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Status Quo / Japanese reissues

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Universal Music Japan are about to reissue four classic Status Quo albums as double-disc deluxe ‘paper sleeve’ (aka vinyl replica) SHM-CDs…

The albums concerned are 1972’s Piledriver, the following year’s Hello!, Quo from 1974 and finally Rockin’ All Over The World which was released in 1977.

Piledriver is based on the March 2014 deluxe with a bonus CD of BBC sessions, but the paper sleeve packaging replicates the original UK gatefold and the OBI on the first Japanese pressing.

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Hello! contains the content present on the recent December 2015 deluxe across two SHM-CDs (fully compatible with standard CD players) but of course being a vinyl replica this includes the original poster and again an OBI strip accurately recreating the Japanese original.

Quo is another album only reissued just last month, but this Japanese SHM-CD includes the folded card with the lyrics as well as replica inner sleeves/OBI. Audio content is the same as the recent deluxe with disc two including B-side Lonely Night and 11 tracks Live at Paris L’Olympia, 11th January 1975.

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Rockin’ All Over The World includes the same John Eden remix on the bonus disc along with four demos and the vinyl replica mini-LP CD details are consistent with the other three SHM-CDs.

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All four of these are limited editions use the recent Andy Pearce remasters and are officially released in Japan on 20 January 2016.

Images courtesy of Universal Music Japan.

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Piledriver (UICY-77627)

Disc 1

  • 1. Don’t Waste My Time
  • 2. Oh Baby
  • 3. AYear
  • 4. Unspoken Words
  • 5. Big Fat Mama
  • 6. Paper Plane
  • 7. All the Reasons
  • 8. Roadhouse Blues

Disc 2

BBC Sessions – Sounds of the Seventies
1. Don’t Waste My Time
2. Oh Baby
3. Unspoken Words
4. Paper Plane
5. Softer Ride
BBC Sessions – John Peel Session
6. Paper Plane
7. Don’t Waste My Time

BBC ‘In Concert’ 1973 – Paris Theatre
8. Junior’s Wailing
9. Someone’s Learning
10. In My Chair
11. Railroad
12. Don’t Waste My Time
13. Paper Plane
14. Roadhouse Blues
15. Bye Bye Johnny

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Hello! (UICY-77629)

Disc: 1

  • 1. Roll Over Lay Down
  • 2. Claudie
  • 3. A Reason For Living
  • 4. Blue Eyed Lady
  • 5. Caroline
  • 6. Softer Ride
  • 7. And It’s Better Now
  • 8. Forty – Five Hundred Times

Disc: 2

  • 1. Joanne – Single
  • 2. Caroline – Original demo (fast) 1971 [Previously Unreleased]
  • 3. Caroline – Original demo (slow) 1971 [Previously Unreleased]
  • 4. Don’t Waste My Time – Reading Festival
  • 5. Caroline – Mono
  • 6. Caroline – Stereo Edit
  • 7. Is It Really Me / Gotta Go Home – Dublin National Stadium [Previously Unreleased]

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Quo (UICY-77631)

Disc 1

  • 1 Backwater 4:19
  • 2 Just Take Me 3:35
  • 3 Break The Rules 3:37
  • 4 Drifting Away 5:02
  • 5 Don’t Think It Matters 4:50
  • 6 Fine Fine Fine2:28
  • 7  Lonely Man 5:05
  • 8  Slow Train 7:52

Disc 2

  • 1 Lonely Night 3:30
  • 2 Junior’s Wailing (Live At Paris L’Olympia / 11th January 1975) 5:41
  • 3  Backwater (Live At Paris L’Olympia / 11th January 1975) 4:25
  • 4 Just Take Me (Live At Paris L’Olympia / 11th January 1975) 4:33
  • 5  Claudie (Live At Paris L’Olympia / 11th January 1975) 4:53
  • 6 Railroad (Live At Paris L’Olympia / 11th January 1975) 5:44
  • 7 Roll Over Lay Down (Live At Paris L’Olympia / 11th January 1975) 5:36
  • 8  Big Fat Mama (Live At Paris L’Olympia / 11th January 1975) 5:45
  • 9  Don’t Waste My Time (Live At Paris L’Olympia / 11th January 1975) 4:05
  • 10  Roadhouse Blues (Live At Paris L’Olympia / 11th January 1975) 16:53
  • 11 Caroline (Live At Paris L’Olympia / 11th January 1975) 8:00
  • 12  Bye Bye Johnny (Live At Paris L’Olympia / 11th January 1975)

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Rockin’ All Over The World (UICY-77633)

Disc 1

  • 1 Hard Time 4:45
  • 2 Can’t Give You More 4:14
  • 3 Let’s Ride 3:02
  • 4 Baby Boy 3:10
  • 5 You Don’t Own Me 3:02
  • 6 Rockers Rollin’ 4:16
  • 7 Rockin’ All Over The World 3:34
  • 8 Who Am I? 4:29
  • 9 Too Far Gone 3:08
  • 10 For You 3:00
  • 11 Dirty Water 3:49
  • 12 Hold You Back 4:30

Disc 2

  • 1 Hold You Back (John Eden Remix) 5:09
  • 2 Baby Boy (John Eden Remix) 3:16
  • 3  Rockers Rollin’ (John Eden Remix) 4:41
  • 4 Who Am I? (John Eden Remix) 5:10
  • 5 Rockin’ All Over The World (John Eden Remix) 3:50
  • 6 Dirty Water (John Eden Remix) 4:15
  • 7  Can’t Give You More (John Eden Remix) 5:26
  • 8  Let’s Ride (John Eden Remix) 3:04
  • 9  For You (John Eden Remix) 3:07
  • 10 Too Far Gone (John Eden Remix) 3:09
  • 11  You Don’t Own Me (John Eden Remix) 3:28
  • 12  Hard Time (John Eden Remix) 4:35
  • 13 Dirty Water (1st Demo 1976) 4:13
  • 14  Baby Boy (1st Demo 1976) 2:47
  • 15  Hard Time (1st Demo 1976) 4:44
  • 16  Hold You Back (Studio Demo 1977)

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27 responses to Status Quo / Japanese reissues

  1. David Burrows says:

    Grand stuff .. would love to buy .. but the price means that i’d be hit with import, and PO handling, charges . .so around£18 added to the order .. perhaps not then ..

  2. Rare Glam says:

    Well – Earlier today I ordered the Rockin’ All Over the World double to finally upgrade the cheapo collection filling Russian lo-fi paper sleeve version I’ve had for some time. I’m glad I can bin it now this has finally been issued as a Japanese mini proper

    As for the other three, all nice itms of course, but if you don’t have any of these in this fromat, you’d be better off looking for the 5 x Japanese mini LP CD set issued a year or two ago in a Piledriver design Disc Union slip case. This includes Piledriver, Hello, Quo, On The Level and Blue For You. These also have a few bonus tracks (though not as many as some of these 2nd discs) and all include the posters etc included here in these doubles.

    They are all also on SHM discs. That 5 disc / title set will cost around £140 (check on eBay for the sellers in Japan). These 4 doubles will be around £100 + postage. At around £25 each it’s not something I’d plump for having 3 of the 4 titles in single mini’s already, especially Hello which only has 7 tracks on the 2nd disc! I guess dedicated Quo fans will still want them though.

    I do hope it doesn’t stop here, I’d love the rest of Quo’s output, or the rest of th Vertigo albums at least in simlar format and why no Blue For You or On the Level as double disc sets anyway? And why are the 3rd and 4th Pye Quo albums Ma kelly’s Greasy Spoon and Dog of Two Head only available as British imported digipaks in Japan and not Japanese issued mini’s like the Vertigo ones? It can’t be licensing, both their first two Quo Pye albums have been issued as Mini LP Cds in the past.

    Anyway, nice items, get them quick if you want them. I bought the Japanese SHM mini LP CD edition of the live ‘Tokyo Quo’ on the day of release and it had sold out within 48 hours or so. Expensive on eBay now.

    • Julian H says:

      The regular Deluxe sets of On the Level, If You Can’t Stand the Heat and Whatever You Want are announced. Blue for You will certainly follow.

    • Julian H says:

      A few more comments from me:

      The earlier mini-LPs you mentioned have different (unique) mastering, there’s a thread on them over at the Steve Hoffman forums. The new ones are the Andy Pearce remasters. Not sure if anybody has compared them, both fare well in the dynamic range tests, compared to the old Turan remasters.

      Yes, Hello! has only seven tracks on disc two, but one of them is very long. They should have also put the Peel Session of “Softer Ride” (which is missing on Piledriver) and some more live tracks on there, IMO.

      The Pye albums are back to Sanctuary Records so Universal (who have released deluxe editions of the first two albums) have no rights to reissue these albums anymore.

    • Julian H says:

      A few more comments from me:

      The earlier mini-LPs you mentioned have different (unique) mastering, there’s a thread on them over at the Steve Hoffman forums. The new ones are the Andy Pearce remasters. Not sure if anybody has compared them, both fare well in the dynamic range tests, compared to the old Turan remasters. The main difference though is that the bonus tracks on the old Japanese remasters are taken from the Turans and therefore don’t sound as good as on the new versions. So if you want to have nice remastered versions of the bonus tracks the deluxe editions (Japanese or regular) are the way to go.

      Yes, Hello! has only seven tracks on disc two, but one of them is very long. They should have also put the Peel Session of “Softer Ride” (which is missing on Piledriver), the regular edit of “Caroline”, the demo of “Claudie” and some more live tracks on there, IMO.

      The Pye albums are back to Sanctuary Records so Universal (who have released deluxe editions of the first two albums) have no rights to reissue these albums anymore.

  3. BritinDetroit says:

    Timely Paul – Amazon.co.uk dumped down Quo Definitive Hits to 6.99 pounds for the 3 CD set and for the 2 DVD set . Down from 15 pounds for the DVDs and now on its way to Detroit along with Frank Sinatra.

  4. DaveM says:

    David, I have had three separate packages from CD Japan on the run up to Christmas, including one that was nearly £110 in Yen (ELO actually) and did not get charged import duty on any. It used to be about every other one that got charged. The other thing is to remember that once you have the Japanese versions of albums you generally keep them as the definitive article both package wise and usually sound quality wise and don’t buy them again.

    • David Burrows says:

      Agreed … but just unsure why we have to import to get the best pressings .. after all the music is either American or UK .. I got the Steely Dan SHM newly remastered and it sounds incredible . .but why don’t the UK discs sound the same after all they’re our bands .. just a shame the UK still puts out the sound poor sounding discs .. anything on the horizon there ??

  5. Sean says:

    I’ve also received a dozen packages from CD Japan over the last 12 months and not incurred any charges so it’s worth risking it with this site in my opinion

  6. jay1 says:

    Hi – The last 3 orders i have had from CD Japan have resulted in customs charges – I usually chose Fed-Ex delivery – does anyone have better experience with one of the other delivery methods ?

  7. peter chrisp says:

    Paul thanks for the info, that’s great news for Quo fans.The good thing too about these Japanese editions you will always get lyrics, although they can be expensive and that too includes postage, are you a fan of shmcd’s?
    I have a number of discs, and the sound quality is quite good do they sound superior? From my perspective a number of discs do sound amazing and my “ears” do detect at times a more clearer warm, louder disc. When buying from Japan you can also purchase from HMV Japan,
    and although i think they’re based in Korea, not sure if that’s North or South i won’t hold that against them as i am not really into their political turmoil you can buy at Yes Asia very very good service too.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      As I think I’ve mentioned before I don’t buy these hoping that the ‘SHM’ element is going to make them sound amazing, it’s more about enjoying the packaging and presentation. If it’s a bad remastering then you are buggered and the SHM bit isn’t going to save the day!

      • Julian H says:

        The mastering is good on the regular (non-Japanese) deluxe editions I have, the SHM won’t make the live tracks sound better :-S

    • Julian H says:

      The lack of lyrics is one thing that keeps bugging me with the regular reissues. Only Piledriver has them (not sure about Hello as I haven’t bought that one yet). Where were the lyrics on the original “Quo”?

    • Julian H says:

      The lack of lyrics is one thing that keeps bugging me with the regular reissues. Only Piledriver has them. Where are the lyrics for “Hello!” and “Quo”?

      • Paul Sinclair says:

        If you had to choose between lyrics and new interviews/sleevenotes etc. which would you opt for? Sometimes not everything can be accommodated.

        • Julian H says:

          Paul I think that is a moot argument, if they could arrange to reprint the lyrics of Piledriver from the gatefold in its booklet, there is no reason why the same thing couldn’t have been done with the original lyric sheets from Hello & Quo, particularly when some of the pages simply repeat the single cover replicas that are already in the folds of the digipack. Not to mention the fact that the previous run of remasters included ALL the lyrics (i.e. also bonus stuff) AND did have liner notes. So this feels like a downgrade. The lyric sheets were part of the original packaging – why go through the trouble of recreating the inside artwork when you’re leaving another part off? Makes no sense at all.

          • Paul Sinclair says:

            There are no lyrics in my It’s Immaterial reissue, because I had sod all space, and made an assumption that fans would be more interested in hearing from the band, than reading words they already knew.

  8. DaveM says:

    Hi jay1, I just use the cheapest 500 yen option on cdjapan and as I said above have not had customs charges on my last few orders.

  9. Julian H says:

    Paul, your tracklisting of Piledriver is still wrong (as per the original post). Correct would be:

    BBC Sessions – Sounds of the Seventies
    1. Don’t Waste My Time
    2. Oh Baby
    3. Unspoken Words
    4. Paper Plane
    5. Softer Ride
    BBC Sessions – John Peel Session
    6. Paper Plane
    7. Don’t Waste My Time

    BBC ‘In Concert’ 1973 – Paris Theatre
    8. Junior’s Wailing
    9. Someone’s Learning
    10. In My Chair
    11. Railroad
    12. Don’t Waste My Time
    13. Paper Plane
    14. Roadhouse Blues
    15. Bye Bye Johnny

  10. Julian H says:

    Anyway, Japanese or not, the RAOTW remix is a must for any Quo fan.

  11. John Moore says:

    These are a must and will become highly collectible in the future as they are very limited and a lot of the stores here have already sold out- low print run! They are all about packaging and it is simply the best in the world bar none!- Buy them quickly and don’t regret!

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