All purpose UFO thread...ask anything

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Jimmy Agates, May 15, 2015.

  1. Jimmy Agates

    Jimmy Agates Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Inspired by similar threads I thought I'd start one on my favorite band. There's still a lot of mystery surrounding this band - especially regarding the early pre-Schenker releases and also all the line-up's they've had over the bands 45+ year career.

    Let me fire a question in the direction of those who may know...

    What label were the first 3 albums originally released on and what was the original cover art for UFO II - Flying?? Also does anyone know what the five stars on UFO I front cover are about??? Oh yeah also what was the original cover art and title of the live album sometimes known simply as Live and sometimes Landed Japan???

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  2. The Lew

    The Lew Senior Member

    Location:
    West Wales
    My brother was well into UFO. We saw them at around about the release of LIGHTS OUT and I have to say they were quite superb and much better than I expected. Those questions are too hard for me though Jimmy. Give us some easy ones ;)
     
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  3. Claus

    Claus Foodie Racer

    Location:
    Germany
    The the original cover art of Flying (Beacon LP)..... is yours on the left.
     
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  4. old school

    old school Senior Member

    The first three albums were on the Beacon label. [​IMG] Original cover art (Beacon Records)
    The five stars represent "Unidentified Flying Object." Live is the third album by the band UFO. It was the group's first live recording and was initially released only in Japan in 1971 entitled U.F.O Landed Japan. UFO are one of my favorite bands also!
     
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  5. Jimmy Agates

    Jimmy Agates Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Ok thanks for that guys...I suspected that could've been the case as far as UFO II was concerned...I'm still not sure how the 5 stars represent "Unidentified Flying Object" on the debut...they seem oddly out of place like they were added after.
    I suspect the original Landed Japan art was the one on the left in my original post also...

    Ok here's another question I've been wondering about...did any of the early albums have inner sleeves? Being in Oz we only got cheap issues pressed by Festival Records here and none ever had inserts or posters. I know Obsession had a poster in the UK and was it Mechanix that had the live band shot poster?? Any info appreciated.
     
  6. Claus

    Claus Foodie Racer

    Location:
    Germany
    The first one had a poster inside! I bought the first one with Sabbath's MOR.... the latter one had also a nice poster.
     
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  7. Jimmy Agates

    Jimmy Agates Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    WOW really I had no idea about that...I'm sure that'd be hard to come by now!
     
  8. ClassicRockTragic

    ClassicRockTragic Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Australia
  9. rcdupre

    rcdupre Flying is Trying is Dying

    Wow cool, I've had a few versions of these but have never seen the beacon flying with the blue lettering, nor the yellow live cover...the other flying lp I bought in Germany in about 1980, on that vinyl side one in the runout groove it repeats backwards speaking until you pick up the needle, played forward it says something like "you're a better man than I"......(?????)
     
  10. Jimmy Agates

    Jimmy Agates Forum Resident Thread Starter

    "Tho' I've belted you and flayed you,
    By the livin' Gawd that made you,
    You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din!”

    from the poem "Gunga Din" Rudyard Kipling 1892
     
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  11. Jimmy Agates

    Jimmy Agates Forum Resident Thread Starter

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  12. Guadalahonky

    Guadalahonky Forum Resident

    Jimmy, what's the back story on George Martin producing No Place to Run?
     
  13. ClassicRockTragic

    ClassicRockTragic Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Australia
    You dig it?
     
  14. Jimmy Agates

    Jimmy Agates Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Unfortunately I don't have a turntable and as such have only given it a couple of spins at a freinds place...as far as I know they were taken from the same source as the cd remasters which I am a fan of
     
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  15. Claus

    Claus Foodie Racer

    Location:
    Germany
    Strangers on the Night sounds bad.... never liked the EMI reissue.
     
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  16. ClassicRockTragic

    ClassicRockTragic Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Australia
    Ok.. Mine is over 30 years old and sounds awesome. It's just a bit worse for wear. Luckily it's a full tilt rock album and any surface noise is not detectable.

    I would love it If Strangers and the other Schenker era albums were given a audiophile reissue like the rush albums this year.
     
  17. Thomas Brophy

    Thomas Brophy Well-Known Member

    Location:
    ireland
  18. LSP

    LSP Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Leics England
    :wtf:

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  19. vinyl diehard

    vinyl diehard Two-Channel Forever

    I own the all releases from Phenomenon to Obsession on CD, Japanese Pastmasters and Pastmasters II. I have Landed on the Japanese Metalmania series of CD.
    I also have Flying on German vinyl, along with a 2 LP compilation of their first studio and live album.
    I have everything on Canadian vinyl from Phenomenon to Strangers in the Night.
    Their Schenker years were my favorite era of UFO. But I do enjoy the earlier material as well.
     
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  20. Remurmur

    Remurmur Music is THE BEST!

    Location:
    Ohio
    UFO is one of those bands that I always felt I should dig deeper into but have not gotten around to, for whatever reason.

    I own:

    Phenomenon
    Lights Out
    Strangers In The Night
    The Essential UFO

    Obviously, from the above , I am most familiar with the Michael Schenker period. I first discovered them as a teenager back in 1974 when the local Underground Rock FM station at the time (the mighty WCOL-FM), played Rock Bottom, and the song (and that guitar solo!) so blew me away that I got on the phone and let it ring until the DJ finally answered just so I could find out the band's name.

    Phenomenon remains one of my all-time favorite albums
     
  21. ClassicRockTragic

    ClassicRockTragic Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Australia
    Nice.

    Thanks for the heads up.
     
  22. Raider4life

    Raider4life Forum Resident

    Location:
    Wenatchee, WA
    I also have the blue vinyl version on Back On Black and it sounds wonderful...my all time favorite live album.
     
  23. shokhead

    shokhead Forum Resident

    Location:
    CA
    Is there a good sounding CD greatest hits?
     
  24. Zeki

    Zeki Forum Resident

    The original cover art for the Japanese release of UFO II - Flying is NOT shown in your selection. I've mentioned this before, but I grew up in Japan and the only two UFO albums I owned were the first two. I, on cassette tape, and II on LP. The cover for II, if I recall correctly, was a huge flying saucer.
     
  25. Zeki

    Zeki Forum Resident

    http://eil.com/images/main/UFO-Flying-218081.jpg

    This is what I had. Original Japanese cover for II.

    Edit: maybe this wasn't what I had. I remember the flying saucer taking up the entire cover, and don't recall any "beings" at all. Just the ship.
     
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