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'Slang' (2CD Deluxe Edition)
(Bludgeon Riffola)
Release Date: 10th February 2014

Joe Geesin

joe geesin

manhattan coast

Leppard's 1996 album, oft overlooked and underrated, gets an overhaul, something the band have talked about for a while and now that the rights have reverted to the band, they've put it out on their own label.

'Slang' was a radical departure in sound for the band, for three major reasons; no Robert Mutt Lang, a lot of personal issues going on with members of the band, and grunge (cough, splutter) was all the rage at the time.

Also, worth a note, that this is the first full album to feature guitarist Vivian Campbell (who had played on a track or two on the previous album).

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Not that this is a grunge album, thank fuck, but it is noticeably darker, edgier, and lacks the layers upon layers of polish normally associated with a Leppard album.

To the main album itself – and 'Truth' opens with a harsh sound yet a decent melody, and the intro to 'Turn To Dust' mixes grunge/eastern/ambient before the full (almost alternative) guitars come in.

The title track is a solid punchy number with some trad Def Lep influences – but still quite choppy and rough. In contrast, 'All I Want Is Everything' is more balladic and very heartfelt. Not quite Michael Bolton but, like I said, there's a few tracks that are heartfelt here and they do open right up.

The guitar work, like the rhythms and vocals, are excellent – it's the range of sounds and feels (some more classic Leppard than others) that may confuse some. Some of the tracks I did find catchy, the riffs working well.

As for the package – the original eleven track album (twelve including the Japanese bonus track) is now expanded to thirty tracks over two CDs, featuring previously unreleased material, original and demo versions and rough mixes. Some of these do sound good and are well worth adding to the collection.

Complete? Well, no. Sadly the six acoustic tracks on the limited bonus disc on the original release are not included.

If you come to this album with an open mind you'll find an excellent (if off the beaten Leppard track) album. I'm not sure it's quite classic Leppard but certainly classy and very enjoyable, and with the bonus tracks something for everyone here. More so with the double vinyl LP and iTunes editions.

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Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.


As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case and will be published in late November. Earlybird subscribers who order by 31st October will have their name printed within a dedicated page in the book.

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Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.


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