Rock You To The Ground - Michael Schenker 's finest solo

ungarn

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Clearly not the finest song...but the outro solo to Rock You to the Ground features Michael Schenker's best playing. It is a tasteful assembly of nearly all his signature playing elements:

1. Harmonized lines
2. Wild vibrato
3. Classically inspired flurries
4. Wah
5. Changing pickups and tones
6. Legato, speedy lines
7. Bluesy phrasing
8. Raucous bends
9. Melodic passages
10. Refers/incorporates main riff

Enjoy...and discuss!
 

Go Cat Go!!

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I think not. Off that album Captain Nemo is his best work. Mostly cause of no Graham Bonnet.

Damn - Freeking Graham Bonnet has never heard of dynamics. He has to scream/screech everything at 10.

Rock Bottom or Lights Out off SItN are very hard to top.
 

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I'd have to count this as one of Mike's best, as far as MSG material is concerned:

 

Bezzy

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Clearly not the finest song...but the outro solo to Rock You to the Ground features Michael Schenker's best playing. It is a tasteful assembly of nearly all his signature playing elements:

1. Harmonized lines
2. Wild vibrato
3. Classically inspired flurries
4. Wah
5. Changing pickups and tones
6. Legato, speedy lines
7. Bluesy phrasing
8. Raucous bends
9. Melodic passages
10. Refers/incorporates main riff

Enjoy...and discuss!
It is killer stuff, great album. He really digs in on this.
 

TheJudge

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Finest solo? Wow, how could you pick one as his finest? Michael Schenker was a HUGE influence on my playing, and there are so many great solos of his, live and recorded. It's been a while since I heard Assault Attack, so thanks for sharing this. Cool stuff!
 

ungarn

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Oh...Rock Bottom is probably my fave...and you are right...no Graham Bonnett should have been criteria!
 

6Tones

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There are so many great solos from the MSG era.
If I was forced to pick one it would be this : 2:30
 

tonefinger

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I think not. Off that album Captain Nemo is his best work. Mostly cause of no Graham Bonnet.

Damn - Freeking Graham Bonnet has never heard of dynamics. He has to scream/screech everything at 10.

Rock Bottom or Lights Out off SItN are very hard to top.
What???? Graham Bonnett was the best singer Schenker ever worked with. Assault Attack is by far his best record, besides the UFO records.
 

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What???? Graham Bonnett was the best singer Schenker ever worked with. Assault Attack is by far his best record, besides the UFO records.
I think the first Michael Schenker Group record is far superior, personally, but I don't think AA sucks, either--I like it better than the 2nd record, MSG, though. I like Bonnett OK--Barden was a little weak, Bonnett maybe a little too strong.
 

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@ 2:12 , then 3:30
Awful record, but Schenker played great on this track and "Good Rockin' Tonight".

Schenker was in top form in the McAuley-Schenker days, but you'll be hard pressed to find a good song... Releases since than are so dated...

So, I'd have to vote for his 1st solo disc ("Feels Like a Good Thing", etc.) as well as the 2nd MSG record ("On and On", etc.). Very inconsistent tune and performance-wise (story of his career), but some highlights.

I had a hard time w/ the production on Assault Attack and Built to Destroy.

Bonnett could be very impressive in short bits on record, but has he ever fared well live? Same deal w/ Gary Barden. Best singers Schenker worked w/ were in his youth: Meine & Mogg.

YMMV...
 

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What???? Graham Bonnett was the best singer Schenker ever worked with. Assault Attack is by far his best record, besides the UFO records.
Bonnett on record was pretty cool, but live the guy stinks to high heaven.
Assault Attack is my personal fav of all of Schenker's albums, but that's mostly due to the songs, playing and production. I would have much rather heard Gary Barden sing those songs.
 
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One of his very, very best solos, no doubt about it. I like it because it's fairly brief, it doesn't meander. I like solos that deliver the message swiftly and to the point.

Bonnet's also great here, but he's not the subtlest of singers. Back then, he really was one of the best singers in rock, amazing range and power. The first Alcatrazz album is a great showcase, both for Bonnet but also for the young Malmsteen, 19 at the time.

Unfortunately, Bonnet didn't do much touring with Schenker before he got replaced. Granted, he doesn't have the greatest live reputation, but I still would've loved to have heard him sing those songs live, preferably on a good day.
 

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I think AA is a very special album. The recording and mixing is fantastic. The sound and vibe on the album is like nothing else I have ever heard. I like his first solo album the best but I would rate this up with his best work and Graham's voice on the album was the best I have ever heard him sing. I don't think Bonnet ever recorded a vocal performance better than on this album. The drum sound and playing kills, the bass playing is sick.
It's a ****ing musical masterpiece in my opinion.
 

Go Cat Go!!

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Holy Cow!! There's Graham Bonnet fans?? I joke, I joke!

For MSG stuff I have always liked System Failing - for all the reasons already mentioned. Here it is with Gary Barden.

 

Bezzy

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Holy Cow!! There's Graham Bonnet fans?? I joke, I joke!

For MSG stuff I have always liked System Failing - for all the reasons already mentioned. Here it is with Gary Barden.

Yep Graham Bonnet the Heavy metal version of James Dean.
Barden was great with Schenker, its just his voice started to go and I think thats the only reason he was replaced.
 




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