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Status Quo - 1982 (2006) Retail CD
Status Quo's profile was as high as it had ever been when they made this album. They had just played before royalty and were celebrating twenty years since Francis Rossi and Alan Lancaster had first joined forces. Not surprisingly, "1982" sold well. They were also parading a new line-up. Pete Kircher, their new drummer, didn't have as much slam as John Coghlan, but he did a pretty good job here. More significant however was the inclusion of Andy Bown as a full member of the band. Having served the band so long as a bit-part keyboard player he deserved such recognition. The problem ismore… that Quo's success is based on being a guitar band. Keyboards are rarely noticeable on their classic 1970s work. By making Bown a permanent member they had to make more room for his contribution. The eventual result was a compromise that would help dilute their sound and alienate many fans.Ironically, it isn't much of a problem on this album. "1982" possesses a good, crunching rock sound throughout. The one disappointment is that there isn't one track that could be described as a killer. Quo show a good deal of panache but the material tends to good rather than great. "Dear John", the major hit on here, has never been one of my favourite songs. It promises much but the chorus is poor. "She Don't Fool Me" is carried at a pleasingly high tempo, but again never quite achieves total lift-off. It's the same story across most of the album.Alan Lancaster's "I Love Rock And Roll" sounds more like a hit, but not so much like typical Quo and the lyrics are trite even by their standards. The bonus tracks on this reissue also seem a little out of place. Beyond one b-side it appears to have been a struggle to find anything worthwhile so a couple of live NEC tracks have been added. At least "Over The Edge" is a closing reminder of what the band would soon be missing. "1982" is nevertheless a good rock album, albeit one which is a long way down the pecking order in Quo's catalogue.
|1||She Don't Fool Me|
|3||Get Out And Walk|
|5||I Love Rock And Roll|
|9||I Want The World To Know|
|10||I Should Have Known|
|12||Calling The Shots (Bonus Track)|
|13||Hold You Back (Live At The N.E.C.) (Bonus Track)|
|14||Over The Edge (Live At The N.E.C.) (Bonus Track)|
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