Slade: The Very Best of Slade
Chris Charlesworth, Polydor Records, 2005
IT IS JULY 1971 and I'm with Slade in Amsterdam's Vondelpark where they are shortly to perform on a bandstand in the centre of a small lake. Chas Chandler, the group's Geordie manager, a man cut from the same cloth as Jimmy Nail's Oz character in Auf Wiedersehen Pet, is bristling because a tree obscures the sightline between the audience and the stage.
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