TITLE: UFO 1
YEAR RELEASED: 1970
CHART ACTION: No
SINGLES: Shake It About, Come Away Melinda, Boogie for George, C’Mon Everybody
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Nope. For a good reason, too.
LINEUP: Phil Mogg, Mick Bolton, Pete Way, Andy Parker
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: First album finds the UK band straddling space rock, hard rock and blues rock and coming up with…nothing, really.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: I could say the sound and production is flat, but I know that they were on a shoe string budget.
What I can say for sure is that the band didn’t quite know what they were doing, what they wanted or what direction they wanted to take. They dabbled in space rock, psychedelic ballads, boogie (with a song called “Boogie”, no less), and a hard rock band (their version of “C’Mon Everybody”).
Pete Way’s bass is way out there in the mix, and though Mick Bolton’s guitar has some riffin’ moments most of the time he’s back there noodling with effect and wah-wah pedals.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: It’s not streaming by itself, but the Beginnings collection has all three pre-Michael Schenker UFO albums, if you’re so inclined. I’ve got two more to review. I’m kind of not looking forward to them…(NOTE, no, I’m not…I decided not to.)
Also “C’Mon Everybody” was big in Japan. So was Spinal Tap…
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: See above.
GRADE: C-: A riff here, a semi good idea there. A lot of noodling. A muddled sound. It’s not the UFO I want or need.