UFO - UFO 2/Flying (1971) Decca/SLK 16 726-P - DE Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

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UFO - UFO 2/Flying (1971) Decca/SLK 16 726-P - DE Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

UFO – UFO 2/Flying/One Hour Space Rock
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Label: Decca/SLK 16 726-P | Released: 1971 | This Issue: 1973 | Genre: Space-Rock

A1 Silver Bird 6:45
A2 Star Storm 18:50
A3 Prince Kajuku 3:55
B1 The Coming Of Prince Kajuku 3:35
B2 Flying 26:30

This version is the first repress, comes in a gatefold sleeve and wears the red Decca label design, but lacked the Royal Sound Stereo brand. See images.

Title as on front cover.
Inner sleeve states: UFO - FLYING One Hour Space Rock
On spine: UFO2
On the labels the groups name appears as U.F.O. and the title is FLYING.

All tracks recorded at Nova Recording Studios, London.

Manufactured under license from Beacon Records Ltd., London / England
℗ 1971
Made in Germany - Teldec "Telefunken-Decca" Schallplatten-Ges. mbH, Heussweg 25, Hamburg 19 (Western Germany)
℗ 1973
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Matrix / Runout (On label side A): BEAS 19-A
Matrix / Runout (On label side B): BEAS 19-B
Rights Society: GEMA

UFO - UFO 2/Flying (1971) Decca/SLK 16 726-P - DE Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

UFO - UFO 2/Flying (1971) Decca/SLK 16 726-P - DE Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

UFO - UFO 2/Flying (1971) Decca/SLK 16 726-P - DE Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

Direct Drive Turntable: Technics SL-1200MK2 Quartz
Cartridge: SHURE M97xE With JICO SAS Stylus
Amplifier: Marantz 2252
ADC: E-MU 0404
DeClick with iZotope RX5: Only Manual (Click per click)
Vinyl Condition: EX+
This LP: From my personal collection
LP Rip & Full Scan LP Cover: Fran Solo

Who would have thought old Phil Mogg, Pete Way and Co. would be responsible for one the greatest psychedelic long players ever released?, but yes folks this record called “UFO 2/Flying” is a head trip of the highest order that every space rock freak MUST own!!!
UFO started out in 1968 and were at one time known as The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, they later called themselves Acid finally settling on UFO which was a tribute to the legendary UK nightclub. The group cut their teeth playing covers by people like The Yardbirds, Kinks, John Lennon and The Small Faces among others, somehow they got the attention of Equals guitarist Eddy Grant who was branching out into production and talent procurement, Grant invited the group to record at Orange Studios and the group managed to land a recording deal with the tiny Beacon imprint. A debut album “UFO 1” was issued in 1970 to little fanfare ( though it has been reported UK DJ Jon Peel thought highly of the group.)
The record we are talking about here was the group’s second and their last for Beacon, it was known as “UFO 2/Flying/One Hour Space Rock” and it was issued in 1971.
This is one monster of a Rock album that will appeal to fans of Free, Ash Ra Tempel, Blue Cheer, Taste, The Pink Fairies and many others, simply speaking it’s awesome!!
Side One starts off “Silver Bird” which sounds just like Free circa 1969, Phil Mogg shows himself to be a gritty, convincing singer while guitarist Mick Bolton plays some blistering solos in the Paul Kossoff/Rory Gallagher vein, the group’s rhythm section of Pete Way ( Bass ) and Andy Parker ( drums ) is a powerhouse, the song starts out slow but soon takes flight pummelling the listener along the way with relentless power. “Star Storm” is in a whole different bag it begins with some lethal wah-wah guitar by Bolton then briefly touches down into a blues rock stomp ala Free/Taste, then the thing slows down to a crawl and slowly shifts into a guitar freakout that reminds me of the mid-section of The James Gang’s “The Bomber” and also the guitar solo section of The Jeff Beck Group’s “Rice Pudding”, then it’s off to Ash Ra Tempel land for awhile and then back again, the whole piece clocks in at over 18 minutes!!, Mick Bolton’s guitar playing on this number is stunning!!. The first side ends with a Groundhogs style raveup called “Prince Kajuku” that is absolutely fierce!, Mogg’s vocals are sensational whlie Bolton blasts away like T.S. McPhee’s kid brother, Pete Way also plays brilliantly on this one.
Side Two starts off in a different direction with “The Coming Of Prince Kajuku” this is an incredibly pretty guitar instrumental that echoes of Fleetwood Mac’s Peter Green and Danny Kirwan’s playing on the “Then Play On” album, then all of a sudden the song erupts into a Pete Townshend/Eddie Phillips Pop Art Afterflash! WOW!!!
“Flying” takes up the rest of the record, this one is a lengthy blues downer track that sounds like the group are suffering from a group hangover in the beginning the song then comes to life and turns into a pulverizing dose of Acid Rock. The record ends just under 60 minutes leaving you completely drained, in fact after playing this thing I need a bit of a comedown so I’m gonna go listen to The Four Preps “On Campus” album and then some Kingston Trio!, “UFO 2” has that kind of effect on people!!
Reviewed by Dave Furgess, headheritage.co.uk
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