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  • Audio CD (30 Jan. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B000CS3R14
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,401 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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This 1986 release was Quo's first album for three years, during which time they'd gone through an acrimonious split from founder bassist Alan Lancaster. The new rhythm section would endure beyond 2000 but lacked the oomph of the old partnership. With the emphasis on light, melodic material and keyboards more prominent, "In The Army Now" is an album on which rock and pop seem to duel for supremacy.
The hits "Rolling Home" and "Red Sky" lean more towards Quo's more familiar style and the overall production is chunkier than on the thin previous album, "Back To Back". The commercial gloss that pervades this album however makes it a very good pop release rather than a typical Quo classic. "Dreamin'" sums up the problem, being an uptempo song that the old Quo could have done something exciting with. Here though it panders to the plastic-sounding synth age. Also, in the wake of the success of "Marguerita Time", Francis Rossi insisted on dropping in the odd feeble country-style song, in this case, "Invitation".
The title track was the biggest hit of four from this album. Like many big pop hits it hooks you at first but before long you never want to hear it again. Significantly, it no longer has a place in their live set.
This reissue is however an improvement on the original, containing half a dozen bonus songs that hark back more to Quo's rock sensibilities. "Keep Me Guessing" is especially good. The riff has been ripped off from "Nutbush City Limits" but at least it's worth ripping off. A good album then, but pale by comparison with the 1970s stuff.
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'In The Army Now' is the first album that Quo made after the split from bassist Alan Lancaster. The results are, unfortunately, rather mixed, and summarily set the tone for the next 15 years.
Overall, the album is really quite good, with some excellent songs. 'Rollin Home' was the first single to be released and went top 10. 'Red Sky' followed, which charted in the top 20. Both of these are very good tunes, despite the poor production letting them down.
Unfortunately, there are also some very poor songs as well, in my view. 'Speechless', 'Invitation' and 'In Your Eyes' are quite frankly sub par, and not worthy of Quo at all.
But the main talking point with this album seems to be the title track: 'In The Army Now' was a smash hit single, but Quo fans in general seem to either love or hate the record. Nevertheless, it provided Quo with their second biggest selling single at that time, like it or not.
I was very surprised, however, when I listened to the bonus tracks. In my view, some of the bonus songs are better than some of the tunes on the actual album, especially 'Lonely', 'Keep Me Guessing' and 'Late Last Night'. Why Quo would have left these three off I will never understand, as I feel the album would have been a lot stronger had they been included.
Overall, 'In The Army Now' isn't bad at all, but to see now how it could have been so much better is disappointing, to say the least - and this too, seems to be a trend that would continue for the next 15 years.
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I've been a Status Quo fan for many years and ought to be giving a better review (more stars) I suppose but the trouble is it doesn't compare with earlier albums like Hello, On the Level, Dog of Two Heads, Piledriver, Quo, Blue for You, and of course the Double Live album - i.e. Quo in their prime. There are one or two better tracks on this album deserving more than my two star rating but the album as a whole doesn't come close to the raw energy of say Piledriver or Quo. Appologies to Rossi an Parfitt for my honest review! However, went to see the original frantic four (Rossi, Parfitt, Coghlan & Lancaster) at Wolverhampton Civic Hall on 7/3/13 and they were terrific! Why? Because they played all of the old stuff and NONE of the new stuff.
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After "The End of the Road" tour in 1984, this was the first studio album from Quo after the departure of Alan Lancaster and, for some, confirmation of the end of the "real" Quo.

As a result, a lot of Quo fans don't like this album - the harder edge of Piledriver, Quo etc was long gone and this was clearly another step towards more "pop rock" after Back To Back (but not as far down that path as 1988's "Ain't Complaining").

However, for me, it still has a good collection no-nonsense songs with the trademark Quo sound along with "hooks" that you can't stop humming. This re-mastered version also has the added bonus of the B sides from the singles which were lifted from Parfitt's never to be released solo album (more of that later).

The first two singles ("Rollin' Home" & "Red Sky") hit the spot - up tempo 80's rock pop at its best. The third release, the title track "In the Army Now" was ironically one of Quo's best selling singles, but is not in the traditional style. At the time it seemed "modern", but (in my opinion) hasn't dated that well.

The fourth release ("Dreamin'") was even more pop-orientated, but as a pre Christmas release, was fun, up-tempo and kind of hit the spot.

In terms of other highlights from the original album, "Overdose" showed more of Parfitt's heart-felt lyrics and softer side than usual, whilst "In Your Eyes" was typical Rossi/Frost fayre. "Invitation" (a "marmite" track if ever there was one) is straight down the line country pop and hinted at more to come from Perfect Remedy two albums down the line.

The beauty of this re-mastered album are the bonus tracks mentioned above.
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