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Artist: The Michael Schenker Group

Title: The Michael Schenker Group

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Category: Hard Rock

Year: 1980

Label: Chrysalis

Catalog Number: VK 41302 DIDX 2947


Michael Schenker guitars
Gary Barden vocals
Simon Phillips drums
Mo Foster bass
Don Airey keyboards


1.  Armed and Ready  
2.  Cry for the Nations  
3.  Victim of Illusion  
4.  Bijou Pleasurette  
5.  Feels Like a Good Thing  
6.  Into the Arena  
7.  Looking Out From Nowhere  
8.  Tales of Mystery  
9.  Lost Horizons   

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Existing comments about this CD

From: TT Date: November 27, 2001 at 10:03
The first MSG album I bought. Love it still to this day. The production is not the best, but you get to hear the future of Michael Schenker, what a guitarist. Good, but Assault Attack is the best

From: Dragonfly Date: December 15, 2001 at 8:29
Essential Michael Schenker at it's best. You won't be sorry with this one. Gary Barden's great also.

From: RL Date: March 28, 2002 at 12:41
This record is phenomenal! Anyone who does not know Michael Schenker is very deprived-he is the best guitarist in the world. Van Halen would not want to plug in if he were in the same room as Michael. This guy set the trend for hard rock players when VH and Vai were still picking their noses. Check out "Into The Arena" Awesome!!! Michael, its unfair to compare anyone to you, because that player is sure to be embarrassed. You Rule!!!

From: Steve T Date: September 15, 2002 at 11:32
Great album. Good songs and Gary Braden is great on it. Suffers from a very dry production but still rocks hard. Lost Horizons is a classic.

From: Gar Date: May 9, 2003 at 5:26
Weak production by Deep Purple's Roger Glover. First 2 tracks are bonfide classics, but the album kinda peters out after that. Schenker rips himself off on "Tales of Mystery". The music is identical to UFO's "Arbory Hill".

From: ashman Date: October 26, 2003 at 1:13
Difficult to find a more melodic guitarist than Schenker. Don't know that I'd compare him to Van Halen or Vai- different styles altogether. The production, as mentioned, is not the greatest, but run through a good EQ and you'll find what you're looking for. I listened to Schenker for years in UFO and find his solo efforts refreshing. Barden is a good front-man for this album and Schenker's guitar work is very tight. Definitely worthy for fans of classically oriented Euro-based rock.

From: Metal Pete Date: January 21, 2004 at 18:55
A strong release! But where oh where is the CLASSIC 'Assault Attack'?? That is the best in my opinion.

From: Sahara Jack Date: October 12, 2004 at 9:26
"Van Halen would not want to plug in if he were in the same room as Michael." Now, now, let's not over do it huh??? I think Schenker and Van Halen could make beautiful music together

From: Satch Fan Date: October 21, 2004 at 20:47
Everyone knows that Joe Satriani could play all of VH, Vai (he taught him) and Schenker's styles of guitar. Go Joe.

From: gener8tr Date: November 17, 2004 at 21:41
Oh yeah, well I think CC Deville destroys all of the aformentioned guitarists... When it comes to makeup, that is. Schenker rocks with the best of them, and his brother shreds, too.

From: Propane Date: November 30, 2004 at 18:04
HOLD ME BACK! The brains behind this is a genious. Slash my head off and kick it down the gutter with this one. Most excellent job.

From: Remastered Reason Date: January 16, 2006 at 13:16
Schenker storms out the gate into his solo career with a sensational song full of expectation on overload. "Armed & Ready" delivers an immense groove that will quickly impress. Also, any fan would note the presence of a few moody sci-fi rockers which were characteristic of UFO. Really this cd is an extension of his heyday with Mogg & company.

From: Alternia Date: September 22, 2006 at 19:02
MSG First album, a rock classic. Armed & Ready is the perfect song to start a concert, cry for the nations is a concert favorite (minus the intro), victim of illusion is very solid too, Bijou Pleasurette is a beautiful instrumental, into the arena is another classic Schenker live, tales of mystery is the complete song for a short instrumental that is in the UFO-Obssesion album. Lost Horizons is another fan favorite. One of the best Schenker (the melodic guitar God) Efforts.

From: hair metal again Date: April 4, 2012 at 3:53
excellent debut for MSG with great hard rockin songs,astonishing guitar work and great vocs by Gary Barden!the production is nt bad and the whole vibe is quite hard rockin!"feels like a good thing","tales of mystery" and "armed and ready" are the highlights!fine release!

From: Doug Date: April 5, 2012 at 15:26
A great album from my college days! "Armed and Ready" just rocks!

From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 12, 2016 at 22:35
Lovely album to me ...best cuts on this are tracks "Victim Of Illusion" & "Feels Like A Good Thing"...some other fine ones are tracks 1,2 & 6...83/100

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