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Award winning guitar legend Michael Schenker's new new studio album is entitled "Bridge The Gap". The album features Schenker's Temple of Rock band which consists of ex-Scorpions drummer Herman Rarebell and bassist Francis Buchholz, vocalist Doogie White (ex-Rainbow) and Wayne Findlay (guitar, keyboards).

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  • Audio Cassette (28 Sept. 1989)
  • Label: EMI Distribution
  • ASIN: B00000EE8A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

1. Are You Ready to Rock
2. Attack of the Mad Axeman
3. On and On
4. Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
5. But I Want More
6. Never Trust a Stranger
7. Looking for Love
8. Secondary Motion

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. Fraser on 16 Sept. 2004
Format: Audio CD
OK, so Mr Schenker is of Germanic origin. But this is still one of the best 'british rock' albums around. Schenker delivers the most incredibly melodic guitar work you've ever heard, all underpinned by great heavy rock riffs, with Gary Barden's superb vocal work for accompaniment. The songs are great too, with Never Trust a Stranger and On and On being standout tracks. Even so, there are no fillers here; even if Attack of the Mad Axeman does stretch one's tolerance of heavy metal cliché somewhat. I've owned this for about 15 years and haven't tired of it yet. If you're ready to move on from The Darkness to something equally musical but less tongue in cheek, this is the rock album for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Saunders on 28 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
Michael Schenker......The name itself as any budding guitarist out there will or should know lives on, firmly cemented in the "Best Guitar Player" catagory of any self respected guitar related magazine.
Forget all the 100 mph players out there,(flipping heck there are quite a few)not that I am discounting Schenker from that list either, he can widdle with the best of them, believe me, it's just that lately the fast guitarist syndrome has no cure. They are quite happy to speed along reguardless without any change and don't get me wrong i'm quite happy with that, but.....NOT EVERY BLOODY SONG.

Schenker will always be a hero of mine way back since this album was first brought out and I still to this day listen to it at least once a week. A lot of ablums on my ipod have come and go since it first had it a couple of years ago, but this one has always remained rooted firmly in the hard drive never wanting to be delated. Not that I want it to, i'm afraid that my ipod will never work again.

Enough of my ranting....back to the album. And what an album it is.
Like the previous post said there are no album fillers here. From the very first track "ARE YOU READY TO ROCK", right the way though to "SECONARY MOTION" this little gem is a sure fire winner. Classic 80's heavy rock, my absolute favourite kind.
Favourite tracks for me are "ON AND ON, NEVER TRUST A STRANGER and BUT I WANT MORE."
Gary Bardon, although not one of the best vocalist, seems to suite this ablum to perfection. I cannot imagine anyone else filling his shoes, it just wouldn't sound right.
If you want to here Schenker at his best you must get this CD. Listen to the solo in "ON AND ON" and you will know exactly what I mean. His playing is both soulful and melodic, when the need be....fast. The guy has such diversity in his playing, it's just a pleasure to listen.

It's thee best Schenker album........period.
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Format: Audio CD
This is another classic rock album from the early eighties. Many would argue this to be Schenker's best and I can't disagree. I would find the first two hard to separate with this probably having the more polished compositions from a band that formed into a real tight unit (the first album boasting the superior individual musicians and the awesome Lost Horizons track).
After using mainly session players on the first album, Schenker put together a formidable band that toured the first album and then produced this the second. It maintained Barden on vocals, UFO's Paul Raymond on keyboards and guitars, Chris Glenn (SAHB) on bass and the power house Cozy Powell on drums.

All the songs are great like the first album but with a more refined and commercial finish (the influence of Ron Nevison the producer no doubt). It was very much a case of the whole being greater than the sum of the parts in contrast to the first album. The blend of musicians is perfect producing great guitar driven rock which unfortunately has not always been the case on later efforts. Vocal harmonies and keyboards are used intelligently giving great feel and variety. Add to that Schenker's power and melody and a fabulous cocktail results. "Ready to Rock" is another anthem, "Let Sleeping Dogs Lie" and "But I Want More" twist and turn with soulful guitar work, even the ironic and corny "Attack of the Mad Axeman" is excused due to a blistering solo that is still one of the high points of a live performance. "On & On" and "Looking for Love" are just perfection.

I have to reiterate previous reviewers and agree that both this and the first album are solo Schenker at his best. Still nothing compares to the classic UFO line up for me but get these combined on BGO Records if you can to help keep the price down.
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Format: Audio CD
Schenker has released many albums, so if you are looking for his best studio album, well this is it. it's rare, hence it's hefty price but it's brilliant! Every track is a gem and the blend of musicians go together perfectly. Here now in 2008 Michael has joined up again with Gary Barden who featured on this album during MSG's best years, so maybe they can rekindle something - in the meantime if you can afford it, this is the best MSG album without doubt.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Schenker's Finest Hour 1 July 2003
By Pablo De Sevilla - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have been a Schenker fan since the start of MSG, followed him into the increasingly poor McCauley-Schenker days, and have a few of his most recent discs. This album isn't perfect in a few regards. The production, courtesy of normally excellent Ron Nevison, is flat. (I remember an interview at the time with Cozy Powell, in which he complained that Nevison had "lost" the tapes with half of his trademark dual bass drums!) Barden was never gifted in the original lyrics department either. Despite the flaws, the quality of the music and Schenker's extreme guitar work shine through. "Are you Ready to rock", "On and on", "I want more" are beautifully crafted and the solos reach powerful highs. "Attack of the Mad Axeman" is a little awkward but absolutely ignites at the end. Even the more throwaway tracks like "Secondary Motion" and "Looking for Love" have some first rate guitar pyrotechnics.
In my view, Assault Attack (with Graham Bonnett) had some fine moments as well, as did the first Michael Schenker Group album (both certainly had better production), but this is Michael's finest hour.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
ahh...memories 21 Oct. 2005
By Robert L. Witek - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I bought this record when it was released in the spring of 1983(yes kiddies, that's what they were back then)and played it until the black vinyl turned white. I was a huge UFO fan, (probably the only one in my high school) and in fact, played a Gibson Flying V in my band. Somehow, as time passed, the record got misplaced and I'd forgotten about how good this one sounded. I don't give a rip about the "muddy production", stuff like "Attack of the Mad Axeman" "Let Sleeping Dogs Lie" and "On and On" (the "hit") still bring this old geezer back to sophomore year in High School, trying desperately to be cool, with a Marshall Stack and long not-quite-natural Blonde Locks. Michael wails like the teutonic madman that he was (is?) and the late, great Cozy Powell, (possibly the best hard rock/metal drummer EVER) thunders like Thor on double bass. Chris Glen does a credible job on bass to keep up, and Paul Raymond adds some really nice keys and Gary Barden is a reasonable singer. Too bad Michael is such a tough guy to work with/for. This could have been a one really terrific band. (Check out "One Nite at Budokan") I would highly recommend this album for anyone who is interested in melodic hard-rock which Euro elements. It certainly makes this old Geezer feel nostalgic for 1983 again. Cheers
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Schenker Must! 3 July 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is the 2nd and in my opinion, the Best album by the various MSG lineups. "On and On" did finally bring some radio recognition to MSG. Reviewer "carmarthen" trashes the lyrics to this song, and Gary Barden's song writing, yet rates it four stars? Maybe he could explain Van Halen's song "Jump"? Anyway, "On and On" is a wonderful song, it is haunting, and the soloing at the end is fantatic! "Attack of the Mad Axeman" is also a classic. Overall the songs on this CD are excellent. Michael Schenker is of course Superb as always. Some of the best, most unbelievable guitar work is on this CD. Cozy Powell really makes a difference in this lineup, the band's playing is really tight. If you are a Michael Schenker fan as I am, I would definately pick this up, along with UFO's (Remastered) Strangers in the Night CD.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Defining moment for Michael Schenker 18 Aug. 2000
By R. Gorham - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
THE BAND: Gary Barden (vocals), Michael Schenker (guitar), Chris Glen (bass), Paul Raymond (keyboards/guitar), Cozy Powell (drums - R.I.P.).

THE DISC: (1981) 8 songs clocking in at approximately 37 minutes. Included with the disc is a minimal 2-page foldout containing song titles/times, one band picture (from the original back album cover), and thank you's. Recorded at Air Studios, London and Air Montserrat, West Indies. Label - Chrysalis Records.

COMMENTS: Michael Schenker is and will forever be an underrated guitar God. Several albums with UFO, one with the Scorpions, several with MSG and other solo projects... but his name simply wasn't a household name like an Eddie Van Halen, a Joe Perry, an Angus Young, or a Ritchie Blackmore. Decades later though, people are looking back and realizing his brilliance. This "MSG" album is one of my all-time favorite Schenker releases. The best song from "MSG" was the 1st hit released - "On And On" hitting the radio back in 1981... I remember rushing out to buy the vinyl, and playing it to death. The entire album was classic rocking with blistering guitar work from the legend. Gary Barden's vocals and Cozy Powell's drumming were as good as they ever recorded. Other classic rockers include the opener "Are You Ready To Rock", "Attack Of The Mad Axe Man", as well as the Schenker/Raymond co-written power ballad "Never Trust A Stranger". Great melodies, shredding guitars and guitar solos, thunderous drumming... MSG was as good, but in my opinion, never better than this '81 release. Classic disc (5 stars).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A rare surprise! 21 July 2008
By Charles Evans - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It had been years since I'd heard this album and was surprised to find it available here at Amazon.If you like Michael schenker this is a must have for your collection. With excelent sound quality and a speedy shipment you can't go wrong picking up this rare hard to find Michael Schenker cd.
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