The Michael Schenker Group (album)

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The Michael Schenker Group
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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 1980
RecordedMay–July 1980
Studio Wessex Studios, London, UK
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length39:28
Label Chrysalis
Producer Roger Glover
Michael Schenker Group chronology
The Michael Schenker Group
(1980)
MSG
(1981)
Michael Schenker chronology
Lovedrive
(1979)
The Michael Schenker Group
(1980)
MSG
(1981)
Singles from The Michael Schenker Group
  1. "Armed and Ready" / "Bijou Pleasurette"
    Released: August 1980
  2. "Cry for the Nations" / "Into the Arena (live)"
    Released: October 1980

The Michael Schenker Group is the first album by the hard rock band Michael Schenker Group, released in 1980. This was his first album since he left UFO in 1978 and briefly returned to Scorpions for the album Lovedrive .

Contents

Reception and legacy

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svg [1]
Billboard (favourable) [2] [3]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 8/10 [4]

The album was a commercial and critical success, entering the charts in the US, the UK and Japan, and was supported by the "Armed and Ready" and "Cry for the Nations". The album also topped the KTUH's charts on the week of 29 September 1980. [5]

The song "Armed and Ready" is featured in the video game Guitar Hero: Metallica .

Track listing

All songs written by Michael Schenker and Gary Barden unless otherwise noted.

Side one
  1. "Armed and Ready" - 4:05
  2. "Cry for the Nations" - 5:08
  3. "Victim of Illusion" - 4:41
  4. "Bijou Pleasurette" (Schenker) - 2:16
  5. "Feels Like a Good Thing" - 3:44
Side two
  1. "Into the Arena" (Schenker) - 4:10
  2. "Looking Out from Nowhere" - 4:28
  3. "Tales of Mystery" - 3:16
  4. "Lost Horizons" - 7:04

2009 Reissue bonus tracks

  1. "Just a Lover" (demo) - 4:34
  2. "Looking Out from Nowhere" (demo) - 5:13
  3. "Get Up and Get Down" (demo) - 3:59
  4. "After Midnight" (demo) - 4:31
  5. "Breakout" (demo) - 4:42
  6. "Cry for the Nations" (radio edit) - 3:35
  7. "Armed and Ready" (live at the Manchester Apollo) - 4:40
  8. "Into the Arena" (live at the Hammersmith Odeon, London)

Personnel

Michael Schenker Group

Session musicians

Production

1979 demos on 2009 reissue

1980 Live tracks on 2009 reissue

Charts

YearChartPeak positionSalesWeeks on Chart
1980UK [6] 8-8
Japan5912,6007
US [7] 100--

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