Slade were a band from Wolverhampton in England and they came to prominence in the early 1970’s. The original members were Noddy Holder on vocals, Noddy was born and raised in nearby Walsall, Dave Hill on lead guitar was born in Devon but moved to Wolverhampton as a child, Jim Lea on bass guitar was a local lad as was Don Powell on drums.
The band sold over 520,000 albums, here are 5 of their best albums.
My Favourite 5 Slade Albums
I am concentrating on 5 Slade albums that I bought in the early 70’s when Slade were one of the top bands in the UK. I went to see Slade in concert in 1972 just after they brought out Gudbuy T’Jane. Amazing concert it was too, years later a friend found the program from the concert and told me that the support acts were Suzi Quatro and Thin Lizzy. This was before they made it big in the UK. Anyway on to the 5 Slade albums I recommend you listen to.
Slade Alive! was as the title suggests a live album from Slade. The album was released on 24 March 1972 and reached number 2 in the album charts. Noddy Holder’s vocals on Born To Be Wild are amazing. Here is a list of the songs on the album.
- Hear Me Calling
- In Like A Shot From My Gun
- Darling Be Home Soon
- Know Who You AreSlayed
- Keep On Rocking
- Get Down With It
- Born To Be Wild
Slayed was the 3rd studio album from the band and was released on 1st November 1972. The album reached number 1 in the album charts. The songs on the album are listed below.
- How D’You Ride
- The Whole World’s Goin’ Crazee
- Look At Last Nite
- I Won’t Let It ‘Appen Agen
- Move Over
- Gudbuy T’Jane
- Gudbuy Gudbuy
- Mama Weer All Crazee Now
- I Don’ Mind
- Let The Good Times Roll/Feel So Fine
A big year for Slade I would say.
Sladest was a compilation album featuring a lot of the bands hit singles. It was released on the 28th September 1973. Here is a track list of the album.
- Cum On Feel The Noize
- Look Wot You Done
- Gudbuy T’Jane
- One Way Hotel
- Skweeze Me Pleeze Me
- Pouk Hill
- The Shape Of Things To Come
- Take Me Bak ‘Ome
- Coz I Luv You (Watch The Video Below)
- Wild Winds Are Blowing
- Know Who You Are
- Get Down And Get With It
- Look At Last Nite
- Mamma Weer All Crazee Now
As you can see from the song titles Slade were not known for their spelling.
Old New Borrowed And Blue
Slades next album was released on 15th February 1974 and reached Number 1 in the album charts. The track list was as follows.
- Just Want A Little Bit
- When The Lights Are Out
- My Town
- Find Yourself A Rainbow
- Miles Out To Sea
- We’re Really Gonna To Raise The Roof
- Do We Still Do It
- How Can It Be
- Don’t Blame Me
- My Friend Stan
- Good Time Gals
During the recording of this album drummer Don Powell was nearly killed in a car crash, this obviously put the bands future in doubt. Thankfully Don made a full recovery and was soon back in the recording studio albeit with a stick.
Slade In Flame
Slade In Fame was their first soundtrack album and featured the band in white suits on the cover. It was released on 29th November 1974 and reached Number 6 in the album charts. The album contained songs from the bands film of the same name. Here is a list of the songs.
- How Does It Feel
- Them Kinda Monkeys Can’t Swing
- So Far So Good
- Summer Song( Wishing You Were Here)
- O.K. Yesterday Was Yesterday
- Far Far Away
- This Girl
- Lay It Down
- Heaven Knows
- Standin’ On The Corner
Other Slade Albums And The Hit Singles
Apart from the above albums Slade had 4 other albums in the 70’s and also had 17 top 20 singles of which 6 hit the top spot. The other Slade Albums were.
- Play It Loud (1970)
- Nobodys Fools (1976)
- Whatever Happened To Slade (1977)
- Return To Base (1979)
Below I have listed the 17 singles, the year and position reached in the charts,
- Get Down And Get With It (1971) (16)
- Coz I Luv You (1971) (1)
- Look Wot You Dun (1972) (4)
- Take Me Bak ‘Ome (1972) (1)
- Mama Weer All Crazee Now (1972) (1)
- Gudbuy T’Jane (1972) (2)
- Cum On Feel The Noize (1973) (1)
- Skweeze Me Pleeze Me (1973) (1)
- My Friend Stan (1973) (2)
- Meryy Xmas Everybody (1973) (1)
- Everyday (1974) (3)
- Bangin’ Man (1974) (3)
- Far Far Away (1974) (2)
- How does It Feel (1975) (15)
- Thanks For The Memory(Wham Bam Thank You Mam) (1975) (7)
- In For A Penny (1975) (11)
- Let’s Call It Quits (1976) (11)
Slades First Number 1 Single Coz I Luv You
The band had numerous other albums over the years but none were as successful as the 5 Slade albums above. I hope you have enjoyed this insight into the band. If you have any memories of Slade yourself, perhaps you saw them in concert too, leave a comment below or send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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