In the Midst of Beauty

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In the Midst of Beauty
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Studio album by
Released13 May 2008
Recorded2008
StudioStudio 2, Neu-Ulm, Germany, except drums at Phantom Recordings, Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length49:35
Label In-akustik
Producer Michael Schenker, Romi Schickle, Siggi Schwarz
Michael Schenker Group chronology
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(2006)
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(2008)
The 30th Anniversary Concert – Live in Tokyo
(2010)
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Doctor Doctor: The Kulick Sessions
(2007)
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(2008)
Schenker Barden Acoustic Project - Gipsy Lady
(2009)
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In the Midst of Beauty is the thirteenth full-length studio album recorded by the various M.S.G. lineups and the tenth studio album by the Michael Schenker Group (MSG). The album was released on 13 May 2008 and marked the comeback of the original MSG singer, Gary Barden, so the MSG name is added with Schenker - Barden on the album's cover. By Schenker's own notes to the CD, "This title came about through my experience and realisation that - in the midst of beauty - the beast is always waiting and ready to attack...".

Contents

Track listing

All titles written by Michael Schenker and Gary Barden

  1. "City Lights" - 3:44
  2. "Competition" - 3:20
  3. "I Want You" - 4:32
  4. "End of the Line" - 4:01
  5. "Summerdays" - 5:12
  6. "A Night to Remember" - 4:39
  7. "Wings of Emotion" - 4:04
  8. "Come Closer" - 2:57
  9. "The Cross of Crosses" - 4:55
  10. "Na Na" - 3:33
  11. "I Am the One" - 3:54
  12. "Ride on My Way" - 4:44

Personnel

Band members
Production

Charts

YearChartPeak positionSalesWeeks on Chart
2008Japan [2] 32-5
2008Sweden [3] 60-1
2008Germany [4] 78-1

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