There was a CD out some years of early Sweet / Brian Connolly (c.1968-70) pre- RCA recordings. It was only a short CD 10 songs maybe? Does anyone have it or know what its called?
Just been googling and I think it was a CD called '68 Was 68'. Only this was not Brian Connolly but Brian Connell and the Round Sound a different act / person altogether. If there is another disc though do say!
Repertoire released 'First Recordings 1968-71' back in 1991... maybe this is the one?
The Lollipop Man
All You Ever Get From Me
Get on the Line
It's Lonely Out There
I'm On My Way
My Little Girl From Kentucky
Nice little booklet with a brief (very brief) band history and full discography and two early band promo photos with original guitarist Frank Torpey.
Thanks for that Mark, that will do nicely!
Well, I always regard the Hoffman post opinions as an extreme examples. I really don't know how those guys can bear to listen to anything at all given how they seem to find audio faults in everything!
I have the Sensational Sweet box set and I think it's excellent. I have a little Bose portable CD player and it gives a good full sound. If you have a sophisticated audiophile set up maybe that would highlight things mine doesn't. All I can say is that to my (admittedly aging) ears, it sounds an aural joy. Any Sweet fan who wants the Brian Connolly years in one 5" place need only get this set. It has a good booklet as well.
I have the Japanese mini LP CD box set that came out last year of Sweet's US issued albums. A very nice package in itself but rather like how the Beatles were oriignally issued in the USA a dog's dinner in terms of the time frame and release order. The 'Sensational Sweet'set puts that all in its orignal order. The only odd thing is that the singles disc starts with the last 45 thay did and ends with first on RCA so plays from 1978-71!
It does include BBC recorded versions of some of the 1968-69 tunes but not the actual 45s which is why I was looking for the Repertoire disc. I also bought the 4 x CD 'The Polydor Albums' box set that repats 'Level Headed' and adds the three final post-Brian Connolly abums which is very good sound.
BTW - I have both 'Desolation Boulevard' and 'Sweet Fanny Adams' in the 2005 BMG CD formats with the era singles added. I always liked them as well sound wise and I guess they are on a par with the box, loud but clear. Others might think them 'brickwalled'.