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on 17 May 2017
great music from a great guy
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on 29 May 2017
This is actually better than the recent albums by Quo!!!!!!!
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on 8 January 2016
my fiance loved it he loves anything to do with status quo
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on 17 March 2011
This is a cracking album, a mix of solo works and some less well known quo tracks, at least in a live format. I've been a quo fan ever since I saw them on TV performing their new single Down the Dustpipe, just a few years ago, and yet this album is so full of energy. Buy it, play it loud and enjoy it!
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on 20 March 2014
A Rossi solo album is a rare beast indeed. This is an 18- track offering - some from the Quo back catalogue and a few covers from his early rocking roots. Songs from his 2010 solo album 'One Step at a Time' provide the meat of the disc.

Very much an old hand at this game, i've never seen him put out poor quality music and this offering doesnt disappoint either.

Devout Quo fans and rhythmic rockers alike will relish having this unusual little gem in their collection.
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on 19 April 2011
I've been a Quo fan since the 70's so have listened to their range of output over the last 35 years or so. This album is a live version of a mix of Francis Rossi's solo album released last year and Quo's not quite so well known numbers. I particularly love the 'new' version of Caroline. It's a great album with tunes which stick in the memory, I love it and have played it several times since purchasing it. Francis proves he can still rock!!
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on 27 November 2011
A cracking live effort from the Status Quo frontman and an absolute joy to hear. Rossi's musicianship shines through superbly as he dusts off his mouldy-oldies and couples them with more recent fare from his acclaimed solo album.

In many ways, this album sounds like a cathartic release for England's self-proclaimed pasta-eating champion. 'Caroline' sounds fresh and new, even though it's nearly forty years old, 'Claudie' is a absolute gem of a song, sounding as great as it ever did on the 'Hello!' album. Part of the reason for these old songs transferring so well is the new slant added by the female backing vocals, breathing life into songs that probably haven't played on stage since the late-seventies (except 'Caroline', of course).

There is a sense that Rossi has broken free of the restrictions of the standard Quo set. Don't get me wrong, any Quo set is great, but out on his own, Francis can get away with not playing those staple crowd-pleasers that have to be in his day job, hence, no 'Down Down', no 'Whatever You Want', and no 'RAOTW'. Although, on the DVD release, the old set closer, the foot-stomping, 'Don't Waste My Time', is included just to make doubly sure that those leaving the gig depart with a huge smile on their face.

Of the newer material, it's normally possible to tell what's a Quo song and what's a solo effort, though the lines blur from time to time: 'Tongue Tied' songs like it ought to be a solo effort, but the original version is found on 'In Search of the Fourth Chord'. That said, certain chord changes and the structure of the song brings Rossi's 'Rock 'n' Roll' from the 'Just Supposin' album readily to mind.

'Tallulah's Waiting', 'Crazy For You' and 'One Step At A Time' are exactly what you'd expect from Rossi and his telecaster, but that's no bad thing. And whilst the latter is unlikely to appeal to those hardcore Quo fans offended by the likes of 'Marguerita Time', or perhaps even Alan Lancaster himself, they demonstrate that the man still has a great voice.

Perhaps what's best about this record, is the fact that Rossi sounds as if he is enjoying every minute of it. Given the chance to air some lesser known numbers makes this a nice change. Every live album Quo release seems to contain the same core eight songs, which, seems a shame - why not put 'Railroad', 'Spinning Wheel Blues', 'Dirty Water' and 'Heavy Traffic' in instead? Here, only one of those core tunes has made the grade - and that substantially reworked.

The tail end of the album sees 'Diggin' Burt Bacharach' chugging along nicely, complemented by 'Twenty Wild Horses' (containing one of Rossi's attempts at an Irish jig in the main riff - see 'Burning Bridges', 'Hold You Back' and the middle section of Quo's 'Roadhouse Blues', for further examples).

'Can't Give You More' does exactly what it says on the tin. It may not be the most adventurous tune in the world, but it has the trademark catchy-chorus and the expected good-time rock 'n' roll feel that one expects from Rossi.

This isn't a perfect album by any means. It's hard to be enthusiastic about 'Blessed are the Meek', for one thing, but when followed by 'My Little Heartbreaker' and 'Electric Arena', it's hard not to smile.

'Live At St Lukes' is a testimony to the writing partnership of Rossi and long-time collaborator, Bob Young. It's just a shame that Bob doesn't make a harmonica-playing cameo. And, maybe, the biggest criticism is the removal of the talky bits, in-between songs. Part of the fun of seeing Rossi on stage is the banter, and it's a shame that it's been taken out - but maybe they've left it on the DVD. Who knows?

In short, this is a top notch live album. If you're a fan, buy it; you won't be disappointed. Then again, if you're expecting to hear 'Junior's Wailing' and 'Railroad', you might be best advised to invest in 'Status Quo Live At the BBC' instead. And if you do, do let me know if it's any good.
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I've had this release since it came out and have to say it's a rockin' success throughout.His studio album was a very good one but live is where FR comes into his own and how. The band is a cracker and though the style is Quo the sound is different and adds a new perspective to the songs, FR is in great form and with a band of friends and family produce one great party album and continuing proof of what a fine rock based songsmith FR is.The addition of two excellent ladies on backing vocals gives width and fullness to the songs.The new 'shuffle' take on Caroline gives a great start.Songs such as the superb You'll Come Around, Crazy For You and Tallula's Waiting foillowed by Electric Arena, One Step At A Time and My Little Heartbreaker. Some of the songs I believe were written for Quo but for some reason not used, well maybe not for Quo but they work very well indeed here.One of my favourite Quo recorded songs of all Blessed Arte The Meek really here again is a standout track, sadly not one I've heard Quo lay live but no worry this is a great version.Quo favourites like Twenty Wild Horses,Diggin' Burt Bacharach and Marguarita Time make this such a solid and enjoyable release that will be on my CD player for a long time as well as my ipod where on a recent break in Spain was played several times.People who've come into the house hear it,love it and decide to go off and get their own copy,what more can you say.FR has a great band and a very very good live album and should be marked as a must have. FIVE STARS ALL THE WAY !
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on 13 April 2013
Fantastic in every way .. such a brilliant collection of tunes, performed by one of the greatest showman the uk has ever seen
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on 6 May 2011
This is a live CD made following Francis Rossi's short UK tour in 2010. The tracks are a good mixture of songs from One Step at a Time and rarely performed Quo songs, especially from their later albums. Quo are frequently criticised by some for hardly ever changing their live set and Rossi's conservatism gets the blame, yet here he treats us to live versions of songs as varied as Blessed are the Meek, Tongue Tied, Can't Give You More, & Twenty Wild Horses.

There are so many good songs on this CD and the sound quality is excellent with songs such as Claudie and Tongue Tied particularly strong
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