Michael Schenker Group [2009 Bonus Tracks]

The Michael Schenker Group [2009 Bonus Tracks]

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by Michael Schenker
     
 

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The concept may seem patently absurd, but guitarists were held in such high regard during the late '70s and early '80s that many elite players were given to tantrums and notions of self-worship usually reserved only for singers and divas. And maybe no one better exemplified this six-string megalomania than German guitarist Michael Schenker, whose turbulent flights of

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The concept may seem patently absurd, but guitarists were held in such high regard during the late '70s and early '80s that many elite players were given to tantrums and notions of self-worship usually reserved only for singers and divas. And maybe no one better exemplified this six-string megalomania than German guitarist Michael Schenker, whose turbulent flights of emotional fancy had already earned him the "Mad Michael" nickname during his mercurial tenure with Brit rockers UFO. Of course, this behavior simply went into overdrive when the guitar legend launched the Michael Schenker Group with a 1980 self-titled album, which was at times as unstable as the man himself. Witness the downright weird, Jimmy Buffet-like calypso melodies that introduce "Cry for the Nations" or the absurd title bestowed upon the delicate solo guitar piece "Bijou Pleasurette." But fear not, as for the most part the album is dominated by straightforward hard rockers very much in the UFO vein. Highlights like "Looking Out from Nowhere" and "Lost Horizons" are laced with the pomp and bombast typical of the era, and storming opener "Armed and Ready" is arguably Schenker's finest solo track. Vocalist Gary Barden wisely stays out of the way, his understated style (not unlike that of UFO singer Phil Mogg) placing all emphasis where it is intended: Schenker's stunning axe work. In spite of its random quirks, the general consensus among fans holds that this remains the MSG's best work. [The 2009 reissue included bonus tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date:
02/03/2009
Label:
Emi France
UPC:
5099926764825
catalogNumber:
267648

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Tracks

  1. Armed and Ready (2009 Digital Remaster)
  2. Cry for the Nations (2009 Digital Remaster)
  3. Victim of Illusion (2009 Digital Remaster)
  4. Bijou Pleasurette (2009 Digital Remaster)
  5. Feels Like a Good Thing (2009 Digital Remaster)
  6. Into the Arena (2009 Digital Remaster)
  7. Looking out from Nowhere (2009 Digital Remaster)
  8. Tales of Mystery (2009 Digital Remaster)
  9. Lost Horizons (2009 Digital Remaster)
  10. Just a Lover (1979 Demo) *
  11. Looking out from Nowhere (1979 Demo) *
  12. Get Up and Get Down (1979 Demo) *
  13. After Midnight (1979 Demo) *
  14. Breakout (1979 Demo) *
  15. Cry for the Nations
  16. Armed and Ready
  17. Into the Arena

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Schenker   Primary Artist,Guitar
Mo Foster   Bass
Simon Phillips   Drums
Billy Sheehan   Bass
Don Airey   Keyboards
Gary Barden   Vocals
Denny Carmassi   Drums
Chris Glen   Bass
Cozy Powell   Drums
Paul Raymond   Guitar,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Roger Glover   Producer
Gary Barden   Composer
Gary Edwards   Engineer
Gareth Edwards   Engineer
Hipgnosis   Cover Design
Peter Wagg   Art Direction
Cliff Burnstein   Management
Dave Ling   Liner Notes
Rebecca Edwards   Reissue Design
Peter Mensch   Management
Schenker   Composer

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The Michael Schenker Group 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
DEWD More than 1 year ago
This album is great from start to finish. Great songs, sensational guitar solos, great drumming and wonderful vocals. This is Michael Schenker at his best and with Simon Phillips on drums. You can`t beat this album. It`s a must for all hard rock & metal collections.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I´m one of those who thinks Michael Schenker had his greatest moments together with UFO. Nevertheless, his solo efforts deserves, in most cases, equal attention. This one is the first as a solo artist, recorded in 1980 together with a couple of great studio-musicians, among them Simon Phillips on drums. The songs on the album are very well arranged, all with a different feel, and there are no fillers to be heard. Highlights include instrumentals "Bijuo Pleasurette" and live-favourite "Into the Arena". The album´s production tends to sound a bit dated, but the strength of the songs can´t be denied.