When UFO released this album in 1977 they were on the verge of breaking into the world of rock stars. They had already established themselves as a formidable live act, with albums such as Strangers In The Night and Obsession already in the catalogue, but Lights Out was to prove their most commercially successful.
A classic example of '70s Hard Rock, Lights Out was produced at London’s Air Studios by Ron Nevison (who worked with The Who and Led Zeppelin) with an incredible sonic assault that envelops the listener. The band had assembled a superb line up with vocalist Phil Mogg, guitarist Michael Schenker, bassman Pete Way and drummer Andy Parker.
The title track is a ripping hard rocker that showcases Mogg’s exceptional phrasing and lyrics, while "Try Me" is a beautiful ballad that highlights Schenker’s melodic guitar work. The '60s cover of Alone Again Or is a superb song that sees Raymond’s keyboards haunting and lilting, and the epic closing track, “Love To Love”, is another testimony to the writing skills of the band.
Sadly, this album was to come at the very end of Michael Schenker’s tenure with UFO. He was a key player in their success, but had a difficult time managing the pressures of fame and a heavy touring schedule. As a result, he would go on to play with a number of other bands, including Iron Maiden. He also eventually founded his own group, the Michael Schenker Group.