(1968) Picturesque Matchstickable Messages From The Status Quo

Status Quo

... read moreStatus Quo's debut album featured none of the band's better-known boogie rock of the mid-'70s. Picturesque... is a psychedelic effort that tries to imitate the sound bands like the Bee Gees or the Beatles were doing at the moment. With this record, Status Quo surprisingly had its first (and last...

02:04′:11″ 46 Songs

Disk 1

1
Black Veils Of Melancholy (Mono Version)
Status Quo
3:17
2
When My Mind Is Not Live (Mono Version)
Status Quo
2:50
3
Ice In The Sun (Mono Version)
Status Quo
2:13
4
Elizabeth Dreams (Mono Version)
Status Quo
3:28
5
Gentleman Joe's Sidewalk Cafe (Mono Version)
Status Quo
3:01
6
Paradise Flat (Mono Version)
Status Quo
3:14
7
Technicolor Dreams (Mono Version)
Status Quo
2:54
8
Sheila (Mono Version)
Status Quo
1:56
9
Spicks And Specks (Mono Version)
Status Quo
2:53
10
Sunny Cellophane Skies (Mono Version)
Status Quo
2:47
11
Green Tambourine (Mono Version)
Status Quo
2:18
12
Pictures Of Matchstick Men (Mono Version)
Status Quo
3:11
13
To Be Free (B-Side Version)
Status Quo
2:37
14
Make Me Stay A Little Bit Longer (A-Side Version)
Status Quo
2:55
15
Auntie Nellie (B-Side Version)
Status Quo
3:31
16
Interview With Brian Matthew (Bbc Sessions Saturday Club 7/2/1968)
Status Quo
1:08
17
Pictures Of Matchstick Men (Live At The Bbc)
Status Quo
3:13
18
Things Get Better (Bbc Saturday Club 17/2/1968)
Status Quo
2:11
19
Spicks And Specks (Live At The Bbc)
Status Quo
2:48
20
Judy In Disguise (Bbc Saturday Club 17/2/1968)
Status Quo
2:45
21
Interview With Status Quo (Bbc Sessions Saturday Club 17/2/1968)
Status Quo
1:19
22
Make Me Stay A Little Bit Longer (Live At The Bbc)
Status Quo
2:48

Disk 2

1
Black Veils Of Melancholy (Stereo Remixed 'Proper')
Status Quo
3:15
2
When My Mind Is Not Live (Stereo Version)
Status Quo
3:01
3
Ice In The Sun (Mono Version)
Status Quo
2:13
4
Elizabeth Dreams (Stereo Version)
Status Quo
3:49
5
Gentleman Joe's Sidewalk Cafe (Stereo Version)
Status Quo
3:01
6
Paradise Flat (Stereo Version)
Status Quo
3:15
7
Technicolor Dreams (Stereo Version)
Status Quo
3:18
8
Sheila (Stereo Version)
Status Quo
1:57
9
Spicks And Specks (Stereo Version)
Status Quo
2:54
10
Sunny Cellophane Skies (Stereo Version)
Status Quo
2:48
11
Green Tambourine (Stereo Version)
Status Quo
2:19
12
Pictures Of Matchstick Men (Stereo Version)
Status Quo
3:16
13
Auntie Nellie (Stereo Version)
Status Quo
3:32
14
Gloria (Bbc Sessions Saturday Club 10/9/1966)
Status Quo
2:47
15
Interview With Francis Rossi (Bbc Live Recording)
Status Quo
0:49
16
I (Who Have Nothing) [Bbc Live Recording] (Bbc Live Recording)
Status Quo
3:02
17
Neighbour Neighbour (Bbc Live Recording)
Status Quo
2:38
18
I Don't Want You (Bbc Session)
Status Quo
2:33
19
Almost But Not Quite There (Bbc Session)
Status Quo
2:38
20
Spicks And Specks (Saturday Club Bbc Session 24/6/67)
Status Quo
2:46
21
Gloria (Bbc David Symonds Show)
Status Quo
2:43
22
Interview With Alan Lancaster (Bbc The David Symonds Show April 1968)
Status Quo
1:01
23
Black Veils Of Melancholy (Bbc David Symonds Show April 1968)
Status Quo
3:14
24
Bloodhound (Bbc David Symonds Show April 1968)
Status Quo
2:05
Released 27 September 1968, 2003 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

Review

Status Quo's debut album featured none of the band's better-known boogie rock of the mid-'70s. Picturesque... is a psychedelic effort that tries to imitate the sound bands like the Bee Gees or the Beatles were doing at the moment. With this record, Status Quo surprisingly had its first (and last) hit in America, the single "Pictures of Matchstick Men," which peaked at number 12 (it reached number seven on the British charts). Other highlights from the album are the second single, "Ice in the Sun," and the Bee Gees cover "Spicks and Specks." Even if this is not the most representative album from Status Quo, it is a good psychedelic pop exercise that sometimes includes very imaginative guitar phrases ("Ice in the Sun"), and some brilliantly unusual sounds (the epic "Paradise Flat"). ~ Robert Aniento