Sweet / Strung Up / 2LP purple vinyl and two-CD ‘restored’ editions


Glam up for Sony Music’s expanded, digitally remastered reissue of Sweet’s 1975 studio/live compilation Strung Up in double LP colour vinyl and 2CD formats.

Sweet albums generally failed to achieve quite the level of chart success as the band’s singles, but Strung Up might never have been released if it hadn’t been for career-best sales of their 1974 studio album Desolation Boulevard in North America. It peaked at number 25 in the US and number five in Canada, eventually achieving gold status in both countries. In an attempt to capitalise on their growing popularity Stateside, the band had 50 headline gigs lined up across the pond and it was decided to delay the release of Sweet’s fourth studio album Give Us A Wink until 1976 lest they cannibalise sales of Desolation Boulevard.

To keep Sweet’s hordes of non-US fans happy in the meantime, RCA issued Strung Up in November 1975 instead. It featured one disc with seven songs recorded live during the band’s 1973 gig at the Rainbow Theatre on 21 December. The other disc had ten studio tracks recorded since 1973, including the previously unreleased I Wanna Be Committed, plus two songs that had never appeared on an album before – Miss Demeanour and Burn On the Flame.

The mix of live and studio recordings proved popular, reaching number nine in the UK, spending 16 weeks in the German charts (peaking at number 17), and achieving high chart positions across Scandanavia and as far afield as Australia and New Zealand.

This attractively presented double-LP reissue of Strung Up is pressed on 180g purple vinyl and is expanded to include three bonus tracks on the ‘Live Album’ (The Ballroom Blitz, Blockbuster and Teenage Rampage) and four on the ‘Studio Album’ (The Lies In Your EyesFever Of Love, Teenage Rampage and Hell Raiser).

As for the two-CD edition, the PR machine talks of this being the ‘first-ever CD’ of this album, but there have in fact been three previous CD releases (in Japan 1992 and 1998 under the title Anthology, and in the USA in 1997). The difference is that those reissues each featured only 17 tracks, whereas the expanded 2016 CD reboot, will feature the same 24 tracks as the new two-LP format. This means that if you want to hear all 14 songs played at Sweet’s 1973 Christmas gig, including an eight-and-a-half-minute Rock ’N’ Roll Medley, you’ll have to try to get hold of RCA’s 1999 Sweet – Live At The Rainbow 1973 release.

The Strung Up double LP edition is out now, with the CD version to follow on 27 May 2016.


Track Listing

2LP edition

LP 1: Live Album

Side A

  1. Hell Raiser (Strung Up Live Edit)
  2. Burning/Someone Else Will
  3. Rock ’n’ Roll Disgrace
  4. Need A Lot Of Loving
  5. The Ballroom Blitz (Bonus track)
  6. Blockbuster (Bonus track)

Side B

  1. Done Me Wrong All Right
  2. You’re Not Wrong For Loving Me
  3. The Man With The Golden Arm
  4. Teenage Rampage (Bonus Track)

LP 2: Studio Album

Side A

  1. Action (Strung Up Mix)
  2. Fox On The Run
  3. The Lies In Your Eyes (Bonus Track)
  4. Fever Of Love (Bonus Track)
  5. Set Me Free
  6. Miss Demeanour
  7. The Ballroom Blitz

Side B

  1. Teenage Rampage (Bonus Track)
  2. Burn On The Flame
  3. Solid Gold Brass
  4. The Six Teens
  5. I Wanna Be Committed
  6. Blockbuster
  7. Hell Raiser (Bonus Track)

CD edition

Disc: 1
1. Hell Raiser
2. Burning/Someone Else Will
3. Rock’n Roll Disgrace
4. Need A Lot Of Loving
5. The Ballroom Blitz
6. Done Me Wrong All Right
7. You’re Not Wrong for Loving Me
8. The Man with the Golden Arm
9. Teenage Rampage
10. Blockbuster

Disc: 2
1. Action
2. Fox on the Run
3. The Lies in Your Eyes
4. Fever of Love
5. Set Me Free
6. Miss Demeanor
7. The Ballroom Blitz
8. Teenage Rampage
9. Burn on the Flame
10. Solid Gold Brass
11. The Six Teens
12. I Wanna Be Committed
13. Blockbuster
14. Hell Raiser

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William Duffy

Is Strung Up the proper original cover, as the image on here doesn’t indicate this to be the case?

Andee Scoot

Thumbs up for ‘Strung Up’ new vinyl treatment, but thumbs down for two (of four) bonus tracks on studio portion that absolutely don’t belong to this reissue: ‘The Lies in Your Eyes’ and ‘Fever of Love’. I can’t see any logic to put two post-‘Strung Up’ tunes on studio long player instead of songs that really belong here, like ‘Rock & Roll Disgrace’ or ‘Turn it Down’…But what is a single voice of reason against Sony’s army of marketing wizards?

peter chrisp

And who could not forget the risque lyrics Burning/Someone Else Will, i wonder if they will have a “warning” sticker hmm doubt it.


Sorry Adam, you need to take a second look at your Desolation Boulevard LP’s.

As Steve correctly points out, the US version was indeed one side of Chapman / Chinn songs (Side 1) and one side of Sweet originals (Side 2). It was a selection of tunes from Sweet Fanny Adams, the UK Desolation Boulevard and single releases that hadn’t appeared on any UK LP.

The original UK Desolation Boulevard LP has two Chapman / Chinn songs: The Six Teens and Turn it Down (Side 1 – Tracks 1 & 3).

Next, It was my understanding that the snare drum multi-track did not record properly for the Rainbow show and that Mick Tucker went into the studio and re-recorded the snare track only for the songs that appeared on the live disc.

This is why the 1999 release of the complete show is in mono, it’s from a backup copy of the show and (slightly) inferior in sound quality to the Strung Up release. Excellent concert, though!

Not sure where they would have found stereo recordings for the bonus live tracks, I’m hoping that they don’t just insert the RCA mono recordings. Got my fingers crossed for this as well as praying they include the alternate edit of Action and the extended version of I Wanna Be Committed.

Adam shaw

I know the uk Desolation had 2 chin/chap tracks

Philip Cohen

I was about to explain the reason why the additional Rainbow tracks released (over the years) are in mono sound, but I saw your post, and you explained it perfectly and correctly.

I wouldn’t mind seeing expanded 2-CD editions of all the group’s studio albums, putting all of the alternate takes (presently heard on independent label releases) back into the correct context and taken from the original master tapes.


I’m afraid all of the live tracks on this new edition are lifted from that Live At The Rainbow mono CD. More than a little p*ssed off. I’d rather have the live tracks the way they were originally released, overdubs and all. I can live without the bonus tracks, which are all readily available on the aforementioned Rainbow CD. Now I’m gonna have to pull out my turntable and amp and computer just to do a vinyl rip of the first album. Grrrr.


What a great reason to break out the old Sweet LP & play it. The labels agree with your observation. Spot on


Adam – the US Desolation Boulevard had plenty of Chinnichap tunes – it was literally Side 1 100% Chapman & Chinn, Side 2 100% band-written.

Adam shaw

Sorry mate I’ve got to disagree, the original pressing didn’t have any , if you can find it on YouTube Andy Scott even talks about it , saying Capital records didn’t realize they did it until it was released.

Adam shaw

I was forgetting some tracks from Sweet Fanny Adams were chin/chap and were used on USA pressings .
But I’m sure my early copy , which I will have to dig out , is the one Andy talks about .

Adam shaw

Is says that there’s a edit on the live Hell Raiser ! One of the best tracks on there and it’s been cut ? Madness!!
And the added tracks to the studio side ruines the idea of the album , that most of the songs on there were again Sweet originals .

Adam shaw

The original also had 2 different mixes on the studio side . Action was the long version (later to apear on Give Us Wink ) but without the famous slow downed ending and Solid Gold Brass was a different mix than apeared on Desolation Boulevard. I’m hoping that these are on the new version with the long mix of I Wanna Be Committed that apeared as an extra track on the Desolation cd but was cut short .
Btw Paul, Desolation Boulevard original US vinyl version was a mixture of the said LP and Sweet Fanny Adams but only with tracks written by the Sweet and nothing by Chin and Chapman who were the puppet masters hence Strung Up .

elliott buckingham

a great sounding vinyl but was a bit gutted when the live tracks didn’t flow like a live album but had gaps between the tracks


Wow. It’s about time Sweet got the vinyl reissue treatment. I am just about to go and order them now! Will the other albums get the same treatment?

Rare Glam

There’s also 5 x title set on mini LP C D coming out in Japan 25th May though it seems only to have one bonus track on ‘Strung Up’


elliott buckingham

i have this and the colour advertised is nothing like the colour inside the sleeve

SDE Hall of Fame

That’s our understanding, ‘purple’ not the ‘pink’ as described on various stores.