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UFO - The Salentino Cuts album review

Off-cuts

Cover art for UFO - The Salentino Cuts album

This is an odd one. UFO have recorded cover versions in the past (Eddie Cochran’s C’mon Everybody and Love’s Alone Again Or spring to mind), but a whole album’s worth of them will likely test the patience of even the most fervent UFO fan.

The song choices are intriguing – The Doors’ Break On Through and Montrose’s Rock Candy are the pick of an eclectic bunch - but the execution all too often is not; bizarrely, singer Phil Mogg’s vocals are so up-front in the mix as to be mildly off-putting. The one bright spot is that It’s My Life is the song recorded by The Animals, not a different one by Bon Jovi. (UFO play Bon Jovi? Puh-lease!) So if you find an unidentified flying object heading your way, you better duck. It could well be a copy of this CD.

Geoff Barton is a British journalist who founded the heavy metal magazine Kerrang! and was an editor of Sounds music magazine. He specialised in covering rock music and helped popularise the new wave of British heavy metal (NWOBHM) after using the term for the first time (after editor Alan Lewis coined it) in the May 1979 issue of Sounds.