on 16 September 2004
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.
on 28 July 2007
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.
on 9 March 2008
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.
Schenker has again recruited Barden for his latest studio exploits so hopefully this will be "out with the new, back with the old" so to speak to give us old fans something to look forward to!
on 19 February 2008
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.