This is the best box set I have of ANY group! It so correctly represents the career of the band. Sure, the sound quality of the earlier recordings is not that good - as they never have been - and maybe that's just the quintessential sound of Slade! Their appeal. Don't get me wrong - I loved the sound that evolved on their latest albums. I believe their career came to an end way too soon - maybe because I only discovered the band when "Keep Your Hands..." was released stateside.
So, back to the box... Why does it so well represent the band? It includes so many more songs that you associate with Slade that don't get included on every other "Best of" compilation out there (and there's enough, isn't there?). Some of what I'm talking about: "Know Who You Are", "Take Me Bak 'Ome", "The Whole World's Goin' Crazee", "When The Lights Are Out", "The Bangin' Man", "Thanks For The Memory (Wham Bam Thank You Mam)", ... and I could go on and on. And of course there's all the stand-by's as well: "Mama Weer All Crazee Now", "Gudbuy T' Jane", "Cum On Feel The Noize", "My Oh My", "Run Runaway", etc, etc...
What I really like about this box is that the extra "fluff" as you get with most other box sets I really wouldn't call "fluff" at all. There are no outtakes, demos, half-recorded-works-in-progress like so many groups like to include on box sets. Every song is worthwhile on this collection! I was especially pleased with the inclusion of the two later recordings "Radio Wall Of Sound" and "Universe" - I didn't have copies of these songs prior to this box set.
Bottom line - are you a fan of Slade? Get this box - it's worth the price and you won't be sorry!