Food For Thought?

Does anybody know the full set list of the three sessions at Command Theatre Studios, I would be very interested to know what else was recorded over those 3 nights. Somewhere out there, there's a few hours worth of Slade Alive! excess recording. It could even contain the mysterious Louisiana Rag Blues?

On the other hand, we know Hear Me Calling exists as a studio recording so why not In Like A Shot From My Gun and the rest of the Slade Alive tracks. I would suggest Chas got them to record their "live" act for a studio release but for some reason decided to go with the Live album instead.

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We know Slade Alive didn't contain all the tracks that were recorded so why shouldn't other studio versions exist. Don Powell is actually quite sure that they made a studio recording of In Like A Shot along with other things of the time but he believes that the tapes were probably wiped.

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Listening to the Hear Me Calling studio take, it is quite apparent what Chas was struggling with, it lacks guts. Assuming In Like A Shot sounded similar then you can see the choice facing the big man. Coz I Luv You was meant to sound a bit limp before it builds and if you listen to the difference between Look What You Dun studio and live recordings.
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I suspect Chas was reluctant to put out a studio album that did not represent what he wanted the group to become and instead went with the live album in an attempt to get the group across as a strong act. In doing so he showed them to be a tour de force but while that was happening..... whoops, they became Top Of The Pops darlings.

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Next thing you know, they're a teeny bopper group!

Meanwhile back in the studio.... Chas perfects his mock live recording technique and gets a tough sound but now the old set is not appropriate so its out with the old and in with the new.

Maybe?


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