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Album Review

The debut album from the Ohio-based funk aggregate Slave was a grand success, but resulted in the release of only one single, "Slide." Being the only single released from the album, "Slide" had no problem gaining airplay with its gothic introduction, animated vocals, and rumbling bassline. The funk anthem claimed the number one spot on the Billboard R&B charts inside of 20 weeks. The other cuts on the album continue the aggressive funk assault, but with subtle passion and their own distinctive arrangements. The exception is "Son of Slide," which is identical to the album's big hit, except that it's an instrumental save a brief chorus chant. The only ballad is "The Happiest Days," a sweet soul song arranged in the vein of the Ohio Players with its horns, lead and backing vocals.

Customer Reviews

Funk at it's Best!!

One of the baddest albums ever recorded. These guys were teenagers when they cut this! This album belongs in the music hall of fame!!!

wrong release date

i could have swore the album came out in the late 70's.
I had just graduated from high school and saw them in concert, with the brothers johnson, and parliment funkadelic.

Why dont you Slide?

This is not terribly strong an album. Slave was a group that generally had albums with one or two great tracks. Slide and You and Me are the killer tracks here.


Formed: 1975 in Dayton, OH

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '70s, '80s

Arguably the hottest of the '70s Ohio funk bands, Slave had a great run in the late '70s and early '80s. Trumpeter Steve Washington formed the group in Dayton in 1975. Vocalist Floyd Miller teamed with Tom Lockett Jr, Charlie Bradley, Mark Adams, Mark Hicks, Danny Webster, Orion Wilhoite, Curt Jones, and Tim Dozier. Vocalists Steve Arrington and Starleana Young came aboard in 1978, with Arrington ultimately becoming lead vocalist. Their first big hit was the thumping single "Slide" in 1977 for Cotillion;...
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  • $8.99
  • Genres: R&B/Soul, Music, Rock, Disco, Funk
  • Released: 1977
  • Parental Advisory

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