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Tales of Rock 'n' Roll

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 (8 May 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Armageddon
  • ASIN: B000E3LJJY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 423,255 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Album - What a Grower 16 May 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It is not easy to review this album, but I have attempted a detailed review of it at Amazon.com. Taken as a whole the album is a very complex piece of music. There are no chances to get bored as styles and pace are constantly in flux. Schenker never fails to surprise with his stylistic and compositional versitility, sounding different almost from track to track. At some points he can sound like Billy Gibbons, at others like Ritchie Blackmore, at others like Alex Lifeson, and at others like his more well-known sounds.

The tracks are on the short side, but as there are 19 tracks the album is a full-length epic. Since the tracks run into each other, heavy demands are made on the listener. This album is a little like Dreams and Expressions with vocals added, but this comparison fails to do Tales of Rock n Roll justice as the material is completely new.

At first, I thought the album was very strange, but I was left just wanting to play it repeatedly. I am on the 7th or 8th listen now, and the record has grown on me tremendously - I just want to keep on playing it. I think that listeners should not be put off making the effort with this album. Since it combines heavy rock with a more progressive feel, it is much more of a 'grower' than an 'immediate impact' project.

Now, I just the think the record is fantastic. Full of diverse powerful riffs, stunning lead breaks, great vocals - an extremely well executed and intelligent rock CD that will be wasted on those just looking for pyrotechnics. As usual with Schenker, technique serves the music and not the other way around. As that famous philosopher Wittgenstein said: 'when genius fades, technique begins to show'. With Schenker, though, the genius certainly has NOT faded. A stunning effort from the not-as-mad-as-we-thought axeman. I my view, Schenker has always been without rivals - buy the album!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Magnum Opus - Deserves Six Stars 14 Sep 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Sorry to hog the review space - it was not deliberate. Amazon amalgamated my reviews of different versions of this release.

As I have reviewed this album elsewhere on this site, I can only add here that this is a masterpiece waiting to be discovered. It is on a par with Strangers in the Night in my view - possibly even the best rock album in my collection. Schenker deserves a Knighthood for this - again, he is without rivals.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great guitar, shame about the singer 11 April 2008
Format:Audio CD
I find myself having to weigh up the plus and minus points to come up with a four star rating for this one.

On the minus side where did he get this guy Jari Tiura? I can't understand half of what he sings and he screams the rest, spoiling an album that started off so promising. The opener "The Ride" and "Setting Sun" sound really great (heard the riff before on "Dreams & Expressions" along with one or two others!) but like so many of the songs they are tarnished by the vocal. Such a waste of so many good riffs. Generally the songs are too short and like other reviewers I find the merging together of the tracks makes the album hard to listen to. To form an opinion of the tracks I found it better to listen to on a random setting in itunes. The tracks when listened to individually sound better other than the abrupt starts and finishes.

On the plus side the lead playing might not be the technical stuff of old but it still sounds great, trademark dirty licks all over. Obviously MS may not be the same virtuoso of 30 years ago, but this still sounds really fresh and inspiring. The idea of the guest singers is great and these are the best tracks in my view. Whilst I'm not so keen on Jari Tiura or Chris Logan, Leif Sundin and Kelly Keeling do a great job on "Angel of Avalon" and "Big Deal" respectively. Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley also sound sharp on two of the better tracks "Rock n Roll" and "Tell a Story". Barden's track wasn't written by him and doesn't really suit him.

All round view therefore is one of disappointment as this could have been special. In fairness the last three albums have not been the best. Michael Schenker still is a fabulous guitar player, just listen to the Schenker Pattison albums or the version of "War Pigs" on Heavy Hitters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars STILL A LEGEND! 30 Jun 2007
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I still can't quite believe that Michael Schenker is writing such great rock music after all these years. I saw that he was playing at a very small venue in Nuneaton where I saw Y&T a couple of years ago (2005) and rushed out to get tickets (Still a month to the gig - Aug 2007) and then thought I wonder if he is still recording or will he just play his old standards? I then read the previous review and ordered this album which I can only confirm that yes this really is a very good rock/metal album with all of the Schenker guitar trade marks of melody and attack. The vocalist for the majority of the album is Jari Tiura, his main live vocalist who has a good range but doesn't have the quality of say Graham Bonnet or Gary Barden or any of the early 80's MSG vocalists and sounds like a poor Klaus Meine (Scorpions) imitation.

All the above comments aside I have to say that I haven't stopped playing it since it was posted through my letter box 3 days ago and Michael Schenker is still an incredible, emotive guitar player who still has alot to offer and give guidance to any young guitarists who need to hear how to build up a solo piece and then execute with fluency, feel and precision.

I would recommend this album to old and new fans, a true rock guitar legend!
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