Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Kerrang!3.5/5 stars[2]

In the Army Now is the seventeenth studio album by the English rock band Status Quo, released on 29 August 1986 by Vertigo Records. Recorded at Chipping Norton Recording Studios in Oxfordshire and Jacobs Studios in Surrey, it was the first album with the post-Live Aid lineup, featuring bassist Rhino Edwards and drummer Jeff Rich, both of whom joined in March 1986.[3]

"I was later told that nobody at the label was interested in a Quo featuring bassist Alan Lancaster and Rick Parfitt," recalled frontman Francis Rossi. "They wanted Parfitt and me. I also learned that unless we did something together, we'd have to pay back a shitload of money... I was adamant that I would never work with Lancaster again, but he warned us that he would injunct us if we tried to do it without him. And when we won he went fucking bananas."[4]

The album contains covers of "In the Army Now", first recorded in 1981 by Dutch duo Rob and Ferdi Bolland, and "Speechless", from ex-Mott the Hoople singer Ian Hunter's 1983 album All of the Good Ones Are Taken.

"The title song was great," Parfitt later observed of the album, "but it had too many fillers."[5]

Track listing

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Rollin' Home"John David4:26
2."Calling"Francis Rossi, Bernie Frost4:04
3."In Your Eyes"Rossi, Frost5:08
4."Save Me"Rossi, Rick Parfitt4:25
5."In the Army Now"Rob Bolland, Ferdi Bolland4:41
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
6."Dreamin'"Rossi, Frost2:55
7."End of the Line"Ricky Patrick, Parfitt4:59
8."Invitation"Rossi, Bob Young3:16
9."Red Sky"David4:14
10."Speechless"Ian Hunter3:41
11."Overdose"Pip Williams, Parfitt5:25
Total length:47:13
2006 Mercury Records remastered edition bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
12."Lonely" (B-side to the 12" single "Rollin' Home")Parfitt, Rossi5:08
13."Keep Me Guessing" (B-side to the 12" single "Rollin' Home")Parfitt, Rossi, Young4:32
14."Don't Give It Up" (B-side of "Red Sky")Rhino Edwards, Richard Lightman, Parfitt, Rossi4:23
15."Heartburn" (B-side to the 12" single "In the Army Now")Parfitt, Patrick, Rossi4:46
16."Late Last Night" (B-side to the 12" single "In the Army Now")Parfitt, Rossi, Young2:58
17."Long Legged Girls" (B-side of "Dreamin'")Parfitt, Williams5:38
Total length:74:36

September 2018 2CD Deluxe Edition (CD2, bonus material)

  1. In the Army Now - Remix
  2. Lonely - B-Side - 12" of Rollin' Home
  3. Keep Me Guessing - B-Side - 12" of Rollin' Home
  4. Don't Give It Up - B-Side of Red Sky
  5. Heartburn - B-Side - In the Army Now
  6. Late Last Night - B-Side - In the Army Now
  7. Long Legged Girls - B-Side - Dreamin'
  8. Naughty Girl - Single Edit (aka Dreamin')
  9. Rock N Roll Floorboards - Unreleased B-Side*
  10. Naughty Girl - Extended (aka Dreamin')
  11. Dreamin’ - Wet Mix
  12. In the Army Now -Military Mix
  13. The Cake Mix
  14. Overdose – Live*
  15. Dreamin' – Live*
  16. Blues Jam – Live*
  17. La Grange / Rain – Live*

Personnel

Status Quo

Technical

  • Pip Williams – producer
  • Dave Edmunds – producer (on "Rollin' Home" and "Red Sky")
  • Tim 'Ted' Summerhayes – recording engineer (except "Rollin' Home" and "Red Sky")
  • Simon Sullivan – remix engineer (on "Calling", "In Your Eyes", "Save Me" and "In the Army Now")
  • Gordon Vicary – mastering (at Townhouse Studios, London)
  • Mark Wilkinson – sleeve design

Charts

Chart (1986) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[6] 87
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[7] 12
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[8] 50
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[9] 15
French Albums (SNEP)[10] 16
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[11] 14
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[12] 6
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[13] 12
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 1
UK Albums (OCC)[15] 7

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[16] Gold 100,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[17] Gold 50,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References

  1. ^ Thompson, Dave. Status Quo: "In the Army Now" > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 16 December 2016.
  2. ^ Oliver, Derek (18 September 1986). "Status Quo 'In the Army Now'". Kerrang!. Vol. 129. London: Spotlight Publications. p. 17.
  3. ^ Ling, Dave (1 December 2005). In the Army Now (booklet). Status Quo. London: Mercury Records (983 412-5). p. 2.
  4. ^ Ling, Dave (January 2002). "Again again again…". Classic Rock #36. p. 73.
  5. ^ Ling, Dave (March 2017). "R.I.P. Rick Parfitt". Classic Rock #233. p. 51.
  6. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Status Quo – In the Army Now". Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Status Quo – In the Army Now" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Status Quo – In the Army Now" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 December 2016.
  9. ^ "Status Quo: In the Army Now" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  10. ^ "Lescharts.com – Status Quo – In the Army Now". Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 December 2016.
  11. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Status Quo – In the Army Now" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 16 December 2016.
  12. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Status Quo – In the Army Now". Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 December 2016.
  13. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Status Quo – In the Army Now". Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 December 2016.
  14. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Status Quo – In the Army Now". Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 December 2016.
  15. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 December.
  16. ^ "British album certifications – Status Quo – In the Army Now". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 17 December 2016. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type In the Army Now in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  17. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.