ARTIST:

UFO

(UNITED KINGDOM)
TITLE:

THE WILD, THE WILLING AND THE INNOCENT

(1981)
LABEL:

EMI

GENRE:

MELODIC HARD ROCK

TAGS:
Easy-Listening
"Without a doubt, "The Wild, The Willing And The Innocent" remains UFO's most accomplished studio album to date."
LYNOTT (12.03.2008)  
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In this year 1981 when Iron Maiden's Killer, Def Leppard's High'n'dry, Rush's Moving Pictures and Black Sabbath's Mob Rules were released, it was better not to mess up in order to stay in the game. The old dinosaurs that are UFO had even less right to make a mistake as the newcomers of the NWOBHM put a lot of energy in inviting themselves at the table of the Hard Rock gotha. It was all very well to be quoted as a reference by Steve Harris, Kirk Hammett and Dave Mustaine, but it was still necessary to mark the spirits at the dawn of this new decade, just to show that the old guard had still the holy fire.

UFO, which released its first album eleven years ago, has since filled the stores with seven more albums. Schenker had already left the adventure before No Place to Run (album preceding The Wild... ) and even if Paul Chapman replaced him without any damage, it is now necessary to deal with the departure of the man with the keyboards, Paul Raymond... Neil Carter is thus recruited to make forget the talented keyboard player. This new pilot of the Unknown Flying Object crew comes from Wild Horses, a former band of guitarist Brian Robertson, the bassist Jimmy Bain and Franck Noon the first drummer of Def Leppard (on their initial EP). The talent of this man, who also played rhythm guitar and saxophone, was used on this album with a string ensemble, which gave emphasis and depth to the new compositions.

This record, released in the middle of the Pop-Rock wave, also shows, in small touches, the stigma of it, as on Couldn't Get It Right, for example, by the sound and rhythm of the drums. The melody is lively and the guitar is very characteristic of UFO, either on the rhythmic or the soli. These Pop-Rock aspects also appear on Lonely Heart, a track full of melodies, inspired riffs, singing piano notes, a sax passage to fall down and an exciting vocal melody. The Wild, the Willing and the Innocent also sounds Pop-Rock, but in the chorus this time, the guitar is on the other hand quite Hard Rock and the melody excellent.

It's Killing me is still a bomb of melodies, Way's bass slams and shows the way to a monumental chorus that has not got a wrinkle 27 years after its creation. Profession of violence is a mo-nu-men-ta-le ballad with a masterly Schenkerian solo of more than 2 minutes.

Makin' Moves takes everything out of the way, the opening riff is memorable and the strumming all along is thunderous, this is a huge track. Long Gone has nothing to envy it, with its calm central break that allows the track to throw you another slap at the restart followed by melodic passages bluffing until the end, Dantesque. As for Chains Chains, it throws us an imperial melody that still runs in the head of the fans for almost three decades...

Here is the recipe of the cocktail of this "The Wild, The Willing And The Innocent": 1/3 of Hard-Rock-Pop, 1/3 of Hard-Rock-Melodious, 1/3 of Hard-Rock-Brutal. Let's drink to the health of this timeless and memorable opus of UFO, certainly their most accomplished studio album...


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TRACK LISTING:
01. Chains Chains 3'28
02. Long Gone 5'17
03. The Wild, the Willing and the Innocent 4'57
04. It's Killing Me 4'29
05. Makin' Moves 4'43
06. Lonley Heart 5'00
07. Couldn't Get It Right 4'33
08. Profession of Violence 4'22

LINEUP:
Andy Parker: Batterie
Neil Carter: Chant / Guitares / Claviers / Saxophone
Paul Chapman: Guitares
Pete Way: Basse
Phill Mogg: Chant
   
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