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  • Think of Britain’s hard-rocking UFO and you’ll almost always think of bassist Pete Way, singer Phil Mogg, drummer Andy Parker, keyboadist/rhythmn guitarist/backing singer Paul Raymond and axeman extraordinaire Michael Schenkar. Well, this 1982 concert recording is from a sadly underappreciated later lineup that had Paul ‘tonka’ Chapman on guitar and Neil Carter on keyboards and rhythmn guitar.This lineup produced two fine, fine studio recordings (Mechanix and Wild, Willing and Innocent) and as Regenerator proves, certainly was no slouch on stage.That’s what I like about this album: not only is the setlist filled with songs that simply aren’t played by today’s version of UFO (only 4 of the 12 are from Schenkar-era albums), they’re played with typical energetic, raw abandon.Of course, sound quality is often a problem with UFO live albums. Too often they’re made from inferior audience recordings (check out the brutal bonus live CD with the Covenant album). Regenerator may or may not be from an audience tape; most of the time it sounds better than that, but there are a few moments where you wonder. Still, to have a well-designed Chapman-era live package, complete with essay and lots of good pictures, is a serious bonus.

    Posted on January 7, 2010