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Superb Guitar-Work, Superb Songs,
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This review is from: Obsession (Audio CD)
This is one of the all-time classic hard rock albums. I agree with the other reviewer who says that Schenker and Mogg bring out the best in each other, and this album and the next studio album they did together 18 years later (Walk on Water) prove it. Having said this, it should be noted that Schenker frequently reaches this guitar-playing standard without Mogg - though Mogg is probably Schenker's best song-writing partner.
Anyway - to the record in hand. Only You Can Rock me is a superb opening track with a haunting melodic solo in the middle that has to be one of rock's timeless great moments. Pack it Up and Go is a great-song that simultaneously show-cases Schenker's talents. Arbory Hill slows things down nicely before the more ballad-like Ain't No Baby and Lookin' Out for No. 1. These two tracks have to number among the greatest rock melodies ever written - Schenker and Mogg prove they're the best on these. Hot 'n' Ready is a nother guitar-show-caser without losing any song quality, whilst Cherry is a superb song that brings Pete Way's bass more to the fore, but is also typical of the high standards Mogg was reaching at the time. You Don't Fool Me is a haunting number where the song-writing remains top-notch and Schenker adds some of his best guitar-work, creating atmosphere with some of his post WWII air-raid siren allusions (careful listening to Schenker's work often highlights post-war allusions). One More for the Rodeo is a great track that highlights just how well this classic UFO line-up work together as a team - it isn't just about the guitar-work with UFO, but about the song. Born to Lose is a superb ballad with absolutely incredible guitar work by Schenker to finish off the album.
Taken as a whole, Obsession is actually quite a melancholic album. Yet, somehow, by a kind of haunting dark osmosis, the listener is taken into their ownmost moments of longing, regret, or hope. Something deeper happens with Obsession than happens with Lights Out (the previous album). I must stress that you will not find guitar-work to match the standard Schenker achieves here at age 23 anywhere else (except on some of Schenker's other material). Yet, the album creates its own world and takes the listener into that world where it is this journey, rather than mere musicianship, that makes this album.
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Initial post: 15 Aug 2009 19:10:37 BDT
Last edited by the author on 15 Aug 2009 19:13:06 BDT
Sums up this great album well. That melancholic streak makes you come back to the record again and again. No Place to Run was very, very different!
PS One More for the Rodeo reminds me of a later Whitesnake classic, Don't Break My Heart Again.
In reply to an earlier post on 18 Sep 2009 22:01:30 BDT
Robert Knowles says:
Cheers mate! Recently, I tried to construct a best-of Michael Schenker CD from all of his material - and ended up with a 25CD box set - over 30 hours of music with barely any drop in standard. Doing the compilations highlighted his lesser-known work as equally fantastic, even if in very different ways. I know of no other artist who comes close to this achievement, mastering at least 5 sub-genres, and practically re-designing classic rock itself. I would even venture to say that Michael Schenker could be the greatest talent in the history of modern music - but I know I'd be lynched for saying so!
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