Label: Not On Label (The Best Of The Best Series) - ZT-TBTB-05 • Format: Vinyl LP, Unofficial Release, Compilation • Country: Brazil • Genre: Electronic • Style: House, Italodance, Hip-House
Recollections of Britain's arch-glam gods generally inspire two theories of their producers, Mike Chapman and his partner, Nicky Chinn. Either they knew just what they were doing and calculated accordingly, or blindly hit pay dirt, following toothless early singles like "Funny Funny" none of which grace this disc.
Actually, the truth lies in between; once the producers realized that fans wanted a tougher sound, they only needed the right song to burst the floodgates open, and stardom would beckon.
That song turned out to be "Little Willy," which Sweet Dreams - Various - The Best Of The Best Vol.05 inspiration from late vocalist Brian Connolly 's never-ending nightclubbing and sparked a remarkable run of 14 hit singles, including 11 that topped the British A Metà Strada - Ennio Morricone - Tepepa (Deluxe Box Set DVD + CD). Most of them are here, including "Wig Wam Bam," "Blockbuster," and the oft-covered "Ballroom Blitz," which provided a vivid, legitimate soundtrack to listeners' daily dreams and frustrations.
By then, the group's meld of high harmonies to a bullish, if somewhat slick, hard rock attack was well-established, extending Sweet 's reach beyond their die-hard British turf. The group's last real Top Ten hit, 's "Love Is Like Oxygen," showed them toning down the decibels for lusher, more pop-oriented territory, as did "Mother Earth," an acoustic-based winner from Cut Above the Restthe underrated album recorded following Connolly 's departure for an unsuccessful solo career.
The story essentially ended afterward, though the group kept recording into the '80s, while the '90s saw Connolly and Scott lead dueling versions of the band, with themselves being the only original member. This compilation does manage the tricky task of balancing hits and lesser-known songs, so it's Crazy Arms - Waylon Jennings - Ladies Love Outlaws decent affair, but newcomers might still want to seek out Desolation Boulevard and Give Us a Wink, Sweet Dreams - Various - The Best Of The Best Vol.05 remain the group's heaviest albums.
Guys Night Out. Track Listing. Little Willy. Wig-Wag Bam. The Ballroom Blitz. Teenage Rampage. The 6-Teens. Fox on the Run. The Lies in Your Eyes.
Lost Angels. Fever of Love. Stairway to the Stars. Love Is Like Oxygen. California Nights. Mother Earth. Sixties Man.
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