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5.0 out of 5 stars Why is this band not up there with Zep, Sabbath, Purple, Whitesnake, Rainbow etc?, 14 April 2010
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I own all of the pivotal albums by most of the major rock bands. Briefly remembered the name UFO when I was a 10-year-old at the tail end of the 70s and the association with Michael Schenker and the MSG (written on the back of every denim jacket!). Never paid them any attention (assumed them to be substandard Heavy Metal Band) until last week when I was trying to find new music to buy on Amazon. Listened to 'Force It' because I recalled the striking cover with the couple in the shower which my best mate's older brother had when I was a kid. Listened to this album and thought it was top notch and not remotely Heavy Metal! Immediately listed to Phenomenon, No Heavy Petting, Lights Out, Obsession and Strangers in the Night and all of these brilliant with not a single duff track on any of them and highly varied material as well with straight ahead rockers mixed with strings, sparkling keyboards and recorders! Really warmed to Phil Mogg's voice so it was not just about Schenker's riffs. Hence I bought them all. I've just belatedly come to the conclusion that this is one of most under-rated bands of the 70s, with a stellar run of 6 brilliant albums and I'm amazed that they are virtually now forgotten. I subscribe to Classic Rock, Uncut, Mojo and Q and never a mention of UFO. All Music Guide rated Lights Out, Force It and Strangers in the Night highly (and the other 3 less so) but to be honest all of the 6 aforementioned albums are equally as good. Buy them all! Incidentally I work with a few late 40-something German colleagues and not one of them have ever heard of Michael Schenker! They had heard of Page and Blackmore! Re-evaluation of the merits of UFO is required ASAP.
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Initial post: 20 Nov 2011 23:57:21 GMT
R. Pievaitis says:
sorry francis but if you do subscribe to classic rock magazine then you cannot be reading in thoroughly.ufo are mentioned more or less every month.there is always a mention of mad mikey or pete ways drinking or some quote or other from the mogg man .
as for your 40 odd year old colleagues where have they had their heads/ears for the last 30/40 odd years ?
my god we worsnhipped at the alter of ufo in the mid late 70,s here in leeds.when ever they came to play at st georges hall in bradford-which was our nearest "big"venue we were always at the front of the ticket queue on a saturday morning-way before the web-then you had to actually queue !
saw them so many times,in particular the tour for this album.we were all set to see mad mikey again and then heard on the local radio-pennine radio ,that he had left the band !!!!
wtf-who was going to play the guitar tonight ?
well it was paul chapman ex lone star(bells of berlin anyone ?),it was a very good gig,but somewhat subdued by the loss of schenker-why oh why did he leave-i know its all about the mix of rock bottom and his fall out with ron nevison and the constant jibes by mogg et al.rather odd/hard being a wayward 20 year old guitar prodigy in the mid 70,s esp. german with a bunch of absolute drunkards as band mates,who could be very cutting with their "weird" english humour.
best album-this one -no-try no heavy petting for true schenker madness.the riffs are amazing and the sound of his flying v is truly unique.my fave hard rock album ever.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jun 2012 02:00:47 BDT
Thanks! You are quite right about Classic Rock magazine. I was sloppy! It does cover a lot of UFO as well as my favourite AOR bands like Journey, Boston and Styx! It's my favourite mag. I was really referring to the highly pretentious Uncut and Mojo who have for some reason deemed it acceptable to like Led Zeppelin, but not Purple, Sabbath, Whitesnake or UFO.
Cheers!

Posted on 27 Jun 2014 13:17:16 BDT
Euromancer says:
UFO not Heavy Metal? These days many bands that those of us buying records in the 1970s regarded as HM no longer appear in the HM sections of record stores, which I find laughable personally. However, this is mostly down to the fact that the term Heavy Metal wasn't universally applied to bands in a genre sense until the late seventies. In fact the first time that Heavy metal was reduced to a genre was around the time of the NWOBHM - yep, as usual, second-third wave derivative bands were the ones that stuck to a formula, whereas the hard rock scene that preceded what people now think of as HM was wider and more interesting - Sabbath, Zeppelin and Deep Purple all contributed to the founding of what would become HM, then Judas Priest and AC/DC pretty much found their hit formulas by 1976-77 and the genre started becoming a formula.

To me, UFO are a classic metal band - but these days Hard Rock isn't considered HM by many younger listeners. I think those listeners are missing out - the 1970s was a great period to listen to when it comes to the founding of HM: Zeppelin, Sabbath, Priest, Blue Cheer, Grand Funk, BOC, Aerosmith, UFO, Priest, AC/DC, Budgie, Scorpions, (even) Wishbone Ash all contributed to the founding of the HM genre. Not listening to these bands and not considering them part of HM is a bit like listening to contemporary Punk having never heard The Stooges, The VU, MC5, New York Dolls and the first waves of British and US bands circa 75-77.

...and maybe your description 'substandard HM band' says a lot about HM since it became a formula! Can only agree with you!
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