In Search of the Fourth Chord

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In Search of the Fourth Chord
Status Quo - In Search of the Fourth Chord.jpg
Studio album by
Released17 September 2007
RecordedHear No Evil Studios, London
ARSIS Studios, Surrey
GenreHard rock, blues rock, boogie rock
LabelFourth Chord Records
ProducerPip Williams
Status Quo chronology
The Party Ain't Over Yet
In Search of the Fourth Chord
Quid Pro Quo
Singles from In Search of the Fourth Chord
  1. "Beginning of the End"
    Released: 10 September 2007
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Classic Rock6/10 stars[2]
PopMatters7/10 stars[3]

In Search of the Fourth Chord is the twenty-eighth studio album by English rock band Status Quo, released on 17 September 2007. The title is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the rumour that the group always plays the same three chords, and a reference to the album In Search of the Lost Chord by British rock band the Moody Blues. The album's artwork is a parody of the Indiana Jones films.

The album saw the return of producer Pip Williams for the first time since 1996's Don't Stop.[4] It entered the UK album charts at number 15.[5]

The track "Bad News" also marks bassist John "Rhino" Edwards' first lead vocal on an original Status Quo song: his son Freddie also plays the guitar solo on the track. This track and "Gravy Train" (sung by Parfitt) are also the first two Status Quo tracks that were written solely by Rhino.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Beginning of the End" (Francis Rossi, John Edwards) – 4:23
  2. "Alright" (Rick Parfitt, Wayne Morris) – 4:12
  3. "Pennsylvania Blues Tonight" (Rossi, Bob Young) – 3:44
  4. "I Don't Wanna Hurt You Anymore" (Rossi, Young) – 4:00
  5. "Electric Arena" (Rossi, Young) – 5:25
  6. "Gravy Train" (Edwards) – 3:23
  7. "Figure of Eight" (Andy Bown) – 4:08
  8. "You're the One for Me" (Matt Letley) – 3:30
  9. "My Little Heartbreaker" (Rossi, Young) – 3:50
  10. "Hold Me" (Rick Parfitt, Simon Climie, Wayne Morris) – 4:33
  11. "Saddling Up" (Rossi, Bown) – 3:42
  12. "Bad News" (Edwards) – 5:05
  13. "Tongue Tied" (Rossi, Young) – 4:21

UK bonus track[edit]

  1. "I Ain't Wastin' My Time" (Rossi, Young) – 3:36

Europe bonus track (excluding France)[edit]

  1. "One by One" (Parfitt, Young) – 4:12

Germany bonus track CD[edit]

  • -CD2: Exclusive Bonus Live CD, Recorded live at the National Arboretum Westonbirt, Tetbury, Sunday 22 June 2008
  1. "Caroline" (Rossi, Young) - 6:19 Live
  2. "Beginning of the End" (Rossi, Edwards) - 4:14 Live
  3. "In the Army Now" (Rob Bolland, Fred Bolland) - 4:04 Live
  4. "Down Down" (Rossi, Young) - 4:45 Live
  5. "Whatever You Want" (Parfitt, Bown) - 5:34 Live
  6. "Rockin' All Over the World" (John Cameron Fogerty) - 3:50 Live
  7. "Beginning of the End" (Rossi, Edwards) – Video Live


Additional personnel[edit]

  • Gregg Jackman – Logic programming
  • Pip Williams – additional guitars
  • Chloe du Pré – choir (track 13), cello (track 14, European edition)
  • Freddie Edwards – guitars and solo (track 12)
  • Daniel Jackman – second bass (track 13)
  • Laura Macara – choir (track 13)
  • Kevin McAlea – keyboards (track 4)
  • Bob Young – harmonica (tracks 3 and 9, and track 14, UK edition)

Recorded at Hear No Evil Studios, London[6] and Francis Rossi's "ARSIS" Studios ("A Roof Somewhere In Surrey"), Surrey


  1. ^ Mawer, Sharon. Status Quo: In Search of the Fourth Chord > Review at AllMusic
  2. ^ Staunton, Terry (January 2014). "Status Quo - Reissues". Classic Rock (192): 122.
  3. ^ Leftridge, Steve (15 December 2009). "Review: In Search of the Fourth Chord". PopMatters. Retrieved 11 February 2012.
  4. ^ Details of In Search of the Fourth Chord from official website
  5. ^ "Status Quo Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
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