This fantastic four-CD set from the veteran British rockers includes all 75 of their A-sides (many of them being radio edits not available on the original albums) plus Jump That Rock (Whatever You Want), their 2008 collaboration with the German techno act Scooter. Love 'em or hate 'em, Status Quo have been rockin' the charts for four decades. While they remain living legends and rock icons in the U.K., Europe, South America, and elsewhere, they can't even get arrested in the States! The "hip" U.K. press love to take as many potshots at them as possible, which is all the more reason to loveQuo. But we all know that, deep down (deeper and down), those critics probably have a soft spot for quite a few of Quo's hits but will never admit to it in public. At any rate, the band has always managed to maintain a certain quality level that may not always touch the stars, but, at the least, will always rock the house!
Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" was inspired by a visit in early 1874 to a posthumous art exhibit of canvases by the talented artist and architect Victor Hartman who had been a close friend of the composer. Vocal cycles "Sunless" and "Songs & Dances of Death* on words by A. Golenishchev-Kutuzov were written by Mussorgsky in the middle of the 70s. "Songs & Dances of Death" — is the way the composer addresses the eternal human problems. "Golitsyn Train" is a picturesque symphonic episode from Act IV where the disgraced Prince Golitsyn is sent to an exile. The score of "Solemn March" (Capture of Kars) was completed on February 3, 1880 and soon performed at one of the concerts of the Russian Musical Society.