Saturday, 10 April 2010

Free Download Friday #53: Slash (Belated... again!)

Slash has released a new solo album. Well, "solo" in the sense that it is his name on the cover, however, the roster of stars that appear on the album with him reads like a who's who of Rock's finest. For example: Ozzy Osbourne, Chris Cornell, Andrew Stockdale, Lemmy, Dave Grohl, Duff McKagan and Iggy Pop.

It's not just Rock's finest as there are some apparently odd choices in Fergie and (on the Classic Rock Fan Pack version) Nicole Scherzinger. However, despite sounding like odd choices, they work! In fact there's not a duff track on the album. Every one a winner.

I hadn't planned to get the fan pack... but in the end, I couldn't resist the chance to get the Alice Cooper track that is available as a bonus track on the fan pack version.

Or, if you want to try before you buy, the entire album is still being streamed on AOL Music.

However, this post is not called Free Streaming Friday or even Free Advert for Amazon Friday. So where are the downloads? Currently, two tracks are available for download (although, technically, one of the downloads is a live performance of a track from the album rather than the album track itself).

First up is a download from Slash's own MySpace site. If you scroll down, you will hopefully see a link that lets you download Watch This an instrumental track featuring Dave Grohl and Duff McKagan. You can even copy the download widget to embed it in your own site:

I found the second download thanks to a link from a NME Daily Download post. It features a live performance of By The Sword featuring Andrew Stockdale of Wolfmother and comes from their performance on the Tonight Show.

Two great tracks that should give you a good idea of the sound of the album.


Watch This (Or use widget above)
By The Sword

What do you think of Slash's solo effort?


Jeff said...

Nice, thanks! I had already been alerted to the "Watch This" download, but "By the Sword" is a new one to me. It's pretty likely that I will be picking this album up, unless I end up really hating that track or something ("Watch This" is fantastic). ;)

Actually, I think I should check out the Cornell track, as I'm very curious as to how he sounds on it. I am a huge Soundgarden fan, and I like Audioslave as well, but I have not been able to get into his solo work at all - I'm wondering where a guest appearance fits in on that spectrum.

David said...

Hello Jeff

Glad you like the live track. Sounds pretty close to the album version to me. As I said in the post, I don't think there's a duff track on the album and some are truly outstanding - including Watch This which you clearly like too.

I have a couple of Soundgarden CDs and the eponymous Audioslave CD, all of which I like. Haven't heard much of Chris's solo stuff but I did like his Bond theme. I like the Cornell track on Slash's album though I can't say it's a favourite.

A good thing about the album is it doesn't feel like Slash wrote the songs and then looked for a rent-a-rocker to sing on it. Rather, he has tailored the tracks to the people who were working on it. My guess is therefore that if you like Chris Cornell, you'll like the Chris/Slash track.