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Phenomenon is the third studio album by the British rock band UFO, released in May 1974.

Phenomenon
UFO album Phenomenon.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 1974 (1974-05)
Recorded1973–1974
StudioMorgan Studios, London
GenreHard rock, heavy metal
Length39:06
LabelChrysalis
ProducerLeo Lyons
UFO chronology
Live
(1971)
Phenomenon
(1974)
Force It
(1975)
Singles from Phenomenon
  1. "Give Her the Gun" / "Sweet Little Thing"
    Released: 1974 (Germany only)
  2. "Doctor Doctor" / "Lipstick Trace"
    Released: 1974
  3. "Rock Bottom"
    Released: 1974–75
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]

ProductionEdit

This was their third studio album and their debut on Chrysalis. UFO largely left their blues-based "space rock" sound behind, in part due to the presence of their new guitarist, German 19-year-old Michael Schenker. The album was produced by Leo Lyons, bass guitarist of British rock group Ten Years After. All tracks were recorded at Morgan Studios in London. The original cover design and photos were produced by Hipgnosis.

It was remastered at Sound Recording Technology, Cambridge, in 1994.

InfluenceEdit

The British heavy metal band Iron Maiden performed a cover of "Doctor Doctor" when Blaze Bayley was with the band as their vocalist. Iron Maiden's cover version is included in "Lord of the Flies" single and also in the Eddie's Archive boxed set on the "Best of the B-Sides" collection. Traditionally, Iron Maiden uses the UFO live version, played over the venue PA system, to signal the audience that they are about to take the stage.

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Michael Schenker and Phil Mogg, except where noted.

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Too Young to Know"Pete Way, Mogg3:10
2."Crystal Light" 3:47
3."Doctor Doctor" 4:10
4."Space Child" 4:01
5."Rock Bottom" 6:32
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
6."Oh My"Schenker, Mogg, Way, Andy Parker2:28
7."Time on My Hands" 4:10
8."Built for Comfort"Willie Dixon3:01
9."Lipstick Traces" 2:20
10."Queen of the Deep" 5:49

PersonnelEdit

UFO
Additional musicians
Production

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "UFO Phenomenon review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-07-19.
  2. ^ Saulnier, Jason (23 January 2009). "Michael Schenker Interview". Music Legends. Retrieved 6 May 2013.