Post by The Chris
See...for me, the golden age was the Force It -to- Lights Out Era. �I
won't even listen to Obsession anymore, even though it's probably
their heaviest/angriest album. �I could listen to those three albums
every day. �How's that for dating oneself??
That material - to me - is like those first Kiss albums - they hadn't
found their groove yet... But, honestly, it's tied to what you heard
first - that's what you make your impression from. My first exposure was
the crushing riff to 'Too Hot To Handle' and the sweet strings of 'Just
another Suicide' :) � However, they impressed me live that day..
Check out their "Showtime" DVD and/or CD...pretty good stuff with the
Moore/Bonham lineup. �They played well together. �Not sure what
they're up to these days. �The "You Are Here" studio album with Moore
is worth picking up. �The one that came after (Monkey Puzzle?)...not
I have all those recordings - I have pretty much everything by UFO - and
a few boots...
The flipside of the classic UFO lineup was the...combustibility
issue. �You never knew when those guys were going to blow up.
Schenker, from what I've read, was notorious for mailing it in if he
wasn't feeling up to it. �Way was usually half in the bag, and Mogg
was always looking for someone to punch. �A bunch of tragic figures
really, in the sense that they should've made it a LOT higher that
where they ended up, if it weren't for their self-destructiveness.
One day... I'll get that book about them by Poppov..
You Are Here uses A LOT of melodic material from Vinnie Moore's
previous solo work.
The solo on "Just Another Suicide" is perfect Schenker: compact,
featuring his incredible ability to play off the melody, with a
beginning, build up, and elegant ending. On that record he played
through a Pignose (!) with his V and the ubiquitous-from-that-era wah
set at midway for tone. His vibrato is impeccable there.
From what I've been able to tell, Michael Schenker has not managed his
money well at all.
I agree with dv: Schenker sounds ANGRY on Obsession, and I think it
pushed his playing to another level, esp on "Pack It Up And Go," "You
Don't Fool Me," and "Hot 'N Ready." Those solos were set up in a
wildly different context from the ones on Lights Out: Producer Ron
Nevison found an empty huge US mail sorting hall in LA, and Michael
BLASTED through his Marshalls a bunch of solos and fills and they
picked the best ones. Michael was also, I'm guessing influenced by
seeing/hearing some of the hotshot LA guitar players in clubs around
Lights Out is, all-in-all, a better UFO record though. Obsession
sounds like UFO hired a hotshot guitarist, and yet it's still
Schenker! (I liked Michael's contributions to Lovedrive, too, esp
"Another Piece Of Meat," which is terrifically fast and aggressive
soloing by Michael...it almost sounds like Jabs to me, because some of
the phrases sound more like what Jabs did later on that what Michael
did later on. I wonder if some day it will come out that that solo
featured bits of BOTH guys?)
Vinnie Moore has said that touring with UFO is like being in a real
version of Spinal Tap.
I only recently found out that Martin Popoff had done a book on UFO.
It apparently went quickly out-of-print, and used copies are priced
stratospherically. And I have access to 25-30 libraries, and there is
not one copy to be found in any of them.