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Review: The Quireboys – A Bit Of What You Fancy (30th Anniversary)

30 Years On, The Quireboys Prove They Can Bring It, Even Better Than Before


Time flies when you’re having fun…or so they say. It’s hard to believe “A Bit Of What You Fancy” is celebrating its 30th anniversary.  The band decided to go in and re-record the entire album with state-of-the-art recording equipment and it shows.  The sound of this album is simply spectacular.  Vocalist Spike still hits the notes and the enhanced sound of this recording makes it sound like they’re performing this in your living room. While The Quireboys were often advertised in magazines next to the glam metal scene during the 1980s, they were more of a retro classic rock-sounding band that owes more to The Rolling Stones and early Rod Stewart / Jeff Beck than they did to Van Halen or Motley Crue.  All of this comes through in this glorious new anniversary release.  I really think the fact that they looked like L.A. Guns or Bang Tango kept them from being The Black Crowes of the early 80s in the U.S.  Nonetheless, The band has had a long career and sound as good as ever here, if not better.  Fans of the band will want this album for their collection and here’s hoping that anyone that overlooked these gents before will take a listen to this album and see what they’ve been missing. I highly recommend this classic redux.

About the author

Bobby Caughron

Bobby Caughron is a music journalist and Editor-In-Chief for XS ROCK. He began a life-long fan of hard rock and metal music after hearing KISS as a kid. He is still an avid fan of the 80s metal scene and continues to discover and write about new music in all rock genres today.

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