I have been thinking about doing this thread for a while. There are certainly some fans of the Quo on these boards even if the band failed to achieve permanent success in the US (contrary to UK, Europe, Australia and various other markets). My interest in what is currently touring under the name "Status Quo" has waned after Rick Parfitt's sad passing last year, but I don't want to be bitter about Francis Rossi or the members that are playing with him. I don't agree with the notion that the Frantic Four line-up made the only good Quo music, as we'll see in this thread. Still, even for the purist fans it's a good time to start this thread because finally all the classic Vertigo albums are available as deluxe editions (mastered by Andy Pearce, with more or less interesting bonus material). While the music press has never cared much for the band, I think they offer more variety and substance than they are often given credit for and it's also a goal of this thread to prove it. But certainly Quo are mainly fun listening and not ridden with philosophical ideas or highly complicated musical concepts. I sometimes think of them as the British equivalent of boogie bands such as Canned Heat or ZZ Top, the main difference being that the Quo are less laid back and more aggressive. My intention is to cover every album release, including selected bonus tracks and rarities (i.e. singles-only material) plus live stuff. I'm going to post the album covers and detailed information for each LP but will only write reviews for those albums I'm really familiar with (mainly 70s and 2000s stuff), so feel free to step in if you think you've got something to say. Reviews and views are welcome! For additional reading pleasure and sometimes opposing views, I recommend this series of texts written by forum member @Ma Kelly (his username will be explained in this thread as well, in case you don't know!) though mind it stops in 1984. http://rateyourmusic.com/list/koeeoaddi_there/the_mother****in_quo/1/ Finally one last comment before we get rolling. I prefer a slow but steady pace (also because of my online habits). And please excuse my long-winded posts… You ready?