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4.0 out of 5 stars Sixties psychedelia, 26 Jan 2004
Pieter Uys "Toypom" (Johannesburg) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Singles Collection 66-73 (Audio CD)
This 2-disc set showcases the early psychedelic Status Quo before they reinvented themselves as a boogie rock band with the single Paper Plane in about 1973.
It contains a number of gems like the divine Pictures Of Matchstick Men with its swirling guitars, Ice In The Sun, Black Veils Of Melancholy, Down The Dustpipe and In My Chair, all tuneful numbers with impressive arrangements.
Other songs like Price Of Love and When My Mind Is Not Live are less memorable though still listenable, including
Paradise Flats with its spoken section and their interpretation of Are You Growing Tired Of My Love.
Disc 2 contains a nice enough version of Spicks And Specks plus various rarities, covers and alternative versions of the hits on the first disc. It's a pity that some of their other covers of sixties hits have been omitted, such as Sheila and Green Tambourine, as these were interesting at least.
This music is very different from the direction they took for the next three decades, but as sixties psychedelic pop-rock it stands up well. I give it four stars for the aforementioned classics.
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