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Boogie band still going strong
Status Quo will be on the road for their annual pre-Christmas UK tour – but before then fans can relive the band's past glories with a new CD release.
The Status Quo Live box set is a four-disc treasure trove featuring tracks from three sets of concerts undertaken in the 1970s by the classic line-up of Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Alan Lancaster and John Coghlan.
The collection begins on familiar territory, the seminal Live! album, originally released in 1977 and generally regarded as one of the best in-concert records ever.
Captured at Glasgow's Apollo Theatre using the Rolling Stones' mobile studio between 27 and 29 October 1976, it is a stunning set recorded by a band at the height of its powers. At one point the band and crew feared the balcony at the Apollo would collapse because the crowd were jumping and bouncing so much.
The recent 'Frantic Four' reunion shows took the Live! album as its template, reproducing the likes of Junior's Wailing, Backwater/ Just Take Me and Is There A Better Way.
Classic Quo: Fracis Rossi and Alan Lancaster at their 1970s peak
The box set's Disc 3 offers the rare Tokyo Quo album, which, as the name suggests, was released only in Japan, apart from a very limited vinyl release for Record Store Day 2014. This album was recorded on November 17, 1976 at the Sunplaza Hall.
The final disc in the box is the previously unreleased Australia '74, thirteen tracks recorded on November 20, 1974 at the Hordern Pavilion, Sydney. The set differs from the rest of the set thanks to the inclusion of Railroad and Claudie.
Current Quo: 2014's line-up Leon Cave, Andy Bown, Rick Parfitt, Francis Rossi, John 'Rhino' Edwards (pic: Danny Clifford)
With the classic Status Quo line-up now consigned to history the revamped band will tour the UK in December. They play Birmingham NIA for the first time on December 13. Joining Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt on stage will be bassist John 'Rhino' Edwards, keyboardist Andy Bown and drummer Leon Cave.