Michael Schenker / Michael Schenker Group

Live & Loud

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It never seems to take long for a new live Michael Schenker Group title to rear its head. But the early 21st century saw more concert discs released from the group than any other era, including 2009's Live & Loud. Comprised of tracks from such previous Schenker live releases as World Wide Live, Live & Loud comes off as a rip-off, as it only contains seven songs (plus a spoken word history of Schenker's career at the end, in both English and German), but it's not a budget-priced release. That said, all of the album's tracks are strong, including renditions of such Schenker solo classics as "Assault Attack" and "Captain Nemo," as well as the UFO classics "Doctor Doctor" and "Lights Out." Also, you'll find several oft-overlooked songs that certainly deserve a second look, including "Attack of the Mad Axeman" and "Natural Thing." However, with such a paltry track listing, you'd be better off tracking down one of the countless other live Schenker discs that have been issued over the years (and contain more of a complete concert set list). If it were budget-priced, Live & Loud could certainly be considered as a "live Schenker sampler" for a new fan. But why would anyone (except the most die-hard Schenker collector or those looking to throw away money) want to settle on a seven-track release, when for a few bucks more, you could pick up a disc with at least double the amount of tracks?

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