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THE NOIZE - THE SLADE DISCOGRAPHY
by
IAN EDMUNDSON AND CHRIS SELBY

What it is and How it came to be
by Ian Edmundson

I was asked about the book on Facebook and if we had written it as fans.
I thought I'd give a full reply of how it came to be.

I'm (admittedly) a fan going back to 1972. Over the years I have bought everything, saved everything and never thrown anything away. In the late 70's - early 80's, I took my camera to some Slade gigs and what eventually became www.slayed.co.uk and its sister site, www.sladeforum.co.uk came out of all that.The site grew and grew and has always been very factual. People have said for a long time that the superb Chris Charlesworth book on Slade needed to be followed up. I always have been interested in writing and felt that the Slade story needed to be brought up to date and still be told properly.

The group have varying degrees of interest in the fans, co-operation with official projects and an unofficial project wouldn't get any help from the band, so I always left the idea alone. Daryl Easlea is writing a Slade book for Omnibus, so I was relieved of the responsibility for that.

I bought a discography book about my favourite band - Cheap Trick and thought "There should be a Slade discography book." I bought that author's Nazareth discography book and it made me get on with it.

After a start was made and I got a little feel for what I was doing, I got in touch with Chris Selby and asked if he wanted to do the book with me. It became a 50/50 partnership and I couldn't have done it without him and he wouldn't probably have done it without me.

THE NOIZE - THE SLADE DISCOGRAPHY

To the book: There is about 5 and a bit months solid work in there. We are both serious Slade historians and archivists. The book has a quick pre-music preamble on each of the band members, then we get into the pre-Slade bands - The Vendors, The N'Betweens, Steve Brett & The Mavericks and tell their stories and illustrate their relaeses chronologically. The band eventually found the line-up that became known as Slade.

The format of the book after the pre-Slade period is: Year by year - Summary of the band's year. Releases in date order illustrated and discussed, track by track, and whatever information we could get in there, with band quotes and reviews attached to each release.

There are similar details for all of the releases after the band ended and the solo works.

Is it from a fan's perspective? Yes and no. The main thing was to be as informative about each release as possible. Nobody wants to read me going on about how horrendous 'Okey cokey' was, or even worse, 'Ready to explode'. Personal opinions were kept out of it as much as possible.

Being 'fans' helped us get the book together, but we certainly don't say everything is wonderful that they released. We have bust a couple of myths in the book. We have tried to take a lively and comprehensive textbook approach. Over the years we have met band members and have made friends with people who know all sorts of things. The knowledge is there and we had to be selective with some things we put in the book.

It's not 'The Slade Annual'. We have tried to do *the book that we would have wanted* and one which we believed fans would not be disappointed with. Some are kindly calling it The Slade Bible, which pleases us no end, as it means we have got it right (I hope).

Amazon are doing it at a reduced price most of the time - just below the price we wanted to put it out at, except that their system actually forced us into the price we ended up with. It is to be found here.

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REVIEWS:

Shindig Magazine issue #89, March 2019.

Shindig Slade review


REVIEW BY CHRIS CHARLESWORTH from the JUST BACKDATED blog here.

THE NOIZE: The Slade Discography by Ian Edmundson & Chris Selby

The affection in which Slade are held by a small but dedicated group of fans has taken tangible form in a new book by two of that number, Ian Edmundson and Chris Selby, whose The Noize: The Slade Discography, a privately produced and funded initiative, is now available on Amazon via print on demand, priced at a little over £20.

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By combining their Slade knowledge, record collections and cuttings files, the two authors have created an unauthorised but discrete history of the band that is signposted chronologically by their singles and albums, all the way from the first ‘N Betweens single in 1965 through the glory and doldrums years to the most recent solo recording, which just happens to be Jim Lea’s 2018 six-track EP Lost In Space.

Well, it’s a good job somebody out there cares. I belong to a school of thought that believes Slade have to a certain extent been unjustly written out of rock history through efforts by music industry bigwigs to disregard their achievements. Part of this is due to snobbery. Provincial to a tee, Slade never played the industry game, never behaved deferentially towards persons of influence, never minded their p’s and q’s in polite company. The situation is not helped by an unimaginative re-issue programme that is unlikely to tempt fans to part with their money and what seems to be an ongoing and rather unseemly disagreement between former members with regard to who contributed the lion’s share of creative effort into their many hits. This latter issue has been bubbling under for a while now, surfacing only occasionally when one of the antagonists feels inclined to speak out, but it never makes headlines because it’s not really news.

Furthermore, you don’t need a degree in music business lore to deduce that while the group’s songwriters, Noddy Holder and Jim Lea, have emerged from the Slade saga as men of substance, the two junior partners, Dave Hill and Don Powell, have not been so lucky – the fate of non-writing band members everywhere – otherwise they wouldn’t be obliged to tread the boards as Slade II. This endeavour, tolerated but hardly encouraged by Holder and Lea, has now been put on hold following the snapped tendons in both legs that Powell suffered while changing trains on his way to a gig in Wakefield in the north of England late last year, a cruel turn of fortune for one of the nicest men I know.

All of which must distress fans like Ian Edmundson and Chris Selby whose book is a true labour of love that reflects a lifelong devotion to the cause, though they demur at addressing any of the issues that I refer to above. As thorough as it is enjoyable in a nostalgic sense, the 206-page large format book tells Slade’s story from an authoritative perspective that relies on published accounts interspersed with quotes from the band to reinforce this. The record releases are illustrated with hundreds of sleeves, labels and images used to promote them, almost all of which are in colour. More than anything else, turning the pages makes it abundantly clear that Slade were far more prolific than is suggested by their glorious chart run in the first half of the seventies.

Particularly interesting for me is the period between that July 1965 ‘N Betweens single and when Chas Chandler ‘discovered’ them around the middle of 1969. Aside from some early efforts by pre-Slade groups, a number of singles were released, as was the rather unfocussed LP Beginnings by Ambrose Slade, every track of which is analysed here. When Ambrose was dropped they were billed as The Slade on Chandler’s first production, ‘Wild Winds Are Blowing’, which coincided with their ill-advised skinhead phase.

In 1996, Slade fan John Haxby collected 25 even earlier recordings – not unlike the early tracks on The Beatles’ Anthology 1 – by The Vendors (featuring Hill and Powell), Steve Brett & The Mavericks (featuring Holder) and two editions of The ‘N Betweens (the first featuring Slade with John Howells on vocals, the second just the crucial four) on a fascinating CD entitled The Genesis of Slade, and all of these little-known tracks are discussed in The Noize.

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Even with Chandler at the helm it took a while before Slade’s breakthrough arrived. It finally happened in 1971 with ‘Get Down And Get With It’ (aka ‘Get Down With It’, as labels here indicate) and, not long after, ‘Coz I Luv You’, the first Holder/Lea composition, the first to top the charts and the first to utilise the phonetic spellings that caused such anguish in teachers’ common rooms. By this time I’d become aware of the group and was writing enthusiastic reviews in Melody Maker, largely inspired by the excitement they generated at live shows. “They’re a breath of fresh eayer,” Chandler would yell at me over the din in his slightly threatening Geordie accent. Indeed, here was a group that had honed their craft over hundreds of nights in clubs and pubs up and down the land, an apprenticeship that would ensure their fortunes for as long as they plied their trade. Appropriately, then, it was their 1972 live LP, Slade Alive, that sealed matters, spending 58 weeks on the charts, far and away the longest of any Slade album.

Recorded over three nights – October 19, 20 & 21, 1971 – at Command Studios in Piccadilly at a cost of only £600, I was present on the 20th, a Wednesday. Earlier that day, in the late afternoon, Slade had recorded an appearance on Tops Of The Pops, performing ‘Coz I Luv You’. Euphoric at having reached number one for the first time, they arrived at the studio straight from the BBC Centre in Shepherds Bush in a state of high excitement, and it would be an understatement to say that, with Noddy leading the charge, the four boys from the Black Country were at Olympic fitness that night. Five years of hard slog had finally paid dividends and as I watched the “Full poke, Charlie!” show from among an audience of 300 I knew I’d picked a winner.

Fittingly, over four pages are devoted to this landmark release and thereafter The Noize details the upcoming glory years with all the LPs, picture sleeves and labels you would expect. Slade had 12 top five singles between 1971 and 1974, including six number ones, and three number one albums, making them the country’s most consistent hit makers in an era when the competition – T. Rex, Bowie, Rod and Elton among them – was at its most intense.

Slade’s progress is summarised in text that prefaces each year’s releases, and I was delighted to note that in their review of 1973 – a key Slade year – Edmundson and Selby draw attention to the US group Kiss’ adoption of Slade’s style: “Kiss saw the band in concert in New York and consciously adopted the whole Slade attitude,” they write, “some of the dress sense and to an extent the general sound of Slade on their own recordings.” The authors add that Kiss’ hit ‘Rock And Roll All Nite’ – note the misspelling – even included the lyric, “You drive us wild, we’ll drive you crazy.” Kiss, of course, have been inducted into America’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Why not Slade?

In many respects 1973 was an apogee for the group. Though the year ended with their biggest hit, ‘Merry Christmas Everybody’, it was their last number one, and thereafter, gradually, things would calm down for them. Nevertheless, an aspect of Slade’s career that is truly reflected in The Noize is how Slade never gave up trying when the chips were down. They battled fashion, a punk backlash and indifference, enjoyed a brief renaissance in the early eighties and carried on releasing records throughout the decade, and all these later releases on a myriad of Chandler-backed labels are carefully listed and annotated.

Slade last played together before a paying audience in 1984, but there was one final, brief appearance, at the 25th Anniversary Slade Fan Convention at Walsall Town Hall in 1991. What happened that day is described for the first time in some detail in The Noize, and I won’t spoil things by revealing it here, but Slade as a live band were effectively dormant from that day onwards. As Jim Lea puts it, “I drifted into drifting.”

It seems fitting here to mention for those unaware of it that between 1971 and 1975 I probably wrote more about Slade than any other music writer, and more enthusiastically too. Like the authors of The Noize, my fondness for Slade also never waned and in 1983 I was commissioned by Omnibus Press to write a book about them. I approached Chas Chandler who, in exchange for copyright control, agreed to co-operate, and as a result the book, titled Slade: Feel The Noize!, carried the word ‘OFFICIAL’ on its front cover. I interviewed the band, who’d become friends of mine over the years, and various people associated with their career, including chief roadie Graham Swinnerton, who sadly died in 2015, their PR Keith Altham and even Louise Lea, Jim’s wife, who related the hair-raising saga of a New York bank robbery that occurred while she, Leandra Holder and Jan Hill were queueing for a teller.

Although the book was ‘authorised’, the members of the group and others were remarkably candid about their lives and the ups and downs of Slade’s career. No one, not Chandler or the band, requested text approval. Perhaps in hindsight some of them now feel they were a bit too candid, and this might explain why the book has been allowed to go out of print, effectively suppressed by the heirs to Chandler’s business interests, and why I haven’t been asked to update it. Nevertheless, I’m gratified to learn that most fans still consider it the ‘Slade Bible’. (Used copies occasionally appear on Amazon for anything between £50 and £100.)

When I lent my support to the Genesis of Slade CD project, giving my go-ahead to use text from my book in its sleeve notes, I felt the wrath of those who control Slade’s business affairs come down upon me. Although the compilers had cleared the necessary copyrights, the management considered I was out of line and that the CD was ‘unauthorised’. I’m not quite persona no grata – and I’m still on very good terms with two members of the band – but I didn’t help my cause by publishing Don Powell’s book, which wasn’t approved by the same corporate interests, and commissioning for Omnibus Press a further ‘unauthorised’ Slade biography which has yet to be published.

I’m confident it will appear before long, even though its original author has been replaced, and in the meantime Ian Edmundson and Chris Selby’s book The Noize will act as a fitting tribute – and a nice companion to my own book – to a band I’ll always remember with enormous affection – that “breath of fresh eayer” that my old pal Chas drummed into me all those years ago.


REVIEW BY FILM-MAKER AND AUTHOR ALAN G PARKER.

The Noize - The SLADE Discography
by Ian Edmundson & Chris Selby

I can't really remember a time when SLADE weren't there! Pictures covered the walls of the bedroom I shared with 'our kid', there were singles in red generic Polydor covers, there were albums with titles like 'Slayed?', there was at gig at King Georges Hall in Blackburn (1973, I was 8 years old, it was our first gig, we sat in the balcony with Dad) they always seemed to be on TV in our house, and then in the summer of 1975 they were in the cinema! 'Flame' was brilliant, it still is, and the soundtrack record might just be my favourite SLADE album.

A few years ago now I was approached by Carlton Books to do a book on SLADE, it all happened very fast, one minute a meeting that could have been about anything, the next minute a contract and a pretty fast deadline. We wrote a fairly precise history, adding what we could find through research to what we knew as fans, plus the odd one liner from various meetings with Nod, Jim, Dave & Don. Next thing we knew management were trying to get the publisher to cease and desist? It made little sense, there was nothing remotely outrageous or scandalous in the text. Suddenly a compromise was reached, Carlton Books had recently seen some great success from re-printing the Jackie Annuals, the decision came to shrink the text, add more pictures, throw in a quiz (why a quiz? I'll never know!) and publish at Christmas in a format that looked very much like an Annual. Are you hanging up a stocking on your wall? It's the time that every Santa has a ball. Does he ride a red-nosed reindeer? Does a ton-up on his sleigh? Do the fairies keep him sober for a day? Not sure, but for us it felt like a cop out, although some fans tell me they like the book.

Right at that point I said, to whoever might be listening, that the only way to get a really good SLADE book away was to publish privately and hopefully swerve management. I've never really understood why the catalogue and subsequent exploitation of such a well liked band is policed so strongly? They should take a look at what Apple Records or the Estate of Elvis Presley are doing, and learn from it. Not everybody will want a lunchbox, fair enough, but a lot of the things that are possible will have them queueing around the block. It might be in smaller numbers, but it will be significant.

At this point enter 'The Noize' a private undertaking by two die-hard SLADE fans, which dropped through my letterbox from amazon just yesterday. It looks and feels like a big police or FBI file, I say that because it's about the only thing I can compare it too, and very much in a good way. A last word look at the SLADE discography, loaded with facts, information, record covers and a mountain of memorabilia, to say the boys done good is an understatement! If your a SLADE fan you need to own a copy NOW! As Nod might say; "Give it full po!"

Something like this has been missing from the SLADE bookshelf for years, infact for three hours last night I was lost in it! And I'm still going strong today.... A case in point from what I said earlier is that the book also covers the still missing in action 2018 UK Singles box, which fingers and management crossed should appear in 2019. It will stand very nicely next to the 'When SLADE Rocked The World' album box set, which I for one love.

More projects like this can only keep the name alive and the fire burning! And you never really know where that might lead.... Not unlike The Beatles, SLADE still have quite a few tricks up their collective sleeves that would look good on DVD/Blu-Ray or indeed CD/Vinyl, and surely something like this can only help the steps towards that....


Alan G Parker made the following films:
Status Quo - Hello Quo (Limited Edition) [DVD] and was largely responsible for the Status Quo reunion shows.
"It Was 50 Years Ago Today. (The Making Of Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band)"
Who Killed Nancy?
Almost The Truth: The Lawyer's Cut [2009]

... and has authored or co-authored the following books:
Cum on feel the Noize: The Story of Slade
The Who By Numbers
Young Flesh Required: Growing Up With The Sex Pistols
In the Lap of the Gods and the Hands of the Beatles
Sid Vicious: No One is Innocent
Sid Vicious: Too fast to live...


REVIEW BY LISE LYNG FALKENBERG, AUTHOR OF LOOK WOT I DUN.

Don’t you just love, when a book does exactly what it promises to do? I certainly appreciate it and “The Noize” is for sure such a book.

Over the years, loads of books have been written about the British (glam) rock band Slade that had its heydays in the seventies, but none have taken a thorough look at the releases by the band. This is what the two authors, Ian Edmundson and Chris Selby, set out to do.

In the author’s notes, the two authors say that “this book’s primary aim is to catalogue and discuss all of Slade’s UK releases and take in the most interesting overseas versions of these and some unique foreign releases,” and that is exactly what it does. Meticulously and faithfully, every UK release is listed chronologically, from the very first 1964 acetate disc by the Vendors (forerunner for Slade as the band included Don Powell and Dave Hill) to the latest 2018 solo EP from Jim Lea, decades after the original Slade had packed it in.

No matter if it is a single, EP, album, box set or an acetate or test pressing, as long as it is connected to Slade, the release is examined, discussed and presented with every possible recording and package info, track descriptions, contemporary reviews and photos. This is very impressive as the research alone must have been difficult and extremely time consuming. The authors deserve nothing but respect for this work.

The book is spiced up by short biographical information about the band and its members as well as personal and sometimes funny observations by the two authors. This makes the book an energetic and entertaining read instead of a dull and repetitious catalogue.

For a hardcore Slade fan like myself this book is a must, and for others it is a unique opportunity to dig into the releases of what was one of Europe’s most successful bands in the early seventies. I bet you’ll be surprised and entertained of what you’ll find, so put on a good Slade record and start reading!

I’ll give “The Noize” five out of five stars: ***** (and it’s not due to the authors calling my official biography about Slade drummer Don Powell “the absolutely definitive Slade autobiography”, because it isn’t. It’s a biography).


29 January 2019
Review by John Barker, administrator of ‘Slade Are For Life - Not Just For Christmas’ Facebook page.
The idea behind this book is simple. To catalogue the UK discography of Slade (and related releases). Slade are my favourite band, so I’m going to love this book, aren’t I?.........YES!
This is a book that I’ve been wanting to be written for years. The authors have chronologically gone through all of Slade’s releases and provided an in depth analysis of each release, one by one and track by track. It has been written by two people who know and love their subject. They are Slade experts, and more importantly, Slade fans. That is what makes this book for me. The research done is outstanding, and well illustrated with picture sleeves, advertisements, record labels and more.
This book is by no means a biography. It concentrates on Slade’s output of releases, rather than the ‘Slade story’. Saying that, there is information in here that even the most die-hard of fans will delight in, and learn from.
To be honest, there isn’t much more to say, other than this book will be my (and many other fans) ‘Slade bible’ from now on.

29 January 2019
As a nerdy child who spent adolescent evenings reading the various years of Guinness book of British Hit Singles and an avid Slade fan, this book was a must-buy for me. An unbelievably detailed discography with copies of press reviews and advertising at the time. The authors have put a huge amount of research into this book, their inputs are witty and show a true admiration for Slade. I am grateful there are still people devoted to this much underrated hugely successful British band, enabling us to relive our memories of Slade.

31 January 2019
If your a fan of music, and you have a favourite band or artist and you have ever thought about putting together a history of them then this book is for you .
It is a perfect template for how to get all the facts , dates , releases, tours , Etc
For us Slade fans is an encyclopaedic journey through the bands career year by year and we are very lucky the the authors cared enough about the Band to get this out but also creating what could be the opening act to more books to follow
A must read for all music lovers

14 February 2019
Let me start by saying this is not biography of Slade. It is what it says on the cover but does read like one. Because of this, it is all the better for it. I buy very little without seeing the product first but as this book is written by two of the most knowledgeable Slade fans out there it was a must. Both authors have produced what Slade fans have wanted for some time. A complete discography of Slade's mighty career and all in one place. One author has been running a Slade forum for some time and the other has the Slade history out there for some time too.
Like I said it is not a biography but it does read that way with each chapter giving the reader a little information on what happened that year. All the releases, tour dates, rock paper reviews not only from the UK but abroad too. So it was nice for this reader to read some of this information for the very first time.
Now I like to think I am a bit of a Slade expert but after reading this I realise I know very little. The book really did open my eyes. some excellent pictures of releases and imports, special releases, promos etc.
Many Slade fans are aware of the greatest book ever written on Slade was called Feel The Noize by Chris Charlesworth (and in need of a update please).. Charlesworth's book is often referred to as The Slade Bible but now we appear to have a worthy contender.
It is not without a few typos and even a repeated paragraph but please don't let that put you off.
It was heartbreaking too reading some of it because I lost most of my Slade vinyl collection many moons ago but I digress. Quite simply if you are A Slade fan then buy it. You will not be disappointed. Keep On Rocking!
(Typos corrected after earliest copies)

26 January 2019
Received today. I have only had time to have a cursory look through the book but it looks to be a comprehensive overview of Slade and Slade-related releases. There are lots of photos of picture sleeves and record labels from around the world, press adverts etc. After a cursory glance I know more about the recording of Slade Alive volumes one and two than I did before. This looks to be a treasure trove of information for any Slade fan and is excellent value for money. Thoroughly recommended.

26 January 2019
Written by fans for the fans, what is not to like. Only just started reading having scanned over the book. Full of fascinating information, a must buy for anyone interested in Slade.

2 February 2019
As a huge Slade fan this book is an absolute must. It is a very informative read and when you think that there isn't much you don't already know this book begs to differ and teaches you something new. Excellent layout with plenty of useful images. Highly recommended and a must have for any true Slade fan.

26 January 2019
Thought it was a bit pricey, but being a Slade fan had to buy it. Turned out well worth the money, loads of info, so of which I didn’t already know. If you are a fan of all things Slade, then buy this. You will not be disappointed.

26 January 2019
This is a fantastic book to own with lots of facts and figures . The authors of the book really know about the band and it shows through the entire book .Slade are not just a band with a Christmas single . They have been a major success it selling millions of records and the showmanship has saw many bands copy that style . The world has not taken on board how special the four men in slade actually are . It’s time to give respect to these guys . The book is my new bible . Truly a great read . Many thanks to the authors.

29 January 2019
This is an excellent book. Thoroughly researched, well illustrated, and covers all the known Slade, and Slade related recordings.

From before the four of them got together, to the latest solo recordings from Jim Lea.

Well worth every penny.

2 February 2019
Lots of information that I didn't know, really informative for any slade fan......

1 February 2019
A very good, informative book about my favourite band's recorded output, featuring both group and solo efforts. A lot of good information about different foreign releases as well. It comes highly recommended to Slade nutterz all over the globe.

17 February 2019
When I was 15, as far as I was concerned all I really had was Slade. I had a few mates, my parents (I suppose) and Man City, but without articulating it with any particularly meaningful lyrics, I felt that Noddy Holder understood me. Slade were my most effective weapon against a world that didn't understand. When your dad says you should be more like your best mate, 'I'm Mee, I'm Now and That's Orl' does take on some significance.

Anyway, before I get completely lost down Memory Lane, anyone who loves Slade should most certainly buy this book. Seeing as they probably will have done that already, I'll say that anyone with an interest in 70s music, or indeed the 70s in general should get it. It catalogues every release along with its reception and there is loads of other information on every Slade song, stuff that I'd forgotten, stuff I never knew and stuff that solves a few puzzles.

Slade were drama. Slade rose, fell and rose again. I was always indignant that they fell. Stupid world! I owe the author a debt of gratitude for helping to reconstruct my crumbling memories. Cheers mate.

18 March 2019
I can't really remember a time when SLADE weren't there! Pictures covered the walls of the bedroom I shared with 'our kid', there were singles in red generic Polydor covers, there were albums with titles like 'Slayed?', there was at gig at King Georges Hall in Blackburn (1973, I was 8 years old, it was our first gig, we sat in the balcony with Dad) they always seemed to be on TV in our house, and then in the summer of 1975 they were in the cinema! 'Flame' was brilliant, it still is, and the soundtrack record might just be my favourite SLADE album.

A few years ago now I was approached by Carlton Books to do a book on SLADE, it all happened very fast, one minute a meeting that could have been about anything, the next minute a contract and a pretty fast deadline. We wrote a fairly precise history, adding what we could find through research to what we knew as fans, plus the odd one liner from various meetings with Nod, Jim, Dave & Don. Next thing we knew management were trying to get the publisher to cease and desist? It made little sense, there was nothing remotely outrageous or scandalous in the text. Suddenly a compromise was reached, Carlton Books had recently seen some great success from re-printing the Jackie Annuals, the decision came to shrink the text, add more pictures, throw in a quiz (why a quiz? I'll never know!) and publish at Christmas in a format that looked very much like an Annual. Are you hanging up a stocking on your wall? It's the time that every Santa has a ball. Does he ride a red-nosed reindeer? Does a ton-up on his sleigh? Do the fairies keep him sober for a day? Not sure, but for us it felt like a cop out, although some fans tell me they like the book.

Right at that point I said, to whoever might be listening, that the only way to get a really good SLADE book away was to publish privately and hopefully swerve management. I've never really understood why the catalogue and subsequent exploitation of such a well liked band is policed so strongly? They should take a look at what Apple Records or the Estate of Elvis Presley are doing, and learn from it. Not everybody will want a lunchbox, fair enough, but a lot of the things that are possible will have them queueing around the block. It might be in smaller numbers, but it will be significant.

At this point enter 'The Noize' a private undertaking by two die-hard SLADE fans, which dropped through my letterbox from amazon just yesterday. It looks and feels like a big police or FBI file, I say that because it's about the only thing I can compare it too, and very much in a good way. A last word look at the SLADE discography, loaded with facts, information, record covers and a mountain of memorabilia, to say the boys done good is an understatement! If your a SLADE fan you need to own a copy NOW! As Nod might say; "Give it full po!"

Something like this has been missing from the SLADE bookshelf for years, infact for three hours last night I was lost in it! And I'm still going strong today.... A case in point from what I said earlier is that the book also covers the still missing in action 2018 UK Singles box, which fingers and management crossed should appear in 2019. It will stand very nicely next to the 'When SLADE Rocked The World' album box set, which I for one love.

More projects like this can only keep the name alive and the fire burning! And you never really know where that might lead.... Not unlike The Beatles, SLADE still have quite a few tricks up their collective sleeves that would look good on DVD/Blu-Ray or indeed CD/Vinyl, and surely something like this can only help the steps towards that....

13 February 2019
Well as die hard fans we always love to get knew stuff on the group but when I saw this and the price I did wobble a bit, was there really going to be anything new or worthwhile?
Well as a special day was approaching I requested it as a present and it duly arrived, I have to say it looks really good and with just a quick flick through there looks to be plenty of detail. I have so far read properly up to '73 and have to say it is brilliant, very well thought out plenty of tit bits and good info on all the records, makes me see some of the stuff in a different light (so a good excuse to listen even more!). If the rest of it is as good (and no reason to suspect otherwise) it'll be worth every penny. It is generally aimed at fans but if your just into music history this will help you see what we all know and that the band are about much more than that festive classic. KOR
Well done to the boys who put this together, the rest of you buy it now!!

28 January 2019
Thought I knew my Slade facts but this is on another level - excellent read.

8 February 2019
This is an information treasure chest. From pre Slade, through their career and even post Slade solo releases, to this current year. The authors care about information being correct, have a huge research catalogue, and have had personal contact with each Slade member at various times in Slade's career.
Details of each year in summary. Dates of each records release, with press reviews (good or bad).
Record companies have taken info from Chris and Ian's website and Facebook pages, to include in album releases, sometimes without asking.
Copy the record companies - Cum on, read The Noize!

20 February 2019
I have been a loyal and dedicated Slade fan since 1972 so you would think that I would know everything about all Slade record releases - Yes? Actually No! This book has not only educated me on all of the Slade record releases, the stories behind them plus a resume of each years all the way back to the bands roots and formation back to the 1960’s. There are plenty of bands anecdotes about the releases included too. I cannot recommend this book highly enough and it being written by two Slade fans makes it even more special. Once you pick it up you cannot put it down! Buy it, enjoy it and Keep on Rocking!,

3 March 2019
Got my copy yesterday, just started reading it. It’s clearly a meticulously researched document by the looks of it.

All in all a definitive and great piece of research by Messrs Edmundson and Selby.

I’m really looking forward to working my way through it.

16 March 2019
This is much much more than a discography it’s actually a great history of a great band told through their music.
Slade were always about their sound and anybody who saw them live in their heyday were immensely lucky. This tome shows the hard work it took to get there and documents their career.
I have read plenty of Slade books but this is by far the best. It’s written by leading super fans and historians not ghost writers and researchers. It shows in the depth and accuracy of the information. Even if you think you know everything about Slade you will learn something new.
Buy it. On second thoughts buy a few copies for your relatives too.

18 February 2019
I somehow expected just a very dry list of record releases, along with photos: as this is Slade, that would've been fine, but what we also have are reviews (both contemporary and recent), band comments and a potted history that puts everything into context. Essential!

23 February 2019
This is a very informative and interesting book. I have seen this referred to as a ‘Slade Bible’ and that is just what it will be for me, the go to book for facts regarding their music. A well researched and put together book from the authors. From what I have read so far, and seen glancing through the pages, I would highly recommend it.

22 February 2019
Excellent book. Well written by a couple of fans who know what they’re talking about - and have been talking about for years! A cracking record of almost everything the ‘boize’ have put out. Great photos and rare prints and labels! An absolutely cracking read. 10 out of 10.

14 February 2019
Happy

3 March 2019
Fascinating read. Written by Slade historian Chris Selby and Ian Edmundson, this is clearly a labour of love. A great insight into all the songs recorded by the best live band I ever saw.
A must for all fans.

12 February 2019
If you ever followed Slade you will enjoy this book

25 February 2019
A must for all die-hard Slade fans.

18 March 2019
Great book highly recommended I learnt some new stuff

14 March 2019
As a fan of the band I found the book not only informative but obviously a labour of love for the authors. A bible for the curious and fans alike.

11 March 2019
An excellent review of the music of slade with lots of interesting information a must have book for any fan

13 March 2019
This is a great read and very informative. I would recommend and a must for a slade fans.

30 January 2019
For many years, Slade fans have been waiting for this book to be written, but to have it compiled by two renowned Slade Historians means that this is THE Definitive guide to all of Slade's recordings! For fans who are familiar with books about Slade, - if you were to cross Chris Charlesworth's "Feel The Noize" with Malcom Skellington's "Slade The Record Collection" and bring it bang up-to-date, with full colour illustrations throughout AND sell it for a very reasonable price, you would end up with a book that no Slade fan should do without! In short, do you love Slade? - Then you NEED this book!

6 February 2019
I was given this book as a gift from one of the authors who, over the years, has been trying to convert me to the wonderful world of Slade. Thanks to this book, he's finally piqued my interest in the band and I've now bought from Amazon three of their albums. Anyway, back to the book. I know for a fact that this book has been a labour of love for the authors, and although primarily a discography, it's filled with full colour photos of the band along with copies of flyers, advertising pictures, interviews and interesting stories to keep both novice and dedicated fans alike engrossed. This book must surely rank as the go to bible for Slade's recorded output and as such is a must have for any Slade fan. Very highly recommended.

22 February 2019
I received this book as a gift from Chris, one of the co-authors. The amount of research, and memorabilia contained within, is nothing short of miraculous. It is packed with information, not just about the Slade days, but way back to the 1960's in The Black Country, where it all began. I was there back in those days, part of their "gang". So proud of what they achieved, this book is a fitting tribute. Well done Chris and Ian. It is truly a masterpiece of the band's history.

13 February 2019

Very informative and well researched book with the main focus on Slades discography. Should also be of interest for anyone interested in popular music history. Made out of love and care. A bargain for £30 quid.

(Maximum RRP was £28)


7 April 2019
The book is great apart from the print is very small on my kindle fire.
22 April 2019
It is hard to imagine a more complete chronology of the band's recorded output and the many quotes from band members bring it to life wonderfully well. It's clearly been a labour of love for the uber fan authors and will be much appreciated by the dyed in the wool fans and the curious.

It would be great if it sold well enough to encourage the authors to go further and produce something along the lines of The Beatles Chronicles or Anywhere, Anyhow, Anywhere The Who chronicle to set out all of their live and TV work, recording sessions, record releases, etc in one big chronology.

11 April 2019
Everything you ever wanted to know about Slade's music, from their beginings right through to post Slade output. All the singles, all the albums and much more all interwoven with bits of reviews of the time and a some of the history to help it all hang together nicely for an excellent read.
There is much, much more to Slade than THAT Xmas song as this book proves.
A must buy for any discerning Slade fan, or any other fan of good music with a passing interest.

5 April 2019
An absolute must for all fans of Slade & Glam Music, so interesting and informative it is now an essential part of my music books from 70's icons.,

I love all about this book .. The way you can travel trough the years and what I’ve realised by reading this is book is, I’m not alone. From about ‘75 to ‘81 I felt very alone as a Slade fan. Nobody at my school or even in my Town liked Slade they would all scoff or say they liked them but have moved on and I really didn’t understand that.

Slade were still putting out good stuff and this book reliterates that feeling I had as a teenage Slade fan. It’s strange to think that I thought I was the only kid in the land that loved Slade as much as I did and still do .. But this book smashes that and ties in with those years in the wilderness, I wasn’t alone just out on a limb keeping the Slade fires burning in my area. Thankyou Guys really love the book.
10/10 for me
PG via The Slade Forum


A Bible for all fans of the Slade group: This discography concerns all Slade records since 1964 to today, it was directed by 2 English fans, it is a bible of wealth for all fans, all record releases a year with photos and history for each title ! I highly recommend this book.
Gerard Goyer via Slade Forum


Super document of the recorded history that is slade. Will take a bit of reading lots of tit bits in the text. If a book can get so much interest. Just think what a new cd or tour with the classic line up.
Peter Seubert via The Slade Forum


The Noize arrived last night (Amazon delivered on a Sunday evening!) and I quickly read the Slayed, WHTS and SAV2 sections and found them to be well written, researched and presented. Additionally, the unique observations I was hoping Ian and Chris would provide were very informative. I like the way each of the albums were analyzed on a song by song basis with insightful comments on musicianship and composition. Well done gentlemen, The Noize definitely delivers the goods!
Matt Shaughnessy via The Slade Forum.


Got my buk and bizzy reading this fab new Slade product,
Kev Read via the Slade Forum


Facebook comments:

Paul Bennett - Make sure you have plenty of time to read it because you will not put it down when you start it.

Dereck Bass
- Fantastic book would recommend to any slade fan.

Michael Doust - Done it, got it and luv it. Well done Ian!

Justin Husveit - Just scrolling thru it...looks amazing!

Alan Tennie - Mine arrived today .... absolutely fantastic ... A must for any SLADE fan ..... Well done Ian & Chris.

Gerard Goyer - Bravo à vous deux et merci pour ce livre que j’attendais depuis des années ! Congratulations to you both and thank you for this book I have been waiting for years!

Ian Paul Dickerson - Told you it would be the new Bible.

MIchael Foxall - Getting through my kindle version at the moment. Fantastic work Ian.

Alan Taylor - Brilliant read and very informative.

Kelvin Hand - Brilliant book.

Peter Jarai - thank you for doing the Noize book I great my copy in a day as the Amazon were house is near Cannock in the west midlands

Robert Tervit - Just received my copy and can’t wait to start reading the book. It looks like it has been put together very well, a lot of good info and effort has went into it.

Martyn Jones - Yes mine got pushed through the door fantastic book can not stop reading it.

Chris Roberts - You should both be proud to have produced a great book. Reading the bible last night. John Peel certainly knew what he was talking about. I won't comment too much as I want people to buy the book. I'm trying to be a bit cryptic. But if you have the book you know what I'm talking about.

Tony Thresher - The bible has finally arrived.

Paul Boult - Scanning throu THE NOIZE, can of Bow, various Slade albums being played, each song described brill, happy chappie, looking 4ward to intro 2 M.M.J 12inch, top qual

Richard Cornish - My copy arrived this morning. I made a coffee and started reading. Wow, the attention to detail is brilliant. Very informative and well written. I can imagine this has taken some seriously hard work to put together. To anyone still thinking of getting it, go ahead. Its worth its weight in gold. Thanks guys.

Martyn Lewis - Cracking book, well worth getting.

Jim MacNicol - Mine arrived yesterday, brilliant, I'm sure Ian and Chris will be lucky if they get enough money out of it for a few beers , thanks for your hard work a true Slade bible.

Dave Disley - I received my copy today, personally delivered by one of the authors, Ian Edmundson. Ian knows I'm not a dyed in the wool, out and out fan of Slade, but over the last few months he's been giving me a sneak preview of the book as it's progressed, mainly because he knows I'll give him an unbiased opinion. I can safely say this book by Ian & Chris does not disappoint. From the design of the front cover, which is understated class in itself, to the very last page, this well researched book not only provides the reader with a comprehensive breakdown of Slade's recorded output in chronological order but also provides the uninformed reader of parts of the Slade story they otherwise might not know. Each year is beautifully illustrated with full colour reproductions of the band's record covers, copies of the actual records themselves, quotes from the band and newspaper interviews, as well as photos of the band at the time. This book really is a labour of love, and it shows. I've actually bought three Slade albums after reading this book, and will probably go on to buy more. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone, even to those who, like me, were a wee bit sceptical at first. Well done, Ian & Chris. 10/10 lads.

Paul Smith - After getting my copy on saturday, I have to say that if your a massive SLADE fan like myself it is well worth the price,the information is second to none.as a bible to SLADE I can see that I do have everything released and much more. I think Ian and Chris have done an excellent job for the fans.

Mike Hughes - Great book.

Keith Marron - It's great.

Tony Peach - The New Testament arrived today ...thanx Ian Edmundson ...got some reading to do!

Tony Thresher - Happy here as well today

Martyn Baker - Well, my noize book came today and I couldn't believe my eyes. This is a fantastic piece of work. It surely is "thee" reference bible for any Slade fan... and a great read, very well put together indeed. You two (Ian and Chris) should be very proud of your work. A massive thumbs up and an even BIGGER well done. In a word... brillllliant!


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