Desolation Boulevard

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Desolation Boulevard
SweetDesolationBoulevardOriginal.jpg
Original UK Cover
Studio album by The Sweet
Released November 1974
Recorded 1974
Studio Audio International Studios, London
Genre Glam rock, hard rock
Length 41:09
Label RCA
Producer Mike Chapman in association with Nicky Chinn
The Sweet chronology
Sweet Fanny Adams
(1974)
Desolation Boulevard
(1974)
The Sweet Singles Album
(1975)
Singles from Desolation Boulevard
  1. "The Six Teens"
    Released: July 1974
  2. "Turn It Down"
    Released: November 1974
  3. "Fox on the Run"
    Released: March 1975
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars link
Robert ChristgauB−[1]

Desolation Boulevard is the third album by Sweet originally released in the United Kingdom in November 1974. Two different versions of the album were released. One by RCA Records in Europe, and another by Capitol Records in the United States, Canada and Japan.

The RCA version contains the single "Turn It Down" and the original recording of "Fox on the Run". The Capitol version, released in the United States in July 1975, includes the 1973 hit single "The Ballroom Blitz" and the single version of "Fox on the Run".

Cover artwork[edit]

The album cover photo was shot near the entrance of a rock music club called The Central, located at 8852 Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, California. Today it is the site of The Viper Room, which is where actor River Phoenix died of a drug overdose on Halloween morning in 1993.

Track listing[edit]

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

RCA release[edit]

Side one
  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
Side two
  1. "The Man with the Golden Arm" (Elmer Bernstein, Sylvia Fine) - 8:27
  2. "Fox on the Run" - 4:47
  3. "Breakdown" - 3:06
  4. "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

Capitol release[edit]

Desolation Boulevard
Desolation Boulevard US Cover.jpg
Capitol version cover
Studio album by Sweet
Released July 1975
Recorded Recorded in England 1973, 1974, 1975
Genre Hard rock, glam rock, heavy metal
Length 43:10
Language English
Label Capitol
Producer Mike Chapman, Nicky Chinn, Sweet
Singles from Desolation Boulevard
  1. "Ballroom Blitz"
    Released: April 1975
  2. "Fox on the Run"
    Released: 1 November 1975

The Capitol version of Desolation Boulevard was released in the United States 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
  1. "Ballroom Blitz" (Chapman, Chinn) – 4:07
  2. "The Six Teens" (Chapman, Chinn) – 4:06
  3. "No You Don't" (Chapman, Chinn) – 4:36
  4. "A.C.D.C." (Chapman, Chinn) – 3:28
  5. "I Wanna Be Committed" (Chapman, Chinn) – 3:14
Side two
  1. "Sweet F.A." (Scott, Tucker, Connolly, Priest) – 6:16
  2. "Fox on the Run" (Scott, Tucker, Connolly, Priest) (single version) – 3:28
  3. "Set Me Free" (Scott) – 3:59
  4. "Into the Night" (Scott) – 4:25
  5. "Solid Gold Brass" (Scott, Tucker, Connolly, Priest) (with guitar overdub) – 5:35

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 Six Teens – #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.