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Classic Album Review: UFO | You Are Here

The underappreciated veterans crank out a workmanlike set of ’70s-style rock.

This came out in 2004 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Heavy metal heroes UFO have been around since your mama was taking off her top at Led Zeppelin shows.

So how come most folks have never heard of them? Well, mainly because they didn’t score enough hits in the ’70s to qualify for the classic-rock circuit — and because their best-known member, guitarist Michael Schenker, keeps quitting every few years, which leaves them with a revolving-door lineup and some quality-control issues. On their umpteenth disc You Are Here, pyrotechnic axeman Vinnie Moore takes a crack at the gig, joining throaty belter Phil Mogg, bassist Pete Way, keyboardist Paul Raymond and drummer Jason Bonham (another recent addition) on a workmanlike set of classic ’70s guitar-rock and power balladry. But even if cuts like the anthemic Daylight Goes to Town, the funky Black Cold Coffee and the Jimi Hendrix-tinged Jelloman can’t compare to classics like Doctor Doctor, Rock Bottom and Natural Thing, it’s nice to know UFO are still out there somewhere.