Suzi Quatro: Legend - CD Review
Suzi Quatro remains an important figure in the history of rock as she is widely acknowledged to be the first female bass player to become a rock star. Yes, there were other female rock stars such as Grace Slick and Janis Joplin but Suzi took it to another level and is considered a pioneer as well as being a skilled musician and songwriter. She was a direct influence on Joan Jett, The Runaways, Girlschool as well as Tina Weymouth, Debbie Harry and more recently KT Tunstall – her credentials are outstanding.
But for me, Suzi Quatro was the definition of heavy glam rock in the 70’s, certainly more so than The Sweet. With a string of classic hits along with multiple appearances on Top of the Pops as well as a leather-clad image she cultivated based on Elvis Presley’s comeback concerts and one she still continues to this day.
Fast forward 30+ years and a 20 track digitally re-mastered compilation, The Best of Suzi Quatro: Legend, is to be released with the songs personally curated by Ms Quatro herself.
Her biggest singles are all featured starting with her break-through hit Can The Can which sounds fresh and exciting once more as does 48 Crash and Devil Gate Drive is now on another level. I had all these as 7-inch singles and this is certainly taking me back to when they were released along with the poster of Suzi I had on my bedroom wall. I can still remember all the crackles and scratches on those singles too but these re-masters have blown me away, the songs feel alive once more.
What is surprising is the number of singles she has released, I had forgotten about Daytona Demon and If You Can’t Give Me Love as well as Stumblin’ In, the duet with Chris Norman from Smokie all of which sparkle; this CD is, quite simply, one huge trip down memory lane.
Talking about the album Suzi says “I’m excited about my new compilation, it’s not just the hits, which I love but it also features favourite and important tracks from my albums, with an extensive track-by-track on the liner notes.”
The album is released on Friday 22nd September and will be available on CD as well as a double gold coloured vinyl album.
Additionally, Suzi’s four albums released between 1975 and 1979 (You’re Mama Won’t Like Me, Aggro-Phobia, If You Knew Suzi… and Suzi and Other Four Letter Words) have been digitally re-mastered too and will be available to download and stream.
You can catch Suzi Quatro live on tour, she headlines Manchester Arena on Thursday 19th October as part of the LegendsLive 2017 tour.