Status Quo
Live!


4.5
superb

Review

by Itsonlyme USER (11 Reviews)
January 13th, 2019 | 18 replies


Release Date: 1977 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A seemingly forgotten classic live album that will blow you away! It's time for a revaluation of the Quo.

Unambitious, unadventurous, very British, no nonsense, addictive, eclectic, professional, rousing, hypnotizing, modest, fun, passionate, obstinate, sturdy, denim, long hair, working class, solid: these are qualifications for Status Quo, aka the Quo, the Frantic Four. Not only the most succesful band in British rock history, Status Quo is also one of the most remarkable and memorable. Their trade mark sound, combining hard rock, blues, folk, boogie and rock 'n roll is immediately recognizable. It's an amazing fact that they never 'made' it in America, but maybe they are too 'British'. The sound, the feeling and the accent are unmistakebly British. From the late 70's throughout the 80's Status Quo were demigods in Europe, but almost non-existent in America.

Still, the live album they produced in 1977, selected from the best parts of live performances in Glasgow, belongs to the most memorable and enjoyable of the 70's. The album radiates a real live feeling, allowing all the different instruments to be clearly recognizable. The vocals from various members, the thumping guitars, the deep bass, the drums and even the harmonica and quiet passages are discernible during the concert. The songs selected are all great, there is no filler to be found and a few killers present. The Quo deliver what they are good at: raunchy, raw and thunderous bluesy rock 'n roll with some folkish, Celtic accents.

The album opens with a famous introduction, being the vivacious voice of Jackie Lynton: 'Is there anybody out there that wants to rock'" The reaction of the audience in the sold out Apollo in Glasgow is unanimously positive. Musician Lynton is a life long co-writer of Quo songs. Together with 'fifth member' Bob Young, who is a main songwriter for the band and a gifted harmonica player, the audience is one of the main characters in the show. You can hear them yell, applaud and sing along during some thrilling, spun out songs. Album closer Roadhouse Blues is the most impressive example of this jamming approach. This lengthy song, a very well done Doors cover, lasts for more than 14 minutes and never ceases to entertain. Treating the listener to a heavy blues song, with a long interlude of singing along, harmonica and guitar solos. Most of the Time starts with a nice clean arpeggio melody joined in by the audience and thus creating a cheerful atmosphere, before the song bursts into a thick blues monster with exciting guitar solos. The unadulterated, locomotive rock beast Forty Five Hundred Times however surpasses this song in length and strength, it's one of the highlights of the album. Of course Quo's classic anthem Roll over lay down doesn't fail on this record. This live version has become canonical, providing everything the band represents and it is a demonstration of the versatiltity of the band. As said, this album includes no weak spots or bad song and is best savoured uninterrupted from start to finish so you can experience the atmosphere and excitement.

This live album can rival the best of it's generation thanks to the vivid atmosphere, quality song writing and excellent performance. Status Quo is a genuinely underrated foursome (plus Lynton, Young and audience) because they hold on to the same musical style. In regard to their life long output I can understand this point of view. But you must not overeat. Just try this piece and enjoy!



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wham49
January 13th 2019


4577 Comments


as an American I have only a slight understanding of the band, but I would think that them being the most successful band in England is total nonsense

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MrSirLordGentleman
January 13th 2019


12400 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I could never see the appeal with these guys

Kaiwaz
January 13th 2019


8737 Comments


It's all about Dysgenics...wait wrong thread oops

Itsonlyme
January 13th 2019


109 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yes. They were the most succesful band. No nonsense. Check before you talk nonsense yourself.

J() Alexander
January 13th 2019


6271 Comments


Were they?

Itsonlyme
January 13th 2019


109 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

http://drownedinsound.com/community/boards/music/4442614



J() Alexander
January 13th 2019


6271 Comments


Is that a yes?

Itsonlyme
January 13th 2019


109 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yes! Maybe it's just statistics but my point is they were in Britain and Europe huge.

J() Alexander
January 13th 2019


6271 Comments


Fair enough.

Zig
January 14th 2019


1719 Comments


Never forget that time one professor I had in college called this band "heavy rock".

wham49
January 14th 2019


4577 Comments


so they were more successful then the Beatles, Stones, Sabbath, LZ

not sure if that is possible when a whole continent has no idea who they are

MrSirLordGentleman
January 14th 2019


12400 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

what are you talking about wham, Status Quo were huge af





they were also overrated af, but they were huge nevertheless



please don't fall into the classic american argument of "if they're not huge here, they're not huge". America is not the world buddy

wham49
January 14th 2019


4577 Comments


yes it is, ask anybody

but to my point, how many bands are the biggest in the world, when one of the biggest markets have no idea about them

MrSirLordGentleman
January 14th 2019


12400 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Julio Iglesias has sold 100 millions albums and I doubt he has a big audience in the US. It is mostly because of Europe and Latin America



Being huge in a market such as the UK is enough to make for you to be considered "big" imo

wham49
January 14th 2019


4577 Comments


My grandma loves Julio
Yes I understand, just bored so trollin

And for the record most bands think they haven’t made it till they have in the states

And monetary success doesn’t mean shite

MrSirLordGentleman
January 14th 2019


12400 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I suppose success in the US is more like a proof of you becoming big rather than a requirement to become big

Itsonlyme
January 14th 2019


109 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yep! Bing Crosby sold a lot of records in the States. In Europe he is a minor singer. But: being the opening act on Live Aid in 1985 , that means something!

wham49
January 14th 2019


4577 Comments


Bing Crosby opened live Sid? Lol

I’m done sorry guys, still disagree with them being the biggest band in England, but get they sold tons of records

The Osmonds did in the States, so what does that prove



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