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Slade - 1980 - Alive At Reading Festival

Slade are an English rock band who rose to prominence during the glam rock era of the early 1970s. Dave Hill, Don Powell, John Berry and Mal McNulty. With 17 consecutive Top 20 hits and six number ones, the British Hit Singles & Albums names them as the most successful British group of the 1970s. They were the first act to have three singles enter at #1, and all six of the Wolverhampton band's chart-toppers were penned by Noddy Holder and Jim Lea. Total UK sales stand at 6,520,171, and their best selling single, "Merry Xmas Everybody", has sold in excess of one million copies. With glam rock's dissolution and punk rock's emergence by the mid 1970s, the hits eventually dried up. Slade stuck to their guns and kept touring and releasing albums, with Whatever Happened to Slade (1977), proving that the group's humour remained intact despite their fall from the top of the charts. In August 1980, Ozzy Osbourne, during his Blizzard of Ozz tour, cancelled his set at the Reading Festival at short notice. Slade, who had all but disbanded, were recommended to replace them. A demoralised Hill had effectively left the band, and initially refused to do the show when asked by the other band members, but Chandler convinced Hill to play what could well have been their last live show. To Hill's astonishment, the band stole the festival (highlights of their performance were also broadcast on BBC Radio 1's Friday Rock Show Reading special), and quickly became darlings of the music press.

01 - Take Me Back Home
02 - Wheels Ain`t Coming Down
03 - You`ll Never Walk Alone
04 - Mama We're All Crazee Now
05 - Get Down Get With It
06 - Merry Christmas
07 - Come On Feel The Noise
08 - Fluff Freeman

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