Official Archive Series Vol. 2 - Live In London

Status Quo are delighted to announce the release of the second volume of the new ‘Official Archive Series’ brought to you by earMUSIC. ‘Vol. 2 - Live In London’ will be released on December 1st, 2023, once again as strictly limited and numbered 2CD and 3LP vinyl editions, as well as digital download and streaming.

The ‘Official Archive Series’ offers exceptional sound quality and great packaging throughout, featuring photography by Christie Goodwin. The Series has been newly mixed and mastered by Eike Freese and Laurin Halberstadt at Chameleon Studios Hamburg.

‘Vol. 2 - Live In London’ was a hometown show recorded on 19 December 2012 on the band’s ‘Quo Festive’ tour, getting people in to the pre-Christmas mood. The setlist at the O2 Arena saw Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Andrew Bown, John ‘Rhino’ Edwards and Matt Letley [in his last UK show as Quo drummer] deliver an avalanche of classics, and even features a Christmas Medley, including ‘Walking In A Winter Wonderland’, ‘Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree’ and Quo’s own ‘It's Christmas Time’.

From today, Status Quo are providing a first musical preview with the digital release of the powerful live performance of ‘Rockin’ All Over The World’.

‘Vol. 2 – Live In London’ is a further release of the Status Quo ‘Official Archive Series’ presenting the raw energy and infectious enthusiasm of a Status Quo live performance; no matter where in the world. With their trademark sound, powerful guitar riffs, and irresistible hooks, the band delivers an unadulterated rock ’n’ roll experience, and this collectible series is a great way to celebrate one of the greatest live acts of all time.

(c) Christie Goodwin

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Official Archive Series Vol. 1 - Live In Amsterdam

The iconic Status Quo release the first volume of the 'Official Archive Series' on 11th of August, 2023. Recorded live at the Heineken Hall, Amsterdam, it is a carefully curated selection of hits with a little bit of something for everyone.

The show was captured on 19th October, 2010 during the 'Pictures Exposed World Tour', with the line-up of Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Andy Bown, John 'Rhino' Edwards and Matt Letley laying waste to an avalanche of 'Quo' classics.

The first offering sets the standard for subsequent releases in the series. Raw, infectious and energetic, it is a powerful and irresistible statement from a band who have been at the top of their game for decades.

The ‘Official Archive Series’ has been freshly mixed and mastered and offers exceptional sound quality as well as great packaging throughout, with photography by Christie Goodwin. Available on strictly limited and numbered CD/Vinyl editions, and digital formats.

QUO'ING IN - THE BEST OF THE NAUGHTIES

Coming into the Noughties we were under pressure. This was a time of change and the band that recorded ‘Heavy Traffic’ was different to the one that laid down ‘Backbone’ but what did not change was the passion, energy and desire to build on what had gone before. The fact that so many of the songs fitted into the live sets along the way is testimony to their strength.
Francis Rossi, August 2022

Tracklist

CD 1: ‘QUO’ING IN’

1. Backbone (Out Out Quoin’ Mix 2022)*
2. Looking Out For Caroline
3. Two Way Traffic
4. In The Army Now (2010 Studio Version)
5. Beginning Of The End
6. Round And Round
7. Rock ‘n‘ Roll ‘n‘ You
8. Raining In My Heart feat. Brian May
9. Liberty Lane
10. Jam Side Down
11. Running Inside My Head
12. Electric Arena
13. Twenty Wild Horses
14. Blues And Rhythm
15. Gotta Get Up And Go
16. The Way It Goes
17. Bula Bula Quo – Kua Ni Lega


CD 2: ‘QUO’ING OUT’

1. Caroline (2022 Studio Version)**
2. Paper Plane (2022 Studio Version)**
3. Rockin’ All Over The World (2022 Studio Version)**
4. Face The Music*** (7” single, A-Side)
5. Cut Me Some Slack (Out Out Quoin’ Mix 2022)*
6. The Party Ain’t Over Yet (Single Mix)***
7. Fun Fun Fun – with The Beach Boys
8. Pictures Of Matchstick Men (Aquostic Studio Version)
9. That’s A Fact (Aquostic Studio Version)
10. I’m Not Ready***
11. Tilting At The Mill***
12. I’m Watching Over You***
13. Mortified***
14. Temporary Friend***
15. I’ll Never Get Over You***
16. Live Medley***
17. Down Down (Aquostic Studio Version)
18. It’s Christmas Time ***


CD3: QUO’ING LIVE (only available with Ltd. 3CD Digipak Edition)

Previously unreleased live classics recorded during the “In Search of the Fourth Chord Tour”,

June 2008. Mixed & mastered in July 2022.

1. The Wanderer
2. Rain
3. Don’t Waste My Time
4. Don’t Drive My Car
5. Hold You Back
6. Creeping Up On You
7. Paper Plane
8. Living On An Island
9. Roll Over Lay Down
10. Rock and Roll Music/Bye Bye Johnny

*New 2022 Mix 

**New 2022 Studio Recording

***Rare recordings previously only available as single or on limited editions

Status Quo are delighted to announce the release of ‘Quo’ing In - The Best Of The Noughties’ an era spanning compilation taking in their greatest hits from the band’s output thus far in the new millennium, which includes 5 Top Ten studio albums, and many fan favorites. The collection is out now on various formats: 2CD Jewelcase, Limited Edition 3CD Deluxe Digipak (featuring a bonus disc with 10 previously unavailable live classics, newly mixed in 2022) plus Digital.

As well as all of the key tracks from this important era of the band’s career, the collection includes brand new and never before available 2022 studio versions of the classics ‘Rockin‘ All Over The World’, ‘Paper Plane’ and ‘Caroline’ plus brand new 2022 studio ‘Out Out Quoin’ Remixes’ of live favourites ‘Backbone’ and ‘Cut Me Some Slack’.

Kicking off with tracks from 2002’s ‘Heavy Traffic’, which was the first ‘proper’ album of the Noughties [following the covers set ‘Famous In The Last Century’], this set also draws from ‘The Party Ain’t Over Yet’ [2005], ‘In Search Of The Fourth Chord’ [2007], ‘Quid Pro Quo’ [2011], ‘Bula Quo!’ [2013], ‘Aquostic: Stripped Bare’ [2014], ‘Acoustic II: That’s A Fact’ [2016] and 2019’s ‘Backbone’, plus a few other gems from along the way, including tracks with Brian May and the Beach Boys.

Francis Rossi said of the album, “Coming into the Noughties we were under pressure. Struggling to maintain our place at the top table and, in a way, weighed down by what had gone before. This was a time of change and the band that recorded ‘Heavy Traffic’ is different to the one that laid down ‘Backbone’ but what did not change was the passion, energy and desire to build on what had gone before. The fact that so many of the songs fitted into the live sets along the way is testimony to their strength. Anyone who knows me will be aware that I don’t deal in nostalgia, but I do think that what Status Quo achieved during this twenty year period – in the face of challenges that none of us could have predicted we’d have to deal with – is worth celebrating”.

Discover the Status Quo catalogue on earMUSIC.

The Studio Albums

Don't Stop

(1996)

Under The Influence

(1999)

The Party Ain't Over Yet...

(2005)

In Search of the Fourth Chord

(2007)

In The Army Now

(2010)

Quid Pro Quo

(2011)

Bula Quo!

(2013)

Aquostic - Stripped Bare

(2014)

Aquostic II - That's A Fact!

(2016)

Backbone

(2019)

It's Christmas Time

(2022)

The Live Albums:

Pictures - Live at Montreux 2009

(2009)

The Frantic Four Reunion 2013

(2013)

The Frantic Four's Final Fling

(2014)

Aquostic - Live at the Roundhouse

(2015)

The Last Night of the Electrics

(2017)

Down Down and Dirty at Wacken

(2018)

Down Down & Dignified at the Royal Albert Hall

(2018)

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