Strangers in the Night [2008 Bonus Tracks]by UFO
Unfortunately, this concert album is often overlooked when discussions of the great live rock albums of the '70s arise. UFO's Strangers in the Night deserves to be right up there with Kiss' Alive! and Thin Lizzy's Live and Dangerous, based on the excitement the group and its audience generate and due to the quality of the hard rock compositions. This is a band at its peak, with its prime lineup (led by German guitar-monger Michael Schenker) and all of its best songs. The group paces itself at the beginning, opting for some lesser material, but begins to hit a stride on the early track "Doctor Doctor." "Mother Mary" and "This Kids" combine all the elements of Led Zeppelin's best rock (concise riffs, mammoth drumming, etc.), while the introduction to "Love to Love" displays the talent of the instrumentalists. "Lights Out" is probably the band's best-known song, while the guitar solo-soaked "Rock Bottom" was an oft-requested fan favorite. UFO closes their set with the let-the-good-times-roll singalong "Too Hot to Handle" and the then-state-of-the-art heavy metal of "Let It Roll." The group may have been at its peak at the time of Strangers in the Night, but Schenker had a falling out with singer Phil Mogg (whose vocals bear a resemblance at times to AC/DC's Bon Scott) soon after the album's completion, and promptly left UFO. Schenker pursued pop-metal in the '80s with the Michael Schenker Group/MSG (plus very short stints with both Aerosmith and the Scorpions), while UFO never recovered from losing him and sank into obscurity. Although the group is rarely mentioned anymore in America, UFO's mark has been left on bands such as Metallica, Megadeth, Def Leppard, and the Smashing Pumpkins. A long-lost hard rock classic. [CRC's 2008 edition included 2 bonus tracks.]
- Release Date:
- Parlophone (Wea)
Performance CreditsUFO Primary Artist
Michael Schenker Guitar
Phil Mogg Vocals
Paul Raymond Keyboards,Vocals
Pete Way Bass Guitar
Andy Parker Drums
Technical CreditsMichael Schenker Composer
Pete Carlson Stage Crew
Mike Clink Engineer
Mark Eshelman Stage Manager
Ron Nevison Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Pete Way Composer,Author
Derek Oliver Memorabilia,Photo Courtesy
Curtis Evans Reissue Design
Tristan Greatrex Memorabilia,Photo Courtesy
Paul Elliott Liner Notes
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A good friend had turned me on to UFO back in '78 or so, playing me the early classics such as " Phenomenon" " Force It" " No Heavy Petting" , etc., and I fell in love with the band right then. So it was a no brainer when this seminal live album came out that I buy it immediately. When the opening riff of 'Natural Thing' blew out of my speakers, the hair on my arms and the back of my neck stood on end, and to this day I still get that same rush when I listen to either the original or the remasted w/ bonus tracks. For the record (no pun intended) the original left off the two bonus tracks and mixed up the set list somewhat. The remastered version w/ bonus tracks is the actual set list in the orignal order as it was played during that tour. Why the original was " butchered" as it was, I don't know, but I still love them both to this day. Bottom line is that anyone who loves not only good rock & roll, but also the live album, must own this record and if they can still get their hands on a copy, the original as well. In my opinion, by far, the best hard rock live album ever recorded, with 'KISS Alive!' a close second and 'Frampton Comes Alive' rounding out the triumvirate of the all time greatest live albums ever produced.
This cd is cool.I think UFO is better off without Michael Schenker.UFO should recruit Carlos Cavazo Because he is more talented than Michael Schenker and faster.Heed my words Phil Moog I know what I am talking about.
One of the best live albums of all time! This remastered version is the one to get. While it doesn't include any new bonus tracks you get an expanded booklet with liner notes and a lot of cool pictures! Get it and hear Schenker tear it up on the extended jam during "Rock Bottom". A very good live version of "Doctor Doctor" too!
I had never heard of UFO until my uncle talked about them one day, he said "If you have never heard of UFO then you know nothing about rock and roll. He was right. Michel Schenker is one of the best guitarists of all time hands down. He rivals other great guitarists of that Late sevnties period including Eddie Van Halen. This is a must have if your into classic rock.
UFO can now be considered a pretty "obscure" band,but nobody ever made a better live album than this one.No one.Mother Mary and I'm a Loser are 2 great songs.Get this if you like loud music.