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What a Bunch of Sweeties

The Pink Fairies Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Audio CD (30 Nov 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blueprint
  • ASIN: B00002MCQQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,703,772 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweeties? You'd be surprised 10 Oct 2003
Format:Audio CD
The Pink Fairies second release, this album, while perhaps lacking the vast inventiveness of the first, Never Never Land album, is far more representative of the Fairies' live act — raw and highly energised. A pure rock album, with a couple of passing nods to the psychedelia of the time and of the first album's magnificent Uncle Harry's Last Freak Out, What A Bunch Of Sweeties gives us no nonsesnse rock, a few killer hooks and the staggering guitar prowess of Paul Rudolph.
The actual recording quality is low, and one assumes that the band spent a couple of days at most in the studio, but the raw talent of these three guys comes through again and again.
In many ways, predecessors to the punk generation, having evolved from Mick Farren's Deviants, the Fairies were very much a troubador outfit, living for life on the road and shunning the record industry. Unfortunately, despite their incredibly long career (incredible in that anything more than a year of that lifestyle is hard to believe) the Fairies were destined for obscurity and eaking out a meagre living. Despite this, bassist, Duncan Sanderson, and drummer, Russel Hunter, were still playing with the Fairies into the late seventies, with Rudolph's replacement, er... forgotten his name. Damn! And it was going so well...
Those who like British rock really must listen to this album. Highly recommended
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Apogee of British Counterculture 12 Aug 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Oh yes, 1972. You could barely go to an outdoor festival in those days and fail to see (or smell) the mighty Pink Fairies (even if they weren't on the official bill they were just as likely to set up their gear outside and create their own 'happening' for free). This sophomore effort was the album which almost brought them into the filthy capitalist mainstream due to it's top 40 placing, but Guitarist/Vocalist Paul Rudolph abruptly legged it soon after. This album is in much harder vein than it's predecessor (possibly due to blissed-out founder member Twink's absence) but just as crappily produced, but powerful songs such as Right On/Fight On maintained the band's alternative credentials whilst giving a foretaste of what was to come on the band's final L.P. - the proto-punk classic 'Kings Of Oblivion'. Their final album is by far the best of the three but this album has the most entertaining cover!. Polite message to Andy of previous review - Paul Rudolph did play bass for Hawkwind in 1976 on their awful 'Astounding Sounds & Amazing Music' album and Larry Wallis did play for Motorhead but left during the recording of their rejected debut album that was eventually released during Motorheadmania as 'On Parole'.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars loose 12 July 2011
Format:Audio CD
Maybe not the best place to start with The Pinks. 'Sweeties' is very, very loose. 'Twink' - their main songwriter had gone after 'Never never land' (their debut and most experimental album) so it was down to guitarist Paul Rudolph to step up. Which he does by splurging loads of messy frenzied riffing over everything. A couple of crap skits notwithstanding, the real deal of 'What a bunch of sweeties' starts around the old side 2 - with a mental 'cover' of The Ventures 'Walk Don't Run' complete with a 'up to her room/hit me with a broom' lyrical couplet. It has a strange allure this album, and if you stick with it you'll get into the '72, mandies, stoner vibe. Get 'Never Never Land' first then the Larry Wallis punk out of 'Kings of Oblivion,' Then get this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What were they thinking? 20 Dec 2010
By B. Kuin
Format:Audio CD
This album has never had the best sound quality but now they've given it the horrible modern Compressed treatment and it sound terrible.
And what about the booklet? It looks like they've googled for a few low resolution pictures and stuck them in there, the famous cartoon is unreadable.
Badly done.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THE Best Rock Album (of 1972)! 15 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
The Fairies 2nd outing and now reduced to a trio after the departure of drummer & founder-member Twink (who was in the groups Tommorow, Pretty Things and also a film with Norman Wisdom in it around '67/'68 and released a much under-rated album entitled "Think Pink". Twink that is, not Wisdom).
I seem to recall "WABOS" literally blowing up my speakers in the early 70's and the years have not diluted it's power either. The opening track is still a scorcher with Paul Rudolph wringing the last manic notes from his guitar. Add to this their inventive interpretation of the Ventures "Walk, Dont Run" and some deft programming of the CD play button and you have an over looked classic!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars eh! 7 Aug 2002
Format:Audio CD
This album was the soundtrack to my youth. From the moment the tinny drums burst into a rampaging beat on Right On, Fight On it became the reason caravans were wrecked and house parties trashed. Portobello Shuffle has the finest finish to any song ever. "Fair Enough" says the large-breasted woman on the cover. This album is better than sex, football and any drugs or alcohol.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'd give it TEN stars!! 5 Nov 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
A weird, raw album of poorly-produced tracks with cheap recording equipment, but the energy and brilliance of Paul Rudolph's guitar work blazes through it all. Anybody who saw the Fairies live in the 70's / 80's would recognise the energy this album recreates.
STILL the best cover of 'Walk Don't Run' I've ever heard.
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