5 Metal Fists Out Of 5!
MICHAEL SCHENKER & FRIENDS – Blood Of The Sun will be releasing on April 22, 2014, in North America, via Germany’s Collectors Dream Records. This is a 14 song compilation of Rock’s storied classics, including 2 instrumentals, courtesy of the iconic guitarist Michael Schenker!
Michael Schenker’s “Friends” are a roll-call of 12 Rock, Hard Rock and Metal luminaries! From Michael’s long-time vocalist Gary Barden, to Sebastian Bach, with Paul Di’Anno in-between, this compilation of Classic Rock cover songs gives me the ostrich bumps all over my arms and face, each time I listen to it! This album is Classic Rock ‘N Metal 101, my fellow Metal brethren and Rockaholics!
It is only fitting that this album has come together, with Michael Schenker sharing the stage and studio with a list of who’s who throughout his epic musical career. To my ears and Rock ‘N Roll senses, Michael Schenker has undeniably molded these Rock classics into his very own, with a little help from his friends! From Pink Floyd’s Money to Black Sabbath’s War Pigs, these classics are celebrated to the highest degree of vocal and musical excellence! Tim “Ripper” Owens essentially kills it, on the cover of War Pigs. Whoa!
(Photo Credit: Michael Schenker Group / Temple Of Rock Facebook)
Michael Schenker magically allows his Dean Flying V guitar to do all the talking for him and each vocalist featured here sounds nothing short of terrific! The guitar tones of Michael Schenker are forever entrenched in the minds and souls of his countless fans; any fan of this guitar icon should be pleased by what they hear, on this album. This compilation defines Michael’s uniqueness and (improvisation-like) studio creativity, which has had him stand out among his peers for decades.
If I have come across as spellbound by this compilation from Michael Schenker & Friends, there is plenty of solid reasoning. I grew up listening to Michael Schenker, along with each and every vocalist here, from Joe Lynn Turner to Tim “Ripper” Owens and I immensley appreciate each and every one of their respective talents. Truth be told, this album is about Rock, Hard Rock and Metal coming together as one impressive Classic Rock family. Metal be thy name. – Stone
- Out In The Fields – feat. Gary Barden (4:27)
- Save Yourself – feat. Robin McAuley (5:58)
- Doctor Doctor – feat. Jeff Scott Soto (6:08)
- War Pigs – feat. Tim “Ripper” Owens (7:27)
- Finding My Way – feat. Sebastian Bach (5:20)
- All Shook Up – feat. Joe Lynn Turner (4:25)
- Blood Of The Sun – feat. Leslie West (3:55)
- Money – feat. Tommy Shaw (6:06)
- I’m Not Talking – feat. Mark Slaughter (4:13)
- Hair Of The Dog – feat. Paul Di’Anno (4:14)
- I Don’t Live Today – feat. Sebastian Bach (3:54)
- Politician – feat. Jeff Pilson (5:12)
- Doctor Doctor – (instrumental) (6:14)
- War Pigs – (Instrumental) (7:49)
* This album was released on March 28, 2014, via Collectors Dream Records, outside of North America.
You can pre-order Michael Schenker & Friends – Blood Of The Sun at Amazon.com, by clicking that huge link below! Whoa!
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LONG LIVE MICHAEL SCHENKER.
LONG LIVE METAL.
LONG LIVE ROCK ‘N ROLL.
LONG LIVE COLLECTORS DREAM RECORDS.