Pete Way and vocalist Phil Mogg.
Mogg/Way - Edge of the World (Shrapnel) 1997
Brings a Change" (6:10)
2. "All Out of Luc" (5:10)
3. "Gravy Train" (4:55)
4. "Fortune Town" (4:19)
5. "Highwire" (5:23)
6. "Saving Me" (5:44)
7. "Mother Mary" (3:56)
8. "House of Pain" (5:23)
9. "It's a Game" (4:39)
10. "History of Flames" (5:13)
11. "Spell on You" (5:34)
12. "Totaled" [instrumental] (4:47)
Looks like UFO,
sounds like UFO, I wonder why they just
didn't call it UFO? I'm sure there was
some sort of contractual obligations or something. Former UFO members Phil Mogg (vocals) and Pete Way (drums) unite in 1997 as Mogg/Way, hiring
guitarist George Bellas and drummer Aynsley Dunbar to complete the hard rock
band. Regardless of the band name, Mogg/Way is yet another solid melodic rock
platter with some excellent guitar work. Phil Mogg's vocals sound as good as
they ever did. I've personally always been a fan of his high, smooth vocal style.
"Edge of the World" starts off with one of the discs best tracks, the epic "Change
Brings A Change." This song easily could have fit onto any of the most classic UFO albums. The only difference is that
guitarist George Bellas doesn't attempt to emulate Schenker with his soloing.
Instead he brings his own brand of guitar shred to the songs. "Gravy Train"
contains one of the more shining examples of the stylistic difference between
Schenker and Bellas. On this track, Bellas sounds more like a young Yngwie Malmsteen,
leaving his imprint all over the song. Other than this, however, the UFO sound
is well in place. As a matter of fact, they even re-recorded the classic UFO track "Mother Mary". Not sure why they felt it necessary to include this song,
as the new material is solid on it's own account. Still, it's a nice addition
to a CD that rocks from start to finish. I can't imagine any fan of UFO being disappointed with this release.
Mogg/ Way - Chocolate Box (Shrapnel) 1999
1. Muddy's Gold (5:10)
2. Jerusalem (5:37)
3. Too Close To The Sun (6:15)
4. This Is A Life (3:37)
5. Living And Dying (5:10)
6. Death In The Family (4:52)
7. King Of The City (4:12)
8. Whip That Groove (3:40)
9. Last Man In Space (5:15)
10. Sparkling Wine (4:40)
"Chocolate Box" is the second album from Mogg/Way and follows the bands acclaimed debut "Edge Of The World." As with that album, "Chocolate Box" is UFO in everything but the name on the cover. Songs like "Muddy's Gold," "Jerusalem," and "King of the City" sound like classic UFO, complete with heavy riffing and Mogg's signature vocals. A song like "Last Man in Space" offers a bit of a groove, which isn't something all that foreign to UFO...er, I mean Mogg/Way. "Whip that Groove" has some of the blues based feel that has also long been a part of the band's history. (For whatever reason, these two songs are mixed up in the track listing on the CD and even come up wrong in iTunes.)
Along for the ride this time around is keyboardist Paul Raymond (UFO), drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC/Dio) and new guitarist Jeff Kollman. Kollman has some big shoes to fill, but delivers the goods on "Chocolate Box" with his melodic solos and heavy rock and roll riffs. The lead on "Too Close to the Sun" in particular adds to the overall feel of the song yet isn't overly flashy, which pretty much sums up the whole of Kollman's solos.
"Chocolate Box" may not be a UFO album by name, but it's certainly a worthy inclusion in the UFO catalog. I can't imagine any fan of the band wouldn't completely enjoy this album. The very next year following the release of "Chocolate Box" saw Mogg and Way teaming up once again with Schenker for the UFO "Covenant" album.