Status Quo - 'Pictures - 40 Years Of Hits' Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     September 30, 2010    
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What more can Quo fans ask for?

Every year seems like another anniversary for Status Quo which means its time for yet another compilation. The good thing about ‘Pictures’ is that it is biased towards Quo’s earlier career and for my money mid-seventies Quo is certainly something to admire while much of their post seventies material is debatable. If you can stomach the likes of ‘In The Army Now,’ ‘The Anniversary Waltz (Part 1)’ and ‘The Party Ain’t Over Yet’ then disc two won’t be much of an issue for you but others will find it very patchy.

Meanwhile, disc one contains the standout material with such classics as ‘Pictures Of Matchstick Men,’ ‘Down Down,’ ‘Caroline,’ ‘Don’t Drive My Care’ and ‘Paper Plane.’ If I have given the impression that the second half is poor then I should mention that it does have some gems, such as ‘Something ‘Bout You Baby I Like,’ ‘Ain’t Complaining,’ ‘Rock N’ Roll’ and ‘A Mess Of Blues.’ There’s nothing much else that can be said about Status Quo; they’re a love ‘em or hate ‘em kind of band and I’m in the former camp. The second disc also contains the band’s first ever Christmas single ‘It’s Christmas Time.’

I still think 2004s ‘XS All Areas’ remains the better compilation, however, there are different versions of ‘Pictures – 40 Years Of Hits,’ including a 4CD Earbook, a 3CD set (with DVD and rarities) and this 2CD set plus USB, Digital and Vinyl releases. Released just in time for Christmas, what more can Quo fans ask for (except a great studio album!)

Neil Daniels

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