Written in the Sand

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Written in the Sand
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Studio album by Michael Schenker Group
Released August 28, 1996
Studio 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)Rock Will Never Die1984
Written in the Sand
(1996)
The Michael Schenker Story Live
(1997)The Michael Schenker Story Live1997
Michael Schenker chronology
Walk on Water
(1995) Walk on Water1995
Written in the Sand
(1996) Written in the Sand1996
The Michael Schenker Story Live
(1997) The Michael Schenker Story Live1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars [1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal6/10[2]

Written in the Sand is the eighth full-length studio album recorded by the various M.S.G. lineups, 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, composed of Leif Sundin on vocals, Shane Gaalaas on drums, and Barry Sparks on bass.

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
  11. "Sweet Cool Kiss of Night" (bonus track) - 4:30

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" (live bonus track) - 3:56
  12. "Cry For The Nations" (live 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[3] 22 39,900 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ Anderson, Jason. "Michael Schenker Group Written in the Sand review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-08-02.
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 August 2007). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 3: The Nineties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 386. ISBN 978-1-894959-62-9.
  3. ^ マイケル・シェンカー リトゥン・イン・ザ・サンド (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2011-08-03.