This album is a sleeper. Schenker’s debut came out in 1980, a year when more then a few ground breaking albums hit store shelves. Even most serious hardrock/metal fans are completely oblivious to this album, i find this unacceptable! It has never truely recived the credit it deserved, i mean, for it’s time, the guitar playing mastery of this man was absolutley unheard of and unapproachable. Micheal’s combination of emotion and skill was unbeatable, i will never forget hearing “Armed & Ready” for the first time, and being blown out the window.
It is his most important/signifigant album, as it was his first time on his own, having just left UFO and Scorpions, and asembling a new band from the ground up. This first release was his greatest solo album i think, it was like he had something to prove to the world and to his old band mates. It’s definatly one of the most underrated albums in rock.
MSG, the follow up, while good, didn’t have the same level of energy of spirit as the debut. It was more commercial sounding but in a twisted sence of irony, the production sucked. This album is where he had it all right, best line-up, strongest material, great sound, as it was produced by Deep Purple/Rainbow bassist Roger Glover.
I’m amazed that he has never got his due in America. He was never popolur here, only in Europe. His style could make Eddie Van Halen cry himself to sleep.
Let’s also not forget the OTHER virtuoso on the album, the drumming wonder Simon Philips.He is one of the greatest drummers ever.