Perfect Timing (McAuley Schenker Group album)

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Perfect Timing
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Studio album by
Released12 October 1987
StudioPUK Studios, Denmark
Scorpio Sound Studios and Studio M., Germany
Sound City Studios and Baby 'O Recorders, Los Angeles, USA
GenreHard rock, glam metal
LabelCapitol / EMI
ProducerAndy Johns
McAuley Schenker Group chronology
Perfect Timing
Save Yourself
Michael Schenker chronology
Rock Will Never Die
Perfect Timing
Save Yourself
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
AllMusic [1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal4/10[2]

Perfect Timing is the debut album recorded 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]

  • All songs written by Robin McAuley and Michael Schenker, except where noted.
  1. "Gimme Your Love" (Rocky Newton, McAuley) – 4:52
  2. "Here Today - Gone Tomorrow" – 4:38
  3. "Don't Stop Me Now" – 3:56
  4. "No Time for Losers" – 4:13
  5. "Follow the Night" – 4:39
  6. "Get Out" – 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" 4:15
  10. "Rock 'Til You're Crazy" 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 (United States)[4]

Year Chart Position
1987 The Billboard 200 95

Singles - Billboard (United States)[5]

Year Single Chart Position
1987 "Gimme Your 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. ^ "Photobucket".
  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 The Official Charts Company". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2011-08-01.

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