UFO - 'A Conspiracy Of Stars'
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THE BAND:
Phil Mogg – vocals
Andy Parker – drums
Paul Raymond – keyboards, rhythm guitar
Vinnie Moore – guitar
Rob De Luca - bass

 

TRACKLISTING:
1.) "The Killing Kind" -This intro opens with a Vinnie Moore rhythm guitar arrangement.  After the first measure underneath Vinnie's rhythm guitar Andy plays a tom-tom pattern.  At the end of each pattern there is a cymbal crash.  After the third tom-tom pattern Andy begins keeping time with his hi-hat foot pedal.  After the next tom-tom pattern there is a snare crack that connects the musical intro with the musical verse.  For the musical verse Vinnie changed the rhythm guitar arrangement.  The lyrical and musical verse has a classic UFO sound to it.  The musical verse consisted of two separate rhythm guitar arrangements.  Underneath Vinnie's rhythm guitar of the musical chorus there was a keyboard arrangement.  Te second chorus consisted of two seperate rhythm guitar arrangements.  After the third chorus there was a lead guitar solo.  Vinnie chose an amazing sound for his lead guitar solo.  Vinnie started the solo off slow then intensified it as it progressed.  The lead guitar solo runs over the top of the musical coda.          
2.) "Run Boy Run" - This track consisted of a simple intro arrangement.  Vinnie's rhythm guitar arrangement had several rests within it letting Andy's drum line become the main instrumentation.  Over the top of Vinnie's rhythm guitar arrangement he overdubbed a minor lead guitar solo.  Vinnie used the same rhythm arrangement for the musical verse as the one he wrote for the musical intro.  Underneath the fifth and sixth lyric lines Vinnie overdubbed several lead guitar licks.  After the first chorus there was a minor lead guitar solo to connect the first chorus with the second verse.  Underneath the lyric lines of the second verse there were several overdubbed lead guitar licks.  Theses licks run through the entire second verse.  After the second chorus there was a breakdown section.  This breakdown section consisted of a rhythm guitar change.  The breakdown section led to the major lead guitar solo. There was a minor lead guitar solo over the top of the musical coda.  The minor lead guitar solo ran through the coda and ended the song.                
3.) "Ballad Of The Left Hand Gun" - Instead of an intro section this track opens with Vinnie playing a Blues riff.  Over the top of the opening Blues riff Phil hums a vocal accent.  This vocal accent leads to the opening lyric line.  Underneath the lyric lines and Vinnie's rhythm guitar arrangement Rob kicks-in a Blues bass line.  This bass line was the same rhythm has Vinnie's rhythm guitar.  Andy plays a tom-tom fill to connect the intro with the musical verse.  When the musical verse kicks-in both Paul and Vinnie begin okaying the same rhythm arrangement.  The band used the same rhythm arrangement for the musical verse as the one Vinnie used for the musical intro.  There were several cymbal crashes leading into the first lyric line of the first verse.  The end of the verse ended just like it opened with several cymbal crashes.  There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical chorus.  Over the top of Vinnie's rhythm guitar of the second chorus Vinnie overdubbed a few lead guitar licks. After the second chorus there was a musical change that consisted of a lead guitar solo.  Vinnie double-tracked the last few notes of his lead guitar solo.  Tough I really liked the lead guitar solo Vinnie wrote for the song it is nowhere near as good as the rhythm arrangement!  The lead guitar solo runs underneath the third chorus.                  
4.) "Sugar Cane" - This track opens with an almost progressive music influenced keyboard arrangement.  This keyboard arrangement may throw some UFO fans for a loop however, UFO 'I' released in 1970 and 'Flying' released in 1971 was very progressive musically.  It is not until the intro kicks-in does the song take on a Rock 'n' Roll sound.  There was a minor lead guitar solo connecting the musical intro with the musical verse.  In between the second, third and forth lyric lines of the verse there are a couple lead guitar licks.  The fifth lyric line was double-tracked.  There were a couple lead guitar licks underneath this double-tracked lyric line.  After the first chorus there was a minor lead guitar solo.  Vinnie played a couple lead guitar licks to connect each lyric line of the second verse.  Vinnie plays a minor lead guitar solo underneath the lyric lines of the second chorus.  The major lead guitar solo was after the third chorus.  After the lead guitar solo there was a breakdown section that consisted of the keyboard arrangement that opened the song.  There was a very laid back second major lead guitar solo over the top of this breakdown section.              
5.) "Devils In The Detail" -There was a minor lead guitar solo over the top of this standard UFO intro arrangement.  Some of the notes of the minor solo were double-tracked.  The band used the same main rhythm guitar arrangement of the verse as the one the used for the intro arrangement.  The vocal lines of the chorus had a huge Phil hook attached to them.  Underneath the lyric lines of the chorus there was a second minor lead guitar solo.  After the first chorus there was a very small musical rest.  There was a lead guitar solo that connected the first chorus with the second verse.  There were several lead guitar licks underneath the lyric lines of the second chorus.  After the second chorus the band slows the song down for the major lead guitar solo.  Vinnie's solo was pure magic on this song.  The coda consisted of a minor lead guitar solo underneath the lyric lines of the coda.        
6.) "Precious Cargo" - There was no intro for this track.  The opening musical verse consisted of a minor lead guitar solo.  Phil's vocal lines of the verses of this song shows that even at sixty-seven Phil still has it as a vocalist.  In between the rhythm guitar arrangement and phil's vocal lines Vinnie plays these little lead guitar runs.  There was a very simple rhythm change for the musical chorus.  What made this song has to be Phil's vocals and Vinnie's lead guitar playing!    
7.) "The Real Deal" - This intro opens with an Andy drum pattern.  The rhythm arrangement of the musical verse has a seventies feel to it.  There was a very simple rhythm arrangement change for the musical chorus.  Underneath the lyric lines of the chorus Vinnie plays a minor lead guitar solo.  Most of Phil's vocals were double-tracked.  The lead guitar licks Vinnie wrote for this song was amazing!!!!   
8.) "One And Only" - This track consisted of a very simple intro arrangement.  There was a rhythm arrangement change for the musical verse.  The musical verse consisted of two different rhythm guitar arrangements.  Underneath the rhythm guitar arrangements there was a Paul Raymond keyboard arrangement.  The choruses had a very nice hook attached to them.  This was the first track on the release were you can actually hear Paul's keyboard arrangement very well.  After the second chorus there was a lead guitar solo.    
9.) "Messiah Of Love" -This intro consisted of a very cool rhythm guitar arrangement.  There was a rhythm guitar arrangement change for the musical verse.  There was a vocal echo attached to the end of each lyric line of the musical chorus.  There was a lead guitar solo connecting the first chorus with the second verse.  At the end of the second verse underneath the lyric lines there was a double-tracked rhythm guitar arrangement.  After the second chorus there was a major lead guitar solo.  After the solo there was a breakdown section.  After the breakdown section there was a second major lead guitar solo.  Both of these solos were amazing.   
10.) "Rolling Rolling" - There was several musical rests within the rhythm guitar arrangement of this intro allowing Paul's keyboard arrangement to bleed through.  There was a tom-tom fill connecting the musical intro with the musical verse.  The musical verse consisted of two separate rhythm guitar arrangements.  The lyrical and musical chorus had a classic Phil Mogg hook attached to it.  After the second chorus there was a tom fill that led to the lead guitar solo.  The lead guitar solo ran underneath the third chorus. 
11.) "King of the Hill" (Bonus Track) - i just feel in love with the rhythm groove of this song!!!! 


      Since forming forty-six years ago the core members vocalist Phil Mogg and drummer Andy Parker have kept the band going despite eternal band arguments, lawsuits, along with all other types of assorted debauchery.  Since 2003 guitarist Vinnie Moore has been the guitarist for UFO performing on their last five releases ('You Are Here' 2004, 'The Monkey Puzzle' 2006, 'The Visitor' 2009, 'Seven Deadly' 2012).
Since the release of 'Monkey Puzzle' in 2006 the bass position is a revolving door of different bass players.  In fact including the new bassist Rob De Luca (Spread Eagle & Sebastian Bach) the band has went through four different ones. 
On February 23, 2015 the longtime classic British Rock band released their twenty-second studio release titled 'A Conspiracy Of Stars'.  There is absolutely no doubt Vinnie Moore is an amazing guitarist just listen to his 1988 solo instrumental CD titled 'Time Odyssey'.  However, Vinnie has been with the band twelve years now.   'A Conspiracy Of Stars' is the fifth CD he has recorded with the band and all though everything he has recorded with UFO has been amazing.   It seems his guitar work on the new CD he is starting to hit his stride and stepping out of the huge shoes he had to fill in Michael Schenker and putting his own stamp on UFO.  This was something I do not think Paul Chapman was able to do.  'A Conspiracy Of Stars' ranks up there as one of my all-time favorite UFO releases.  If you are a fan of UFO or classic rock than this release is an absolute must have!!!

 

 


THE BAND:

Phil Mogg – vocals

Andy Parker – drums

Paul Raymond – keyboards, rhythm guitar

Vinnie Moore – guitar
Rob De Luca - bass