Status Quo – ‘Bula Quo’ album review
Released on: Eagle Records / ear music. Release date: Available now
A ‘Quo gig’ you’ll find is often attended by such a variety of age groups, well basically from like 8 – 80 years but it wasn’t always that way, but they have been having hit singles since the 60’s so there you go!
They stick with the same twelve bar boogie style formula in their sound - For the most part. - much like ZZ Top does here in the US, but for Quo it’s in a cleaner form.
Quo also went through a few albums of almost – And I hate to say it … - mediocrity which segregated to a degree many of their hard core fans from their 70’s and early 80’s releases.
That said, I think in recent years they have clawed a lot of them back, with some pretty good releases.
Certainly this albums' two predecessors ‘In Search of the Fourth Chord’ the last ‘Quid Pro Quo,’ were both good ‘un’s to this old Quo fan!
I first saw Quo live in ’79 and then saw them live on something like ten different occasions.
As I said before, a Quo live gig is quite the entertaining event, such a shame that they’ve not been so warmly received over here in the US … And they have tried touring here on more than a few occasions...
Admittedly ‘Bula Quo’ is essentially the soundtrack album from the band’s first ever feature film that stars the band as themselves in an entertaining situation, in a dramatic yet funny kind of action film.
Perhaps the comment on the album’s cover, below its title, ‘It started with guitars… And ended with guns!’ gives a little pointer.
It even comes with a second disc entitled ‘Bonus Film Soundtrack.’Obviously I don’t know how much a part of the films soundtrack it really is, but to be honest, who cares? It’s a bonus disc!
I really like it, great song.
Not my cup of tea at all, but I do understand it’s association with the film.
‘All That Money’ features Parfitt again but this time getting back to the rock and although these days he definitely sounds like he’s straining some, I like it.
The riff does sound familiar though, although I can’t put my finger on what it reminds me of. No worries …
It’s OK, prefer it to ‘Fiji Time’ or ‘Mystery Island,’ but it’s not great.
Next it’s a redone, extended version of ‘Rockin’ All Over The World,’ given the ‘Bula’ treatment and sounds good!
Two from their ‘Live at Montreux’ show in the shape of ‘Caroline’ and ‘Pictures of Matchstick Men’ and then ‘Beginning of the End,’ ‘Don’t Drive My Car,’ ‘Whatever You Want’ and ‘Down Down’ all live 2010 tracks.
I guess I really need to keep in mind that it IS meant to be considered a soundtrack release.
The average Joe, well, give it a go maybe for you you’ll enjoy the variety in the release, I’m looking forward to seeing the film!
4.5 out of 5 - For the package.