artists which pays true homage to a great band. Now in 2013, we have Desolation Boulevard Revisited. A 'live' album release, almost 40 years on from the original but sounding as fresh as the day the songs were conceived. This is a 'must' for Sweet fans everywhere!"

The album also contains such great classics as “Sweet F.A.” “The Six Teens,” AC-DC,” and “Set Me Free.”  Of course, “Fox On the Run” and “Ballroom Blitz” are the bookends to this live album, representing the best the band ever did.  While Scott may be the only one who was there when it all happened the first time, he has assembled a band that can, and does, more than justice to the original. 

Hear song samples and buy the album at Amazon.com here:


By Jeb Wright