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UFO - 1975 Force It

ALBUM: Force It
LABEL: Chrysalis
YEAR: 1975
CD REISSUE: 1991, Chrysalis, F2 21047 * 2008, Chrysalis, CHRX 1074 50999 5 04441 2 0 (bonus, remastered)


LINEUP: Phil Mogg - vocals * Michael Schenker - guitars * Pete Way - bass * Andy Parker - drums

Guest: Chick Churchill - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Let It Roll * 02 Shoot Shoot * 03 High Flyer * 04 Love Lost Love * 05 Out In The Street * 06 Mother Mary * 07 Too Much Of Nothing * 08 Dance Your Life Away * 09 This Kids


This is the 1975 album from the great British rockers, described by many as one of their best. Bringing in Leo Lyons from Ten Years After to produce the LP, 'Force It' was notable for maximising and extending the guitar solos first heard on the previous album 'Phenomenon', and the inclusion for the first time of German guitarist Michael Schenker. Now settled into his role as the six-string specialist, he is given more room to spread out on the album's songs. The band also utilised the services of Chick Churchill who filled in on keyboards. Five of the songs would appear on the 1979 classic live album 'Strangers In The Night', so in a way, that suggests how strong the material on this album actually was.

The Songs
Kicking off with the wailing feedback intro for 'Let It Roll', this one chugs away with no remorse. It's quite an organic sounding version too, with some similarity to what Thin Lizzy were doing during the same timeframe, especially the double-tracked guitar lines from Schenker resembling the twin guitars of Lizzy. 'Shoot Shoot' is another UFO classic, and would make the set-list of the band's many live concerts in the years to come. 'High Flyer' is an elegant acoustic ballad, something the band excelled at, the quite beautiful solo from Schenker adds the icing on the cake. Probably the most underrated song on the album would be 'Love Lost Love', it sounds the most complete on the album for mine. The intro keyboards to 'Out In The Street' is a familiar welcoming, and tends to provide the subtle backwash for the most part, acting as the perfect foil for Michael's guitarwork. The highlight for me is the epic 'Mother Mary', with some storming solo work. This is one of the band's most famous songs, alongside the staple 'Lights Out'. 'Too Much Of Nothing' also endears, with its chorus 'Well the whole world keeps on turning, I'll just roll along..' being repeated often during the song. The change up track of the album is the funky 'Dance Your Life Away', sounding like many of the American bands plying this style during this era. The album ends with the intense workout of 'This Kids', the stop/start musical stagger is the equivalent of an HM hustle. Again, this is one of the 'famous five' songs that was mentioned before.

In Summary
There are a couple of observations for me on this album. Firstly the album cover. Classic Hipgnosis work yet again. As for the music, I didn't think too much of the production from Leo Lyons to be honest. The drum mix is not the best, nor the backing vocals, which sounds pretty rough. I'm listening to the 2008 remastered version of this album, and I'm guessing the techniques used back in 1975 are being exposed for what they are after being giving a sonic and digital dusting. Still, 'Force It' is a big advancement on 'Phenomenon' with the hard rock setting now well and truly in place; their space rock adventures of their earlier albums now jettisoned out beyond the solar system. More changes would eventuate on their next album; 1976's 'No Heavy Petting'..

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#1 | Eric on October 09 2011 15:11:17
Classic stuff, although the American sleeve art was quite different with the couple blurred out...
#2 | rkbluez on October 10 2011 20:52:04
My Favorite UFO album and the one where Schenker really started to shine...this one is CLASSIC!
#3 | tompa on October 11 2011 01:10:43
Although I don't mind their earlier albums at all (Prince Kajuku!), this is where the band really takes off. Still, there were even better albums to come.
#4 | aaasreg on August 03 2014 19:22:46
This one is also my favorite by them. The opener "Let it roll" alone is worth the money and the whole sound is nearly perfect.
#5 | sabace on December 05 2016 19:53:41
love it
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