It would appear im going to be at odds with the previous reviewers as this album doesnt grab me like the 3 previous releases,i've always felt Quo wobbled a bit with this release,maybe inter band relationships,substances,alcohol,who knows but i feel they took their eye of the ball with this one.
The opening track 'Is There A Better Way?' is fast and busy but lacks the quality of previous openers and 'Mad About The Boy' is twee, a sign of where Rossi would head in later years.Thankfully 'Ring Of Change' ups the ante and is one of a handful of album tracks sadly overlooked,the title track is a nice if bland bluesy work out before 'Rain',the best track on the album closed original side 1,if only it had been on 'On The Level'
Side 2 on the original opened with 2 decent tracks 'rollin home & thats a fact' the former with some harmonica from bob young and the latter with that typical Quo groove that wont let up,the average 'ease Your Mind' follows before the excellent 'Mystery Song brings the original album to a finish all in all a mixed bag.
BONUS TRACKS: Where the bonus tracks on ON THE LEVEL were superb these are average and only for completists,the edited Mystery Song,below average b'side 'You Lost The Love',non album single 'Wild Side Of Life/All Thru The Night and a Demo of 'Wild Side of Life that should have remained in the can.
This isnt a bad album,just inconsistent and not as good as what went before,it happens and it was the catalyst for changes for the next studio disc.