Rick Parfitt – Over And Out review Postumous first solo album from the late Status Quo guitarist is a fitting sign-off. By Neil Jeffries 14 hours ago Reviews
OVER AND OUT DELUXE BOXSET
Over and Out is available as a deluxe boxset that includes two versions of the album. One version is mixed by top producer Ash Howes – polished and big sounding – and the original band mixes. No-one know which Rick would prefer, so the album is available with both.
His Telecaster is silent. That right arm jackhammers no more. But one of the world’s finest rhythm guitarists has left us a gem of a farewell. Two months before he died on Christmas Eve 2016, Rick Parfitt told Classic Rock’s Dave Ling: "In my heart I’m a rocker. I’ve always been… If I’m going to make music, it’s got to rock."
We might therefore expect Over And Out, his first solo album, to be in the vein of the vintage Quo music he revelled in revisiting on the Frantic Four reunions of 2013 and ’14. But it’s not. Instead, this album reflects Parfitt’s acute pop sensibilities. Almost every one of the 10 tracks plays like a would-be single. Five of them sound like Quo, but the others most certainly don’t.
There is a second version of the album, ‘The Band’s Mix’ (available separately on vinyl and included on the two-CD collector’s edition; the difference between the two is minimal), but the main, posthumous, mix by pop specialist Ash Howes is better. Parfitt would have wanted it this way. Particularly impressive is the combination of Parfitt and his guitarist/keyboard player producer Jo Webb, who also co-wrote six of the songs, ranging from rocking opener Twinkletoes (with a Brian May guitar solo) to the helplessly romantic When I Was Fallin’ In Love.
Those who prefer 12-bar rockers can find them in Lonesome Road, Fight For Every Heartbeat (with great piano by Shannon Harris, and a lyric that reflects on the health scares that ultimately ended Parfitt’s life), and maybe even Lock Myself Away, a rockabilly shuffle. And yet the strength of Over And Out might, ironically, be the softer rides: the title track (the poignant sound of a man reflecting on his advancing years) and the superb Without You, a ballad with piano, synthesised strings, sweeping backing vocals and genuine echoes of Queen.
There are two songs by David John (writer of hits for Quo since the mid-80s). The first, Long Distance Love, is a cheerful rocker. The second, Everybody Knows How To Fly is one of the album’s cornerstones, and features with Bob Young on harmonica and some fine slide guitar by Wayne Morris. Closer Halloween is the closest track here to the old-school – like one of those big numbers that Quo closed their classic albums with (think Slow Train on Quo, with percussive vibraslap and big keyboard fills). A great track, and even at five minutes it’s over too soon. Which sums up how we feel about its creator.
juansupposin: 21st September 91 at Wembley, the 45 min Guinness concert, probably not the best concert to start, only 45 min, I remeber thinking they will play longer because it was the last concert
May 30, 2020 10:16:34 GMT
coluquo: Ok hard to choose in the 21st but my vote goes to Liberty Lane and yes I acknowledge more poppythan classic rock!…
Jun 20, 2020 17:25:19 GMT
Deleted: granny: What! Become the English version of the democratic party? Maybe cummings is a democrat plant plotting a UK take over....
Jul 9, 2020 8:08:48 GMT
Wim Huijsman: Nice item for sale, for real Quo fans. Rick Parfitt`s telecaster. Very nicely aged Fender Tele 1972
Aug 1, 2020 14:48:06 GMT
lorenzo1971: I wonder if Spare Parts will chart..given it has 2000 copies being released?
Sept 19, 2020 20:38:18 GMT
backwater67: Paul Hirch filled in for Quo when Andy’s wife was unable to tour. Aquostic was a complete different project for Quo. I was referring to a standard regular live gig on stage with session guitarists. Jagger does still take the lead vocal.
Nov 3, 2020 15:32:56 GMT
backwater67: of which line up Quo are always a 4 or 5 piece band.
Nov 3, 2020 15:35:13 GMT
coluquo: Agreed every entry a classic....fantastic memories...
Dec 24, 2020 13:37:38 GMT
coluquo: 50 years ago 1971 What a year ..the release of DOG and the greatest FACup shock in history ...13thFebruary!!
Jan 14, 2021 13:18:29 GMT
Pajoe: Hi this is all new to me and i am not sure how it works but can i have a link to your Live Here & Now, PLEASE. Cheer's Pajoe. Quo fanatic since Hello LP. I have quite a few unofficial bootleg CD's am i allowed to share them on this board
Jan 19, 2021 1:15:50 GMT