The value of this set obviously cannot be faulted. All the albums from UFO's most successful, and probably highest-quality period for a little over a tenner is remarkable.
But, having gone through the process of issuing all of these albums as remasters with bonus tracks, why is this set missing almost ALL of the bonus tracks from those releases? As another reviewer pointed out, the version of Strangers In The Night here is not the expanded version, but in actual fact NONE of the albums are the expanded versions. Leaving out demos and yet more live tracks (when actually rather a lot of bonus live material has been included in this box anyway) is fair enough, but there are genuine studio bonus tracks. There are some unreleased bonus tracks in their place, but most of them are just single edits of regular tracks, or further live versions (in most cases taken from the BBC In Session and Live Concert album).
Bonus tracks missing tracks: Sixteen, Doctor Doctor (Live), Oh My (Demo), Sixteen (Demo) from Phenomenon A Million Miles, Mother Mary (Live Radio One), Out In The Street (Live Radio One), Shoot Shoot (Live Radio One), Let It Roll (Live at The Roundhouse), This Kid's (Live At The Roundhouse) from Force It All Or Nothing, French Kisses, Have You Seen Me Lately Joan, Do It If You Can, All The Strings from No Heavy Petting Lights Out (Live At The Roundhouse), Try Me (Live At The Roundhouse), Love To Love (Live At The Roundhouse), Getting' Ready (Live At The Roundhouse) from Lights Out Hot 'n' Ready (Live), Pack It Up (And Go) (Live), Ain't No Baby (Live) from Obsession Cherry (Live), Hot 'n' Ready (Live) from Strangers In The Night (Remaster)
Bonus tracks included: Give Her The Gun (from Phenomenon) Sweet Little Thing (from Phenomenon) Doctor Doctor (single edit, 1st time on CD) Doctor Doctor (live single edit, 1st time on CD) On With The Action (live, 1st time on CD) Try Me (single remix, 1st time on CD) Only You Can Rock Me (single version, 1st time on CD) 6 tracks from BBC In Session And In Concert (seven more are not here, one is listed above) 8 tracks from an unreleased concert in Atlanta, 1974
So yes, this set is good, but it's not perfect, and things have probably been left off and replaced with other unreleased material so that completists will feel the need to buy both this and the individual remasters.
most ufo fans will have all these albums, this 5 cd set consists of ALL THE SCHENKER ERA ALBUMS FROM 74 TO 79, as well as the 1973 ep give her the gun, great remastering, my only problem at first was the bonus tracks that came out with the ufo chrysalis albums reissues back in 2008 are not included here, HOWERVER what we do indeed get here is an amazing show from 1974 and i belive it was one of ufos first ever us gigs, i have had this show on a cassette tape for about 30 years and always looked for it and hoped to find it as a bootleg on lp or cd at record fairs and second hand record shops but this show to my knowledge never came out on bootleg cd or lp so i was thrilled to see it included on this 5 cd set, for me that was the main selling point here, outside of that i have everything else here, this show from georgia 1974 was recorded for radio so it sounds awsome, ive been a ufo fan for 33 years now and i hope they do the tonka years from 80 to 83 as a box set like this, if that is indeed done then i hope they include the whole hammersmith 83 gig that was released as headstone from the farewell shows in april 83, i have loved every era of ufo from the ufo 1 album in 1970 on to ufo two ( or flying) in 1971 onto this era, the tonka era but the only era i did not like was the 84 to 86 poser pretty boy atomic tommy era tailor cut for us radio and mtv at the time, odd but i did like the aint misbehavin mini album from 1988 and loved the high stakes album with archer and edwards in 1991 as well as the awsome reunion album walk on water back in 1995, im still rockin to ufos new music today in 2011 and i think there line up now is great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! phil mogg has always been an amazing song writer to me, if you are a so so casual fan and dont have all these albums then you can get them all here with the bonus show from 1974 for a great price, you cant loose with this set if you like ufo in any way.............
A great collection whereby you get 5 studio albums plus their live Strangers in the Night, plus a live set in Atlanta, plus bonus tracks plus cuts from the Bob Harris and John Peel sessions! This is widely acknowledged to be their prime period, with tracks such as Doctor, Doctor, Lights Out, Rock Bottom, Shoot Shoot, Only You can Rock Me etc. It seems that Michael Schenker brought something extra to the band that made them really stand out during the 70s. If you only want one UFO collection, this is the one to have. Excellent!
The music here is timeless; some of the best hard rock ever produced.
I'd like to take a moment & give a big thanks to those who did a great job with the compilation.
What you get is a 90s style double CD box including the 5 discs along with a nice 16 page coloured booklet (no lyrics but hey; that would be way over the edge I deem) plus many bonus recordings all related to that respective period.
That's how a compact priced yet full reissue should be; unlike many out there with only some cheap cardboard sleeves over the discs & barely the song titles on the back
What a bargain, for about £12, you get 5 studio albums, the essential live classic Strangers in the Night, plus some unreleased goodies (radio broadcasts etc). What you get is one Britains premier hard rock bands, at their commercial and artistic peak, (mid to late 70s when Metal Mickey wielded the Axe). The studio albums, may contain a mixture of classics and fillers, but every rock fan should own Strangers in the Night, and at the price there are no excuses not to buy.
bought this after i bought temple of rock michael schenker as i forgot or should i say not listened to my old ufo lp,s for quite a while and realised just how good ufo where in there early days as always these collections are great value as a replacment for old vinyl
You got 5 discs of Micheal Schenker Driven UFO. Definatly a very underated band, the guitar work and musicianship is 1st class, some great double bass drumming from Andy Parker but in my oppinion Mad Micky Scenker steals the show throughout. Don't think singer Phill Mogg would like to hear that but he's got a good voice aswell, I'm just more into the music than vocals TBH. Turn up Hot 'n' Ready, that song says it all. 10/10 Can't think of anything bad to say about this.10/10