The Sweet - Funny How Sweet Co-Co Can Be

In the few years prior to their rise atop the glam rock movement, The Sweet ground out a living as a largely manufactured pop act. Forbidden from even playing on their early singles - a la The Monkees - it wasn't until they were introduced to the songwriting team of Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman that the pieces began to fall into place, and they began a collaboration that saw them go on to have seven Top 10 singles during 1972-74. Best known today for rousing teen beat anthems like 'Block Buster' and 'Hell Raiser', that pre-stardom work has been collected on this expanded, 2CD edition of their debut album, 1971's Funny How Sweet Co-Co Can Be.

Fans of bubblegum pop will appreciate Funny How...'s jaunty displays but there are only barest hints of what was to come within its eleven tracks. The tight vocal harmonies would give Queen something to build upon, but the Caribbean colours of 'Co-Co', and covers of The Lovin' Spoonful and The Supremes are pretty cheesy period fare. Cherry Red have thrown in all the relevant singles and their respective flipsides, and it's only then - with the appearance of 'Little Willy' and 'Wig Wam Bam' - that the tougher Sweet sound really began to emerge. Overall, a bit of a footnote then; from here on the heels would get higher and the satin flares would get wider, and the audiences would get significantly bigger.

Overall

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