Blue for You

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Blue for You
Studio album by Status Quo
Released March 1976
Recorded December 1975 - January 1976 at Phonogram Studios, London
Genre Hard rock
Length 37:09
Label Vertigo (UK)
Capitol (USA)
Producer Damon Lyon-Shaw, Status Quo
Status Quo chronology
On the Level
(1975)
Blue for You
(1976)
Live!
(1977)
Singles from Blue for You
  1. "Rain"
    Released: 1976
  2. "Mystery Song"
    Released: 1976
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Blue for You is the ninth studio album by English rock band Status Quo, released in March 1976 and is both the last album to feature the 'Frantic Four' lineup (due to Andy Bown officially joining the band as keyboardist following its release), and the last one they produced themselves, which resulted in subsequent albums having a noticeably lighter, more pop oriented sound.

Parfitt's "Rain", the first single from the album, reached #7 in the UK charts after its release in February 1976. Its b-side was the non-album track "You Lost the Love", written by Rossi and Young.

The album was released the following month. It entered the British album chart at #1 and stayed there for three weeks, making it one of their most successful long players.

An edited version of Parfitt and Young's "Mystery Song" was the second single from the album and, released in July that year, peaked at #11 a few months later. Parfitt and Lancaster's "Drifting Away", from their 1974 album Quo, served as the single's b-side.

In December that year the band decided to release a cover of "Wild Side of Life", a song made famous by Hank Thompson and His Brazos Valley Boys, and written by Arlie Carter and William Warren. Its b-side was a new Rossi/Lancaster composition - "All Through the Night". The single reached #9.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Is There a Better Way" (Rossi/Lancaster) - 3:31
  2. "Mad About the Boy" (Rossi/Young) - 3:31
  3. "Ring of a Change" (Rossi/Young) - 4:15
  4. "Blue for You" (Lancaster) - 4:08
  5. "Rain" (Parfitt) - 4:24
  6. "Rolling Home" (Rossi/Lancaster) - 3:01
  7. "That's a Fact" (Rossi/Young) - 4:20
  8. "Ease Your Mind" (Lancaster) - 3:12
  9. "Mystery Song" (Parfitt/Young) - 6:44

2005 reissue bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "You Lost the Love" (Rossi/Young)
  2. "Mystery Song [Single Version]" (Parfitt/Young) - 4:00
  3. "Wild Side of Life" (Carter/Warren) - 3:17
  4. "All Through the Night" (Rossi/Lancaster)
  5. "Wild Side of Life [Demo Version]" (Carter/Warren)

Credits[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart Year Peak
position
UK Albums Chart[2] 1976 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Number 1 Albums – 1970s". The Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 9 February 2008. Retrieved 19 June 2011. 
Preceded by
The Very Best of Slim Whitman by Slim Whitman
UK Albums Chart number one album
20 March 1976 - 3 April 1976
Succeeded by
Rock Follies (Television soundtrack)