Status Quo released the game-changing 'Aquostic (Stripped Bare)' on 20th October. 2014 through Rhino/Warners (UK/Australia) and 17th October through earMUSIC/edel (ROW).

After 50 years at the top of their game as one of the world's premiere hard rock acts, Quo have leapt out of their comfort zone and now give the songs the chance to shine in a stripped down format; the amps are turned off, this album is fully acoustic and Quo recorded a total of 25 completely reworked Quo hits and fan favourites.

The band are helped out along the way by additional musicians, a female backing vocalist and even a string section. The arresting cover image was shot by none other than the superstar Bryan Adams. Stripped of the sheer power of the famed twin-Tele assault it's time for the melodies and the band's innate musicianship to shine through.

And shine they do. Rendered here in a simpler, sharper focus, it's the tunes and the progressions that are the stars. The lyrics seem to benefit from the extra space and these stone cold rock classics are given a fresh personality and potency. Tracks are taken from across the band's incredible output throughout the decades; some permanent features of the electric setlist, others being issued into the limelight for the first time - having been scrubbed and polished and reappraised through the prism of a new approach.

Recorded at Francis Rossi's studios, 'Aquostic (Stripped Bare)' is the result of a band looking back at where they've come from, peeling back the years, and taking a fresh look at what's been done. 'Aquostic (Stripped Bare)' is a triumphant collection of some of the defining moments of a truly seminal British rock act.

A set to change a few peoples' minds. A set to raise a few smiles. A set that didn't require producer Mike Paxman to keep putting 50p in the meter. A set to be treasured.

The album is available on CD, double gatefold vinyl, box set and download.
Aquostic

Including: limited signed CDs, signed double vinyl, t-shirts, digital downloads and standard physical editions.

  • " It's time to save the Quo from their image as real-life Spinal Tap and reclaim them as one of Britain's great bands"... "The stripped-back approach suits Status Quo's songs because they are, in their own unpretentious way, perfect pop constructions." - The Times

  • "It's fresh and full of charm" - Guitar & Bass

  • "This unplugged compendium of hits and beloved album tracks not only survives the songs' sparse makeovers, it dares even to improve many of them" - Classic Rock (Album Review)

  • "It was triumphant... It works. Brilliantly. Quo acoustic? It's no gimmick." - Classic Rock (Roundhouse Gig Review)

  • "If you haven't bought a new Quo album in a while, this is the one to get" - Sunday Express

  • "Helps confirm their national treasure status" - The Sun

Tracks recorded and available across the various formats:
1. Pictures Of Matchstick Men from Picturesque Matchstickable Messages
2. Down The Dustpipe Single
3. Na Na Na from Dog Of Two Head
4. Paper Plane from Piledriver
5. All The Reasons from Piledriver
6. Reason For Living from Hello
7. And It's Better Now from Hello
8. Caroline from Hello
9. Softer Ride from Hello
10. Claudie from Hello
11. Break The Rules from Quo
12. Down Down from On The Level
13. Little Lady
(bonus track)
from On The Level
14. Mystery Song
(bonus track)
from Blue for You
15. Rain from Blue for You
16. Rockin' all Over The World from Rockin' All Over The World
17. Again and Again from If You Can't Stand The Heat
18. Whatever You Want from Whatever You Want
19. What You're Proposing from Just Supposin'
20. Rock 'N' Roll from Just Supposin'
21. Don't Drive My Car from Just Supposin'
22. Marguerita Time from Back To Back
23. Rollin' Home
(bonus track)
from In The Army Now
24. Burning Bridges from Ain't Complaining
25. Rock 'Til You Drop from Rock 'Til you Drop
AQUOSTIC (Stripped Bare) - Credits:

Status Quo:
Francis Rossi - Guitars, Vocals
Rick Parfitt - Guitars, Ukulele, Vocals
Andrew Bown - Guitars, Mandolin, Harmonica, Piano, Vocals
John 'Rhino' Edwards - Basses, Guitars, Vocals
Leon Cave - Drums, Guitars, Vocals

Additional Musicians:
Geraint Watkins - Accordion
Martin Ditcham - Percussion
Amy Smith - Backing Vocals

String Arrangements by Richard Benbow

Strings:
Lucy Wilkins - (leader) Violin
Howard Gott - Violin
Natalia Bonner - Violin
Alison Dods - Violin
Sophie Sirota - Viola
Sarah Willson - Cello

Recorded and mixed by Gregg Jackman

Produced by Mike Paxman




Aquostic Live

Aquostic! - Live At The Roundhouse

The concert, recorded in October 2014 in a joint effort by earMUSIC and the BBC, captures the band's first ever live acoustic performance at the glorious Roundhouse in London and will be released in five formats: 2CD, 2CD+DVD (available from some retailers), Vinyl, DVD and Blu-ray.

The DVD and Blu-ray formats feature bonus behind the scenes material.


iTunes Amazon - 2xCD Amazon - DVD Amazon - Blu-ray Amazon - 2 x LP