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Budgie “If I Were Brittania I’d Waive the Rules”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#133 in the Series is) Budgie, If I were Brittania I’d Waive the Rules.

Budgie was a Welch loud rock band that recorded most of their catalog in the 70’s.  I always liked them because their sound was always unique to me.  A little metal here, a little blues rock here, a little prog-rock here, etc.  I always loved bands that you just can not pigeon hole.

They had about six definitive albums. It was not the best reviewed, nor the best accepted, but for some reason I was always partial to Brittania.

The main reason was one song, one that I always loved. (Whenever I had parties I used to find my self putting this song on about 4 am when only the die-hards were left.  Some of them still read this.  You know who you are!!)

That song was Black Velvet Stallion. It’s an epic eight plus minute song that ends side two.  A great song for those that love progressive sounding guitar solos.

A few other tunes that got a little play were Sky High Percentage and Anne Neggen.

All the music here was written my bassist, vocalist Burke Shelly and guitarist Tony Bourge.  The band on this album was rounded out by drummer Steve Williams and keyboard player, Richard Dunn.

I remember trying to see Budgie a couple years after this album was released. A couple buddies and myself drove from the far southeast area of Chicago to the far Northwest suburbs. One of my friends was underage. We were trying to get into a club called B’Ginnings. He had a fake ID and got caught at the door. An hour and a half drive for nothing!!  I did eventually see them at the Riviera Theater.

If I Were Brittania I’d Waive the Rules was released in 1976.

Here’s Black Velvet Stallion followed by Sky High Percentage. Sorry, I couldn’t find anything live for this album.  These are studio tracks.

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UFO “Force It”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#129 in the Series) is UFO, Force It.

I haven’t featured a good old fashioned, rock and roll album for some time.  So here it is for you, UFO,  Force It.

A good ‘play it loud, listen to the scorching guitar, rock and roll classic album.

UFO was an 80s metal band that featured some of the best players of that era.  Michael Schenker on guitar.  Phil Moog, Vocals, Andy Parker, Drums. Pete Way, Bass.  Chuck Churchill was a guest musician that added, and for the first time, keyboards on a UFO album.

Force It was the beginning of a three album run that, while quite popular, also marked the beginning of the end of Michael Schenker’s career with the band.  He left after recording  No Heavy Petting and Light’s Out. He did appear partly on Obsession as did eventual replacement, Paul Raymond.

Force It contained several songs that remained live standards for years. Let It Roll, Shoot Shoot, Out on the Street and Mother Mary. Most the album was written by Mood and Schenker.

Released in 1975, Force It reached #71 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart.

Michael Schenker would eventually return to UFO in the early 90s.

Here’s a live versions of Shoot Shoot and Let It Roll with Schenker.