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Michael Schenker Audio CD
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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 CD
  • Label: Big Pink
  • ASIN: B00IERV40G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Disc. 1////// Beside You////// It's A Long Way To Heaven////// Hey Now////// She Wakes Up (In The Morning)////// It's Been A Long Time////// Too Many Mondays////// A Letter Home////// Summer Magic////// For Mimi////// Deedle Lee Dee//////

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Schenker back to his Very Best 6 Dec 2013
Format:Audio CD
This is the album that Schenker fans have been waiting for and is probably the guitarist's best work since his solo career began in 1980. From the pounding opener `Where the Wild Winds Blow' to the closing number `Dance for the Piper', every song is a corker. Stand out tracks include the galloping `Horizons', the amazing `Lord of the Lost and Lonely' and the brooding `Black Moon Rising'. One or two tracks may need a few plays to appreciate just how good they are, but this album gets better and better every time it is played. Schenker has put together an exceptional band that is finally worthy of his talents and Doogie White, Herman Rarebell, Francis Bulchholz and the ever dependable Wayne Findlay are in fine form throughout. However, it is Schenker's stellar playing that makes this album great. He is possibly in the best form of his career and recent live performances testify to this. The word genius is too often used to describe moderate talent, but it is fully justified in Schenker's case. Buy this album, it is quite simply the most consistently brilliant piece of work Schenker has done since his UFO days.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars teutonic metal 4 Dec 2013
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been a fan of Michael since he was a member of the Scorpions through UFO/MSG and now the TEMPLE OF ROCK great to see and hear him back to his brilliant best after the bad years and back at the top of his game as one of the guitar greats bit biased here but simply love the boy to bits
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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This is yet another magnificent, exhilarating, vivifying, adrenalizing, jubilant, and energizing offering from Michael Schenker. Bridge the Gap (BG) is an understatement - you could span continents and oceans with this album.

Over the years, in my opinion, Michael has proved himself to be rock's greatest ever guitarist, having: the best musical compositions; the greatest stylistic versatility; the largest and most consistently outstanding portfolio; the most originality; the most beautiful style; the most sophisticated melodic architecture; the best use of structural progressions; the most blistering solos; more riff ideas than anybody else - the list goes on. In my opinion, name any objective musical criterion (as opposed to subjective taste), and Michael Schenker towers over the competition (with the possible exception of Hendrix - though, in my view, Schenker ultimately surpasses even him).

That Schenker is not more popular than he is is surely a sad testament to the dark powers of market-engineered and socially constructed consumer-conditioning, to the pre-critical passive submission of media-targeted demographic groups to herd-mentality and to the unthinking "chav-culture" adoption of behaviourally-mimicked and non-interrogated received habits of speech about this or that artist's achievements or failings. Michael may have had the odd "dark year" in terms of live performances, but these pale into insignificance next to the thousands of great live gigs he has under his belt, and next to his amazing studio-output, which is about two or three times the size of that of the next most-consistent rock acts.

And the standards remain high in this album. I thought Temple of Rock (TR) was superb, but if anything I think BG is even more consistent.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Average 4 Mar 2014
By JohnRob
Format:Audio CD
I'm a big Schenker fan but I think this is average at best. Probably because I don't like the vocals, Metal Mikey plays OK but I don't think there are any outstanding tracks. Certainly nothing close to his UFO and early MSG stuff. I often wonder if his ego has prevented him linking with a real top notch singer to avoid being over shadowed. Just an opinion.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars schenker at his best 11 Dec 2013
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iv been a fan of his music since his days with the scorpions as i didn't know that he was with UFO at the time. he created two of the best 70s albums for the scorpions and all time fav with UFO and his return had injected power to UFO by the end of the 90s early y2k. now that his back 1st with his own solo then the resurrection of MSG, but this is his time again and this is the best album to say the truth this is will be the best guitar album of 2013 in my book. buy it if your looking for the best of the best in guitar playing buy it if your looking for something better the the radio friendly albums. a must to any 70s - 80s rock fans
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 6 July 2014
By Sarah
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This man is a God. In my eyes he can do no wrong !
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1.0 out of 5 stars Huge disappointment 15 Jun 2014
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Michael Schenker is my favorite living guitarist. I have everything he's ever played on including off the beaten track stuff like albums with Siggi Schwartz, The Plot, Contraband, Amy Schugar, you name it. As a guitarist there is no one like him, his ear for melody, vibrato, phrasing, playing style - amazing....but songwise his albums just keep coming up short for me.

I keep buying his stuff, whether it is MSG, solo projects, this new "Temple of Rock" stuff, and I keep being disappointed due to a lack of good songwriting. Actually that is not completely true, I thought the first Temple of Rock album was "OK", but it, like most everything else he's released since about 1995, hasn't done his axe wielding skills justice. IMO his last truly great album was UFO's Walk On Water from 1995. I think he needs a songwriting partner/singer with an ear for melody like UFO's Phil Mogg, or what Michael was able to do with Gary Barden or Graham Bonnet back in the '80's in MSG. Or Klaus Meine from the Scorpions. The man can still play that's for sure, live he is still incredible.

I did have high hopes for this album since I loved his recent live outing with most of the players on this album (singer Doogie White and the ex-Scorpions rhythm section Herman & Francis) but the songs on this album just do nothing for me at all. I find it to be a very tedious listen. I was hoping for so much more.

That being said I hope Michael continues to make new music. Maybe one of these days he'll hit songwriting paydirt again, but I fear that is not going to happen unless he can hook up with a decent vocalist/songwriter with an ear for actual melody.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great cd, don't like the Voice though
Great cd , don't like the Voice though !!
Published 1 month ago by rocker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Return for Schenker
I'm really glad I bought this CD. Doogie White does a great job on the vocals and it has some great songs with catchy riffs. Read more
Published 4 months ago by rawker
5.0 out of 5 stars msg
great to see Michael schenker making great records again. with dougie white on vocals and some scorpions he is reinvented
Published 5 months ago by Mr. James S. Edmondson
5.0 out of 5 stars msg
Michael back in the driving seat . very good album... and Dougie white on vocals .well worth 5 stars . buy it
Published 6 months ago by Roy
5.0 out of 5 stars THE PHEONIX HAS ARISEN WITH FLYING V WELL AND TRULY ATTACHED
all i really wanted to say is this,the playing of the musicians and the wonderful songs have been on repeat in my cd player ever since it arrived. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. Nr Delve
4.0 out of 5 stars bridge the gap
excellent cd.Just you would expect from Schenker.Dougie White is a great singer,in the mould of Ronnie James Dio,first heard him with Rainbow
Published 7 months ago by harry fairweather
5.0 out of 5 stars pre-order of cd Michael Schenker
Very pleased with the product as I ordered it for my son for Christmas. He is a big fan of the above.
Published 8 months ago by Colly
1.0 out of 5 stars not good
I bought this CD on the strength of some good reviews here on Amazon and various other places and the fact that Michael
Schenker is one of my favourite guitarists but all I... Read more
Published 8 months ago by S. M. L. Rogers
4.0 out of 5 stars Bridge The Gap
Quality Album Schenker back with another good bunch of tacks hope to see a tour to support Album good stuff
Published 8 months ago by Graeme Tasker
4.0 out of 5 stars Bridge the gap
A very good album, but not quite as good as the last one.
I preferred Michael Voss on the vocals, but never the less well worth a listen. Read more
Published 8 months ago by MR J F CHAPMAN
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