Friday, 7 April 2017

Rachel Sweet - B.A.B.Y.; The Best Of Rachel Sweet (2001) Flac and mp3

It's very easy to remember Rachel Sweet as little more than a juvenile novelty within the Stiff Records canon, one more in a long line of headline-grabbing oddities who vanished from the radar around the same time as people stopped caring what the label itself was up to. To do so, however, serves up a dreadful injustice, to Sweet of course, but also to anyone who actually sits down to listen to Sweet's Stiff Records output and discovers there a treasure trove of excellence.
Her Fool Around debut album, in particular, was a masterpiece, a country-new wave hybrid a decade ahead of its time, and littered with some sensational performances -- "Who Does Lisa Like" is only the most obvious, the almost shockingly mature "Wildwood Saloon" only the most surprising. Of course there were a few obligatory bubblegum boppers in there, but when the novelty factor gets too grating, it's the songs ("Cuckoo Clock," "Girl with a Synthesizer") that jar, not the singer. Sweet's second album, Protect the Innocent, was less enthralling, although a lovely cover of the Velvet Underground's "New Age" and a strange take on the Damned's "New Rose" both thrill, while Sweet also unleashed a positively beautiful take on the oldie "I Go to Pieces."
All of which lines B.A.B.Y. up as an excellent collection, and a fitting tribute to a singer who should never have been allowed to fade away as she did. At her best, she really was one of the best.(

Rachel Sweet was great in the four years from 1978 till 1982. I must confess that i don't know later stuff ( i.e. the album ''The Look'' , released without calling her name on the album).
If you don't know Rachel Sweet give her a try.
Cheers  SB1   New Flac link           mp3@320


  1. Oh Frank - LOVE Rachel Sweet!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    If you have time one day, could you please re-up the flac? Mega is down now:(

    YOUR BLOG here is GREAT!
    Thank you for all the intriguing and rockin' pop:)

    Best always,

    1. Thank you so much, Frank!
      All the BEST in your new home:)


  2. Wow!
    Thanks a lot, Frank, as I KNOW how BUSY you are right now, my friend:)
    We're having a big thunderstorm here in Ontario, Canada. I have to unplug, but I hope to visit you here in 1 or 2 days from now:)

    All my best!

  3. Hi,
    Can you re-up in flac when you can,I love this period of Rachel Sweet.Thanks for all these great stuff your post.