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Status Quo Deliver Expanded “Piledriver” in March

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Piledriver DeluxeTo commemorate the forthcoming live dates from Status Quo’s “Frantic Four” reunion, the British boogie-rockers’ first release for Vertigo Records, Piledriveris getting reissued and expanded in March.

The classic lineup of Status Quo – guitarist/vocalists Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt, bassist Alan Lancaster and drummer John Coghlan had existed in one shape or another since 1967, five years after schoolmates Rossi and Lancaster decided to start a band. Their first three albums, which included early favorites like “Pictures of Matchstick Men” and “Ice in the Sun,” were recorded with a fifth member, keyboardist Roy Lynes, and on a different label, Pye Records. With Piledriver, a move to Vertigo and further away from their early semi-psychedelia toward straightforward boogie rock, the band found themselves back on top of the charts with the No. 8 single “Paper Plane.” (It would be the band’s first of 33 Top 40 singles in the U.K. between 1972 and 1988.)

The deluxe Piledriver comes with a new bonus disc of 15 live bonus tracks, including BBC sessions with John Peel and a live show recorded at London’s Paris Theatre for BBC in Concert. Dave Ling of Classic Rock Magazine contributes new liner notes, which feature rare photos from former Quo tour manager Bob Young. Look for the set on March 24, four days before the tour kicks off.

Full track specs and order links are after the jump!

Piledriver: Deluxe Edition (Vertigo/UMC (U.K.), 2014)

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Disc 1: Original LP (released as Vertigo 6360 082, 1972)

  1. Don’t Waste My Time
  2. Oh Baby
  3. A Year
  4. Unspoken Words
  5. Big Fat Mama
  6. Paper Plane
  7. All the Reasons
  8. Roadhouse Blues

Disc 2: Bonus material (released on Live At The BBC – Mercury/UMC 5330651 (U.K.), 2010)

  1. Don’t Waste My Time (Peel Session – 11/20/1972)
  2. Oh Baby (Peel Session – 11/20/1972)
  3. Unspoken Words (Peel Session – 11/20/1972)
  4. Paper Plane (Peel Session – 11/20/1972)
  5. Softer Ride (Peel Session – 11/20/1972)
  6. Paper Plane (Peel Session – 1/8/1973)
  7. Don’t Waste My Time (Peel Session – 1/8/1973)
  8. Junior’s Wailing (Live @ The Paris Theatre, London for BBC In Concert – 3/1/1973)
  9. Someone’s Learning (Live @ The Paris Theatre, London for BBC In Concert – 3/1/1973)
  10. In My Chair (Live @ The Paris Theatre, London for BBC In Concert – 3/1/1973)
  11. Railroad (Live @ The Paris Theatre, London for BBC In Concert – 3/1/1973)
  12. Don’t Waste My Time (Live @ The Paris Theatre, London for BBC In Concert – 3/1/1973)
  13. Paper Plane (Live @ The Paris Theatre, London for BBC In Concert – 3/1/1973)
  14. Roadhouse Blues (Live @ The Paris Theatre, London for BBC In Concert – 3/1/1973)
  15. Bye Bye Johnny (Live @ The Paris Theatre, London for BBC In Concert – 3/1/1973)

Written by Mike Duquette

January 28, 2014 at 12:12

Posted in News, Reissues, Status Quo

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