Obsession (UFO album)

Obsession is the seventh studio album by the British rock band UFO, released in 1978. This was the final studio album to feature Michael Schenker on lead guitar until he returned to the band in 1993. A single from the album, "Only You Can Rock Me" / "Cherry", was also released in 1978. So too was the band's first 3-track EP "Only You Can Rock Me", "Cherry" / "Rock Bottom", reaching No. 50 in the UK. The album was recorded at an abandoned post office in Los Angeles.

Studio album by
Released21 June 1978
StudioC.P. McGregors, Western Avenue, Los Angeles and West 3rd Carrier Station, Beverley Hills, California with The Record Plant Mobile
ProducerRon Nevison
UFO chronology
Lights Out
Strangers in the Night
Singles from Obsession
  1. "Only You Can Rock Me"
    Released: 1978
  2. "Cherry" / "You Don't Fool Me"
    Released: 1978 (Canada only)
  3. "Born to Lose"
    Released: 1978
Professional ratings
Review scores
Christgau's Record GuideC–[2]

EMI's 2008 remastered edition includes 3 bonus live tracks, and also some writing credits are corrected.

Critical reception

Reviewing the LP in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981), Robert Christgau wrote: "I've admired their forward motion and facile riffs, so it's my duty to report that they've degenerated into the usual exhibitionism. Theme song: 'Lookin' Out for No. 1,' a turn of phrase that's becoming as much of a watchword in late '70s rock as 'get together' was in the late '60s."[2]

Track listing

Side one
1."Only You Can Rock Me"Pete Way, Michael Schenker, Phil Mogg4:08
2."Pack It Up (And Go)"Way, Schenker, Mogg3:14
3."Arbory Hill"Schenker1:11
4."Ain't No Baby"Mogg, Paul Raymond3:58
5."Lookin' Out for No. 1"Mogg, Raymond4:34
Side two
6."Hot 'n' Ready"Schenker, Mogg3:16
7."Cherry"Way, Mogg3:34
8."You Don't Fool Me"Raymond, Andy Parker, Mogg3:23
9."Lookin' Out for No. 1" (reprise)Schenker, Raymond1:14
10."One More for the Rodeo"Way, Mogg3:45
11."Born to Lose"Schenker, Mogg, Raymond3:31




Album - Billboard (United States)[3]

Year Chart Position
1978 Pop Albums 41


  1. Prato, Greg. "Obsession - UFO". Allmusic. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  2. Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: U". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 17, 2019 via robertchristgau.com.
  3. "Obsession Billboard Albums". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-08-04.
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