Slash was a record label that you could trust. If it was on Slash it was going to be good: X, The Germs, Fear, Faith No More. Come on!
Unfortunately they were gobbled up in one mega-merger or another and that was the end of L.A.’s coolest label. In 2003 Super Record Megacorp sold the name back to Slash founder Bob Biggs. I don’t really know what’s happened since then. If any of you have leads on recent Slash releases that I need to hear, lay them on me.
As for Slash, the Early Sessions, that album reads almost like a Rosetta Stone for my teen years: X, Violent Femmes, The Blasters, Gun Club, The Dream Syndicate, Fear, Germs. This one was in my power rotation for years, and now that it’s out of the stacks again it will likely get more turntable time.
This is a dud for collectors. There’s nothing on this compilation that you can’t get elsewhere, but the cover art is cool and because the record geeks aren’t after it you should be able to find a copy for under five bucks. Happy hunting.