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Flying:The Early Year1004

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Review Text This two-CD set is a thorough summary of UFO's early years, actually spanning 1970-1972, not 1970-1973 as the title indicates. It has all of their first three albums (UFO 1, Flying, and Live), as well as the 1972 single "Galactic Love" and historical liner notes. It's a long trudge through an era when UFO had yet to consolidate their sound, veering from mundane boogie and early-'70s hard rock to more tentative mixes of hard rock and spacy progressive notions. If not totally second-rate, they certainly come across as a second-division British rock group of the period at best, with heavily derivative echoes of bigger and better acts like the Yardbirds, the Who, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and Pink Floyd. Their biggest problem was a shortage of good original material, their bulldozing instrumental skills surpassing their songwriting acumen by a long stretch. In light of that observation, it's not surprising that the most effective track is an imaginative hard rock cover of "(Come Away) Melinda" (from UFO 1), originally penned as a folk song by Fred Hellerman of the Weavers and popularized to rock audiences by folk-rock singer Tim Rose. The Live album, incidentally, offered no new material, mostly revisiting songs from the first two LPs in extended (indeed, too long) arrangements before a Tokyo audience. As for the single "Galactic Love," it's a peculiar moment of indecision between pedestrian boogie, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and space rock, the opening bars seemingly inspired by Pink Floyd's "Astronomy Domine." ~ Richie Unterberger

Track Listing

CD: 1

  1. 1. Unidentified Flying Object - 2:19
  2. 2. Boogie for George - 4:18
  3. 3. C'mon Everybody - 3:12
  4. 4. Shake It About - 4:47
  5. 5. (Come Away) Melinda - 5:05
  6. 6. Timothy - 3:28
  7. 7. Follow You Home - 2:14
  8. 8. Treacle People - 3:27
  9. 9. Who Do You Love - 8:47
  10. 10. Evil - 4:38
  11. 11. Prince Kajuku - 4:56
  12. 12. Coming of Prince Kajuku - 4:43
  13. 13. Star Storm - 19:48

CD: 2

  1. 14. Silver Bird - 7:52
  2. 15. Flying - 26:24
  3. 16. C'mon Everybody - 4:18
  4. 17. Who Do You Love - 9:23
  5. 18. Prince Kajuku/Coming of Prince Kajuku - 8:28
  6. 19. Boogie for George - 12:37
  7. 20. Follow You Home - 6:02
  8. 21. Galactic Love - 3:56
  9. 22. Lovin' Cup - 4:52

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11/9/04 

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