Odds and sods about the British rock band Slade

Monday, October 10, 2005

Alive DVD

On the net you can find many strange things, among them a Slade Alive! CD/DVD. The CD is the ordinary Slade Alive!-album, and the DVD, well…
The DVD consists of 22 "rare videos", and some must really be said to be rare! Some are even so rare that they are listed wrong on the sleeve. Here In For A Penny has been mistaken for A Night To Remember and Take Me Bak 'Ome has been re-named All Right. Take Me Bak 'Ome is an old b/w video, so are Born To Be Wild and How Does It Feel. Squeeze Me Pleeze Me consists of a mixture of stills and concert footage, among that concert footage from the 1974 Copenhagen concert.
You'll see a lot of funny spelling on the sleeve, for instance The Bagin' Man, Goodbay T'Jane, Look Wat You Dan, Mary Xmas Everybody and Wel Bring The House Down, which takes even Slade's spelling a step further.
All the Granada Studio-stuff from 1972 is on the DVD, so are commonly known videos of for instance 'Coz I Luv You and Get Down And Get With It and also some semi-common as the version of Mama Weer All Crazee Now.
To me the highlights are Look Wot You Dun as I'd never seen it in this version before, Rock And Roll Preacher and - despite its lousy quality - a rendition of When The Lights Are Out from the late 1970's. I've never seen Jim do that on video before.
The DVD runs 80 minutes, the quality of the individual videos varies from the excellent to the totally poor, but if you're out shopping for the Slade Alive!-album in the first place you might consider this version, as you're guaranteed some laughs and at least a few nice videos as well.


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