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Album: Phenomenon
# Song Title   Time
1)    Oh My
2)    Crystal Light
3)    Doctor Doctor
4)    Space Child
5)    Rock Bottom
6)    Too Young to No
7)    Time on My Hands
8)    Built for Comfort
9)    Lifstick Traces
10)    Queen of the Deep
11)    Sixteen
12)    Oh My
13)    Give Her the Gun
14)    Sweet Little Thing
15)    Sixteen - (previously unreleased)
16)    Doctor Doctor - (live)
 
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Performer Notes
  • UFO: Phil Mogg (vocals); Michael Schenker (guitar); Pete Way (bass); Andy Parker (drums).
  • Recorded at Morgan Studios, London, England.
  • Personnel: Phil Mogg (vocals); Michael Schenker (guitar); Andy Parker (drums).
  • Audio Remasterer: Peter Mew.
  • Liner Note Author: Neil Jeffries.
  • Recording information: Morgan Studios, London (06/06/1974); The Golders Green Hippodrome, London (06/06/1974).
  • Photographer: Hipgnosis.
  • Up until their 1974 album, PHENOMENON, England's UFO had issued several albums that did little to expand their cult fan base at home, let alone worldwide. But through an early-'70s tour with German metallists the Scorpions, they finally found the missing piece to the puzzle--guitar wizard Michael Schenker. UFO convinced Schenker to leave the Scorpions (which wasn't an easy task, since his older brother Rudolf was a member), and their '74 release sounds like a band reborn.
  • Schenker's stellar playing seems to have lit a fire under the compositions, many of which rank amongst UFO's all-time best--namely the soon-to-be live show-stoppers "Doctor Doctor," and "Rock Bottom" (as evidenced on UFO's classic STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT live set). PHENOMENON set the stage perfectly for such future hit UFO releases as LIGHTS OUT and OBSESSION.
Professional Reviews
Q (3/95, p.122) - 3 Stars - Good - "...The mix gives Mogg the limelight with Schenker riding free on a barrage of thrusting salvos....[PHENOMENON] cut[s] a fine, upbeat swagger, central to everything that was anathema to the arrival of punk rock..."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.121) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Schenker was a new, modern guitar hero whose crunching riffs and clean solos reinvented UFO as a cutting-edge hard rock act."

Record Collector (magazine) (p.96) - 4 stars out of 5 -- [C]atchy, riff-laden rockers topped off with Phil Mogg's bluesy howl and Schenker's searing guitar wizardry."
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