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February 6, 2017

Status Quo – Live! (1977) – 2Lp

by Record Facts

Status Quo are an English rock band known for their brand of boogie rock. The group originated in The Spectres, founded by schoolboys Francis Rossi and Alan Lancaster in 1962. After a number of lineup changes, which included the introduction of Rick Parfitt in 1967, the band became The Status Quo in 1967 and Status Quo in 1969.

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Artist:  Status Quo
Title:  Live!
Year:  1977
Format:  2LP
Label:  Vertigo Records
Catalog#  9286728

Live! is the first live album by English Rock band Status Quo. It contains 2 LP´s. It is an amalgam of performances at Glasgow‘s Apollo Theatre between 27 and 29 October 1976, recorded using the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio.

Recorded, with perfect timing, just as Status Quo hit their live peak, 1977’s double Live! album is, contrarily, a timeless reminder of just how much power and excitement was bound up in the band through the mid-’70s — and on, in fact, into the early ’80s. It would be several years before Status Quo turned into the faintly embarrassing cabaret singalong that scarred the latter years of their career, a fact that Live! broadcasts via a picture-perfect snapshot of the last calm before that particular storm. Touring to support 1976’s Blue for You (U.S. title Status Quo) album, the band is still reaching back to the dawn of the decade for material. “Junior’s Wailing” and “In My Chair” both date back to the tentative days of 1970, as the band prepared to slide from psych to boogie without knowing whether there was even an audience for such a shock. The fact that there was, of course, would be celebrated with some of the most visceral singles of the decade. “Roll Over Lay Down,” “Rain,” “Don’t Waste My Time,” and, most impressively, “Caroline” all slough off well-loved 45s, to be transformed into veritable showstoppers, while the LP epics “Forty-Five Hundred Times” and “Roadhouse Blues” receive marathon workouts that all but defy gravity. The mid-’70s were a golden age for double live albums, and from Frampton Comes Alive! to Thin Lizzy‘s Live and Dangerous, the era is littered with what now rank as classics. Live! effortlessly takes its place alongside those most hallowed of halcyon howlers, and no matter what else Status Quo might have become in later years, this is what they sounded like before that happened. Priceless.

 

Side one
1.  Junior’s Wailing   (5:20)
2.  Backwater / Just Take Me  (7:35)
3.  Is There A Better Way   (4:28)
4.  In My Chair   (4:07)

Side two
1.  Little Lady  / Most Of The Time  (6:50)
2.  Forty-Five Hundred Times   (17:10)

Side three
1.  Roll Over Lay Down   (6:07)
2.  Big Fat Mama   (5:00)
3.  Caroline Drum Solo   (6:35)
4.  Bye Bye Johnny   (6:18)

Side four
1.  Rain   (4:50)
2.  Don’t Waste My Time   (4:55)
3.  Roadhouse Blues   (14:23)

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