Status Quo

Status Quo [Universal Import]

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An institution in their homeland, this self-titled release culls material from Status Quo's 1986 In the Army Now and 1988's Ain't Complaining sets (both of which managed to chart Top Ten in the U.K.). Ostensibly, yet another attempt to crack the U.S. market which had ignored the band since their late-'60s psychedelic classic "Pictures of Matchstick Men," it contains no less than five songs that were U.K. hits, including the number two "You're in the Army Now." It's all workman-like, blues-based rock & roll comparable to Creedence Clearwater Revival (in fact, there's a cover of Fogerty's "Rockin' All Over the World"), but given a typical '80s production gloss that runs counter to the band's roots. There's nothing particularly compelling (or likely to attract those outside Status Quo's fan base); nonetheless, tracks like "Everytime I Think of You" and "Ain't Complaining are enjoyable enough workouts, as well as the Dave Edmunds-produced "Rollin' Home."

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