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Temple Of Rock [CD]

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 (26 Sep 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Inakustik
  • ASIN: B005D6HEM8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,005 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Intro:Spoken By William Shatner
2. How Long
3. Fallen Angel
4. Hanging On
5. The End Of An Era
6. Miss Claustrophobia
7. With You
8. Before The Devil Knows You're Dead
9. Storming In
10. Scene Of Crime
11. Saturday Night
12. Lovers Sinfony
13. Speed
14. How Long (guitar Battle Version)
15. Remember (Ltd Edition Bonus Track)
16. Miss Claustrophobia - Radio Edit (Ltd Edition Bonus Track)

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Featuring: Michael Schenker: Guitar Michael Voss: Vocals Herman Rarebell: Drums Pete Way: Bass Wayne Findlay: Keyboards

Additional: Vocals: Robin Mcauley, Doogie White Guitar: Rudolf Schenker Guitars On Guitar Battle : Michael Amott, Leslie West Keyboards: Don Airey, Paul Raymond Bass: Chris Glen, Neil Murray, Elliott Dean Rubinson Drums: Carmine Appice, Simon Phillips, Chris Slade, Brian Tichy

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What Is It About European Rock Guitarists? 13 Mar 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
What is it about European rock guitarists? Is it something in the diet, or something in the water? Either way, you get a guitar player of the quality of Michael Schenker who has proved over many long years and too many concerts to mention that, with only a couple of notable exceptions, their choice of vocalists really does leave something to be desired....And this new album; Temple of Rock, is no exception, with some of the vocals bordering on the awful. In fact at times it can almost be a Spinal Tapesque parody of a rock band in so much as the vocal and the lyric has a tongue rammed very much into the cheek - however, that is not to say that this album is a bad 'un, it's just that it is not consistent (good OR bad!). You go from the high's of Before The Devil Knows You're Dead with it's ear-worm riff that really does well and truly embed itself into your brain to the lows of the awful pop/rock sound of Remember - it could almost have been written (and played!) by a certain M.Bolan in his heyday!
Such a shame because with a decent set of pipes singing the lyrics (even though some are cringeworthy) the album could so easily have merited all 5 stars! If you don't believe me, have a listen to Phil Mogg's ageing voice fronting the latest UFO album; Seven Deadly.....it really, really does make all the difference in the world....so Michael, please, get a decent singer and present us long standing fans with an album to cherish and not feel ridiculed if some metal merchant hears our loud stereo playing Remember.......!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars So disappointed I wasted 10 28 July 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Well, it was the reviews here and also in Classic Rock that encouraged me to buy this. Wish I hadn't. At my age, I have to learn to choose more carefully - every new CD bought means I play the others just that bit less. Don't get me wrong - I love the guitar playing of MS, and it's pretty good here, but not enough to play the CD again, after a few tries. The songs, too, are only average. It's the singer that makes it an experience I don't need when there is still so much good stuff out there by the old gang - Magnum, Scorpions, Wishbone Ash, Uriah Heep etc - SO good still. This singer (not Doogie White, who sang on the final Rainbow CD and is very strong), Michael Voss is just so average/not good, and no joy to hear. So, I could have given the 10 to a good cause. Now it will do its best in a charity shop. I fell victim to some reviews!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Think McCauley/Schenker 26 Sep 2011
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A little too middle of the road for me. It's also a pity Michael has fallen foul of the loudness war as the dynamics seem rather flattened on this.
Content wise, nothing stands out to me. Lyrically it seems rather inane and this is the damning one, musically formulaic. Having seen the renewed, revitalised Michael. The player supreme, Mr.V at his finest, I was expecting more.
Very radio friendly but fails to engage.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Second Division 3 Oct 2011
Format:Audio CD
It is getting tougher and tougher to review my favorite guitar player, a tag that has diminished slightly but like the fast cars I have owned still holds affection for a great collection of memories. Still go to the gigs though and heard the clips here and there and wasn't that impressed this time round. Scorpions songs and old UFO stuff live what's going on? Hope it's not the end of an era? Anyway got everything else he's done so Catch 22 every time, always unsure if there is a monster album still to come but got to buy and find out.

Played this a few times before coming to the conclusion that I was expecting. In the "OK to good and yet still disappointing me" category. Am I expecting too much again and again I ask myself? This guy produced the best rock in the seventies and early eighties and I loved him for it so where is the mark of class? Perhaps over critical but add to this the awful title, dreadful cover/artwork and lyrics.... disappointed to be honest.

In terms of quality and for comparison then this is a three to four star effort in the same vein as "Be Aware of Scorpions". As usual the guitar work is excellent (despite the over reliance on distortion and hammer on/pull offs live), not the speed and clarity of old but still amazing melody in those perfectly fitting imaginative big sounding solos. My stand out tunes are "How Long" and "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead" (how great a Ronnie Dio vocal could of made this! RIP), a bit dated maybe but showing the simpler stuff seems to be working well. My taste may be mellowing with age but funny how I hated the corny "Saturday Night" but really liked "Lovers Sinfony". No need for the pathetic play on the word but I like a nicely constructed rock song now with McAuley being the difference on the vocal.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Schenker Rocks My Temple 30 Sep 2011
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This album starts with an Intro featuring William Shatner. This fact by itself speaks volumes. Shatner, of course, exceeds even Gary Barden (whom we adore) for ham-levels. And yet, for that very reason, Shatner is loved world-wide. Nobody could parody Shatner, because he's already the perfect self-parody. It's a bit like Iron Maiden - so good at parodying heavy metal that they made Spinal Tap obsolete. To employ Shatner on a cheesy opener, then, is not bad taste, but supremely good taste. It's a way of proleptically predicting all possible criticism of what is about to follow - it's a way of saying: 'whatever criticisms you have concerning this genre - we've heard them all before. But we still love classic rock, so we're doing it anyway'.

In short, as anybody who has seen "Michael Schenker in the Studio for the recording of Unforgiven" already knows, Schenker likes to have a laugh. Against popular opinion, he is actually quite a happy soul. Schenker emerging from a pyramid on the cover of the album is not an egotistic statement about some kind of Nephilimic rock-god materialising from a star-gate. It's intended to be funny - a parody. For sure, Shatner's anti-war message commercially taps into a popular sentiment in the US. We're not blind. And yet, a major theme here is "fun". Schenker never did succumb to the "ominousness" stereotype of most heavy rock. His music is best summed up by his own phrase, "Back to Attack". It is upbeat, joyful, energizing, and infectious - and this album is no exception to that rule.

Anyway - what about the music? Well, after the Intro, we have "How Long". Typical for Schenker albums, this track is very up-tempo. Engine-room riffing beneath a very radio-friendly verse and chorus formula. Solid, original guitar-work for the solo.
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