Title - 'In Search of the Fourth Chord' (Eagle Rock)
Artist - Status Quo
Status Quo is one of Britain's longest-lived bands, staying together for over 30 years. During much of that time, the band was only successful in the UK, where they racked up a string of Top Ten singles that ran into the '90s.
In America, the group was ignored after they abandoned psychedelia for heavy boogie rock in the early '70s, and as much as this CD won't help their cause in the slightest, it still is a major testament to what a great sounding, original member'd band can still produce in this day and age.
This latest album is a great look into their boogie / rock n roll roots, with highlights including "Beginning Of The End", "Pennsylvania Blues", "Electric Arena", and the rocking "Gravy Train". The last third of the album falls off a bit, and songs like "Saddling Up" may inspire you to hit the skip button, but overall this is a strong record.
And where it is nowhere near as good as their recent 'Heavy Traffic' album, and where I truly do hope they record again in the near future, you can't help but rush out and check out their old school stuff ... which you should do, trust me! Explore more of the band's work and get to know them ... you'll thank me :-) [SS]