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Ain't Complaining is the eighteenth studio album by British rock band Status Quo. Initially released on the Vertigo label on 13 June 1988, it was the group's first album on that label to fall short of the UK Top 10, reaching no higher than its entry position of No. 12.

Ain't Complaining
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Studio album by
Released13 June 1988
RecordedChipping Norton Recording Studios and Ridge Farm Studio, UK
GenreRock
Length52:16
LabelVertigo
ProducerPip Williams
Status Quo chronology
In the Army Now
(1986)
Ain't Complaining
(1988)
Perfect Remedy
(1989)
Singles from Ain't Complaining
  1. "Ain't Complaining"
    Released: 21 March 1988
  2. "Who Gets the Love?"
    Released: 16 May 1988
  3. "Burning Bridges (On and Off and On Again)"
    Released: 28 November 1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic2/5 stars[1]
Kerrang!3/5 stars[2]

It spawned three singles: the title track, the ballad "Who Gets the Love?" and the only Top 10 hit among them, the jaunty "Burning Bridges", which essentially replicated the melody of the traditional folk song "Darby Kelly" within its distinctive instrumental breaks, without crediting it as such. John Edwards and Jeff Rich contributed compositions for the first time since joining Quo.

An unusual move by Status Quo on this album was the use and endorsement of Charvel guitars.

"The music was too polite," Rick Parfitt later remarked of the album. "There was no weight behind what we were doing. The edge had gone; we weren't real anymore."[3]

Contents

Track listingEdit

  1. "Ain't Complaining" (Rick Parfitt, Pip Williams) – 4:40
  2. "Everytime I Think of You" (John Edwards, Jeff Rich, Mike Paxman) – 3:49
  3. "One for the Money" (Rick Parfitt, Pip Williams) – 4:52
  4. "Another Shipwreck" (Andy Bown) – 3:48
  5. "Don't Mind If I Do" (Francis Rossi, John Edwards) – 4:41
  6. "I Know You're Leaving" (Eric van Tijn, Jochem Fluitsma) – 4:45
  7. "Cross That Bridge" (John David) – 3:31
  8. "Cream of the Crop" (Francis Rossi, Bernie Frost) – 4:03
  9. "The Loving Game" (Rick Parfitt, John Edwards, Jeff Rich) – 4:23
  10. "Who Gets the Love?" (Pip Williams, John Goodison) – 5:33
  11. "Burning Bridges" (Francis Rossi, Andy Bown) – 4:19
  12. "Magic" (Francis Rossi, Bernie Frost) – 3:52

2006 reissue bonus tracksEdit

  1. "That's Alright" (Francis Rossi, Bernie Frost, Rick Parfitt) – 3:29
  2. "Lean Machine" (Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt) – 3:37
  3. "Halloween" (Rick Parfitt, Pip Williams, Francis Rossi) – 4:59
  4. "The Reason for Goodbye" (Pip Williams, Johnny Goodison, Rick Parfitt, Francis Rossi) – 3:54
  5. "The Greatest Fighter" (Francis Rossi, Bernie Frost) – 3:57
  6. "Running All Over the World" (John Fogerty) – 3:31

September 2018 Deluxe 3 CD Edition Disc Two (Disc one was the regular album release)Edit

  1. That's Alright – B-Side – 12″ version of Ain’t Complaining
  2. Lean Machine – B-Side – 12″ version of Ain’t Complaining
  3. Halloween – B-Side – 12″ version of Who Gets the Love?
  4. The Reason for Goodbye – B-Side – 12″ version of Who Gets the Love?
  5. The Greatest Fighter – Outtake*
  6. Running All Over the World – Single
  7. Ain’t Complaining – Extended
  8. Who Gets the Love – Extended
  9. Rockin All Over the World – 1988 Re- Recording
  10. Burning Bridges – Extended
  11. Running All Over the World – Extended
  12. The Fighter – Stand Up and Fight remix – Track 4*
  13. The Fighter – Army Remix – Track 8*

    September 2018 Deluxe 3 CD Edition Disc Three (WEMBLEY – 07/07/1988, from BBC broadcast)Edit

  14. Whatever You Want
  15. Little Lady
  16. Roll Over Lay Down
  17. Cream of The Crop
  18. Who Gets the Love
  19. Hold You Back
  20. Don't Drive My Car
  21. Dirty Water
  22. In the Army Now
  23. Rockin' All Over the World
  24. Don't Waste My Time
  25. Bye Bye Johnny

    PersonnelEdit

    Status Quo:

    Additional personnel:

    • Bernie Frost – additional vocals
    • Paul "Wix" Wickens – additional keyboards
    • Graham Preskett – country violin on "Cross That Bridge" and "Burning Bridges"

    ReferencesEdit

    1. ^ Thompson, Dave. "Status Quo Ain't Complaining review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-09-26.
    2. ^ Reynolds, Dave (11 June 1988). "Review: Status Quo – Ain't Complaining". Kerrang!. London, UK: Spotlight Publications Ltd. 191: 18.
    3. ^ Ling, Dave (March 2017). "R.I.P. Rick Parfitt". Classic Rock #233. p. 51.