During the early seventies, Slade had a number of hits and many of these hits were unavailable on their full length albums so Polydor came up with the idea of releasing a greatest hits album and called it Sladest. Sadly, the b-sides were not given the same treatment and were relegated to single status only. This meant that the hardcore fans had to do with scratchy old 7" records to play these tracks. Due to the wonderful re-issue programme of late, this situation has been rectified and now you can hear all the non-album b-sides on this wonderful compilation.
For me, the cream of the crop here are the first eleven tracks. Some have a wonderful psychedelic feel and remind me of groups such as Wicked Lester (turned into Kiss), Early ELO and Led Zeppelin. The last few tracks on the first disc are not of such high quality, but are still good.
The second disc starts of with a high energy quality and the track O.H.M.S. released in '77 has a punk feel to it reminiscent of The Stranglers and many of the later tracks come from the same stable as the hair metal groups of the day (late eighties).
I have given this album five stars as many of these tracks could have been a-sides and could have been hits given the chance.
Sadly, the album Sladest has been given the same treatment as these tracks were originally given and is no more, but no worries as the tracks are available elsewhere.
Go out and buy this album, enjoy what has been laid dormant for a lot of people and get down and get with it even more.