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One Night at Budokan

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  • It was perhaps a little early in a band’s career for a live album with only the first two studio albums to draw from. Perhaps Schenker and co new this line up wouldn’t last. They certainly laid down on vinyl a great legacy that numerous subsequent live efforts can’t compare to. Schenker has provided us with so many live albums it’s hard to keep count but you’ll struggle to find one with guitar playing this good anywhere.
    Cry for the Nations et al are terrific because this band were so well rehearsed. Schenker may have had his whacky moments but He was soo such a perfectionist in his early years it’s untrue! A fine line between genius and insanity indeed, Schenker is absolutely stunning on guitar. The production and atmosphere are great, listening to Courvoisier Concerto and Lost Horizons eyes closed takes me back to 1981 and the fabulous tour that all this stems from. Sensational.
    This is his tastiest live album almost up there with UFO’s “Strangers in the Night”. This album shows that not only was Michael the finest guitar player of this era, but that MSG were once a great band.

    Posted on December 7, 2009