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Impact Albums: M.S.G- One Night At The Budokan(1982)


Micheal Schenker splits from UFO and puts together back in 1980 a first for me and that would be the word Supergroup!

Ok maybe not the ultimate supergroup per se. But at the time snagging the Late Great Cozy Powell(RIP) as well as bringing along ex-UFO homeboy Paul Raymond were names I knew. Basssit Chris Glenn (Alex Harvey Band) and a singer I had never heard of and that would be Gary Barden round out MSG,

A fellow I went to Highschool with named Pizza Thief ( a long story which I have written about before) bought this album on import and when I heard it for the first time(1982) It blew my mind!

All the songs on here are pure gold as when MSG hit Japan in 1981 they recorded a Double Live Entree at the famous Budokan…

One Night At The Budokan has some of Micheal’s most excellent songwriting and guitar playing! When you have Cozy Powell backing you up and slamming those drums into submission behind you it gets no better than that!

I love the opening of this album as you here the opening classical taped music being drowned out by a power blast of sonic chaos of MSG and they head right into Armed & Ready. Schenker is on fire right out of the gate and his playing is flawless on this album.

Micheal had one album out at the time (The Micheal Schenker Group-1980)  so when MSG headed to Japan  after recording their second album the brilliant MSG(1981). The new album  hadn’t been released yet but most of it was played that August night back in 81!

Attack of the Mad Axman is one of my fav’s from the Mikey catalogue as vocalist Gary Barden sings the tale of the Axman sneaking around the back streets and what not but where this song picks up total steam is at the end as Powell and Schenker lift off and Micheal solo’s like there is no tomorrow! Pure class….

Like the feel of this album as you can hear them tuning between tracks as Barden intro’s the next song…

13 tracks on the original release! Cry For The Nations/On And On/But I Want More just to name a few and when this album was expanded in 2009 the 11 minute Cozy Powell drum solo was added as were  a few instrumentals…..

Having x-UFO sidekick Raymond along for the ride adding rhythm guitar/keys and backing vocals was an added plus. Never Trust A Stranger is the lone like ballad on this album (written by Raymond) yet once again Powell drives the engine that pushes this tune along nicely and not wussing it out…

Speaking of UFO the great Doctor Doctor track is the lone leftover UFO track that MSG play rather relying on their two studio albums release’s to let people know they were here to stay…

Ummm,yeah about that here to stay part….

Sadly this band imploded right after this release….

Raymond left to form Waysted with another X-UFO’er Pete Way. Gary Barden as well left to be replaced by Graham Bonnet for Micheals excellent 1982 release Assault Attack. Cozy Powell left after an argument in the demo stages of Assault Attack while Bassist Chris Glenn was the only fella to remain with Micheal!

Make no mistake though as when it comes to Budokan albums everyone and their dog knows about Cheap Tricks Budokan  but if you’re wanting to dive into some other Budokan albums check this one out!

For myself I can listen to this album still to this day! There is not a dud  track on here. MSG is an awesome listen. Period!

How many times have I been Schenked!

First got this recorded on cassette tape courtesy of Pizza Thief(1982). Purchased on single CD in 1992(found it in Winnipeg) Bought the deluxe version on iTunes(2009)



Cheap Trick/ Dream Police(1979)

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As many of you now know late 1979 and heading into 1980 Kiss and Cheap Trick were my super duper fav acts! While we all know (except for me at the time)that Kiss’ career was starting to downward spiral Cheap Trick on the other hand were on top of the world so to speak!

Tricks Live At The Budokan blew the doors off many a stereo speaker in many a household back in 1979 so much so that the record company suits had to sit on Dream Police for a year as it was finished but as Budokan was selling zillions of copies Dream Police was not released until the Budokan album slowed down. It must have been a good feeling for those wacky Tricksters to know they had a completely finished album in the can and didn’t have to worry about anything other than playing I Want You To Want Me to screaming chicks while cashing some big paycheques along the way….

Dream Police when it was released i was onboard and this was my first Trick studio album and second owned Trick(Budokan of course being the first!) album.

I loved Cheap Tricks deal i mean you had the two cool rock guys out front! That being Robin Zander(lead vocals and guitar) and Tom Petersson (bass)…

Than you had the two geeks in the dressed up nerd Rick Nielsen(guitar) and chain Smokin drummer who looks like he’s selling real estate Bun E Carlos(drums)…

Say what Ya want but the 2 geeks and the 2 cool dudes could play and write real catchy hard rock pop ditties…

Dream Police is that album….a well written slab of hard rock tunes crafted and performed well and to this day this album is still a solid ball of rock! Love the gatefold sleeve and lyrics included! These guys knew how to package a rock record!

Ello Kiddies…….

DREAM POLICE-well even if your not a ol school Tricker you know this tune and it’s the title and lead off track and the Tricks lay down the law! Big sweeping driving tune mixed with the synth that propels the song along at a nice clip! Rick Neilsen the dorkie looking guitarist could write great songs and up to this point he was doing just that! Of course having a great vocalist in Robin Zander also helps! Zander for me is the reason I have always liked Trick! Dream Police the song here has that middle part with just Nielsen yapping and playing the creepy part of a creeper while Tom drives the bass and well poor Nielsen he gets persecuted by the judge an jury and before he’s hauled off to the clink he wobbles out a classic guitar solo. The song ends with big bombastic symphony like sounds while Bun E plows the song forward on his drums! Watch the clip I posted of the Tricks playing Dream Police live on there 1980 Tour! The sound is raw,loud and it’s real cool it’s filmed in black n white! Crank it! Bonus points for Bun E sporting a double bass kit and smoking ..hahahaha…

WAY OF THE WORLD-It’s  The Way Of The World! This is a great song with real good  verses and a real good chorus! They even have symphonic like strings weaving in and out to enhance the sound! Driving tempo keeps the album moving on all cylinders!

THE HOUSE IS ROCKIN(Domestic Disturbance)-“He Said…She Said” The House is Rockin indeed! The guitar drives this tune along with the drums while the bass jives  up and down the neck!  It’s a good rocking number! Straight ahead late night rock romper with all the trimmings of a hard rockers delight with a great chorus and vocal by Zander!

GONNA RAISE HELL-9 minutes of Tom Peterssons 4 or is 8 or is it 12 string Hamer Bass that he fuzzes the vinyl grooves out at the beginning of the song when he’s locked in tight with Bun E on the drums! I think when i got this album back in 79 I had never heard a studio song so long  before in my life! Of course later on in life thru the help of my old friend John Young I learnt that Zep,Floyd and Skynryd and others did do over 9 minutes tunes but hey folks at the time I was (age 13)subscribing to the Kiss Army where the direct order was tunes no longer than 3.5 minutes and they could only be done long if they were in a live album entailing a drunk guitar solo(Shock Me/Kiss Alive 2) or  a coked induced drum solo(100,000 Years/Kiss Alive or God Of Thunder/Kiss Alive 2) take Yer pick! Gonna Raise Heeeeeeeell sings Robin and he sings it in different tones and man i dig the bass on this song! Tom Weman produced this album and of course he did those Crue albums in the 80s that sound like crap but man on Dream Police,Tommys cooking the sonics nicely….

I’LL BE WITH YOU TONIGHT-this is a great never talked about track than again these guys have a ton of these songs as everyone always focuses on I Want You To Want Me all the time fair enough but dig deeper into then archives of the Cheap and that’s no Trick!

VOICES-a smattering of Voices start well Voices! Slow strummer of a song and this is where Zander pulls off the double duty of not only singing straight ahead rockers but mid tempoish tunes! Voices has a nice blend of acoustic,electric,pedal steel mixed in the back,strings and the song is not wimpy as Bun E floats the boat with his drums!

WRITING ON THE WALL-Trick ramps it up and this is a ass kicker of a track! Wowzers even Trick name drop Canada in the tune along with the Midwest and well of course Tokyo and lookie lookie they even sample there opening of the Budokan album during the middle of the tune! Snappy tune many a time change and toss in some percussion at the end!

I KNOW WHAT I WANT-Bass guy Tom takes the lead vocal on this track and it ramps up in the chorus when Robin joins in and hey we got some handclaps going on in them sonics! This is a good song. Tom has a different kinda vocal while Rick peels off a nice solo…

NEED YOUR LOVE- this tune made its debut on the Budokan album. This song builds off of Buns drums and the guitars along with Toms fuzzed up 12 string Hamer bass and Zander delivers a real great vocal! Need your love……looooooooooooove! The song as I had mentioned builds up to a huge jam out rock n sock em jam out! Ricks out of control at the end while the rest of the guys hold it down …song ramps up..chills out Ramps up….a classic!

IN CONCLUSION-Dream Police just flat out rocks! Too many people got hooked on the opening tune man get past it as there are many a Gems on here! Trick delivers all the goods here and check back on Friday when I spitball in words out another Trick album that is soooooooo good that many don’t know of it’s existence!