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  • According to the liner notes, UFO was in its death throes as a band when they recorded “Lights Out” in 1977, and that all the angst the band felt contributed to the unusual power of this CD. I’m not sure I buy that reasoning, but there is no question this band had power, and that this CD was their masterpiece. With German guitar master Michael Schenker at full stride and under the guidance of legendary producer Ron Nevison, this is a must-buy for any fan of ’70s British heavy metal. It starts off with “Too Hot to Handle”, a minor radio hit and a pure exercise in guitar power and ends with the beautiful “Love to Love” (Misty Green and Blue), another minor radio hit (“minor” hits were all this band could muster up, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing) and featuring a string section in addition to the guitars. Other good tracks are the title track, “Getting Ready” and the ballad “Try Me” (yes, every album had to have a ballad in those days). Personal differences and, supposedly, extreme hedonism, tore this band apart after “Lights Out” but Schenker has reappeared with his own band (saw them in concert last year, and they looked good) and the music plays on. If you like Deep Purple, you should like UFO.

    Posted on December 22, 2009