Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock - 'Spirit On A Mission'


THE BAND:

Michael Schenker - guitars
Wayne Findlay - bass & keyboards
Doogie White - vocals
Herman Rarebell - drums
Francis Buchholz - bass





TRACK FRAGMENT:
1.) " Live And Let Live" - This track opens with four blues riffs.  For these four riffs there are two different rhythm guitar riffs.  After the blues riffs.  Michael kicks-in an electric guitar arrangement.  It is also at this time the rest of the band kicks-in.  Doggie's vocals match Michael's playing perfectly.  After the second pre-chorus the chorus kicks-in.  After the first chorus there was a major lead guitar solo.  Michael changes the lead guitar solo sound three different times.  There was a couple rhythm guitar riffs connecting the lead guitar solo with the musical verse.  At the end of each verse Doogie double-tracked the last lyric line.  After the second chorus Michael plays a major lead guitar solo over the top of the coda.                     
2.) "Communion" - This track opens with a very simple rhythm guitar riff.  After the first riff a minor lead guitar solo kicks-in.  In between every lyric line of the verse there was several lead guitar licks.  For the pre-chorus Michael tweaked the rhythm guitar riff instead of actually changing in.  Doogie's hooks of the chorus gave the song a very nice sound.  There were several lead guitar licks underneath a seperate rhythm guitar arrangement connecting the first chorus with the second verse.

3.) "Vigilante Man" - This track opens with a Doogie White lead vocal line before going into the opening chorus.  There was a small rhythm change for the musical verse.  Every other lyric line was double-tracked.  After the second chorus the bad shows the music down for a small breakdown that leads intro the second chorus.  After the third chorus there was a major lead guitar solo section.  Underneath the third verse Michael plays a few lead guitar licks.  The coda consisted of several choruses scattered out with minor lead guitar solo.
4.) "Rock City" - This track opens with a very intense musical intro.  The band used the same rhythm arrangement for the musical verse as the one for the intro.  There was a few lead guitar licks connecting the musical verse with the musical chorus.  The chorus was very reminiscent to early MSG.  There was a couple lead guitar licks connecting the first chorus with the second.  After the second chorus there was a very cool Schenker lead guitar solo.  After the second chorus there was a couple lead guitar licks connecting it to the third chorus.  Undernath the fourth chorus Michael plays several lead guitar licks.
5.) "Saviour Machine" - Mike opens this intro with a pick slide.  There was a vocal accent over the top of the intro arrangement.  Mike's guitar riffs over the top of the intro were amazing.  The band used the same rhythm guitar arrangement for the verse as the one for the intro section. There were several lead guitar licks underneath the second chorus.  After the second chorus there was a breakdown section that lead to a very melodic lead guitar solo.  It seems Michael's lead guitar solo goes on forever.  Underneath the chorus repeats Michael plays several lead guitar notes.
6.) "Something Of The Night" - This track opens with a minor solo over the top of an intro arrangement.  The drum line of the intro and musical verse was done with a double-bass drum pattern.  The musical verse consisted of two different rhythm arrangement.  The musical chorus consisted of the same rhythm arrangement as the intro section.  After the second chorus there was two different lead guitar solos.  This was an amazing Michael/Doogie song.
7.) "All Our Yesterdays" - This track opened with a lead guitar riff.  As it progressed a second rhythm guitar kicks-in.  The band used the same rhythm arrangement for the musical verse as the one for the intro.  There was an arrangement change for the musical pre-chorus.  To connect the pre-chorus with the chorus there was a small musical rest.  After the chorus there was a keyboard arrangement that lead to the lead guitar solo section of the song.  The double-bass drum pattern of this track was very cool.  Over the top of the coda Michael plays a minor lead guitar solo underneath the lyric lines.
8.) "Bulletproof" - This track opens with a drum solo that leads into a very short intro.  There was an arrangement change for the musical chorus.  The pre-chorus had a huge hook attached to it.  The musical and lyrical chorus was amazing.  After the first chorus there was a lead guitar solo.  In between the two electric solo there was an acoustic lead guitar solo.  The solo's made this track!!!!
9.) "Let The Devil Scream" - This track opened with a keyboard arrangement.  The main intro consisted of a mean Schenker rhythm guitar riff over the top of a bass drum kick.  There was a minor lead guitar solo connecting the intro with the musical verse.  In between each lyric line Michael plays little lead licks.  The pre-chorus consisted of a rhythm guitar change.  There was a minor solo connecting the pre-chorus with the chorus.  Underneath the chorus Michael plays little lead runs.  There was a lead guitar solo after the first chorus.  Scattered throughout the second verse there were little Michael Schenker licks.  There was a minor lead guitar solo underneath the choruses of the coda.
10.) "Good Times" -There was a minor lead guitar solo over the top of this intro section.  There was an arrangement change for the musical verse.  The musical verse consisted of two different rhythm guitar arrangements.  The choruses though short were huge!!!  After the second chorus there was a slowed down lead guitar solo.  As the solo progressed it build with speed.  The last half of the solo was a twin lead guitar solo.  Michael plays a minor solo underneath the coda of the chorus.
11.) "Restless Heart" - This intro opened with an intense rhythm guitar riff over the top of a snare drum fill. There was a lead vocal accent connecting this musical arrangement with the main intro section.  The band used basically the same rhythm arrangement for they same musical verse as the one for the intro.  After the second chorus there was a lead guitar solo.  There was a snare drum fill connecting the musical chorus with the third verse.  Michael plays a minor lead guitar solo underneath the vocal lines of the chorus of the coda.
12.) "Wicked" -This track opens with two rhythm guitar riffs seperated by a musical rest.  After the two riffs the band kicks-in a second rhythm guitar arrangement.  There was no rhythm change for the musical intro as the one for the musical verse.  The rhythm guitar change does not happen until the chorus.  After the second chorus there was a lead guitar solo.  Doogie's vocals wee amazing!!!!  The coda consisted of a minor lead guitar solo.    
13.) "Yin & Yang" - instrumental

 

            'Spirit On A Mission' is the third release from Michael Schenker's latest project called Temple Of Rock.  The Temple Of Rock band features ex-Scorpions drummer Herman Rarebell and bassist Francis Buchhholz, ex-Rainbow vocalist Doogie White along with longtime MSG rhythm guitarist Wayne Findley.
     'Spirit On A Mission' features twelve classic Schenker guitar driven tracks.  That highlight some of the most distinctive and dynamic guitar playing that the guitarist has written to date!  This was constructed by the ferocious rhythm section of the former Scorpions members.  This very same rhythm section was the driving force on The Scorpion's 'Lovedrive'.
    Scottish vocalist Doogie White, who co-wrote the album with Schenker, soars across every song, and stamps his personality with every note and phrase, matching Michael's playing style better than most of the vocalists Michael has worked with over the years.
    In all the years since back in Michael's early UFO days I really do not think he has ever sounded better!  His dexterity is just as fast if not faster today as it was in the late sixties and seventies.  'Spirit On A Mission' is a great release and should be bought by all hard rock fans!