Michael Schenker Group - Live in Tokyo: 30Th Anniversary Japan Tour
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Anyway, to the DVD. The DVD contains a typical MSG set: mainly classics from the first four albums, but also three of his latest tracks (I Want You, A Night to Remember, and Dance Lady Gipsy).Read more ›
Now on to the review - It is absolutely amazing - every song from start to finish, the quality is very well done (but i am not an expert on the production of a DVD) but it sounds and looks great on my big screen. Michael is in top form on this tour and looks very fit, Simon is amazing on drums, the quiet and subdued Neil is great on Bass, and I think the other guitar player is Wayne (Sorry i dont have it in front of me as I type this)he and Michael are very much in tune together, Gary's voice lends very well to Michael's playing and he sounds better than 30 years ago. its like the band had fairy dust sprinkled on them before they got on stage as they play as a very tight machine on every song. The crowd you can tell loves them and is on their feet through the video. Michael's solo on Rock Bottom is the best I have ever heard and I have Strangers in the Night, if you didnt know it was 30 years later you would think it was 1979, if you are a MSG/Schenker fan you have to get this as well as the CD. You will truly value it for your collection. Each member of the band also speaks about the tour and band, and their career, so it is reallt interesting to hear from them all. It truly is wonderful to see Michael looking so happy and so fit and playing so beautiful:) LOVE IT!!! MS fans lets all support Michael's efforts to bring us his passion in top form - if you love Michael you gotta get it :)
All the band is firing on all cylinders (to use an old cliche). The sound of Michael's Dean guitar is fantastic. Gary Barden is singing better than in the eighties, Neil Murray is bass player excellence itself, relatively modest and a little behind Barden and Schenker at the stage. Keyboardist/guitarist Wayne "Payl Raymond" Findlay does the job with enthusiasm. But man, that guy behind the drums... Simon Phillips is just a monster drummer. The guy knows everything. Just hearing/watching him play in this DVD is an experience in itself. The ultimate pro.
The extras are also good, although absolutely nothing "profound" is said. To watch Phillips says that he did not even talk to Michael in the recording process of 2008's IN THE MIDST OF BEAUTY is incredible (digital file transfers).
This first class production is available in Bluray, and also regular DVD. The venue in Tokyo, Japan is not that large, and the crowd is quite close to the stage. Coverage of the band is very good, and while the editing is occasionally a little choppy, when Michael solos, the cameras are usually following what his fingers are doing, even if it involves cutting to several different shots. MSG powers through 18 songs, including two encores, in a performance that runs about 103 minutes.
Aside from the UFO classics "Rock Bottom" and "Doctor Doctor", the setlist consists primarily of material from the Barden era, which includes the first two MSG albums, the fourth, Built to Destroy, and In The Midst Of Beauty. "A Night To Remember", and "I Want You", from the new album, are tough and aggressive tunes. For the most part, the bulk of the songs are very familiar to most MSG fans, as through the years, there hasn't been a great deal of variety in what MSG plays live.Read more ›
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Absolute MUST BUY for fans of this great guitarist. The show that is presented on this DVD is a flawless set of MSG classics, with the original lineup of Simon Phillips on drums,... Read morePublished on January 16, 2014 by viking
Arrived in time stated and dvd was new. This is awesome and I'm glad they got this event on video. I found it on youtube one night, and watched the entire thing. It LEVELED me. Read morePublished on December 26, 2013 by Shopper
awesome and perfect gift for my husbands xmas. thank you very very much. i plan on ordering in the futurePublished on January 11, 2013 by krydzynski
Michael was great with UFO and then MSG.
Great quality video and audio! Enjoyed watching it but depressed that I missed seeing the tour in person! Read more
This is a must have for any Schenker fan. Although his output has been of varying quality over the last decade or so, this DVD features him in fine form, playing well, and Gary... Read morePublished on April 26, 2012 by Michael