Phenomenon (UFO album)

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Phenomenon
Studio album by UFO
Released May 1974
Recorded Morgan Studios, London
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 39:25
Label Chrysalis
Producer Leo Lyons
UFO chronology
Live
(1971)
Phenomenon
(1974)
Force It
(1975)
Michael Schenker chronology
Lonesome Crow
(1972)
Phenomenon
(1974)
Force It
(1975)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

Phenomenon is the third studio album by the British rock band UFO, released in May 1974.

Production[edit]

This was the third studio album and the debut on Chrysalis. UFO left their blues-based "space rock" sound behind, in part due to the presence of new guitarist Michael Schenker. The album was produced by Leo Lyons, bassist of British rock group Ten Years After. All tracks were recorded at Morgan Studios in London. The original cover design and photos were produced by Hipgnosis.

It was remastered at Sound Recording Technology, Cambridge, in 1994.

Influence[edit]

The British heavy metal band Iron Maiden performed a cover of "Doctor Doctor" when Blaze Bayley was with the band as their vocalist. Iron Maiden's cover version is included in "Lord of the Flies" single and also in the Eddie's Archive boxed set on the "Best of the B-Sides" collection.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "Oh My" (Pete Way, Phil Mogg) - 2:28
  2. "Crystal Light" (Michael Schenker, Mogg) - 3:47
  3. "Doctor Doctor" (Schenker, Mogg) - 4:10
  4. "Space Child" (Schenker, Mogg) - 4:01
  5. "Rock Bottom" (Schenker, Mogg) - 6:32
Side two
  1. "Too Young to Know" (Schenker, Mogg, Way, Andy Parker) - 3:10
  2. "Time on My Hands" (Schenker, Mogg) - 4:10
  3. "Built for Comfort" (Willie Dixon) - 3:01
  4. "Lipstick Traces" (Schenker) - 2:20 (instrumental)
  5. "Queen of the Deep" (Schenker, Mogg) - 5:49
2007 CD reissue bonus tracks
  1. "Sixteen" [demo] (Schenker, Mogg, Way, Parker) - 3:48
  2. "Oh My" [demo] (Schenker, Mogg, Way, Parker) - 4:12
  3. "Give Her the Gun" [single A-side] (Schenker, Mogg) - 3:58
  4. "Sweet Little Thing" [B-side to "Give Her the Gun"] (Mogg, Way) - 3:51
  5. "Sixteen" [previously unreleased] (Schenker, Mogg, Way, Parker) - 3:55
  6. "Doctor Doctor" [live 06.06.1974] (Schenker, Mogg) - 4:24
  • This reissue switches the track titles on 1 and 6 (though the audio are the correct songs), and gives the title of the latter as "Too Young to No."

Singles[edit]

  • "Give Her the Gun" / "Sweet Little Thing" (German single, 1974)
  • "Doctor Doctor" / "Lipstick Traces" (1974)
  • "Rock Bottom" (1974)
  • "Rock Bottom" / "Doctor Doctor", "High Flyer" (1975) ("High Flyer" was taken from the album Force It)

Personnel[edit]

Band members
Additional musicians

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "UFO Phenomenon review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-07-19. 
  2. ^ Saulnier, Jason (23 January 2009). "Michael Schenker Interview". Music Legends. Retrieved 6 May 2013.