Not the one they are most famous for, but there’s a strong argument on this evidence to suggest that the 1986 version of The Sweet, having traded in silver shoulder pads for stripy spandex trousers, is the one of most interest to serious Hard Rock fans. Grab a listen to this release for proof, you won’t regret it!
Fireworks magazine (November 2013)
Originally unleashed in 1989, this album captures Sweet at their top of their game…The band’s live version of Love is Like Oxygen, with Fanfare for the Common Man thrown in the mix is still a favourite today, and the opening track – Action – just about sums the whole album up.
Martin Hutchinson (November 2013)
Sweet as in the case of the U.K. pop rock group that broke the sound barrier with their 1973 world wide smash hit single ‘Ballroom Blitz’. Associated with the advent of early 1970s glam-rock sound, The Sweet are fondly remembered again with the 2013 Angel Air CD release of Sweet Live At The Marquee 1986.
Featuring original Sweet guitarist Andy Scott, drummer Mick Tucker and a well rehearsed Sweet lineup, the 13 track CD features The Sweet rocking out at London’s fabled Marquee Club in 1986, running through a number of the Sweet’s 1970′s classics including ‘Ballroom Blitz’, ‘Fox On The Run’ and many more.
MWE3.com (October 2013)
Unleashed in 1989, this album captures Sweet at the top of their game. A different line-up, and one which includes keyboard player Phil Lanzon, who furthered his heavy metal career by later joining Uriah Heep, and original Sweet drummer Mick Tucker. Sadly no longer with us, his legacy as a drummer will never be forgotten as long as we have recordings like this. The band’s live version of Love Is Like Oxygen, with Fanfare For The Common Man thrown in the mix, is still a favourite today, and the opening track, Action, just about sums the whole album up.
theboltonnews.co.uk (October 2013)
…The sound is much harder and rockier than the pop/glam sound Sweet has in their 70s heyday, and to these ears much more appealing. There are plenty of hits – Action, Love Is Like Oxygen, Fox On The Run, and of course Ballroom Blitz…all delivered with much more of a punch with this lineup and is an interesting piece of nostalgia.
Classic Rock Society (September/October 2013)
…The band are on fine form, as are the audience who can be heard loud and clear. Most of the tracks on this album are self penned numbers including many gems from the ‘Sweet… Fanny Adams’ album.
Familiar numbers such as ‘Action’ and ‘Fox On The Run’ are real belters whilst ‘Love Is Like Oxygen’ is drawn out into a rocking progathon.
Originally released in a different cover on vinyl many moons ago this new release has now been bolstered by two extra tracks recorded on the night in the gender swinging ‘AC/DC’ and the old B-Side favourite ‘Burn On The Flame’ available for the first time ever.
A fascinating insight into a forgotten era of the band.
Metal Talk.net (September 2013)
The revitalized group didn’t have a new album out – it would have to wait until 1992, when “The Answer” (also soon to be reissued on Angel Air) arrived – but they plucked the courage to deliver the non-hits cuts such as “Burn On The Flame,” one of the previously unreleased bonuses on this reissue, and the dramatic “No You Don’t” alongside sure fire smashes like “AC-DC” and opener “Action”, where vocal harmonies make a glorious return into fray.
Yet it’s “Sweet FA” that gets aurally upgraded for a genuine metal clang now, which hits the low ceiling once Scott unleashes a solo and during the slightly hysterical charge through “Set Me Free” that also receives a pseudo-orchestral backdrop from synthesizers, one taking the edge off “Fox On The Run”. That edge would be gone ten years later, when this scribe saw SWEET live, but, surprisingly, 25 years on, the band embraced their mojo anew and, judging by the recent live album, still rock in fine fashion.
DMME.net (September 2013)
A fantastic live album (originally released in 1989) showcasing a uber-talented band during a three-night residency at the Marquee, one year before the club closed its doors for good. And it all sounds as far removed from ‘sweet’ as possibly can.
music-news.com (September 2013)
This re-issued live offering provides a compelling showcase for the talents of the 1986 incarnation of Sweet, which featured original members Andy Scott and Mick Tucker alongside keyboardist Phil Lanzon, bassist Mal McNulty and original Iron Maiden frontman Paul Mario Day.
The Latter was apparently sacked by the heavy metal outfit because of his lack of stage charisma, but he’s in particularly fine fettle here as Scott and his cohorts power their way through a potent package boasting energised re-vamps of Sweet’s seventies hits such as Fox on the Run and Ballroom Blitz.
Regional Newspapers, Kevin Bryan (August 2013)
Angel Air’s reissue of this stellar live album includes 2 bonus tracks, additional live cuts from the gig that include “AC DC” and “Burn on the Flame”, both bursting with heavy rock swagger just like their siblings. With a cool booklet jammed with photos and info, this is a well done release from the Angel Air team.
Pete Pardo, Sea of Tranquility (August 2013)
Having seen the 2013 version of Sweet live in recent months it is pleasing to report they remain in rude health, still led by Andy Scott’s fiery guitar riffs and still sending the crowds home happy. Live At The Marquee 1986 is a great reminder of what they were like back in the 80′s with this short lived version of the band.
Sea Of Tranquility (July 2013)