MSG (album)

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Studio album by Michael Schenker Group
Released September 1981
Recorded AIR Studios, London and Montserrat, March-May 1981
Genre Hard rock
Length 36:47
Label Chrysalis
Producer Ron Nevison
Michael Schenker Group chronology
The Michael Schenker Group
(1980)The Michael Schenker Group1980
One Night at Budokan
(1982)One Night at Budokan1982
Singles from MSG
  1. "Ready to Rock / Attack of the Mad Axeman"
    Released: August 1981
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 7/10[1]

MSG is the second album by the hard rock band Michael Schenker Group. The band was formed in 1979 by the former Scorpions and UFO guitarist Michael Schenker. Producer Ron Nevison's high production values resulted in the recording of this album going over budget, a crippling debt that dogged the band for the rest of their short career. Though the band at the time had reservations about the recording, it is regarded by fans as perhaps their finest hour.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Are You Ready to Rock" Michael Schenker, Gary Barden 3:26
2. "Attack of the Mad Axeman" Schenker, Barden 4:17
3. "On and On" Schenker, Barden 4:41
4. "Let Sleeping Dogs Lie" Barden, Chris Glen, Cozy Powell, Paul Raymond, Schenker 5:21
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "But I Want More" Schenker, Barden 6:56
6. "Never Trust a Stranger" Raymond 4:24
7. "Looking for Love" Schenker, Barden 4:03
8. "Secondary Motion" Schenker, Barden 3:42
Total length: 36:47
2009 reissue bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
9. "Never Trust a Stranger (Rough Monitor Mix)" Raymond 4:33
10. "Natural Thing" Schenker, Phil Mogg, Pete Way 4:18
11. "Feels Like a Good Thing" Schenker, Barden 3:53
12. "Looking Out from Nowhere" Schenker, Barden 5:55
13. "Shoot Shoot" Schenker, Mogg, Andy Parker, Way 4:39
14. "Doctor Doctor" Schenker, Mogg 5:31
15. "Lights Out" Schenker, Mogg, Parker, Way 5:09
Total length: 71:33


Michael Schenker Group[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]


  • Ron Nevison - producer, engineer, mixing
  • Rick Isbell, Renate, Mike Stavrou, David Wooley - assistant engineers
  • Gareth Edwards - live tracks engineer


Year Chart Peak position Sales Weeks on Chart
1981 UK 14[2] - 8
1981 Japan 15 48,000 11
1981 US 81[3] - -
1981 Netherlands 31[4] - 2


  1. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. pp. 316–317. ISBN 978-1894959315. 
  2. ^ "MSG Chart Stats". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 2012-07-23. Retrieved 2011-07-18. 
  3. ^ "MSG Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-07-18. 
  4. ^ "Michael Schenker Group - MSG (album)". Dutch Charts (in Dutch). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2011-07-18.