The legacy that is Slash Records is packaged with the re-founding of the label and its new acts, on Salute This, vol. 1. The compilation is a well-rounded exhibition in the many acts that Slash Records distributed, including Faith No More, X, Los Lobos, L7, and Violent Femmes.
Unlike other so-called independent labels, Slash's had no real repertoire, as the spectrum of aforementioned bands indicates. Such diversity is much appreciated; there's a great representation of acts on this album. Plus, the selected cuts read like a greatest hits list of the selected bands. This compilation is filled with obvious choices. If you're going to pick an L7 song, "Pretend we're dead," is the quick pick. Same with Faith No More's "Epic," from a band with a distinguished catalog of great songs, Slash picks the group's biggest hit (of course).
Though I was hoping for more rarities, it's nice to have these songs all in the same place (X alongside Violent Femmes). This comp is also short, in my opinion, as the label released many albums that could have representation outside of a 13-track record. Maybe the label is looking to extend the fun into volume 2?
However, the comp remains a good listen, particularly useful while multitasking or taking long drives. It reads like a burned CD, in a way. And, most importantly, the compilation signals the return of Slash Records, which for three years fell off the map.
This time out, Slash has been rededicated as Slash/BiggMassive. The name references founder Bob Biggs and his new partner Will Fulton, of Shiner Massive. Let's wish the pair much luck in keeping the Slash legacy alive, a legacy held for all to enjoy on this compilation.
Catherine Galioto is Rockzone's Features Editor. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.