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  • Audio CD (5 Dec. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: U.M.T.V.
  • ASIN: B000UPCDIC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,999 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Beginning of the End
2. Alright
3. Pennsylvania Blues Tonight
4. I Don't Wanna Hurt You Anymore
5. Electric Arena
6. Gravy Train
7. Figure of Eight
8. You're the One for Me
9. My Little Heartbreaker
10. Hold Me
11. Saddling Up
12. Bad News
13. Tongue Tied
14. One By One - Bonus Track

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In Search of the Fourth Chord is the twenty-eighth studio album by English rock band Status Quo, released September 17, 2007. The title is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the rumour that the group always plays the same three chords, and a reference to the album In Search of the Lost Chord by British rock band The Moody Blues. The album's artwork is a parody of the Indiana Jones films. The album saw the return of producer Pip Williams for the first time since 1996's Don't Stop. It entered the UK album charts at number 15. The track "Bad News" also marks bassist John "Rhino" Edwards' first lead vocal on an original Status Quo song: his son Freddie also plays the guitar solo on the track. TRACK LISTING: 1."Beginning of the End" (Rossi/Edwards) - 4:23 2."Alright" (Parfitt/Morris) - 4:12 3."Pennsylvania Blues Tonight" (Rossi/Young) - 3:44 4."I Don't Wanna Hurt You Anymore" (Rossi/Young) - 4:00 5."Electric Arena" (Rossi/Young) - 5:25 6."Gravy Train" (Edwards) - 3:23 7."Figure of Eight" (Bown) - 4:08 8."You're the One for Me" (Letley) - 3:30 9."My Little Heartbreaker" (Rossi/Young) - 3:50 10."Hold Me" (Parfitt/Climie/Morris) - 4:33 11."Saddling Up" (Rossi/Bown) - 3:42 12."Bad News" (Edwards) - 5:05 13."Tongue Tied" (Rossi/Young) - 4:21 UK bonus track 14."I Ain't Wastin' My Time" (Rossi/Young) - 3:36

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By James Baker on 18 Sept. 2007
Format: Audio CD
You never can write this bunch off - having survived everything from messy band break-ups, lost court cases, diminishing record sales and a critical pounding (not to mention the odd heart attack and cancer scare along the way) and now approaching their 5th decade in a notoriously fickle business, Quo are not only back but back with a vengeance.

Following 2005's uneven and disappointing album "The Party Ain't Over Yet" the band re-enlisted Pip Williams as producer (he produced many of their earlier releases including Whatever You Want and In the Army Now) and the results are mostly very impressive. Personally I have a few quibbles over the track selection - it may have been better to omit "Electric Arena" (a very poor copy of Gary Moore) and "Saddling Up" (too country-sounding for my liking) while including "One By One" (not available on the UK release) and "I Ain't Wasting My Time" (a UK-only bonus feature) within the album proper.

However, the pluses outweigh the minuses. Many of the songs (particularly the recent single Beginning of the End) display a freshness and vitality that belies the band's years; tracks such as "I Don't Wanna Hurt You Any More" and "Alright" (which admittedly both fit the jukebox-rock/Quo-by-numbers stereotype so lambasted by the critics) sit comfortably alongside more experimental numbers such as "Pennsylvania Blues Tonight" (very ELO-sounding) "Tongue Tied" (quite similar to Quo's early 80s slow-ballad hit "Rock and Roll") "Figure of Eight" which crosses some Beatles-ish 60s psychedelia with a typical Quo shuffle (can't help but sing the "Vindaloo" song to that keyboard riff though!) and the anthemic, Buddy Holly-sounding "My Little Heartbreaker" with its lop-sided beat.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Myst311 on 8 Sept. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Status Quo - In Search of the Fourth Chord (Fourth Chord)
What can you say about Status Quo that hasn't already been said? For 40+ years they've been rocking all over the world with their characteristic three-chord power pop. The critics have lambasted them for refusing to shake this well-trodden template, hence the tongue-in-cheek title of this, their 33rd studio album. While it may be lacking the instant hits of old, In Search of the Fourth Chord has a diverse range of toe-tappers that will no doubt satisfy the majority of their many hardened fans. Opening track and lead single `Beginning of the End' is Rossi and Parfitt at their bluesy best, while tracks like `Electric Arena' and `Tongue Tied' offer a more laid back, introspective vibe. Elsewhere, in a surprisingly refreshing twist, bassist John `Rhino' Edwards even gets to sing on his own song `Bad News'. This release isn't going to bring the Quo legions of new fans, but it will please those that pack out the arenas year after year. Rock on!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By D. J. H. Thorn VINE VOICE on 2 Oct. 2007
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Having listened to this album umpteen times in a week, I think I can do it justice now. Who'd have thought after those dreadful covers albums that Quo would ever do an about-turn and get back to their old selves (well, perhaps not quite to their 1970s peak)? With three exceptions, this is Quo doing what they've done best for years. Those exceptions are 'Pennsylvania Blues Tonight' (a decent track, but more reminiscent of their 'pop' years), the plaintive, but gentle 'Electric Arena' and Francis Rossi's suspect balladeering on 'Tongue Tied.' Even so, none of these three tracks embarrass the album.
Otherwise, it's good rocking all the way. 'Gravy Train' has a great, insistent, if simple, driving rhythm. 'Figure Of Eight' is one of those infectious, faintly folky numbers that carry you away. Most of the other tracks have that exhilarating, good-time feel. Rhino Edwards' 'Bad News' is perhaps the most traditional Quo song and the so-called bonus, 'I Ain't Wasting My Time' has 'party' written all over it, a great climax. With 'Heavy Traffic' and 'The Party Ain't Over Yet,' 'In Search Of The Fourth Chord' continues Quo's renaissance. Can't wait to see them again (December 1, Hull City Hall).
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Colin Wise on 26 Aug. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Heard an advanced copy of this and Am glad to say not only are QUO continuing where 'Party Ain't Over Yet' left off but they have moved it up a notch. It sounds very fresh and NO Quo fan will be disappointed. It even has Rhino singing lead on one of his self penned songs(Bad News)-Which is refreshing.
I Ain't Wasting My Time is the new Break The Rules. NOT sure why it's just a bonus track(UK ONLY) as it's QUO of the 70's and very ROCKY. If you are a fan DON'T BE wary of this like I was at first, just buy it. You'd love it!
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By S. Hopkins on 20 Aug. 2011
Format: Audio CD
It's almost impossible to write a review of a Quo album without making comparisons to their other work. Any new album will immediately be compared to Hello!, Piledriver, On the Level etc (and by some it will immediately be decided to be inferior). Admittedly this album might not be up there with those classics but it very successfully continues Quo's renaissance which began in 99 with Under the Influence and has continued right up to 2011 with the fab, totally rockin Quid Pro Quo.

I personally prefer Quid Pro Quo to Fourth Chord because of the slightly harder edge to many of the tracks, but while Quid Pro Quo contains some really killer classics in the making, one thing Fourth Chord has that Quid Pro Quo doesn't, in my opinion, is a good variety of styles from hard rock (Beginning of the End, Gravy Train, Bad News) to pop-rock (Pennsylvania Blues Tonight, My Little Heartbreaker) to blues (Electric Arena) to almost folksy ballads (Tongue Tied). Despite the perception that Quo is all 12 bar and samey, the success of those 70's classic albums is actually in the variety of styles, use of dynamics and the catchy hooks and melodies (you get all this on Fourth Chord. Quo could (and can) rock pretty damn hard but it wasn't all headbanging even back in the day. I also believe Fourth Chord is more consistent than the much lauded Heavy Traffic which contains some tracks I love but also some that pass me by and seem a bit bland. For me, there's very few tracks I skip on Fourth Chord and it is for this long-time fan a very enjoyable Quo album, at least as enjoyable as some of the well thought of albums of the late 70s and early 80s.
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