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The Chrysalis Years, 1980-1984 Box set, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, Import

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  • Audio CD (March 6 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, Import
  • Label: EMI Import
  • ASIN: B006VUPO8G
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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Disc: 1
1. Armed and Ready (2009
2. Cry for the Nations (2009
3. Victim of Illusion (2009
4. Bijou Pleasurette (2009
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Armed and Ready (Live At the Manchester Apollo) (2009
2. Into the Arena (Live At the Hammersmith Odeon, London) (2009
3. Cry for the Nations (Radio Edit) (2009
4. Let Sleeping Dogs Lie (Sounds Flexi Edit) (2009
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Introduction (Live At the Budokan, Tokyo 12/8/81) (2009
2. Armed and Ready (Live At the Budokan, Tokyo 12/8/81) (2009
3. Cry for the Nations (Live At the Budokan, Tokyo 12/8/81) (2009
4. Attack of the Mad Axeman (Live At the Budokan, Tokyo 12/8/81) (2009
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Assault Attack (2009
2. Rock You to the Ground (2009
3. Dancer (2009
4. Samurai (2009
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 5
1. Still Love That Little Devil (2009
2. Red Sky (2009
3. Time Waits (For No One) (2009
4. Rock Will Never Die (Walk the Stage) (2009
See all 14 tracks on this disc

Product Description

UK five CD set from the guitar hero and former UFO and Scorpions member. After leaving UFO in 1978, legendary guitarist Michael Schenker decided to form his own group - settling on a name that left no confusion about the creative force in the group! Chrysalis Years 1980-1984 collects together all six of Schenker's albums recorded for Chrysalis Records including bonus live tracks and more. Features his eponymous 1980 debut featuring vocalist Gary Barden, 1981's MSG featuring Cozy Powell on drums and UFO's Paul Raymond on keyboards and guitar, and the legendary Japanese double live One Night At Budokan, recorded in Tokyo on MSG's 1981 tour. Released the same year, 1982's Assault Attack was the sole recording to feature former Rainbow vocalist Graham Bonnet, before Barden's return for 1983's Built To Destroy. This set is rounded off by MSG's second live album, Rock Will Never Die which effectively became the swan song for this era of the band. EMI.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xb496be70) out of 5 stars 21 reviews
33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb485b558) out of 5 stars Not A Bad Place To Start, But.... March 18 2012
By The Woj - Published on
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For an introduction into Michael Schenker's early post-UFO career, this release is an excellent and economical place to start. But, due to the fact the live material is nothing special, buying the studio albums with more numerous bonus tracks, original artwork and packaging may be a better option for committed Schenker fans. If you can find the BGO remasters or want to drop the extra cash on the Japanese pressings, they are definitely the way to go.
One last thing. The packaging is TERRIBLE! The cd case is specially designed to hold all 5 discs. It is the old fashioned "fat" double jewel case with 2 additional fold out trays; and it is poorly designed and extremely fragile (The UFO "Chrysalis Years" is the same way). If the case is damaged, good luck finding a replacement. My UFO case arrived with several cracks, but it was still functional. I ordered the Schenker box shown here from Amazon. The item was just placed in an oversized box without any packing material to protect it. The item was just banging around inside an oversized box during shipping. Consequently, every disc had come loose inside and the case was shattered in about 3-4 places. Be very careful where you purchase this and attempt to request an extra layer of protection.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb48b32e8) out of 5 stars Six Classics for the Price of One - Plus an Album's Worth of New Material May 6 2012
By Robert Knowles - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This release contains the first four of Michael's MSG studio albums, together with his first two live MSG albums, together with about an album's worth of previously unreleased or rare material - mostly live. The product is thus unbeatable for value as a place to start if you wish to start collecting Michael's MSG releases. For those who already have most of Michael's work, the album is worth getting for two reasons: (a) the fact that the already-released material is now released here at a higher recording level; and (b) the provision of the album's worth of new material - especially given that the new material is of high quality (mostly MSG live in Manchester, UK, in the early 1980s, when Michael's live performances sometimes have to be heard to be believed!).
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb48bc00c) out of 5 stars Awesome! April 29 2013
By Darrell S. - Published on
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At first I was just a casual Schenker fan, just familiar with the UFO years. This set opened my ears and my mind to some fantastic music that I had overlooked. This is a GREAT collection of music. I hope the post-1984 Schenker releases will be boxed together like this set is. This is a TON of great music for a great price.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb48b3d2c) out of 5 stars Be warned -- the mix is quite different, and songs fade out April 13 2013
By L. LEMKE - Published on
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Five stars because it's MSG and it's priced right.

However, the songs are not mixed the same as what I had been used to hearing (remixed or not), and even some of the CD song listings are different (Built to Destroy). For a good example listen to Dogs of War -- after the first verse/chorus/solo, one of the main guitar parts is pulled way back and then completely drops out when the vocals start again (and after all we're buying this FOR the GUITAR to hear Michael Schenker, no?). The songs often prematurely fade out at the end during a solo we're used to hearing as well, cutting off some iconic and memorable guitar magic. I would not dump your existing versions of the MSG releases and rely on this to be your "keeper", you'd be missing out on too much of what makes MSG so good.

Note: this release is an IMPORT -- so this may be the mix that was released in the UK, it may be different from what was released in the US, and i'm comparing what I've heard and have become used to hearing in Turk's basement while growing up in the US (on albums and then eventually CDs) to this set.

I still highly recommend adding it to your collection, as well as the UFO Chrysalis Years Collection The Chrysalis Years (1973-1979) -- well worth it.

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb489a0f0) out of 5 stars Great Schenker Collection Jan. 2 2013
By frank - Published on
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This is a great introduction to Mr Michael Schenker. If you know any young people that are just learning to play guitar. Do them a favor and introduce them to Mr Schenker. That way they'll know what REAL guitar playing is about.

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