(1977) Rockin' All Over The World

Status Quo

... read moreAfter releasing the hard and perhaps excessively raw Live! album in March 1977, Status Quo decided it was time to give a new turn to their music, trying to achieve a cleaner and fresher sound. Recruiting Pip Williams to produce the new album, this was the first time since 1972 that Quo gave such...

01:49′:52″ 28 Songs

Disk 1

1
Hard Time
Status Quo
4:45
2
Can't Give You More
Status Quo
4:15
3
Let's Ride
Status Quo
3:03
4
Baby Boy
Status Quo
3:12
5
You Don't Own Me
Status Quo
3:03
6
Rockers Rollin'
Status Quo
4:19
7
Rockin' All Over The World
Status Quo
3:28
8
Who Am I?
Status Quo
4:30
9
Too Far Gone
Status Quo
3:08
10
For You
Status Quo
3:01
11
Dirty Water
Status Quo
3:51
12
Hold You Back
Status Quo
4:30

Disk 2

1
Hold You Back (John Eden Remix)
Status Quo
5:10
2
Baby Boy (John Eden Remix)
Status Quo
3:16
3
Rockers Rollin' (John Eden Remix)
Status Quo
4:41
4
Who Am I? (John Eden Remix)
Status Quo
5:10
5
Rockin' All Over The World (John Eden Remix)
Status Quo
3:50
6
Dirty Water (John Eden Remix)
Status Quo
4:15
7
Can't Give You More (John Eden Remix)
Status Quo
5:26
8
Let's Ride (John Eden Remix)
Status Quo
3:03
9
For You (John Eden Remix)
Status Quo
3:08
10
Too Far Gone (John Eden Remix)
Status Quo
3:08
11
You Don't Own Me (John Eden Remix)
Status Quo
3:29
12
Hard Time (John Eden Remix)
Status Quo
4:45
13
Dirty Water (1St Demo 1976)
Status Quo
4:14
14
Baby Boy (1St Demo 1976)
Status Quo
2:47
15
Hard Time (1St Demo 1976)
Status Quo
4:45
16
Hold You Back (Studio Demo 1977)
Status Quo
3:40
Released 11 November 1977, This Compilation ℗ 2015 Mercury Records Limited

Review

After releasing the hard and perhaps excessively raw Live! album in March 1977, Status Quo decided it was time to give a new turn to their music, trying to achieve a cleaner and fresher sound. Recruiting Pip Williams to produce the new album, this was the first time since 1972 that Quo gave such control to someone outside the band. Subsequently, Williams played an essential part in the British band's evolution. A clean, focused, and friendly pop record, Rockin' All Over the World displeased the band's hard rock-oriented fans. Guitars were left in the background and the band's famous wall of sound -- tough guitars and a powerful rhythmic base -- was nowhere to be found, even though it had been an important element of the band's sound during the first half of the '70s. Strangely enough, a lot of the album's songs would become live favorites of the bandmembers and fans alike in the years to come. The first single issued from the record, "Rockin' All Over the World," Status Quo's cover of a barely known song from ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival leader John Fogerty, became a huge success all around Europe and, paradoxically, grew to be one of the group's most recognized anthems. Indeed, 21 years later, the song, retitled "Runnin' All Over the World," would be released again as the official signature to Sport Aid's Race Against Time event. Other songs that would claim an obligatory presence in the band's live shows over the upcoming decades included the silly but hooky "Dirty Water," the boogie rocker "Hold You Back," and the country-rocker "Can't Give You More" (featured with a different approach in Rock Til You Drop). The straightforward and danceable "Baby Boy" and the soft ballad "For You" also stood out among the record's winners. [The 2005 reissue of Rockin' All Over the World features improved, remastered sound and a cover of the Beatles' "Getting Better," originally included on the All This and World War II film soundtrack of Beatles songs performed by rock bands from the era.] ~ Robert Aniento