Four Vintage 1980s Status Quo Albums Get Special Editions

The new editions will offer Quo fans a total of 31 previously unreleased tracks or versions.

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Four classic albums by Status Quo will be released in 2CD and 3CD editions  by USM/Mercury on 28 September. The special editions of 1+9+8+2, Back To Back, In The Army Now and Ain’t Complaining will contain a total of 31 previously unreleased tracks or versions.

The albums have been remastered by Andy Pearce from original tapes, where available, and each one contains an enhanced booklet featuring sleeve notes from new interviews by Classic Rock journalist Dave Ling. They also feature new artwork by Hugh Gilmour and rare photographs and memorabilia from the collection of longtime Quo confidant Bob Young, their tour manager and frequent co-writer.

1+9+8+2, released in the year of the title, went to No. 1 in the UK and was the first Quo LP to feature Andy Bown. The new 2CD edition has a second disc of b-sides, extended mixes and 22 newly-available live tracks taken from rehearsal sessions. 1983’s Back To Back, their final set to feature Alan Lancaster, will now be a 2CD set containing b-sides, songs by Bernard Frost and Francis Rossi and the outtake ‘Cadillac Ranch.’

In The Army Now, from 1986, was the band’s 17th studio album and first to include current member Rhino Edwards; the 2CD version offers a bonus disc of b-sides including the unreleased ‘Rock N Roll Floorboards’ as well as extended mixes and unheard live material. Finally, Ain’t Complaining, Quo’s 1988 album, will now appear as a 3CD set with bonus material and a live performance at Wembley for the BBC in July that year.

The special editions of these classic Status Quo albums are released on 28 September. Scroll down to see the track listings, and buy 1+9+8+2, Back To Back, In The Army Now and Ain’t Complaining.

*Previously unreleased



She Don’t Fool Me

Young Pretender

Get Out and Walk


I Love Rock and Roll


Dear John

Doesn’t Matter

I Want the World to Know

I Should Have Known

Big Man


Calling the Shots – B-Side


Break the Rules *

When the Girl in Your Arms (Is the Girl in Your Heart) *

Half-Way to Paradise *

Cathy’s Clown *

It’s Only Make Believe *

Walk On By *

Singing the Blues *

Jealous Heart *

Down the Dustpipe *

Wild Side of Life *

Lover Please / Let’s Twist Again / Rock ‘N’ Roll Music *

He’ll Have to Go / Pictures of Matchstick Men *

Unspoken Words *

Blueberry Hill *

Gimme Some Lovin’ *

Time to Fly / Railroad *

Umleitung *

Someone’s Learning *

It Doesn’t Matter Anymore *

Red River Rock *

Like A Good Girl / Mean Girl *

Stay the Night *

Back To Back:


A Mess of Blues

Ol’ Rag Blues

Can’t Be Done

Too Close to The Ground

No Contract

Win or Lose

Marguerita Time

Your Kind of Love

Stay the Night

Going Down Town Tonight


The Wanderer – Single

Going Down Town Tonight – Single

I Wonder Why – Single

Ol’ Rag Blues – Extended Version

A Mess of Blues –  Extended Version

Cadillac Ranch – LP Out-Take *

Ol’ Rag Blues – Alan Lancaster Version

Modern Romance – Extended

I Wonder Why – Extended


The House

What Do You Want to Hear Today?

Modern Romance

I Wonder Why?


Where Are You Now?

That’s All Right

In The Army Now:


Rollin’ Home


In Your Eyes

Save Me

In the Army Now


End of The Line


Red Sky




In the Army Now – Remix

Lonely – B-Side – 12″ of Rollin’ Home

Keep Me Guessing – B-Side – 12″ of Rollin’ Home

Don’t Give It Up – B-Side of Red Sky

Heartburn – B-Side – In the Army Now

Late Last Night – B-Side – In the Army Now

Long Legged Girls – B-Side – Dreamin’

Rock N Roll Floorboards – Unreleased B-Side *

Naughty Girl – Extended

Dreamin’ – Wet Mix

In the Army Now -Military Mix

The Quo Cake Mix – Live *

Overdose – Live *

Dreamin’ – Live *

Blues Jam – Live *

La Grange / Rain – Live *

Ain’t Complaining:


Ain’t Complaining

Every time I Think of You

One for The Money

Another Shipwreck

Don’t Mind If I Do

I Know You’re Leaving

Cross That Bridge

Cream of The Crop

The Loving Game

Who Gets the Love?

Burning Bridges



That’s Alright – B-Side – 12″ version of Ain’t Complaining

Lean Machine – B-Side – 12″ version of Ain’t Complaining

Halloween – B-Side – 12″ version of Who Gets the Love?

The Reason for Goodbye – B-Side – 12″ version of Who Gets the Love?

The Greatest Fighter – Outtake *

Running All Over the World – Single

Ain’t Complaining – Extended

Who Gets the Love – Extended

Rockin All Over the World – 1988 Re- Recording

Burning Bridges – Extended

Running All Over the World – Extended

The Fighter – Stand Up and Fight remix – Track 4 *

The Fighter – Army Remix – Track 8 *

DISC THREE – Wembley – 07/07/1988

Whatever You Want

Little Lady

Roll Over Lay Down

Cream of The Crop

Who Gets The Love

Hold You Back

Don’t Drive My Car

Dirty Water

In the Army Now

Rockin’ All Over The World

Don’t Waste My Time

Bye Bye Johnny

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