Back in 1973, English rock band Slade released a film and accompanying album. A recipe for disaster if there ever is one. However no one ever expected either to be as good as they were.
The bands fourth album, “Slade In Flame” was not only a fantastic, grim movie but was also a criminally underrated album. The band were high off the heels of several huge chart toppers and did not fail to live up to the hype with this album.
It is a shame that Slade were a singles band, this is probably the best example of the boys releasing a full fledged album and it is fantastic. Much like Status Quo, Slade never got the recognition as song writers and musicians that they deserved. However you cannot critise the bands talents in brilliant singles “How Does It Feel?” and “Far Far Away”. Even the manic “Them Kinda Monkeys Can’t Swing” has a ferocious bite, whether that is down to Noddys powerful vocals or the incredibly upbeat tempo can be debated. Despite the fact that the album was essentially a soundtrack album, it is a testament to the bands ability to record a great album.
Slade’s production values were never great and unfortunately was the big down side to their albums. They were usually blistering loud even on their ballads. Though it did make their music very distinct. You could always tell when a Slade song was playing. Naturally the sound is an acquired taste and is very much alive in their digital remastered CD’s.
“Slade In Flame” is a fine example of the high quality standard of English rock music in the early 70’s. The Slade hit makers are present on this album but it is very well written and definitely not another album full of party singles.
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Track Listing :
- How Does It Feel?
- Them Kinda Monkeys Can't Swing
- So Far So Good
- Summer Song
- O.K. Yesterday Was Yesterday
- Far Far Away
- This Girl
- Lay It Down
- Heaven Knows
- Standin' On The Corner