(2001) The Technicolor Dreams Of The Status Quo

Status Quo

... read moreThis double-CD set delivers a lot more than its title promises, containing not only all of Status Quo's 1960s vintage recordings -- all of the singles and B-sides, the mono album Picturesque Matchstickable Messages From... and the stereo mix of their second album, Spare Parts, plus odd singles and...

02:37′:15″ 51 Songs

Disk 1

1
I (Who Have Nothing) [Mono Version] (Mono Version)
Status Quo
3:04
2
Neighbour Neighbour (Mono Version)
Status Quo
2:44
3
Hurdy Gurdy Man (Mono Version)
Status Quo
3:17
4
Laticia (Mono Version)
Status Quo
3:02
5
(We Ain't Got) Nothing Yet [Mono Version] (Mono Version)
Status Quo
2:20
6
I Want It (Mono Version)
Status Quo
3:03
7
Walking With My Angel (Mono Version)
Status Quo
2:16
8
When He Passed By (Mono Version)
Status Quo
2:50
9
Almost But Not Quite There (Mono Version)
Status Quo
2:47
10
Wait A Minute (Mono Version)
Status Quo
2:15
11
Pictures Of Matchstick Men (Mono Version)
Status Quo
3:15
12
Gentleman Joe's Sidewalk Cafe (Mono Version)
Status Quo
3:01
13
Black Veils Of Melancholy (Mono Version)
Status Quo
3:13
14
To Be Free (Mono Version)
Status Quo
2:35
15
Ice In The Sun (Mono Version)
Status Quo
2:13
16
When My Mind Is Not Live (Mono Version)
Status Quo
2:50
17
Elizabeth Dreams (Mono Version)
Status Quo
3:28
18
Paradise Flat (Mono Version)
Status Quo
3:13
19
Technicolor Dreams (Mono Version)
Status Quo
2:54
20
Spicks And Specks (Mono Version)
Status Quo
2:45
21
Sheila (Mono Version)
Status Quo
1:56
22
Sunny Cellophane Skies (Mono Version)
Status Quo
2:46
23
Green Tambourine (Mono Version)
Status Quo
2:18
24
Make Me Stay A Little Bit Longer (Mono Version)
Status Quo
2:55
25
Auntie Nellie (Mono Version)
Status Quo
3:21
26
Are You Growing Tired Of My Love (Mono Version)
Status Quo
3:37
27
So Ends Another Life (Mono Version)
Status Quo
3:42

Disk 2

1
Face Without A Soul (Mono Version)
Status Quo
3:09
2
You're Just What I Was Looking For Today
Status Quo
3:50
3
Are You Growing Tired Of My Love
Status Quo
3:38
4
Antique Angelique (Mono Version)
Status Quo
3:24
5
So Ends Another Life
Status Quo
3:12
6
Poor Old Man (Mono Version)
Status Quo
3:39
7
Mr. Mind Detector (Mono Version)
Status Quo
4:02
8
The Clown (Mono Version)
Status Quo
3:24
9
Velvet Curtains (Mono Version)
Status Quo
3:00
10
Little Miss Nothing (Stereo Version)
Status Quo
3:02
11
When I Awake (Mono)
Status Quo
3:52
12
Nothing At All (Mono Version)
Status Quo
3:55
13
The Price Of Love
Status Quo
3:41
14
Josie (Mono Version)
Status Quo
3:36
15
Do You Live In Fire (Mono Version)
Status Quo
2:14
16
Spicks And Specks
Status Quo
2:39
17
Pictures Of Matchstick Men
Status Quo
3:16
18
Paradise Flat
Status Quo
3:14
19
Sunny Cellophane Skies
Status Quo
2:47
20
Technicolor Dreams
Status Quo
3:17
21
Gentleman Joe's Sidewalk Cafe
Status Quo
3:00
22
Elizabeth Dreams
Status Quo
3:48
23
When My Mind Is Not Live (Stereo Version)
Status Quo
3:00
24
Little Miss Nothing (Mono Version)
Status Quo
2:56
Released 01 January 2001, 2001 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

Review

This double-CD set delivers a lot more than its title promises, containing not only all of Status Quo's 1960s vintage recordings -- all of the singles and B-sides, the mono album Picturesque Matchstickable Messages From... and the stereo mix of their second album, Spare Parts, plus odd singles and rarities (including a stereo mix of "Pictures of Matchstick Men,") but every side left behind by the pre-Status Quo Spectres and their reincarnation as Traffic Jam. Those sides make for a killer opening to disc one here, encompassing "Hurdy Gurdy Man" (not the Donovan song), "Laticia," "(We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet," their pre-psychedelic debut, "I (Who Have Nothing)," and their organ-driven rendition of "Walking With My Angel." All of their work serves as a more than suitable prelude to the more familiar Status Quo material, which pretty much encompasses their entire psychedelic output, and fans of freakbeat/psychedelic sounds will find lots to love on this set -- these guys should have been near-gods on the music scene of the period, instead of being limited to the one-off monster hit, based on the evidence at hand, with pop instincts to match the spaciness of some of their musical visions -- even their version of "Green Tambourine" has a sharp edge, particularly in the drumming and bass work, that's worth hearing more than once, and the stereo remix of "Pictures of Matchstick Men" has more credibility and raw power than such reconsiderations usually display. In short, there's a lot on both of these discs to keep even the non-fan busy for a day or more, especially as the sound is superb, absolutely killer on single and album tracks alike. And the annotation (supported with lots of color art) by David Wells is entertaining as well as highly informative. ~ Bruce Eder