Status Quo - On the Level - Vertigo France 12" Vinyl LP Album

"On The Level" is a Status Quo album featuring Francis Rossi, Richard Parfitt, Alan Lancaster and John Coghlan. Album cover art features band members in the Ames room, and this original vinyl release, the inner gatefold sleeve consisted of informal photos members of the group had taken of each other.

 

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Album Description:

Status Quo, one of the most influential British rock bands of all time, left an indelible mark on the music industry with their iconic sound and energetic performances. Among their impressive discography, the 1975 album "On the Level" stands out as a memorable release.

Album Art and Design:
The cover art of "On the Level" presents a visually captivating concept. The band members, Francis Rossi, Richard Parfitt, Alan Lancaster, and John Coghlan, are photographed in an Ames room, creating an intriguing optical illusion. This distinctive imagery immediately captures the attention of the viewer and perfectly reflects the album's title.

In addition to the striking cover, the inner gatefold sleeve of the original vinyl release offers a personal touch. It includes informal photos taken by the band members themselves, providing fans with a glimpse into the camaraderie and chemistry that made Status Quo such a formidable force in the music industry.

Production and Sound:
Status Quo took on the role of producers for "On the Level", showcasing their artistic vision and desire for creative control. The album demonstrates the band's distinctive blend of rock, boogie, and blues, which became their trademark sound. The record features a collection of high-energy tracks, showcasing the band's ability to create infectious hooks and catchy melodies.

Songs like "Down Down" and "Little Lady" exemplify Status Quo's ability to craft anthemic rock songs with irresistible guitar riffs and driving rhythms. The band's tight-knit musicianship and the raw energy they bring to each track create a cohesive and engaging listening experience. "On the Level" showcases the band at the height of their creative powers, capturing the essence of their live performances in a studio setting.

Record Label and Legacy:
Vertigo Records, a prominent label known for its association with progressive rock and heavy metal acts, released "On the Level". The album's catalogue number, Vertigo 9102 002, represents its status as a highly regarded release within the label's extensive roster.

The success of "On the Level" further solidified Status Quo's position as one of the most influential rock bands of their time. The album reached number one on the UK Albums Chart, becoming their first chart-topping release. It also spawned several hit singles, including the aforementioned "Down Down", which remains one of their most recognizable songs to this day.

About the Ames Room:

The Ames Room is a visual illusion that creates a distorted perception of the size and shape of objects and people within it. It was invented by American ophthalmologist Adelbert Ames Jr. in 1946 and has since become a popular subject in the field of perceptual psychology.

The room is constructed with a trapezoidal shape, where the back wall is much shorter on one side compared to the other. The floor and ceiling are also angled to match the shape of the room, creating the illusion of a regular rectangular space when viewed from a specific vantage point. The result is a room that appears normal when observed through a peephole or from a particular viewing spot.

However, when people or objects are placed inside the Ames Room, an optical illusion occurs. By strategically positioning individuals within the room, they can appear to change in size dramatically. The person on the shorter side of the room seems significantly larger than the person on the longer side, even though they may be of similar height in reality. This illusion occurs due to our brain's perception of depth and the reliance on familiar cues such as relative size and perspective.

The Ames Room illusion demonstrates how our brain can be easily fooled by visual cues, leading to incorrect interpretations of size, distance, and spatial relationships. It challenges our perception and understanding of reality by showcasing how our visual system can be deceived by cleverly manipulated environments.

The Ames Room has been a popular tool in various fields, including psychology, neuroscience, and visual perception research. It highlights the complexities of human vision and the remarkable ways in which our brain processes visual information. Beyond its scientific applications, the Ames Room has also found its way into entertainment and artistic endeavors, such as in photography, film, and optical illusion exhibitions.

Music Genre:

  English Blues Rock and Roll
Album Production information: Produced by Status Quo

Record Label & Catalognr:

Vertigo 9102 002
Packaging: 

Gatefold (FOC) cover design.

Media Format:

  12" Full-Length Vinyl LP 
Album weight: 290 gram  

Year & Country:

  1975 Made in France
Track Listing of: Status Quo On the Level

The Song/tracks on "Status Quo On the Level" are

    Track:
  • Little Lady (Parfitt) 3:01
  • Most of the Time (Rossi/Young) 3:16
  • I Saw the Light (Rossi/Young) 3:37
  • Over and Done (Lancaster) 3:55
  • Nightride (Parfitt/Young) 3:50
  • Down Down (Rossi/Young) 5:24
  • Broken Man (Lancaster) 4:14
  • What to Do (Rossi/Young) 3:05
  • Where I Am (Parfitt) 2:43
  • Bye Bye Johnny (Berry) 4:47

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VERTIGO 9102 002 Record Label Details: Made in France, SACEM, ℗ 1975

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