Suzi Quatro Releases 4-disc Career Retrospective Box Set

Suzi Quatro: The Girl From Detroit CityMany Americans got their first look at singer/songwriter/bassist Suzi Quatro when she appeared on the hit TV show “Happy Days” several times between 1977 and 1979 as rock-and-roll singer Leather Tuscadero.

But the Detroit native, while relatively unheralded in the U.S., was already a superstar in Europe, and had number 1 hits in the UK. She didn’t top the charts in the United States until 1978, when her duet with Chris Norman, “Stumblin’ In,” reached number 4.

However, Quatro is more influential than she may appear at first glance. She’s been cited as an influence by female rockers like Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders and Tina Weymouth, bassist of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club. Joan Jett is another longtime fan. Quatro appeared on the music scene at a time when women didn’t front otherwise all-male bands. But there she was, tiny and dressed in leather, with her bass slung low.

Now, Quatro’s career is getting the retrospective treatment, with a 4-CD set called The Girl From Detroit City. The box set includes not only her hits, but also rarities and previously unreleased tracks. There are also three new songs, including the title track written by Mike Chapman, who with Nicky Chinn, wrote and produced songs for her early in her career. There’s also a new version of ABBA’s “Does Your Mama Know?” with The Sweet’s Andy Scott.

The 82-song set is packaged with a 54-page booklet filled with photos and memorabilia, as well as liner notes for each track.

The Girl From Detroit City set is available on CD.

If you’re wondering what drew audiences to Quatro, just check out this performance of her first big UK hit, “Can the Can”:

The Girl From Detroit City Track List:

Disc One:

  1. What a Way to Die
  2. Light of Love
  3. Locked in Your Love
  4. Rolling Stone
  5. Can the Can
  6. Ain’t Ya Something Honey
  7. 48 Crash
  8. All Shook Up
  9. Glycerine Queen
  10. Daytona Demon
  11. Roman Fingers
  12. Devil Gate Drive
  13. In the Morning
  14. Too Big
  15. The Wild One (Single Version)
  16. Your Mamma Won’t Like Me
  17. I Bit Off More Than I Could Chew
  18. You Can Make Me Want You
  19. Michael
  20. I May Be Too Young
  21. Half As Much As Me
  22. American Lady (Alternative Version)

Disc Two:

  1. Tear Me Apart
  2. If You Can’t Give Me Love
  3. Suicide
  4. The Race Is On
  5. Stumblin’ In (with Chris Norman)
  6. I’ve Never Been In Love
  7. Mind Demons
  8. She’s In Love With You
  9. Hollywood
  10. Mama’s Boy
  11. Love Hurts
  12. Rock Hard
  13. Lonely Is the Hardest
  14. Ego in the Night
  15. Lipstick
  16. Glad All Over
  17. Heart of Stone
  18. Main Attraction
  19. Two Miles Out of Georgia
  20. Can I Be Your Girl
  21. Good Girl (Looking for a Bad Time)
  22. Wild Thing (with Reg Presley)

Disc Three:

  1. I Got the Sun in the Morning
  2. Moonshine Lullaby
  3. If You Can’t Give Me Love (Piano Version)
  4. Baby You’re a Star
  5. Kiss Me Goodbye
  6. Back to the Drive
  7. I’ll Walk Through the Fire With You
  8. No Choice
  9. I Don’t Do Gentle
  10. Fifteen Minutes of Fame
  11. Whatever Love Is
  12. Strict Machine
  13. Breaking Dishes
  14. A Girl Like Me
  15. Singing With Angels
  16. Does Your Mama Know (with Andy Scott)
  17. The Cost of Living
  18. Girl From Detroit City

Disc Four:

  1. Curly Hair for Sale
  2. Sugar Flash Rapper
  3. Ain’t Got No Home
  4. Sweet Nothin’s
  5. Wild in the Night
  6. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood
  7. What Goes Around (Demo Version)
  8. Love and War
  9. Walking Through the Changes
  10. Warm Leatherette
  11. Intimate Strangers
  12. And So to Bed
  13. Sometimes Love Is Letting Go
  14. Flying to My Destiny
  15. Free the Butterfly
  16. Ambition
  17. If There Ever Was a Reason
  18. Desperado (with Jeff Beck)
  19. Dancing in the Wind
  20. No Choice (Demo Version)

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  1. wolf anderson

    what an incredible little powerhouse,amazing

  2. jay

    Awesome I grew up with my dad blasting her stuff in the car :-)