Genesis Of Slade: Rare Recordings From 1964-1966

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The idea behind this compilation is one that's extremely useful to Slade fans trying to track down rarities recorded by groups in which the members played prior to Ambrose Slade's formation in the late '60s. This 24-track CD includes all of them, starting with the privately pressed 1964 EP by the Vendors with Dave Hill on lead guitar and Don Powell on drums, and moving on to the three flop 1965 singles by Steve Brett & the Mavericks with Noddy Holder on guitar and backing vocals. Most significantly, this has the two 1966 singles by the 'N Betweens that featured all four Slade members, as well as three 1966 outtakes by that lineup, and the rare EP and a four-song ...
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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The idea behind this compilation is one that's extremely useful to Slade fans trying to track down rarities recorded by groups in which the members played prior to Ambrose Slade's formation in the late '60s. This 24-track CD includes all of them, starting with the privately pressed 1964 EP by the Vendors with Dave Hill on lead guitar and Don Powell on drums, and moving on to the three flop 1965 singles by Steve Brett & the Mavericks with Noddy Holder on guitar and backing vocals. Most significantly, this has the two 1966 singles by the 'N Betweens that featured all four Slade members, as well as three 1966 outtakes by that lineup, and the rare EP and a four-song acetate recorded in 1965 by an earlier 'N Betweens lineup with Hill and Powell. Still, the overused cliché "of historical interest only" applies here, although some of the 'N Betweens tracks are fairly decent. The Vendors' EP is dominated by just-professional oldies covers, though it does have the generic Merseybeat-style original "Don't Leave Me Now," co-written by Hill. The Steve Brett & the Mavericks singles are pretty limp and corny mainstream pop
ockers heavily influenced by Elvis Presley ballads and sub-Elvis British crooners like Adam Faith, and it's hard to see how these could appeal to many if any Slade fans. The first lineup of the 'N Betweens boasted a far tougher R&B-rock British Invasion sound, but most of the tunes here are covers, and they're far below the standards of the Yardbirds, the Pretty Things, and the like, though generally that's the bag for which they're aiming. Best of all on the disc, though not great by any means, are the two 1966 singles by the 'N Betweens' second lineup, which are fair but not very imaginative period British soul-blues-rock. A little bit of the crude streak that would flower in Slade surfaces in the outtake "Ugly Girl," co-written by their briefly producer, Kim Fowley. Only seven of the tracks, incidentally, were taken from the master tapes; some surface noise is present on some of the cuts mastered from vinyl and acetates, though it doesn't seriously hinder the listenability.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/4/2000
  • Label: Cherry Red Uk
  • EAN: 5013929117327
  • Catalog Number: 173

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Don't Leave Me Now - The Vendors (1:43)
  2. 2 Twilight Time - The Vendors (3:20)
  3. 3 Take Your Time - The Vendors (1:55)
  4. 4 Peace Pipe - The Vendors (2:20)
  5. 5 Wishing - The Vendors (2:46)
  6. 6 Anything That's Part of You - The Vendors (2:09)
  7. 7 Sad, Lonely & Blue - The Vendors (2:27)
  8. 8 Candy - The Vendors (2:35)
  9. 9 Chains on My Heart - The Vendors (2:50)
  10. 10 Sugar Shack - The Vendors (2:56)
  11. 11 Hurting Inside - The Vendors (2:33)
  12. 12 Can Your Monkey Do The Dog - The Vendors (2:13)
  13. 13 Respectable - The Vendors (2:44)
  14. 14 I Wish You Would - The Vendors (3:04)
  15. 15 Ooh Poo Pa Doo - The Vendors (1:54)
  16. 16 Feel So Fine - The Vendors (2:56)
  17. 17 Take A Heart - The Vendors (2:43)
  18. 18 Little Nightingale - The Vendors (2:08)
  19. 19 You Don't Believe Me - The 'N Betweens (2:10)
  20. 20 Security - The 'N Betweens (2:40)
  21. 21 You Better Run - The 'N Betweens (2:36)
  22. 22 Evil Witchman - The 'N Betweens (2:17)
  23. 23 Hold Tight - The 'N Betweens (2:40)
  24. 24 Ugly Girl - The 'N Betweens (2:19)
  25. 25 Need - The 'N Betweens (1:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Vendors Track Performer
Noddy Holder Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Jim Lea Bass Guitar
Don Powell Drums
Terry Taylor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Buck Ram Composer
Alan Dunn Composer
Al Nevins Composer
Leonard Ware Composer
John Haxby Sleeve Design
Willie Spottswood Composer
Jerry Brandow Composer
Lenny Kent Composer
Edward Robinson Composer
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