is the third studio album from Assault Attack The Michael Schenker Group, and the only album to feature former Rainbow vocalist Graham Bonnet. The album was recorded in France at the Château d'Hérouville and was produced by Martin Birch.
Overview [ edit ]
After returning to the UK from Japan in August 1981, having recorded the live album
, Schenker and his band played a short tour of the UK. After the tour One Night at Budokan Cozy Powell and Peter Mensch ( Michael Schenker Group's manager) wanted a better singer for the band and suggested David Coverdale, but Schenker himself wanted Graham Bonnet. After some disagreements, which ultimately led to the termination of the cooperation between Mensch and MSG, Bonnet joined the MSG in February 1982. Meanwhile, Cozy Powell and Paul Raymond left the band for their own reasons and were replaced by drummer Ted McKenna and session keyboardist Tommy Eyre. After four months the band went to France to commence the album that would became Assault Attack. As a producer they choose Martin Birch who arrived fresh from Iron Maiden's album . The sessions took part at a French castle, Château d' The Number of the Beast Hérouville.
This was the last time until the
album that Schenker and Bonnet cooperated. The BBC broadcast of the Reading Festival concert was released in 1993 as Tales of Rock'n'Roll . BBC Radio 1 Live in Concert
Attracting mixed reviews on release, it is now looked on more favourably, and Schenker himself is considered by many to be in top form.
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More recent CD reissues contains the bonus track "Girl from Uptown," the b-side of "Dancer", the album's sole single. The title track was featured in the video game
Reception [ edit ]
Assault Attack was ranked number 481 in magazine's book of Rock Hard The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time. [3 ]
Track listing [ edit ]
Side one [ edit ]
- 4:16 ( Michael Schenker, Graham Bonnet, Chris Glen, Ted McKenna) "Rock You to the Ground"
- 5:48 (Schenker, Bonnet) "Dancer"
- 4:41 (Schenker, Bonnet) "Samurai"
- 5:16 (Schenker, Bonnet, Glen)
Side two [ edit ]
- 5:51 (Schenker, Bonnet) "Broken Promises"
- 6:21 (Schenker, Bonnet, Glen) "Searching for a Reason"
- 3:46 (Schenker, Bonnet) "Ulcer"
- 3:53 (Schenker)
Bonus track on the 2009 CD reissue [ edit ]
"Girl from Uptown"
- 5:21 (Schenker, Bonnet)
Personnel [ edit ]
Martin Birch - producer, engineer Benedict Tobias Fenner, Patrick Droguet - engineers
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References [ edit ]