Ma Kelly's Greasy Spoon

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Ma Kelly's Greasy Spoon
Studio album by Status Quo
Released August 1970
Recorded Pye Studios London 1970
Genre Hard rock, Blues rock
Length 41:48
Label Pye
Producer John Schroeder
Status Quo chronology
Spare Parts
(1969)Spare Parts1969
Ma Kelly's Greasy Spoon
Dog of Two Head
(1971)Dog of Two Head1971
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars [1]

Ma Kelly's Greasy Spoon is the third album by English rock band Status Quo. It was the first album by the band to leave behind their early psychedelic sound and begin experimenting with the hard rock style which remains their signature sound, as well as the last album to feature keyboardist Roy Lynes. The new album was released in August 1970, and failed to chart.

The band began experimenting with the new sound when they hired Australian singer-songwriter Carl Groszmann to write a song for them[citation needed]. The song became 'Down the Dustpipe', which was released as a non-album single in March 1970, with the Rossi/Parfitt song 'Face Without a Soul' from the band's previous album Spare Parts as its b-side. In Francis Rossi's words, “it was the first record to feature our soon-to-be trademark boogie shuffle”. It became one of the most popular numbers in their live set. The single took the media by surprise as it was so different in sound from their previous work. Radio 1 presenter Tony Blackburn dismissed it on air the first time he played it with the comment, "Down the dustbin for this one."[citation needed] Nevertheless, it was an instant hit, reaching #12 in the UK singles chart and remaining in the top-50 for a solid 17-weeks.

October 1970 saw the release of yet another non-album single, this time a Rossi/Young composition - 'In My Chair', with the non-album b-side 'Gerdundula' (written while in Germany by Rossi and Young under the pseudonyms of Manston and James, with a title reportedly inspired by their German friends Gerd and Ula) - and the band had another hit, with the single reaching #21, just missing the top-20. 'Gerdundula' would later be re-recorded by the band for their next album, Dog of Two Head.

While on tour the same year, organist Roy Lynes fell in love, claiming that he could see how serious the other band members were about fame and glory, and that he just wanted to settle down to a life with his newfound love. According to the group's producer, John Schroeder, who wrote the booklet notes for the 3-CD compilation The Early Years, Lynes was "the quietest member of the group" and "somehow always seemed to be the odd one out". Rick Parfitt has said Lynes was "a bit laid back, the Open University type who liked tinkering and finding out about things", and Francis Rossi remarked that, when Lynes showed up at a gig they were playing in New Zealand about ten years later to say hello, "he seemed a much happier bloke".

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Spinning Wheel Blues" (Francis Rossi, Bob Young) - 3:21 (listed as "Spinning Wheel" on the original LP)
  2. "Daughter" (Alan Lancaster) - 3:01
  3. "Everything" (Rossi, Rick Parfitt) - 2:36
  4. "Shy Fly" (Rossi, Young) - 3:49
  5. "(April) Spring, Summer and Wednesdays" (Rossi, Young) - 4:12
  6. "Junior's Wailing" (Kieran White, Martin Pugh) - 3:33
  7. "Lakky Lady" (Rossi, Parfitt) - 3:14
  8. "Need Your Love" (Rossi, Young) - 4:46
  9. "Lazy Poker Blues" (Peter Green, Clifford Adams) - 3:37
  10. "Is it Really Me/Gotta Go Home" (Lancaster) - 9:34

1998 bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "In My Chair" (Alternate Mix)3:34
  2. "Gerdundula" (Alternate Mix) (Young, Rossi) 4:10
  3. "Down the Dustpipe" (Alternate Mix)2:08
  4. "Junior's Wailing" (Alternate Mix)3:36

2003 reissue bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Is it Really Me/Gotta Go Home" (Early Rough Mix) (Lancaster) - 6:54
  2. "Daughter" (Early Working Mix for Poss. Guitar) (Lancaster) - 2:57
  3. "Down the Dustpipe" (7") (Carl Groszman) - 2:06
  4. "In My Chair" (7") (Francis Rossi, Bob Young) - 3:19
  5. "Gerdundula" (7" Original Version) (Manston, James) - 3:23
  6. "Down the Dustpipe" (BBC Session *) (Groszman) - 1:49
  7. "Junior's Wailing" (BBC Session *) (White, Pugh) - 3:01
  8. "Spinning Wheel Blues" (BBC Session *) (Rossi, Young) - 2:17
  9. "Need Your Love" (BBC Session *) (Rossi, Young) - 2:29
  10. "In My Chair" (1979 Pye Promo Flexidisc) (Rossi, Young) - 1:37
 * recorded at BBC Studio 1, Shepherd's Bush October 1970 for The John Peel Show