SweetDesolationBoulevardOriginalIn about eight days, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 will be hitting the theaters for a Thursday sneak peak. One of the most appealing elements of the series is the soundtrack that accompanies the film and Vol. 2 looks to be just as amazing as the first. The soundtrack will feature artists like Fleetwood Mac, Electric Light Orchestra, Glenn Campbell, Sam Cooke, George Harrison, and so many more. One of the artists on the soundtrack is none other than UK glam rock legends Sweet whose track Fox On The Run is featured on the soundtrack. In 1975, the band which was made up of Brian Connolly (Lead Vocals), Steve Priest (Bass), Andy Scott (Guitars), Mick Tucker (Drums) released their third album Desolation Boulevard whose American version (that we are covering) is a little different than the UK version. The album was successful for the group as it featured two top five hits in Fox On The Run and Ballroom Blitz (which technically was released in 1973). Andy Scott spoke of the band and the album’s influence saying, “Desolation Boulevard album was groundbreaking back in 1974 and proved to be a major influence on soon to be famous rock bands such as KISS, MÖTLEY CRÜE, DEF LEPPARD and many more. The album was a tightly produced collection of power-pop, heavy-rock, radio-friendly tunes that still sound great today.”

MI00026135571.Ballroom Blitz– One of the most recognizable and covered tracks from the band which was actually about an experience the band once had when the crowd started throwing beer bottles at them. 5/5

2. The Six Teens– A cool rock track that features some acoustic guitar mixed with the electric about six teens who had to deal with the social climate changes from the 60’s to the 70’s. 4/5

3. No You Don’t– a bombastic track that just screams swagger right from the start and it has that thunder to it like a Who track. The track seems to be about someone who is being held back by someone and he feels he’s ready to shine. 4/5

4. A.C.D.C.– A real rock and roll track that I am pretty sure is not about the band AC/DC, but rather about a woman who is bi-sexual. 4/5

5. I Wanna Be Committed– A true glam rock song that reminds me of T-Rex about someone who wants to be committed versus the Ramones wanting to be sedated (obviously this was out before that). 4/5

Desolation-Boulevard-3-picture6. Sweet F.A.– In in your face rock track that is all about the band striking back at critics that said that the band would never make it. It has a great sound to it that you can definitely hear who was influenced by this song. 5/5

7. Fox On The Run– Probably the most popular Sweet track ever recorded that recently went to number one on iTunes thanks to the trailer for Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2. The track apparently is about groupies that the band had encountered. 5/5

8. Set Me Free– A hard driving track that turns up the machismo that has been covered by countless artists like Vince Neil on his solo record. It’s a track about a guy who is trying to be free from a woman that keeps hanging around. 5/5

9. Into The Night– A New York Groove like beginning before Scott comes in shredding along about a guy who felt like a king, but is noticing that he is quickly falling. 4/5

10. Solid Gold Brass– A kind of funky and bluesy track at the same time that has that rock swagger to it and the tempo changes are cool. I think the track is about a guy who believes he is in firm control of a relationship because he is a man and not your mother. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This is a terrific album that definitely shows you how influential of a band they were on a whole entire decade. Yes, they were a huge inspiration for all of the bands you  loved from the 1980’s Hair Metal/rock scene. Definitely give this one a listen if you get a chance. I am going to give the album 4.4 stars out of five for a final grade.

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