Crackers: - (The Christmas Party Album)

UK, 18th November, 1985
Telstar LP - STAR 2271

The band's next album contained a mixture of the band's recent hits, some re-recorded (live) tracks, plus a selection of cover versions.  It reached Number 34 in the UK Album Charts.

Also, in 1985, Slade featured on the first of a multitude of Christmas compilation albums, released on EMI/Virgin.

After the success of Crackers, the fans were asking whether Telstar would be following it up with a "Crackers 2" in the fanzines, but instead Telstar reissued the selfsame LP, repackaged and retitled as "Greatest Hits"!
Telstar HRT-1

All hopes were dashed for a follow-up, when Telstar released The Gary Glitter Party Album, instead in 1987!

But, at least the lads got to be cover stars again on another Christmas Compilation:-
UK, 27th November, 1989 - CD, Album

There have been several other, re-hashed and re-packaged versions of that original "Crackers" Christmas album, starting with this CD:-

UK, 1993 - CD, Album
Castle Communications - CCSCD 401

CRACKERS The Christmas Party Album

UK, 2001 - CD, Album
Music Club - MCCDX 035

The Party Album

UK- 2001 - CD, Album
Demon / Crimson - CRIMCD329

SLADE'S Crazee Christmas - The Party Album

This double CD included a shortened, edited version of Merry Xmas Everybody, as well as other "butchered" Christmas hits, as well!

UK, 2006 - CD, Album
Union Square - METRCDX519

CRACKERS The Rockin' Party Album!

UK, 23rd November, 2009 - CD, Album
Universal - 5323858

Merry Xmas Everybody: Party Hits
This album reached Number 151 in the UK Album Charts.

My thanks to Chris 'The Historian' Selby for his relentless research. It is said, in certain circles, that Walsall Archives have a seat reserved specifically for him and that Wolverhampton archives consult him when searching the Express & Star

Next Page

Let's Have A Party
( Baxter / Friend / Haynes )

Do They Know It's Christmas / Feed The World
(Bob Geldof & Midge Ure)

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