Status Quo – Singles Collection 66-73

ARTIST: Status Quo statusquo
TITLE: Singles Collection 66-73
YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
CHART ACTION: Not this particular one.
SINGLES: By definition, most all were A or B sides. Significant hits: Pictures of Matchstick Men (#12 US, #7 UK), Ice in the Sun (#70 US, #8 UK), Are You Growing Tired of My Love (#46 UK0, Down the Dustpipe (#12 UK), In My Chair (#21 UK), Mean Girl (#20 UK)
LINEUP: Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Alan Lancaster, John Coghlan. Roy Lunes was the keyboard player until mid-1970.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A collection of early singles on Pye Records for the stalwart UK band. They started out as psychedelic, and this collection shows the transition toward the boogie band they are known to be.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The best way to attack Status Quo is their compilations, unless you’re a zealot. This collection is one of the best places to start if you’re interested in the early Quo. “Matchstick Men” and “Ice in the Sun” both made the charts here in the US for good reason – they’re prime psychedelic pop.

Then, with that trend mined out, in 1970 they released “Down The Dustpipe” and became a boogie band.

The collection’s second disc has many of the singles they trotted out as the Spectres and Traffic Jam (without Parffit). Those aren’t quite as good as when they started the psychedelic phase of their careers. Though you can ‘trace’ the evolution of Status Quo through the ‘early’ songs of Spinal Tap.

Many of their albums are available for streaming if this collection interests you.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: They didn’t become the band the UK punters know and love until they switched record companies. They have put out 85 singles as Status Quo, three as the Spectres and one as Traffic Jam.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Not on this collection – but they padded it with alternate takes.

GRADE: B: Basically, a hit or miss collection since at this time the Status Quo were enjoyable but not consistent. I like a lot of it but I’m a psychedelic pop junkie.

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