Heavy Hitters

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Heavy Hitters
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Studio album by Michael Schenker Group
Released 12 July 2005
Studio Office Studios, Van Nuys, California
Genre Hard Rock
Length 49:38
74:33 (2007 re-release)
Label Deadline/Cleopatra
Producer Bob Kulick, Brett Chassen, Brian Perera
Michael Schenker Group chronology
Arachnophobiac
(2003)Arachnophobiac2003
Heavy Hitters
(2005)
Tales of Rock'n'Roll
(2006)Tales of Rock'n'Roll2006
Michael Schenker chronology
The Endless Jam Continues
(2005) The Endless Jam Continues2005
Heavy Hitters
(2005) Heavy Hitters2005
Tales of Rock'n'Roll
(2006) Tales of Rock'n'Roll2006
2007 re-release cover
"Doctor Doctor: The Kulick Sessions" with rounded title
"Doctor Doctor: The Kulick Sessions" with rounded title
2011 re-release cover
By Invitation Only 2011 re-issue cover
By Invitation Only 2011 re-issue cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars [1]
AllMusic (2008 edition) 3.5/5 stars [2]

Heavy Hitters is a 2005 album of cover songs by the Michael Schenker Group. Originally planned by Schenker as a collection of covers featuring himself and a "revolving all-star cast of guest musicians," the album was labeled and marketed as an MSG album, with the result that Schenker received only a flat fee.[3] In 2007, it was re-released as a Michael Schenker solo album under the title Doctor Doctor: The Kulick Sessions and included 4 additional tracks (1-2 and 13-14). The album was re-issued again in 2011 with the title By Invitation Only by the Store For Music label, including the song "Run to the Hills", which Schenker and McAuley had recorded for the Iron Maiden tribute album Numbers from the Beast.[4]

Track listing and instrumental contributions[edit]

  1. "All Shook Up" (Otis Blackwell; Elvis Presley) - 4:21 (Elvis Presley cover)
  2. "Blood of the Sun" (Felix Pappalardi; Gail Collins Pappalardi; Leslie West) - 3:52 (Leslie West/Mountain cover)
  3. "Doctor Doctor" (Michael Schenker; Phil Mogg) - 6:07 (UFO cover)
  4. "War Pigs" (Bill Ward; Geezer Butler; Ozzy Osbourne; Tony Iommi) - 7:24 (Black Sabbath cover)
  5. "I'm Not Talking" (Mose Allison) - 4:10 (Mose Allison cover)
    • Mark Slaughter - vocals
    • Michael Schenker - lead guitar
    • Bob Kulick - rhythm guitar
    • Jeff Pilson - bass
    • Aynsley Dunbar - drums
  6. "Money" (Roger Waters) - 6:04 (Pink Floyd cover)
  7. "Out in the Fields" (Gary Moore) - 4:25 (Gary Moore cover)
    • Gary Barden - vocals
    • Michael Schenker - lead guitar
    • Bob Kulick - rhythm guitar
    • Chuck Wright - bass
    • Brent Chassen - drums
  8. "Hair of the Dog" (Dan McCafferty; Darrell Sweet; Manny Charlton; Pete Agnew) - 4:11 (Nazareth cover)
  9. "I Don't Live Today" (Jimi Hendrix) - 3:54 (The Jimi Hendrix Experience cover)
  10. "Politician" (Jack Bruce; Pete Brown) - 5:10 (Cream cover)
    • Jeff Pilson - vocals, bass
    • Michael Schenker - lead guitar
    • Brent Chassen - drums

Track Listing from Doctor Doctor: The Kulick Sessions (2007 re-release)[edit]

  1. "Save Yourself" (Robin McAuley; Michael Schenker) - 5:55 (with Robin McAuley)
  2. "Finding My Way" (Alex Lifeson; Geddy Lee) - 5:19 (Rush cover)
    • Sebastian Bach - vocals
    • Michael Schenker - lead guitar
    • Bob Kulick - rhythm guitar
    • Tony Franklin - bass
    • Eric Singer - drums
  3. "All Shook Up"
  4. "Blood of the Sun"
  5. "Doctor Doctor"
  6. "War Pigs"
  7. "I'm Not Talking"
  8. "Money"
  9. "Out in the Fields"
  10. "Hair of the Dog"
  11. "I Don't Live Today"
  12. "Politician"
  13. "Doctor Doctor" - 6:16 (instrumental version)
  14. "War Pigs" - 7:25 (instrumental version)

Track Listing from By Invitation Only (2011 re-release)[edit]

  1. "Run to the Hills" (Steve Harris) - 4:05 (Iron Maiden cover)
    • Robin McAuley – lead vocals
    • Michael Schenker – lead guitar
    • Pete Fletcher – rhythm guitar
    • Tony Franklin – bass
    • Brian Tichy – drums
  2. "Save Yourself"
  3. "Finding My Way"
  4. "All Shook Up"
  5. "Blood of the Sun"
  6. "Doctor Doctor"
  7. "War Pigs"
  8. "I'm Not Talking"
  9. "Money"
  10. "Out in the Fields"
  11. "Hair of the Dog"
  12. "I Don't Live Today"
  13. "Politician"

Credits[edit]

  • Bob Kulick - producer, arrangements, mixing
  • Brett Chassen - producer, engineer, mixing
  • Jeremy Rubolino - keyboards, strings production, digital editing
  • Bruce Bouillet, Bob Held, Billy Sherwood - engineers
  • Kris Solem - mastering
  • Brian Perera - executive producer

References[edit]

  1. ^ Prato, Greg. "Michael Schenker Heavy Hitters review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 
  2. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Michael Schenker Doctor Doctor: The Kulick Sessions review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 
  3. ^ Gill, Chris (September 2008). "Brick by Brick". Guitar World. pp. 44–52. Retrieved 2009-08-17. 
  4. ^ "MICHAEL SCHENKER: 'By Invitation Only' Covers Album Detailed". Blabbermouth.net. Roadrunner Records. 16 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-04.