Slade s fourth studio album was conceived and recorded amid various touring and promotional activities in late 1973, and also during the headline-making convalescence of Don Powell. The drummer was involved in an horrific car crash in July, briefly throwing the band's existence into doubt. To the delight of Slade s vast army of fans, Don lived to paradiddle another day. But even as they entered the studio to record the single My Friend Stan , a Number Two hit that preceded the release of the Old New Borrowed And Blue album, he was still walking with the aid of a stick, even having to be lifted onto his drum stool. Old New Borrowed And Blue is the sound of Slade at the height of their success striking out for new territory and blending their trademark foot-stomping rockers with a more mellow songwriting sensibility. The raucousness of Just A Little Bit My Town and We re Really Gonna Raise The Roof were offset by the understated feel of Miles Out To Sea . The honky-tonk piano-led Find Yourself Another Rainbow was another pivotal melodic moment, while How Can It Be? even saw the band venturing close to country-rock territory (an area that interested Noddy in particular) and the classic, crowd-swaying ballad Everyday demonstrated a songwriting maturity that few had suspected was there and became yet another top three hit. ONBB was released in late February 1974 and advance orders helped to maintain Slade s phenomenal chart performance. It ascended to the top spot in the UK, guaranteeing the foursome a latest set of gold disc awards, even before it was racked. Press feedback was deservedly positive, one notable UK review declaring: No one goes to sleep in this show. In several ways Old New Borrowed And Blue has the feel and effect of a Beatles album, say Rubber Soul . [But] whatever comparisons you [might] make, it couldn t be anyone else than Slade.