Desolation Boulevard

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Desolation Boulevard
SweetDesolationBoulevardOriginal.jpg
Original UK Cover
Studio album by Sweet
Released November 1974
Recorded 1974
Genre Hard rock, glam rock
Length 41:09
Label RCA
Producer Mike Chapman in association with Nicky Chinn
Sweet chronology
Sweet Fanny Adams
(1974)
Desolation Boulevard
(1974)
The Sweet Singles Album
(1975)
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 American version, released in November 1975, also includes the 1973 smash "The Ballroom Blitz".)

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 release[edit]

  1. "The Six Teens" (Mike Chapman, Nicky Chinn) - 4:02
  2. "Solid Gold Brass" - 5:33
  3. "Turn It Down" (Chapman, Chinn) - 3:30
  4. "Medusa"[2][3] ("Medussa", on remastered CD editions 1999 and 2005[4]) (Scott) - 4:45
  5. "Lady Starlight" (Andy Scott) - 3:12
  6. "The Man With the Golden Arm" (Elmer Bernstein, Sylvia Fine) - 8:27
  7. "Fox on the Run" - 4:47
  8. "Breakdown" - 3:06
  9. "My Generation" (Pete Townshend) - 3:59

Bonus tracks on 1997 reissue[edit]

  1. "Burning" - 4:07
  2. "Rock & Roll Disgrace" - 3:50

Bonus tracks on 1999 reissue[edit]

  1. "I Wanna Be Committed" - 3:10
  2. "Teenage Rampage" (single A-side) - 3:32

Bonus tracks on 2005 reissue[edit]

  1. "Teenage Rampage" (Chapman, Chinn) - 3:52
  2. "Own up, Take a Look at Yourself" (B-side of "Teenage Rampage") - 3:58
  3. "Burn on the Flame" (B-side of "The Six Teens") - 3:37
  4. "Someone Else Will" (B-side of "Turn It Down") - 3:25
  5. "Medussa" (home demo - previously unreleased) - 5:51
  6. "Burn on the Flame" (home demo - previously unreleased) - 3:57
  7. "I Wanna Be Committed" (Chapman, Chinn) - 3:10
  8. "Fox on the Run" (7" version) - 3:24
  9. "Miss Demeanor" (B-side of "Fox On The Run") - 3:17

US release[edit]

Desolation Boulevard
Desolation Boulevard US Cover.jpg
US Cover
Studio album by Sweet
Released July 1975
Recorded Recorded in England 1973, 1974, 1975
Genre Glam rock, hard rock
Length 43:10
Language English
Label Capitol
Producer Mike Chapman, Nicky Chinn, Sweet

The U.S. version of Desolation Boulevard was released in July 1975. It was different from the U.K. version and included several songs from their previous album Sweet Fanny Adams in addition to the "Ballroom Blitz" and "Fox on the Run" singles.

Side One contains all Chapman-Chinn penned songs, while Side Two features songs written and produced by Sweet.

  1. "Ballroom Blitz" – 4:07
  2. "The Six Teens" – 4:06
  3. "No You Don't" – 4:36
  4. "A.C.D.C." – 3:28
  5. "I Wanna Be Committed" – 3:14
  6. "Sweet F.A." – 6:16
  7. "Fox on the Run" (7" version) – 3:28
  8. "Set Me Free" (Andy Scott) – 3:59
  9. "Into the Night" (Andy Scott) – 4:25
  10. "Solid Gold Brass" (with guitar overdub) – 5:35

Bonus tracks on 1988 reissue[edit]

  1. "Action" – 3:44

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.