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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Live UFO - Discs 1,2 and 4: Schenker; Disc 3: Chapman?, 31 July 2010
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This is a great release from UFO, Discs 1,2, and 4 being similar to Live on Earth, Werewolves from London, and Disc 2 of Covenant in capturing Michael Schenker at his rawest. Schenker's soloing on Disc 1 has at times to be heard to be believed - though the rest of the band lack a bit of pace on this recording and it is as if Michael is trying to make up for this by injecting energy. Disc 3 is almost certainly not Michael Schenker, but a '79 performance by Paul Chapman (please comment if I'm wrong about this). Chapman is on form, reproducing live the kind of blistering incendiary detonations we find in studio form on No Place to Run. At first I thought it was Schenker on this disc, but Schenker's trademarks were all missing, and whilst Schenker religiously sticks to melodic structures whilst reserving improvisation for solos only, Chapman sometimes replaces song-structure with improvisation.
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Initial post: 1 Aug 2010 18:42:58 BDT
Leftin says:
I tried ordering this set, and was told it had been withdrawn. Am trying again next week. If the 1st CD is from Germany '93, it's one of the first three reunion shows (of the Obsession line-up). I had it on tape once, and it's a remarkable show for a band which hadn't played together since '78. The lack of I'm a Loser is the only drawback. As for the 3rd disc, quite a few Tonka shows were recorded, so it's possible. Can't wait to get this thing!

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Aug 2010 22:10:35 BDT
A review of this at Amazon.com says Disc 3 is the limited edition CD "Parker's Birthday" re-released, which has Paul Chapman on guitar. Could you perhaps acquire the Box Set from Amazon.com?

Posted on 29 Jan 2011 18:23:25 GMT
Ramses says:
You're right, Paul Chapman. Excellent review man, thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jun 2011 20:32:30 BDT
Cheers Ramses - Chapman's effort on No Place to Run is fantastic - right up there with the Schenker material.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jan 2012 09:46:38 GMT
Just to let you know that "Parkers Birthday" is available to download as a single disc from a certain well known down load site.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jan 2012 18:24:54 GMT
Thanks Mr. Cairns!

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jan 2012 13:23:08 GMT
Last edited by the author on 23 Jan 2012 13:31:24 GMT
david says:
Tonka was a God. I loved his work with the UFO and if not for him we probably wouldnt have had the opportunity to enjoy so many great albums and live shows through the early eighties. His body of work with Lone Star was also fantastic,at least to my old ears anyhow. I am a Schenker nut but there is no doubt Tonka Chapman was up there with the best. Myself being a fan of loud eighties heavy metal I particularly loved his live renditions of the older numbers too.On stage he really swaggered and let rip with lots of controled feedback . Boy do I miss those shows. Cheers.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jan 2012 18:24:05 GMT
Cheers David - I believe I saw Tonka on the Making Contact tour, but it's so long ago I can barely remember it!
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