Status Quo - Reissues album review

Quo crossing over from 70s boogie to 80s broad appeal

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There’s a school of thought which argues that The Quo should be as critically revered as the , because they basically locked into a frill-free groove and did the same thing over and over again until a state of blissful Zen transcendence was attained. Other schools of thought are available.

These three deluxe reissues skip from the tail of their imperial phase with ‘the classic line-up’ – 1976’s Blue For You (710) – to a new decade with 1980’s Just Supposin’ (610) and 1981’s Never Too Late (510). In between they didn’t co-produce themselves, so by the 80s they’d eased into a less piledriving, more keyboard-coloured pop sound.

Blue For You, a chart-topper, is by far the strongest of these, the late Rick Parfitt starring on the irresistible omni-clenching chug of Rain and Mystery Song.

The later albums still bang out affable, avuncular hits like What You’re SOFTWAREmark” gingersoftwareuiphraseguid=“b78a46fa-ed63-4494-8885-662e21b7b90d” id=“d57de1da-a76a-401c-9a81-f3486989ffe1”>SOFTWAREmark” gingersoftwareuiphraseguid=“47b04627-1536-441a-8f41-35711c142c49” id=“58774123-cb77-4229-a67d-2c9c56950f2e”>Proposin’ and Something ‘Bout You Baby I Like, but an aura that was definitively diamond-hard has diluted.

Demos and B-sides are added here, plus copious live spurts from, respectively, Osaka, Le Mans and St. Austell: literally all over the world.

Chris Roberts has written about music, films, and art for innumerable outlets. His new book The Velvet Underground is out April 4. He has also published books on Lou Reed, Elton John, the Gothic arts, Talk Talk, Kate Moss, Scarlett Johansson, Abba, Tom Jones and others. Among his interviewees over the years have been David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Debbie Harry, Bryan Ferry, Al Green, Tom Waits & Lou Reed. Born in North Wales, he lives in London.