Cum on Let's Party!

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First off, don't be fooled by the name. The cover photo might look like a classic lineup show in front of a suitably packed mid-'70s house, and the title has certainly seen daylight before, as a bootleg of Slade's 1975 London show. But this is a wholly different beast. Basically, it's the bulk of the old Keep on Rockin! CD, rounded out with a triptych of oldies, a version of "Run Run Rudolph" that had only ever been sighted on a scarce sampler CD, and -- finally -- two new songs ("Take Me Home" and "Some Exercise") that may or may not be worth the price of admission, depending upon just how fanatically you collect latter-day Slade. In other words, it's a mishmash, vaguely entertaining in a "how the mighty have fallen" kind of way but, with the most distinctive 50 percent of the original band (songwriters Noddy Holder and Jim Lea) absent, it really isn't much to write home about.

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