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Live at the BBC is a live compilation album by the British rock band Slade.[1] It was released by Salvo in September 2009 and features two discs of material recorded by the band live at the BBC. The first disc comprises songs recorded for various BBC sessions between 1969–72, along with Radio One jingles recorded in 1973-74. The second disc is a twelve-song set recorded live at the Paris Theatre, London, in August 1972.[2]

Live at the BBC
Live album / compilation album by
Released28 September 2009
Slade chronology
In for a Penny: Raves & Faves
Live at the BBC
Merry Xmas Everybody: Party Hits


Track listingEdit

Disc 1 - Studio Sessions
1."Coming Home"Eric Clapton, Bonnie Bramlett3:11
2."The Shape Of Things To Come"Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil2:29
3."See Us Here"Noddy Holder, Jim Lea, Don Powell3:09
4."Know Who You Are"Holder, Lea, Powell, Dave Hill3:00
5."My Life Is Natural"Holder3:01
6."Coloured Rain"Steve Winwood, Chris Wood, Jim Capaldi2:50
7."Man Who Speeks Evil"Lea, Powell3:26
8."Move Over"Janis Joplin3:42
9."Omaha"Skip Spence2:20
10."Sweet Box"Lea, Powell3:01
11."Nights in White Satin"Justin Hayward3:10
12."It's Alright Ma, It's Only Witchcraft"Ashley Hutchings, Richard Thompson2:43
13."Raven"Holder, Lea, Powell2:40
14."Gudbuy Gudbuy"Holder, Lea3:30
15."Getting Better"John Lennon, Paul McCartney2:28
16."Darling Be Home Soon"John Sebastian5:03
17."Let The Good Times Roll"Leonard Lee3:11
18."Dirty Joker"Lea, Powell2:52
19."Get Down and Get With It"Bobby Marchan3:59
20."Wild Winds Are Blowing"Jack Winsley, Bob Saker2:28
21.""Radio 1, where the best music's on""Holder, Lea0:26
22.""Everyday the sounds we play on Radio 1""Holder, Lea0:30
23.""This is Radio 1, we're all having fun""Holder, Lea0:33
24.""We're Slade!""-0:21
Disc 2 - Live At The Paris Theatre, London, 17 August 1972
2."Hear Me Calling"Alvin Lee5:38
3."In Like A Shot (From My Gun)"Holder, Lea, Powell3:45
4."Look Wot You Dun"Holder, Lea, Powell3:37
5."Keep On Rocking"Holder, Lea, Powell, Hill3:44
6."Move Over"Joplin5:18
7."Mama Weer All Crazee Now"Holder, Lea3:58
8."Lady Be Good"George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin1:27
9."Coz I Luv You"Holder, Lea5:08
10."Take Me Back 'Ome"Holder, Lea4:50
11."Get Down and Get With It"Marchan6:50
12."Good Golly Miss Molly"Robert Blackwell, John Marascalco4:00

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
Classic Rockfavourable[3][4]
Daily Express     [5]
The Guardian     [6]
Mojo     [5]
Record Collector     [7]
Uncut     [7]

Upon release, Classic Rock stated: "For those who regard Slade as nothing more than a '70s hit machine, Live at the BBC is gonna be a right old shock. This is Slade before the hits, a raw, rocking high paced crew. But then, if you ever saw them live, you'll know how good this lot were – one of the best."[3][4] The Guardian said: "This is a treat, tracing the Black Country rockers' fascinating 1969-72 progress from a band Tony Blackburn introduces as "the skinhead set" to the biggest pop phenomenon since Beatlemania. These long-lost radio sessions give some feeling of how they arrived in the peace'n'love era like a force-10 gale. The second CD captures a band at the peak of their glam stomp."[6]

Terry Staunton of Record Collector wrote of Disc One: "The disc offers an insight into the band's early versatility, though with the exception of the pounding "Know Who You Are", their self-penned material comes across as disjointed and lacking focus. Covers of Traffic, Fairport Convention and The Beatles, however, suggest levels of deft musicianship not always evident in their cacophonic hits. For Disc Two, he said: "Six-cylinder blasts through songs first heard by Ten Years After, Janis Joplin and Little Richard acknowledge their showband roots, but it's the affirmation of Holder's and Lea's fast maturing songwriting talent that marks it as a pivotal gig in the group's stratospheric career trajectory."[7] Paul Elliott of Mojo said: "If ever a band earned the epithet "rollicking" it's these Black Country boys. Disc one [tackles] everything from The Beatles' "Getting Better" to Fairport Convention's "It's Alright Ma, It's Only Witchcraft" – a leftfield choice, but delivered with typical gusto. Disc two's live performance is Slade at their peak, banging out "Coz I Luv You" and other signature misspelt glam anthems."[5]

Alastair McKay of Uncut commented: "Slade's cartoonish wardrobe has overshadowed what a fantastic live act they were. This two-disc set shows them growing from a hard rock showband to the ferocious outfit that dominated the 1970s charts."[5] Daily Express stated: "T. Rex and Roxy Music may have the sexier image these days but, back in the 70s, Slade were an authentic, kick-ass rock band who could rub Oasis's noses in a muddy puddle even on their offest of off days. Noddy and the lads are captured in all their howling, stomping, gleeful glory on this double CD. The studio work shows just what first-rate musicians Slade were, while the gig showcases [their] boot-bashing classics. Fab!"[5]



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  2. ^ Slade's remastered album Live at the BBC booklet
  3. ^ a b mdome (4 December 2009). "Classic Rock » Blog Archive » New Releases: This Week's Mixed Bag Of Riffs". Retrieved 10 August 2011.
  4. ^ a b "SLADE40YEARS - Slade reports". Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Slade - Live At The BBC (2CD)". Union Square Music. 17 August 1972. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  6. ^ a b Dave Simpson (19 November 2009). "Slade: Live at the BBC | CD review | Music". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
  7. ^ a b c "Live At The BBC - Record Collector Magazine". 26 May 2011. Retrieved 10 October 2017.