Strangers in the Night (UFO album)


Strangers in the Night (UFO album)

Infobox Album | Name = Strangers in the Night
Type = live
Artist = UFO


Released = January 1979, rereleased 1999
Recorded = US tour 1978
Genre = Hard rock, Heavy metal
Length = 69:13 (original album) / 76:54 (1999 edition)
Label = Chrysalis Records/EMI
Producer = Ron Nevison
Reviews =
*Allmusic Rating|4|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:2h17gjlrj6in link]
Last album = "Obsession"
(1978)
This album = "Strangers In The Night"
(1979)
Next album = "No Place To Run"
(1980) |

"Strangers in the Night" is a live album by the British rock band UFO, first released in 1979 (see 1979 in music) on the Chrysalis label.

The album was recorded in 1978 at shows in Chicago, Illinois, Youngstown, Ohio, Cleveland, Ohio and Louisville, Kentucky. This was UFO's last concert recording with guitarist Michael Schenker before the band's reunion in 1993. Schenker departed the band immediately after the tour ended and it has been rumored that he refused to record any overdubsFact|date=July 2007 for the album, which would make this an accurate account of his live guitar work. When he has discussed the album, Schenker has spoken of disappointment with the chosen tracks, saying "there were better takes they could've used". (However, it should be noted that, to date, Schenker has never been directly asked in any printed or recorded interview about recording overdubs for "Strangers".)

"Strangers in the Night" peaked at #8 on the UK charts and #42 on the US charts. "Strangers" is often listed by critics and fans as one of the best live rock albums of all time. [cite web|url= http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/3526300.stm|title= Results of Classic Rock Magazine Live Album Poll|accessdate= 2008-07-16] [cite web|url= http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:jcftxql5ldde|title= Strangers in the Night Review at Allmusic|accessdate= 2008-07-16] Slash, former guitarist for Guns N' Roses and current guitarist for Velvet Revolver, has previously stated that this is his favorite live album. [cite web|url= http://www.snakepit.org/equip.html|title= Slash's favorite albums|accessdate= 2008-07-14]

Some of the songs were recorded from a show from UFO's tour with Blue Öyster Cult.

Original track listing

#"Natural Thing" – (Mogg/Schenker/Way) – 3:57
#"Out in the Street" – (Mogg/Way) – 5:07
#"Only You Can Rock Me" – (Mogg/Schenker/Way) – 4:08
#"Doctor Doctor" – (Mogg/Schenker) – 4:42
#"Mother Mary" – (Mogg/Parker/Schenker/Way) – 3:25
#"This Kids" – (Mogg/Schenker) – 5:11
#"Love to Love" – (Mogg/Schenker) – 7:58
#"Lights Out" – (Mogg/Parker/Schenker/Way) – 5:23
#"Rock Bottom – (Mogg/Schenker) – 11:08
#"Too Hot to Handle" – (Mogg/Way) – 4:26
#"I'm a Loser" – (Mogg/Schenker) – 4:13
#"Let It Roll" – (Mogg/Schenker) – 4:48
#"Shoot Shoot" – (Mogg/Parker/Schenker/Way) – 4:07

In 1999, EMI reissued "Strangers in the Night" with an expanded edition featuring two bonus songs. The announcement at the beginning of the expanded CD version indicates the first track was recorded in Chicago but was not so according to the booklet of the 2008 remaster. The audience noise is from Chicago and the intro for the CD was used from the Chicago show. Two tracks, This Kids and Mother Mary are actually studio tracks with crowd noise added as outlined in the 2008 remaster booklet. The track listing was also reordered to more accurately reflect UFO's setlist at the time.

Reissue track listing

#"Hot 'n' Ready" (Bonus) – (Mogg/Schenker) – 3:26
#"Cherry" (Bonus) – (Mogg/Way) – 3:44
#"Let It Roll" – (Mogg/Schenker) – 4:48
#"Love to Love" – (Mogg/Schenker) – 7:58
#"Natural Thing" – (Mogg/Schenker/Way) – 3:57
#"Out in the Street" – (Mogg/Way) – 5:07
#"Only You Can Rock Me" – (Mogg/Schenker/Way) – 4:08
#"Mother Mary" – (Mogg/Parker/Schenker/Way) – 3:25
#"This Kid's" – (Mogg/Schenker) – 5:11
#"Doctor Doctor" – (Mogg/Schenker) – 4:42
#"I'm a Loser" – (Mogg/Schenker) – 4:13
#"Lights Out" – (Mogg/Parker/Schenker/Way) – 5:09
#"Rock Bottom – (Mogg/Schenker) – 11:22
#"Too Hot to Handle" – (Mogg/Way) – 4:26
#"Shoot Shoot" – (Mogg/Parker/Schenker/Way) – 4:07

Personnel

*Michael Schenker – Guitar
*Phil Mogg – Vocals
*Andy Parker – Drums
*Paul Raymond – Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
*Pete Way – Bass, Guitar (Bass)
*Alan McMillan – Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
*Ron Nevison – Producer
*Hipgnosis – Artwork

Charts

Album - Billboard (North America)

Album - United kingdom

References


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