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Sweet, The - 1979 Cut Above The Rest

ALBUM: Cut Above The Rest
LABEL: Polydor
SERIAL: 2310657
YEAR: 1979
CD REISSUE: 2010, 7T's (UK), GLAMCD-105


LINEUP: Steve Priest - bass, vocals * Mick Tucker - all percussion, vocals * Andy Scott - guitars, synthesizers, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Call Me * 02 Play All Night * 03 Big Apple Waltz * 04 Dorian Gray * 05 Discophony (Dis Kof O Ne) * 06 Eye Games * 07 Mother Earth * 08 Hold Me * 09 Stay With Me


It was a hot Summer night in June 1979 when I saw Sweet open for Journey at the Palladium Theater in New York City. I knew Brian Connolly was gone and I had missed their last New York area show (with Connolly) supporting Foghat a year earlier. My friends and I had a great balcony view in the 2000 seat theater, and I dreamed of this show for a month and a half after I bought the tickets. High school graduation was just a couple weeks away, but who cared? Time to rock and that we did! Of course, Sweet were in the US promoting this album and to be honest, I didn't think they did a good job of it on stage. Why? Their approach was an all-out rock show, with a stunning drum solo from Mick Tucker I might add. This was fine, but very different from 'Cut Above The Rest' unusual Art Rock style. In fact other than 'Big Apple Waltz', one of the albums best cuts, I can't remember Sweet playing anything else from the album? Odd, but then again, they were playing support for forty minutes on a tiny strip of stage to a crowd who came to hear an up and coming band with a long-haired lead singer who at times sounded like a duck, but God he could sing. Anyway, back to Sweet.?

The Songs
'Cut Above The Rest' is an extension of the bands previous masterwork 'Level Headed'. While nothing close to the hard rock sledgehammer of 'Desolation Boulevard' or 'Give Us A Wink', in this period of Sweet's history the band were experimenting and why not? Often these guys were criticized for having no depth or a just a UK version of The Monkees. Yeah right. Listen to the aforementioned 'Big Apple Waltz', 'Dorian Gray', and 'Mother Earth'. Shades of 10cc, Cafe Jacques and even the Electric Light Orchestra come into play. Miles from 'Ballroom Blitz', but well done!

In Summary
Sweet would return to their rock roots after this album and continued to impress me. A superb band in all their variations and I love 'em! UK rock rarely got better than these guys, but.... The CD reissue cover art on Germany's Repertoire label is nothing like the American LP version and to be honest is very unattractive in comparison. Finally, Journey were amazing. No, excellent and incredible! Still, seeing Sweet live was a special treat and a fantastic night burned in my memory forever.

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#1 | vinyldinosaurus on February 05 2008 16:58:32
Eric, I'm green with envy that you got to see The Sweet open for Journey in 1980. What an awesome show that must have been!
#2 | Eric on February 05 2008 17:11:39
Actually that was 1979 on Journey's 'Evolution' tour. Yeah, it was probably the greatest concert of my life. The biggest impression I came away with after seeing Sweet was just how good a drummer Mick Tucker was. He was amazing and so underrated.

Of course Journey just blew me away. Here's a link to some photos from that show (June 9, 1979) and have have several color photos by the same photographer I bought back in the day. I was in the front row balcony and lost my voice cheering so hardmusic.

#3 | jefflynnefan on February 06 2008 02:25:04
I got to see the Sweet on a triple bill. It was The Sweet, The Guess Who and Cheap Trick way back when.
#4 | Eric on February 06 2008 15:28:06
That must of been one helluva a show Chris?!
#5 | vinyldinosaurus on February 26 2008 15:25:13
Eric: I agree - Mick Tucker is an amazing drummer! Thanks for posting the photos.
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