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Bula Quo!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 10 June 2013
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!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 15 August 2013
I love this album and have been playing it in my car all summer. "Looking Out For Caroline" and "All That Money" are very typical Status Quo tracks; not that there's anything wrong with that! However, the rest of the album is arguably the most diverse selection of Quo songs ever. Designed as an accompanying soundtrack to the "Bula Quo" movie, it certainly disproves the myth that all Quo songs sound the same. The funny thing is that I wasn't too keen on the title track when I first heard it, but (just like "In The Army Now" all those years ago), it has very much grown on me and now I love it. "Go, Go, Go" is my favourite song on the album and sounds like the sort of track that could suit a James Bond Film. "Run and Hide" is the heaviest track and features bass player Rhino Edwards on lead vocals. "Running Inside My Head" and "Never Leave a Friend Behind" are Quo with a twist. The most unusual tracks on there are the reggae song "Fiji Time" which is fantastic and the ballad, "Mystery Island", which is my least favourite. The album contains a bonus disc of live tracks and a Fijian version of "Living on an Island".

For me music is escapism from the stresses and strains of real life and listening to "Bula Quo" is always guaranteed to cheer me up.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
If you are are a fan of the Raw hard edged Status Quo from the classic years then you will most probably look at the cover of this album and think it is just Rossi and Parfitt and another
gimmicky Anniversary Waltz type of album again.
HOW WRONG I WAS!!!!
To my surprise i found this album really enjoyable and really enjoyed all of the tracks.
All of the tracks are a soundtrack to a movie the lads have made but this is the Best Album Status Quo have released in ages.
If you are going Holiday and like the fun and hard rock side of Status Quo then you will really enjoy this album.
If you prefer the Hard Raw Status Quo from the original line up then you are bound like this as it has got everything.
THE LIVE TRACKS ARE AMAZING!!!!
This is the laid back fun rockier side of Status Quo and there is a track for everyone with the Status Quo you prefer with Hard edged and fun tracks.
Ideal for a nice week in the Sun or in the Car on a sunny day out as you bomb down the motorway to the Beach!!!!!!!!!!!!
A Must Buy for Quo Fans!!!!!!!!!!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 13 June 2013
It does seem that this album has divided the opinion of the nation (or at least the opinion of Quo fans). I'm not the only person who is thinking that this can't possibly be the worst Quo album. Anyone who does has surely not listened to all their work. They can't have. "Back to Back", "Ain't Complaining" "Perfect Remedy", "Thirsty Work" and "Famous in the Last Century"? In fact, every album from "1982" until "In Search of the Fourth Chord" has got some very dodgy tracks on it. I have to admit to being in two minds when I first heard "Bula Bula Quo" but I kept listening to it. Like them for it or not, they have a knack of writing and/or recording a catchy "pop" tune - if you know your Quo history then you already know this. If not, then listen to their first two albums (and I don't mean "Piledriver" and "Hello") or the music they recorded as The Spectres and Traffic Jam. This album has a very large variety of song styles, is very well produced and, most importantly, the songs are well written. Well done the Quo!
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I'm one of those old, really old, Quo fans; I went to the Frantic Four reunion concert on 15 March this year at Hammersmith and rocked with tears in my eyes with Fran, Rick, Nuff and Spud (never thought I'd ever see those four on stage again), but I've got to admit that I've bought the Bula Quo album, and you know what, it's chuffing brilliant (if you ignore the Bula Quo title song, which is pretty weak). Okay, it's not Piledriver, On The Level or Blue For You of the Frantic Four era, but it's really very good. The 1st CD has some great HEAVY tracks, opening up with Looking Out for Caroline, with a very noticeable and obvious Quo riff; Track 2, GoGOGO is Parfitt at his best, Run & Hide, is the first time I've heard Rhino Edwards singing, and he's pretty damn good at that; track Running Inside My Head and Track 5 All That Money are both excellent, Track 7, Never Leave a Friend Behind and Track 8 Fiji Time are good, good rocking tracks, and then it's Track 9, Bula Quo, which as I've already said is probably the weakest track on the album. But hey, the film is a bit of fun for Fran and Rick, filmed before the Reunion of earlier this year. The 2nd CD has live versions of the classic (non Lancaster hits, and some of their recent stuff from the Quid Pro Quo album of 2011) and it has an absolutely fantastic new version of Living on an Island (Fiji Style). Yeah, they're not the original line up, but they're still chuffing good at what they do !!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 1 September 2013
Being a Quo fan for 40 years and always preferring their early rock stuff I was dubious about buying this album. However, i was quite surprised by how much I enjoy this album, the secret being just taking it for what it is, a soundtrack album. It may take 2 or 3 listens to get into it but persevere. My fave track is Run And Hide unusually sung by bassist Rhino Edwards rather than Rossi or Parfitt.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 10 June 2013
Ok - so this isn't a Quo studio album, it's a soundtrack for the Bula Quo! film. Allowing for this (and I'm a fan of 37 years) I think this is an excellent album, though I'm not mad about "Mystery Island". The "hardcore diehards" will probably hate it, but this is what Quo should be about - fun! More to the point we may get to hear a couple of tracks live later this year - there's two or three that are certainly good enough to liven up the set.
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on 11 July 2013
I love the Quo, but was a little unsure whether to buy their latest release. The problem was that it was a tenner, and there were only 9 tracks on it. There was a bonus disc but they were mainly live versions of songs I have on every Quo disc I'd bought. I heard two tracks "Looking out for Caroline" and Bula Bula Quo on computer, and while the latter was the better offering, it still came down to price. Then I found it in a store for £8, only two pound off, but I thought I'd give it a whirl. The tracks are all good, some better than others and track no 5 (Mystery Island) is the weakest one on the album, personally speaking. Another problem, and another reason why I don't actually know whether it's worth a tenner, is the running time - a meagre 35 minutes, or there abouts. Still the album more or less rocks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 July 2013
It did like the idea of the quo making a film the songs were very quo like
I should await the film with great expections to decide if I like it
of course if you are a big fan then you will really love it
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VINE VOICEon 2 July 2013
I had misgivings about the title track when I heard it on the radio. It just didn't sound like the usual Quo. When I discovered that it was the soundtrack to their first film then it all made sense. Looking Out For Caroline is probably the best track on the CD. Run and Hide is heavier Quo and better for it.

A bonus CD is bundled with the main disc covering live versions of Don't Drive My Car and Whatever You Want.

All in all, if you love Quo and don't give a damn about lyrics but a good rocking CD for the car, this will fit your CD/MP3 player nicely.
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