Written in the Sand

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Written in the Sand
Studio album by Michael Schenker Group
Released August 28, 1996
Recorded Rumbo Recorders, Canoga Park, California
The Sound Lab and Phase Four, Tempe, Arizona
Genre Hard rock
Length 51:03
Label Positive Energy Records
Zero Corporation (Japan)
Producer Ron Nevison
Michael Schenker Group chronology
Rock Will Never Die
(1984)
Written in the Sand
(1996)
The Michael Schenker Story Live
(1997)
Michael Schenker chronology
Walk on Water
(1995)
Written in the Sand
(1996)
The Michael Schenker Story Live
(1997)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

Written in the Sand is a studio album by the Michael Schenker Group, the first group effort after the McAuley Schenker era. Re-energized by the short-lived reunion with UFO and by the recording of Walk on Water, Michael Schenker collected yet another group of players and recorded Written in the Sand. No matter what inspired them, Schenker and the new line up of Leif Sundin on vocals, Shane Gaalaas on drums, and Barry Sparks on bass deliver some respectable metal reminiscent of the earliest and best known Michael Schenker Group albums.

Track listing[edit]

All music by Michael Schenker, all lyrics by Leif Sundin.

  1. "Brave New World" - 4:14
  2. "Cry No More" - 5:18
  3. "I Believe" - 5:48
  4. "Back to Life" - 6:12
  5. "Written in the Sand" - 3:28
  6. "Essenz" (instrumental) - 5:21
  7. "Love Never Dies" - 5:45
  8. "I Will Be There" - 5:03
  9. "Take Me Through the Night" - 6:08
  10. "Down the Drain" - 3:46

Japanese edition[edit]

  1. "Brave New World" - 4:14
  2. "Essenz" (instrumental) - 5:21
  3. "Cry No More" - 5:18
  4. "Back to Life" - 6:12
  5. "Written in the Sand" - 3:28
  6. "Love Never Dies" - 5:45
  7. "I Will Be There" - 5:03
  8. "Take Me Through the Night" - 6:08
  9. "Down the Drain" - 3:46
  10. "I Believe" - 5:48
  11. "Into The Arena" (bonus track) - 3:56
  12. "Cry For The Nations" (bonus track) - 5:37

Personnel[edit]

Band members[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Claude Gaudette - keyboards

Production[edit]

Charts[edit]

Year Chart Peak position Sales Weeks on Chart
1996 Japan[2] 22 39,900 4

References[edit]