UFO - Strangers in the Night: Worlds Greatest Albums DVD
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Featuring rare previously unreleased footage of UFO in concert, this is the long awaited critical review of the album in the company of UFO founder member, the legendary Pete Way. Featured cuts include a rare promotional film for Only You Can Rock Me. Also included is rare live film of the band performing as a four piece shortly after Michael Schenker joined the band. Never before released on DVD these tracks are included in their entirety as a marvellous record of UFO live onstage at a time when the band was beginning to emerge as a true rock phenomenon. Features an in-depth critical review by Pete Way.
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If I had one complaint, it would be the choice of footage. I have two short television performances from 1975 and 1977, that would have covered the Strangers In The Night album material much better. I give the producers kudos for exhuming the long lost DKRC tapes, but it's too bad these other two Schenker-era shows couldn't have been added as well. Then I would have been in heaven!
- [Digression: Imagine SEEING footage of Eric Clapton performing his seminal version of Robert Johnson's Crossroads that was released on Cream's Wheels of Fire album and you'll have some idea of the stature of this UFO concert footage.] -
At long last we have a complete on DVD live concert performance of the undisputed UFO classic ROCK BOTTOM, not to mention DOCTOR DOCTOR & SPACE CHILD from their first album and the rare GIVE HER THE GUN which was only released as a single from the Phenomenon sessions.
Ignoring the first track, Boogie for George, except perhaps for a comparison with what the pre-Schenker UFO was like, tracks 2 through 5 are the meat & potatos. This is classic UFO material, when the group was comprised of Michael Schenker, Phil Mogg, Pete Way & Andy Parker in that brief period before the group's management started recommending additional sidemen in what turned out to be a succession of synthesizer/keyboard players in a move to shift UFO's harder blues rock sound, that emphasized Michael's guitar, into something more slickly commercial. [Note: Watch the apparently sync'd 6th track, Only You Can Rock Me, for an example of the expanded, keyboard saturated UFO.]
The DKRC segment is from a performance on a large brightly lit stage recorded in front of a packed auditorium in 1974 or early '75. The videotaped footage may appear slightly faded because of the bright lighting and perhaps a bit soft, but it's not bad at all considering the age of the source material and the lighting provides an excellent impression of the size of the hall and audience reaction to UFO's high-octane live performance.
Thankfully Kirshner's professional camera crew REALLY knew what they were doing: lots of footage of Schenker solos and amusing stage competitiveness between Schenker and bassist Pete Way, and Mogg's voice is dead-on throughout. I can't recall ever having seen a better shot stage performance!
Sound wise it's quite good, but don't expect the last word in digital high-fidelity recording from a video tape broadcast over 30 years ago. OTOH, I've only checked out the 2 channel Dolby; I'm not currently set up for surround, so no comparisons have been made with 5.1 Dolby or DTS settings.
Classic Rock Direct Critical Review DVDs have been hit & miss, but that doesn't mean that CRD releases should be dismissed out of hand; this is one of those rare exceptions where the supplemental material is FAR more worthwhile than the featured material. In fact, the documentary is pretty much a waste, but the BONUS footage is another animal entirely, well worth adding to every collection of great rock performances. Treat your ears and eyes to UFO in their prime!
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