There was glut of live albums released in the late seventies, thanks, in no small part, to the hideous multi-platinum “Framptom Comes Alive”. Most of those live albums were forgettable, but “Strangers in the Night” in one of the greatest live albums of the era. This recording captures a young hot UFO at its performing peak.
At the time UFO was opening for BOC, and they played that familiar late seventies blues influenced metal. In many ways this album represents an evolutionary link between 70’s blues metal and 80’s hair metal.
I appreciate the remastering and reshuffling of the song order to reflect the true set list. And this is the perfect opening act show, it starts out strong, then kicks it down a notch, before building to the final four songs in a gushing guitargasm.
Guys got this album for the guitar solos, and Michael Schenker puts on a clinic here. His shredding brightens up even the most cliched rock riffing. “Lights Out” is my favorite tune of this set. Not too many songs end on a guitar solo, and the one at the conclusion of “Lights Out” ranks up there with the best.