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CD review GODSLAVE "Whatever you want" EP

Veröffentlicht am 8. September 2015 von Markus W. in Godslave, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, Status Quo, Hardrock, CD Review, News

(7/10) I wonder if the world was waiting for this. A young thrash band from Saarbrücken, Germany covers Status Quo. Probably nobody missed this so far. On the other hand - why not?

Godslave dared to go for such an experiment. I wouldn't say that it's a 'must have', but the six tunes are also too good for getting dusty in the farest back of your CD rack.

Godslave mainly sticks to the original. Classics like "Caroline" and "Down down" sound a bit harder than the Quo version which gives the tunes more of a party vibe.

Going that much for the original approach is a missed opportunity, esp. since "Is there a better way" shows that the tunes can handle some harsher arrangements.

To conclude: good idea, good songs, good sound and too much on the safe side if life. More thrash would have been nice.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Caroline
  2. Little lady
  3. Is there a better way
  4. Oh baby
  5. Too far gone
  6. Down Down

 

Label: Green Zone Music

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: September 25th, 2015

 

CD review GODSLAVE "Whatever you want" EP
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CD review STATUS QUO "Aquostic - Live @ the Roundhouse"

Veröffentlicht am 13. April 2015 von Markus W. in Status Quo, Hardrock, Classic Rock, Rock, News, CD Review

(8/10) You're never too old to rock. Status Quo is one of those bands that are in business since decades. Those guys don't have to prove anything anymore. They had hit singles, they sold many many record and they played many successful tours. Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt created more than only music, they created their own sound that is immediately recognisable wherever a Quo song is on air.

In contradiction to the name of the band, Status Quo also tries out new stuff. Not that the change their sound; not at all. But they play around with it. The guys released in 2014 the "Aquostic (Stripped bare) studio album with old classics. A few days after the release of the longplayer the guys from London, UK played a show in the legendary Roundhouse that hosted already bands like Pink Floyd, Opeth and Motörhead. 

The great thing with the studio album as well as with the live recording is the fact that Status Quo gives focus on the early tunes. The tracklist covers tracks from the 1968 album "Picturesque matchstckable message from the Status Quo up till the 1991 album "Rock 'til you drop". This means that my personal faves of the band have found a spot on the setlist. Anthems like the John Fogerty cover "Rockin' all over the world", but also "What you're proposing", "Don't drive my car and "Down down" are song for eternity. And since they are arranged in a ewn way they also spread a special charm. And honestly - I'm happy that I don't have to listen to "In the army now" anymore.

As the name already leads one to assume, all the 25 numbers are acoustic. Status Quo invited also some additional musicians. A string ensemble and an according spices up the bands classics and make them sound the same and still different. And all together obviously enjoyed the evening and the unique atmosphere. The announcements in between the songs reflects this clearly.

"Aquostic - Live @ the Roundhouse" is an entertaining recording that comes right in time for a good time. The soundtrack for your next convertable trip.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist

  1. And it's better now
  2. Break the rules
  3. Again and again
  4. Paper plane
  5. Mystery song
  6. Little lady
  7. Rock'n'roll
  8. Caroline
  9. What you're proposing
  10. Softer ride
  11. Down down
  12. Pictures of a matchstick men
  13. Down the dustpipe
  14. All the reasons
  15. Reasons for living
  16. Rollin' home
  17. Don't drive my car
  18. Claudie
  19. Rain
  20. Marguerita time
  21. Na na na
  22. Whatever you want
  23. Rockin' all over the world
  24. Rock 'til you drop
  25. Burning bridges

 

Label: earMusic

Genre: Rock

CD review STATUS QUO "Aquostic - Live @ the Roundhouse"
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Tracklist and video from the coming STATUS QUO live album

Veröffentlicht am 11. März 2015 von Markus W. in Status Quo, Rock, Classic Rock, News, Video

Status Quo will release a new CD/DVD/Blu-Ray in April. It is called "Aquostic! Live at the Roundhouse" and was taped in ... the Roundhouse in London. The recording was a joined effort of the BBC and earMUSIC and the release will contain 25 songs. The title already says that it was an acoustic set they iconic band played, supported by additional strings and background singers. Here is already a first teaser and the tracklist.

 

Tracklist:

1. And It's Better Now

2. Break The Rules

3. Again And Again

4.Paper Plane

5. Mystery Song

6. Little Lady

7. Rock 'n' Roll

8. Caroline

9. What You're Proposing

10. Softer Ride

11. Down Down

12. Pictures Of Matchstick Men

13. Down The Dustpipe

14. All The Reasons

15. Reasons For Living

16. Rollin' Home

17. Don't Drive My Car

18. Claudie

19. Rain

20. Marguerita Time

21. Na Na Na

22. Whatever You Want

23. Rockin' All Over The World / Encore /

24. Rock 'til You Drop

25. Burning Bridges (On And Off And On Again)

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CD review STATUS QUO "Frantic four's final fling - live"

Veröffentlicht am 27. August 2014 von Markus W. in Status Quo, Rock, Hardrock, News, CD Review

(*/10) When Status Quo started, I guess, a lot of you guys reading this review haven't even be born. This includes myself. It was in 1965 when the band started their unbelievable career which led to 28 albums, almost 100 singles and several live recordings.

Over time it has been the founding members Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt who kept Status Quo up and running. It was and is their passion that made the band surviving several changes in the line-up. Those two guys gave Status Quo the stability over all these years and are the figureheads of the rock'n'rollers.

In October 2012 it was Alan Parker who produced a documentary called "Hello Quo" which included a jam session of the original line-up with Rossi, Parfitt, Lancaster and Coghlan. This was the first time since 30 years that the guys had performed together again. 

It seems that everybody had fun during this session and the result was five live shows with the founding members. This happened in 2013 and a few shows have been added in 2014. 

One of the concerts, the one in Dubln, was now released as a CD/DVD. Since I only have the audio disc I focus on that one. Unnecessary to mention that Status Quo focus surely on the old songs during these gigs. Hits like "Caroline" have been performed as well as "Is there a better way" from the 1976 release "Blue for you". One of my alltime faves of Status Quo was part of the setlist as well. It's "Down down", the boogie rocker per excellence.

The sound of the album is very good. It might be a bit too good, but this doesn't matter. The thing that makes it still authentic is e.g. the fact that Francis Rossi's vocals doesn't meet every note. But again; who cares. The songs are alltime classics and the album has a very high entertainment factor. I guess it's even more fun with the DVD.

I think, that this document of music history should find a place in each rock collection. It's a MUST.

 

(*/10)

 

Tracklist:

CD1

1 Junior's Wailing 

2 Backwater 

3 Just Take Me 

4 Is There A Better Way

5 In My Chair 

6 Blue Eyed Lady 

7 Little Lady 

8 Most Of The Time 

9 Rain 

10 (April) Spring, Summer and Wednesdays 

11 Railroad 

 

 

CD2

1 Oh Baby 

2 Forty-Five Hundred Times 

3 Gotta Go Home 

4 Big Fat Mama 

5 Down Down 

6 Roadhouse Blues 

7 Caroline 

8 Bye Bye Johnny 

 

 

Label: earMUSIC

Genre: Rock

CD review STATUS QUO "Frantic four's final fling - live"
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