Obsession is my favorite Schenker era album with numerous examplkes of fantastic guitar work coupled with readily accesible songwriting. The only reason I can think that this album didn't become extremely well known outside hard rock circles is that so much great music was done the same year this album was introduced and it just got lost in the mix. It's also a little unbalanced because it has true to the core hard rock (even heavy metalish) songs that stand out but is mainly populated by songs approaching on power pop or straight up pop music. A curious formula Shenker would continue in his early solo offerings. The personel: Phil Mogg - vocals Michael Schenker - guitar, flute on Arbory Hill Paul Raymond - rhythm guitar, keyboards, vocals Pete Way - bass Andy Parker - drums 1. Only You Can Rock Me (Pete Way, Michael Schenker, Phil Mogg) – 4:08 An ok if highly predictable power popper. I like the overlapping vocals and really the contrast between verse and refrain but otherwise I find this one a little uninspired. I think this may have been an attempt at a radio friendly song from a band better suited for the concert arena. 2. Pack It Up (And Go) (Way, Schenker, Mogg) – 3:14 I always wondered what the sales on this album might have looked like if this sone or 'You Don't Fool Me' would have kicked the album off. I firmly believe that the first song on an album is very important because with it you make or break the short attention span crowd that often might be your only shot at attracting a new fan. It starts off with a thunderingly recorded beat that breaks into Schenker excellence in short order. The slow lead playing during the verses and generally pleasing menace of the vocal line make this a truly heavy yet easy to listen to song. The lead is pure Shenker with his superb use of clarity and mud interaction throughout. Fantastic tune. One of the very best from the Shenker era of UFO. 3. Arbory Hill (Schenker) – 1:1 This one is rather inorganic to the rest of the album. It's kind of a melody excercise or song part more than a song in it's own right. I often thought it would make a cool, intro to maybe a really heavy or a multi faceted work but by itself it rings a little hollow to me. Very pleasing to the ear and short enough not to really annoy someone looking for real UFO fun but kind of a weird fit for this album (or band to be honest). More a Shenker solo piece than a UFO song. 4. Ain't No Baby (Mogg, Paul Raymond - originally Way, Mogg) – 3:58 My God how I used to hate this song when I was an undiluted rivethead. Thankfully I've grown to appreciate the songwriters craft and broadened my horizons enough to hear the pop beauty of this one. I particularly love the refrain because it really sounds like something you'd say to a chick who treats you like a second class citizen (and if you were a UFO fan when this album came out you probably were). It's beautiful and kicks a little ass along the way. 5. Lookin' Out for No. 1 (Mogg, Raymond - originally Way, Mogg) – 4:34 Another weird quasi pop song but not without a little merit of it's own. It kind of comes off as one of those adult contemporary tunes of the 60s or early 70s but has enough cool guitar to remind you (sort of) who is really bringing it here. Not really bad, but miles below the really cool tracks on this album unless maybe you are more inclined to power pop or adult contemporary. 6. Hot 'n' Ready (Schenker, Mogg) – 3:16 I know I'm going to catch hell for saying this but I never got with this tune. At the risk of turning this review in to a condemnation of the band I won't say too much here. Power pop yes. Easily accessible yes. Good song....... 7. Cherry (Way, Mogg) – 3:34 I used to feel the same way about Cherry as I feel about Hot and Ready: not bad but not good either. Now I find myself really digging this tune. It tells of a lamenting almost pining for a girl most of us guys have felt at one time or another. It is neither agrandizing or degrading to the fairer sex jus an honest desire song with a very catchy bass line/main theme. Hat's off to Pete Way for this one. A little unbalanced for the heavy hitters on this album but with a few other songs like You Don't Fool Me it could have easily worked as a contrast/break song. 8. You Don't Fool Me (Raymond, Andy Parker, Mogg - originally Way, Parker, Mogg) – 3:23 OK, I've been gassing on about this tune through the whole review so it might not be a big surprise that it is one of the two best (if not the best) song on this album to me. God bless Paul Raymond if this was his idea. What Schenkar does here is nothing short of brilliant with lead pieces interjected into the verses with a quality reminicent of Steve Howe's work in 'Turn of The Century' or harkening to Randy's later work in SATO. This song kicks so much ass it really needs to be heard to be appreciated. Love the lyric, love the singing, the guitar work is...well....gear. 9. Lookin' Out for No. 1 (Reprise) (Schenker, Raymond) – 1:14 Another weird break I find largely out of place in this album especially following a song like 'You Don't Fool Me'. It's ok but smacks of space filler rather than a really well thought out piece in it's own right. 10. One More for the Rodeo (Way, Mogg) – 3:45 I would say this song is up to par with the best this album has to offer but in a rather understated way. It's a good ride but I always kind of expected it to go somewhere a little more profound or heavy. Sounds like something intentionally crafted for a radio audience but not a bad tune at all. 11. Born to Lose (Schenker, Mogg, Raymond - originally Schenker, Way, Mogg) – 3:31 It might be sappy, it might be a little self indulgent but I really like this tune for some reason. The singing is really cool and evokes a true emotion. The overall song is high quality but again a little funny on the same album that contains 'Pack it up and Go' and 'You Don't Fool Me'.