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Slade’s second studio album is an amazing snapshot of a band on the cusp of finding their musical footing and aesthetic image. Released in 1970, the band had abridged their moniker from Ambrose Slade and adopted all the subcultural fashion trappings of England’s suedehead movement — an offshoot of traditional skinheads, suedeheads grew their hair longer and dressed more formally — this later evolved into the very glitter-rock style that Slade helped pioneer following Play It Loud. The opening “Raven” rocks on a British R&B template echoing equal parts Ten Years After and the Yardbirds before “See Us Here” and the more memorable “Angelina” blasts the kind of heavy, sludgy hard-rock that Australia’s sister suedehead band Coloured Balls were playing around the same time. The following “Dapple Rose” is impressively much more sophisticated, flirting with string-laden baroque pop on par with what Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne had been creating with the Move. The stompy “Get Down and Get With It” builds on a monolithic boogie, giving insight to that singular evolutionary moment before Slade’s Doc Martens turned into silver platform boots.


Formed: 1966 in West Midlands, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Slade may have never truly caught on with American audiences (often narrow-mindedly deemed "too British-sounding"), but the group became a sensation in their homeland with their anthemic brand of glam rock in the early '70s, as they scored a staggering 11 Top Five hits in a four-year span from 1971 to 1974 (five of which topped the charts). Comprised of singer/guitarist Noddy Holder (born Neville Holder, June 15, 1946 in Walsall, West Midlands, England), guitarist Dave Hill (born April 4, 1946, in...
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