Status Quo - Reissues album review
Quo crossing over from 70s boogie to 80s broad appeal
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 (7/10) – to a new decade with 1980’s Just Supposin’ (6/10) and 1981’s Never Too Late (5/10). 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 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.