"Slade Alive Vol Two" was Slades 2nd live album release, it was released and produced by Chas Chandler via Barn record label on 27th October 1978.
This album failed to appear on the U.K. chart, according to album notes, the album was recorded on tour in U.S.A. (Autumn 1976) and U.K. (Spring 1977).
The album, produced by usual producer and manager Chas Chandler, was the last Slade album to have any hand in production by Chandler. The band's 1979 album "Return To Base" was produced by Slade themselves, where they continued to produce their own material, with Chandler remaining the band's manager only. "Slade Alive Vol. 2" was the 1st Slade album to have Slade produce themselves although the band's 1969 album "Beginnings" under the name 'Ambrose Slade' featured the band producing themselves with Roger Wake.
After the success of 1972's "Slade Alive!" which peaked at number 2 on the U.K. chart for a total of 58 weeks, a sequel was inevitable. However, by the time volume 2 hit the racks in November 1978, the band's commercial success was coming to an end. Slade had released 9 albums since forming as well as spending considerable time and money on attempting to repeat their British success in America. The band failed to achieve success and their prolonged absence had a negative affect on their popularity in Britain.
"Slade Alive Vol 2" was recorded from American concert performances in the autumn of 1976 as well as British dates the following spring. But despite being a heavy rock tour de force that captured the band at what many fans who now regard as their peak and included many hit singles, it suffered the ignominy of failing to chart in Britain.
"Slade Alive Vol 2" was released via Barn record label on 27th October 1978.
Slade were deep into their dark ages by the time "Slade Alive Vol 2" was released it was 1978, and they'd not enjoyed a major hit in over 2 years. Neither was this oddly depressing album going to change that. Although 1 cannot complain about a track listing that marries older hits with more recent efforts, proof that they'd not yet descended to cabaret status, still there is something unseemly about hearing the likes of "Take Me Bak 'Ome", "Mama Weer All Crazee Now" and "Gudbuy T'Jane" having to rub shoulders with "My Baby Left Me" and "One Eyed Jacks With Moustaches".
Of course the performance is as powerful as you could hope. Slade might have lost their edge, but they never forgot how to rock. But compare this set with its 6 year old predecessor and, no matter that "Vol 2" packs 5 times the hit singles, it's "Slade Alive!" that you'll be returning to when it comes to getting down and getting with it. The time to release a 2nd 'Slade live' album was during 1973 - 1974, when they and their audience were at the peak of their game. Here, even the crowd sounds dispirited.
"Slade Alive Vol 2" was originally released on 12" vinyl and cassette.
The album was originally issued on vinyl and cassette. In 2006, as part of the Slade re master project by Salvo, "Slade On Stage" was included on the 2 disc set "Slade Alive! - The Live Anthology", covering all the band's 3 offical live albums and the 2, 1980 extended plays "Alive At Reading '80" and "Xmas Ear Bender", both recorded live at Reading. "Slade Alive Vol. 2" was not released seperately from the set, nor was "Slade On Stage".
Due to the band's lack of popularity at the time, the main form of promotion for the release was the band's live touring.
A magazine advert was issued to promote the album. Likely to be commenting on the band's lack of commercial success and general popularity, the opening headline on the advert reads "More alive than you'd believe."
The album failed to chart on the U.K. chart.
Track listing - 12" LP U.K.
A1. Get On Up (Noddy Holder, Jim Lea) - 6:01
A2. Take Me Bak 'Ome (Noddy Holder, Jim Lea) - 4:20
A3. My Baby Left Me (Arthur Crudup) - 2:41
A4. Be (Noddy Holder, Jim Lea) - 3:51
A5. Mama Weer All Crazee Now (Noddy Holder, Jim Lea) - 3:58
B1. Burning In The Heat Of Love (Noddy Holder, Jim Lea) - 3:46
B2. Everyday (Noddy Holder, Jim Lea) - 3:35
B3. Gudbuy T'Jane (Noddy Holder, Jim Lea) - 4:59
B4. One Eyed Jacks With Moustaches (Noddy Holder, Jim Lea) - 3:24
B5. Cum On Feel The Noize (Noddy Holder, Jim Lea) - 4:21
Get On Up
"Get On Up" written by Holder and Lea, and features Tasha Thomas on backing vocals. The track became part of Slade's live song set. It was the only track to be used live. Chris Ingham stated ""Get On Up" betrays the influence of U.S.A. boogie music, with no more than 4 chords and a no messing approach to the groove. Tasha Thomas's harmony and response parts work wonderfully, adding a whole new dimension of excitement to the sound."
In the Slade Fan Club Newsletter of February and March 1976, the track was described by the editor. All the group join in the singing on this 1."
Take Me Bak 'Ome
"Take Me Bak 'Ome" written by Holder and Lea, this was originally released as a single by Slade via Polydor record label on 26th May 1972 and reached number 1 on the U.K. chart.
This was Slade's 2nd number 1 single in the U.K. it stayed at number 1 for a week. The song was also the band's debut appearance on the U.S.A. singles chart, peaking at number 97.
Around this time the band appeared at the Great Western festival near Lincoln. Slade triumphed before a large crowd despite a line up of more serious acts. Hill, incidentally wore an all silver leather outfit for the first time on stage at Lincoln, his sartorial touch would influence British fashion for the next few years. "Take Me Bak 'Ome" was currently at number 2 in the British charts during the festival. The following week it reached number 1 and Slade gained further credibility as live performers.
My Baby Left Me
"My Baby Left Me" was written and performed by blues artist Arthur Crudup in the late 1940s. Slade originally released their version via Barn record label on 17th October 1977 and reached number 32 on the U.K. chart.
It became Slade's last charting single until their career revival in 1980. The single was released as a tribute to Elvis Presley who died a couple of months before. The Slade version of "My Baby Left Me" merged another Crudup track titled 'That's All Right'. "My Baby Left Me" originally gained more exposure via covers by Elvis Presley, Dave Berry and the Cruisers and later John Lennon. In 1977, when "My Baby Left Me" was recorded, lead guitarist Hill was busy doing interviews up in the North of England, thus he was unavailable to record the lead guitar and backing vocals track for the single. Bassist Lea stood in for him, and appears in Hills place on the finished recording. A short while before the single's release, one U.K. magazine had commented how Slade always had the same image. As a result, Hill decided to shave all his hair off, leading to a fall out with his wife and the gaining of the nickname 'grasshopper', given by Holder.
"Be" written by Holder and Lea, a funk metal riff, power chords, a marching rock groove and on top, machine gun lyrics in 2 part harmony spitting out entertaining, multi syllable axioms of dubious legitimacy. Forget the rootie tootie b - sides and camp fire sing alongs, it is when Slade operate within the confines and conventions of hard rock that the group is most potent." This track was covered by Kenneth And The Knutters. "Be" reads and rhymes like a rap song, although it is sung over a funky rock beat." The track was due to be released as a single but the idea was dropped due to the band's small amount of money at the time. The track also became a popular in Slade's live set.
Mama Weer All Crazee Now
"Mama Weer All Crazee Now" written by Holder and Lea, this was originally released as a single by Slade via Polydor on 25th August 1972 and reached number 1 on the U.K. chart.
It was the band's 3rd number 1 single in the U.K. Originally, the idea was to release the single with pre radio plays and pre orders, in hopes the single would go straight to number 1 during the 1st week of release. The single entered the charts on its 1st week at number 2, then followed by number 1 for the next 3 weeks in September 1972. The single fared less well in the U.S.A. where it peaked at number 76.
The song was originally titled 'My My We're All Crazy Now' the title was changed by manager Chas Chandler, the spelling, of course was adapted by the band's own traditions.
Burning In Th Heat Of Love
"Burning In The Heat Of Love" written by Holder and Lea, this was originally released as a single by Slade via Barn record label on 7th April 1977 and failed to chart on the U.K. chart.
The single was released to commercial failure, the 2nd single to do this since the band’s rise to fame.
"Everyday" written by Holder and Lea, this was originally released as a single by Slade via Polydor on 29th March 1973 and reached number 3 on the U.K. chart.
This is a piano based ballad which peaked at number 3 on the UK. chart.
Upon its release, the band knew they were taking a risk but "Everyday" had become a firm favourite on stage when the crowd would sing along which they never expected.
The song was born out of an evening at Leas house when his friends asked how he wrote songs. Leas wife promptly sang the opening of the verse which Lea later completed. This was a recording that guitarist Hill didn't actually play on, as he was away on honeymoon and so he missed the recording sessions. Lea did all the guitar parts.
"Gudbuy T'Jane" written by Holder and Lea, this was originally released as a single by Slade via Polydor record label on 17th November 1972 and reached number 2 on the U.K. chart.
The song lost the number 1 spot to Chuck Berry's single 'My Ding a Ling'. At the time, the band were on tour and needed a follow up hit single to "Mama Weer All Crazee Now". The idea came to Lea while he was sitting by a pool in San Diego. He completed it in the toilet in the plane on the flight home. Holders lyrics came from a TV show he saw in San Francisco on which the band appeared, and on which a girl called Jane demonstrated a Sex Machine. Holder completed his lyrics just prior to the recording session. Holders original lyrics were 'Hello to Jane' however Lea decided that it would sound better as 'Goodbye to Jane' when they went to record it.
One Eyed Jacks With Moustaches
"One Eyed Jacks With Moustaches written by Holder and Lea, was said by Chris Ingham "Is an up tempo track with a rollicking spirit of good time southern boogie which even spills into an Elvis style interlude, complete with mumbling nonsense." Allmusic stated "1 of the singles from the album, "One Eyed Jacks with Moustaches," sounds like classic Slade, but once again, radio wouldn't touch it." The track also became popular in Slade's live set.
Cum On Feel The Noize
"Cum On Feel The Noize" written by Holder and Lea, this was originally released as a single by Slade via Polydor record label on 23rd February 1973 and reached number1 on the U.K. chart.
This was Slade's 4th number 1 single in the U.K. and their 1st to enter straight at number 1.
It entered at the top slot in both the U.K. and Irish charts, which was quite a rare feat at the time and was the 1st occasion this had happened since The Beatles single 'Get Back' in 1969. The song spent all 4 weeks of March at the top of the chart, discounting the final day of the month where the single went down to number 2. Originally, the song was titled 'Cum On Hear The Noize' until Lea suggested the change in words. Holder officially revised the title when he recalled, "how I had felt the sound of the crowd pounding in my chest". Holders 'Baby, baby, baby' introduction was actually just a microphone test. Upon release, the single sold 500,000 copies in only 3 weeks of release. As a result, the pressing factory were completely out of stock for a few days.
Dave Hill - lead guitar, backing vocals
Noddy Holder - lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Jim Lea - bass guitar, backing vocals
Don Powell - drums
Chas Chandler - producer
Alwyn Clayden - cover design
Alex Agor - photography
Jo Mirowski - art direction