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UFO: Rockpalast-Hardrock Legends Vol. 1 (DVD)

The folks from MIG (Made in Germany Music) continue on with their fantastic Rockpalast series and dig another gem out of the old TV show vaults with this kickin' 1980 set from British hard rock legends UFO. Recorded not long after Michael Schenker left the band and they recruited Paul Chapman to take over guitar duties for their new album No Place to Run, the show here features a bunch of old favorites as well as a healthy sampling of songs from that album.

Let's face it, Chapman is a wonderful guitarist, and his meaty riffs and tasty solos on his Candy Apple Red B.C. Rich guitar are all over rockin' cuts such as "Lettin' Go", "Long Gone", "No Place to Run", and the cruncher "Making Moves". You can tell the band seemed to have happily moved on from the drama that is Michael Schenker, and they are all playing with plenty of fire and intensity, with Phil Mogg especially in fine form vocally. Paul Raymond by this time has also departed the band (joining Schenker's group) and replaced by Neil Carter on second guitar & keyboards. With the always solid rhythmn section of Pete Way and Andy Parker, the band chugs along like a well oiled machine throughout this set. Chapman, as good as he is, isn't Michael Schenker. He gives his own spin on many of the older UFO classics, but in the end, Schenker proves to be a tough act to follow. You wind up missing the German's mix of pentatonic scales and classical runs during tunes like "Lights Out", "Rock Bottom", and "Too Hot to Handle", although let's give Chapman plenty of credit for firing off some searing licks during the haunting "Love to Love" and adding some extra thump to "Only You Can Rock Me".

Ultimately this is a very impressive set from a re-energized band who in 1980 were basically out to prove that they more than just a backing band for the guitar god Schenker. They certainly did that, and though Chapman didn't quite have the special skills that Schenker did, he was more than up for the task and shows just what he brings to the table throughout this set. The DVD contains decent sound and video presentation, and though there are no bonus features it's still a solid hour + of early 80's UFO, which, no matter how you like at it, is a good thing.

Track Listing

  1. Lettin' Go
  2. Long Gone
  3. Cherry
  4. Only You Can Rock Me
  5. No Place to Run
  6. Making Moves
  7. Love to Love
  8. Mystery Train
  9. Too Hot to Handle
  10. Lights Out
  11. Rock Bottom
  12. Doctor, Doctor

Added: September 11th 2010
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 2421
Language: english

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