Status Quo - Ain't Complaining - 12" Vinyl LP Album

The 1988 release of Status Quo's "Ain't Complaining" marked the band's 20th studio album and showcased their enduring rock sound. Produced by Pip Williams, a renowned British producer known for his work with Quo and other notable artists, the album featured a collection of energetic and catchy tracks that solidified the band's reputation as a leading force in the rock music scene. This web page has photos of album covers, inner sleeves, record labels together with production details, musicians and track-listing.

 

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"Ain't Complaining" Album Description:

The Status Quo's album "Ain't Complaining," released on 12" Vinyl LP in 1988, stands as a significant contribution to the musical landscape of its time. In the context of the late 1980s, the album reflects the evolving trends and styles within the rock genre, showcasing the band's adaptability and resilience in an ever-changing industry.

Produced by Pip Williams for Handle Records Ltd, "Ain't Complaining" marks a collaboration that played a pivotal role in shaping the sonic character of the album. Pip Williams, known for his work with various artists, brought his expertise to the table, contributing to the overall production quality and ensuring that the album met the standards of the era.

The involvement of sound engineers Barry Hammond and Simon Sullivan further enhanced the technical aspects of the album. Their expertise in capturing and refining the nuances of the band's performance added a layer of polish to the final product. The sound engineering on "Ain't Complaining" not only met the expectations of the time but also contributed to the album's enduring appeal.

The choice of Vertigo as the original label for the album and its subsequent reissue on Polydor speaks to the changing dynamics of the music industry during the late 1980s. Labels played a crucial role in defining an artist's reach and reception, and the transition from Vertigo to Polydor reflects the strategic decisions made to ensure the album's broader accessibility.

Thematically, "Ain't Complaining" captures the essence of the period, addressing social issues and personal reflections that resonated with the audience of the late 1980s. The lyrics, coupled with the musical arrangements, provide a snapshot of the cultural and emotional landscape during that time, making the album not just a collection of songs but a cultural artifact.

In terms of production and musical style, the album showcases the band's ability to evolve while maintaining their distinctive sound. The late 1980s witnessed a variety of musical influences, and "Ain't Complaining" adeptly incorporates these elements without losing the essence of Status Quo's signature rock style.

Collector Notes:

This is the original initial releae on Vertigo, this album was later re-issued on the Polydor label

Music Genre:

British Hard Rock and Roll Boogie Pub Rock 
Album Production information: The album: "Ain't Complaining" was produced by: Pip Williams for Handle Records Ltd

  Pip Williams is a renowned British music producer who has made significant contributions to the music industry through his exceptional talent and innovative production techniques. With a career spanning several decades, Pip has worked with some of the biggest names in the business and has left an indelible mark on the world of music.

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Born and raised in London, England, Pip Williams developed a passion for music from an early age. As a teenager, he immersed himself in the music scene of the city, exploring various genres and experimenting with different instruments. His dedication and natural talent caught the attention of local musicians and producers, and it wasn't long before Pip began carving a niche for himself in the industry.

In the late 1980s, Pip Williams gained recognition for his unique approach to music production. He had a keen ear for creating distinctive sounds and a meticulous attention to detail, which set him apart from his peers. This led to his first major breakthrough when he was hired to work as a producer on a critically acclaimed album for a prominent British band.

His success on that project opened doors for Pip, and soon he found himself collaborating with some of the biggest names in the music industry. From iconic rock bands to emerging pop artists, Pip Williams' versatility and ability to adapt to different musical styles made him highly sought after. His production credits include albums for renowned artists spanning multiple genres, earning him a reputation as one of the most versatile producers in the business.

Pip's production style is characterized by his innovative use of technology and his ability to push creative boundaries. He is known for incorporating unique sounds and experimental techniques into his productions, often striving to create a distinct sonic landscape that enhances the artist's vision. His meticulous attention to detail and emphasis on capturing the essence of a song have made him a trusted collaborator among musicians.

Throughout his career, Pip Williams has been recognized for his outstanding contributions to the music industry. He has received numerous accolades and awards for his production work, including multiple Grammy nominations. Pip's dedication to his craft and his passion for creating memorable music have made him a respected figure in the industry, and his influence continues to inspire aspiring producers and musicians around the world.

Beyond his work as a producer, Pip Williams has also been involved in mentoring and educating the next generation of music creators. He has conducted workshops and masterclasses, sharing his knowledge and experiences with aspiring producers and engineers. Pip firmly believes in the power of music education and strives to pass on his expertise to those eager to learn.

As Pip Williams continues to make significant contributions to the music industry, his legacy as a pioneering music producer remains strong. His ability to shape and mold sound, his innovative approach to production, and his unwavering commitment to the craft have solidified his status as a true icon in the world of music. With each new project, Pip continues to push boundaries and inspire artists and producers alike, leaving an indelible mark on the ever-evolving landscape of music.

Sound engineers: Barry Hammond, Simon Sullivan

Record Label Information:

Vertigo 834 604
Packaging:This album includes the original custom inner sleeve with album production information  

Media Format:

12" Vinyl LP  Gramophone Record
Album weight: 190 gram  

Year & Country:

1988 Made in EEC  
Track Listing of: "Ain't Complaining"

The Song/tracks on "Ain't Complaining" are

  • Ain't Complaining (Parfitt/Williams) 4:40
  • Everytime I Think Of You (Edwards/Rich/Paxman) 3:49
  • One For The Money (Parfitt/Williams) 4:52
  • Another Shipwreck (Bown) 3:48
  • Don't Mind If I Do (Rossi/Edwards) 4:41
  • I Know You're Leaving (Van Tijn/Fluitsma) 4:45
  • Cross That Bridge (David) 3:31
  • Cream Of The Crop (Rossi/Frost) 4:03
  • The Loving Game (Parfitt/Edwards/Rich) 4:23
  • Who Gets The Love (Williams/Goodison) 5:33
  • Burning Bridges (Rossi/Bown) 4:19
  • Magic (Rossi/Frost) 3:52

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