Following the acclaimed reunion of the classic Quo line-up of Rossi, Parfitt, Lancaster & Coghlan for some concerts in March, fans were a bit shocked on hearing the first single from Bula Quo. Whereas the reunion gigs were heavy and featured (rarely played live) album tracks, the new single 'Bula Bula Quo' was somewhat different.
****** More Quo gigs with Rossi, Parfitt, Lancaster & Coghlan in March / April 2014 ******
Bula Bula Quo - a sunny, Fiji inspired track for the Bula Quo movie sent the Quo official forum into meltdown. Having adjusted to the change in direction (for the movie) and listened to the tracks I actually found it a really fun album. Hard rocking in places, cheesy and tongue in cheek in others, it must be Quo's least typical and most diverse album.
The most quirky songs are Bula Bula Quo with it's Fijian backing vocals, and two Parfitt vocals: Mystery Island - in which Rick croons his way through and the equally tongue in cheek Fijian edit of Living on an Island.
The other tracks are rock tracks including Run and Hide - a rare vocal from the current bassist 'Rhino', a reggae track (yes really) - Fiji Time. Go,Go,Go is a good sing-a-long rock track with a James Bond feel.
CD 2 has a selection of live tracks, most notably Pictures of Matchstick Men - their first hit from the psychedelic late 60s. For those who haven't already heard them on the Quid Pro Quo, Reality Check and Frozen Hero are also worth a listen.
I thought about it giving it 4 stars, but I'm giving it a generous 5 for the sheer variety and the boldness in venturing into new territory. Well done to them, next I hope they will release a studio album with the classic line-up and maybe a zombie movie!