(1988) Ain't Complaining

Status Quo

... read moreWith the strength of In the Army Now still fresh in the ears, Status Quo's next album surely ranks among their most disappointing, a directionless hodgepodge that was, contrarily, explained away by the band as an attempt to do something different, and appeal to a wider fan base. Forget it! Twelve...

02:48′:19″ 37 Songs

Disk 1

1
Ain't Complaining
Status Quo
4:39
2
Everytime I Think Of You
Status Quo
3:48
3
One For The Money
Status Quo
4:50
4
Another Shipwreck
Status Quo
3:44
5
Don't Mind If I Do
Status Quo
4:40
6
I Know You're Leaving
Status Quo
4:41
7
Cross That Bridge
Status Quo
3:30
8
Cream Of The Crop
Status Quo
4:03
9
The Loving Game
Status Quo
4:22
10
Who Gets The Love?
Status Quo
5:30
11
Burning Bridges (On And Off And On Again)
Status Quo
4:17
12
Magic
Status Quo
3:51

Disk 2

1
That's Alright
Status Quo
3:30
2
Lean Machine
Status Quo
3:35
3
Halloween
Status Quo
4:59
4
The Reason For Goodbye
Status Quo
3:53
5
The Greatest Fighter
Status Quo
3:58
6
Running All Over The World
Status Quo
3:31
7
Ain't Complaining (Extended Version)
Status Quo
6:33
8
Who Gets The Love? (Extended Version)
Status Quo
7:07
9
Rockin' All Over The World (1988 Re-Recording)
Status Quo
3:42
10
Burning Bridges (On And Off And On Again) (Extended Version)
Status Quo
5:29
11
Running All Over The World (Extended Version)
Status Quo
5:41
12
The Fighter (Stand Up And Fight Remix / Mix Take 4)
Status Quo
4:17
13
The Fighter (Army Remix / Mix Take 8)
Status Quo
4:01

Disk 3

1
Whatever You Want (Live At Wembley Arena)
Status Quo
4:58
2
Little Lady (Live At Wembley Arena)
Status Quo
3:05
3
Roll Over Lay Down (Live At Wembley Arena)
Status Quo
6:15
4
Cream Of The Crop (Live At Wembley Arena)
Status Quo
4:10
5
Who Gets The Love? (Live At Wembley Arena)
Status Quo
4:26
6
Hold You Back (Live At Wembley Arena)
Status Quo
4:39
7
Don't Drive My Car (Live At Wembley Arena)
Status Quo
5:04
8
Dirty Water (Live At Wembley Arena)
Status Quo
3:58
9
In The Army Now (Live At Wembley Arena)
Status Quo
4:15
10
Rockin' All Over The World (Live At Wembley Arena)
Status Quo
3:39
11
Don't Waste My Time (Live At Wembley Arena)
Status Quo
4:16
12
Bye Bye Johnny (Live At Wembley Arena)
Status Quo
7:23
Released 13 June 1988, ℗ 2018 Mercury Records Limited

Review

With the strength of In the Army Now still fresh in the ears, Status Quo's next album surely ranks among their most disappointing, a directionless hodgepodge that was, contrarily, explained away by the band as an attempt to do something different, and appeal to a wider fan base. Forget it! Twelve songs might have represented the band's most generous new offering since Rockin' All Over the World, and "Ain't Complaining" itself is a primo Quo rocker. But from there on in, the album simply swerves across the sonic palette and winds up with its fingers in so many pies that you could be listening to a late-'80s compilation album. Starship, Phil Collins, the theme to Miami Vice, all are granted a stylistic look-in as the album meanders on, while the maddening catchiness of "Burning Bridges" could have been the Chieftains for all it had to do with the Quo we loved. Rossi later admitted that the album's problems were due in part to record company interference, but more to his own lack of interest in the proceedings. He would not, he swore, make that mistake again. [The 2006 Universal International edition includes bonus tracks.] ~ Dave Thompson