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Whats Goin' On ?,
This review is from: Original Album Series (Audio CD)
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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Initial post: 3 Apr 2014 08:33:43 BDT
Dave Carter says:
You made some good points there, especially regarding Mr.Mogg's unique qualities. Not a bad Post Office Joke either...
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