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on April 28, 2011
The first years of UFO saw the band finding its way musically and while Mick Bolton's 3 albums with them are somewhat notable, it was obvious that the band were still trying to find their feet and voice in the rock world. By the time Michael Schenker enterned the frame on this release, their fourth, they'd finally arrived. The expanded, remastered edition of this album is very insightful and I highly recommend picking these remasters up for the faithful and for the newly initiated. The nuggets that can be found here are indsiputably, Rock Bottom and Doctor, Doctor. These tracks would give a great deal of testimony why Schenker brought so much to UFO's brand of rock music and provided it with a style from which the band could build upon. Other lesser known tracks like Crystal Light and Space Child seem to retain a bit of the former UFO qualities of the past, but with Schenker's distinctive playing, help to propel these numbers into an otherworldly style of sound. Oh My and Too Young To Know are below the gut rockers, while Time on My Hands is a swift, acoustic driven ballad-type of number that the band would continue to revisit on each successive album release. Built for Comfort kinda recalls a bit of Free in its interpretation, but never quite executes as successfully as they would have. The closing numbers, Lipstick Traces(a Schenker instrumental) and Queen of the Deep round out the record on a soild note and for an overall statement, Phenomenon certainly is a new and fresh start for the band that would continue to build from strength to strength over the next 3-4 years. There are some great bonus cuts for the die-hard fan here on the remastered release and also include, for a brief period, Bernie Marsden whom was the "inbetween" replacement and transition from Bolton to Schenker. I highly recommend this album to any fan of early 70's Hard Rock and for newbie's to UFO a GREAT, GREAT start!!!
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