Lights Out [2008 Bonus Tracks]by UFO
Despite a few generic moments, Lights Out is probably the best studio document of what elevated UFO above the '70s hard rock fray. Within a Euro-blues framework, the classic lineup that lasted from Phenomenon through Strangers in the Night incorporated challenging dynamics, epic balladry, and a more than occasional sensitivity. On Lights Out, all three of these traits come together in powerful fashion, most notably on the space rocker-cum-ballad "Love to Love," where a ridiculously heavy intro gives way to flourishing poetics. "Gettin' Ready" and an oddball Love cover, "Alone Again Or," also showcase the band's sensitive ambiguities, never compromising the group's overarching hard edge. Not enough can be said either about UFO's stand-out individual performances, particularly Phil Mogg's street level vocals, which no doubt greatly influenced Joe Elliot and Paul Di'Anno. Then, of course, there's the matter of Michael Schenker's deservedly lauded lead guitar. Expressive and bluesy with a tone nearing perfection, even the more pedestrian tunes are made worthwhile due to a Schenker solo. Lights Out holds up well; its subtleties are worth mentioning because the band always make it a point to rock hard, and the playing is always on. Almost completely overlooked stateside, Lights Out is a lost gem. [The 2008 reissue included bonus tracks.] ~ Matthew Kantor
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- Parlophone (Wea)
Performance CreditsUFO Primary Artist
Michael Schenker Guitar
Phil Mogg Vocals
Paul Raymond Guitar,Keyboards
Pete Way Bass
Andy Parker Drums
Technical CreditsRon Nevison Producer,Author,Audio Production
Alan McMillan Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Derek Oliver Liner Notes
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This album was rated one the top 10 that you must have to insure a complete rock colletion. Its fantastic!!
UFO has to one of the most underated bands of all time, these guy's could rock.Phil Mogg,Michael Schenker,Andy Parker,Pete Way and Paul Raymond were one of the best lineups ever.Too Hot To Handle,Just Another Suicide,Light's Out,Getting Ready and Electric Phase will rock your sock's off.The rock balled's Try Me and Love To Love are nicely done.I was 15 in 1977 when Light's Out came out and it is one of the best rock album's ever-bar none.A solid production top to bottom.I recommend buying it. 5 stars!! Hail to one of the best bands in rock history,,, UFO!!
One of thier best albums this is! "Too Hot To Handle" is hard rock at its finest! There are two epic ballads in "Love To Love" and "Try Me" complete with string arrangement! Their cover of Love's "Alone Again Or" sounds fantastic as Schenker reproduces note for note the original trumpet solo on the guitar! Phil Mogg's singing also stands out. It's good to see this underrated album in remastered and expanded form!