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  • Audio CD (15 Dec. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered, Special Edition
  • Label: Union Square Music Limited
  • ASIN: B000NY1EK8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,123 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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After their lengthy stay across the pond, Slade returned to the UK early in 1977 to face a UK music business much changed from the way they left it. The scene surrounding the snarling, anti-establishment buzzsaw rock n roll called punk had exploded and had become the dominant influence on youth culture and the music press. Many a band would have accepted that their day was done (and many did), splitting graciously, waiting for the wheel of fashion to turn until it was cool once more to admit they had been cool. Not this band. Chas Chandler was still their manager, he still believed in them, and the group themselves knew that if they d been a good live act before the American sojourn and they were they were an even better one now. Harder, more disciplined, an altogether heavier prospect. They would have to simply plough on, start again if they had to, and prove it. The first that was heard of Slade in 1977 was the single Gypsy Roadhog which appeared in February, a pounding tale of the exploits of an American cocaine dealer. Whatever Happened To Slade, titled by Chandler after a piece of graffiti spotted painted on a London bridge, followed in March 1977 to no airplay and very little press. It was the group s lowest-selling LP to date. However, those faithful few who took the trouble were amazed by the record. The heaviest, dirtiest (in all senses), most decadent Slade music ever made, Whatever Happened To Slade made Gypsy Roadhog sound like The Teddy Bear s Picnic and remains many Slade connoisseurs favourite of all their albums. Indeed, much of the album sounds like an update of the complexity and latent heaviness of their 1970 album Play It Loud, made before they embarked on their hit-making run from 1971-75. As joyous as much of that peak period was, from the viewpoint of the Slade of 1977 it almost feels like all those hits just interrupted where Slade were actually heading, which was to here, to the intricate, power-guitar riff-fest of Whatever Happened To Slade. And as the lads stand by mock-ups of their Play It Loud skinhead selves on the cover, they seem to answer the question posed by the album s title themselves. Whatever happened to Slade? Slade picked up from where they left off in 1970, that s what happened. With accomplished, hard-hitting tracks like The Soul The Roll And The Motion , Be , One Eyed Jacks With Moustaches and the non-album single Burning In The Heat Of Love , they had evolved into an unassailably powerful and precise hard rock group.

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Jan. 2002
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In 1975 Slade, having sold more records than any other group since the Beatles, (in Europe), tackled the only market they had not yet conquered the good old U.S.of A. By 1977 they returned to England having played their hearts out to an audience that could'nt place them in a category and subsequently rejected them. With the Punk thing in full swing Slade were just about as un-cool as they could be. Their time had come and gone, they could'nt get arrested. But just before leaving America they recorded this masterpiece. Forget all the hit singles, (as good as some of them were), this was pure, 100% Rock music. On this album the band really displayed their musical talent like never before. The only commercial track was 'Gypsy Roadhog'.
(And they got to sing it on Blue Peter)This track was a minor hit in the singles chart but the album was all but forgotten except by us die hard fans. The title was sprayed in huge letters all over London in an unusual advertising campaign. I saw them perform at the Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park, London soon after it's release and they were superb. Songs like, 'Be', Lightning Never Strikes Twice' and 'Soul The Role & The Motion' were (and still are) fantastic. But my favourite track is 'Big Apple Blues' a tribute to New York. How this song was never in a movie score or T.V. show about the city remains one of life's mysteries to me. Every track on this album stands out and nearly all of them are masterpieces. Slade never made an (studio) album as good as this before and, in my humble opinion, never did again. Don't get me wrong, all their albums are good and some are brilliant but this is the best. If you consider yourself an expert on Rock music, check your collection and see if this is in it. If it aint, I suugest you buy it from here straight away, before they sell out.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By scoop@tinyworld.co.uk on 1 Mar. 2000
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I remember when I bought this album on vinyl during the Punk infested days of 1977. There was a small independent record shop in Kentish Town Road in North London. The girl behind the counter slagged me off for buying such **?/! **. Only for her boss to reprimand her, and give me the album for nothing. As for the music, the album was different from what had come before. Slade had gone State side, and had returned with a heavier compilation (with the exception of 'Gypsy Roadhog'). How the master of the strained larynx got his vocals to keep pace with his brain during 'Be' is beyond me. Top track has to be 'One Eyed Jacks with Moustaches' A true Slade rocker this one. Hearing this one live subsequently only enhanced the song. All in all this is worth a listen. Many earlier followers of Slade may have missed out altogeher on this one. Give it a try, you may be suprised!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By 12stringbassist VINE VOICE on 11 Dec. 2008
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The 'Whatever happened to Slade' album dates from the beginning of Slade's so-called 'wilderness years' on the Barn label, recorded at Portland Studios in London, which was owned by Chas Chandler, with investment from the group. Slade had returned from a long self-imposed exile concentrating on the American market and had a serious amount of rebuilding to do, career-wise.

Slade had been replaced in the charts by newer and younger pop heroes and the transient section of their teenage fan base had moved onto 'the next big thing', leaving Slade with just their hard core fans (not the majority of their previous customers) desperate to hear their next release.Their previous album, 'Nobody's fools' had shown Slade's formidable ability to diversify, but 'Whatever happened to Slade' (note the deliberate lack of a question mark - this album tells you in no uncertain terms EXACTLY what happened to Slade) saw them concentrate on a solid, deliberate return to the type of hard rock that they had played best.

Slade made a most deliberate and serious about-turn from their comfort zone of easy on the ear, catchy rock songs in order to re-invent themselves as being more of a 'rock' than 'pop' group. The playing on the songs is disciplined and the subject matter is not all typical or immediate Slade fare. Tracks like the astonishing 'Be', 'Lightning never strikes twice' and 'It ain't love but it ain't bad' show Slade's unerring ability to play hard rock at it's best. The American influence lingered on and is most obvious on 'Big Apple blues', and 'Dead men tell no tales'. One of their very best stage rockers, 'One eyed jacks with moustaches' (think playing 'cards') comes from this album and is a complete joy to hear it again, especially when it's cranked up a bit.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Yorkshire Walker on 18 Oct. 2003
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That nostalgic feeling you get when you are into middle age encouraged me to get back into Slade....I hadn't bought a Slade album since 1974 so I bought three in one week in August 2003! This one is the best of the lot!
I lost interest in Slade when they went to the USA touring in the mid 1970s. They made this album on their return but it didn't sell too well...punk was the new flavour at the time. I thoroughly recommend this album if you like the heavier side of Slade, some brilliant riffs and I love the way that the boys seague the first 6 tracks into one another. I've never been stirred to write a review on Amazon before but this CD has never been off my player since I bought it. 10 out of 10 to Noddy, Dave, Don and Jim!
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