Charlie Gillett, Let It Rock, March 1973
Rock and roll at its very best, today. Which is not the same thing as rock 'n' roll at its very best in 1956, as a quick listen to the last track here, 'Let The Good Times Roll' will tell you. Where once Shirley and Lee's song rolled, bounced, and changed its pace, like a beach ball rolling down a gentle slope, Slade fire it like bullets from a repeater rifle. And that's the message on most of the other tracks too, harsh aggression, won't take no for answer, shut your mouth while I'm talking. Like a distillation of the toughest parts of Cochran, Richard, and Elvis, filtered through Lennon and Robert Plant, ejected through a weird bodiless voice as if they bounced it off the moon.
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