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Temple Of Rock

Michael SchenkerAudio CD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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It goes without saying, that the legendary and award-winning guitarist Michael Schenker has led a truly amazing rock’n’roll life. Born in Sarstedt near Hannover in 1955, Michael's career took off when he was just a teenager. At the age of nine, he was already listening to the Beatles and the Stones. By the age of 14 he was looking to learn from the likes of Led Zeppelin, ... Read more in Amazon's Michael Schenker Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 11, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: inakustik Label Group
  • ASIN: B005D6HEM8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,056 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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)

Editorial Reviews

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!

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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Schenker Rocks My Temple 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Schenker Clean and Sober: Better than ever! October 22, 2011
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Embarrassingly Good December 2, 2011
Format:Audio CD
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Schenker Rocks February 26, 2012
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I have been a Schenker fan for years. Temple of Rock is a very good album. One of his best in recent years.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites from Michael 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Temple of Rock
This is a fair effort but does not live up to Schenker's best abilities.Does not do justice to the title.
Published 1 month ago by ASHWIN SINGH
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite
I have a huge amount of respect for Michael Schenker, going back almost 40 years to his early days with UFO, but this was not one of his better moments, IMHO. Read more
Published 15 months ago by YetAnotherITGuy
3.0 out of 5 stars Big Schenker fan
As much as I love Schenker's style, this is one release I am not thrilled with. He has a big body of work I like more. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Captain Jack
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad Buy
I wish I could have previewed this CD. Terrible vocals and if you can.....picture the Schenker songs you DON'T like and create a full CD of them.
Published 18 months ago by Christopher Nikolas
3.0 out of 5 stars Temple of Shock
Its OK. Definitly not vintage Schenker. Im a huge Schenker fan and wouldnt buy it again. a couple good songs. but alot of blah blah blah. Oh, and the singer sucks. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Gregory Gonzales
1.0 out of 5 stars Temple of Rock Review
Well, I bought this CD because 1.) It's Michael Schenker; 2.) It's Michael Schenker, but I do have to say that I feel EXTREMELY let down by this "music. Read more
Published on June 2, 2012 by Petergrasso
3.0 out of 5 stars Wrong choice for vocals
Being a huge Schenker fan, I was anxious for this release. Unfortunately, Michael Voss does not do this material justice. Read more
Published on March 8, 2012 by Ahsfam4
5.0 out of 5 stars Temple Of Rock
One of the best outings my michael in years. All the sungs were great and can stand alone on their own merit.
Published on January 24, 2012 by Roy K. Keene
4.0 out of 5 stars Schenker still ROCKS
I am THE UFO fan, but some of Michael's solo stuff has been disappointing. This is good and rips.
Nice touch on the intro, see if your friends can guess who it is. Read more
Published on January 9, 2012 by M. Conway
4.0 out of 5 stars Temple of Rock will Rock you!
Schenker is a guitar god and no matter what he does his playing is
incredible and deserves bigger audience. Read more
Published on October 23, 2011 by Bela
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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
Oct 27, 2011 by Robert Knowles |  See all 4 posts
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