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That was the Quo month that was ... January 2005

27th - Quo concert at Manchester Apollo

The set list for this sell-out gig at the ever-popular Apollo was the same as all the other rescheduled dates this month and was as follows.

Support band The Tokyo Dragons went down well here, as they did for all of this mini-tour during January for them. Some excellent MP3 samples of Break The Rules, 4500 Times, The Oriental, Roll Over Lay Down and Paper Plane are available here.

Revisit the January 2005 event list  

31st - Release of first six remastered CDs

Eleven of Quo's albums produced between 1973 and 1981 and originally released on the Vertigo label are being reissued by Universal on their Mercury label. All have been digitally remastered with the best quality edits, no track omissions as in previous releases and with bonus tracks. On 31st January 2005 the first phase was released, to include Piledriver, Hello, Quo, On The Level, Blue For You and Live. (The second phase of releases will be issued on 7 March 2005 and features Rockiní All Over The World, If You Canít Stand The Heat, Whatever You Want, Just Supposiní and Never Too Late.)

'Piledriver' (Mercury 9825977) comes with the Reading Festival 1973 version of "Don't Waste My Time" as a bonus track, which fits in with the track listing of the original album but is hardly a rarity now amongst Quo collectors having been available on many a bootleg for some time. 'Hello' (Mercury 9825942) gets the B-side of the "Caroline" single, "Joanne", tagged on the end of its normal tracklisting by way of bonus track, again nothing special to attract the attention of anyone but the Quo completist.

The B-side of the "Break The Rules" single, "Lonely Night", appends the usual tracklisting of the 'Quo' album (Mercury 9825940), again in resulting in a disappointing package for the die-hard collector. 'On The Level' (Mercury 9825910) shows more promise though, with bonus tracks on offer here being the Top Ten EP "Roll Over Lay Down", the 7" version of "Down Down" plus a 1975 live out-take that has previously only appeared on the "Rockers Rollin" box set.

'Blue For You' (Mercury 9825976) features three bonus tracks - the previously unreleased version of "Wild Side of Life" along with the B-sides "You Lost The Love" and "All Through The Night", so nothing special here for collectors. 'Live' (Mercury 9825972) comes as a double CD and the only drawcard of this release is that it now comes in original concert running order.

Revisit the January 2005 event list