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Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Rewind: Quo - Status Quo (1974)

 I always smile whenever I hear the early Quo albums because when I was a kid they were such a big thing for me. Some laugh at that knowing that I went on to love Punk music because they grew up listening to the likes of Bowie and for me it was Slade, Sweet and Quo! But I feel no shame about it, never have, and never will.

The Seventh Studio Album from Status Quo simply called 'Quo' was the follow up to their #1 Album 'Hello' (1973). The only single from the album, Break the Rules, was not the choice of single the band had wanted - Backwater was their choice. The eight tracks on the album were all written by the band and a couple of co-writes between Francis Rossi and Bob Young who had been involved with the band since 1969 playing harmonica and  an integral part in the writing as well (up until the release of Quo he had co-written Spinning Wheel Blues, Mean Girl, Don't Waste My Time, Paper Plane, Caroline, and more).

Quo is considered to be one the heaviest of Status Quo's albums and that probably has a lot to do with the fact that Bassist Alan Lancaster had a hand in co-writing six of the eight tracks.

It's not always an album that gets the credit it deserves as other records like Hello, On the Level, Blue For You take the spotlight over it. I for one love it and it was great listening to it today for the first time in a few years.

Quo - Status Quo
Produced by Status Quo
Released 3rd May 1974
UK Chart #2

    Francis Rossi - guitar, vocals
    Rick Parfitt - guitar, vocals
    Alan Lancaster - bass, vocals
    John Coghlan - drums
    Bob Young - Harmonica
    Tom Parker - Keys

(German Picture Cover)
UK Chart #8

Break The Rules (Live)
1st December 2010

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