Thursday, July 4, 2013

UFO - Live (1972 uk, excellent hard bluesy rock, 2008 Repertoire edition)

 One of the most entertaining hard rock groups of all time, UFO quickly became a popular touring band throughout the world. This rare live recording features six scintillating performances by the group blasting on all cylinders. Kicking off with a spirited version of Eddie Cochran’s ‘C’mon Everybody’ followed by Bo Diddley’s ‘Who Do You Love’, the openers typify the heavy rock band’s R'n'B roots.

With charismatic vocalist Phil Mogg at the helm, this album documents a classic rock band at its best. “Live’ was recorded back in the days when we didn’t have any roadies and had to carry their own gear to every gig.”

Live (later re-issued as UFO Lands In Tokyo), was originally only released in Japan in 1972, soon after Mick Bolton left the group, and UFO set out to find a guitarist who could provide the band with a more standard rock sound.

1. C'mon Everybody (Jerry Capehart, Eddie Cochran) - 4:10
2. Who Do You Love (Ellis McDaniel) - 9:00
3. Loving Cup (Paul Butterfield) - 5:10
4. Prince Kajuku/The Coming Of Prince Kajuku (M. Bolton, P. Mogg, A. Parker, P. Way) - 8:20
5. Boogie For George (Bolton, Mogg, Parker, Way) - 11:30
6. Follow You Home (Way) - 6:00
7. Loving Cup (Single Edit) (P. Butterfield) - 3:58

*Phil Mogg - Vocals
*Mick Bolton - Lead Guitar
*Pete Way - Bass
*Andy Parker - Drums

1970  UFO 1 (2008 Repertoire remaster)

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  1. Originally released only in Japan as "UFO Lands In Tokyo", this is a real nice performance, featuring material from their first two albums, "UFO 1" and "UFO 2 - Flying". Guitarist on this and the other two releases is Mick Bolton, who was much more slow-handed than as Schenker. Unfortunately his playing lacked the commercial appeal of Schenker. Part boogie-based hard rock and part space rock, this early incarnation of UFO was innovative in ways playing. Recorded in of a large and seemingly enthusiastic Tokyo audience, the album sounds like it was recorded in a rush. UFO's second studio album "Flying" provided the band with an unexpected Japanese hit in the form of the single 'Prince Kajuku' b/w 'The Coming of Prince Kajuku'. The hit led to tremendous demand for more product with the immediate resulting being the release of 1972's "UFO Live In Japan"...This album the same track listing, but different cover art the was also released in Germany under the title "UFO Live".

    LIVE captures the original line-up in-concert, and it's interesting to hear the band in their formative stages. Half of the six songs are amped up covers ... Full Description of classics, such as Eddie Cochran's "C'mon Everybody," Bo Diddley's "Who Do You Love," and Paul Butterfield's "Loving Cup."Co-produced by the band and Milton Samuel, the six tracks pulls heavily from their first two studio sets featured original guitarist Mick Bolton, whose blues feel was the exact opposite of his replacement's highly technical speed runs I'll tell you that the results are professional, though seldom inspiring.

    It’s been speculated that this album, taped in front of an enthusiastic Tokyo audience in the early '70s, was recorded without UFO's knowledge. When it was issued, however, it ended up as the final recorded document of the band with original guitarist Mick Bolton still in the lineup. It was an unnecessary exercise, five of the six songs being rehashes of songs from their first two albums that were, as many live albums are, prone to bloated extended arrangements. Here the bandmembers favored their bluesy boogie side rather than their art rock aspirations, with the exception, in some respects at least, of their long "Prince Kajuku"/"Coming of Prince Kajuku" suite (which, in its studio version, had taken up much of the space on their second album, Flying). The only one of the half-dozen tunes not to have appeared in a studio arrangement on the first two UFO albums was a long, slow, and heavy slog through Paul Butterfield's "Loving Cup." The crowd certainly sounds as if it was eating the music up, and there's a somewhat more edgy raucousness than was heard in the studio counterparts, but it's not an essential release, even for fans.

    In January 1972, Bolton said goodbye to colleagues and a month later was replaced by Larry Wallis (ex-Blodwyn Pig and Shagat). But he, in October the same year left the band and went to the Pink Fairies. Since November 1972 with a UFO occurred Bernie Marsden, who in June the following year gave way to Michael Schenkerowi (ex-Scorpions). With him, the group entered the best period in its history. It started a great album "Phenomenon" released in May 1974 by Chrysalis Records label and contains such classics as "Rock Bottom" and "Doctor Doctor". At the same time changed the music of heavy metal on the luscious, full colored, inventive solos Schenker. The addition of the young blonde German guitarist injected new life in UFO and thankfully, a musical change of direction. Live In Japan closes chapter one in the long UFO story. The concert recording is for the hardest of die-hard fans of band only. Live In Japan isn't in the same solar system as UFO's legendary 1979 double-live effort, Strangers In The Night.