No Heavy Petting [VINYL]
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The previously unreleased extras are worth the price of admission a Peyronnel ditty "All the strings" Two covers "All or nothing" a live favourite and another Frankie Miller cover "Have you seen me lately Joan". Even time for two UFO compositions "French kisses" and "Do it if you can".
Put these alongside the classic riff of "Natural thing" or the best concise solo Schenker has ever attempted "Reasons Love" you get a six star package.
A lot of time and effort has gone into these three reissues
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on the first track "natural thing"the guitar sound from schenker is awesome - what a mother of all riffs.the album contrasts the songs well from rockers to slower ballads.
this is not the ufo of the lights out/obsession era but just as good in a more subtle(!) way.even franky miller gets a look in with one of his "pop songs" being covered for a possible single release i would have thought.
this album did not sell too well but things were to change in the next 12 months with the departure of danny peyronnel(ex heavy metal kids ) and the incoming paul reymond on keyboards/guitar
.i love this album purely for the attacking sound of schenkers flying V(plus a few decent songs).give it a try ?
bonus tracks: 5 studio tracks none of which will ever trouble the heavier classics in the bands catalogue but they are all excellent, covers of the small faces and frankie miller(the 2nd cover on this album),all would have been welcome on the original release although it does hint at maybe the band wanting to head off into a mellower area,more Bad company than Judas Priest.This is the UFO album to listen if you want something different.
All in all after 30 odd years and the addition of 5 excellent studio tracks this album has warranted a reappraisal and a solid 4 star rating.
Maybe it didn't have the immediate impact of "Force It", but it's still great, anyway.
I could never understand why this wasn't the breakthrough album that the band deserved, it's a complete mystery! Some blamed new keyboard player Danny Peyronnel, but it wasn't his fault, as the keyboards always added something to the sound. I think the main problem is that UFO really needed a keyboard/guitar player (which they got with Paul Raymond), to beef up the heavier songs, and add sparkle to the slower ones.
It opens with the brilliant "Natural Thing", and then continues with a particular favourite of mine "I'm a Loser", both later immortalized on the superb live "Strangers in the Night". The live versions even surpassed these studio ones, but they are both brilliant songs anyway, so they still stand up.
The material on this album is first rate, and I can't understand why the likes of "Belladonna" (probably their best ever ballad), the powerful "Reasons Love" (with Schenker on fire, again!), and the brilliant, sleazy "On with the Action", didn't ever make it into the live set, as they are all as good as any songs that the band ever wrote. Even the stuff that Peyronnel co-wrote were still good, and I like listening to "Highway Lady" and "Martian Landscape".
There's nothing at all wrong with this album,even the production is pretty good, although producer Leo Lyons got his marching orders after this one to be replaced by Ron Nevison for the next three. It seems like "scapegoats" were needed for this album not being the success that the band had hoped, so the producer, and the keyboard player got the boot!Read more ›
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Classic brit 70's rock , the way only ufo can do it , brilliant from start to finish .Published 5 months ago by hoghedge
Better was to come from UFO, but this is still worth a listen.Published 9 months ago by Richard Firth
It's been a long time since I've heard this album so glad I have it againPublished 20 months ago by paul ford
this album is ruined by 'peyronel' his keyboards just don't fit in,the songs i like are the one's when i can't hear him playing. Read morePublished on 15 Mar. 2009 by harry monk
best thing about the album is its stand out track and a favourite of mine is "Natural Thing" but the album still deserves 5 stars since albums like these reflected the band well in... Read morePublished on 28 Dec. 2007 by spike