Title - 'Bula Quo!' (Eagle Rock Ent.)
Artist - Status Quo
Bula Quo!, Status Quo's new double album is the soundtrack to their spy-comedy movie of the same name ('Bula Quo!'). Starring the band, although primarily it's just the lead duo of Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt who put their collective feet in it here, the first disc features nine brand new tracks. Written as the soundtrack for the duo’s madcap escapades in the movie, the second disc contains exclusive reworked studio songs (or live versions) of 10 classic Quo hits.
I guess we should have seen this coming a long time ago re: a movie featuring the members of Status Quo! Much like The Monkees, Quo's lead men have a humor that transcends music and are always mucking about, one way or another. And with their last studio album Quid Pro Quo combined with the success of their tour both having been huge UK successes, well, they obviously know they have a rather large loyal audience built in.
The first disc kicks off with 'Looking Out For Caroline' (yes, yet another song that features the same female name they've been singing about for 40 years now!), 'GoGoGo,' 'Run and Hide (The Gun Song),' and then both 'Running Inside My Head' and 'Mystery Island.' With each and every song unmistakenly Quo through and through, the first disc of songs from the movie is rounded out by 'All That Money,' 'Never Leave A Friend Behind,' and both 'Fiji Time' and 'Bula Bula Quo (Kua Ni Lega).'
With all that new Quo material sounding fresh, inspired even, those in need of some of their classics can simply put in the second disc now. And instead of the same old same old, reworkings true reworkings of their hits now can come musically forth. And first up is a rather delightful 'Living on an Island (Fiji Style)' which goes to show you can teach an old dog new tricks! Next is 'Frozen Hero' ("Another night, another night, another night with the the big fat zero"), the brilliant 'Reality Cheque' (from Quid Pro Quo), and then two true old school classics in both 'Rockin All Over The World (Bula Edit)' and 'Caroline (Live).'
With a release that seems to musically go on and on and on (which being a Quo fan, I love!), the rampant 'Beginning of the End (Live)' from In Search of the Fourth Chord is next and is backed by one of my all-time favorite Quo songs, the methodical guitar playing of 'Don't Drive My Car (Live).' Originally released in November of 1967, 'Pictures of Matchstick Men (Live)' is next, and the musical juggernaut is finally brought to a close with both 'Whatever You Want (Live)' and 'Down Down (Live).'