Category: Status Quo

Status Quo – 30 Gold Bars

ARTIST: Status Quo 30 gold bars

TITLE:  30 Gold Bars

YEAR RELEASED: Compilation

CHART ACTION: Not this one, though 12 Gold Bars hit #3 and 12 Gold Bars Vol. 2 reached #12 in the UK

SINGLES: Where to begin: Nah, let’s just say most all of these were hits, and big ones, in the UK.

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: The one you may know is their version of “Rockin’ All Over the World”. Maybe, or not… 12 gold bars

LINEUP: Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Alan Lancaster, Andy Bown, John Coghlan (or Pete Kircher or Jeff Rich).

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Classic UK boogie band boogies to a plethora of hits with little or no action here in the US, which is surprising since mindless boogie rock has always been hits over here. It’s a mystery.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: While it’s not true that if you’ve heard one Status Quo boogie, you’ve heard them all. It’s close though. They have about four or five variations on the theme. This collection of 30 singles (basically their first two collections and a few extra songs) has everything you need from the boogie era (and probably more).

Some are faster, some are slower, some have harmonies, some do not. Basically, they were great comfort food for the UK public and radio. No outside trend really stopped them – prog, new romantics, punk, 220px-12_Gold_Bars_Vol._2electronica, any of it. They did their thing. Their records charted. The end.

Their last charting hit was 2010, but they’re still at it today, rockin’ and rollin’ in 4/4 time.

NOTES & MINUTAE: Through their career, they’ve charted 60 singles in the UK, including 22 top 10 hits. They’ve had 17 top 10 original studio albums, including a 2014 acoustic (!) record.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION:  Technically, this is.

GRADE: B: Listen to about five or six from this collection. You either like it or you don’t. It does rock all over the world, though!

Status Quo – Singles Collection 66-73

ARTIST: Status Quo statusquo
TITLE: Singles Collection 66-73
YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
CHART ACTION: Not this particular one.
SINGLES: By definition, most all were A or B sides. Significant hits: Pictures of Matchstick Men (#12 US, #7 UK), Ice in the Sun (#70 US, #8 UK), Are You Growing Tired of My Love (#46 UK0, Down the Dustpipe (#12 UK), In My Chair (#21 UK), Mean Girl (#20 UK)
LINEUP: Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Alan Lancaster, John Coghlan. Roy Lunes was the keyboard player until mid-1970.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A collection of early singles on Pye Records for the stalwart UK band. They started out as psychedelic, and this collection shows the transition toward the boogie band they are known to be.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The best way to attack Status Quo is their compilations, unless you’re a zealot. This collection is one of the best places to start if you’re interested in the early Quo. “Matchstick Men” and “Ice in the Sun” both made the charts here in the US for good reason – they’re prime psychedelic pop.

Then, with that trend mined out, in 1970 they released “Down The Dustpipe” and became a boogie band.

The collection’s second disc has many of the singles they trotted out as the Spectres and Traffic Jam (without Parffit). Those aren’t quite as good as when they started the psychedelic phase of their careers. Though you can ‘trace’ the evolution of Status Quo through the ‘early’ songs of Spinal Tap.

Many of their albums are available for streaming if this collection interests you.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: They didn’t become the band the UK punters know and love until they switched record companies. They have put out 85 singles as Status Quo, three as the Spectres and one as Traffic Jam.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Not on this collection – but they padded it with alternate takes.

GRADE: B: Basically, a hit or miss collection since at this time the Status Quo were enjoyable but not consistent. I like a lot of it but I’m a psychedelic pop junkie.