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On The Level

Status Quo Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (5 Feb 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vertigo
  • ASIN: B00000743G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,332 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome..the ultimate Quo album 29 Dec 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Quo produced a string of gems in the 70s with Piledriver,Quo,Hello,Blue for You ,Live and although tinny production Rockin All Over The World . On The Level for me was THE defining album. Covering blistering riffs Down Down to amazing blues Most Of The Time and great heads down legs apart boogie on I Saw The Light & Over and Done. If your a diehard Quo Army fanatic or just getting into Quo now following the release of the excellent Under The Influence CD mid 1999...do yourself a favour a buy this,turn it up loud and dance around the house reliving your teen years. Quo are still alive and well in the new millenium touring to packed stadiums through the world with their unmistakable brand of no-frills good time rock .Long Live QUO
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MIXED BUT GOOD BAG 27 Jan 2011
By DOPPLEGANGER TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
The 8th Quo studio album, originally released in February 1975, and entering the album charts at number one, when the group were more or less at the peak of their record selling career. In fact "Down Down", when released as a single with "Nightride" on its b-side, gave the band its only number one hit single to date.

Generally,there seem to be only two levels of interest in this group either 'fanatical' or 'scornfully indifferent', with not much in between. Like many, I am firmly rooted in the 'fanatical' brigade and believe Quo are among a handful of bands (others would include The Ramones, The Runaways, Joan Jett and Green Day) that have shaped and massively influenced the music that we all listen to today. No group can rival them for the directness and excitement of their straight-down-the-line rhythm interpretation that produces a sound that induces an almost uncontrollable desire to 'jig'n'jive' or in the case of the 'scornfully indifferent' a face that looks like a pile of something that blowflies swarm around in the summer's sweltering heat.

There are some stellar tracks including "Little Lady", "I Saw The Light", "Down Down" of course, and "What To Do" but the rest aren't far behind either. This album when reissued in 2005, 5 bonus tracks were added including "Roadhouse Blues", and "Roll Over And Lay Down".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Quo classic! 21 Feb 2006
By Bazzer
Format:Audio CD
With On The Level, Status Quo continued to set the standard - and leave the rest trailing in their wake - with yet another top quality album.
Considering the number of classy tracks on show here, it seems strange to me that only one single was ever released from the album ('Down Down', to date their only ever No 1 hit.) Songs like 'Little Lady', 'I Saw The Light', 'Over And Done', 'Broken Man', and even their cover of 'Bye Bye Johnny' would, in my opinion, all have made potential singles.
That there were so many good songs and good choices for single releases sums up to me just how high a standard Quo were setting throughout the 70's and early part of the 80's with their music.
A masterpiece of heads down rock music!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB DISC 31 Jan 2010
By Mr Blackwell TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Completing a hat trick of sensational releases 1975's 'On The Level' boasts the bands only genuine number one hit single 'Down Down'.Pulling back slightly from the heavier QUO album this disc highlights once again the versatility of Quo and the fact that they could stamp their sound on different types of song,from the ballsy no nonsense opener 'Little Lady . the sing along 'Most Of The Time,countryish 'Where i am' and the heavy riffing 'Nightride and cover all bases in between for example 'Broken Man isnt typical Quo but its them ,that recognisable guitar sound,the frantic cover of 'Bye Bye Johhny' along with the rarely heard but excellent all the same 'over and done/i saw the light'
Theband are on top form fantastic drumming and insistent bass underpinning the guitars,top notch musicianship which they never get credit for.

BONUS TRACKS: now we really get our monies worth,approx 30 mins of live tracks - the original Quo Live EP featuring Roll over lay down/Gerdunduls and Juniors Wailing with a superb Roadhouse Blues previously available on the box set 'Rockers Rollin',also here the single edit of down down.

Fabulous remaster,like all the others comes with a decent booklet and informative notes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars old favourite 9 Jan 2014
Format:MP3 Download|Verified Purchase
got it on vinyl when it came out and we wanted it on walkman for work husband very happy with it
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock on a different level 10 Dec 2005
By D. J. H. Thorn TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This was the first album in my record collection, the result of hearing "Down Down" on the radio when it became a number one. It was the first single of the 1970s that I found exciting. The likes of T. Rex had not impressed me. The Beatles had set a standard that no one could follow. But Quo sidestepped the problem by generating pure adrenalin. "Down Down"'s high-octane rock was irresistible. The extended album version is even better, highlighting just how good an understanding the band members had.
The album title reflected a balance between the band members as writers in contrast to the extreme approaches of their two previous albums: "Hello!" had been dominated by Francis Rossi, "Quo" by Alan Lancaster and Rick Parfitt in tandem. There's some great, crunching rock among the lesser-known items here, notably "I Saw The Light", "What To Do" and "Over And Done". "Nightride" and "Broken Man" are more striking as they don't conform to the shuffles that Quo are known for, but they're just as good.
"Little Lady" and "Most Of The Time" are well-known to fans, having been live favourites for years. The first is Parfitt's high-tempo rocker which segues into Rossi's slower, more anthemic number. "Where I Am" is the one incongruous track, being a gentle, melodic number by Parfitt which has a lullaby feel. "Bye Bye Johnny", which closes the original album, is Quo's best Chuck Berry cover and features some blistering guitar work. Has anyone ever come up with a more barnstorming finish to an album? It wouldn't sound out of place on "Piledriver" alongside "Paper Plane". The bonuses on the latest reissue don't add any new material, being mostly live versions of familiar songs, but as Quo are a superb live band they don't let the side down either.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, a must for all Quo fans who probably
Brilliant , a must for all Quo fans who probably , like me ,own all the vinyl.
Published 1 month ago by Paula Brannigan
4.0 out of 5 stars replacing old albums
as a replacement there is no need to expand on my reason to purchase both product and cost where at a level that i considered to be reasonable
Published 4 months ago by briandocherty
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great quo ta
Once again Quo give there best in their own style. Some may just say it is just using a few chords but boy do they use them well.
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. L. M. Hobbs
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Quo's finest up there with Hello! with Piledriver
For one glorious week in 1975 Quo topped both the singles chart with Down Down and the album chat with this.
Enough said.
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly their best?
Every Quo fan has their own favourite album and this is mine. From a time when they were still progressing and were firing on all cylinders.
Published 16 months ago by Peter Gowin
5.0 out of 5 stars Want to know about Quo? Get this!
This isn't a whole album of boogie, or a while album of hard rock, etc. but it does produce a whistle-stop tour of all that Quo were about in the 70s. Read more
Published 17 months ago by 5string
5.0 out of 5 stars Quo at their Best
This is a very underated Quo album with pure 12 bar boogie especially I saw the light . one for the collection
Published 18 months ago by Ian Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a CD !!!
Amazon have this listing wrong.

Please be aware this ASIN is for the 2005 Re-Mastered CD
Published on 20 Mar 2010 by Martin Barrington
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not a classic
There are certainly classic tracks here, but for me this album is a bit of a disappointment after the awesome "Piledriver", "Hello" and "Quo" albums. Read more
Published on 3 July 2009 by Graham Cobley
5.0 out of 5 stars Vinyl or CD?
I'm confused? Is this Vinyl version or CD? I can't see it being Vinyl with so many extra tracks and being "remastered", so whats all the "[VINYL]" in the title about? Read more
Published on 21 May 2009 by kentishknight
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