Michael Schenker / Michael Schenker Group


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MSG Review

by Andy Hinds

Influential guitarist Michael Schenker led his MSG band through their second set of dependable rockers on this, the group's sophomore outing. Although the Michael Schenker Group's sound doesn't offer much variation on the formula developed by Schenker's former band, UFO, it hardly matters -- the guitar playing is killer, as always. Schenker's fluid technical facility and impeccable tone maintain top billing throughout. Capable singer Gary Barden also helps to distinguish tracks like "On and On" and "Let Sleeping Dogs Lie" with memorable melodies, while predictably, standard fare such as "Are You Ready to Rock" doesn't deliver many surprises. Also features a bizarre cameo from Stephen Stills.

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