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  • In a perfect world U.F.O. would have been huge, they were and are truely, one of the great “lost” gems of the last 25 years. With “Sharks” U.F.O. have made a watershed album, yet again. It blows their previous release “Covenant” completely away. With that release they sounded tired and listless. It had its moments, but for the most part was generic and pedestrian. NOT SO NOW!! “Sharks” easily ranks as one of their greatest discs. From the opening riff of “Outlaw Man” to the next track “Quicksilver Rider”, you hardly have time to catch your breath. The beautiful “Serenity” and the album closer “Hawaii” are testaments to the virtuosity of Michael Schenker’s guitar prowess. There isn’t a bad or throw away track here, the disc is as strong as any album they’ve ever made. The core of the “classic” line-up is still intact. Phil Mogg’s vocals are as strong as ever, Michael Schenker’s guitar just rips this disc to shreds, and Pete Way’s bass thumps as steady as ever. Throw in Aynsley Dunbar’s Thundering drum work, and you’ve got all the elements for a great record. And this time it works! Other standout tracks are “Shadow Dancer”, “Fighting Man”, and the soon-to-be classic “Someone’s Gonna Have to Pay”. The only draw back I have to this disc is the absence of long time U.F.O. producer Ron Nevison. I would have really liked to have heard what he could have done at the boards on this one. But that is just a minor flaw of an otherwise strong output. Other discs by U.F.O. I suggest (I have them all!) are: “Lights Out”, “Obsession”, “Strangers in the Night”, “The Wild, The Willing and The Innocent”, “Making Contact” (The Sorely overlooked) “High Stakes and Dangerous Men” and the modern classic “Walk on Water”. Any of these discs are better than 98% of the … thats on the air today!! These guys should have been bigger than Nirvana, or at least Whitesnake. They’re better than either.

    Posted on January 27, 2010