The Sweet was a compilation album released as Sweet's debut album in the USA, substituting for 1971's "Funny How Sweet Co-Co Can Be", which was not given a US release. The band's second album, "Sweet Fanny Adams" was also not given a US release, but tracks from this and the band's third album "Desolation Boulevard" were combined on the US version of that album to compensate for this.
Sweet. The album consists primarily of singles and B-sides released in the U.K. and Europe in 1972 and 1973. One of the singles, "Little Willy", was Sweet's first and greatest hit in the U.S. and was released as a single. The singles "Wig-Wam Bam", "Hell Raiser" and "Block Buster" were also on the album. Commercially it did not do well, only reaching #191 in the charts.
The American CD re-issue of this album includes the live version of the song "Need a Lot of Lovin'", apparently in error. The studio version was only available as a B-side of the single "Block Buster" and is available on the 2005 re-issue of Sweet Fanny Adams. The original American vinyl pressing used the studio version of "Need A Lot Of Lovin'".