UFO – The Salentino Cuts

Reviewed: February 2018
Released: 2017, Cleopatra
Rating: 3/5
Reviewer: John Haseltine

After nearly 50 years of rocking with 22 studio albums, 14 live releases and a slew of comps and singles, what does a band like U.F.O. have left in their arsenal? I’m sure plenty. But for now how about a covers album? It seems to be the thing to do these days. Well, that and re-recording their classics.

Their choice of covers does not surprise me any. All the tracks covered here have proven themselves not only by the original artist’s success, but with other bands that have covered them. For the most part, I have always enjoyed a good cover of a good classic track. Mostly when it is a metal band doing a track and actually making it sound as their own. This is not the case with the tracks here. All of the covers on THE SALENTINO CUTS are done very conservatively. They are all done very well, but very conservatively. For U.F.O. fans, this will be a delight. As a very part time listener, it doesn’t really do it for me as a whole. I do like their renditions of “The Pusher”, “Ain’t No Sunshine”, “Too Rolling Stoned”, and “Just Got Paid”. Not that there is much of a difference from the originals, but they do stand out of the lineup for me.

I have nothing but the highest respect for U.F.O. and all they have done throughout the years even if I am not that big of a fan per se, I just don’t feel it much with this one. It is a cool listen though that is worthy enough to purchase.


Track List:
1. Heartful Of Soul (The Yardbirds) / 2.Break On Through (To The Other Side)(The Doors) / 3. River Of Deceit (Mad Season) / 4. The Pusher (Steppenwolf) /5. Paper In Fire (John Mellencamp) / 6. Rock Candy (Montrose) / 7. Mississippi Queen (Mountain) / 8. Ain’t No Sunshine (Bill Withers) / 9. Honey-Bee (Tom Petty) / 10. Too Rolling Stoned (Robin Trower) / 11. Just Got Paid (ZZ Top) / 12. It’s My Life (The Animals)


Lineup:

Phil Mogg – Lead Vocals
Vinnie Moore – Guitars
Paul Raymond – Keyboard
Andy Parker – Drums
Rob De Luca – Bass


Websites:  www.ufo-music.info

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