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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bit of Extra Spit and Polish
Excellent remaster of this classic album. Not too much has been tinkered with to my ears, just a bit more power in the mix with some nice bonus material. The original was a very polished piece of work and was starting to sound a little lightweight when compared to their most recent recordings. This is therefore another welcome addition.
Published on 23 July 2008 by Wild Colonial Boy

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3.0 out of 5 stars stick with standard version
good album, but I regret paying extra for bonus live tracks as the sound quality on them is awful.
stand out tracks are .... try me, lights out and love to love
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bit of Extra Spit and Polish, 23 July 2008
This review is from: Lights Out (Audio CD)
Excellent remaster of this classic album. Not too much has been tinkered with to my ears, just a bit more power in the mix with some nice bonus material. The original was a very polished piece of work and was starting to sound a little lightweight when compared to their most recent recordings. This is therefore another welcome addition.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ufo back on course for the stars., 25 Jan 2010
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This review is from: Lights Out (Audio CD)
Pretty much the perfect album and indeed many fans choice as best UFO disc,i still think 'Force It' pushes it very close.Its actually quite hard to convey in print just how wonderful this album is,its really 8 tracks of a band at their absolute creative peak!

Opening with 'Too Hot To Handle & Just Another Suicide' the lads show they've got this down pat stunning rocker followed by the commercial hook,how many band s would kill to be able to open their albums like this,the aforementioned tracks contain every UFO trade mark and for the last 30 years this album has been milked by many a band to develop their own career,Def Lepard anyone?,side one of the original vinyl closed with the stunning 'Try Me' with typical jaw dropping guitar solo from Michael Schenker and the anthemic 'Lights Out',(an interesting aside, in the booklet the ridiculous original review by Geoff Barton,3 stars and denigrating Try Me!!!!)

Side 2 opened with 'Gettin Ready' which should have ripped up the charts,im sure had Aerosmith/Van Halen/Kiss or Ted Nugent recorded it' america would have fallen to its knees,still,'Alone Again' is a faithful cover version then its back to the rock god arena with the excellent 'Electric Phase' and sublime 'Love To Love',really this is music to die for,had Zeppelin recorded the last two tracks we would have feted them for ever.

Bonus tracks : 4 decent live recordings including Love To Love and Try Me with Schenker manfully trying to reproduce the album solos in the live arena,on reflection this disc is so good that the live tracks aren't needed but a nice touch none the less,this is a must have disc.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A jewel amongst the finest rock, 13 Oct 2006
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Without a doubt, Lights Out is one of the best rock albums to emerge from the fabulous '70s. Every song here is a "10+". No other band managed the beautiful use of background strings on rock songs like these legends did back in 1977. The formula was repeated in 1978 with Obsession, and then again in 1981 with the highly underrated The Wild, The Willing and The Innocent.

The fabulous UFO chemistry was at its best when they recorded this one. No need for commercial airwave success to recognize how awesome this band sounded. Arguably, this is one of the top 3 hard rock albums stemming out from real rock's most prolific era.

The cherry on the cake: The remastered sound of this edition is excellent (Note: other low quality remastered versions such as the double CDs issued by BMG are to be avoided).

This is an absolute MUST HAVE.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars UFO at their peak., 29 Oct 1999
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It's hard to believe now, but in the late 70's UFO were all that was right with heavy rock music and 'Lights Out' was an example of UFO at their peak. Michael Schenker is to the fore with guitar work which points forward to the likes of Eddie Van Halen and carries the album with fast, melodic riffs and solos, best exemplified on the title track. Phil Mogg's lyrics and vocals manage to be both soulful and world weary- a result of several hard years touring and wild living. Overall the band deliver a convincing set that manages to link the feeling of the late 60's ( Alone Again Or) with the contemporary energy of this era's punk. An excellent introduction to the band, only worth 4 stars due to its brevity and slightly muddy bass mix.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Misty Green and Blue, 4 April 2006
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The album where UFO accepted that keyboards had a part to play. After a couple of listens I defy you not to sing along with Lights Out and Love To Love. Much better for its remastering.
A short album...they had to be if they were going to be loud (ask your parents to explain "grooves")
Quite possibly the best voice in rock....and still getting better!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Classic UFO Sound, 10 Feb 2007
This is the architypal UFO album where the best line up ever found their true sound. I hate the term "heavy Metal" and don't consider UFO to be anything other than a quality rock band. This album has everything, powerful guitars and rasping solo's like the classic "Lights Out",a beautiful ballad in "Try Me" , melody, orchestral arrangements and the classic "Love to Love". UFO discovered here that they could use keyboards and keep it heavy. All eight songs are great with plenty of variety to make it a real good listen even thirty years on.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic British Hard Rock/Heavy Metal deserving of a wider audience...., 28 Jun 2014
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Stephen E. Andrews "Writer" (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Lights Out (Audio CD)
During their late 1970s heyday, UFO were a band I always wanted to like more than I did: they lacked the imagination and fire of more determinedly Heavy Metal monsters Judas Priest and lacked the widescreen feel of Dio-era Rainbow, but wrote some great tunes and were endearingly direct. They were, however, sometimes a little dull and lacking in imagination in the songwriting and arrangement departments, which I feel is why they've never gained the mainstream respect the likes of Zeppelin, Sabbath and Purple have. UFO were, in many ways, a band looking toward a different future for rock music as it became fragmented, setting the standard for straight-ahead heavy music (sometimes with mildly thoughtful, downbeat lyrics) alongside the like of Germany's Scorpions. Put them in context and they were clearly influential over many British and American bands that followed. While this might be clear to many rock fans of a certain age, younger listeners and mainstream rock fans may not yet appreciate UFOs importance in the scheme of things. Recently, I've examined their back catalogue in some depth and now feel they are generally one of the most consistently brilliant hard rock bands of the 70s and I'm now a dyed-in-the-wool Schenker period UFO nutter!

After an early career as a blues-spacerock combo - an era I find very interesting in their work - UFO signed to Chrysalis and settled on a lineup that took them down into an upward jetstream trajectory with the addition of much-vaunted Teutonic lead guitarist Michael Schenker, who to the uninitiated could be described as the European Eddie Van Halen. Fan favourite 'Phenomenon' followed - a record I personally find a little dull, despite it having one of the best record sleeves in history, even by Hipgnosis standards (and that's saying something). A couple of albums later, it seemed that UFO could hit the big time on both sides of the Atlantic and 'Lights Out' (issued in 1977) was the key part of their strategy for commercial success.

Taking on one Paul Raymond (no, not the naughty magazine publisher!) on second guitar and keyboards and employing a producer named Ron Nevison, who convinced the band to use strings and (rather subtly applied) horns on a few tracks on the album, the result was the bands' most varied, appealing and expansive album to date. Incidentally, if you're the sort of listener who instantly gets put off at the idea of horns on a hard rock record, trust me, there's nothing to worry about.

'Lights Out' is consequently a very listenable album for anyone who wants to invest in a classic British hard rock record: beautifully produced, consummately played, varied and well-paced, it's a taut, loud, energetic and highly professional set that doesn't outstay its welcome. It is, however, flawed by the inclusion of a pointless cover version of psychedelic-era ur-text 'Alone Again Or'. Love tend to be one of those bands the critical consensus of rock journos and trendy magazines rave about unreservedly, though personally I feel they're interesting but overrated. Despite this, UFO simply don't have a subtle enough approach to tackle this song - it's been covered a few times and the best cover is by The Damned and even that is fairly needless. It's a very specific, unusual and memorable song and as such, is a poor candidate for covering - the best covers tend to be either very straightforward or little-known songs that are then rearranged radically by the new artist, resulting in a startling new aspect of the song coming to the fore. To be fair to UFO, they show a lot of respect for the original and maybe that's the problem - their version seems pointless as a result.

The rest of the songs are all UFO originals, carved out equally between uptempo, ballad and medium-paced tracks. One high point for me is 'Try Me', one of the ballads, which has some great piano and a highly enjoyable coda section which showcases Schencker soloing with finesse, judgement and harmonic fealty to the excellent string arrangement that acts as a base for his guitar to ride over. While most hard rock/heavy metal solos are simply exercises in rapid fretwork for the sake of it with little attention to the art of melody and composition, this charge can't be levelled at Schenker here. Closing cut 'Love to Love' is another favourite, with vocalist Phil Mogg in fine voice and at his most wistful and introspective here, poetically singing about "misty green and blue....". This is late psychedelic blues merged tellingly with standard rock balladry, lovely stuff.

Other high points are "Just Another Suicide" written by Paul Raymond, so it naturally features some good keyboard work, which, when utilised well, tends to lift this kind of album from the monolithic dullness so much hard rock descends into by continually over-emphasising guitars, guitars and more guitars. 'Electric Phase' might almost be Mott the Hoople, while tracks like "Getting Ready" and "Too Hot to Handle" are more like Mott, the final lineup of Mott the Hoople. I make this comparison only to place UFO at the straighter hard-rock end of heavy metal for listeners unfamiliar with the band.

"Electric Phase" has some interesting guitarwork at the start and coda, which made me sit up and take notice - not to mention some bottleneck, slidy, fluid stringbending from Schenker throughout. As I say, he plays with more finesse than many of his contemporaries and copyists. The thin, spidery platinum guitar figures at the coda of "Electric Phase" seques into a plangent gong that ushers in closing cut "Love to Love".

On the downside, opening cut "Too Hot To Handle" is riddled with exactly the kind of hard-rock lyrical and musical clichés you'd expect. This cut is representative of UFO in their duller moments - if you find their single "Doctor Doctor" a bit of a bore, you'll know what I mean. Meanwhile, the title track is a powerhouse that barrels along and grows on you with each listen. A word here for singer Phil Mogg - he has a fine voice, good diction and the while the lyrics he sings/writes aren't always first rate - as a stylist he lacks the memorable timbres of Page, Osbourne, Dio, Gillan or Halford. He's a good singer, but technique and consistency sadly aren't enough to guarantee immortality - you have to sound different to stand out and Mogg, for all his good qualities, isn't a master stylist with an unforgettable voice.

Now a contextual comment: appearing at the moment that Punk Rock was the new big thing in the UK music scene, there is no doubt that UFO seemed old hat to young rock fans and those who had traced the development of outsider music from the Velvet Underground, through Bowie, Roxy, Prog and Pub Rock like Dr Feelgood. To me, this was the moment when music like UFOs started to become an even more derided ghetto than heavy music had ever been before, leading to the increasing use of the label 'heavy metal'. Chrysalis, of course, also had Generation X, so they had both bases covered. None of this stopped 'Lights Out' doing well in the USA though!

Overall though, if you're in the mood for a carefully crafted and gorgeously executed British hard rock album that reflects a certain period (the late 1970s) you can't go wrong with 'Lights Out'. It also has an excellent Hipgnosis sleeve (which for me eachoes the one of Hawkwind's 'Quark, Strangeness and Charm', a record from the same year that is absolutely brilliant), while the remastering is bold and clear and loud without loss of period detail. The bonus tracks show how proficient UFO were live - as you'd expect from a band who made their reputation by getting out there and playing. So if you are a fan of rock music in its broadest sense and fancy dipping a toe into the pool of hard rock just as it is about to become formularised as heavy metal, you can't go wrong here - this is a great fun record.

Finally, the edition I'm reviewing here is the 2008 remaster.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a classic from a great metal band., 8 April 2013
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As far as melodic metal goes UFO came up with some of the all time great releases in that genre. This one features the hit single "too hot to handle' and many other great songs. It's the typical mixture of hard rock and a few great ballads that ufo brought to the fore back in 1974. Michael Schenker fantastic guitar playing is really at it's peak here and this Is a band doing everything right. You won't be disappointed with this one if you love melodic metal or 70's hard rock.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Criminally underated, 15 Aug 2006
Perhaps the band's most well received album by the public and critics from UFO'S most praised era .

Schenkers goes in for the kill in Lights out and thoses monumetal rifs still hold up today .

Released at the height of punk can not be labled with the dinosre rock that that the fading Stone's ELP Quo Zepplin were producing at the time . Nor can it be thrown away with some of the tuneless dross Punk spawned

This album is freash full of punchy good time R& B when I mean RB in the clasic sense of the likes of the Who at their peak .

The rockers are in good taste drive with a lean rythem section taken to another level by Schenkers monstrous riffs and given soul by Phil Mogs emtoive vocals which in contrast to Robert Plants vocal acrobatics are in good taste and suit each song . There are lot of the band's standards here Lights out Too hot too handle Love to Love are all well known however there are some undiscovered gems like another sucide enhanced by Moogs soulfull raspy dilivery.

The production shines on Love to Love alone again and Try me all clasic rock balads it is a suprise that UFO never had chart sucess on a scale that was befiting of them since they had a good ear for a meledy and songs that stick in your head which they managed to diliver in a straight foward and radio freindly way at the same time with soul and heart .

Lights out desirves to be up there along with Paranoid , Exile on Main Street , Rocks and Machine Head . They were caugght in a rut in terms of great comercal breakthrough at the one side there was the excesive fading ramblings of above mentoined rock acts on the other there was the magzine foder that made up most of the punk acts with their political stance and superfucial appeal

Maybe it was there direct aproach and lack of pretense ie no over excesive guitar solos that ailented critics and rock fans of the day who were looking for more complex arangments lyrics about sprits and hills from their rock gods .They were too tunfull for punk However UFO will have the last laugh since this material is timless and does not require a dozen listens to be hooked or to appreciate complex music arangment's in short it all holds up better agaisnt more well known offerings from their rock contempries It it what all good music should be music for the enjoyment of the listener

I would rather listen to lights out over Lead Zeplin's four symbouls any day of the week
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pure class, 10 Jun 2008
This review is from: Lights Out (Audio CD)
Lights Out, and Too Hot to handle rock with enough riffs from the teutonic axe god Michael Schenker combined with the vocals of Phill Mogg who even shows his tender side on Love to Love which is a mystery to why he wasn't considered to be up there by the press to share the stage with the likes of Paul Rodgers and David Coverdale.

5 stars
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