The Michael Schenker Group (album)

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The Michael Schenker Group
Studio album by Michael Schenker Group
Released August 1980
Recorded Wessex Studios, London, May - July 1980
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 39:28
Label Chrysalis
Producer Roger Glover
Michael Schenker Group chronology
The Michael Schenker Group
(1980)
MSG
(1981)
Michael Schenker chronology
Lovedrive
(1979)
The Michael Schenker Group
(1980)
MSG
(1981)
Singles from The Michael Schenker Group
  1. "Armed and Ready / Bijou Pleasurette"
    Released: August 1980
  2. "Cry for the Nations / Into the Arena (live)"
    Released: October 1980
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Martin Popoff 8/10 stars[2]

The Michael Schenker Group is the first album by the hard rock band Michael Schenker Group.

Made #1 on KTUH's charts on the week of September 29, 1980.[3]

The song "Armed and Ready" is featured in the video game Guitar Hero: Metallica.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Michael Schenker and Gary Barden unless otherwise noted.

Side one
  1. "Armed and Ready" - 4:05
  2. "Cry for the Nations" - 5:08
  3. "Victim of Illusion" - 4:41
  4. "Bijou Pleasurette" (Schenker) - 2:16
  5. "Feels Like a Good Thing" - 3:44
Side two
  1. "Into the Arena" (Schenker) - 4:10
  2. "Looking Out from Nowhere" - 4:28
  3. "Tales of Mystery" - 3:16
  4. "Lost Horizons" - 7:04

2009 Reissue bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Just a Lover" (demo) - 4:34
  2. "Looking Out from Nowhere" (demo) - 5:13
  3. "Get Up and Get Down" (demo) - 3:59
  4. "After Midnight" (demo) - 4:31
  5. "Breakout" (demo) - 4:42
  6. "Cry for the Nations" (radio edit) - 3:35
  7. "Armed and Ready" (live at the Manchester Apollo) - 4:40
  8. "Into the Arena" (live at the Hammersmith Odeon, London)

Personnel[edit]

Original album[edit]

Michael Schenker Group[edit]

Session musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Roger Glover - producer
  • Jeremy Allom, Gareth Edwards - engineers

1979 demos on 2009 reissue[edit]

Charts[edit]

Year Chart Peak position Sales Weeks on Chart
1980 UK[4] 8 - 8
1980 Japan 59 12,600 7
1980 US[5] 100 - -

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hinds, Andy. "Michael Schenker The Michael Schenker Group review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-07-17. 
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. ISBN 978-1894959315. 
  3. ^ [1] KTUH FM Honolulu - Charts - September 29th, 1980. URL:http://ktuh.fm/charts/1980/09/29
  4. ^ "Michael Schenker Group chart stats". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 2012-07-31. Retrieved 2011-06-19. 
  5. ^ "The Michael Schenker Group Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-06-19.