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on 20 August 2014
This collection ranges back to the 1970's and shows the unique nature of this band. They were, and still are, strong in every area that a heavy rock band needs. In Phil Mogg, they have a social commentator with superb lyrics and vision. The songs have catchy choruses and the power ballads are absolutely heart-rending. However, when they want to, they can rock as hard as anyone. "Rockbottom" and "Lights Out" are evidence of their abilities. They have superb riffs using their excellent bass player Pete Way, ably assisted by an excellent drummer in the shape of Andy Parker. This bands are no set of headbangers, there is serious musicianship under their memorable songs. The lead guitarist, Michael Schenker, relies on melodic and speedy guitar solos to polish off their superb performances. Paul Raymond on keyboards gave a new dimension to their sound, especially relevant in the poignant "Love to Love." This series of albums is an excellent introduction to a young band on the make and, for the price of a coffee and a doughnut, you can have some of their best music pumping out of your car as you drive home from work. You won't regret it!
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on 6 March 2014
UFO one of the greatest Hard Rock bands the world has seen. After two studio and one live album of Blues infused Space Rock they were joined by a young Michael Schenker, and over the course of these five albums 74-78 they transformed themselves into melodic Hard Rock Titans. Schenkers legendary status for me is encapsulated within these five LPs 78s Obsession is one of the greatest Hard Rock albums of all time and sounds like nothing else. Recorded in a disused Postoffice they delivered a first class album, his guitar playing is arguably at its creative peak,the solos and fills are mindblowing, and Phill Mogg has to be one of the most overlooked vocalists in Rock, his phrasing and diction second to no one, this coupled with his astute observational and at times cryptic lyrical musings on the human condition set him apart from most other writers in this particular idiom. After Obsession and follow up live album Strangers in the night they should have taken their place at Rocks high table but wayward lifestyle choices and Schenkers struggle to cope with the pressures of stardom causing his departure saw them blow it. Despite all this they have still managed to make some great albums over the years.
The Obsession line up reconvened in 1995 along with producer Ron Nevison and made the fabulous Walk On Water which briefly showed what might have been but again it wasn't to last.
I could go on for days extolling the virtues of U.F.O just like most other people here but the point i want to make is what is the reason for this release? If you are a fan of this band you will probably own these albums already, individually in remastered form with bonus tracks or you will have the Chrysalis years volumes one and two.The first one featuring all of these albums plus the iconic Strangers In The Night and a late 74 gig from Atlanta as well as the odd non album track. If for whatever reason you don't own any of these albums and are thinking of investing in some U.F.O then the Chrysalis years volumes one and two are the ones to get. In terms of content and cost they by far represent the best value. Also later this month we are being treated to the complete studio albums collection. Now, i love this band but Overkill is a bit of an understatment especially when theres still loads of great Rock music from yesteryear waiting to see a first time release on cd.
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With the release of Original Album Series by U.F.O.
you get 5 remastered Cds by the group for the low low price of just one.

Unlike other sets these DO NOT include any extra tracks which is a shame.
This really does add to the attraction of buying them.
Certainly other similar releases which have the extra tracks and often remastering have sold by the shed load.
(For example the Yes and Jefferson Airplane releases)
They are bought by the fans who already have the CDs and any one with just a couple of the Cds to their name
The companies Chrysalis/Warner have missed a trick not adding additional tracks which the fans really deserve.
If they had they would sell this set in bucket loads
.A missed opportunity and a slight letdown for any fans who already has the set? .
BUT...
For any one new these are a fantastic purchase or if you only have these on Vinyl and they have worn out then you really cannot do wrong (as David M Simpson pointed out to me.)

All the CDS are held in replica LP sleeves and housed in a card box which is fabulous for storing.
And you have to give credit to UFO their covers were simply wonderful.

The Albums are
"Phenomenon" (1974),
"Force It" (1975),
"No Heavy Petting" (1976),
"Lights Out" (1977) and
"Obsession" (1978).
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on 3 January 2016
Excellent purchase if you didn't have the original LPs, or want to replace them with CDs. These are five of UFO's finest albums, exactly as they originally came out (albeit remastered). The cardboard CD sleeves are replicas of the original LP covers, right down to "side 1" and "side 2" on the track listings. No superfluous "bonus" tracks, which has been lamented by one reviewer but is a plus point to me, since bonus tracks are almost always either live or "alternative" (ie inferior) versions of the songs you've just heard, with the occasional track that is "previously unreleased" (usually for good reason).
This is a great way of getting five excellent albums for the price of one, and hearing them as they were meant to be heard.
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on 22 March 2016
Released in 2014 this is a 5cd in cardboard sleeves box set. The cds are, PHENOMENON, FORCE IT, NO HEAVY PETTING, OBSESSION, AND LIGHTS OUT. LIGHTS OUT is there biggest seller even going top 30 in the USA. All the albums r gr8 and for the £8 i paid gr8 value as you would pay £10 for 1 cd on its own. There still going, PHIL MOGG is still a gr8 singer, and apart from a American geetarist there British. If you love this 5cd box then get there live album STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT then another gr8 album THE WILD, WILLING AND THE INNOCENT, there albums are all good but there early stuff is what rockers go for. If your into 70,s rock, hardrock, or even just any hardrock go get this 5cd box now.
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on 11 March 2015
UFO are without a doubt one of the greatest rock bands to come out of the 70's. And if you've ever heard them you know why I say this. These are the first five studio albums to feature Michael Schenker, and in my opinion are the bands greatest works, not including their live masterpiece Strangers In The Night. While this is a bare bones collection, no extras here, it is well worth having to keep in your auto, or just for backups, and at the price you can't go wrong. The only thing missing is an original running order Strangers In The Night .
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on 3 March 2016
I was a UFO fan back in my teens but have nver got round to replacing my limited vinyl collecion with CDs so this set was an ideal way to get a lot of good music for a very reasonable price. Albums are a good selection of their music although the sound quality is not the best on some tracks and would have benefitted from re-mastering. Packing also a little on the basic side but for the price overall happy with the purchase.
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on 22 July 2015
The five classic UFO albums released together at a very low price. Any hard rock/metal fan must own this albums and the live Strangers in the night. Of couse I'm talking about 70's hard rock, the real one not that hair thing of the 80's.
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on 11 March 2015
UFO at their finest - in no small part due to Michael Schenker, but Way, Mogg and Raymond were also at their peak during this period.
This IS UFO
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on 20 April 2015
most of the music is ok but didn't like every track , recording transfer was ok but these are old recordings so must except this quality I suppose .
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