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Michael Schenker has returned to add another flagstone to the mosaic of his creative work, this time taking a look back to his classic albums of the 80s. Punchy and compelling new tracks - ranging from unadorned, melodious hard rock to the occasional bluesy sound, Temple of Rock is distinguished by an immense enthusiasm for guitar, its rich variety and the participation of international superstars. Guests include Leslie West (Mountain), Michael Amott, Carmine Appice, Chris Slade, William Shatner and more!

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Intro
  2. How Long
  3. Fallen Angel
  4. Hanging On
  5. The End Of An Era
  6. Miss Claustrophobia
  7. Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
  8. Storming In
  9. Scene of Crime
  10. Lover's Sinfony
  11. How Long (3 Generations Guitar Battle Version)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 11, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: inakustik Label Group
  • Run Time: 57 minutes
  • ASIN: B005D6HEM8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,972 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Robert Knowles on October 16, 2011
Format: Audio CD
This album starts with an Intro featuring William Shatner. This fact by itself speaks volumes. Shatner, of course, exceeds even Gary Barden (whom we adore) for ham-levels. And yet, for that very reason, Shatner is loved world-wide. Nobody could parody Shatner, because he's already the perfect self-parody. It's a bit like Iron Maiden - so good at parodying heavy metal that they made Spinal Tap obsolete. To employ Shatner on a cheesy opener, then, is not bad taste, but supremely good taste. It's a way of proleptically predicting all possible criticism of what is about to follow - it's a way of saying: 'whatever criticisms you have concerning this genre - we've heard them all before. But we still love classic rock, so we're doing it anyway'.

In short, as anybody who has seen "Michael Schenker in the Studio for the recording of Unforgiven" already knows, Schenker likes to have a laugh. Against popular opinion, he is actually quite a happy soul. Schenker emerging from a pyramid on the cover of the album is not an egotistic statement about some kind of Nephilimic rock-god materialising from a star-gate. It's intended to be funny - a parody. For sure, Shatner's anti-war message commercially taps into a popular sentiment in the US. We're not blind. And yet, a major theme here is "fun". Schenker never did succumb to the "ominousness" stereotype of most heavy rock. His music is best summed up by his own phrase, "Back to Attack". It is upbeat, joyful, energizing, and infectious - and this album is no exception to that rule.

Anyway - what about the music? Well, after the Intro, we have "How Long". Typical for Schenker albums, this track is very up-tempo. Engine-room riffing beneath a very radio-friendly verse and chorus formula. Solid, original guitar-work for the solo.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Chain Blue Lightening on October 22, 2011
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Michael Schenker is a Rock N' Roll God! One of the cleanest, most fluid, and with a tone that is to die for, he is a musicians musician. That's the reason he has so many fans who are musicians themselves. He's been clean (for good I think, FINALLY) for about five years now and his playing has gotten better!!! Consider that for a moment. Rock Bottom, 1974. Mother Mary and This Kids, 1975. Reasons Love (INCREDIBLE GUITAR PLAYING), 1976. Lights Out and Love To Love, 1977. And Hot N' Ready (One of my ALL TIME FAVORITE LEADS) And, Only You Can Rock Me, 1978. Those are just the early UFO years. Now here he is at 56 years old and he's absolutely tearing it up. He opened a week of shows a couple of months ago for Black Country Communion and had to have made Mr. Bonamassa quite uncomfortable coming out every night after Michael had set the bar. I LOVE JOE. LOVE HIM! But this was his 1st real tour with BCC playing 70's style hard Rock N' Roll. Michael has been doing that ALL ALONG! This album (Yes, I bought both the vinyl and the CD) has radio friendly hit songs, hard rock anthems, and everything in between. He has a slew of phenomenal guests on EVERY SONG. I would recommend it to anyone!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Evans on November 26, 2011
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I have purchased everything from Schenker and this one was a very refreshing surprise. I love every song on this album and I like the two guest appearance singers, not that Voss lacks any talent at all. In fact I think his voice is great and it works very well on this album. I would definitely recommend this album to all Schenker fans and would also highly recommend it for those new to Schenker!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael E. Mitchell on December 2, 2011
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I say 'embarrassing' because of the extremely late-80s "hairspray era" flavour of this album. I must VERY clearly emphasize that this is NOT a "hairspray" hard rock album; it is just reminiscent of that on several fronts: most notably the vocalist and especially the lyrics. The vocalist, Michael Voss, is actually a quite good vocalist for MSG...he has a Euro-hardrock voice and THANKFULLY not one of the "smoky, bluesy" vocalists that Michael has used ever since the end of McCauley Schenker (with the exception of the Finnish fella from "Tales of Rock'n Roll" as well as the return of stalwart Gary Barden). I found said "bluesy" vocalists to be absolutely common, interchangeable, and forgettable. And, alas, the albums they were on, unmemorable. To put this into my perspective, I don't think Mikey has put out an excellent album of new material since "Built To Destroy". Until now! But let me finish with the 'embarrassing' aspects. The lyrics are endearingly laughable, very "upbeat" and "good-time rock 'n roll party", and the serious ones are heavy-handed and cliche'...just like every hard rock band's lyrics from the late 80s! In fact, when I first heard this, it was in a van with a bunch of extremely MeTal(mostly of the Black, Death, Symphonic variety) people, and we had a great laugh...while still acknowledging the memorable and cool riffs and song structures and variety and just plain catchiness. Since then (early October), I've listened to this every day. It continues to interest and reveal "hidden" treasures that I haven't noticed before. Quite unlike, IN MY OPINION, any "modern" MSG stuff since "Built To Destroy". There are some rather, AT FIRST, dopey-sounding songs ("Saturday Night","Fallen Angel",the repetetiveness of "Hanging On", the ham-handed romance of "With You")...Read more ›
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Michael Schenker Temple of Rock US vs UK Difference
I think that there was a limited edition that sold out very fast - you'll have to shop around!

It was the same with the world-wide live 2004 DVD - only a few were made that had a CD in also. This was a shame as the CD
had an extra track on it - Attack of the Mad Axeman - that had an absolutely... Read More
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