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Not Quite Dangerous Enough,
This review is from: Mechanix (2009 Digital Remaster + Bonus Tracks) (Audio CD)
Eddie Trunk's brilliant narrative in the liner notes states "UFO are still required listening at all times, making me feel like a kid again, and that really is the sign of a great rock band".
"No other band has managed to merge melody with heavy rock as successfully as UFO". Couldn't agree more but you just get the impression here that the melody had started to overshadow the heavy rock and started the journey towards a more commercial UFO. Pete Way thought so and left soon after.
This is a nice re-master, same as the recent crop it's nicely done but not much different. Reasons to buy another copy then. Terrific liner notes by Eddie Trunk. You get 4 bonus tracks, "Heel of a Stranger" which is an average filler track and three live recordings from Oxford and Birmingham in 1983. First of these is "We Belong to the Night" which is very nice indeed. "Let It Rain" is also a heavier version, these live bonuses showing off the best bits on offer here. "Doing It All For You" is the final extra which is again edgier than the recorded version.
The best tracks are the opener "The Writer" and "We Belong to the Night". More commercial than any of the previous albums, the cover of the classic "Somethin' Else" just doesn't work like the earlier "Mystery Train". "Back Into My Life" and "Let it Rain" are nice catchy tunes but there isn't much to get the old heads banging. Generally the bite is reserved for the bonus tracks which are very good and what you expect to get from UFO live. The rest is a little lightweight compared to earlier efforts but still an enjoyable listen. Older and more mellow myself the album has stood the test of time quite well and is something I might listen to now but would not of touched in my younger days back in the eighties. The best songs are still quality with more than an ample amount of keyboards and sax. This is undoubtedly Neil Carter's influence but he did help hold things together while the others partied for their lives. Whilst neat and professional the album indicates what was to come in the 80's until Pete Way came back into the fold, followed by the classic line up reunion for "Walk on Water".
In Summary Mechanix is a reasonable album and worth getting for the tracks mentioned. 4 star effort at best with the bonuses and packaging added. Bass player Pete Way, who wasn't happy with the direction, left shortly after this release and is quoted "there is a certain amount of danger in rock `n' roll for it to be really good". This just isn't quite dangerous enough.