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  • Audio CD (15 Sept. 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B00000743J
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,037 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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STATUS QUO Quo & Blue For You (1991 UK Back 2 Back/2 For 1 17-track CD album featuring the 8-track Quo album from 1974 and 10-track Blue For You album from 1976. Picture sleeve featuring the artwork from both sleeves)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Junior Hornet VINE VOICE on 26 Sept. 2002
Format: Audio CD
The two albums presented here were released either side of the more famous "On The Level" album and represent quite different styles.
Quo is a lot rockier and bluesier than most of their albums and Blue for You is slightly poppier, although still quite heavy in places.
Quo opens with the old live favourite, Backwater which segues into Just Take Me. The single (very underestimated in my opinion) "Break The Rules" and the heavy "Drifting Away" follow, completing what used to be side one and I think is the stronger side. Of the other tracks, "Fine Fine Fine" is the lightest and is the nearest to the classic Quo sound and "Slow Train" is a lengthy slice of Blues to finish the album off.
The tracks that comprise the Blue for You album are more like what most people think of as Status Quo with the exception of the slow but excellent title track. The singles "Rain" and "Mystery Song (which is longer than the single version) are included. Once again the tracks that originally comprised side one ("Is There a Better Way" through to "Rain") are the stronger but that is nt to say that the rest of the tracks are weak.
This compilation represents good value and is a chance for new recruits to the Quo army to get hold of a couple of their earlier albums or for those who have old scratched vinyl copies to replace them with one CD.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Dec. 1999
Format: Audio CD
Quo album cartoon style cover shows the classic 4 line-up of rossi/parfitt/lancaster/coghlan growing out of the earth as a huge tree.Great artwork saying how grounded the band had become with blues roots but boogie/hard rock branches.Great songs with "Backwater/Just Take Me" sung by lancaster ans the trademark long boogie "Slow Train" showcasing how magnificent this band has become in improvised rock. "Fine Fine Fine" & "Lonely Man" show a slower classy blues almost country side to the band. Blue For You released 75/76 with a huge marketing stunt of most english Jean retail shops having the band in denims postered everywhere.One of Quos hardest rocking albums featured top 10 singles "Rain" & "Mystery Song" ( strange title for such obvious lyrics about early encounters with a prostitute ... yeah I wanna buy it,even wanna try it...oh my legs are shakin,oh my heart is breakin,Im just feeling like a boy..).Album suffered with a thin production but songsmanship overcame this with classics like the funky " Thats A Fact" , 110% rock on "Is There A Better Way" and the blues influenced "Ease Your Mind" and title track.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I love this double cd!! 21 Oct. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I love this double cd! It starts off with the excellent "Quo" album ('74), and keeps blasting straight through "Blue" ('75). If Quo would have toured and marketed to the U.S., they would have sold millions here. These selections are amoung their best of many great tunes.
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Is there a better way? 12 Feb. 2003
By L. B. Ivarsson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Status Quo are a musical joke to a lot of people. Why? Because they haven't changed that much over the years according to those who "hate" them, and besides, they're not cool or hip, and they seem to not have any fan under the age of 30. Well, some of these things are true, but in the mid 1970's Status Quo were huge (at least in Europe) with their musical style that was sort of a boogie version of bands like Nazareth and Slade. They were no geeks then...
This CD release contain two LP's, namely "Quo" from 1974, and "Blue for you" from 1976. On the former "Quo" you will certainly not hear anything like the sickly-sweet "Marguerita time" because here you get a hard rocking band, and "Quo" is probably the guys hardest and heaviest release ever. When I listen to this album I tend to think a bit of Lenny Kravitz's "Are you gonna go my way". Not that you'll find a copy of that song but the structure and approach is somewhat similar. Many of the songs are interesting, like the frantic drum driven "Just take me", the bluesy "Break the rules", the hard rocking pairs "Drifting away" and "Don't think it matters", the country rock inspired "Fine fine fine". This is a great example of good rock in the 1970's.
The other part of the CD is "Blue for you", an album that isn't quite as hard rocking. By 1976 Status Quo had more or less found the sound and songwriting style they're most famous for. But the opening song "Is there a better way" is absolutely a hard rocker. "Mad about the boy", "Ring of change" and "Rolling home" (not the same "Rolling home" Status Quo recorded several years later) are all typical Status Quo numbers following the groovy boogie rock we got used to over the years. The title track "Blue for you" is a pleasant laid back blues inspired song while in "Rain", the band lean more towards the heavier approach featured on "Quo". "Ease your mind" is the albums most light hearted number in (lack of better comparison) Cliff Richard style (remember "Living doll"?). The closing track "Mystery song" is a long time fan favourite, with the capacity to blow the roof off the arenas Status Quo had the privilege to tour back in the old happy days.
"Quo" and "Blue for you" are two of Status Quo's best albums. If you're curious about this very under rated and often "laughed at" band, this is a good start to begin your exploring journey to the musical land of hard rocking boogie. Enjoy!
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Top Quo-lity 25 Feb. 2000
By Tim Welch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Two of Quo's finest albums in one bargain package. The powerful early 'Quo' album follows in the powerchord style of 'PileDriver' for Backwater and Slow Train, and mixes in lighter tunes in the shape of Fine Fine Fine. Blue for You is an excellent under-rated Quo album , full of up-tempo rockin 12bar blues. The joke in the UK is that they only know 3 chords - well so what if they can produce albums of this quality! Do yourselves a favor, listen to some original Quo, cos theres plenty more where this came from.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Status Quo Fans Beware!! 31 July 2004
By "The Woj" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
These are arguably two of Status Quo's best albums; and with both albums on one cd you would think this release is a can't miss. I have all the albums on vinyl, so I wanted to get the cd to play in my car. Anyone who is familiar with the intros to "Backwater" & "Slowtrain" or the lead guitar break in "Mystery Song" know why these songs are essential driving music! So hands down, no brainer 5 star rating for the music. So why do I only give this release a 3 star rating? The sound quality. The songs sound like they were transfered from a third or fourth generation tape straight to cd. Remastered? Hardly, these songs have been "demastered" for this release. There is noticable tape hiss, most evident (and annoying) during the intro to "Blue For You". The high end sounds (mainly John Coghlan's cymbals) on many of the songs seem to warble & flutter. Lancaster's bass seems to be somewhat muffled too. I cranked up the old vinyl lps and despite the occasional click and pop, the overall sound was much better than this cd. So an absolute one star for the sound, hence my 3 star "average" rating.

Am I being a little nit picky? Maybe, but Status Quo and these albums deserve better treatment than this. If music fans are going to shell out of 20 plus bucks for a single cd, they expect and should get the best sound quality possible.

Regretfully, if you want these two great albums in the cd format, this release is your only option. The albums are not available anywhere else (that I know of) on cd. So for all you Quo fans out there planning to shelve their vinyl copies of "Quo" & "Blue For You", you gotta get this and overlook the "sonic" flaws.

But, don't be to hasty putting your vinyl copy of "Quo" in long term storage. You may get the urge to put the old needle down on the beginning of side one and maximize the volume sooner than you think.
blue for you : much underrated 30 April 2004
By FlipTheFrog - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Blue for for you is one of the best rock albums of the 70's for those who like the genre - Listen to this incredibly underrated song "That's a fact" (better in your car! or full power at home!), which is never cited by any fan nor played by the band.
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