Perfect Timing (McAuley Schenker Group album)

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Perfect Timing
Perfect Timing.jpg
Studio album by McAuley Schenker Group
Released 12 October 1987
Recorded PUK Studios, Denmark
Scorpio Sound Studios and Studio M., Germany
Sound City Studios and Baby 'O Recorders, Los Angeles, USA
Genre Hard rock, glam metal
Length 42:57
Label Capitol / EMI
Producer Andy Johns
McAuley Schenker Group chronology
Perfect Timing
Save Yourself
(1989)Save Yourself1989
Michael Schenker chronology
Rock Will Never Die
(1984) Rock Will Never Die1984
Perfect Timing
(1987) Perfect Timing1987
Save Yourself
(1989) Save Yourself1989
Singles from Perfect Timing
  1. "Gimme Your Love" / "Rock 'Til You're Crazy"
    Released: October 1987
  2. "Love Is Not a Game" / "Get Out"
    Released: January 1988
  3. "Follow the Night" / "Don't Stop Me Now"
    Released: April 1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars [1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 4/10[2]

Perfect Timing is the first album by the McAuley Schenker Group. It was the first collaboration between Michael Schenker and Robin McAuley (ex-Grand Prix and Far Corporation), resulting in Schenker's first top 100 US hit with the song "Gimme Your Love."

At this point, the band featured an eclectic mix of musicians in terms of nationalities. McAuley hails from Ireland originally, while Schenker and drummer Bodo Schopf are both from Germany. American guitarist Mitch Perry (aka Mitch Brownstein from the band The Kydz)[3] had originally played in bass virtuoso Billy Sheehan's band, Talas (and had later joined the revamped Australian/American version of the band Heaven), while bassist Rocky Newton and guest keyboardist/rhythm guitarist Steve Mann were British and had previously been members of the band Lionheart. Mann would officially join the band for MSG's next album, replacing Perry.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Gimme Your Love" (Rocky Newton, Robin McAuley) - 4:52
  2. "Here Today-Gone Tomorrow" (Michael Schenker, McAuley) - 4:38
  3. "Don't Stop Me Now" (Schenker, McAuley) - 3:56
  4. "No Time for Losers" (Schenker, McAuley) - 4:13
  5. "Follow the Night" (Schenker, McAuley) - 4:39
  6. "Get Out" (Schenker, McAuley) - 4:07
  7. "Love Is Not a Game" (Newton, McAuley, Alan Nelson) - 4:12
  8. "Time" (Schenker, McAuley, Newton) - 4:00
  9. "I Don't Wanna Lose" (Schenker, McAuley) - 4:15
  10. "Rock 'Til You're Crazy" (Schenker, McAuley) - 4:05

2000 Japanese remaster bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Gimme Your Love" (Edit) (Newton, McAuley) - 4:25
  2. "Follow the Night" (Edit) (Schenker, McAuley) - 4:21


Band members
  • Robin McAuley - lead vocals
  • Michael Schenker - lead guitar
  • Mitch Perry - rhythm guitar, additional lead guitar on tracks 1 and 6, backing vocals
  • Rocky Newton - bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Bodo Schopf - drums
Additional musicians
  • Steve Mann - keyboards and rhythm guitars
  • Andy Johns - producer, engineer, mixing
  • Henrik Nilsson, Frank Wuttke, Jan Nemec, John Hanlon, Mark Stebbeds - engineers
  • Paul Wertheimer - mixing
  • Stephen Marcussen - mastering


Album - Billboard (North America)[4]

Year Chart Position
1987 The Billboard 200 95

Singles - Billboard (North America)[5]

Year Single Chart Position
1987 "Gimme You Love" Mainstream Rock 40

Singles - UK Singles Chart[6]

Year Single Position
1988 "Love Is Not a Game" 79


  1. ^ "McAuley-Schenker Group Perfect Timing review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-07-21. 
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 318. ISBN 978-1894959315. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Perfect Timing Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-07-21. 
  5. ^ "Perfect Timing Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-07-21. 
  6. ^ "McAulay Schenker Group Chart Stats". Chart Archived from the original on 2012-07-23. Retrieved 2011-08-01.