Desolation Boulevard

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Desolation Boulevard
Original UK Cover
Studio album by Sweet
Released November 1974
Recorded 1974
Genre Hard rock, glam rock
Length 41:09
43:10 (USA)
Label RCA
Capitol (USA)
Producer Mike Chapman in association with Nicky Chinn
Sweet chronology
Sweet Fanny Adams
(1974 UK)

The Sweet
(1973 USA)
Desolation Boulevard
(1974)
Give Us a Wink
(1976)
Alternative Cover
US Cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link
Robert Christgau B−[1]

Desolation Boulevard is the third album by Sweet, and their second released in 1974. It contains the original variant of one of the band's best known songs, "Fox on the Run". (The U.S. version also includes the smash "The Ballroom Blitz".)

Most of the songs from the US version have been covered by different bands. For example, "AC/DC" was covered by Joan Jett in 2006, and by Vince Neil in 2010.

Cover artwork[edit]

The album cover photo was shot near the entrance of a rock 'n' roll club called The Central, located at 8852 Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. Today it is the site of The Viper Room, where actor River Phoenix died from a drug overdose on 31 October 1993. The back cover photo is a shot of the Las Vegas Boulevard "The Strip", Las Vegas, Nevada, in the early 1970s.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Brian Connolly, Steve Priest, Andy Scott, and Mick Tucker except where noted.

European version (LP/CD)[edit]

  1. "The Six Teens" (Mike Chapman, Nicky Chinn) - 4:02
  2. "Solid Gold Brass" - 5:28
  3. "Turn It Down" (Chapman, Chinn) - 3:27
  4. "Medusa"[2][3] ("Medussa", on remastered CD editions 1999 and 2005[4]) (Scott) - 4:44
  5. "Lady Starlight" (Scott) - 3:09
  6. "The Man With the Golden Arm" (Elmer Bernstein, Sylvia Fine) - 8:33
  7. "Fox on the Run" - 4:49
  8. "Breakdown" - 3:03
  9. "My Generation" (Pete Townshend) - 3:54

Bonus tracks on Remastered CD Edition (2005)[edit]

  1. "Teenage Rampage" (single A-side) (Chapman, Chinn) - 3:32
  2. "Own up, Take a Look at Yourself" (single B-side) - 3:58
  3. "Burn on the Flame" (single B-side) - 3:37
  4. "Someone Else Will" (single B-side) - 3:25
  5. "Medussa" (home demo) - 5:51
  6. "Burn on the Flame" (home demo) - 3:57
  7. "I Wanna Be Committed" (Chapman, Chinn) - 3:10
  8. "Fox on the Run" (single A-side) - 3:24
  9. "Miss Demeanor" (single B-side) - 3:17

US version[edit]

  1. "Ballroom Blitz" (Chapman, Chinn) – 4:06
  2. "The Six Teens" (Chapman, Chinn) – 4:05
  3. "No You Don't" (Chapman, Chinn) – 4:36
  4. "AC DC" (Chapman, Chinn) – 3:28
  5. "I Wanna Be Committed" (Chapman, Chinn) – 3:13 (original length 4:04)
  6. "Sweet F.A." – 6:15
  7. "Fox on the Run (7" version) – 3:27
  8. "Set Me Free" (Scott) – 3:59
  9. "Into the Night" (Scott) – 4:25
  10. "Solid Gold Brass" – 5:35 (with guitar overdub)

Personnel[edit]

  • Brian Connolly – lead vocals (except as noted)
  • Steve Priest – bass, lead vocals (UK tracks 9, 18; US track 3), backing vocals
  • Andy Scott – guitars, lead vocals (UK tracks 5, 6; US track 9), backing vocals
  • Mick Tucker – drums, percussion, backing vocals

Chart positions[edit]

  • 1973 The Ballroom Blitz – #1 DE+AU, #2 GB+BE, #3 CH, #4 NL, #5 US, #10 FI
  • 1974 The Sixteens – #4 DE, #6 CH+BE, #7 NL, #8 FI, #9 GB, #48 AU
  • 1974 Turn It Down - #2 DE, #10 FI, #41 GB
  • 1975 Fox On The Run – #1 DE+AU, #2 GB+NL, #3 CH, #5 US, #10 FI

References[edit]

  1. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Sweet". Robert Christgau. 
  2. ^ Desolation Boulevard, German LP pressing, 1974. Discogs. Retrieved 2011-12-19.
  3. ^ Desolation Boulevard, UK CD edition, 1989. Discogs. Retrieved 2011-12-19.
  4. ^ Desolation Boulevard. EU CD edition, 2005 Discogs. Retrieved 201-12-19.

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