Michael Schenker Group
The Michael Schenker Group


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by themetalhead1121 USER (2 Reviews)
November 30th, 2012 | 4 replies | 1,142 views


Release Date: 1980 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A great start for Michael Schenker in his post UFO career...

Michael Schenker - guitar
Gary Barden - vocals
Don Airey - keyboards
Mo Foster - bass
Simon Phillips - drums

After ditching UFO at their peak, and rejoining the Scorpions for a year, Michael Schenker decided to form a new group. The Michael Schenker Group recorded and released their self titled debut in 1980. The album is a good debut, with some solid material and musicianship. The music is definitely different from Michael Schenker's work with UFO, incorporating hard rocking guitar riffs, and catchy (and sometimes cheesy) choruses.

The album varies in sound, but mostly revolves around the guitar work (duh). Gary Barden's raspy voice sounds great with the music, and the session musicians are solid. This is apparent on the fast opener, "Armed and Ready" which remains an MSG classic, and the epic closer "Lost Horizons." "Bijou Pleasurette" is an oddity, a 2 minute guitar piece which adds a little variety which is always nice. The album does have weaker moments like the cheesy "Feels Like a Good Thing" which I would have left off. The band's instrumental showcase, "Into the Arena," once more shows off the talent of Michael Schenker and crew with crazy guitar work and even catchy keyboards. Drummer Simon Phillips also does a great job on this track.

Overall, this album is a great start to Michael's career after UFO, and is probably The Michael Schenker Group's best release.


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ChopSuey
November 29th 2012



2392 Comments


this looks gay

JustJoe
November 29th 2012



1399 Comments


Try to avoid such lengthy explanations in the summary. Save that sort of thing for the review. Also, it gets cut off at a certain point.





Oh, yeah. Track-by-track reviews are frowned upon.

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
November 30th 2012



15906 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice to see this reviewed - into the arena rocks.
You might want to gather all those little paragraphs into 2 or 3 bigger ones though it would look more inviting to read.

Digging: Nemrud - Journey of the Shaman

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
November 30th 2012



15906 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

gonna pos bcos UFO fan and 1st review



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