(2006) Famous In The Last Century

Status Quo

... read moreStatus Quo has been one of England's finest rock & roll bands for years. As the groups has grown older and matured, Quo has softened its boogie tendencies and settled into a groove as a consistent rock band with a batch of great songs per album. This, the second Quo covers album in four years, is...

57′:44″ 20 Songs

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Famous In The Last Century
Status Quo
1:04
2
Old Time Rock And Roll
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2:57
3
Way Down
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2:51
4
Rave On
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2:51
5
Roll Over Beethoven
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3:07
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When I'm Dead And Gone
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3:11
7
Memphis Tennessee
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2:31
8
Sweet Home Chicago
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2:44
9
Crawling From The Wreckage
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2:42
10
Good Golly Miss Molly
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2:05
11
Claudette
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2:01
12
Rock 'N' Me
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2:46
13
Hound Dog
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2:19
14
Runaround Sue
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2:29
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Once Bitten Twice Shy
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3:40
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Mony Mony
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2:58
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Famous In The Last Century (Reprise)
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1:15
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Gerdundula (Live At Shepherds Bush Empire)
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4:39
19
Forty-Five Hundred Times (Live From Shepherds Bush Empire)
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5:03
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Rain (Live From Shepherds Bush Empire)
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4:31
Released 01 January 2006, This Compilation ℗ 2006 Universal Music Operations

Review

Status Quo has been one of England's finest rock & roll bands for years. As the groups has grown older and matured, Quo has softened its boogie tendencies and settled into a groove as a consistent rock band with a batch of great songs per album. This, the second Quo covers album in four years, is not one of those albums with great songs. Rather, Famous in the Last Century is an obvious cry for help, a musical suicide note if you will. Something is wrong in the Quo camp and the band needs to be rescued! How else can one account for awful renditions of "Old Time Rock and Roll," "Roll Over Beethoven," "Good Golly Miss Molly," "Hound Dog," and "Once Bitten Twice Shy?" (And is it ironic that all but one of those songs are sung by second guitarist Rick Parfitt, whose voice has seen better days?) As for the other covers, Francis Rossi tries to wrap his smooth pipes around some rock classics, but just ends up sounding tired. Though some of the tracks do actually sound great in Quo's hands ("Rock 'n' Me," "Rave On," "Way Down"), this album is an obvious attempt to gain some quick cash. A shame, since its release follows the band's glorious Under the Influence album, perhaps Status Quo's best collection of songs ever. [This edition contains bonus tracks.] ~ Steve Schnee