Suzi Quatro (album)

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Suzi Quatro
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 1973
StudioAudio International Studio, London[1]
GenreGlam rock[2]
Suzi Quatro chronology
Suzi Quatro
Singles from Suzi Quatro
  1. "Can the Can"
    Released: 1973
  2. "48 Crash"
    Released: 1973
  3. "All Shook Up (US only)"
    Released: 1974
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]
Otago Daily Times (New Zealand)favourable[3]
Robert ChristgauB [4]

Suzi Quatro is the debut solo studio album by the American singer-songwriter and bass guitarist of the same name. The album was originally released in October 1973, by the record label Rak in most territories. The album was released under Bell Records in the United States and Canada, EMI Records in Japan, and Columbia Records in some European countries. The album was titled Can the Can in Australia.

The album was a critical and commercial success, achieving international popularity upon its release, reaching the top 50 in the charts in several territories, peaking at #32 in the UK album charts, #4 in Germany, #5 in the Netherlands, and #2 in Australia. The album also achieved minor success in the United States, entering the top 150 in the charts there. The single Can the Can, which was included on the album in most countries, became Quatro's most successful hit, reaching number one in the charts in several European countries and Australia, and had modest success in the US, peaking at 56 in the charts in 1976 when it was re-released in that country a few years later. The album also spawned her second single 48 Crash which also achieved commercial success, reaching the top ten in several countries, including the UK where it went to number 3. The Elvis Presley cover All Shook Up was given a limited release as a single in the United States, peaking at #85 in the charts there. Presley admitted to Quatro himself when it was released that her cover of the song was "the best since [his] own".

Critical reception[edit]

In a contemporary review for The Village Voice, music critic Robert Christgau gave the album a "B" and wrote that "nothing in her own songwriting equals the one-riff rock of the two Chapman-Chinn singles, especially "48 Crash," and the last time I got off on someone dressed entirely in leather was before John Kay started repeating himself."[4] In a retrospective review for AllMusic Dave Thompson gave the album four and half stars and wrote that "Suzi Quatro remains one of the most nakedly sexual albums of the entire glam rock epoch -- and one of the hottest debuts of the decade."[2]

Track listing[edit]

UK original track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Suzi Quatro and Len Tuckey; except where indicated

Side one[edit]

  1. "48 Crash" (Mike Chapman, Nicky Chinn) - 3:54
  2. "Glycerine Queen" - 3:47
  3. "Shine My Machine" - 3:49
  4. "Official Suburban Superman" - 3:05
  5. "I Wanna Be Your Man" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) - 3:09
  6. "Primitive Love" (Mike Chapman, Nicky Chinn) - 4:13

Side two[edit]

  1. "All Shook Up" (Otis Blackwell, Elvis Presley) - 3:48
  2. "Sticks & Stones" - 3:41
  3. "Skin Tight Skin" - 4:21
  4. "Get Back Mama" (Quatro) - 5:52
  5. "Rockin' Moonbeam" - 2:55
  6. "Shakin' All Over" (Johnny Kidd)[5] - 3:33


  • Most releases of the album outside of the UK included "Can the Can", however, later presses in the UK would later include "Can The Can" also.
  • "Rockin' Moonbeam" was not included on the album in some countries, including the US and Canadian presses which omitted both "Rockin' Moonbeam" and "Get Back Mamma" and included "Can the Can" in their replacement.
  • Australia released the album under the "Can the Can" title, which is written on the album cover, appearing above Len Tuckey, but was otherwise identical to the version pictured above.


  • Suzi Quatro - Bass, Lead Vocals
  • Len Tuckey - Guitar, Slide Guitar, Backing Vocals
  • Alastair McKenzie - Electric Piano, Grand Piano, Mellotron, Backing Vocals
  • Dave Neal - Drums, Backing Vocals


  • Engineer – Pete Coleman
  • Mastered by – Chris Blair
  • Producer – Mike Chapman, Nicky Chinn
  • Cover Photography – Gered Mankowitz

production notes[edit]

Produced at Audio International Studio, London
Mastered at EMI Studios, Abbey Road [6]

Source: Suzi Quatro's Suzi Quatro album cover


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[7] 1× gold 20,000[7]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Discogs - Suzi Quatro 2011 remastered album
  2. ^ a b c Thompson, Dave. "Suzi Quatro - Suzi Quatro: Release Information, Reviews and Credits: AllMusic". Ann Arbor, USA: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  3. ^ Harford, Jeff. "Urban warrior queen opened gateway, Otago Daily Times Online News: Otago, South Island, New Zealand & International News". Dunedin, New Zealand: Allied Press. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  4. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: Consumer Guide: Suzi Quatro". New York, United States: Robert Christgau, Dean of American Rock Critics. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  5. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Shakin' All Over - The Guess Who : Listen, Appearances, Song Review : AllMusic". Ann Arbor, USA: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2 September 2012.
  6. ^ Discogs - Suzi Quatro 1973 Germany release
  7. ^ a b "Suzi Quatro" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 2013-08-28.

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