The Wild, the Willing and the Innocent

The Wild, the Willing and the Innocent is the ninth studio album by the British hard rock band UFO and the first to be entirely self-produced by the band. The song "Lonely Heart" was a minor UK hit single. The original cover was as usual designed by the art studio Hipgnosis. This is the band's first album with the former Wild Horses' keyboard player Neil Carter, replacing Paul Raymond, who had left to join the Michael Schenker Group.

The Wild, the Willing and the Innocent
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 6, 1981
RecordedAIR Studios, Wessex Sound Studios and Utopia Studios, London
GenreHard rock, heavy metal
UFO chronology
No Place to Run
The Wild, the Willing and the Innocent
Singles from The Wild, the Willing and the Innocent
  1. "Couldn't Get It Right" / "Hot 'n' Ready"
    Released: 1981
  2. "Lonely Heart" / "Long Gone"
    Released: 1981
Professional ratings
Review scores
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal10/10[2]

The album was remastered at Sound Recording Technology in Cambridge in 1994 and re-issued on Repertoire Records. The album was also reissued in 2009, remastered with an expanded booklet and bonus tracks.

In 2016, Eddie Trunk selected the album as one of The 11 Records That Changed My Life for Classic Rock (magazine). [3]

Track listing

Side one
  1. "Chains Chains" (Pete Way, Phil Mogg) – 3:24
  2. "Long Gone" (Paul Chapman, Mogg) – 5:17
  3. "The Wild, the Willing and the Innocent" (Chapman, Mogg) – 4:57
  4. "It's Killing Me" (Way, Mogg) – 4:29
Side two
  1. "Makin' Moves" (Chapman, Mogg) – 4:43
  2. "Lonely Heart" (Chapman, Way, Mogg) – 5:00
  3. "Couldn't Get It Right" (Chapman, Way, Mogg) – 4:33
  4. "Profession of Violence" (Chapman, Mogg) – 4:22
    • (Listed as "Profession Of" on original US and Canadian releases)
Japanese CD edition bonus track
  1. "Hot 'n' Ready" (live) (Michael Schenker, Mogg) – 3:34

On the original US vinyl release, the tracks (on both sides) were numbered 1, 2, 3, 5.


  1. "Couldn't Get It Right"/"Hot 'n' Ready" (recorded live at the Reading Festival 1980) (Chrysalis CHS 2454)
  2. "Lonely Heart"/"Long Gone" (Chrysalis CHS 2482) #41 UK[4]


Additional musicians
  • Steve Churchyard, Gary Edwards, Jeremy Green - engineers


Year Chart Position
1981 UK Album Chart[5] 19
Billboard 200 (United States)[6] 77


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