Pictures: 40 Years of Hits [Box Set]

Performers Status Quo (UK)

November 11, 2008 | Compact Disc

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Authors: Francis Rossi; Simon Porter; Rick Parfitt.
Talk about rockers rollin'! This fantastic four-CD set from the veteran British rockers includes all 75 of their A-sides (many of them being radio edits not available on the original albums) plus Jump That Rock (Whatever You Want), their 2008 collaboration with the German techno act Scooter. Love 'em or hate 'em, Status Quo have been rockin' the charts for four decades. While they remain living legends and rock icons in the U.K., Europe, South America, and elsewhere, they can't even get arrested in the States! The "hip" U.K. press love to take as many potshots at them as possible, which is all the more reason to love Quo. But we all know that, deep down (deeper and down), those critics probably have a soft spot for quite a few of Quo's hits but will never admit to it in public. At any rate, the band has always managed to maintain a certain quality level that may not always touch the stars, but, at the least, will always rock the house! From their psychedelic beginnings with hits like "Pictures of Matchstick Men" (later turned into a college radio hit when covered by Camper Van Beethoven) and "Ice in the Sun" to their boogie-fueled rock & roll hits like "Caroline," "Down Down," and "Paper Plane," Status Quo were, and still are, the ultimate party band. When T. Rex were prancing about on-stage with feather boas and glitter, Quo were wearing blue jeans and t-shirts and playing head-down, floor-shaking Rock & Roll. When the Rolling Stones were jetsetting all around the world with beautiful models, Quo were treading the boards, playing sweaty blues-based rock, and perfecting the ultimate three-chord symphony. For some reason, Foghat's brand of boogie rock clicked in the States (albeit briefly) while Quo were only able to build a cult following. Sadly, even the casual American fans who bought their classic 1973 album Hello! probably have no clue that, 35 years later, Quo are still going as strong as ever. Pictures: 40 Years of Hits may not readdress the situation in the U.S. (since it's not released here), but hopefully, this fantastic collection will make its way into the hands of the curious, the casual fan, and the hardcore Quo nutter. When Quo released their holiday single, "It's Christmas Time," in December of 2008, it became their 75th single, and this four-disc box set celebrates the band's history by presenting each and every A-side in chronological order. Starting things off with "Pictures of Matchstick Men," their psychedelic debut single, the listener is taken on an amazingly fruitful journey that has peaks that touch the heavens and the occasional dip that might make the stomach feel a bit queasy, but those moments are few and far between. While the psychedelic period is presented by the band's six early singles, things don't really start picking up until the band completely changed direction with the bluesy boogie of "Down the Dustpipe." From there, songs don't really deviate too much from the Quo blueprint, although it's nice when they break things up by releasing untypical singles like "Living on an Island" and "Marguerita Time." Though the band has been derided for its '80s and '90s output, it was still putting out some great tunes based around that great Quo formula. OK, the two Anniversary Waltz singles were kind of silly, but look beyond those and you'll find some real gems here, folks. With plenty of absolutely killer tracks, this four-disc set is the best Quo collection for fans, although most folks wanting to investigate the band should stick with the two-CD version. ~ Steve "Spaz" Schnee

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: November 11, 2008

Genre: Hard Rock

Style: Rock & Pop

UPC: 600753130568

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Pictures: 40 Years of Hits [Box Set]

Pictures: 40 Years of Hits [Box Set]

Performers Status Quo (UK)

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: November 11, 2008

Genre: Hard Rock

Style: Rock & Pop

UPC: 600753130568


Title Track Time
0.DISC 1: --
1.Pictures of Matchstick Men --
2.Black Veils of Melancholy --
3.Ice in the Sun --
4.Make Me Stay a Bit Longer --
5.Are You Growing Tired of My Love --
6.Price of Love, The --
7.Down the Dustpipe --
8.In My Chair --
9.Tune to the Music --
10.Paper Plane --
11.Mean Girl --
12.Gerdundula --
13.Caroline --
14.Break the Rules --
15.Down Down --
16.Roll Over Lay Down - (live) --
17.Rain --
18.Mystery Song --
19.Wild Side of Life --
0.DISC 2: --
1.Rockin' All Over the World --
2.Again and Again --
3.Accident Prone --
4.Whatever You Want --
5.Living on an Island --
6.What You're Proposing --
7.Lies --
8.Don't Drive My Car --
9.Something 'Bout You Baby I Like --
10.Rock 'N' Roll --
11.Dear John --
12.She Don't Fool Me --
13.Caroline - (live) --
14.Ol' Rag Blues --
15.Mess of Blues, A --
16.Marguerita Time --
17.Going Down Town Tonight --
18.Wanderer, The --
19.Rollin' Home --
0.DISC 3: --
1.Red Sky --
2.In the Army Now --
3.Dreamin' --
4.Ain't Complaining --
5.Who Gets the Love --
6.Running All Over the World --
7.Burning Bridges --
8.Not at All --
9.Little Dreamer --
10.Anniversary Waltz, Pt. 1: Let's Dance/Red River Rock/No Particular Place to Go/The Wanderer/I Hear Y --
11.Anniversary Waltz, Pt. 2: Rock 'N' Roll Music/Lover Please/That'll Be the Day/Singing the Blues/When --
12.Can't Give You More --
13.Rock 'Til You Drop --
14.Roadhouse Medley (Anniversary Waltz, Pt. 25): The Wanderer/Marguerita Time/Living on an Island/Break --
15.Fakin' the Blues --
16.I Didn't Mean It --
17.Sherri Don't Fail Me Now! --
18.Restless --
0.DISC 4: --
1.When You Walk in the Room --
2.Fun Fun Fun --
3.Don't Stop --
4.All Around My Hat --
5.Way It Goes, The --
6.Little White Lies --
7.Twenty Wild Horses --
8.Mony Mony --
9.Old Time Rock and Roll --
10.Jam Side Down --
11.All Stand Up (Never Say Never) --
12.You'll Come 'Round --
13.Thinking of You --
14.Party Ain't Over Yet, The --
15.All That Counts Is Love --
16.Beginning of the End --
17.It's Christmas Time --
18.Come on You Reds --
19.We're Gonna Do It Again --
20.Jump That Rock (Whatever You Want) --

Editorial Notes

Authors: Francis Rossi; Simon Porter; Rick Parfitt.
Talk about rockers rollin'! This fantastic four-CD set from the veteran British rockers includes all 75 of their A-sides (many of them being radio edits not available on the original albums) plus Jump That Rock (Whatever You Want), their 2008 collaboration with the German techno act Scooter. Love 'em or hate 'em, Status Quo have been rockin' the charts for four decades. While they remain living legends and rock icons in the U.K., Europe, South America, and elsewhere, they can't even get arrested in the States! The "hip" U.K. press love to take as many potshots at them as possible, which is all the more reason to love Quo. But we all know that, deep down (deeper and down), those critics probably have a soft spot for quite a few of Quo's hits but will never admit to it in public. At any rate, the band has always managed to maintain a certain quality level that may not always touch the stars, but, at the least, will always rock the house! From their psychedelic beginnings with hits like "Pictures of Matchstick Men" (later turned into a college radio hit when covered by Camper Van Beethoven) and "Ice in the Sun" to their boogie-fueled rock & roll hits like "Caroline," "Down Down," and "Paper Plane," Status Quo were, and still are, the ultimate party band. When T. Rex were prancing about on-stage with feather boas and glitter, Quo were wearing blue jeans and t-shirts and playing head-down, floor-shaking Rock & Roll. When the Rolling Stones were jetsetting all around the world with beautiful models, Quo were treading the boards, playing sweaty blues-based rock, and perfecting the ultimate three-chord symphony. For some reason, Foghat's brand of boogie rock clicked in the States (albeit briefly) while Quo were only able to build a cult following. Sadly, even the casual American fans who bought their classic 1973 album Hello! probably have no clue that, 35 years later, Quo are still going as strong as ever. Pictures: 40 Years of Hits may not readdress the situation in the U.S. (since it's not released here), but hopefully, this fantastic collection will make its way into the hands of the curious, the casual fan, and the hardcore Quo nutter. When Quo released their holiday single, "It's Christmas Time," in December of 2008, it became their 75th single, and this four-disc box set celebrates the band's history by presenting each and every A-side in chronological order. Starting things off with "Pictures of Matchstick Men," their psychedelic debut single, the listener is taken on an amazingly fruitful journey that has peaks that touch the heavens and the occasional dip that might make the stomach feel a bit queasy, but those moments are few and far between. While the psychedelic period is presented by the band's six early singles, things don't really start picking up until the band completely changed direction with the bluesy boogie of "Down the Dustpipe." From there, songs don't really deviate too much from the Quo blueprint, although it's nice when they break things up by releasing untypical singles like "Living on an Island" and "Marguerita Time." Though the band has been derided for its '80s and '90s output, it was still putting out some great tunes based around that great Quo formula. OK, the two Anniversary Waltz singles were kind of silly, but look beyond those and you'll find some real gems here, folks. With plenty of absolutely killer tracks, this four-disc set is the best Quo collection for fans, although most folks wanting to investigate the band should stick with the two-CD version. ~ Steve "Spaz" Schnee
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