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MARK TAYLOR'S BIG CITY NIGHTS
SWEET: 'New York Connection' (As Is)
Oh yes, the mere mention of seventies glam rockers The Sweet immediately brings a joyous smile to the face. Hits such as 'Ballroom Blitz', 'Blockbuster', 'Hellraiser', 'Fox On The Run' and 'Love Is Like Oxygen' were all UK Top Ten hits that made Sweet into a household name going on to sell 55 million records worldwide notching up 34 number one smashes along the way.
Sadly singer Brian Connelly and drummer Mick Tucker are no longer with us. Bassist Steve Priest leads his own version of the Sweet over in the States but the real money is on guitarist/songwriter Andy Scott who with his band Sweet are still a popular draw on the European circuit. The talented Tony O'Hara is back in the band sharing vocals and keyboard duties with Pete Lincoln on bass and Bruce Bisland on the bongoes.
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So what are Sweet up to in 2012 I hear you ask? Well if I told you that the band who made 'Sweet Fanny Adams', the album that influenced Motley Crue so much they almost copied it note for note throughout their career, have just made an album full of covers, I would expect a massive yawn.
However with this album Sweet have injected the magic of fun into songs that you would've heard before in one shape or form with their own little twist, slipping in little hints of their own hits along the way and other current pop hits of today... Confused? Don't be... Get on your stomping boots and enjoy the ride.
Sweet have captured the sound that Def Leppard have been trying to create for these past two decades. This album has the stompness of the seventies but brought up to date with a crisp bouncy production. The music is non stop rock n' roll party all the way. The Russ Ballard penned hit for Ace Frehley of Kiss, 'New York Groove', is redone, executed perfectly but intertwined with Jay-Z's and Alicia Keys 'Empire State Of Mind'... Keep on reading folks... It gets better.
The cover of Black Keys' 'Gold On The Ceiling' is another stomper romper followed by the unexpected twist of the punk band cover of Electric Frankenstein's 'All Moving Faster'. The title track 'New York Connection' is a Sweet original and was on the B-side to 'Wig Wam Bam'. This version is clinically brought up to date.
The gold medal award must go to the unbelievable take on Dead Or Alive's smash hit 'You Spin Me Round'. Oh yes, right round like a hit record baby right round, round, round.
It will leave your head spinning. They even do a Ramones take one moment with 'Blitzkrieg Bop' before getting you to dance 'On Broadway.'
This album is a pleasant surprise. You'll be having a Ballroom Blitz around your house with this Blockbuster. The only thing I don't like about it is Sweet FA.