The original musical hurricane of Slade left a rampaging mark in England, racking up multiple #1 singles, often one right after the other. That immense success never really translated over in the US but there were still plenty of Slade fans in the States. Regardless, if you were a serious fan of music in the ‘70s and its ever-changing styles, you would have heard of Slade; you can’t have that many Top 5 singles and not have heard of them. Ironically, Slade broke widest in the US not as their own act but rather, channeled through Quiet Riot, an ‘80s heavy metal band who took two of Slade’s biggest hits and produced their own top charters with their frenzied covers of “Mama Weer All Crazee Now” and “Cum On Feel the Noize.”
The band released Slayed?, their third studio set, in 1972. Less than a year later, the band had amassed enough hits, along with some rarities, to produce a greatest hits package called Sladest. With a uniquely colourful and bold style that was an integral part of the glam movement of the ‘70s, Slade went on to create a great set of brilliantly unforgettable songs.
Slayed? had several high-charting singles that began with “Mama Weer All Crazee Now,” continued with “Gudbuy T’Jane,” and several others. At the time of this album release, England’s highly rated music magazine, New Musical Express (NME) reviewed Slayed? calling it “…one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll releases ever.”
Beginning with “How D’you Ride” and ending with a cover of “Let the Good Times Roll,” Slayed is a high-powered, ‘crazee’ ride of excellent songs that are LOUD and the epitome of Rock and Roll.
Salvo Records has saw fit to re-release the band’s catalogue, remastering the music and expanding the original album with bonus tracks. The album contains 5 bonus tracks that include an Irish sounding “My Life is Natural,” and three other interesting Lea/Powell (drummer) penned tunes (typically, the classic Slade songs were penned by bassist, Jimmy Lea and guitarist/vocalist, Noddy Holder). They are nice to have here, as they are still Slade tunes even if they come off different from the sound of the original album. The final track is a nice touch as it is recorded thanks from the band interspersed with Slade song fragments (a lot of ‘em) with Melanie magazine and included as a flexidisc.
The booklet is expanded with photos, shots of 45 single sleeves, credits, an essay by Dave Ling of Classic Rock Magazine, and original art. The picture CD, a replication of the cover shot, is housed in a jewel case and then slip-cased with the same original album cover. All in all, a fantastic revisit with one of the classic albums of the ‘70s that missed a lot of turntables in the US. And what a pity that was. The chance to make amends and catch up on what you may have missed out on is, once again, available to you in this set along with other titles that are already out and those yet to come.
Slayed? should be in your collection.