Stockholm 1971 [no label 1CD torrent 133282]

Live at Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden, Nov 24, 1971.

Now this is more like it. Status Quo fans have been horribly served by the band's periodic dips into the archives, with even their own four-disc box set skipping so swiftly through the "classic" (1971-74) period that you're rocking all over the world before you know it. But an officially sanctioned BBC recording from 1973 is, apparently, imminent (alongside a pair of more recent in concert meanderings) and, while we await that, Stockholm 1971 captures the band at the very outset of boogiedom, and a live show that will leave you breathless.

Touring to promote Dog Of Two Head, the show is relentless. "Junior's Wailing," "Roadhouse Blues," "Railroad," "Umleitung," "In My Chair," this is primal Quo, locked into riffs that had still to grow fossilized, and musical notions that were still electrifying. The sound quality is staggering… indeed, plans were afoot to issue this as a live album just a couple of years back, only for the release to slip off the schedules without a whisper. Who knows what the reasons behind that decision might have been, but one thing's for sure. It had nothing to do with either the quality or the content. - Dave Thompson

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April 27, 2007