On the Level

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On the Level
Studio album by Status Quo
Released 21 February 1975[1]
Recorded Winter 1974 at IBC Studios and Phonogram Studios, London
Genre Hard rock, blues rock
Length 37:55
Label Vertigo (UK)
Capitol Records (USA)
Producer Status Quo
Status Quo chronology
On The Level
Blue for You
Singles from On the Level
  1. "Down Down"
    Released: 1974
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]

On The Level is the eighth Status Quo studio album. It features Francis Rossi, Richard Parfitt, Alan Lancaster and John Coghlan. The album's cover art features band members in an Ames room, and on the original vinyl release, the inner gatefold sleeve consisted of informal photos members of the group had taken of each other.

In November 1974 the band released the only single from the album, an edited version of a Rossi/Young song entitled "Down Down". The single gave the band their only #1 hit to date. Its b-side was the Parfitt/Young album track "Nightride".

When the album was released in February 1975, the group were more or less at the peak of their career, record sales-wise. The album entered the chart at #1. All tracks were written or co-written by the group including unofficial fith member, Robert Keith Young, apart from "Bye Bye Johnny", which was a Chuck Berry composition.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Little Lady" (Parfitt) - 3:03
  2. "Most of the Time" (Rossi/Young) - 3:22
  3. "I Saw the Light" (Rossi/Young) - 3:40
  4. "Over and Done" (Lancaster) - 3:55
  5. "Nightride" (Parfitt/Young) - 3:54
  6. "Down Down" (Rossi/Young) - 5:25
  7. "Broken Man" (Lancaster) - 4:14
  8. "What to Do" (Rossi/Young) - 3:07
  9. "Where I Am" (Parfitt) - 2:45
  10. "Bye Bye Johnny" (Berry) - 5:21

2005 reissue bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Down Down [Single Version]" (Rossi/Young) - 3:50
  2. "Roll Over Lay Down [Live Version]" (Rossi/Parfitt/Lancaster/Coghlan/Young) - 5:41
  3. "Gerdundula [Live Version]" (Manston/James) - 2:35
  4. "Junior's Wailing [Live Version]" (White/Pugh) - 3:57
  5. "Roadhouse Blues [Live Version]" (Morrison/Densmore/Krieger/Manzarek) - 12:24

Chart positions[edit]

Chart Year Peak
UK Albums Chart 1975


Preceded by
His Greatest Hits by Engelbert Humperdinck
UK number-one album
1–8 March 1975
Succeeded by
Physical Graffiti by Led Zeppelin


  1. ^ "On the Level". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 24 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ "Number 1 Albums – 1970s". The Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 9 February 2008. Retrieved 16 June 2011.