Level Headed

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Level Headed
Studio album by Sweet
Released January 1978
Recorded 1977 at Kingsway Recorders, London, Château d'Hérouville, Hérouville, France
Genre Rock, progressive rock, hard rock, folk rock, medieval folk rock
Length 54:56
Label Polydor
Capitol (USA)
Producer Sweet
Sweet chronology
Off the Record
(1977)
Level Headed
(1978)
Cut Above the Rest
(1979)
Alternative cover
Cover of US/Canadian version
Singles from Level Headed
  1. "Love Is Like Oxygen"
    Released: January 1978
  2. "California Nights"
    Released: July 1978

Level Headed is the sixth album by Sweet. It features "Love Is Like Oxygen", the band's last original single to hit the top 40 on both sides of the Atlantic, peaking at #8 in the US and #9 in the UK. The single version of "Love Is Like Oxygen" is substantially shorter than the album version, and the US version has only the first verse, shorter intermezzo and the funk outro. A second single, "California Nights", was released from the album but only reached #76 in the US.

This was the last album to feature the classic lineup, as Brian Connolly departed around a year after the album's release, in order to embark on a solo career. The remaining trio of Steve Priest, Andy Scott, and Mick Tucker continued as Sweet and delivered three more albums before breaking up in 1981.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]

Allmusic lauded the album in their retrospective review, praising the wild sampling of styles and the band's shift from their earlier bubblegum singles to album-driven rock. They concluded "Certainly, this is not classic-era Sweet, but that's precisely what's good about Level Headed - they're off-kilter and adventurous, occasionally stumbling but always making interesting music on an album that's anything but what the title promises."[1]

Track listing[edit]

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

European version[edit]

  1. "Dream On" (Scott) – 2:52
  2. "Love Is Like Oxygen" (Scott, Trevor Griffin) – 6:57
  3. "California Nights" – 3:42
  4. "Strong Love" – 3:27
  5. "Fountain" – 4:44
  6. "Anthem No. I (Lady of the Lake)" – 4:12
  7. "Silverbird" – 3:27
  8. "Lettres D'Amour" – 3:28
  9. "Anthem No. II" – 1:04
  10. "Air on 'A' Tape Loop" (Priest, Scott, Tucker) – 5:54

US version[edit]

An alternate version with a different running order and album cover was released in the US on Capitol Records.

  1. "California Nights"
  2. "Silverbird"
  3. "Dream On"
  4. "Fountain" - 4:11 (Last part with harpsichord is shorter and no hi-hat cymbals)
  5. "Love Is Like Oxygen"
  6. "Anthem No. I (Lady of the Lake)"
  7. "Strong Love"
  8. "Lettres D'Amour"
  9. "Anthem No. II (Instrumental)"
  10. "Air on 'A' Tape Loop"

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel

References[edit]