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UFO Reissues EMI (2008)

The first three re-issues with lots of extra tracks, many unreleased plus there are interviews with the band, producers and more in the inlay sleeves (although I can't comment on these as they are not available with the promo editions).

Phenomenon was their first album to feature guitarist Michael Schenker and it has the classic 'Doctor Doctor', although songs like 'Space Child' don't stand up so well all these years later. Six bonus tracks including 'Sixteen', a previously unreleased song on here in demo and finished version (the demo along with a demo version of 'Oh My' were both produced by Dave Edmunds). There is also a great live version of 'Doctor Doctor'.

Two German only songs complete the set, namely 'Give Her the Gun' and 'Sweet Little Thing'. UFO had certainly found their hard rock style on this album and would go on to refine it further over the next few albums. ***

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Force It a UFO 'must have' album in my book and their first to feature keyboards (provided here by Ten Years After band member Chick Churchill). You've got so many great rock tunes on here like 'Let It Roll', 'Mother Mary', 'Shoot Shoot' plus the epic 'This Kid/Between The Walls' when UFO go all Wishbone Ash in the second part of the song!

Five bonus songs on here, four being live versions of album songs and 'A Million Miles' is previously unreleased. This is a good slow UFO song, starting off with Phil Mogg and the piano before stepping up a gear when the rest of the band joins in. ****

No Heavy Petting saw Danny Peyronal join on keyboards (although he was gone by the band's next studio release). Musically it is a mixed bag with 'Martian Landscape', the Peyronal penned 'Highway Lady' and 'Can You Roll Her' stand out songs.

The bonus songs are a very enjoyable cover of the Small Faces 'All Or Nothing', along with four previously unreleased songs 'French Kisses' (nice little rock 'n' roller), 'Have You Seen Me Lately Joan' (an average UFO mid tempo rocker), 'Property' (you can see where the Quireboys pinched their ideas from!) and the lovely ballad 'Sunset Lights'. ***½

All three are bound to delight UFO fans and if you are new to the band or only know their more popular songs and had to pick only one, definitely add 'Force It' to your collection.

Review by Jason Ritchie


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***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly


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