UFO Albums Ranked

UFO is an English rock band that was formed in London in 1968.They became a transitional group between early hard rock and heavy metal and the new wave of British heavy metal. The band’s current lineup includes vocalist Phil Mogg, lead guitarist Vinnie Moore, rhythm guitarist and keyboardist Neil Carter, bass guitarist Rob De Luca, and drummer Andy Parker. They have gone through several line-up changes, leaving Mogg as the only constant member, and had two hiatuses (1983–1984 and again from 1989 to 1991). The band is also notable for featuring former Scorpions guitarist and MSG founder Michael Schenker, who was a member of UFO from 1973 to 1978 and again, occasionally, between 1993 and 2003, when Moore replaced him. In May 2018, Mogg announced that he will retire from UFO after one last tour as a member of the band in 2019. UFO is considered one of the greatest classic hard rock acts, and often cited as one of the key influences on the 1980s and 1990s hard rock and heavy metal scenes. The band was ranked number 84 on VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock” Here are all of UFO albums ranked.

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10. Making Contact (1983)

“The very radio friendly “Call My Name”, the bristling “All Over You”, about a hooker, the power of “Push, It’s Love”. Bonus material includes, “Everybody Knows”, a very good rocker, the b-side to “When It’s Time To Rock”, and 2 live numbers “When It’s Time To Rock” and “Blinded By A Lie”. For a band on it’s last leg, this again is a pretty solid album.”

9. Walk on Water (1995)

“First, you notice the best songs, which here are “Self-Made Man”, “Venus”, and “Darker Days”. Then, as you listen, you start to hear how brilliant the guitar leads really are, and some of what you thought were lesser cuts begin to stand out. There’s not a dog on this disc, and it’s long enough that you can consider the remakes as bonus tracks. The songs still aren’t quite as good as on UFO’s very best albums, but they’re consistent. “

8. No Place to Run (1980)

“Classic hard rock album very rounded and complete a cohesive piece of granite-like songs superb(yeah that overused word)guitar work throughout better for being Schenker–less, in my opinion, the focus here is on the songs all of them strong bar may be Young Blood the very song that follows the immense intro of Alpha Centuri this is a milestone album and needs to be in your collection”

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7. Mechanix (1972)

“This is a really great rock album. One of my favs from back in the early 80’s. It really deserves 4.5 stars. Great melodies and harmonies, great Mogg singing, great lyrics, great Andy Parker drumming and great Chapman hooks. What more could you ask for? This is really a hidden-gem of an album. I like this better than a couple of the UFO offerings that have Michael Schenker.”

6. No Heavy Petting (1976)

“This has all the elements that made the classic lineup so great. Great songs, Phil Mogg’s vocals are very powerful but not over the top, Schenker rips some of his best solo’s here too. Instead of being self indulgent little outtakes, they fit in with the songs. I also think the Parker/Way rhythm section never sounded tighter than on this cd. “

5. The Wild, the Willing and the Innocent (1981)

“The first time I heard this album, little snippets of it stayed in my head rather than whole tracks, but I kept going back to it. One of its main strengths is the production, which is bigger and a little heavier than before, but without losing the energy. ‘Chains Chains’ is a typical opening UFO track in that it sets out their usual hard rock style without being one of the best songs on the album.”

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4. Force It (1975)

Force It was the album that got me into UFO, when this came out in the deluxe version I jumped on it (I previously had just the cassette), the tracks are powerful and kick ass, no filler here and the bonus live tracks put this one over the top, Force it should have made UFO rock gods, why it didn’t I have no idea, if you are a fan of hard rock, Force it is a must-own”

3. Obsession (1978)

“Obsession will rock you from start to finish. That is one thing that makes an album a classic, the other is truely great songs. Every song on this album is great. It starts out with a bang with”Only you can rock me” and goes right into another rocker in “Pack it up and go”. My favorites are “Looking out for No.1” and “Cherry”, but I love every song on this cd. “

2. Phenomenon (1974)

“Phenomenon is where it really started for them (when teenage guitar wizard Michael Schenker joined the band). The songs here are a beautiful variety of rock n’ roll music and “Rock Bottom” especially is as classic as classic can be. Michael Schenker’s main riff and guitar solo in this song are among the finest ever recorded.”

1. Lights Out (1977)

“”Lights Out” is UFO’s 6ths full-length effort and by this time they have reached their peak. There is a good reason why this album is considered to be their best album by many. Michael Schenker places some very memorable solos on here such as the ending part of “Try Me” and “Love To Love.” The album starts of with a typical UFO rocker “Too Hot To Handle.” Then they delve into the more progressive melodic “Just Another Suicide.” Another highlight of this album is the rockin’ “Getting Ready.” However “Love to Love” is my favorite all time UFO song. “