Riffs

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
Status Quo's third album of covers in seven years continues more in the vein of Famous in the Last Century than in the footsteps of Don't Stop; that album, after all, seemed dedicated to establishing the band as all-around pop entertainers. Riffs, on the other hand, restates their credentials as perhaps the single most influential guitar band in British rock history by lining some of Quo's own past classics up alongside the best of their musical references. And the marriage is seamless. Recorded during the Heavy Traffic sessions, and apparently done so despite the band's own wishes, Riffs is exactly what it says on the box, a succession of some of the most electrifying ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
Status Quo's third album of covers in seven years continues more in the vein of Famous in the Last Century than in the footsteps of Don't Stop; that album, after all, seemed dedicated to establishing the band as all-around pop entertainers. Riffs, on the other hand, restates their credentials as perhaps the single most influential guitar band in British rock history by lining some of Quo's own past classics up alongside the best of their musical references. And the marriage is seamless. Recorded during the Heavy Traffic sessions, and apparently done so despite the band's own wishes, Riffs is exactly what it says on the box, a succession of some of the most electrifying riffs ever written -- and yes, that even includes the J. Geils Band's "Centerfold," the most recent song on the set, but not so spotty that you'd notice. Elsewhere, from "Born to Be Wild" to "Caroline," from "Junior's Wailing" to "All Day and All of the Night," Riffs' single-mindedness could be accused of playing straight into the hands of those who would accuse Quo of aiming straight for the lowest common denominator. In fact, it simply reinforces their own indelible mark on the history of rock. A bonus DVD accompanied the CD, rounding up a clutch of recent TV appearances, and putting some excellent pictures to the sounds in your head -- three songs from the U.K. special The One and Only, three more from Top of the Pops, and a couple from Swiss TV. They're no substitute for the all-encompassing video anthology that Quo fans are really hungering for, but it's an enjoyable blast regardless.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/23/2003
  • Label: Universal Uk
  • UPC: 602498139103
  • Catalog Number: 9813910

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Status Quo Primary Artist
Bob Young Harmonica
Rick Parfitt Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Francis Rossi Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Andrew Bown Guitar, Harmonica, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Group Member
John "Rhino" Edwards Bass, Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Willem "Wim" Calluy Keyboards
Andrew "Toot" Carman Drums
Technical Credits
Floyd Jones Composer
Elvis Costello Composer
John Fogerty Composer
J. Geils Band Composer
Jeff Lynne Composer
Randy Bachman Composer
Mars Bonfire Composer
Sonny Curtis Composer
Ray Davies Composer
John D. Loudermilk Composer
Rick Parfitt Composer
Mike Paxman Producer
Don Reedman Executive Producer
Francis Rossi Composer
Rob Young Composer
Andrew Bown Composer
Chris West Engineer
Alan Wilson Composer
Fin Costello Sleeve Photo
Nick Watson Mastering
Andy May Live Sound
Dave Owens Composer
Steve Murray Cover Design
Lyane Worsfold Personal Assistant
Peta Blewitt Personal Assistant
Andrew "Toot" Carman Stage Manager
Tim Franklin Monitor Engineer
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