Known in the US as Stomp Your Hands Clap Your Feet, Old New Borrowed & Blue was Slade's 3rd consecutive UK No.1 LP. Released in Britain in March 1974, this album showed a maturity in both Noddy Holder & Jim Lea's songwriting, and Manager Chas Chandler's production of their material. Containing Slade's first ever ballad, Everyday, which reached UK No.3 upon it's single release, ONB&B is an album which many heralded as a turning point for Slade. Whilst their energetic and exhilarating live shows were slaying audiences around Europe & Australasia, the band had reached a point where their ability to pen a tune was being compared (favourably) by the UK music press, with The Beatles. Highlights being the quirky My Friend Stan ( a UK No.2), along with Everyday, and the out and out pop of When The Lights Are Out, ONB&B shows a side of Slade not previously seen - or heard - and whilst on several tracks they still make a fair share of "noize", (ie; We're Really Gonna Raise The Roof, Just A Little Bit, and Good Time Gals), it's apparent to all that these boys are indeed growing up! 4 stars. Kym Jones
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