STATUS QUO ‘ON THE LEVEL’ 1975 GOLD SALES RECORD
Item description: Status Quo ‘On The Level’ gold album for Swiss sales achievements 1975. The gold record with full ‘On The Level’ centre label. The gold record album mounted onto a dark blue velvet background, along with a brass panel at the base with the engraved details, ‘FOR 25,000 ‘ON THE LEVEL’ SOLD IN SWITZERLAND PHONOGRAM AG’. The record and plaque within a brushed silver frame. The reverse with Bonhams Auctions lot label.
Condition report: Just light age showing.
Background to Status Quo ‘On The Level’ album: On the Level was the eighth studio album from Status Quo. It featured Francis Rossi, Richard Parfitt, Alan Lancaster and John Coghlan. The album was released in February 1975, at which time the group were more or less at the peak of their career, record sales-wise. The album entered the chart at number 1. All tracks were written or co-written by the group including unofficial fifth member, Robert Keith Young, apart from “Bye Bye Johnny”, which was a Chuck Berry composition. The previous November 1974, the band released their only single which featured on this album, ‘Down Down’. The single was a success, and gave the band their only number 1 hit to date.
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Provenance: Status Quo’s manager, Colin Johnson, sold all his gold and platinum sales achievements records through Bonhams auctions in 2010, including this one for ‘On The Level’ sales in Switzerland. The sale of Johnson’s rock memorabilia fell in line with him selling his mansion, Oldfield, situated on the banks of the Thames at Maidenhead.
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