Year : 2017 (Japan Edition)
Style : Hard Rock
Country : United Kingdom
Audio : 320 kbps + all scans
Size : 115 mb
UFO are an English Hard rock band that was formed in 1969.UFO became a transitional group between early hard rock and heavy metal and the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. UFO were ranked No. 84 on VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock"Singer Phil Mogg, guitarist Mick Bolton, bassist Pete Way, and drummer Andy Parker formed the band in August 1969. Originally taking the name Hocus Pocus, the group changed their name in October 1969 to UFO in honour of the London club where they were spotted by Noel Moore, who signed them to Beacon Records label, which was headed by Antiguan-born Milton Samuel. Their eponymously titled first album debuted in 1970 and was a typical example of early hard rock including a heavy version of the Eddie Cochran's classic "C'mon Everybody". Both UFO 1 and its follow-up UFO 2: Flying, were successful in Japan (especially the single "C'mon Everybody" which became a huge hit there) and Germany (the song "Boogie For George," also from the first album, reached No. 30 in German singles charts as well as "Prince Kajuku" from Flying reached No. 26), but generated poor interest in Britain and America. Consequently, their third effort, Live (later re-issued as UFO Lands In Tokyo), was originally only released in Japan in 1971.Part of UFO's early work was strongly influenced by space rock (their second album, including a 26-minute title track and a 19-minute-long opus "Star Storm", was subtitled One Hour Space Rock) that was modestly popular at the time, but the band soon realised the style was somewhat limited. In January 1972, Mick Bolton left the group, and UFO set out to find a guitarist who could provide the band with a more standard rock sound.
Originally formed in 1969, British rock legends have been rocking for nearly 50 years. With a brief hiatus or two, UFO have released 21 studio albums and some classic live sets along the way. This album is a much touted covers set sees many classic tracks given their take.Founder bassist Pete Way left the band a few years ago, and the band are famous for featuring guitar legend Michael Schenker on more than one occasion, as well as for a long string of wonderful and essential albums. The live album Strangers In The Night is pretty bloody good too.Alongside mainstay and vocalist Phil Mogg are long time drummer Andy Parker and keyboard player/guitarist Paul Raymond, guitarist Vinnie Moore (who joined in 2003) and bassist Rob De Luca (since 2012). This album also gives a good nod to some of the band’s roots.The album opens up with the Yardbirds’ ‘Heartful Of Soul’; Mogg’s vocals are still slick, solid, powerful, more than making up any (minor) loss of range. This song sounds just wonderful by UFO.‘Break On Through (To The Other Side)’ is a solid cover, but I was never a Doors fan. The rich keyboards are appropriately turned up in the mix here, adding to the authenticity. Like the song or not, Mogg has the swagger.The Mad Seasons’ ‘River Of Deceit’ is a slower number and a nice change of pace, although it really isn’t in keeping with the UFO vibe.A move in the West Coast and Blues directions sees UFO tackle Steppenwolf’s ‘The Pusher’. Again not in keeping with what you associate with UFO but it is a better choice, and an excellent (and true) version of a great song.John Mellencamp’s ‘Paper In Fire’ is real UFO and it rocks. Some nice guitar touches rather than shred reliance make for a solid listen. ‘Rock Candy’, a track most will (or should) know, is a chunkier number given some great edges here. This one would fit in the live set smoothly. Another song right up the UFO street is Mountain’s ‘Mississippi Queen’, an earthy and honest rocker with blues tinges.A much covered song, Bill Withers’ ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’, suits UFO’s bluesier side well, and it’s smooth, but I’m not sure about Mogg’s vocals here; not that the range is an issue (it isn’t), he’s trying to something with his voice to suit the song that doesn’t come over so well.‘Honey-Bee’ is a good solid deep number that has a dark edge, Mogg and crew do a fine job here. ‘Too Rolling Stoned’ – now we’re talking! A classic Robin Trower track that totally rocks and UFO do total justice too. The funky edge to Moore’s guitar fits perfectly. Likewise with the blues of ZZ Top’s ‘Just Got Paid’. Love it beginning to end.The album closes with ‘It’s My Life’, which sees the whole band shine.Some tracks work so much better than others, yes there are some strange choices but you’ll get that with any such album. It does sound like they had fun doing it.Part of me hopes this is just a stop-gap until the next studio album, as new UFO albums do tend to be rather good (with or without Pete Way), but it’s a damn fine listen that will be enjoyed.
Phil Mogg - vocals
Vinnie Moore - guitars
Paul Raymond - keyboards, *rhythm guitar & backing vocals
Rob De Luca - bass
Andy Parker - drums
01. Heartful Of Soul (The Yardbirds cover)
02. Break On Through (The Doors cover)
03. River Of Deceit (Mad Season cover)
04. The Pusher (Steppenwolf cover)
05. Paper In Fire (John Mellencamp cover)
06. Rock Candy (Montrose cover)
07. Mississippi Queen (Mountain cover)
08. Ain't No Sunshine (Bill Withers cover)
09. Honey Bee (Tom Petty cover)
10. Too Rolling Stoned (Robin Trower cover)
11. Just Got Paid (ZZ Top cover)
12. It's My Life (The Animals cover)
13. C'mon Everybody (1972 Live' Eddie Cochran cover) (Japan Bonus Track)
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