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Famous in the Last Century

Status Quo Audio CD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (11 Oct 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music TV
  • ASIN: B00004STYN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,023 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Famous In The Last Century
2. Old Time Rock And Roll
3. Way Down
4. Rave On
5. Roll Over Beethoven
6. When I'm Dead And Gone
7. Memphis Tennessee
8. Sweet Home Chicago
9. Crawling From The Wreckage
10. Good Golly Miss Molly
11. Claudette
12. Rock 'N' Me
13. Hound Dog
14. Runaround Sue
15. Once Bitten Twice Shy
16. Mony Mony
17. Famous In The Last Century (Reprise)

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There has to be at least a touch of self-parody in the title Famous In The Last Century, but it's also undeniably a perfect description of the music within. Rejected by UK radio on all fronts and reviled by the music press, Quo strike back by sticking to their guns and doing exactly what they've always done--rabble-rousing, no-frills, twelve-bar boogies par excellence. Depending on your point of view, this adds up either to serious brain damage or to an affirmation of the timeless virtues of good old rock & roll. What can't be denied is that Quo know exactly what they're doing and they do it better than anybody else currently on the block, pile-driving their way through 14 acknowledged rock classics including "Rave On", "Memphis Tennessee", "Mony Mony" and "Runaround Sue". The whole enterprise is given a slight conceptual feel by being book-ended by two versions of the title track, the only new song on the collection, which hails "the way the music used to be". Say no more. --Johnny Black

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Quo were contracted to do a second album of covers (after Don't Stop in 1996), and have remained true to their words...This basicly beats the socks off D.S., due to the raw energy and enjoyment Quo seem to have in playing the songs. Don't Stop had a little more variation in the type of songs, but many fans want them to play the serious rock'n'roll classics, like Roll Over Bethoven, Rave On, Mony Mony, Runaround Sue and others. Play this album at loud volume, and you will be encaptured by the party atmosphere the band create....I can hardly wait until they tour later this year!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Back to their ROCKIN' Best! 17 April 2000
By David Cranson VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Just got this thru' this morning. Wow, this is what they should've been goin' ALL the time. This is up there with the last one - Under the Influence - in terms of quality and production. Apart from the first and last track(s) - a waste of space, hence the one star off - this is the business. Roll Over Beethoven, Old Time Rock And Roll, Once Bitten Twice Shy, Sweet Home Chicago etc, etc . . . they just keep on comin' If you don't but another Status Quo album, or if you never have (Shame on you(!)), buy this one, you'll never forgive yourself if you don't. A fitting epitaph for Jeff Rich who has chosen the release of this album to announce his departure.
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1.0 out of 5 stars How could it possibly have come to this? 15 Mar 2006
By Bazzer
Format:Audio CD
As much as it pains me to say, but Status Quo hit an all time low with 'Famous In The Last Century'. This must surely be the poorest album that they have ever made - or will ever make.
Firstly, it's another covers album, which is bad enough - as if we hadn't had enough with 'Don't Stop'.
Secondly, with the possible exception of 'Old Time Rock n Roll', there isn't a decent track on the whole record, including the bonus tracks - that's how bad it is, in my opinion.
Thirdly, as if to add insult to injury, the album went top 10 - a better chart position than any of their original recordings throughout the late 80's and 90's!
Whilst 'Famous In The Last Century' charted well, musically the 21st century couldn't have gotten off to a worse start as far as Quo were concerned.
Both Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt have since stated that they were pushed into this by their then manager, David Walker, which leaves one burning question in mind from me, and quite possibly from many Quo fans: if you knew it was the wrong thing, then WHY DIDN'T YOU STAND UP TO HIM?
An absolute disaster! The only reason to buy this is to complete your Status Quo collection!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Foot off the Pedal? 22 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
It appears that this bouncy album - as fun as it is - and indeed it is unmistakably Quo - nevertheless shows that the lads have softened up ( at least in the recording studio) a little and that sharp, driving edge doesn't really grab you as it did in the past. One or two covers - Sweet Home Chicago is an example - are too formulistic and don't really match up to the verve of the originals. Having said that, if you love Quo, you'll at least like the collection which would liven up a party playing most other species of music.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Real Disappointment 12 Nov 2001
Format:Audio CD
As much as I hate to say it, as a long term fan of Status Quo, this is perhaps the band's worst album in their recording history. Possibly worse than Spare Parts ( the 2nd album). The only thing which makes me feel any better about this recording is that the Quo also admit that it is not good - apparently , they were contractually obliged to make this album. Basically, this album is an extended version of the Anniversary Waltz singles - a collection of fifties standards done well, but you can just tell that the enthusiasm is not in the same studio. There is one new track which makes it a must - buy for the completist, but that's about it. I still love and support the Quo, but this is a very low point. I truly hope that the next new album is the rocker that the band has promised. It's the least us loyal fans deserve.
In summary, Famous In The Last Century is the Blue Nun compared to the Champagne of the Quo's classic output. It's ok, but you know that they're capable of a lot better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Album. Buy it and you won't regret it. 27 May 2000
Format:Audio CD
If you ignore the title track, the album kicks off in high gear and doesn't have a breather until it hits a couple they shouldn't have done, namely 'Hound Dog' and 'Good Golly Miss Molly'. With one more covers album due I hope the band can look it some more recent songs to add some 'Quo curry' to. Production really brings the guitars out. Listen to the sharpness of Parfitts guitar in "Roll over beethoven' and 'Claudette.' But we would all prefer another album of originals first.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking Album 29 April 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album a couple of weeks ago and needed to play it several times to finally make my mind up. It is an absolutely brilliant album.
Songs to watch out for: Roll Over Beethoven, Old Time Rock N Roll, Way Down, Mony Mony, Rock N Me, Once Bitten Twice Shy
If you love Quo buy it, if you hate Quo buy it you won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The true QUO guitar sound is back! 12 April 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Excellent selection of tracks, plus great production has ensured that the unique raw QUO sound has returned.
All songs are rockers, with the band giving 150%.
Tracks to watch for
When I'm Dead and Gone, Old Time Rock N Roll, Onec Bitten Twice Shy, Mony Mony,
Terrific fun, buy it !
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars OK
Devoted fans only would buy this i think.
Published 1 month ago by les baker
5.0 out of 5 stars great
big status quo fan real love it , it is most enjoyable as has tracks on I have not heard
Published 10 months ago by cedric jeffs
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Poor album
This album was originally released in 2000 and was the second of Quo's "covers" albums. It contains a selection of 50s and 60s rock n roll songs, done in the Quo style. Read more
Published 19 months ago by FJY
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Rockin' Album
This was the only Quo CD I was missing from my collection.
Great Band and this CD is as good as I thought it would be with some great renditions of some old classic songs of... Read more
Published on 28 Dec 2009 by G. E. Cottrell
4.0 out of 5 stars Classics Quo'd up.
As is the case with many latter quo albums and especially the covers ones this is generally believed to be poor.
I dont agree at all,i think it's a really fun album. Read more
Published on 11 April 2009 by The Lost Golfer
1.0 out of 5 stars Once great band losses the plot
Has it come to this, the legendary guitar pairing of Rossi and Parfit churning out wimpy rock and roll covers from the 50's? Read more
Published on 3 Oct 2001 by James Mitchell
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite The Old Quo - More Like The 1979 Quo!
There are some truly great tracks on this CD. And you can here the Quo of old in many tracks. The songs do not contain the very old raw energy of the early 70's, more like the quo... Read more
Published on 20 May 2000 by Adrian
1.0 out of 5 stars Status Quo by"K-Tel"!
What happened? This recording is one of the most dumbed down efforts I have ever listened to. I was sure that The Quo could and still can do better than this.
Published on 8 May 2000
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