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A current and solid live release from Schenker,
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This review is from: Temple of Rock - Live in Europe (MP3 Download)
I have followed Schenker for years now, and own every CD and DVD release he has put out. This live album, from only May of this year, contains the full show. The fault with so many reviews of Schenker's live albums is that they are always compared to his first, most successful live solo release, 'One Night At Budokan'. This release is indeed very good, but it is short-sighted to ignore the wealth of material Schenker has released (and continues to) since then. 'Temple of Rock - Live in Europe' is very well mixed, with Schenker's guitar up nicely, and we hear everyone else plenty well enough. It does very much feel like a 'live' show, and is not one of those annoying live releases mixed as though to sound like a studio recording. We hear the crowd, but not too much. The set itself covers much of Schenker's career, but personally I think there is too much UFO and Scorpions material in there (11 songs, in fact) which is a shame when Schenker has so much brilliant material he can draw from. The new album is only represented by two songs here: 'Hangin' On and Before the Devil Knows You're Dead', which again, I think is a shame as it's a solid release. That said, it is a great live show and the band are clearly loving it, which make for more enjoyable listening. It is better than MSG's previous live release (the 30th Anniversary show in Tokyo), which features (a now retired- or almost) Gary Barden, whose voice was never great and is now far worse, as well as his demonstration of this by letting the crowd sing as much a they can, instead of him. Doogie White, by contrast, is a great and enthusiastic vocalist who delivers the songs with the commitment and effort you would expect. Elsewhere on the stage, we have the accomplised and long-time MSG member Wayne Findlay and the ex-Scorps Franic Bucholz on bass and Herman Rarebell on drums. Schenker himself nails everything (he has been sober since late 2007). Well worth checking out if you are a MSG, UFO or Scorpions fan. Also catch him on his upcoming European leg of the 'Temple of Rock' tour next Spring.
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Initial post: 12 Dec 2012, 18:23:19 GMT
Robert Knowles says:
Great review - thanks for that!
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Dec 2012, 13:35:06 GMT
Thanks for taking the time to read and comment! :)
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