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CD Review – X-UFO – Volume 1 – The Live Files

X-UFO Volume 1 The Live Files


Out – Now

Live recordings are often rushed out, are stop gaps and can frequently damage a band’s reputation largely due to poor production values. There is emphatically none of that nonsense here. This release which was recorded in Europe last year has obviously been lovingly crafted, sounds fresh and makes you feel like you were at the show, which is always a good sign. I’ve been a long time fan of UFO and own practically everything they’ve ever put out. For a band to call themselves X-UFO, they absolutely need to have some pedigree, and these guys have their certificates to prove it. Respect.
Vocalist and Keyboarder Danny Peyronel played with UFO from 75-76 and featured on the fan’s favourite album, the renowned No Heavy Petting where he also wrote the classic song Highway Lady. Danny also featured heavily on the often forgotten about live album On With The Action which is a fantastic live set recorded at London’s Roundhouse in 1976.
Guitarist Laurence Archer was with UFO for three years and spread the word with the band extensively throughout this period featuring on the bands High Stakes And Dangerous Men album.
Drummer Clive Edwards also played on High Stakes And Dangerous Men and is one of rock’s most gifted sticksmen and is an absolute commander of the rock drum kit.
Bassist Rocky Newton is the only member of the group not to have played directly with UFO however, he’s no weak link in this tight unit. He was a mainstay with Michael Schenker in the McCauley Schenker Group featuring on two of their albums.

For more info on the careers of these amazing musicians please see the link at the foot of this page. These guys have worked at their craft as and amongst the best…

On to the album then and at £10.99 including postage if you’re in the UK, this is extremely good value coming in at around seventy minutes of gorgeous UFO sounds. The album is able to be shipped all over the world too for a little extra. If you just have to have the album already and just can’t wait to buy it click here

The set on on this disc sounds as if it’s one show to my ears but I honestly can’t be certain. The album has a real punch and has been brilliantly produced mixed and compiled by Steve Mann. The mastering was done at Frida Park Studios in Hannover, Germany by Ossy Pfeiffer.

I’m not sure if this is correct though. The set starts off with the intro from Stephen Spielberg’s film Close Encounters Of The Third Kind setting the scene nicely and quickly bursting into a stonking version of Let It Roll. Laurence is immediately right on the money here with some great guitar work. The band have kindly made this song available for you to try here 

Straight afterwards we’re in to my favourite all time UFO track Natural Thing, then the little heard Highway Lady which, written by Danny is a classic and a welcome addition to the live set. These guys are currently working on an album of new material to be released later on this year. Yes. They’re serious about what they’re doing and from what I’ve heard on this album, they’ll really get themselves noticed. They’ve got unmeasurable talent in the band and the experience of this industry to take it as far as they want to. 
One song that really sold me on this album was one that I had almost forgotten existed, and had rarely returned to over the years is Love Deadly Love which is a gorgeous slightly dark and moody song written by Mogg & Way back in the day with Laurence Archer. For me this is the outstanding track on the album. Beautiful work.

There are lots of classics on the disc too (think Doctor Doctor, Love To Love) and many other classic hard rocking staples you’ve heard and seen in shows and in UFO’s substantial back catalogue over the years. Laurence puts in another brilliant piece of work on Rock Bottom and all in all the musicianship is outstanding with Danny’s vocals demanding that you listen time and time again.

This collection made me sit up and listen and I would recommend it highly. Buy it and bask in the sheer joy that UFO have have brought to all rock fans over the years. This off shoot of the band are putting bums on seats in Theatres and will be creating loads of interest with this new release. Long Live UFO and Long Live The X-Men!

Rob Pope

To buy the album click here

To swot up on the band’s outstanding careers click here

For anything else about the X-Men have a look here


February 8th, 2012

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