U.F.O.

November 16, 2010 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: November 16, 2010
  • Release Date: November 16, 2010
  • Label: Light In The Attic
  • Copyright: (c) 2010 Light In The Attic Records
  • Total Length: 28:41
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  • ASIN: B0044AO43Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,493 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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It adds to the mystery of this very talented man.
Max Brandt
Your best bet is to listen to audio samples if they're available, or check around places like YouTube to listen to clips posted there.
mackdaddyg
Jim Sullivan made some very good music on this cd.
azron

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By mackdaddyg on November 16, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Jim Sullivan's U.F.O. is a mighty strange yet very pleasant gem straight out of left field. The lp was originally released over 40 years ago and didn't see much in distribution or sales. The lucky few who purchased the album found a really unusual slab of wax. Lots of surreal lyrics set to music that could be eerie, catchy, or both at the same time.

Jim's voice in itself is good in a singer/songwriter kind of way. One might say it's a bit limited, but it works very well with his material. According to the liner notes, his live performances consisted of only him and his guitar, yet the tracks on this album are fleshed out with a small back up band, along with some brass or strings here and there. Thus, the album may not be a true representation of what he normally sounded like, but the arrangements and performances are very well done, and perhaps aid in making the music and words a bit more accessible without totally selling out.

That being said, the album does take a few spins to really sink in, and it is a bit of an acquired taste. Your best bet is to listen to audio samples if they're available, or check around places like YouTube to listen to clips posted there. It's a short album (clocking in around 30 minutes), but it's an enjoyable way to spend many half hours.

The Jim Sullivan story is eerie in itself (he disappeared in 1975 and no one seems to know what really happened to him) and very well told in the liner notes. In fact, the booklet is chock full of pictures and newspaper clippings along with a well written essay about Jim's life and the making of this album. It makes for a very intriguing read.

It should be noted that this cd was mastered from vinyl sources. Not surprisingly, the master tapes went missing a long time ago.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey A. Sherman on January 27, 2011
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I discovered this CD a few months ago when I heard an interview on NPR with one of the guys from the record company that is responsible for this release. I had never heard of Sullivan, but this CD is a wonderful revelation. It seems strangely familiar to me. The songs are sometimes wistful and sad and not of a genre that I normally enjoy, but I can't get enough of this disc. They did a great job with the sound considering they didn't have master tapes, but only low quality vinyl from which to start.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By William Johnston VINE VOICE on February 16, 2011
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...I bought this because I heard it on NPR. I hate people like that. Er, people like me. I guess I am getting old. Next I'll go buy a greatest hits collection of someone who just died.

Very cool album. Very SoCal. Very 1970s. A crowd pleaser. Your mom will like it cuz it's kinda pretty and so will your son when you tell him that dude disappeared in the desert and was probably beamed up into a UFO cuz thats what the song says or he was killed by a crazy desert mafia family who high-tailed it to Hawaii. You can also recommend it to your friend who knows more about music than you do (don't worry, they never listen to NPR) and say "Whaddya mean you've never heard of Jim Sullivan" and either smirk or frown as you see fit. Or just keep it in your car and play it as you drive. It is great, mellow dusk/dawn driving music.

Oh man, I gotta go..."Wait Wait Don't Tell Me" is about to start.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve Zubal on January 16, 2011
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I happened to notice the cover-art for this album while researching other albums. And I'm glad I did, com'n everyone likes a mystery. This mans sound is not unique, most of what I listen to is 'head-music' from 67'-81' and I can compare the vocal sound of Jim Sullivan to that of Gary Brooker (Procol Harum) also early Cat Stevens, and Steve Winwood. Ref. 'A Salty Dog'...'Mona Bone Jakon'...and 'John Barleycorn Must Die'. Indeed track 8 'So Natural' sounds like a Brooker/Reid comp. with the voice and organ and the morbid topic. This album recorded in 69' shares a lot in common with the more country sound being fermented in rock-music at the time. In this respect what you have here is a time capsule. I can't thank Light In The Attic Records enough for this fabulous release. It is short 28:46 and it's mastered from vinyl, hence the 4 star rateing. The muscianship is fantastic throughout and the sound is clear and well balanced. Jims' acoustic guitar is the dominant feature on each song, the bass really helps drive the music toward the 'rock' idiom especially on the title track and there's acoustic bass too which again is performed to world-class standard. I really like the string sound and arrangements, they add depth and emotion, it's not a full orcestra so it has a warm quality like 'Last Time Around' "In The Hour Of Not Quite Rain". Jim was obviously a well liked guy who these musicians respected and brought their 'A' game to these sessions. There's electric guitar on track 2 a mellow lead between vearses, I like the rhythm in this song, it plays in my head comfortably, there's a keyboard part here that puts a bit-of-a L.A. stamp on the song, very fitting. Side one builds op nice but side two really dilivers U.F.O. is a neat song, it could be covered in a lot of ways.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Neal on December 14, 2010
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Mackdaddyg's review was great so I'm not going to attempt to write a complete review as he did because I almost completely agree. You can listen to full sample tracks here;
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Wrecking Crew was his backup band on this.
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