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Famed 1982 Status Quo Show For CD, LP Revival

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The celebrated show by Status Quo at the NEC Arena in Birmingham, England, which became one of the most talked-about gigs in their history, is to be released in its entirety for the first time. The new version will be out on Mercury/USM on 20 October.

The show took place on 14 May 1982, in aid of the Prince’s Trust and in front of Prince Charles and other members of the royal family. It was originally released in two parts, with an album on Vertigo and a broadcast by the BBC. The two parts now come together in 3LP and 2CD formats.

Quo’s performance that night came just after they had entered the UK charts at No. 1 with their studio album of the time, 1982, and had just been in the top ten with the single ‘Dear John.’ The set list featured hits such as ‘Caroline,’ ‘Roll Over Lay Down’ and ‘Rockin’ All Over The World’ and many of their best-loved album tracks,. These included an epic, 23-minute version of ‘Forty-Five Hundred Times,’ the Francis Rossi-Rick Parfitt song that first appeared on Quo’s sixth studio album Hello! in 1973.

With remastering for CD and vinyl by Andy Pearce, Live At The NEC will feature new liner notes by journalist Dave Ling, who has conducted new interviews with band members. The notes are part of a 28-page booklet full of memorabilia.

Track listings are as follows:

CD1:
Caroline
Roll Over Lay Down
Backwater
Little Lady
Don’t Drive My Car
Whatever You Want
Hold You Back
Rockin’ All Over The World
Over The Edge
Don’t Waste My Time
Dirty Water

CD2:
Forty-Five Hundred Times
Big Fat Mama
Roadhouse Blues
Rain
Down Down
Bye Bye Johnny

LP1:
A1 Caroline
A2 Roll Over Lay Down
A3 Backwater
A4 Little Lady
B1 Don’t Drive My Car
B2 Whatever You Want
B3 Hold You Back

LP2:
A1 Rockin’ All Over The World
A2 Over The Edge
A3 Don’t Waste My Time
A4 Dirty Water
B1 Forty-Five Hundred Times

LP3:
A1 Big Fat Mama
A2 Roadhouse Blues
B1 Rain
B2 Down Down
B3 Bye Bye Johnny

16 Comments

16 Comments

  1. Jimmy Duncan

    July 29, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    Would love a copy of this on cd heard the entire gig on the Friday rock show with tommy Vance

  2. Oscar

    July 29, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    I wanna it.

  3. Ted Aldridge

    July 29, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    Would love a copy of this on cd , the best band ever

  4. Mikel

    July 29, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    I will buy the cd. Great concert

  5. Dave

    July 29, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    Used to have the entire gig on tape that I recorded off the radio! Can’t wait for the CD

  6. Boof lorenzen

    July 30, 2017 at 12:13 am

    Hopefully next will be end of the road 84

  7. Leighton

    July 30, 2017 at 12:22 am

    What about the dvd of the whole show

  8. Paul Rowlands

    July 30, 2017 at 6:46 am

    The was my first Quo gig. Just hope that they include all of the Rossi banter between songs unlike when the show was released on the Live At The BBC compilation a few years ago. The whole concert isn’t just the songs it’s the interaction between band & audience in between. The boys were on fire that night !!

  9. John Thompson

    July 30, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    When does it go on sale ?

  10. Mikel

    July 31, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Next the whole NEC show in DVD-Bluray.

    And of course… The End of the road full versión… It would be a present for all rockers all over the world!!!!!!!.

  11. mygit

    August 2, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    “Don´t waste my time” was played before “Roadhouse blues”
    I hope this will be corrected on the final product.

    • Rob

      August 9, 2017 at 8:30 pm

      No it wasn’t, they played it early so it would be shown on TV.

  12. Anthony

    August 9, 2017 at 5:07 am

    ITS ALREADY AVAILABLE bbc LIVE AT THE NEC ITS ALREADY AVAIALBLE full set

  13. Chris

    October 22, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    I recently purchased the above CD, there is manufacturing error on CD 2 Track 3 – Roadhouse Blues with a silent gap lasting approx 1 min 45 secs, which spoils the listening experience – this CD needs to be withdrawn from sale to save any further disappointment to future buyers.
    It’s not an isolated incident as there are several reports online, this type of fault should have been picked up by quality control before the manufacturing

  14. THE TEXAN

    October 30, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Great gig 35 years ago what an atmosphere at the N.E.C that night, plenty of drink me & my mates had a fucking riotous time

  15. Dave Beynon

    November 22, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Has anyone bought this and got the 28 page booklet? I’m getting fobbed off from EMP where I purchased who tell me there is no 28 page booklet. If someone could send me a link showing the booklet I would much appreciate it. Cheers Dave Dogoftwohead

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