|UFO – ‘Seven Deadly’|
Phil Mogg – Vocals
Paul Raymond – Guitar / Keyboards
Andy Parker – Drums
Vinnie Moore – Guitar
Lars Lehmann - bass
1.) “Fight Night” – This track opens with Andy Parker playing a very simple rhythm drum line underneath Phil keeping time with a cowbell. From the opening intro fans will fall in live the laid back early seventies rhythm guitar riff Vinnie wrote for the intro. Now I know with today technologies recording studios can make a fart sound like the tabernacle choir however, there is one thing for sure. When Phil begins singing the first verse and you hear the subtle vocal accent changes you know this old man still has it!!!! Vinnie doesn’t change the rhythm guitar riff until the musical pre-chorus. Basically for the pre-chorus Vinnie mainly plays fill-in chords. The musical and lyrical chorus was taken right from an early UFO fake book. Phil does a small humming vocal accent over the top of the music connecting the first chorus with the second verse. After the second chorus there is a drastic musical change. Vinnie switches to a clean rhythm guitar rhythm underneath several lead guitar licks. Over the top Phil sings several lead vocal lines. There is a pick-up in the bpm of the arrangement for the solo section. Vinnie plays a very simple lead guitar solo that suited the song to perfection.
2.) “Wonderland” – This intro consisted of two rhythm guitar riffs underneath a very, minor lead guitar solo. Vinnie used the same rhythm arrangements for the musical verse as the ones he used for the intro. There was a very simple UFO musical change for the musical chorus. For the last measure of the musical chorus Andy switched from a hi-hat pattern to a pattern played on his tom-toms. The lead guitar rhythm Vinnie wrote for this track sounded like it was done with a slide effect. Vinnie’s lead guitar solo is after the second chorus. Once again Vinnie wrote a master solo for this type of song. After the solo the song kicks-in to a single rhythm guitar riff. As this guitar riff progresses Vinnie overdubbed several lead guitar licks over the top of the rhythm that had an echo attached to them. Underneath this Andy played a tom-tom pattern.
3.) “Mojo Town” – it sounded as if Vinnie double-tracked the third and fourth measure of this intro section. There is a small vocal accent over the top of the third and fourth measure of the intro. The way the per-verse was produced caused Vinnie’s guitar to drown out Phil’s vocals. There was a very small rhythm change for the musical verse. The guys kept the chorus very basic. There are a few of the lyrics on the chorus that had a small echo attached to them. Vinnie’s lead guitar solo connected the second chorus with the third verse. Though the song is very simple it is still very cool and very typical of a lot of the stuff UFO has released here as of late.
4.) “Angel Station” –This track is very reminiscent to some of the earlier ballads UFO wrote in the seventies.
5.) “Year Of The Gun” –This intro opens with a Andy Parker snare fill before going to the main musical intro. There is a very simple main intro section. Over the top of the intro section Phil sings several lead vocal accents. Phil says, “Here it Comes” to connected the intro to the verse. Vinnie changes the rhythm guitar riff for the musical pre-verse. There is a one measure intro repeat connecting the pre-verse with the verse. There is a small snare fill connecting the musical verse with the musical chorus. The chorus was very reminiscent to the stuff Phil has been writing on the last couple of albums. There is a small snare fill that leads to a minor solo. Vinnie plays several lead notes underneath the lyric lines of Phil’s vocals.
6.) “The Last Stone Rider” – This track opens with Vinnie playing three rhythm guitar riffs over the top of Andy keeping time on the hi-hat. It sounded as if Vinnie used some type of reverb on the guitar riffs of the intro. Andy plays a two small snare fills to connect the musical intro with the musical verse. For the musical verse Vinnie changed the guitar track along with Andy changing the drum line. The rhythm the two wrote together had an amazing sound. The band used the same rhythm for the verse as the one for the intro. There is a small snare pattern connecting the verse with the chorus. Andy added an opening & closing hi-hat pattern for the musical verse. The backing harmonies of the chorus along with Phil’s vocals give this track a classic UFO sound!!!! Vinnie’s solo is after the second chorus. I can’t say it is the best Vinnie has ever written however, it is the best he has written since being a member of UFO.
7.) “Steal Yourself" – This track opens with a small snare fill before going into the main intro section. For the main intro Vinnie plays a very simple rhythm arrangement. Vinnie switches to a picking arrangement for the musical verse. There is an arrangement change for the musical chorus. Vinnie plays a minor lead guitar solo underneath the second chorus. The lead guitar solo connects the second chorus with the third chorus. After the third chorus Vinnie’s lead guitar solo continues through the third chorus all the way through the outro.
8.) “Burn Your House Down” – Vinnie plays a very simple rhythm guitar rhythm over the top of Andy playing a hi-hat rhythm. For the musical verse Vinnie altered the rhythm riff just a little. There is a rhythm change for the musical chorus. The band sings very simple backing accents in between the lyric lines of the chorus. There is a second lead guitar solo after the second chorus. This song solidified Vinnie as a fulltime member!!!!
9.) “The Fear” – This intro consisted of two separate intro arrangements. There is a harmonica connecting the musical into with the musical verse. Vinnie’s switches to a blues arrangement for the musical verse. In between Vinnie’s guitar and Phil’s vocals there is an harmonica arrangement. There really isn’t a rhythm change between the musical verse and the musical chorus. After the second chorus there is a harmonica/lead guitar solo.
10.) “Waving goodbye” – Vinnie plays a very simple rhythm guitar rhythm after every second bar he changes one note. This gives the song a very nice hook. Vinnie plays a minor lead gutar solo to connect the musical intro with the musical verse. Vinnie switched from an electric to an acoustic guitar arrangement for the musical verse. This aloud Paul’s keyboards to bleed through. Vinnie switched back to an electric rhythm for the musical chorus. Vinnie’s guitar work on this track is just amazing!!!!!!
11.) “Other Men’s Wives” (bonus track) – Vinnie wrote a very simple blues riff for the intro of this track. Underneath Vinnie’s riff Andy plays a tom-tom pattern. There is a small snare fill connecting the musical intro with the musical verse. Andy switched his drum line from a tom-tom pattern to a standard hi-hat rhythm for the musical verse. Vinnie altered the riff just a little for the musical verse. There is a rhythm guitar change for the musical chorus. The solo is after the second chorus and much like the riffs he wrote for the arrangement itself it is very laid back. After the solo there is a repeat of the musical intro to connect the next chorus. Vinnie plays a minor lead guitar solo underneath Phil’s vocals of the third chorus and forth chorus.
12.) “Bag O’ Blues” (bonus track) –This track opens with the sound effect of someone placing a needle onto a vinyl record. The song itself consists of just vocals and piano.
In 2004 while recording ‘You Are Here’ guitarist Michael Schenker once again left the band. Instead of shelving the project the guys chose to replace Michael with American guitarist, instrumentalist Vinnie Moore. ‘Seven Deadly’ is the fourth release Vinnie has recorded since joining the band.
With ‘Seven Deadly’ the guys wrote songs that brought back their classic seventies sound. A sound that die-hard fans have be very familiar with. This is one of the best releases UFO has recorded since the early seventies. If you are a fan of UFO, Vinnie Moore, or classic rock & metal then you absolutely must own this release!!!