STATUS QUO ANNOUNCE THEIR UPCOMING ALBUM ‘AQUOSTIC II – THAT’S A FACT!’ - OUT 21ST OCTOBER 2016
Status Quo24. August 2016

Britain’s best-loved rockers Status Quo are delighted to confirm that on 21st October 2016 they will release ‘Aquostic II – That’s A Fact!’ via earMUSIC on CD, limited edition double vinyl and Deluxe 25 Track Edition 2CD. The standard CD edition of this carefully curated collection includes 14 reimagined Quo classics such as ‘In The Army Now’, ‘Hold You Back’, ‘Roll Over Lay Down’, ‘Ice In The Sun’ and two brand new tracks. These and extra tracks are available on deluxe / vinyl, as well as another brand new song ‘Is Someone Rocking Your Heart?’. The song ‘For You’, released originally on ‘Rockin' All Over The World’, is available only on the 20 track vinyl format. The  deluxe edition comes with a second disc which features 5 ‘Aquostic II’ bonus tracks as well as 6 tracks recorded at the band’s 2014 Stuttgart ‘Aquostic’ show, which are unavailable elsewhere.  

Aquostic II – That’s A Fact!’ is the follow up to the phenomenally successful ‘Aquostic (Stripped Bare)’ album of 2014 which was a Gold-certified UK Top 5 hit, giving the band their highest chart placing for 18 years. Additionally, Quo will perform a very special one-off ‘Aquostic’ show in Hyde Park at BBC Radio 2’s ‘Festival In A Day’ on 11th September 2016.  NB the album has been re-titled from the previously announced ‘Aquostic II - One More For The Road’.

With their ‘Aquostic’ initiative, after 50 years at the top of their game as one of the world’s premiere hard rock acts, Status Quo have leapt out of their comfort zone.  With the band having stated that ‘The Last Night Of The Electrics Tour’ which comes to venues across Europe will be the last ever full tour featuring the thunderous Telecaster sound, it’s time to look ahead. This is the future.

The ‘Aquostic’ approach represents something of a new dawn for the band. Guitarist Rick Parfitt is currently recuperating from ongoing medical issues following a heart attack in Turkey two months ago and the band wish him a speedy and full recovery and look forward to welcoming him back into the fold.  

Classic Rock recently named ‘Aquostic’ as one of the top 25 acoustic albums ever, saying the reworked songs, “Scratch the band’s melodic underbelly in the most celebratory way possible”, having previously said of the new approach, “It works. Brilliantly. Quo acoustic? It’s no gimmick”.

The Times said, “It’s time to… reclaim them as one of Britain’s great bands.”

The Sun said simply that ‘Aquostic’, “Helps confirm their national treasure status”.

Aquostic II – That’s A Fact!’ offers a generous helping of Quo classics that are immediately recognisable, and yet demonstrably re-engineered; this is the sound of a band living in the present, embracing the future, whilst cherishing their past.


TRACKLISTING

Standard CD:

01. That’s A Fact [Originally on ‘Blue For You’] / 02. Roll Over Lay Down [Originally on ‘Hello’] / 03. Dear John [Originally on ‘1982’] / 04. In The Army Now [Originally on ‘In The Army Now’] / 05. Hold You Back [Originally on ‘Rockin' All Over The World’] / 06. One For The Road [New Song 2016] / 07. Backwater [Originally on ‘Quo’] / 08. One Of Everything [New Song 2016] / 09. Belavista Man [Originally on ‘The Party Ain’t Over Yet’] / 10. Lover Of The Human Race [Originally on ‘Thirsty Work’] / 11. Ice In The Sun [Originally on ‘Picturesque Matchstickable Messages From The Status Quo’] / 12. Mess Of The Blues [Originally on ‘Back To Back’] / 13. Jam Side Down [Originally on ‘Heavy Traffic’] / 14. Resurrection [Originally on ‘1982’]

Deluxe Edition:

CD1
01. That’s A Fact / 02. Roll Over Lay Down / 03. Dear John / 04. In The Army Now / 05. Hold You Back / 06. One For The Road / 07. Backwater / 08. One Of Everything / 09. Belavista Man / 10. Lover Of The Human Race / 11. Ice In The Sun / 12. Mess Of The Blues / 13. Jam Side Down / 14. Resurrection 

CD2 
01. Lies [Originally on ‘Just Supposin’] / 02. Little Dreamer [Originally on ‘Perfect Remedy’] / 03. Living On An Island [Originally on ‘Whatever You Want’] 04. Is Someone Rocking Your Heart? [New Song 2016] / 05. Rockers Rollin’ [Originally on ‘Rockin' All Over The World’] / 06. And It's Better Now (Live in Stuttgart) / 07. Pictures Of Matchstick Men (Live in Stuttgart) / 08. Don't Drive My Car (Live in Stuttgart) / 09. Claudie (Live in Stuttgart) / 10. Whatever You Want (Live in Stuttgart) / 11. Rocking All Over The World (Live in Stuttgart)

Limited Edition Double Vinyl LP:

Side 1 
01. That’s A Fact / 02. Roll Over Lay Down / 03. Dear John / 04. In The Army Now / 05. Hold You Back
Side 2 
06. One For The Road / 07. Backwater / 08. One Of Everything / 09. Belavista Man / 10. Lover Of The Human Race 
Side 3 
11. Ice In The Sun / 12. Mess Of The Blues / 13. Jam Side Down / 14. Resurrection / 15. Lies / 16. Little Dreamer 
Side 4 
17. Living On An Island / 18. Is Someone Rocking Your Heart? / 19. Rockers Rollin’/ 20. For You [Originally on ‘Rockin' All Over The World’]

 

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