Lights Out (UFO album)

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Lights Out
UFOLightsOutalbumcover.jpg
Studio album by UFO
Released May 1977
Recorded February–March 1977
Studio AIR Studios, London, UK
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 36:51
Label Chrysalis
Producer Ron Nevison
UFO chronology
No Heavy Petting
(1976)No Heavy Petting1976
Lights Out
(1977)
Obsession
(1978)Obsession1978
Singles from Lights Out
  1. "Too Hot to Handle" / "Electric Phase"
    Released: 1977 (red vinyl)
  2. "Gettin' Ready" / "Too Hot to Handle"
    Released: 1977
  3. "Alone Again Or" / "Electric Phase"
    Released: 1977
  4. "Try Me" / "Gettin' Ready"
    Released: 1978
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]

Lights Out is the sixth studio album by the British rock band UFO, released in May and also on 11 October 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. Reaching #23 on the Billboard Hot 100, it remains the band's highest charting album in the United States.

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".

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 erroneously states that these tracks were recorded in 1976, but the correct year is 1977. EMI did correct the writing credits, with Paul Raymond finally 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".[2]

Steve Harris - primary songwriter, founder, leader and bassist of British heavy metal band Iron Maiden - calls "Love to Love" his favourite song.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
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, Andy Parker, Mogg, Way 4:33
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "Gettin' Ready" Schenker, Mogg 3:46
6. "Alone Again Or" (Love cover) Bryan MacLean 3:00
7. "Electric Phase" Way, Mogg, Schenker 4:20
8. "Love to Love" Schenker, Mogg 7:38

Personnel[edit]

UFO
Production
  • Ron Nevison - producer
  • Alan McMillan - horn arrangements, string arrangements
  • Hipgnosis - cover art

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)[5]

Year Chart Position
1977 Pop Albums 23

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kantor, Matt. "Lights Out - UFO". Allmusic. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  2. ^ Guy, Lyn (21 January 1989). "UFO 'Lights Out'". Kerrang!. 222. London, UK: Spotlight Publications Ltd. 
  3. ^ "Bruce Dickinson, Steve Harris, Adrian Smith and Dave Murray Interview". Maidenfans.com. 2013. Retrieved 2016-12-07. 
  4. ^ Saulnier, Jason (23 January 2009). "Michael Schenker Interview". Music Legends. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Lights Out Billboard Albums". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-08-02.