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Status Quo - the Ultimate Listening Guide 1967-2011 [Kindle Edition]

Dave Thompson
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Book Description

They’ve had more UK hits than the Beatles, the Stones, the Who and the Kinks. They’ve sold more albums than the entire current Top 40 combined. They’ve been together for over 40 years and have a worldwide discography that’s approximately twice the size of Connecticut. They are Status Quo and, as much as any of the handful of other bands that can rightly be termed a rock institution, they have maintained both a musical integrity and a commercial viability that defies any attempt to downplay their importance.

Written by award winning rock author Dave Thompson, "Status Quo - the Ultimate Listening Guide 1967-2011" is an exhaustive album by album account of the Quo, as they drove from picturesque matchstickery at the end of the 1960s, to a stately quid pro quo in at the dawn of the Twenteens.

Exclusive commentary from Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt, Quo's eternal mainmen, adds revealing background to the story, while Thompson's balanced eye for detail combines with his lifelong love of Quo to tell a musical story that is second to none.

The Ultimate Listening Guide is a series of short (approx 40 page) guides to the lives, times and most crucial recordings by a wide range of artists.

Many are based around exclusive interviews featuring the artist’s own recollections and reactions to his or her unfolding career, and are packed with both personal information and key collector’s data.

For the past thirty years, author Dave Thompson has been a contributor to a variety of collectors publications, including Goldmine, DISCoveries, Record Collector, Spiral Scratch, Live Music Review, Big O and British Punk Collector. He is also editor of the long-running Goldmine record price guides.

Titles in this series include:
Eric Clapton
The Clash
Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Peter Frampton
Peter Green and Fleetwood Mac
George Harrison
Robyn Hitchcock
Kraftwerk
John Lennon
Bob Marley & the Wailers
John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers
Paul McCartney & Wings
Joe Meek
the Mothers of Invention
Mike Oldfield
Elvis Presley
Queen
The Rutles
Status Quo
Thin Lizzy


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 224 KB
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FA2Z94
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost But Not Quite There 16 Jan. 2013
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A worthy attempt at giving the Quo anorak a complete record of releases by the band. There have been several publications of this nature over the decades both official and unofficial. Alas, this one has one or two glaring errors that your average Quo nut will spot a mile off and they unfortunately detract from the whole exercise. Dave Thompson is (or was) obviously a fan and if he proof reads this again he'll probably wince. However, in general, this was an easy and enjoyable read. The use of the "second" Under The Influence CD cover also works well and looks good on my 'bookcase'! Oh, and I thought the last chapter or two a bit rushed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wouldn't recommend 29 Jun. 2014
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Too obvious, and too many mistakes. I feel able to write something like this!!!!! NOT SOMETHING I would have bought had i known.
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By A. Thom
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Great read if your an avid Quo fan. Although the title appears a little confusing, this is after all a reading book, not an audio book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great insight in to Quo albums 7 April 2013
By Chivs
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Probably only for die hard auto fans but really great insight into the different albums. A lot of truth about the goodbthevbadbandbthemugly.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Waste My Time 9 Nov. 2011
By Andrew Brown - Published on Amazon.com
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Let me begin by coming clean: I am a huge Status Quo fan having listened to them enthusiastically for over 35 years. And, given that so few books have been written about the ultimate boogie band, you might think that I would have just been grateful to be reading a new book about the band and their songs.

Sadly, this book will disappoint even the most loyal fan. Unfortunately, it includes NOTHING that an "ultimate listening guide" should. This may be a function of the editor(s) rather than author; that's hard to say. But, in truth, the book is over 95% the opinions of the author --- and little more. And, while I agree with many of the author's opinions, the book completely lacks any new insights. While reading the book, you get the strong impression that the only sources of information were original album reviews, Youtube interviews and Wikipedia. In fact, was anyone from the band involved in any way? I suspect not. Which is too bad for the reader, for the author...and for the band itself!

Any fan purchasing a "listening guide" deserves to receive far more than one man's opinion....like, the story behind the development of the songs/lyrics, challenges in writing the songs....anything, please, anything that helps us to appreciate why the songs appeared when and where they did. A listening guide should be a great reference, a companion piece that helps us to enjoy the songs even more!

Here's the good news: some dedicate fan out there can still write "Status Quo - the Ultimate Listening Guide" --- because, quite frankly, this book is anything but! To paraphrase Rossi/Young, "Don't Waste Your Time" on this item.
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