Francis Rossi is delighted to announce a Limited Edition 10″ vinyl release. The ‘Tunes & Chat’ mini album, that celebrates four of his best loved songs, will be out on 22 September 2023. Available exclusively from francisrossi.com, pre-orders are live now. The run-off groove features the lyric quote from ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll’: “We can pray, what we say, makes a difference in the end”.
‘Tunes & Chat’ features alternate takes on four Status Quo favourites, all written by Francis Rossi and Bob Young. ‘Spinning Wheel Blues’ and ‘April Spring Summer and Wednesdays’, both originally on 1970’s ‘Ma Kelly’s Greasy Spoon’ album, ‘In My Chair’, a non-album single from the same year, plus ‘And It’s Better Now’ from 1973’s ‘Hello!’.
Francis said of the release, “These are songs that mean a lot to me, and I wanted to revisit them. I’ve been doing just that on the ‘Tunes & Chat’ tour but I was keen to show them some more love. Collectors and lovers of Quo have always treasured vinyl editions and so do I; this record sounds and looks fantastic – the 10″ format feels really special.
The songs have been recorded in an informal but affectionate way, with some of the studio chatter retained. It’s been interesting to pick out a handful of favourites from my history and get to know them again more than 50 years down the line. Who knows, I might do it again.”
Side A is entitled ‘The Greystone Studio Sessions’ and features solo acoustic versions of the four tracks, recorded this year in Francis’ own studio. Side B is ‘Live From The Stables, Milton Keynes, 2023’ and was recorded at a show on the first leg of his acclaimed ‘Tunes & Chat’ tour; which kicks off again in September.
‘Tunes & Chat’ is a personal and engaging release from Francis Rossi, and one that Status Quo fans will be keen to have in their collection.