Thursday, 2 May 2019

Slade - Sladest (1973)

  

Released September 1973

Effectively a "Greatest Hits So Far", released at the height of Slade's glam rock domination of the singles charts, it contained all their glam hits to date plus a few nostalgic look backs to Slade's earlier albums from before they were famous. It filled the gap between 1972's "Slayed?" and early 1974's "Old New Borrowed And Blue".

TRACK LISTING

1. Cum On Feel The Noize
2. Look Wot You Dun
3. Gudbuy T' Jane
4. One Way Hotel
5. Skweeze Me Pleeze Me
6. Pouk Hill
7. The Shape Of Things To Come
8. Take Me Bak 'Ome
9. Coz I Luv You
10. Wild Winds Are Blowin'
11. Know Who You Are
12. Get Down And Get With It
13. Look At Last Nite
14. Mama Weer All Crazee Now                  

The glam hits are "Cum On Feel The Noize", "Gudbuy T'Jane", "Skweeze Me Pleeze Me", "Take Me Bak 'Ome" and "Mama Weer All Crazee Now". There are two rather unique earlier hits in the electric violin-driven "Coz I Luv You" and the enigmatic "Look Wot You Dun". The other hit was the stomping "Get Down And Get With It".

As for the older tracks, they are these - "One Way Hotel" is from 1970's "Play It Loud" album. It is an atmospheric, bluesy rock number that has probably considerably more musical credibility than the glam hits, to be honest. It is not bad at all. Quite impressive in fact. "Pouk Hill" is also from the same album and has a vague folky feel about it. It is very much late sixties/early seventies rock. Nothing glam about it whatsoever. Slade fans at the time, like myself, wanted to like this earlier material, indeed pretended we did, but couldn't really get into it. Listening to it now, it is more than respectable. "The Shape Of Things To Come" comes from "Play It Loud" as well and is another solid rock number. All very serious stuff compared to the carefree terrace stompers of 1972-1973.

"Wild Winds Are Blowin'" is a solid piece of rock from 1969's "Beginnings" era. It was released as a stand alone single credited to "The Slade". As with the other numbers from 1969-70, it is pretty difficult to categorise. They are sort of bluesy, sort of folky, sort of rock. It was really pretty impossible to pigeonhole Slade, even after they had their first couple of hits, until the glam thing came along. "Know Who You Are" is a heavy-ish bit of rock from "Play It Loud". It was played on the "Slade Alive" live album from 1972. "Look At Last Nite" is from the "Slayed?" album, strangely. They could have put another older track on as opposed to one that had appeared on their previous album.

This album is a good listen, but is somewhat contrasting in its inclusion of the glam hits next to the "serious" earlier material. Both have their merits, but they are very different. It shows, though, that Slade were more than just the glam hits.

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