Sunday, May 22, 2016

Review - "On A Mission. Live in Madrid" Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock (inakustik 2016)

Recorded at Joy Eslava in Madrid Spain on Nov 19th, 2015 On A Mission is a great musical document of an amazing band pulling out all the stops. And what a band. Of course you have the mighty Michael Schenker doing what he does best plus the soaring vocals of Doogie White. Add to that the extremely well oiled rhythm section of Herman Rarebell and Francis Bucholz and you have the making for a night of great music. However they go one step further with the added musical chops from Wayne Findlay. Besides being able to bask in the glory of Michael's superb playing one great thing about this video is that we can really see what Wayne brings to the band on both eight string guitar and keyboards. When I had talked to Michael a few years back he was singing the praises of Wayne's talents but this video really brings it into sharp perspective.

The setlist is pretty much flawless with track from Temple of Rock, UFO, and the Scorpions. 22 tracks in all and all of them are delivered with high intensity. We are talking over two hours of Schenker here and that's not a bad thing. And I gotta say the audio quality is spot on. The mix on this thing is perfect.

This killer set is available in several formats including DVD, Blu-ray, and CD. There's also a Limited Deluxe Edition with 2 Blu-ray discs and 2 CDS. This gets you more bonus content including some sweet insight into Michael's guitars. It is of course also available as a digital download.

All in all there's nothing bad I can say about this release except maybe it just leaves us waiting anxiously for the next Temple of Rock release. I hear you. Is it really that good? Well let me put it this way. I watched the whole thing and then I immediately watched it again and I was still just as mesmerized as I was on the first play.

Go get yourself a copy of On A Mission Live in Madrid it's well worth your metal dollar.

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