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- Released: November 19, 1996
- Label: Atlantic
- 2.Screw Your Wig on Tight
- 3.Party Hardy
- 4.Son of Slide
- 5.You and Me
- 6.Love Me
- 7.The Happiest Days
- 9.Slide - (single version, bonus track)
Slave includes: Danny Webster (vocals, guitar); Floyd Miller (vocals, trumpet, trombone, percussion); Tim "Tiny" Dozier (vocals, drums); Mark "Drac" Hicks (guitar, background vocals); Tom Lockett Jr., Orion "Bimmy" Wilhoite (alto & tenor saxophone); Steve Washington (trumpet, percussion, background vocals); C.B. (keyboards); Mark Adams (bass).
Recorded at Century Sound Studios, Sayreville, New Jersey. Originally released on Cotillion (9914). Includes liner notes by A. Scott Galloway.
Digitally remastered by Bill Inglot and Dan Hersch (DigiPrep).
Personnel: Danny Webster (vocals, guitar, background vocals); Tom Lockett (vocals, saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Floyd Miller (vocals, trumpet, trombone, horns, percussion, background vocals); Steve Washington (vocals, trumpet, percussion, background vocals); Tim Dozier (vocals, drums, percussion); Mark Hicks (guitar, background vocals); Orion Wilhoite (saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Carrie Bradley, Charlie Bradley (keyboards).
Audio Remasterers: Dan Hersch; Bill Inglot.
Audio Remixer: Jimmy Douglass.
Liner Note Author: A. Scott Galloway.
Recording information: Century Sound Studios, Sayreville, NJ.
Photographer: Benno Friedman.
Arrangers: Floyd Miller; Tom Lockett; Mark Antone Adams ; Danny Webster; Mark Hicks; Orion Wilhoite; Tim Dozier; Steve Washington ; Charlie Bradley.
Slave's debut album exploded onto the fertile '70s funk scene on a trajectory powered by the opening track, "Slide." The cut became an undeniable funk classic, but "Slide"'s hypnotic groove and Eddie Hazel/Ernie Isley-style guitar solo represented only a small part of the nonet's formidable aresenal. The horn section, led by trumpet ace Steve Washington (nephew of Ohio Players trumpeter Ralph Middlebrook), provides tasty accents throughout, alternate between James Brown-inspired stabs and melodic legato phrases.
Mark Adams's bass provides plenty of funk power, but also has some rock-influenced bite, juicing things up a bit. Slave wasn't a visionary band like P-Funk (the inclusion of "Son of Slide" as the fourth track shows that the band was smart enough to play to its strengths), just a bunch of committed funkateers laying it down with finesse and conviction. SLAVE captures the group's dedication and modest level of invention perfectly.
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