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Never Too Late

Status Quo

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Album Review

Never Too Late is best remembered today as drummer John Coghlan's final album with the band he'd served since the early '60s. The bulk of the set, however, was actually cut during the same sessions that produced the previous year's Just Supposin', although it's a struggle to say which of the two came out with the better songs. Neither is what one would describe as a classic Quo disc, but nor are they as disposable as some of the band's later releases. Indeed, any record that includes the bright bonhomie of "Something 'Bout You Baby I Like," the new album's biggest hit, is sure to have a few things to recommend it. And so it does. Indeed, "Take Me Away" digs deep into the band's past resources to recapture the sound of the full boogie flight, while both "Don't Stop Me Now," and the circuitous mantra of "Riverside" are both standouts. Excellent, too, is a cover of "Oh Carol," all the more so since it matches blow for blow the band's last dip into the Chuck Berry songbook, On the Level's "Bye Bye Johnny." Indeed, if Never Too Late has any major problem, it lies in the decision to shove the keyboards so high into the mix. Status Quo were, and are, one of Britain's finest guitar bands. Any attempt to prove otherwise is doomed to failure. [This version of the album has a single version of "Rock 'N' Roll" as a bonus track.]

Customer Reviews

Fading denim

The twin of Just Supposin' and the denim is definitely fading on the Quo's glory years. But... this is an absolutely essential release if only for 'Carol' which rips both Chuck's original and the Stones rather ordinary cover to shreds. Now, where did I put that waistcoat..?

Biography

Formed: 1967 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Status Quo are one of Britain's longest-lived bands, staying together for over 40 years. During much of that time, the band was only successful in the U.K., where it racked up a string of Top Ten singles across the decades. In America, the Quo were ignored after they abandoned psychedelia for heavy boogie rock in the early '70s. Before that, the band managed to reach number 12 in the U.S. with the psychedelic classic "Pictures of Matchstick Men" (a Top Ten hit in the U.K.). Following that single,...
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