UFO – Force It (1975)

FrontCover1UFO are an English rock band that was formed in London in 1968. They became a transitional group between early hard rock and heavy metal and the new wave of British heavy metal. The band’s current lineup includes vocalist Phil Mogg, lead guitarist Vinnie Moore, rhythm guitarist and keyboardist Neil Carter, bass guitarist Rob De Luca, and drummer Andy Parker. They have gone through several line-up changes, leaving Mogg as the only constant member, and had two hiatuses (1983–1984 and again from 1989 to 1991). The band are also notable for featuring former Scorpions guitarist and MSG founder Michael Schenker, who was a member of UFO from 1973 to 1978 and again, occasionally, between 1993 and 2003, when Moore replaced him. In May 2018, Mogg announced that he will retire from UFO after one last tour as a member of the band in 2019.

Over a career spanning 52 years, UFO have released 22 studio albums, 14 live recordings, 16 compilation albums and one album of cover songs. They achieved moderate success in the late 1970s and early 1980s with several albums and singles (including their 1979 live album Strangers in the Night) in the UK and US Top 40 charts, and have sold over 20 million records worldwide. Some of their best-known songs include “Doctor Doctor”, “Rock Bottom”, “Natural Thing”, “Lights Out”, “Too Hot to Handle” and “Only You Can Rock Me”. UFO are considered one of the greatest classic hard rock acts,[9] and often cited as one of the key influences on the 1980s and 1990s hard rock and heavy metal scenes. The band were ranked number 84 on VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock”.

Force It is the fourth studio album by the British rock band UFO, released in 1975. It became their first album to chart in the United States.


The album was produced by Ten Years After bass player Leo Lyons. Another Ten Years After member, Chick Churchill, played keyboards, the first use of that instrument on a UFO record.

The somewhat controversial original cover was designed by Hipgnosis, as were almost all other UFO albums of the 1970s. The nudity on the cover verged on breaching decency standards and the genders of the couple in the bathtub were not known for several years. The models were later revealed to be Genesis P-Orridge and Cosey Fanni Tutti, both later of the influential industrial band Throbbing Gristle. The artwork was softened for the initial US release, making the couple in the bathtub transparent. The cover is a pun — there are multiple taps (British English) or “faucets” (US English) in the picture, which is a play on the album’s title. (by wikipedia)

The US frontcover:

Michael Schenker and Phil Mogg really started to find their groove as a songwriting team with their second album together (and fourth UFO release overall), Force It. In fact, the last remaining folk and space rock tendencies that had stolen much of Phenomenon’s thunder are summarily abandoned here, as the group launches itself wholeheartedly toward the hard rock direction that would make them stars. The first step is taken by Schenker, of course, who confidently establishes the aggressive, biting guitar tone that would define all the releases of the band’s glory years. “Let It Roll” and “Shoot Shoot” kick off the album in rousing fashion, and while holding them under a microscope might reveal them as rather disposable slabs of hard rock, they would remain concert favorites for the band nonetheless.


The punchy single “Love Lost Love” sounds tailor-made for the American market and acoustic ballad “High Flyer” is quite good, despite taking a dip in energy. But things only really start to gell on the album’s second half. Schenker and Mogg wheel out their most mature composition yet with the piano-led “Out in the Street,” whose softer sections truly highlight Mogg’s highly disciplined, understated vocal style and make the guitar player’s more restrained soloing all the more memorable. Schenker is soon back in charge, however, on the stuttering riffs and blistering fretboard work of “Mother Mary” and the downright vicious stop-start strut of “This Kids” — both UFO anthems. One of the band’s best albums, Force It will not disappoint lovers of ’70s English hard rock. (by Eduardo Rivadavia)


Phil Mogg (vocals)
Andy Parker (drums)
Michael Schenker (guitar)
Pete Way (bass)
Chick Churchill (keyboards(


01. Let It Roll (Schenker/Mogg) 3.57
02. Shoot Shoot (Schenker/Mogg/Way/Parker) 3.40
03. High Flyer (Schenker/Mogg) 4.09
04. Love Lost Love (Schenker/Mogg) 3.22
05. Out In The Street (Way/Mogg) 5.18
06. Mother Mary (Schenker/Mogg/Way/Parker) 3.50
07. Too Much Of Nothing (Way) 4.03
08. Dance Your Life Away (Schenker/Mogg) 3.35
09. This Kid’s (including “Between the Walls”) (Schenker/Mogg) 6.14
10. A Million Miles” (previously unreleased studio track) (SchenkerMogg) 4.49
11. Mother Mary (live) (Schenker/Mogg/Way/Parker) 4.05
12. Out In The Street (live) (Way/Mogg) 5.12
13. Shoot Shoot (live) (Schenker/Mogg/Way/Parker) 3.48
14. Let It Roll (live) (Schenker/Mogg) 5.00
15. This Kid’s (live) (Schenker/Mogg) 4.19



Another censored frontcover:

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UFO – Mechanix (1982)

FrontCover1Mechanix is the tenth studio album by the British hard rock band UFO; it was released in 1982. The contemporary music-press adverts on the album’s release carried the tag-line ‘Mechanix: it will tighten your nuts’. Immediately after the completion of the tour in support of the album, founding member and bassist Pete Way left the band to join former Motörhead guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke in Fastway.

It was reissued in 1994 on Repertoire Records. The album was also reissued in 2009, remastered with an expanded booklet and bonus tracks. (by wikipedia)

A great record with some fine songs. Starts off with The Writer, a great rocker showing vocalist Phil Mogg in fine form. Next up is a rare cover track for the bank, Something Else. A fun high energy song that would have been great live. Now on to the highlight, Back Into My Life. The band slows it down a bit and Phil Mogg sings the hell out of this song. Two other great ones on this record are We Belong To The Night and Let It Rain. Fun high energy record when the partying and personnel issues were becoming major issues in the band. (by Thomas Abraira)


Neil Carter (keyboards, guitar, background vocals, saxophone)
Paul Chapman (guitar)
Phil Mogg (vocals)
Andy Parker (drums)
Pete Way (bass)


01. The Writer (Chapman/Mogg/Carter) 4.12
02. Somethin’ Else (Cochran/Sheeley) 3.21
03. Back Into My Life (Way/Mogg) 4.59
04. You’ll Get Love (Carter/Chapman/Mogg) 3.10
05. Doing It All For You (Way/Chapman/Carter/Mogg) 5.02
06. We Belong To The Night (Way/Carter/Mogg) 3.57
07. Let It Rain (Way/Carter/Mogg) 4.01
08. Terri (Chapman/Mogg) 3.53
09. Feel It (Way/Mogg) 4.07
10. Dreaming (Carter/Mogg) 3.57
11. Heel Of A  Stranger (Japanese CD edition bonus track) (Way/Chapman/Carter/Mogg) 4.05
2009 Digital Remastered edition bonus tracks:
12. We Belong To The Night (live in Oxford, 25 March 1983) (Way/Carter/Mogg) 4.34
13. Let It Rain (live in Oxford, 25 March 1983) (Way/Carter/Mogg) 3.07
14. Doing It All for You (soundcheck at The Birmingham Odeon, 26 March 1983) (Way/Chapman/Carter/Mogg) 5.21





Various Artists – Reading Rock – Volume One (1982)

lpfrontcover1The twenty second festival possibly had a more attractive lineup than 1981, at least if one was a heavy rock devotee. The inclusion of hard rock guitar stalwarts Gary Moore, Randy California, southern rockers Blackfoot and erstwhile pub rockers Dave Edmunds and Wilko Johnson gave the lineup spine that was missing from the previous year.

   The headliners were also a tad more prestigious. The Scorpions/UFO former lead guitarist Michael Schenker, whose repertoire veered into the sort of metal jazz/rock territory inhabited by Jeff Beck- as well as delivering more predictable hard rock fare -gave Sunday night a touch of class .
   Budgie and Iron Maiden were guaranteed to deliver an exciting hard rock show, regardless of whether one thought of them as innovators within the genre or not. Maiden’s credentials were reinforced by the presence of Bruce Dickinson , the erstwhile Samson lead vocalist , who had taken over the vocal spot from Paul Di’Anno .
   All three of these artists were recorded by the venerable BBC and broadcast on the Radio One Friday night rock show in 1983 .
Iron Maiden
Once again, Reading delivered a mid range experience for the punters , no top end acts like Pink Floyd or the Stones which needed a mega crowd to return the organisers a profit, but a solid workmanlike bill that would leave the attendees satisfied in the main . This was what Reading was about at the time, but the formula was about to change , as 1983 would be the last Reading for several years, at long last , the never ending story was about to come to a ( temporary ) stop (by ukrockfestivals.com)
It is strange that Mean Records chose to include a couple of tracks that weren’t actually from the 82 Festival – Whitesnake’s recording was from the 79 Festival and UFO’s from 1980. Yet, they neglected to include tracks from bands that did perform like – Iron Maiden, Gary Moore and Tygers of Pan Tang. Below is the (almost) correct running order of the 1982 Reading Festival, taken from the official festival program. Perhaps they had intended to release a Volume Two (based on the name for this release – Volume One) but as far as I can gather this did not happen. (by Mr. AussieRock)
Michael Schenker
I add ten more songs from this great Festival (thanks to rockonvinyl.blogspot.de)
01. Whitesnake:  Walking In The Shadows Of The Blues (Coverdale/Marsden) 4.40
02. Terraplane: I Want Your Body (Morley)  5.47
03. Marillion: He Knows You Know (Marillion) 4.46
04. Jackie Lynton: Slow Rider (Lynton/White) 4.46
05: Budgie: Superstar (Shelley/Thomas) 4.07
06. Bernie Marsden: S.O.S. (Marsden/Hawthorn) 4.42
07. Chinatown: I Wanna See You Tonight (Chinatown) 3.58
08. Randy California:  Come On Woman (California) 4.07
09. Stampede: There And Back (L.Archer/R.Archer/Bond) 5.44
10. Twisted Sister: Shoot ‘Em Down (Snider) 5.07
11. Michael Schenker: Attack Of The Mad Axeman  (Schenker/Barden) 4.31
12. Marillion: Three Boats Down From The Candy (Marrilion) 4.40
13. Terraplane: Turn Me Loose (Morley) 4.13
14. Just Good Friends: You Really Got Me (Davies) 4.27
15. UFO: Hot And Ready (Schenker/Mogg) 3.25
16. Budgie: Panzer Division Destroyed (Shelley/Thomas) 6.20
17. Grand Prix: Keep On Believin’ (Lanzon/O`Donoghue) 5.10
18. Spider: All The Time (Burrows/Harkness) 4.07
19. Chinatown: Caught On The Wrong Side (Chinatown) 4.24
20. Jackie Lynton; Hedgehog Song (Lynton) 4.57
21. Gary Moore: Nuclear Attack (Moore) 5.27
22. Iron Maiden: Wrathchild (Harris) 3.32
23. Praying Mantis: Nightmares (C.Troy/Potts/Carroll/T.Troy) 3.01
24. Tygers Of Pan Tang: Blackjack (Tygers Of Pan Tan) 3.04
25. Y&T: Black Tiger (Kennemore/O´Conner/Rush/Haze/Alves/Meniketti) 4.14
26. Gary Moore: Parisean Walkways (Lynott/Moore) 5.25
27. Iron Maiden Tush (Beard/Gibbons/Hill) 6.05
28. Praying Mantis: Flirtin’ With Suicide (C.Troy/Potts/Carroll/T.Troy) 5.28
29. Tygers Of Pan Tang:
Slave To Freedom (Cox/Dick/Weir) 5.18
30. Y&T: Forever (Kennemore/O´Conner/Rush/Haze/Alves/Meniketti) 5.47

UFO – Chicago (1980)

FrontCover1Here is a note from soundaboard.blogspot regarding the opening Alpha Centuri track:

Don’t be fooled when you hear Foreigner’s Head Games in the first track, it is just the warming sound on the monitors before the show begins.

And what an enormous show this is, despite some drop-outs and small cuts, and also some DJ talk but not intrusive. It’s another one of those fabulous UFO performances at the International Amphitheater in Chicago this time on the No Place To Run tour on 1980 March 16, with the song Too Hot To Handle being dedicated to Bon [AC/DC] Scott that passed out [sic] one month before this gig.

Thanks to sniffy for sharing this at Dime.

Recorded live at the International Amphitheatre, Chicago, IL; March 16, 1980.
Very good to excellent FM broadcast.

Paul Chapman (guitar)
Phil Mogg (vocals)
Andy Parker (drums)
Paul Raymond (keyboards, guitar, vocals)
Pete Way (bass)

01. Alpha Centuri (Chapman) 4.47
02. Lettin’ Go (Mogg/Way/Chapman) 3.42
03. Youngblood (Mogg/Way) 4.45
04. No Place To Run (Mogg/Chapman) 5.03
05. Cherry (Way/Mogg) 4.18
06. Only You Can Rock Me (Way/Schenker/Mogg) 4.43
07. Love To Love (Schenker/Mogg) 9.01
08. Mystery Train (Parker/Phillips) 5.39
09. Doctor Doctor (Schenker/Mogg) 7.17
10. Too Hot To Handle (Way/Mogg) 5.27
11. Lights Out (Schenker/Mogg/Parker/Way) 3.54
12. Lights Out (Cont.) (Schenker/Mogg/Parker/Way) 5.51
13. Rock Bottom (Schenker/Mogg) 14.10
14. Shoot Shoot (Schenker/Mogg/Parker/Way) 13.26