Back to Back (Status Quo album)

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Back To Back
BackToBack StatusQuo.jpg
Studio album by Status Quo
Released 12. November 1983
Genre Boogie rock
Length 32:55
Label Vertigo
Producer Status Quo
Status Quo chronology
Live at the N.E.C.
Back to Back
In the Army Now
Singles from Back to Back
  1. "Ol' Rag Blues"
    Released: 1983
  2. "A Mess of Blues"
    Released: 1983
  3. "Marguerita Time"
    Released: 1983
  4. "Goin' Down Town Tonight"
    Released: 1984

Back To Back is the sixteenth studio album by English rock band Status Quo and released in November 1983. For the first time in the group's history, it featured four singles, "Ol' Rag Blues" (highest position No. 9), "A Mess of Blues", originally a hit for Elvis Presley (No. 15), "Marguerita Time" (No. 3), and "Going Down Town Tonight" (which reached No. 20 in a different, re-recorded version to the album version.) The album entered the UK chart at its highest position of No. 9.

It was the last recorded before the group temporarily disbanded in 1985 and therefore the last to feature original bass guitarist Alan Lancaster and drummer Pete Kircher. Lancaster co-wrote the first single, "Ol' Rag Blues", with Keith Lamb, lead singer of British bands The Kase, Sleepy Talk and Mr. Toad, and founder and lead singer of Australia's successful glam rock band Hush. Lancaster was angered when the production company declined to release the version featuring his lead vocal (which has since been made available as a bonus track on the 2005 remastered reissue), in preference to that featuring the voice of Francis Rossi. He also made no secret of his dislike of "Marguerita Time", which he thought was too pop-orientated for the group. When they appeared on BBC's Top of the Pops to mime to the single, his place was taken by Jim Lea of Slade, who were also on the programme that week. That Top of the Pops appearance was also notable for Rick Parfitt falling into Pete Kircher's drum set near the end of the song while the song kept playing. On the DVD Hello Quo, Parfitt claims that he had planned this action, although many people thought he was drunk. On the same DVD, Alan Lancaster also said that he wasn't so concerned with "Marguerita Time" as he was with "Going Down Town Tonight", which - according to him - was not a Status Quo recording and featured no Status Quo musicians apart from Francis Rossi.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "A Mess of Blues" (Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman) - 3:23
  2. "Ol' Rag Blues" (Alan Lancaster, Keith Lamb) - 2:51
  3. "Can't Be Done" (Francis Rossi, Bernie Frost) - 3:07
  4. "Too Close to the Ground" (Rick Parfitt, Andy Bown) - 3:43
  5. "No Contract" (Parfitt, Bown) - 3:40
  6. "Win or Lose" (Rossi, Frost) - 2:35
  7. "Marguerita Time" (Rossi, Frost) - 3:27
  8. "Your Kind of Love" (Lancaster) - 3:24
  9. "Stay the Night" (Rossi, Frost, Andrew Miller) - 3:02
  10. "Going Down Town Tonight" (Guy Johnson) - 3:33

2006 reissue bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "The Wanderer" (Ernie Maresca) - 3:27
  2. "Going Down Town Tonight" (Guy Johnson) - 3:38
  3. "I Wonder Why" (Rossi, Frost) - 3:59
  4. "Ol' Rag Blues" [Extended version] (Lancaster, Lamb) - 4:54
  5. "A Mess of Blues" [Extended version] (Pomus, Shuman) - 4:48
  6. "Cadillac Ranch" (Bruce Springsteen) - 4:15
  7. "Ol' Rag Blues" [Alternate vocal version] (Lancaster, Lamb) - 2:49
  8. "The Wanderer" [Sharon the Nag Remix] (Ernie Maresca) - 3:34