Out now on Hear No Evil/Cherry Red Records
45 years into his career, UFO and sometime MSG keyboardist Paul Raymond doesn’t seem to be thinking about retiring just yet. Following last year’s rather good Seven Deadly album with main employer UFO, he now presents us with the latest offering of his own band.
The first thing you’ll notice is the low budget production. The rhythm guitar sound is crap, the drum sound isn’t much better, the vocals lie on top of the mix… There’s plenty of room for improvement.
The song material is of a higher caliber, fortunately, with plenty of references to UFO. Obviously Raymond is quite an integral part to that band’s sound. A track like “Deeper Shade Of Blue” wouldn’t have been out of place on a Chapman era UFO album. “Driftin’ Apart”, with its country overtones, is a very nice ballad.
Some Mogg has definitely rubbed off on Raymond’s vocal stylings over the years. He lacks Mogg’s charisma though.
Michael Schenker makes an appearance on Motown classic “Reach Out”. A bit more subdued than I would have liked.
Not all songs are on the same level. The Queen/Rod Stewart mash up “We Will Be Strong” is a dire example of the worst this album has to offer.
A decent release but far from indispensable.
Rating – 70%
Review by the wild, the willing and the innocent Sancho.
UFO – Seven Deadly review