UFO (speaking of Space Rock)
posted at 5/13/2013 12:46 PM EDT
UFO, a British hard rock band, may possibly have had more success / popularity in Europe than it ever had in the US / North America, but either way ... do you know much about them or own any of their music?
UFO, founded back ca. 1969, may also be one of those under-valued bands, especially in terms of their live albums.
"Strangers in the Night" seems to be a true classic among classics; it was UFO's last concert performance with guitarist Michael Schenker (too bad he had a drinking problem ...). The album is critcally aclaimed, and mentioned as one of the greatest live albums of all time, let alone in the era that it was recorded (1978).
I just counted: there are 35 former members of this band, that span the timeline of the band. That's a lot of musicians to go through. And yet, they have persisted. They've recorded a slew of albums and in 2011, EMI released a box set of 6 albums from the Michael Schenker era, "The Chrysalis Years, 1973-1979" ; they released their 20th studio album in 2012, "Seven Deadly."
The second box set, years 1980-1986, was not seen in as positive a light, as those years found the band in a deep decline.
Sadly, the band's descent ultimately came from a combination of factors including drugs, alcohol, personnel issues, and very pedestrian song writing. Much of the material during their descent was a mixed bag, not all bad by any means, but a downfall from the heights where they once resided.
The band is thought to be under-valued, due to the uneven nature of its output.
Any thoughts? They're still touring, but their turf does not seem to include North America.