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Sweet Fanny Adams
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 27 April 2004
Of all the Sweet albums, this one is probably their best - it has nosingles on it, but it has some of their best album tracks. Any of the moreexpansive 'best of' albums have most of the tracks from this album onthem, and there are no other albums that fare as well in that respect.
Each track is a killer glam rock song, harder than most glam rockers inthe 70's, yet full of catchy hooks and great vocal harmonies. Steve Priestand Andy Scott get their chance at a lead vocal here, with Steve providinglead on 'No You Don't' and 'Restless', and Andy on 'Into the Night'. Brianof course does his usual excellent job on the rest of the songs.
It's hard to pick out a highlight on this album, as the level of qualityis so high, so I'm not even going to try. I now live in America, and it'samazing that most Americans think that glam rock was an American inventionin the 80's. If they heard this they would think again!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 April 2004
First heard this album when I was into punk in late 70's...
I thought it was brilliant then.
Saw the Sweet in London in 1978...after they had released theiralbum...Level Headed..which is a good album!
but Sweet F.A...is a classic...!
On hindsite...the most influential band of the early seventies...
and to me their harmonies made queen sound like amateurs...just anopinion..of course.
The drums...Mick Tucker was surely a genius...
As with Andy Scott's guitar work and Steve Priest's bass.
BrianConnolly...well...still probobly the best singer to come out of Scotlandto date...dont know if anyone else sold as many records...
This album....sheer class....!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 2 February 2012
Released in early '74 when their star was beginning to wane 'Sweet Fanny Adams' stands today as a sublimely cool piece of hard rock right down to the cover. I'd go as far as saying that, at the time, this album was superior to the stuff being released by more 'credible', established bands such as Deep Purple and Black Sabbath.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 March 2015
Proudly I can boast of ordering a Sweet album many years ago from a mail-order company selling Sweet's new album at the time 'Teenage Rampage'.! Unknown to me, Sweet, or their record company, changed their minds at the 11th hour, re-packaged and re-named the new album, and I received in the post a brand new Sweet album called 'Sweet Fanny Adams'.!! Nobody had been told about this so I believe I was the first person to receive this album in Ireland.! Anyway,I'll climb down from my high horse now and let you know, this is a brilliant album, and for anyone that does'nt know what Sweet were up to, just go out and get it. You will not be disappointed ! It's still as good now as it was when it came out first. To be truthful, there are two tracks which i would call typical Sweet pop songs on this. Ac Dc & The Peppermint Twist which ,by the way, is an excellent version, but all the other tracks are in my opinion great songs fit for any rock album. And with extra tracks included now, eg.old B-Sides etc., it is certainly worth buying. A Classy, Brilliantly Arranged, Polished Rock Album !! No other way to describe it. If you have'nt got it in your collection, do yourself a favour, and make sure you get this great album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 September 2011
I have been a BIG fan of Sweet since I was a young teenager.
I have most of their singles on 7-inch vinyl and I just love their
B-Sides. Most of which were written by the Band,as opposed to the A-Sides
which were written by the Chin/Chapman partnership.
This is a cracking Album of Rock Tracks,and not a Single A-Side in sight.
One song that sticks out for me, although all deserve a good listening to is
Sweet F.A. Which was the B-Side of Action.
All-in-all, well worth the few quid I paid for the Album.(almost sweet F A)Ho Ho!
I dare you not to give it a go..... Enjoy! Johnny.
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on 31 January 2014
Well, I certainly thought so when I bought it and for many years when growing up afterwards. Give Us Wink and Off the record are pretty good too, although both are dragged down by a couple of substandard tracks.
Set Me Free sets a very high standard as the opener, followed by Heartbreak Today, which is arguably one of the best things they ever wrote. As well as being heavy, it would have made a good single too. No you Don't is also fab, whilst Rebel Rouser is good, but sounds like either a try-out for, or a follow -up to, Hell Raiser, a fact underlined by the latter single's inclusion an extra track on here. Peppermint Twist, a cover of the old 60s song, sounds a bit out of place and is probably the weakest track on the album. Apparently it went down well live. The old side 2 kicked off with the title track, and very good it is too, albeit not exactly suitable for a single. The hypnotic restless follows, which is slightly reminiscent of 'Healer' on 'Give Us a wink', except that it is rather better and doesn't outstay its welcome by three minutes. Into the night is OK but probably Peppermint Twist's main rival for worst track on the album, whilst Ac/DC brings proceedings to a sublime end.
I always quite liked the fact that this album was not dated by any hit singles, but as bonus tracks we now get Blockbuster, Hell Raiser and Ballroom Blitz, plus their respective B-sides. The hits need no recommendation from me and the B sides are good, if – as is usually the case with bonus tracks – below the standard of the rest of the album they've been tacked on to. I guess having the singles here saves my having to dig the vinyl out of the loft.
Anyway, if you like Sweet's singles and have only heard rumours about what a good albums band they were, buy this, the rumours are all true.
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on 25 February 2011
Sweet suffered so much from their glam rock, top of the pops image, to be honest, much as I like Blockbuster and Fox on the Run, I never took them seriuosley. They are a perfect example of not judging a book by its cover.

With their albums they tried hard to show they were serious musicians because in truth, they were. This album is very good, not quite as good as their second; Desolation Boulevard, but worth listenning to nonetheless and holds within it some great guitar work by Andy Scott, a very underated and never mentionned guitarist who should be held in higher esteme.

There are some gems on this album, Rebel Rouser and Sweet FA being two of them plus the remaster does contain Blockbuster and Hellraiser.

It is easy to spot the influence of Deep Purple here, but also, a good listenning will point to other bands being influenced by Sweet, bands you may not immediately think of such as Judas Priest and Def Leppard.

It is well worth putting prejudice aside and buying this and their second album, you will not be disappointed.
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on 8 February 2015
I got this album on cassette for my 12th birthday and I have loved it ever since. SFA is a hard rock masterpiece. This remaster is excellent with top notch sound quality. So many rock albums from this era are unplayable on my high end system,but this sounds so good. The tittle track is truly magnificent. Its a great pity that SFA remains largely unknown amongst the rock fraternity whose snobbery keeps them from listening to it. Many still see the Sweet as a bubblegum band. This album unequivocally dispels that myth. SFA is one of the best hard rock albums of the 70s
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on 8 November 2012
With Sweet's SWEET FA album '74,it would show the world that sweet wer'nt just glam pussy-cats.Obviously Sweet fans already knew this and would quite often play the 'B' side first,i did.With exception to 'Rebel Rouser', 'Peppermint Twist' and AC-DC this is a very good Album.Whether the rest of the world got to hear this LP or not is in question,but me thinks not.Over-all a very good effort,but the next album will blow your socks off.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 October 2009
Their best album - great heavy rock - made better with all the hits from the same era.
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