Record Collector Magazine
June 2007 issue of Record Collector Magazine:
Slade re-releases 1977-1981 reviews
Slade - Whatever Happened To Slade ? ***
We`ll Bring The House Down ****
Till Deaf Do Us Part ****
"Slade`s wilderness album and two blistering returns to form.
Released in March 1977, March 1981 and November 1981 these latest (almost) textbook examples of the reissuer`s art shine a glorious light on Slade`s most discographically fiendish corner. Returning from their lengthy attempt to crack America, WHTS? (here adding nine non-album 45 tracks) showed muscle, but the prime influence was US stadium boogie, paired with Noddy`s least charming lyrics.
Searching for the UK zeitgeist, 1979`s now abjectly obscure Return To Base ironically had a pleasingly diverse, reinvigorated musical palette. The album and subsquent EP were plundered for material to fill out WBTHD, released on the back of their 1980 Reading Festival triumph. Now bolstered by the remaining tracks and three singles, it`s Slade`s finest post-70s album. Tweaking the pop-rock template in line with the punchy, unquestionably British sound of Rainbow, Gillan et al, Slade sounded fun again and sound fantastic on this remaster.
TDDUP continued this renaissance. Only one bonus track here, but it`s a lean, satisfying album. While the chink in Salvo`s campaign seems to be the lack of fresh interviews with Slade themselves, sleevenoter Chris Ingham provides a valiant silver-lining in his lyrical analysis. Though, as it all seems to revolve around Noddy`s nuts, its almost better not knowing...
K.O.R. - Ilpo
Let`s get Slade competition in the Record Collector magazine November 2006, question: Which TV comedians depicted Slade as hapless campers in their surreal sketch shows ?
K.O.R. - Ilpo
Track list of Record Collector Nov 2006
The Record Collector magazine November 2006 issue No 328 featured a large nine page Slade article with the title Never can say gudbuy!