Me and the Quireboys go a-ways back. I first saw them when they were still called the Queerboys, was remarkably underwhelmed, and was then astonished when I realised that the Quireboys who were in the charts with '7 o'Clock' were the same band. Shame then, that after the success of "A Bit of What You Fancy", which got to number 2 in the UK album charts, that they were hit by the "Curse Of Sharon Osbourne", and saw their fortunes fade.
However, their twenty first century comeback albums ("This Is Rock'N'Roll" and "Well Oiled") and tours were thoroughly enjoyable, and given Jonathan 'Spike' Grays solo work, it's no great surprise that the new decade sees the Quireboys dusting down their back catalogue in acoustic fashion. And it's a real gem.
As befits a band who've led a ragged existence, this is no straight reworking project. Because as well as tilts at their own classic such as 'There She Goes
Again', 'Mona Lisa Smiled' and 'King Of New York', they also spring a few surprises with covers of Jim Reeves 'He'll Have To Go', a sensational take on Leo Sayer's 'Can't Stop Loving You' and, more sensibly, the UFO classic 'Love To Love'. They've generally eschewed their own hits, so don't come looking for the likes of '"Hey You' and ' I Don't Love You Anymore'. And there's definitely no 'Sex Party'!
However, what you get instead, are some well chosen album tracks, well arranged with lots of dobro, mandolin, lap steel and fiddle, along for the ride. It's a really enjoyable record, that shows just what great songwriters the Quireboys were. Highly recommended.