UFO – ‘The Salentine Cuts’

 


THE BAND:
Phil Mogg – vocalsAndy Parker – drums
Paul Raymond – keyboards, rhythm guitar
Vinnie Moore – guitar
Rob De Luca – bass



TRACK LISTING:
1.)”Heartful Of Soul” –By The Yardbird released in1965 on the album ‘Having A Rave With The Yaardbirds’
2.)”Break On Through (To The Other Side)” -is a song by the Doors from their debut album, ‘The Doors’. It was the first single released by the band and was unsuccessful compared with later hits, reaching only number 126 in the United States. Despite this, it became a concert staple and remains one of the band's signature and most popular songs.
3.)”River Of Deceit” - is a song by the American rock band Mad Season, released in 1995 as the first single from the band's only studio album, ‘Above’ (1995). The song reached number two on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and is the band's most well known song.
4.)”The Pusher” -is a rock song written by Hoyt Axton, made popular by the 1969 movie Easy Rider which used Steppenwolf's version to accompany the opening scenes showing drug trafficking.
5.)”Paper In Fire” -a song by American rock singer John Mellencamp, released as the first single from his ninth studio album ‘The Lonesome Jubilee’.  The song was a success in the U.S., reaching #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, and becoming a top ten hit on the main Billboard Hot 100 chart. It also topped the Canadian Singles Chart, and charted on various European singles charts.
6.)”Rock Candy” -is a song by Montrose, the last song written and recorded for their 1973 debut. It was composed by all four members of the band. The song still gets performed on Sammy Hagar's solo tours and even had been re-recorded as the b-side to the Hagar single Little White Lie by the original band. It was also included on Hagar's live release, ‘Live: Hallelujah’.
7.)”Mississippi Queen” -is a song by the American rock band Mountain. Considered a rock classic, it was their most successful single, reaching number 21 in the Billboard Hot 100 record chart in 1970. The song is included on the group's debut album and several live recordings have been issued.  "Mississippi Queen" has been recorded by several artists, including W.A.S.P., Sam Kinison, Amanda Ayala, and Ozzy Osbourne, the latter of which had a hit with the song in 2005.
8.)”Ain’t No Sunshine” - is a song by Bill Withers from his 1971 album Just As I Am, produced by Booker T. Jones. The record featured musicians Donald "Duck" Dunn on bass guitar, Al Jackson, Jr. on drums and Stephen Stills on guitar. String arrangements were done by Booker T. Jones, and recorded in Memphis by engineer Terry Manning. The song is in the key of A minor
9.)”Honey-Bee” -is a song written by Rhett Akins and Ben Hayslip, and recorded by American country music artist Blake Shelton. It was released in April 2011 as the first single from his sixth studio album ‘Red River Blue’. On November 30, the song received a Nomination in 54th Grammy Awards for Best Country Solo Performance, but lost to Taylor Swift's "Mean".
10.)”Too Rolling Stoned” – Recorded by Robin Trower released in 1974 on ‘ridge Of Spies’.
11.)”Just Got Paid” -a song written by Billy Gibbons and Bill Ham which was recorded by ZZ Top for their 1972 album ‘Rio Grande Mud’.  The cover of "Just Got Paid," released on the album ‘Two Nuns and a Pack Mule’ by the American noise rock band, Rapeman.  Just Got Paid, Let's Get Laid, a 2009 EP by the ‘Millionaires’.
12.)” It’s My Life” -is a song written by Brill Building songwriters Roger Atkins and Carl D'Errico. The song was originally performed by English R&B band The Animals, who released it as a single in October 1965 (see 1965 in music).  The song became a hit in several different countries and has since been recorded by multiple artists.


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    UFO are an English rock band that was formed in London in 1969.[2] They became a transitional group between early hard rock and heavy metal and the new wave of British heavy metal. The band's current lineup includes vocalist Phil Mogg, guitarist Vinnie Moore, bass guitarist Rob De Luca, keyboardist and rhythm guitarist Paul Raymond and drummer Andy Parker. They have gone through several line-up changes, leaving Mogg as the only constant member, and had two hiatuses (1983–1984 and again from 1989 to 1991). The band are also notable for featuring former Scorpions guitarist and MSG founder Michael Schenker, who was a member of UFO from 1973 to 1978 and again, occasionally, between 1993 and 2003, when Moore replaced him.
    Over a career spanning 48 years, UFO have released 22 studio albums, 14 live recordings, 16 compilation albums and one album of cover songs. They achieved moderate success in the late 1970s and early 1980s with several albums and singles (including their 1979 live album ‘Strangers in the Night’ [which still is considered one of the greatest hard rock live recording of all-time]) in the UK and US Top 40 charts, and have sold over 10 million records worldwide.
    UFO are considered one of the classic hard rock acts, and have influenced many notable rock bands today such, Slayer, Testament, The Offspring, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Megadeth, Tesla, Dokken, Monster Magnet, Voivod, Pearl Jam, Guns N' Roses, Rage Against the Machine, The Smashing Pumpkins, Bigelf, Babylon A.D. and Gun.  The band were ranked number 84 on VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock".

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     In UFO’s fifty year history, that’s right I said half a century! A career that includes 22 studio albums, 14 live recordings, and 16 compilations, the band has made the decision to release their first ever cover album.  ‘The Salentine Cuts’ consists of twelve cover songs that spans from the sixties through the nineties.
    Cover albums can and usually are a hit and miss thing.  One of the major reasons for this is because you are basically either getting a band’s perception of their version of what the song should have sounded like or they play the cover song note for note.  The guys played the songs as only UFO could and that was putting their finger prints all over it especially Mogg and Moore.   
   As I was reading the press release email I was just a little surprised by some of the song choices.  Not that I’m complaining because I was very familiar with the original versions and had either loved or at least liked all of them.  As far as I am concerned I thought the band picked tracks that allowed them to express their wide-range of musical talent.  Some songs like Steppenwolf’s – “The Pusher” I thought was better than the original.  Andy Parker really shined with his cross-stick pattern on UFO’s version of John Mellencamp’s - “Paper And Fire”.  Their version of “Rock Candy” is so great if I did not know better I could swear that it wasn’t a cover song! Since 1986 I have always told friends of mine who listen to metal that Vinnie Moore’s guitar playing has such a sweet sound a good example of this was his lead guitar sound on Bill Wither’s – “Ain’t No Sunshine”.  Too me, I do not feel UFO just mailed it in on ‘The Salentino Cuts’ in between albums.  You can tell that by the songs the band chose.  Of the cover albums I have heard over the years ‘The Salentino Cuts’ ranks up there one of the best.  This is an absolute must have for any UFO fan and/or classic metal fan!

 

 

 

Year title Peak chart positions Certifications
[1]
US
[2]
UK
[3]
1970 UFO 1
1971 UFO 2: Flying
1974 Phenomenon 202
1975 Force It 71
1976 No Heavy Petting 169
1977 Lights Out 23 54
1978 Obsession 41 26
1980 No Place to Run 51 11 UK: Silver
1981 The Wild, the Willing and the Innocent 77 19
1982 Mechanix 82 8
1983 Making Contact 153 32
1985 Misdemeanor 106 74
1988 Ain't Misbehavin'
1992 High Stakes & Dangerous Men
1995 Walk on Water
2000 Covenant
2002 Sharks
2004 You Are Here
2006 The Monkey Puzzle
2009 The Visitor 99
2012 Seven Deadly 63
2015 A Conspiracy of Stars 50