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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slade like the first time you heard it!!!,
This was the first Slade album I ever bought way back in 1972. This was released just as Slade were coming to the peak of their career. Their best year in terms of success was just around the corner (1973). That bloody Xmas record that would forever overshadow some of their best work, (including this gem of an album) was not far away..
Slayed was produced by the late Chas Chandler and boy did he know how to get the best from Slade. Here we have the singles Mama Weer All Crazee Now and Gudbye T' Jane. The crowd rousing 'The Whole World's Going Crazee' with the lyrics "Don't you think it's funny were only in it for the money." A superb version of Janis Joplin's Move Over, the angry Gudbye Gudbye and a superb opener with How Do You Ride. Every track is a gem. There are not many albums we play where we like every track as much as the last but it is true of this corker.
This extended, remastered version includes extra tracks in the shape of some single B-Sides, My Life is Natural, Candidate, Wonderin Y and Man Who Speeks Evil. Also included is 'Slade Talk To Melanie Readers' a flexi disc given away with a girls magazine at time. The CD is part of a remastering of the entire Slade back catalogue. This is done by Tim Turan who has already done a superb job of remastering the Status Quo albums. His work on this CD is quite awsome. Without ruining the production quality of Chas Chandler he sharpened the whole process. If you have a copy of the Polydor release of this CD, throw it away but before you do, buy this and compare the quailty.
One of the Slades best albums. If you want to try Slade for the first time, this is a good place to start.
The CD comes with a booklet with some pictures from the time as well as memories of awsome bass player Jim Lea and guitarist Dave Hill and Vocalist Noddy Holder.
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I've been Slayed!,
Let's be straight about this, 'Slayed?' is my personal favourite Slade album. This CD is going to have to be RIGHT.
For me, Chas Chandler was at his production peak on this album and on the two following two studio sets (Old New Borrowed and Blue and the Flame soundtrack). The sound had a depth and warmth that Slade would never recapture again - an 'in the room' BIG sound that the 'Slade Alive!' album helped shape. Their albums had to sound something like that one.
Whoever originally engineered these albums understood exactly how to put microphones on amplifiers and the drum kit. In addition, Chas knew exactly how to set up a great mix. The group were at an early height of their inventiveness and the studio performance on 'Slayed?' has always reflected this.
On listening to the remastered CD and comparing to the previous issue, the disc is again quite a lot louder and clearer. There's a good warmth to the sound, as hoped. The treble bites, whereas before it didn't.The bass depth isn't noticeably increased, as the album was quite bassy enough anyway, but combined with the increased treble, the overall sound is far more punchy and again, the separation is tremendous.
Tracks like 'The whole world's goin' crazee' benefit greatly from this enhacement, as slightly subdued intros are now more immediate. The guitar intro on 'Look at last nite' has an ocatve-up guitar part on the last progression and at last it's quite clear. It's not that much of an exaggeration to say that some sounds on the classic tracks are being heard properly for the first time.
My favourite Slade cover was always 'Move over' and Jim's bass features prominently throughout. The bass sound benefits from a more 'fruity' (that's what they used to call it back then) and rounded sound. Don's snare cracks away nicely and his cymbals wash quite effectively, without everything else being obscured. Again, it's like being in the room with the band.
Sandwiched between the two big hits from the album is the slow, grinding 'Gudbuy gudbuy'. on this edition, the bass throbs away quite purposefully and the good work of whoever is wielding the shaker fits in nicely. Nod's voice cuts through the instruments like a knife through butter, crystal clear.
'I don' mind' sounds like the band are in the room with the listener. Listen for Don's timekeeping with clicked drumsticks. Nod's voice really does the business on this song and hearing the way he sang here (subtly double-tracked in parts), it's a wonder his voice lasted for all the years that it did.
Let the good times roll's bass and drum passages sound sweet and clear. Nod's voice again just sits in the middle of all that's going on, clear as a bell.
As for the five bonus tracks added on the remaster...
'My life is natural'
I'm used to hearing this with the crackle from the vinyl and it's not there. It's great to hear this song sounding much more like it would have done in the studio, when it was just mixed. The acoustic guitar comes over nicely.
Always a slightly murky production, this is now much cleaner and the guitars are emphasised by some very effective separation. Again, it sounds a little strange to hear a totally clean version without the crackle that generally stopped me getting out the vinyl copies!!! I guess I'll get used to it.
Nice to hear this sounding so clean, clear and with such a lovely warm room sound. The backing vocal harmonies come across very well. No wonder this obscure little song is such a favourite among Slade fans.
'Man who speeks evil'
Out come the maracas again. This track sounds like it has really benefitted from Tim Turan's remastering. The guitar parts absolutely shine and the bass is inventive and it's far easier to make out the lyrics at last. The short guitar freak out at the end of the song shows how good Dave Hill was, even back then.
'Slade talk to Melanie Readers'
A nice addition to finish off the disc is this interview disc. It seems to be taken from the cleanest copy of the flexi disc that was available. This will be an especially nice touch for those people who had the disc back in 1972 and would be tempted to buy this album again, so many years later.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slayed?,
During 1971, Slade had hit big in the UK. After the success of singles such as Coz I Luv You and Look Wot You Dun, Slade entered 1972 and continued their success with the hugely successful Slade Alive! album as well as singles such as Take Me Bak `Ome, Mama Weer All Crazee Now and Gudbuy T' Jane. Slade Alive! had proved the band was a phenomenal live act and the band wanted to translate their live sound to the studio. The result was Slayed? - a loud and furious rock album.
The opening track How D'You Ride? kicks the album off with a fantastic riff whilst Noddy blasts out the verse with incredible power. The chorus follows perfectly, full of anthemic atmosphere and strong energy. The vocals are extremely powerful which captures plenty of attitude. A stomping opener proving the band have something not may other bands could even live up to. A simple riff but so very effective. "How do you ride? How do you and me hide? Oh yeah..."
Following on is a Noddy composition titled The Whole World's Goin' Crazee and the title only clearly hints the track is going to be another powerful and fun number. More laidback than the opener but nevertheless Noddy's vocals add enough power over a lively and rather happy sounding tune. A great and rather wild piano melody is noticeable here with a fantastic sound whilst Dave Hill's guitar work blasts throughout the song whenever he can. A fantastic guitar solo follows after the second verse. "There's nothing like the feeling when you give it all you've got and people want to shake you by the hand..."
Look At Last Nite proves the band are wise to how fickle fame can be. An effective riff for the intro and a stomping beat from Don Powell's bass drum carries Noddy's vocals through the verse. An impressive chorus with some fine guitar sends the message, "You'll be right here today, gone tomorrow, maybe they'll care today, but not tomorrow..." By the second verse, Jim Lea's brilliant bass skills are put to good use as well as another fine guitar solo. This is probably one of the few slower songs on the album. "Do you feel good? Everyone trying to meet you. Can you tell why? Do you know why? Suddenly how they treat you?"
Jim Lea's I Won't Let It 'Appen Agen brings the power back into the album with a thunderous bass line and some fantastic vocals by Noddy. The chorus flows brilliantly with the vocals going the extra mile to make this track memorable. Another fine Dave Hill solo appears and immediately after Noddy blasts out the chorus once again. A strong track which would be Lea's last solo composition until Slade's 1991 hit single Radio Wall of Sound. "I won't sing, I won't shout if you throw me out. I'll just go on my way with nothing to say..."
Next up is a proud cover of Janis Joplin's Move Over which truly benefits from Slade's hard sound and Noddy's powerful vocal. Some nice bass work from Jim Lea and pounding percussion from Don Powell which follows with some fine guitar chords from Dave Hill. The most spectacular part is Noddy blasting out the lines "make up your mind, your playing with me..." which only comes into the song naturally. Following on is a fantastic guitar solo. A great example of the band making a song their own. "Let me be your lover baby, let me honey, let me be..."
Gudbuy T'Jane really needs no introduction, a brilliantly vibrant track with a great riff. The band recorded the song on the second take which explains the loose feel of the track. The vocals are strong throughout and work perfectly with the song's vibe. The lyrics flow along perfectly in this song, complete with stomping and hand clapping for the ending. Holder's lyrics came from a TV show the band appeared on where a lady called Jane demonstrated a Sex Machine. "She's a queen, can't you see what I mean?"
Following on is a similarly titled Gudbuy Gudbuy which immediately blasts in with some hard hitting guitar and a rather angry bass line. The lyrics refer to a cheating partner and the song certainly creates the feel of rage and anguish. What's really impressive is how every instrument adds to the feel of anger. The chorus smashes in with great benefit from Noddy's sharp sound whilst Dave Hill plays the most impressive guitar. "I can see you here but don't worry. With your hair down in your eyes and you say hi. I had to come back without due warning, now I've caught you making love I'll say goodbye..."
Like Gudbuy T'Jane, Mama Weer All Crazee Now needs no introduction. One of Slade's definitive recordings. An amazingly infectious guitar riff is featured here with some top notch vocals from Noddy, proving himself one of rock's best voices. There is naturally a highly anthemic chorus which has plenty of attitude. "I said mama weer all crazee now..." The track features more foot stomping and hand claps whilst the ending adds some even more fantastic and wild vocals from Noddy. Surely one of the greatest rock anthems from the 70s. "I don't want to drink my whisky like you do, I don't need to spend my money but still do..."
I Don' Mind is another irresistible highlight from the album. Straight away the drum symbol crashes in and Noddy's vocals are carried along by some simple but great bass and guitar work. The chorus crashes in with raw energy and vicious vocals. The lyrics work nicely with the context of the song. Aside from the chorus, this is one of the slower songs on the album. A good example of how Slade could make something great out of something small. "I danced on your face, it seemed the best place for acting the fool..."
A cover version of Let The Good Times Roll/Feel So Fine closes the album in style. From the simple drum into, added by some nice bass guitar and finished with Noddy's vocals crashing in with the lyrics. The entire track flows beautifully from the fantastic guitar licks, lots of stomping and some nice piano in places whilst the ending features some great lead guitar. The production helps make this version stay loyal to the rock `n' roll times. Like Move Over, Slade make this song their own. "Come on baby, let the good times roll and roll all night long..."
For the remaster of this album there are five bonus tracks which mainly consist of b-sides. Many of these bonus tracks show Slade as not just a loud and fun rock band but also respectable musicians. My Life Is Natural was originally the b-side to Slade's first UK chart topper Coz I Luv You from 1971. The track begins with some melodic acoustic guitar, powerful guitar chords and some interesting lyrics, certainly different to the lyrical theme on the Slayed? album. What makes the track very Slade though is the chorus which smashes in with fantastic lead guitar and Noddy's powerful vocal. Like much of the material on Slayed?, the track is raw and energetic. "They try to suss their bodies evil and what is good, will take a mind brighter than mine. To start to setting the world to right is gonna take another Christ now..."
Candidate was originally the b-side to Slade's 1972 hit Look Wot You Dun. This track has a huge 60s influence throughout. An effective melody starts the track off with some simple but effective guitar and a solid bass line. An impressive feature of this track is the use of backing vocals that occur with lines at the start of a verse or at the end of the chorus. The entire band performs the vocals together perfectly which gives this track an even bigger 60s sound. "What we really want is some way to adjust, all the values that we have been left to trust. I just can't believe they are real, very real, far from real..."
Following on is Wonderin' Y which was the original b-side to another UK number one single Take Me Bak `Ome, also from 1972. This track is probably the closest thing to a ballad on this entire remaster. The track shows some fine guitar and a set of personal lyrics. Noddy sings with emotion whilst the instruments carry the vocals along perfectly which allows the lyrics to sound even more powerful. The chorus flows in nicely with the line "I tried to love you" which shows the band could be emotional as well as fun whilst keeping the song memorable at the same time. "Here I am in the same old clothes, looking back on my life. Cause I'm left alone, left out here without a home..."
Man Who Speeks Evil was the original b-side to Mama Weer All Crazee Now. Like the album track Gudbuy Gudbuy, this song features some angry sounding guitar and a thumping bass line whilst the lyrics are just as powerful. There are many features in this track from more great backing vocals to some rather detailed lyrics following the ways of a certain `evil' man. Again the track proves Slade had a very different sound outside of the Slayed? album which is represented very nicely on the remaster. "His mind is hurt so with grief, he sits and watches the grass or leaves. He can tell when a new one grows he can and watches as maggots flee from the throat of a dead man..."
The final track titled Slade Talk To 'Melanie' Readers features the band speaking to their fans. This track was originally issued on flexi disc for the magazine in August 1973. There are snippets of a selection of Slade tracks whilst the band leave messages throughout the snippets for their fans. The entire track gives a great feel for the time as well as the band's commercial peak which was around 1973.
Slade's first hit studio album has remained important and notable in the world of rock today - rightfully so. Originally the album topped the charts in the UK and Australia whilst being a hit in numerous other European countries. Slayed? also peaked at a respectable #69 on the American billboard whilst in peaking at #27 in Canada.
I highly recommend this album for any serious rock fan. The remaster makes the album sound even more fresh and exciting that it already is. This was Slade's attempt at converting their live sound onto a studio album which from listening to Slayed?, they clearly did with ease. A strong feel good album, bursting with energy from start to finish.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There is a God!,
It's about time that someone finally decided to re-issue the Slade catalogue with extra tracks and decent packaging. This album was Slade's first number one album in 1972 and made them them the UK's premier band-UNTOUCHABLE. It still sounds absolutely classic and with all the missing B-sides from the period makes it an essential purchase for every Slade fan.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The boyz at their best,
Slade were the very first group that I got into and I have always felt that 'Slayed' was their finest album.What's not to like?it's full of foot stomping tracks and is among the top 10 albums of all time,at least in my opinion.'Gudbuy T' Jane','How D'you Ride?','Mama Weer All Crazee Now' and 'Let The Good Times Roll/Feel So Fine' are great tracks in their own right and they all feature on this album.It is consistantly good and it really captures the band at their absolute peak.
I have always thought that Slade were a very underrated band and even though some bands like Oasis and Motley Crue have since sung their praises they should still be held in higher regard.When it comes to naming the best albums of the 1970s,'Slayed' should feature high on the list of many people.This is a cracking album.
This version features several extra tracks most of which were 'B' sides which makes this an even better buy.Five out of five stars without any question at all.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of their best...,
This album is solid, timeless and is testimony to this bands ability to write/play great songs and how to ROCK.
EXCELLENT tracks on it like: "How D'You Ride", "Look at Last Nite", "I Won't Let It 'Appen Agen", "Gudbuy Gudbuy", "I Don't Mind".
Their cover of a Janis Joplin tune "Move Over" is truly awesome and like most of the covers they did (like for example on "Slade Alive!"), they really make it (them) their own.
The album finishes on a high with one other cover, a great rock & roller "Let the Good Times Roll/Feel So Fine", it`s powerful (superb bass lines, as ALWAYS!) and yet maintains a good time/rock & roll vibe, but `heavied` up.
Ironically, for me anyway, the weakest track is one of the singles "Gudbye T'Jane"... that`s not to say it`s a bad track as such - I think at one time it was just heard too much!
Bonus tracks on the 2006 remastered version are indeed BONUS tracks! (with maybe the exception of "Slade Talk To Melanie Readers"! - short samples of a few tracks with the band sending wishes to readers of said magazine inbetween); the tracks are `b` sides from earlier singles, they again show the bands versatility. The tracks are:
11. "My Life Is Natural"
13. "Wonderin' Y"
14. "Man Who Speeks Evil"
15. "Slade Talk To Melanie Readers"
If you want to hear some good, honest Rock music that is played well, is loud and gives out good `vibes` etc, then I would definitely recommend this album... truly.
P.S: The remastered version is very well done by Tim Turan and brings out the best of what was already a great recording.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Memories,
Bought this for nostalgia reasons. Loved Slade as a kid. Bonus, it included the track, Wondering Why. Just buy it!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slade at there best,
If you want a slade studio album this is the one to buy. If you have a quality HIFI then it gets a bit hard to listen to. Sound is harsh and dated but if you accept that buy it
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent,
Brought back my childhood memories - excellently reproduced on CD.
The album sounds great and as one of Slade's first in 1972, this is good early less commercialised glam rock and more decent music - check out tracks "I don' mind" "goodbuy, gudbuy" and "look at last nite" all could have been singles - brilliant.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Live Band Ever,
If you have never seen Slade Live then you have never seen a real band???? Starts loud and does not stop till you are deaf lol?
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