Decent Enough I Suppose
riot67 | detroit | 10/05/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I generally don't care for compilations but this one isn't bad. The biggest problem I have always had with UFO is inconsistency and really their best Album is the live record "Strangers In The Night" so a compilation is probably fitting and best in this case. And while it is true that "Love To Love" is a classic timeless track ultimately UFO has not aged gracefully but the best of what they had to offer is pretty much covered here."
Get Strangers Instead
Wild Colonial Boy | England | 03/13/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"As a rule I just don't do compilations! You miss out on the variety and mood of the whole "album" thing. How the original material was put together and intended to be heard is important to me. That having been said If you are new to UFO and need a taster then this is for you. This CD has all the studio versions of the generally recognised classic songs from UFO's heyday in the seventies. However this is a fairly limited cross section of a band who's music has spanned over four decades and is still strong and varied to this day. The compiler like me was obviously a Schenker fan and recognises their best work. I would personally recommend the "Strangers in the Night" live album instead which you can pick up dirt cheap at the moment. Strangers has most of the same songs but here you are talking about one of the finest live albums ever recorded and well worth adding to your collection!
If you do stump up the cash for either of these and realise that UFO are a quality rock band you will almost certainly want to hear the Schenker albums from the seventies first. UFO and the various off-shoot projects have produced so many albums now you will need to take in all the reviews to make an unbiased judgement. Opinions will vary greatly as the line up has been very unsettled over the years and many fans still debate the virtues of Schenker or Chapman on guitar. The two more recent albums "You Are Here" and "The Monkey Puzzle" are also very good with Vinnie Moore on guitar. I would also recommend the Mogg/Way albums and the brilliant "Dancing with St Peter" by $ign of Four (Phil Mogg project). Sorry I'm rambling on...get the compilation and start collecting some great rock music!