UFO   Parker's Birthday - Live In Texas
Release Date: 1996

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2.0 poorRobbit | June 21st 18

PARKER'S BIRTHDAY is essentially a bootleg that was put out by an official label (Griffin Records) in 1996. It's actually an
excellent quality soundboard recording from a show at Chaparral Center in Midland, Texas on March 21st, 1979, just a month
into the U.S. leg of the STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT tour. The show took place on drummer Andy Parker's birthday, which is
acknowledged just before "Only You Can Rock Me".

As you'd expect from a bootleg release, the songs aren't even tracked properly and are 13 songs split into only 4 parts?! That
seems like fair warning for the buyer to realize that this was definitely not a recording that deserved any kind of official
release. In contrast with the classic live album this show was supporting, it's something of a train wreck to listen to.

Michael Schenker had officially left the band before this tour, so Paul "Tonka" Chapman was left with the daunting task of
doing these songs justice. I'm a fan of Paul's studio work with UFO, but he was flailing badly here on many songs. He's not
the only one to blame for the bum notes, missed cues and stage feedback, but this is a rather embarrassing performance
overall. Maybe they were drunk? This recording is mainly a history lesson for the hardcore fans who wondered what the band
sounded like during this transitional era. While the CD itself sound good, the show was one the band would probably rather


3.0 goodNagrarok | February 21st 19

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