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STATUS QUO: Aquostic Live At The Roundhouse (DVD)

Release: May 2015
Style: Unplugged rock
Label: Ear Music
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Country: UK
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Cat. N°: 0210333EMU
Review by: Geert Ryssen
Translated by: Geert Ryssen
Rating: 7,5/10


The last studio effort by Status Quo was the unplugged ‘Stripped Bare’ album on which the band leaves their electric guitars in the closet and play new arrangements with an extended line-up of a selection of well- and less well known Quo classics. Setting up an international tour with this project would be a very expensive journey and the band decided to use modern media to share the unplugged live experience with the world: do a couple of concerts and record them for release on DVD and CD. Their show at the London Roundhouse was also recorded by the BBC for broadcast on television.

The release of this digipak with two audio CD’s and a DVD makes this show available to the rest of the world and it surely is an impressive thing. Besides the band, there are eleven (!) extra musicians, including a string section and accordionist Geraint Watkins who was also a prominent guest on the studio recordings. Although this is a very big line-up, the sound is very clear and transparent and the songs survive wonderfully in this setting. The focus is still on Quo’s two front men Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt who - supported by two female backing singers - take all the lead vocals and make sure this is still ‘Status Quo’. Status started out as a psychedelic pop group, then became a heavy boogie band and later became the lighter poprock band they are today. With the return of the Frantic Four (the original band) last year, they showed they can still rock heavy, but now the band is back in its ‘light’ version and that’s how Rossi likes them most these days. With this unplugged version, he can fully concentrate on the songs and he seems very happy that way. Parfitt hasn’t lost one bit of his rock voice and he manages to make the songs he sings still sound like rockers. This is an impressive show, musically interesting, but far removed from the band rock fans once loved so much. Their audience is now mostly a middle aged and senior group, but so is the band.


Na de ‘Stripped Bare’ studio unplugged opnames, is er nu ook de live versie. Een tour maken met de uitgebreide bezetting die deze aanpak vergt, was een te dure onderneming, maar daar kan de moderne technologie een oplossing voor bieden: doe een paar shows en breng er een dvd of cd van uit en iedereen kan meegenieten. Deze show werd opgenomen en uitgezonden door de BBC en is nu te koop als digipak met twee cd’s en een dvd.

De band wordt versterkt met maar liefst elf extra muzikanten waaronder een strijkensemble en accordeonist Geraint Watkins die verrassend goed past bij de Quo songs. De groep is ondertussen ver verwijderd van de heavy boogie band die ze ooit waren, maar hun songs staan als een huis, al neigt het soms wel wat naar veredeld kampvuurwerk. Francis Rossi heeft het duidelijk meer voor de popkant van de groep, terwijl Rick Parfitt nog steeds de onvervalste rocker is. Al bij al is dit een indrukwekkende vertoning die aantoont dat deze band nog lang niet dood is en met hun songs alle kanten uit kan. We waren er graag in levende lijve bij aanwezig geweest!


And It’s Better Now
Break The Rules
Again And Again
Paper Plane
Mystery Song
Little Lady
Rock’N’ Roll
What You’re Proposing
Softer Ride
Down Down
Pictures Of Matchstick Men
Down The Dustpipe
All The Reasons
Reason For Living
Rollin’ Home
Don’t Drive My Car
Marguerita Time
Na Na Na
Whatever You Want
Rockin’ All Over The World
Rock Till You Drop
Burning Bridges

Dvd bonus feature: Behind The Acoustics (compilation of interviews with all musicians)


Francis Rossi: vocals, guitar
Rick Parfitt: vocals, guitar
John ‘Rhino’ Edwards: bass
Andy Brown: piano
Leon Cave: drums

Guest Musicians
Freddie Edwards: guitar
Geraint Watkins: piano, accordion
Martin Ditcham: percussion
Amy Newhouse-Smith: vocals, percussion
Hannah Rickard: vocal, violin, percussion
Lucy Wilkins: violin
Gillon Cameron: violin
Alison Dots: violin
Howard Gott: violin
Sophie Sirota: viola
Sarah Willson: cello
Mike Paxman: musical director
Strings arranger: Rick Benbow

Geplaatst door Vera op zondag 14 juni 2015 - 11:56:36
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