Lights Out (UFO album)

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Lights Out
Studio album by UFO
Released May 1977
Recorded AIR Studios, London, UK, February-March 1977
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 36:51
Label Chrysalis
Producer Ron Nevison
UFO chronology
No Heavy Petting
(1976)
Lights Out
(1977)
Obsession
(1978)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
MelodicMusic 5/5 stars
Allmusic 4/5 stars
SputnikMusic 4.5/5 stars
RateYourMusic 4/5 stars

Lights Out is the sixth studio album by the British rock band UFO, released in May and also on October 11, 1977 (see 1977 in music). All songs are band originals except for "Alone Again Or" which is a cover of a song by the band Love.

The album was UFO's first to feature lush string arrangements alongside more complex song structures than their previous albums. Producer Ron Nevison brought in Alan McMillan to handle the string and horn arrangements. The most notable song to feature the orchestral coloring was "Love to Love" which became one of the bands most successful singles.

In 1994, a CD comprising this album and No Heavy Petting was released by BGO Records. 2008 EMI's remastered edition includes 4 live bonus tracks, recorded at The Roundhouse, London, the album cover states that these tracks were recorded in 1976 this is wrong, the tracks were recorded at The Roundhouse, London, in 1977. However EMI did get it right with the writing credits, with Paul Raymond at last being credited for his contributions.

The title track and "Love to Love" were featured in the 1999 movie Detroit Rock City. "Love to Love" was also covered by Djali Zwan for the 2002 movie Spun.

Kerrang! magazine listed the album at No. 28 among the "100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time".[1]

Steve Harris - primary songwriter, founder, leader and bassist of British heavy metal band Iron Maiden - calls Love To Love his favourite song.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Too Hot To Handle"(Pete Way, Phil Mogg) – 3:37
  2. "Just Another Suicide" (Mogg) – 4:58
  3. "Try Me" (Michael Schenker, Mogg) – 4:49
  4. "Lights Out" (Schenker, Mogg, Andy Parker, Way) – 4:33

Side two[edit]

  1. "Gettin' Ready" (Schenker, Mogg) – 3:46
  2. "Alone Again Or" (Bryan MacLean) – 3:00
  3. "Electric Phase" (Way, Mogg, Schenker) – 4:20
  4. "Love to Love" (Schenker, Mogg) – 7:38

2008 CD reissue bonus tracks. Live at The Roundhouse, London 1977[edit]

  1. "Lights Out" - 5:14
  2. "Gettin' Ready" - 4:03
  3. "Love to Love" - 7:15
  4. "Try Me" - 4:03

UK singles[edit]

  • 1977 - "Too Hot to Handle" / "Electric Phase" (red vinyl)
  • 1977 - "Gettin' Ready" / "Too Hot to Handle"
  • 1977 - "Alone Again Or" / "Electric Phase"
  • 1978 - "Try Me" / "Gettin' Ready"

Personnel[edit]

  • Ron Nevison - producer
  • Alan McMillan - horn arrangements, string arrangements

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)[3]

Year Chart Position
1977 Pop Albums 23

References[edit]

  1. ^ Guy, Lyn (21 January 1989). "UFO 'Lights Out'". Kerrang! 222. London, UK: Spotlight Publications Ltd. 
  2. ^ Saulnier, Jason (23 January 2009). "Michael Schenker Interview". Music Legends. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Lights Out Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-08-02.