- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Collectables Records
- Original Album #1: Columbia ARC 37077 (1981)
- Original Album #2: Columbia FC 38342 (1982)
Description by OLDIES.com:
Rachel Sweet was marketed for her leather-clad looks and bad-girl attitude, but her vocal talent was undeniably remarkable. These two albums, originally released by Columbia records, showcase Sweet's talents for singing and bringing irresistable hits. Then He Kissed Me was originally released in 1981 and features the Top 40 hit "Everlasting Love." Blame It On Love was released in 1982 and it also had a hit song in "Voo Doo," which broke into the Top 75 on the Billboard Pop Charts.
- 1.Shadows Of The Night
- 2.Then He Kissed Me / Be My Baby
- 3.Billy And The Gun
- 4.Party Girl
- 5.Two Hearts Full Of Love
- 6.Little Darlin'
- 7.Fool's Story
- 8.Everlasting Love (With Rex Smith)
- 10.Voo Doo
- 12.Sticks And Stones
- 13.American Girl
- 14.The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter
- 15.Blame It On Love
- 16.Hearts On The Line
- 17.Cruisin' Love
- 18.Cool Heart
- 19.Baby Blue
Personnel: Rachel Sweet (vocals); Ira Siegel (guitar); Robbie Kondor (synthesizer); Andy Newmark (drums); Sue Evans (percussion).
Ohio-born and Stiff Records-approved teen dream Rachel Sweet only cut four albums during her too-brief career in music before moving on to become a successful writer and producer in television, and her third and fourth LPs make their CD debut in this two-fer reissue from Collectables. Most of 1981's ...And Then He Kissed Me was produced by Rick Chertoff, who fitted Sweet out in epic-scale arrangements with a decided Springsteen and Spector influence, but Sweet's big, passionate vocal style was more than up to the challenge, and the first two tracks, "Shadows of the Night" and "Then He Kissed Me/Be My Baby," walk a fine line between the spectacular and the bombastic, with Sweet's dead-on delivery nudging them into to the former territory. The rest of the album is uneven, with Sweet not always getting the material she deserves, and you have to wonder how she got stuck with Rex Smith as a duet partner on "Everlasting Love." But the best moments of ...And Then He Kissed Me show just how great a rock singer Sweet could be when given the right backing. Released in 1982, Blame It on Love is Sweet's weakest album, and unfortunately it seems she carries a large share of the blame -- she wrote or co-wrote all the songs and produced the sessions herself in collaboration with Marc Blatte and Larry Gottlieb. Sweet seemed to be reaching for a sexier, poppier image on Blame It on Love, and she looks luscious on the cover, but the album is short on the tough, spunky rock that was her strongest suit, and though she's in solid voice throughout, for every song like "Paralyzed" and "American Girl" that fits her personality like a glove, there's a couple like "Cool Heart" and "Sticks and Stones" that fall flat. (It's worth noting Sweet wrote and produced "Paralyzed" and "American Girl" by her lonesome, which might suggest she didn't have as much autonomy on the rest of the album as the credits suggest.) Fans will be happy to see the latter half of Rachel Sweet's recording career has finally arrived in digital format at last, though a two-fer of Fool Around and Protect the Innocent would be even better (though the bulk of those two albums is collected on B.A.B.Y.: The Best of Rachel Sweet). ~ Mark Deming
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How SWEET it is! (Cont.)
Music Lover: Jerry Bradshaw
-- November, 29, 2005
'Blame It On Love' features some of Rachel's best songwriting to date. The title track was definitely a 'should have been a hit' cut. "Voo-Doo" which opens that album was released and peaked at #72 in 1982. I think my favorite cut from "Blame It On Love" would be Rachel's power ballad "Baby Blue" - that is still one of my favorite Sweet tracks. I think of the two albums, "Blame It On Love" is my favorite - I love "Sticks and Stones" (sassy!) though each of the albums have some pretty dated tracks ("Two Hearts Full of Love" and "Party Girl" could have been in a 1980's teen film along the lines of Rock and Roll High School. "Cruisin' Love" from "Blame It On Love" is definitely a product of its time) Though, even the dated tunes are very listenable. Rachel's best work was with Stiff Records - yet, these albums show a growth that could have sprung into a full music career if the audience had been matured enough at the time to realize the potential superstar on their radios. It's too bad that commercial success alluded Rachel - she definitely hit home with her fans - and we all miss her music and love the legacy she left behind. Some of Rachel's other work includes writing and producing (Dharma & Greg) acting (Sing, Gypsy) and soundtrack work (Hairspray, Cry-Baby, Hot Shots) - in 1990 she appeared in her own comedy series "The Sweet Life" on The Comedy Channel (now known as Comedy Central) Rachel will always be known by her fans as the singer from Akron, Ohio that broke onto the scene in 1978 with her first single for Stiff "B-A-B-Y" the cover of Carla Thomas' 1960's hit. Eventually someone will realize how important Rachel's music is to her fans and issue a remastered and extensively researched product for each of her albums. Until then - I have to say thank you to Rhino and to Collectables for giving us what we haven't had for so long.
How SWEET it is! (Part One)
Music Lover: Jerry Bradshaw
-- November, 29, 2005
It's about time Rachel's last two full-length albums were released on CD. What makes me a bit sad about the packaging is the lack of liner notes, careful remastering or photos. Rhino records was the first to treat us to Rachel's UK version of her first album for Stiff records "Fool Around" with a few added bonuses on their 1992 release, "Fool Around: The Best of Rachel Sweet" and then it took until 2002 for the UK release of "B.A.B.Y." another best of release compiling songs from her first two albums for stiff records (Fool Around, Protect The Innocent) As a huge Rachel Sweet fan - I would really love to see the release of her albums with extensive liner notes and bonus tracks! Especially bonus tracks! I wrote a note fifteen years ago to Columbia records asking them to make Rachel's catalog available again...maybe they finally opened the letter :) At any rate - as far as the CD goes, musically - Rachel's last two albums seemed to be aimed at the Pat Benetar fans (apparent in two cuts from "...And Then He Kissed Me") 'Two Hearts Full of Love' is an obvious rip-off of 'Hit me with your best shot'...but, Rachel's delivery of this one makes that fact seem trite. 'Shadows of the Night' was actually released by Benetar - yet, in my opinion Rachel's rewrite of the lyric and her take on it is far superior to that of Pat's. The highlights of "...And Then He Kissed Me" are Rachel's own "Billy and the Gun" "Fool's Story" another Self-penned tune, "Then He Kissed Me/Be My Baby" and "Little Darlin'"
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