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At Long Last,
This review is from: The Slade Box [Box Set] (Audio CD)
Slade's single and album history has long been subject to a rough ride. The constant greatest hits packages (Feel the noize, Wall of hits, Greatest hits) have been released far too many times. Their album history has long mostly ignored. The albums were released on CD having been remastered (badly) by Slade's awsome bassist Jim Lea and that's it. Now at last someone with clout has done the decent thing. ALL Slade's Cd's are being released. Remastered by Tim Turan, and so far he has done superb jobs on Beginnings-Play It Loud-Slayed-Old, New, Borrowed and Blue and all the live albums (Alive, Alive 2,Slade On Stage and Reading 1980) have been put together to give us The Ultimate Slade Live Anthology. Many thanks to Union Square See my reviews elsewhere on Amazon. But now to The Slade Box.
It is hard to believe this package has took so long. Slade were the biggest British band in the 70's selling more records than Bowie, Marc Bolan and Elton John but they are never recognised as such. Forever lost in the Glam Rock of the early 70's with garbage like Showaddywaddy, The Rubettes and Alvin Stardust. No one mentions that Bowie, Bolan and Elton John were also part of this era. This box set puts them right were thay belong, at the forefront of good old rock and roll. Holder and Lea wrote some belters and should be remembered (and applauded) for this. This four CD set contains some gems, rare b sides, album cuts and some of thier biggest hits. It has to include the Xmas record even if this record would forever overshadow some of their best work. Not all here is good, bad choices in the late seveties and early eighties included a version of the Okey Cokey and crummy football songs with the worst lyrics ever with Give Us A Goal. But 98% of this set is just awsome. Some of thier b sides were better or as good as the a sides. She Did It To Me, Not Tonight Josephine and Don't Tame A Hurricane are perfect examples.
The set includes a a 72 page booklet with some superb pictures (many unseen) and an introduction by Keith Altham (thier press agent) and a full discography. If you want to dip your toes in the Slade seas, this would be a great place to start and a damn sight better than another greatest hit package.
Look out for further Slade releases in 2007 including a B side two CD collection released in February. Keep on rockin!!!