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Released 26 september 1969
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Post by The ripper on Mon 25 Sep - 14:00

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Following the wake of Picturesque Machstickable Messages From the Status Quo,
Spare Parts tries to imitate the psychedelic sound that was so fashionable at the time.
The disc is known for being one of the less-fortunate made by the British band,
and they have even despised it on some occasions.
In fact, 1969 was going to be the most dismal year in the story of Status Quo.
Urged by Pye's request to reach the charts at any rate, the songs in the record reflect the band's frustrated
attempts to please the company.
The result is an irregular album that does not reach the imaginative sound of their earlier songs
nor the brightness of their subsequent records.
Beyond that, a friendly and deep listening reveals that Spare Parts is an underrated effort in some aspects.
Some songs of their own -- like "Nothing at All," "So Ends Another Life," or even "Little Miss Nothing" --
and some borrowed compositions -- like "Are You Growing Tired of My Love?"
(which scraped the Top 50 on the British charts) and "Mister Mind Detector" -- sound really inventive and they work
as an excellent reflection of how pop music was trying to develop itself during those years.
Although it could sound a little bit dated later on, Spare Parts deserved more attention than people were willing
to afford it when it was released.
This one was also their last record in which keyboardist Roy Lynes performed as an active member.
A few months after Spare Parts was released, Status Quo initiated their metamorphosis toward the boogie rock
that would make them rich and famous later on.


This was their second album and almost all those who have anything to say about it ,
say "terrible" I however do not agree.
The group at the time was making a change to boogie woogie.
Fine.
The tracks on spare parts are just what one needs if one likes this Beatle-Bubble gum sort of psychedelic pop.
The instrumentation and harmony is tight.
Do not let the semi-critics steer you wrong!!.
Enjoy the music and remember:The late sixties were a time of change.
Enjoy the last of it 1969 without any nay sayers in your midst.
I enjoy the songs everytime i listen.
My favorites include-Face without a soul,the brass and strings are great;
Mr mind detector only in that time would you hear something this wonderfully dated.
Little miss nothing of course!
Basically the whole album.
Have fun sincerely.


"Spare parts" was Status Quo's, second album.
It is, probably, their most forgotten one.
At the time of recording, the band was signed at "Pye" records, and the producer John Schroder
with his distinctive production- style was imposing it on the band.
If you love the early Bee Gees albums, the very early Bowie and the Move, you will Love this one.
Great pop- songs with a wonderful combination of fantastic guitar-work and a full orchestra.
Try "Poor old man" "Antique Angelica" and "So ends anothe life" were you will witness a clear progreassion of band mambers
as songwriters, "Little miss nothing"'s with Rossi's most convincing vocal preformance, and Alan Lancastare finest "The Clown".
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