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.
on 22 April 2010
Like the first reviewer I have been a Quireboys fan for many a year(they've just celebrated their 20th anniversary).This album is a really interesting combination of new songs,covers and classics done in a different style. The album is essentially accoustic, with added violin, slide guitar etc to add flavour and depth to the usual lineup. Spike's amazingly emotive and heartfelt vocals are really brought out in these new versions of classics such as King of New York and Mona Lisa Smile.If you haven't heard the Quireboys, why not give it a try. If you are an 'old' fan of the band, be prepared for something just a little different, but with the Quireboys' stamp all over it.Incidentally, if you get the chance to sed them on one of their accoustic sets you won't regret it. I have seen them a number of times but this 2 hour set was just stunning.An under-rated band who deserve mainstream success for the quality of the songs alone.
on 7 January 2011
This is a gem of an album for those familiar with the Quireboys. All these years on and the whiskey soaked vocals are as good as ever, if not better, with a real laid-back groove. So why does it drop a star? Two reasons;
I think it's important that the listener is familiar with the original tunes. Only once you have a feel for the original swagger and honk, the vibe that grabs you by the balls and lifts you above the mainstream, can you truely appreciated these stripped back beauties. I personally believe a new listener buying this compilation of hits as an introduction to the band would be missing out. There are better one-off purchases to get to know the Quireboys.
Secondly,a couple of the tracks on here don't offer anything new. Roses And Rings, Hates To Please, King Of New York, were all pretty laid back offerings to start with.
But don't get me wrong, overall the album is a delight. Once you know the Quireboys, this is an essential purchase. Sit back, have a few jars and immerse yourself. It's so good, it may even bring a tear to your eye.