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Revelation Limited Gatefold Vinyl 2LP Set

by Michael Schenker Fest

Release Date: 20 September 2019

Format: LP Double Vinyl

Label: Nuclear Blast

£21.49

Michael Schenker Fest Revelation Limited Gatefold Vinyl 2LP Set

Overview:

“There is a deep meaning in the title and album cover of the new Michael Schenker Fest album “Schenker says. “It illustrates my musical life at a glance with much to be revealed .Because of that I called the album Revelation.”
Michael Schenker is a legendary figure in rock, one of the most gifted and influential guitarists of all time. His work with Scorpions, UFO and the Michael Schenker Group made him a hero to millions of fans and inspired a generation of musicians, including Steve Harris of Iron Maiden, Kirk Hammett of Metallica, and Slash of Guns N’ Roses. And with Michael Schenker Fest, an ambitious and unorthodox project featuring four singers with whom he has worked since 1979 – Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet, Robin McAuley and Doogie White – the drive to create new music is based on the same ethos that has shaped Schenker’s whole career, ever since he recorded his first album ‘Lonesome Crow’ with the Scorpions in 1970 at age 15.
Emotions were running high during the making of ‘Revelation’. On January 19, 2019, just a month before Ted McKenna was scheduled to record his drums he passed away at the age of 68. McKenna had first played for Schenker way back in 1982 on the Michael Schenker Group’s album ‘Assault Attack’, on which McKenna was reunited with another former member of The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, bassist Chris Glen. McKenna and Glen had also served as the rhythm section on the first Michael Schenker Fest album, Resurrection, released by Nuclear Blast in 2018. Schenker says of the blueprint for Revelation: “We had the Resurrection album as a reference, but this time I wanted more songs with all the singers, and I had a big list of guests I wanted on the album.But because we had our hands full trying to finish the album on deadline, we ended up with only one guest – which was (current Rainbow vocalist) Ronnie Romero.”
In the wake of McKenna’s passing, the Revelation album was completed with two different fantastic drummers, both trusted friends of Schenker’s. Simon Phillips had played on the Michael Schenker Group’s self-titled debut album from 1980, and in a long and distinguished career has also worked with Jeff Beck, Mike Oldfield, The Who and Toto. The other drummer on Revelation is Bodo Schopf, who was a member of the McAuley Schenker Group, fronted by Robin McAuley, in the late ’80s. “Energy and emotion are words that Michael Schenker keeps coming back to, and those qualities run deep in ‚Revelation“, from the first song and single „Rock Steady“, an anthem lit up by those four great voices, all the way through to the finale „Ascension“, an archetypal Schenker instrumental in the tradition of his 1980 tour de force „Into The Arena“. Schenker sums it up simply: “I always wanted fulfilment over fame. For me it was all about being myself. It was about the pure joy in playing guitar. And after all these years, it still is.”

Featured Tracks:

Side: 1

1. Rock Steady (feat. Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet, Robin McAuley & Doogie White)
2. Under a Blood Red Sky (feat. Doogie White)
3. Silent Again (feat. Robin McAuley)
4. Sleeping with the Light on (feat. Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet, Robin McAuley & Doogie White)

Side: 2

1. The Beast in the Shadows (feat. Graham Bonnet)
2. Behind the Smile (feat. Doogie White)
3. Crazy Daze (feat. Gary Barden)
4. Lead You Astray (feat. Robin McAuley)

Side: 3

1. We Are the Voice (feat. Ronnie Romero)
2. Headed for the Sun (feat. Graham Bonnet)
3. Old Man (feat. Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet, Robin McAuley & Doogie White)
4. Still in the Fight (feat. Graham Bonnet)
5. Ascension

Side: 4

1. Armed and Ready (Live)
2. Bad Boys (Live)
3. Rock Bottom (Live)

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