(1981) Never Too Late

Status Quo

... read moreNever Too Late is best remembered today as drummer John Coghlan's final album with the band he'd served since the early '60s. The bulk of the set, however, was actually cut during the same sessions that produced the previous year's Just Supposin', although it's a struggle to say which of the two...

02:33′:40″ 35 Songs

Disk 1

1
Never Too Late
Status Quo
4:02
2
Something 'Bout You Baby I Like
Status Quo
2:49
3
Take Me Away
Status Quo
4:51
4
Falling In Falling Out
Status Quo
4:15
5
Carol
Status Quo
3:41
6
Long Ago
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3:50
7
Mountain Lady
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5:06
8
Don't Stop Me Now
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3:40
9
Enough Is Enough
Status Quo
2:59
10
Riverside
Status Quo
5:05

Disk 2

1
Rock 'N' Roll (Single Edit)
Status Quo
4:04
2
Don't Stop Me Now (Never Too Late Sampler)
Status Quo
1:28
3
What You're Proposing (Never Too Late Sampler)
Status Quo
0:45
4
Lp Overview (Never Too Late Sampler)
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3:14
5
Something 'Bout You Baby I Like (Never Too Late Sampler)
Status Quo
1:50
6
Something 'Bout You Baby I Like (Demo / Acoustic Instrumental Version)
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3:08
7
Caroline (Live)
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5:20
8
Roll Over Lay Down (Live)
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7:02
9
Backwater (Live)
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4:32
10
Little Lady (Live)
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4:00
11
Don't Drive My Car (Live)
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5:13
12
Whatever You Want (Live)
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5:28
13
Hold You Back (Live)
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5:05
14
Something 'Bout You Baby I Like (Live)
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2:57
15
Rockin' All Over The World (Live)
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4:12
16
Over The Edge (Live)
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5:46

Disk 3

1
Rock 'N' Roll (Live)
Status Quo
5:45
2
Dirty Water (Live)
Status Quo
4:06
4
Big Fat Mama (Live)
Status Quo
5:15
5
Don't Waste My Time (Live)
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4:09
6
Roadhouse Blues (Live)
Status Quo
9:48
7
Rain (Live)
Status Quo
4:51
8
Down Down (Live)
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5:09
9
Drum Solo (Live)
Status Quo
4:04
10
Bye Bye Johnny (Live)
Status Quo
6:11
Released 13 March 1981, This Compilation ℗ 2017 Mercury Records Limited

Review

Never Too Late is best remembered today as drummer John Coghlan's final album with the band he'd served since the early '60s. The bulk of the set, however, was actually cut during the same sessions that produced the previous year's Just Supposin', although it's a struggle to say which of the two came out with the better songs. Neither is what one would describe as a classic Quo disc, but nor are they as disposable as some of the band's later releases. Indeed, any record that includes the bright bonhomie of "Something 'Bout You Baby I Like," the new album's biggest hit, is sure to have a few things to recommend it. And so it does. Indeed, "Take Me Away" digs deep into the band's past resources to recapture the sound of the full boogie flight, while both "Don't Stop Me Now," and the circuitous mantra of "Riverside" are both standouts. Excellent, too, is a cover of "Oh Carol," all the more so since it matches blow for blow the band's last dip into the Chuck Berry songbook, On the Level's "Bye Bye Johnny." Indeed, if Never Too Late has any major problem, it lies in the decision to shove the keyboards so high into the mix. Status Quo were, and are, one of Britain's finest guitar bands. Any attempt to prove otherwise is doomed to failure. ~ Dave Thompson