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UFO are an English rock band, who were 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 #84 on VH1's '100 Greatest Artists of Hard ... Read more in Amazon's UFO Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD (26 Dec. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Msi Music/Super D
  • ASIN: B000K2VFV6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,018,550 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Alastair Wilson on 9 Nov. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Let me start by putting this review in perspective. I have just arrived back from a four day trip to Scotland - one thousand miles round trip, a total of about fifteen hours driving. I took ONLY one cd with me "The Monkey Puzzle", bought the day before my trip on the back of the storming reviews on Amazon.

I have followed UFO for the last quarter of a century ever since the Tommy Vance friday night rock show playing of SITN. They were the first band I saw live and I have seem them blow every other band away. I have also almost cried as Phil forgot words and (more recently) when Mr Schenker struggled to hit the right notes on his flying V. If you saw the gig at Manchester, trust me, you will know how bad it was.

Saying that I rate Phil as one of the best (unsung) songwriters of the last twenty five years. I have bought just about everything they have made and Phil and Pete have always been the glue that bound the band together.

After buying this album on the back of the reviews on this site I spent ages trying to work out why it just wasn't doing it for me. I played this cd back to back hour after hour and am still not exactly sure why I believe that it is not as great as everyone else seems to think - although I have some ideas.

Firstly, I can only describe some of the songs as "light weight" or even "soft". I am not sure whether this is down to over production, the way the songs have been mixed or the fact that when you look at the credits, they were all recorded seperately. For me UFO have always worked at their best when playing as a band,with lead and rythym guitar - I still rate the partnership between Tonka, Paul and Neil Carter (where are you now)?
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By HAWKLORD on 5 Oct. 2006
Format: Audio CD
First heard `Doctor Doctor' on R1 in the late 70's and some kid in school lent me `Strangers in the Night', (still the best live rock album ever) and I was an instant fan! UFO still ROCK today as their awesome 2005 `Showtime' DVD proves and I can't wait to see the boys live again in November.

I'm not going to go into the "Schenker was the best guitarist" argument as UFO have always delivered with Phil `The Wild One' Mogg at the helm, but I was a bit worried when US Import Vinnie Moore turned up a few years ago. Panic not, what a talent! He looks ROCK and plays ROCK with style and with him the band created the classic' You Are Here' CD in 2004, a tough act to follow.

So here we are in 2006 with the eagerly awaited and faultless `Monkey Puzzle' which opens with the hard rockin' `Hard Being Me', an excellent show opener where Phil gets the crowds attention by proclaiming "We ain't about to quit boy, The bands back in town"! Track 2 (not as listed on most sites?) is the heavier `(It was a hard) Heavenly Body', (Phil writing about stiffness & bones again I think?), dark and raunchy.

Then the album takes a walk with the blues with `Some Other Guy' which has all the ingredients of the Budweiser advert, you know, baby's gone, dog, rain, harmonica etc. and it's a classic; Vinnie's guitar work is phenomenal as it is throughout the CD.

Next is a gem of a bluesy soulful power ballad, `Who's Fooling Who', the guitar solo worth the price alone; Phil expresses the vocals as if he's living it (hope they do this one live!).

Then comes Paul Raymond's excellent contribution `Black and Blue' a hard rockin' ride from the old style UFO, Pete & Andy tight as ever with the beat!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Malcolm A. Ripley on 10 Oct. 2006
Format: Audio CD
I've loved UFO from that first time I saw them on the Old Grey Whistle Test in the early seventies (Force It album). This obviously led me on to appreciate Michael Schenker as the worlds best guitarist, even to this day (better now than ever!). However, I always felt since he left, that UFO despite being very good, never quite managed to sound as sharp and powerful as the Schenker days......until now.

Superb. I took to the whole album the first time I played it as I did with each release in the seventies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Gareth Chesters on 2 Oct. 2006
Format: Audio CD
on first listen, it might seem it's an ok album.but start's to really get under your skin, and it's damn hard not to like/love it after the first listen. hard being me is blues/honky tonk intro, which then kick into a good time rock n roll song as only ufo can do.heavenly body, after its acoustic intro is probably the heavest thing the band have done for years.some other guy is a real blues number which gets better the more you listen to it. whos fooling who, a great acoustic intro followed buy a really good rock song, with some good touches for vinnie moore on lead guitar. black n blue with an intro direct from the film school of rock, a great catchy rock song, like they dont make anymore, drink to much is not a reference to pete way other hobby, but a rather subdubed ballad ish from messers mogg/moore.world cruise is another rock n roll number with refrained guitar work, just listen, you will see what i mean.down by the river to me is just rock by numbers. good bye to you is possible the best track on the album, but it takes a couple of listens to appriciate this song, think swaalow from you are here and you wont be far from the mark. rolling man seems to drift by without noticing youve listened to it, but its got a great beat to it, from mister parker.kingston town on first listen was far from one my favorites, but like the rest of the album, you deffinatly grow to really love it. on the whole, its takes a few listens, but if you stick wich it , you wont be dissapointed, i promise.
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