UFO's 1981 release, "The Wild, the Willing and the Innocent," stands as a rock classic, blending hard rock and melodic finesse. Led by Phil Mogg's vocals and Michael Schenker's guitar, the album achieved commercial success with hits like "Lonely Heart" and "Profession of Violence." Its sonic diversity, from gritty blues to introspective ballads, coupled with iconic artwork, solidified its lasting impact in rock history.   This is the original release with "Profession As"


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"The Wild, the Willing and the Innocent"Album Description:

Released 1981, "The Wild, the Willing and the Innocent" by UFO stands as a timeless testament to the band's musical prowess and enduring impact on the rock scene during its release period. The 12" LP vinyl album, featuring the iconic track "Profession of Violence," not only achieved commercial success but also set itself apart with its distinctive sound and lyrical depth.

During the early 1980s, the music landscape was evolving rapidly, with rock and metal genres gaining prominence. Against this backdrop, UFO delivered an album that showcased a perfect blend of hard rock and melodic sensibilities. The band, led by the charismatic Phil Mogg on vocals, Michael Schenker's virtuosic guitar work, and the dynamic rhythm section of Pete Way and Andy Parker, crafted an album that resonated with fans and critics alike.

Commercially, "The Wild, the Willing and the Innocent" found its place among the charts, reaching audiences hungry for a sound that bridged the gap between the raw energy of hard rock and the melodic nuances of the era. The album's success was propelled by singles like "Lonely Heart" and the aforementioned "Profession of Violence," which showcased the band's ability to create both anthemic rockers and emotionally charged ballads.

What sets this album apart is its sonic diversity. Tracks like "Chains Chains" and "Long Gone" exude a gritty, bluesy edge, while "Lonely Heart" and "Profession of Violence" reveal the band's softer, more introspective side. UFO's willingness to explore different musical territories within the same album contributed to its broad appeal, attracting a diverse audience.

Beyond the music itself, the album cover, featuring distinctive artwork, became an iconic representation of the era. The visual aesthetic complemented the sonic journey within, adding to the overall immersive experience for fans.

Music Genre:

British Hard Rock 

Album Production Information:

The album: "UFO - The Wild The Willing and the Innocent" was produced by: UFO

Sound/Recording Engineer(s): Steve Churchyard

This album was recorded at: Air Studios, London

Album cover design: Hipgnosis

Hipgnosis was an English art group founded in 1968 by Storm Thorgerson, Aubrey Powell, and Peter Christopherson. The group was known for their innovative and creative album covers, which became iconic in the music industry. Hipgnosis worked with some of the most influential musicians of their time, including Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and Yes.


The group's name, "Hipgnosis," was a play on the words "hypnosis" and "hip." They believed that their art had the power to hypnotize people and transport them to another world, which was reflected in their album covers. The group's style was surreal and often incorporated elements of fantasy, science fiction, and the occult. Their designs were highly detailed and often required extensive planning and preparation.

One of the group's most famous album covers was for Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side of the Moon." The cover featured a prism refracting light into a rainbow, which became one of the most recognizable images in rock history. The design was so successful that it became synonymous with the band and their music. Another iconic design was for Led Zeppelin's "Houses of the Holy," which featured a group of naked children climbing on a rock formation. The image was highly controversial but helped to solidify the band's rebellious image.

Hipgnosis also worked with a number of other influential musicians, including Peter Gabriel, Black Sabbath, and Genesis. They designed the cover for Peter Gabriel's first solo album, which featured a photograph of Gabriel wearing a mask with only his eyes visible. The image became another iconic design and was later referenced in Gabriel's music video for "Sledgehammer."

The group's success continued into the 1980s, with designs for bands such as Scorpions and Styx. However, the rise of digital technology and the decline of album sales led to the group's decline. Hipgnosis disbanded in 1983, but their legacy lives on in the countless album covers they created.

Hipgnosis was not just an art group, but a collective of artists who had a significant impact on the music industry. Their innovative designs helped to define the visual style of rock music in the 1970s and 1980s. Their work was not just a complement to the music, but an essential part of the overall experience. They created a world that fans could enter into and lose themselves in, just like the music they were listening to.

Here is a web-page with a gallery of album covers created by Hipgnosis

Record Label Information:

THTH Music, Rare Blue Music, Chrysalis CHE 1307

Media Format:

12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram 

Year & Country:

1981 Made in Canada
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: UFO - The Wild The Willing and the Innocent
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Phil Mogg - vocals
  • Paul Chapman - guitars
  • Neil Carter - keyboards, guitar, vocals, sax ("Lonely Heart")
  • Pete Way - bass

    Pete Way A Life of Rock 'n' Roll Excess and Musical Brilliance. Peter Frederick Way, born 1950, in Enfield, England, was a force of nature in the rock music world. A founding member and bassist of the legendary band UFO, Way's thunderous basslines and charismatic stage presence helped define the sound of hard rock and heavy metal.

    Early Life and Musical Beginnings:


    Way's passion for music ignited in his teenage years. He started playing bass guitar in local bands, honing his skills and developing his signature style. In 1968, he co-founded Hocus Pocus with Phil Mogg, a band that would eventually evolve into UFO.

    UFO and Beyond:

    With UFO , Way achieved international fame. Their energetic live shows and albums like "Phenomenon" (1974) and "Lights Out" (1977) solidified their status as hard rock icons. Way's driving basslines were a cornerstone of their sound, complementing Michael Schenker's blistering guitar solos.

    However, Way's tenure with UFO was marked by periods of turbulence and departure. He left the band in 1982, embarking on a solo career and forming the band Waysted . He also played with Ozzy Osbourne, Fastway, and the Michael Schenker Group.

    Waysted and Solo Endeavors:

    Waysted, a project close to Way's heart, allowed him to explore different musical avenues. Their albums like "Vices" (1983) and "Save Your Prayers" (1986) showcased a heavier, more aggressive sound, reflecting Way's punk influences.

    Way also released several solo albums, including "Amphetamine" (1996) and "Acoustic Animal" (2000), demonstrating his versatility as a musician. His solo work allowed him to experiment with different genres and collaborate with various artists.

    Return to UFO and Legacy:

    Despite his numerous side projects, Way's heart always remained with UFO. He rejoined the band several times throughout his career, contributing to albums like "Walk on Water" (1995) and "You Are Here" (2004). His final stint with UFO lasted until 2008.

    Pete Way passed away on August 14, 2020, leaving behind a legacy of iconic basslines, electrifying performances, and a reputation as a true rock 'n' roll rebel. His musical contributions continue to inspire generations of musicians, and his name remains synonymous with the spirit of hard rock and heavy metal.

  • Andy Parker - drums
  • John Sloman - keyboards (Uncredited)
  • Paul Buckmaster - orchestral arrangements, orchestra conductor
Complete Track-listing of the album "UFO - The Wild The Willing and the Innocent"

The detailed tracklist of this record "UFO - The Wild The Willing and the Innocent" is:

    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
    Track-listing 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" listed as "Profession of Violence" on non-origial releases (Chapman, Mogg) – 4:22
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Index of UFO Vinyl Album Discography and Album Cover Gallery

UFO - C'mon Everybody 12" Vinyl LP
UFO - C'mon Everybody  album front cover vinyl record

Telefunken Teldec 6.24 836 , 1981 , Germany

C'mon Everybody is a compilation album with early recordings by the British Hard Rock band: UFO. The title of this UFO album comes from a song , which was released on their 1979 album

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UFO – Mechanix 12" Vinyl LP
UFO – Mechanix album front cover vinyl record

  RCA Chrysalis CHR 1360 , 1982 , France

"Mechanix" is considered a classic UFO album by many of the band's fans and is still widely regarded as one of their best work.

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UFO - No Place To Run (USA and West-Germany Release) 12" Vinyl LP
UFO - No Place To Run (USA and West-Germany Release)  album front cover vinyl record

The album was generally well-received by critics, who praised the band's songwriting and musicianship. "No Place to Run" is considered one of UFO's most successful and critically acclaimed albums

No Place To Run (USA) No Place To Run (West-Germany)
UFO - Obession 12" Vinyl LP
UFO - Obession album front cover vinyl record

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This was the final UFO studio album to feature Michael Schenker on lead guitar until he returned to the band in 1993.

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UFO with Michael Schenker - Phenomenon . 12" Vinyl LP
UFO with Michael Schenker - Phenomenon .  album front cover vinyl record

Chrysalis CHR 1059 , 1974 , England

Phenomenon is the album by the British rock band UFO, released in May, 1974. Guitarist Michael Schenker joined UFO in June, 1973 arriving in the UK directly from his German band, Scorpions, and without speaking a word of English.

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UFO - Space Metal 12" Vinyl LP
UFO - Space Metal album front cover vinyl record

Nova 6.28 363 , 1976 , Germany

"Space Metal" is double LP set combining tracks taken from UFO's first three albums UFO, Flying and their Japanese only release UFO Lands in Tokyo--Live. The titles of these are given on the sleeve as being UFO1, Flying and UFO Live.

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UFO - Strangers in the Night 12" Vinyl LP
UFO - Strangers in the Night  album front cover vinyl record

  Chrysalis 300.268 , 1979 , Holland

"Strangers in the Night" is a live double album by UFO, which was released in 1979. It was recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, England and the Budokan in Tokyo, Japan during the band's 1977 and 1978 tours.

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UFO - The Wild The Willing and the Innocent 12" Vinyl LP
UFO - The Wild The Willing and the Innocent  album front cover vinyl record

Chrysalis CHE 1307 , 1981 , Canada

UFO's 1981 release, "The Wild, the Willing and the Innocent," stands as a rock classic, blending hard rock and melodic finesse. Led by Phil Mogg's vocals and Michael Schenker's guitar,

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