Ufo - Force It (Classic Hardrock UK 1975)

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Force It is the fourth album by UFO, released in 1975. It became their first album to chart in the United States.

The album was produced by Ten Years After bass player Leo Lyons. Another Ten Years After member, Chick Churchill, played keyboards, the first use of that instrument on a UFO record.

The somewhat controversial original cover was designed by Hipgnosis, as were almost all other UFO albums of the 1970s. For years, the genders of the couple in the bath were unknown, and the nudity was on the verge of decency standards. The models were actually Genesis P Orridge and girlfriend Cosey Fanni Tutti, both later of the band Throbbing Gristle. The artwork was softened for the initial US release, making the couple in the bathtub transparent. The cover is a pun - there are multiple taps (British English) or "faucets" (US English) in the picture, which is a pun in the album's title.

Michael Schenker and Phil Mogg really started to find their groove as a songwriting team with their second album together (and fourth UFO release overall), Force It. In fact, the last remaining folk and space rock tendencies that had stolen much of Phenomenon's thunder are summarily abandoned here, as the group launches itself wholeheartedly toward the hard rock direction that would make them stars. The first step is taken by Schenker, of course, who confidently establishes the aggressive, biting guitar tone that would define all the releases of the band's glory years. "Let It Roll" and "Shoot Shoot" kick off the album in rousing fashion, and while holding them under a microscope might reveal them as rather disposable slabs of hard rock, they would remain concert favorites for the band nonetheless. 

The punchy single "Love Lost Love" sounds tailor-made for the American market and acoustic ballad "High Flyer" is quite good, despite taking a dip in energy. But things only really start to gell on the album's second half. Schenker and Mogg wheel out their most mature composition yet with the piano-led "Out in the Street," whose softer sections truly highlight Mogg's highly disciplined, understated vocal style and make the guitar player's more restrained soloing all the more memorable. Schenker is soon back in charge, however, on the stuttering riffs and blistering fretboard work of "Mother Mary" and the downright vicious stop-start strut of "This Kids" -- both UFO anthems. One of the band's best albums, Force It will not disappoint lovers of '70s English hard rock. [Wikipedia & AMG]

01."Let It Roll" (Michael Schenker, Phil Mogg) – 3:57 
02."Shoot Shoot" (Schenker, Mogg, Pete Way, Andy Parker) – 3:40 
03."High Flyer" (Schenker, Mogg) – 4:08 
04."Love Lost Love" (Schenker, Mogg) – 3:21 
05."Out in the Street" (Way, Mogg) – 5:18 
06."Mother Mary" (Schenker, Mogg, Way, Parker) – 3:49 
07."Too Much of Nothing" (Way) – 4:02 
08."Dance Your Life Away" (Schenker, Mogg) – 3:35 
09."This Kid's including Between the Walls" (Schenker, Mogg) – 6:13 

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