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Audio CD, Original recording remastered, 31 Jan. 2005
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‘Hello’ contains the band anthems ‘Roll Over Lay Down’, ‘Caroline’ and the live classic ‘Forty Five Hundred Times’. The album was originally released in 1973. This version has been mastered by Andy Pearce with the assistance of ‘5th band member’ Bob Young from the original tapes and has a bonus disc featuring three unreleased tracks from the band’s archive as well as alternative versions of ‘Caroline’ and a live track recorded at Reading Festival 1973.
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Disc 1 : the original album class from start to finish, Caroline,Rollover Lay down,Blue eyed Lady and 4500 Times to name but four.
Disc 2 the bonus tracks,well if we were spoiled with Piledriver then unfortunately this release is pretty sparse, 4 versions of 'Caroline', 'Joanne' which was on the previous remaster and a live version of 'Dont Waste My Time' which was on the previous Piledriver remaster which just leaves a really low quality 'Is It Really Me/Gotta Go Home..so a mixed bag.
Packaging excellent ,great little booklet with quotes and finally a reproduction of the original poster that came the the vinyl way back in the day, a nice touch.
Original remaster review below
By general consensus this is the best Quo Album,although as usual i'll be different from the pack,i think QUO(1974) is their career best,however this is a superb album.
Quo were now on fire and from the metal boogie of 'Roll Over Lay Down' thru to the Epic '4500 Times' there is not a weak moment.Everyone's fav track 'Caroline still inspires a shake of the head and a grin on yer face,just perfect Quo.The rest of the disc is made up of light and shade rockers 'Softer Ride & 'And it better Now',the pop sensibilities of 'Claudie' & A Reason For Living' and finally the forgotten classic 'Blue Eyed Lady ( should have been a live favourite).
Bonus track : Joanne a excellent country/eagles type rock,would have sat perfectly on the album.
A magnificent album which should be noted was the start of Andy Bown's keyboards creeping in,it should be said fairly unobtrusively at this point,enhancing rather than overpowering.
The album features two of Status Quos biggest hits and firm live favourites, Caroline and Roll Over Lay Down as well as high energy, fast tempo numbers such as Blue Eyed Lady, A Reason for Living & Softer Ride. In contrast there is the wonderfully melodic And its Better Now and the almost Beatle-esque Claudie. The album ends with the epic 9.50 minute 3 chord boogie anthem, Forty Five Hundred Times
This remastered version may only include the one bonus track Joanne (the b side to Caroline) but the sound quality is far superior to the original cd version and the closest yet to replicating the sound on vinyl.
As a footnote, after Blue For You they released the double album “Live which, along with Thin Lizzys Live & Dangerous & AC/DC’s If You Want Blood.., were the best live rock albums of the decade. Alas, 1977s Rockin all Over the World signalled the beginnings of a far more commercial “poppier” radio friendly sound influenced by more piano/keyboard based songs. This, in turn, led to the introduction of cheesy album sleeves and the end of the original line up when first John Coghlan and then Alan Lancaster left the band – Marguerita Time was just a (burning) bridge too far!
1. Roll Over Lay Down
3. Reason For Living
4. Blue Eyed Lady
6. Softer Ride
7. And It's Better Now
8. Forty-Five Hundred Times
9. Joanne (Bonus Track)
“Roll Over Lay Down”, often only played in its live incarnation, is great in is studio version too. A proper copper-bottomed Quo rocker, with a “false ending” quiet bit too. “Claudie” continues the riffage, with some Byrds/country rock-style jangly guitar in places. “Reason For Living” utilises the trademark Quo riff once more, to great effect. Sure, it has the same sound to it, but is a great sound, more power to it. It’s classic Status Quo, so just get your head swinging and enjoy it. There is a simple, beautiful perfection to it.
“Blue Eyed Lady” betrayed a few prog rock leanings in its initial intro, before kicking in to a full-on Quo riff and trademark Francis Rossi vocal. Just when you think the obligatory slow ballad is coming, up next is the barnstorming, archetypal Quo of “Caroline”. Maybe it is their signature song. You can’t go far wrong with it. From the very first notes it is Quo heaven. It has that wonderful extended intro and the rock doesn’t let up from beginning to end. It is based, as music snobs never tire of telling us, on very few chords. So what? They are great chords, and boy does it work. It is commonly thought that punk was the antidote to mid-seventies prog-rock's endless noodlings, doodlings and pretensions. Maybe this did it first. Not many ELP, Mike Oldfield, Yes or Greenslade fans had any time for Status Quo, did they? This was as "in your face" as glam rock as well, despite Quo's long hair and denim appearance. As a glam-rock loving proto-punk in 1973, I despised prog-rock (I have since re-assessed), but I loved this.
"Softer Ride" has a bluesy feel, particularly at the beginning, but that is soon blasted away by some sledgehammer riffery. It is seriously thumping and shakes your speakers. "And It's Better Now" has brief echoes of Quo's dreamy, hippy days in its cuter melody, but it also has its muscular moments. Something about the guitar has hints of Thin Lizzy about it too. "Forty-Five Hundred Times" sort of goes against the "antidote to prog" thing, however, by being nearly ten minutes long. It also has a wistful, acoustic beginning. It doesn't take long to get rocking, though. It also features keyboards and saxophone in its wall of sound too, an unusual thing for Quo. The saxophone, in particular, is pretty inaudible, though. The track has airs of The Rolling Stones' "Midnight Rambler" to it. It probably does go on a bit too long, and, in comparison to the others, does't seem to get anywhere, lacking in structure somewhat.
The bonus track, "Joanne", was the 'b' side to "Caroline" and has a definite sixties feel to it. Overall, half an hour or so of this album with aurally blow your cobwebs away.
The second disc is all but a waste of time, apart from nice to have long forgotten b side,Joanne,and fairly rocking version of Don't Waste My Time from Reading in 1973,does anybody,apart from absolute completists, need 2 demos,a mono version and stereo edit of Caroline ?
The last track on this disc is a worse than bootleg live track from a Dublin gig in 1973