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Making Contact/Misdemeanor

UFO Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (8 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Beat Goes On Records
  • ASIN: B0000011OX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,408 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Blinded By A Lie
2. Diesel In The Dust
3. A Fool For Love
4. You And Me
5. When It's Time Rock
6. The Way The Wild Wind Blows
7. Call My Name
8. All Over You
9. No Getaway
10. Push, It's Love
Disc: 2
1. This Time
2. One Heart
3. Night Run
4. The Only Ones
5. Meanstreets
6. Name Of Love
7. Blue
8. Dream The Dream
9. Heaven's Gate
10. Wreckless

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U.F.O. Making Contact/Misdemeanour CD

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best post -Schenker efforts 19 Feb 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Only have these two albums on chromium tape but they still sound great.
'Making Contact' for me at the time was the best album since the Michael Schenker 70's days, some great tracks here, best example being 'Call Your Name' which features a great solo by guitarist Paul Chapman.
Although a strong album, 'Misdemeanor'was much better and for me ranks as the stand out album alongside the classic 'Obsession'.
New guitarist Atomic Tommy M ( great name or what), ex damned bassist Paul Gray and new drummer Jim Simpson giving them a rejuvenated and fresh sound. Long established lead singer Phil Mogg's distinctive vocals seemed to lift a gear along with the other musicians. Paul Raymond plays a key role within the band with his usual versatile keyboard/guitaring, resulting in a more melodic sound.
The Atomic one's guitaring can only be described as blistering and the drums akin to Dream Theater's heavy but polished sound.
Too many good tracks to highlight although like 'MC', tends to die away at the end ( save the worst til' last eh!).
If you're a UFO fan you probably own these anyway, if you're not a fan but like british melodic rock I would strongly recommend buying this great value 20 track CD, you'll wonder what you've been missing all these years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One good, one poor 17 May 2007
By D. J. H. Thorn TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
It's tempting to buy a twofer on the grounds that it represents good value, but that's only the case if both albums are good. 1983's 'Making Contact' is a hearty attempt to resist the damage that 1980s production values and musical styles did to hard rock. 'Blinded By A Lie' and 'Diesel And Dust' sizzle with the same level of energy as generated on their earlier albums, while the anthemic 'When It's Time To Rock' also defies contemporary trends. Some of the material is filler and the odd cringe-making slow song (these days dubbed 'power ballads') infiltrates the album. But amidst all this there's still Phil Mogg, whose delivery is as powerful as ever. Mogg stands out even more on 1985's 'Misdemeanor', an album which illustrates how pedestrian old-school rock became: all fluffy hair, bland, routine lyrics and drummers who sound like machines marking time rather than driving the music forward. The whole album is a songwriting cliche. The decision you have to make is whether it's worth the money for seven or eight decent tracks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars some contact redemed by misdemeanor 8 Aug 2006
Format:Audio CD
Making contact is a hit and miss affaire some of the tracks feel like the band is just going through the motions and cliche's of it's glorious past .

However blinded by a lie ,disel in the dust ,you and me and the way the wind blows are worth a listen .

A lot of people casual listeners and lazy critics feel UFO's peak ended and began with Schenker , in reality Mogg's lyrics and sincere dilivary was an equally crucial factor to what made the band a force to be wreckoned with in it's hayday .

Misdemenour is sublime in parts perhaps Mogg's finest hour with UFO ,the lyrics are striped of posturing and swager for once a more meledoic and soulfull set of song's then prevous album's .

The record plays like a ode to a mid life crisis ,confronting t fear unberable lonliness long gone good times and demening chances of finding a significant other as defined on tracks such as this time the only ones blue , in the name of love wrecless .

These are some of the darkest pieces ufo have commited to vinyl , Meanstreets hevens gate one heart wreckless . The only truly weak point is dream the dream which seems like a forced effort for the comercal and american market

An underated and missed gem perhaps the last great offering from one of rocks criminally underatated giants .

Should be listened to alone with the lights out at night .
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Misdemeanour Not a Felonious Offence? 12 Mar 2007
Format:Audio CD
Anyone giving this five stars must have missed something? The first half of this CD, "Making Contact", is a four star effort compared to earlier works, more lightweight in style with a drifting towards American rock. Despite no Schenker on guitar, tracks like "Blinded by a Lie", "Diesel In The Dust", "The Way The Wild Wind Blows", and "When its Time to Rock" are examples that UFO could still cut it with the best.
After this album the band musically disintegrated. Phil Mogg and Paul Raymond were the only remaining members when "Misdemeanor" was produced and Raymond didn't stick around for long after that. This album is "Phil Mogg does Duran-Duran" and I can't say that any of the tracks are worthy in the UFO tradition. Cheesy lyrics, bad hair styles, this is really awful. Don't be fooled by the only good point which is the excellent album cover.

As a UFO fan who must have all their albums I don't bother to listen to this one. "Walk on Water" or any of the seventies Schenker albums are all real five star efforts!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Overlooked Gem And A Lemon From UFO's Latter Years 24 Aug 2000
By The Great Rocky Hill - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The first half of this CD, Making Contact, is a tragically ignored piece of sturdy British metal injected with a healthy dose of American hard rock. It has become fashionable for many critics to praise the Michael Schenker years and to forget about the rest of the band's output. For those critics, I offer tracks like "Diesel In The Dust","The Way The Wild Wind Blows",and "No Getaway" as examples that UFO could make strong music without Germany's favorite axe hero. Making Contact truly was the last great UFO album. No fan of melodic metal should be deprived of it. However,I would advise that fan to stop dead after track ten. Misdemeanor is tin foil compared to Making Contact and shows the English street rockers going for the cash rather than the throat. UFO's label bosses must have been on their backs to become a blue-blooded Bon Jovi complete with silly hair-do's and wishy-washy tunes that reek of cheap cologne. I can't remember one song from that bag of popcorn. This "two for one" deal loses a star from me for Misdemeanor's inclusion. Eat Making Contact and give the rest to the dog. You don't need the fat.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Making Contact", One of the Greatest Rock Records EVER 20 Oct 2003
By "strat_massive" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"Making Contact" is my favorite U.F.O. record, and I think it's one of the greatest Hard Rock records ever recorded. Michael Schenker isn't on it and maybe that's why it sounds so great. I.M.H.O., Michael Schenker's song writing isn't as good as his guitar playing. Yes, great guitar playing is, of course, an essential ingredient for Hard Rock music, BUT so is great SONG WRITING!! The songs on "Making Contact" are INCREDIBLE because of the teaming of Phil Mogg (Vocals) and Neil Carter (Keyboards, Rythem Guitar, Bass Guitar and Vocals) who are credited for 7 of the 10 songs on this album. Melodic, yet still Hard and Powerful, every song ROCKS! Back in 1983 I went to a Talas concert (bassist Billy Sheehan's group before he joined David Lee Roth) and they played "DIESEL IN THE DUST" live, it was killer! So if you're into VERY WELL WRITTEN Melodic Hard Rock Songs, you should make contact with U.F.O.'s "MAKING CONTACT".
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 stars for the BGO Reissue 28 July 2011
By B. Mier - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Usually BGO Records reissues great-sounding records. The sound quality on this edition, however, is quite poor. The song "Call My Name" from Making Contact even has some popping noises throughtout the track. The 2009 Remaster by EMI sounds infinately better. If you are any kind of an audiophile, even slightly, then do not buy this reissue. Misdemeanour sounds pretty good, but the thin quality of the remaster of Making Contact earns this reissue a low rating.
1.0 out of 5 stars an unfortunate end of great band for a while! 9 April 2009
By Paul Mcguinn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
these two albums by ufo were the weakest ever! i am a fan of both the michael schenker and paul chapman era ufos, however by the time making contact was released the band had gone through a revolving door of personal changes which is a situation that does,nt always make for ideal conditions to create great albums under..making contact has a couple of fairly good songs. however after the making contact tour ufo split up for a while..until 1986 when with yet another new line up they created mis demeanor..which i bought at the time thinking it,s great ufo is back sort of!..when i brought it home i could,nt wait to hear it!!...wow what a disappointment..for the first time i had a ufo album that i did,nt even like one song from! i gave it 2 more listens.. and never listened to it again!!it is not a misdemeanor it is a felony!
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Blinded by the Lies 12 Mar 2007
By Wild Colonial Boy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Anyone giving this five stars must have a seriously pants music collection. The first half of this CD, "Making Contact", is a three-to-four star effort at best, more lightweight in style with a drifting towards American rock. Despite no Schenker on guitar, tracks like "Blinded by a Lie", "Diesel In The Dust", "The Way The Wild Wind Blows", and "When its Time to Rock" are examples that UFO could still cut it with the best.

After this album the band musically disintegrated. Phil Mogg and Paul Raymond were the only remaining members when "Misdemeanor" was produced and Raymond didn't stick around for long after that. This album is "UFO does Duran-Duran" and I can't say that any of the tracks are worth a listen. Cheesy lyrics, bad hair styles, this is really awful. Don't be fooled by the only good point which is the excellent album cover.

If you like Bon Jovi tributes then you might find something here. Unless you are a real UFO fan who must have all their albums then don't bother with this one. Go for the live "Strangers in the Night" or studio wise "Walk on Water" or any of the seventies Schenker albums first which are all real five star efforts! (see my other reviews!).
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