Bridge The Gap Deluxe Edition, Extra tracks
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The Deluxe Edition consists of Mediabook packaging plus an O-Card with high relief and partial gloss coating of the Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock logo, an extended booklet and a bonus track sung by Don Dokken. Award winning guitar legend Michael Schenker releases 'Bridge The Gap' featuring 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). The new album features 13 hard-hitting, adrenalin fuelled melodic rock'n'roll songs that showcase Schenker's distinctive and explosive guitar playing, valiantly underpinned by the ferocious rhythm section of Rarebell and Buchholz, marking the first time Schenker, Rarebell and Buchholz appeared on the same album together since the Scorpions' 1979 Lovedrive. Scottish vocalist Doogie White, who co-wrote the album with Schenker, soars across every song, and stamps his enthusiastic personality with every note and phrase. Wayne Findlay adds another dimension to the dynamic, classic Schenker sound with his Dean 7 string guitar and keyboard orchestrations. 'Bridge the Gap' is a thunderous, explosive collection of brand new songs steeped in shades of dark and light. Musically and lyrically, the new album shows a re-energised guitarist at the top of his game, surrounded by top drawer musicians. The album was recorded from January to March 2013 at Kidroom Studios, Germany and was produced by Michael Schenker and Michael Voss, and engineered by Voss.
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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.Read more ›
Schenker is one of my favourite guitarists but all I can say is I am so disappointed with it. It has basically 2 songs types: ones that are 'of the' in the song title and the others are the single note riff songs. None of them are very good.
Take a listen to 'Lord of the Lost and Lonely' and when you sing along to the chorus add 'I'll give you the key' . A certain song about a combine harvester comes to mind.
I will go and see him at Shepherds Bush in London again (dates please) but this CD is just uninspired from start to finish.
Save your cash .
In an interview, Mr. Schenker said he is joining the gap between the old rock music of the past and the new rock music of today. Hence, Bridge The Gap. I liked Temple Of Rock very much and having previewed 'Where The Wild Wind Blows', I was sure this is gonna be one great rocking album. I pre-ordered and amazing thing about Amazon is they allowed to download 13 mp3s from the Cloud Player a week before the release. The CD that arrived right on the release date contains 14th track 'Faith' featuring Don Dokken.
I found myself walking in the bridge that took me back to the 80s when rock ruled. Especially I liked the fast numbers 'Horizons', 'Lord Of The Lost', 'Rock N Roll Symphony', 'Land Of Thunder' and 'Because You Lied' straight. That doesn't mean others are not good. The album is full of great riffs and soulful guitar solos. I also felt the presence of Iron Maiden.
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Michael Schneider,scorpions and doggie white (rainbow) all in one bandPublished 7 months ago by MEL PHILLIPS
An excellent album by one of the all time greats in rock music. Michael Schenker is an amazing artist and this album doesn't fail to give enjoyment. I particularly enjoy track 3.Published 21 months ago by Vixx H