Sound — 10
A lot of bands can sound a lot worse when they take their music to the live stage, like if the songs are too technically demanding or simply because it's hard to recreate the original sound of the studio recording. So a lot of bands resort to(or get accused of) editing the tracks so the live album sounds better. UFO didn't do that. All of the songs on Strangers are REALLY live, not edited. Even though it's really a compilation of live performances, it doesn't sound like it. It has all of UFO's most popular songs, like Doctor Doctor, Lights Out, Rock Bottom, etc. The entire band is spot on. Andy Parker and Pete Way held down the rythmn perfectly, but the real selling point of this album is the genius that is Michael Schenker. He does a lot of straying away from the studio recording solos, most apparant in Rock Bottom. He plays in a very creative way, very melodic, but in a hard rock sense. He still plays reasonably fast. Schenker is one of the true underdogs of rock guitar.
Lyrics — 10
Phil Mogg is a good vocalist, but an ok showman. But he only needs to sound good here, and he does. He won't wow you if you're into Robert Plant/Steven Tyler vocals, as he isn't a great rock vocalist. But he IS the signiture voice of UFO. He is such a big part of the band's overall sound. It may sound a little strange, but I would say he's a "easy" vocalist to listen too. The lyrics are nothing special, but they are far, far from bad. It fits the music. One of my highlights of the album is Love to Love, because the lyrics sound so good against the music. And Phil Mogg's vocals fit that song so well. I'm sure most singers around that time would butcher that song.
Overall Impression — 10
If you've never heard a UFO song, buy this album. I don't care if you don't even listen to hard rock. The sound is so good it's hard to put down the chance to hear this album. Michael Schenker is a hard rock guitar legend because of this album. This is an album I'll probably never stop listening to because it's like hard rock crack. This band was meant to be seen live, because their songs sound so much better in a live setting, without the studio polish. This is the definative UFO album.