This DVD features two supreme performances of the Master of the Flying V, as well as interviews. The track lists include highlights of all stages of Schenker's career: from UFO and Scorpions hits, through MSG classic trac... more »ks, to his solo compositions. Tw« less
"I tought i would never get those two performances of the " master of the flying v" on dvd. i saw those videos but i hope that the dvd has got something else (BETTER SOUND QUALITY OR PICTURE QUALITY - I"M NOT SURE about THAT). what i saw IN THOSE TWO VIDEOS WERE "live in tokyo 1997" that has only one camera "shot". the sound quality was average and the next video that called " the unforgiven world tour , japan 2000" has better sound quality . i hope this original release has better sound quality. but this is a must have for any fan...."as is..." and you will get here two performances you only had dreamed you would get those . take it now in special price and you will get songs from The Michael Schenker Story Live video and the bonus show footage is an excerpt from the Michael Schenker Live in Japan - unfogiven world tour (video). Both videos were released from Michael's own label (MSR) michael schenker - lead/acoustic guitars ,backing vocals david van landing , barry sparks - bass , backing vocals seth bernstein - rhythm /acoustic guitars /keyboards and hane gaalaas on drums + leif sundin - vocals /rythm and acoustic guitars + also included desktop images and weblinks,26-minute interview in which Michael talks about his career, 5.1 Surround Sound.
THE STORY LIVE FEATURES THE HIGHLIGHTS OF ALL STAGES OF SCHENKER CARREER FROM : UFO, SCORPIONS AND MSG CLASSIC TRACKS!!!
The Michael Schenker Story Live, recorded in Tokyo, March 19th, 1997: ( tracklist were taken from all the websites )
1. In the Search of the Peace of Mind (Scorpions) 2. Doctor Doctor (UFO) 3. Let it Roll (UFO) 4. Natural Thing 5. Lights Out (UFO) 6. Only You Can Rock Me (UFO) 7. Another Piece of Meat (Scorpions) 8. Into the Arena (Michael Schenker Group) 9. Are You Ready to Rock (Michael Schenker Group) 10. Assault Attack (Michael Schenker group 11. Captain Nemo (Michael Schenker Group) 12. No Time for Losers (McAuley Schenker Group) 13. Save Yourself (McAuley Schenker Group) 14. All the Way from Memphis (Contraband) 15. Pushed to the Limit (UFO) 16. Written in the Sand (Michael Schenker Group) 17. Back to Life (Michael Schenker Group) 18. Love Never Dies (Michael Schenker Group) 19. Essence (Michael Schenker Group) 20. Never Ending Nightmare (McAuley Schenker Group) 21. Bijou Pleasurette (Michael Schenker Group) 22. Positive Forward (Michael Schenker) 23. Lost Horizon (Michael Schenker Group) 24. Too Hot to Handle (UFO) 25. Attack of the Mad Axeman (Michael Schenker Group) 26. Love to Love (UFO) 27. On and On (Michael Schenker Group) 28. Armed and Ready (Michael Schenker Group) 29. Feels Like a Good Thing (Michael Schenker Group) 30. Rock Bottom (UFO)
Bonus Footage - The Unforgiven World Tour, Japan 2000:
Cry for the Nations, Let Sleeping Dogs Lie, Rock My Nights Away, 3 Fish Dancing, Pilot of Your Soul, In and Out of Time, The Mess I've Made, Hello Angel, Fat City, Looking for Love
Never Ending Nightmare ??? Turn the front camera ON !!!
Luigi | Chi-town USA | 07/08/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Well UFO/MSG/SCORPS fans I just received my DVD and viewed it from start to finish. I have to say I was excited when the announcment of this release was made, hoping that it would be a major upgrade to the other copies being sold online, but... it was not to be.
I HAVE TO RATE THIS IN TWO PARTS PRODUCTION AND PERFORMANCE
First production, ZERO STARS, For all those that have the boot version of this floating around out there online, IT IS THE SAME RELEASE, yes the one where it's shot from one camera in the nose bleed section that's being operated by someone possibly a monkee ??? because all they're capable of doing is zooming in and out at all the wrong moments. And yet no explanation as to why you see a camera in the front row throughout the show sliding from left to right, this is by far the worst display of filming/editing I've seen to date. I did compare my boot version bought online and the picture/sound quality is better on the boot and the boot menu is almost as good as the official release. What a shame this was filmed in Japan right?? The DVD/video equipment technology mecca of the world?? As for the rest of the DVD, The bootleg footage from 2000 UNFG Tour is also poor quality, the extras are nothing special and the interview is the same one from the MSG WWL 2004 DVD, which by the way I'm not sure which audience was in a coma more the Japan or the Poland audience from WWL 2004, COME ON PEOPLE WAKE UP! This is the #1 guitar GOD of the world, Where's the love? Why didn't they film any of the HOB shows in Chicago in recent years? the crowds were in a rabid frenzy from start to finish. Maybe someday the poor overall production of this supposed pro shot show can be explained? It must have been a technical disaster for the front camera footage to be ommitted from the release all together. There should have been a minnimum of eight cameras filming this show.
2nd Performance, This was a historic MSG event/tour it's great to see MS regardless of the quality considering the minnimum quantity of pro shot official release footage available. Undoubtedly he is a genius and every true fan should have a copy of this show documenting the span of his entire career that's why I gave it FOUR stars, after all it is Michael Schenker even on his worst nights he's nothing short of amazing !
As the Mad Axeman always says KEEP ON ROCKING !
Peace Out Flying V Army, Are you Armed and Ready !!!
This is wrong!!!
PATHERSON | 08/29/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"No matter the causes, or the resources of the artist involved, no matter what, an official release of a live concert could never, NEVER, feature a concert filmed using only ONE CAMERA!! This is cheating, this is wrong. I'm a huge fan of Schenker, have almost all of his records (quite a hard work obtaining some of them!), but can't forgive him (or probably his record company) for releasing such a cheap product."
40 songs! But only one camera used!!!!
Triniman | Winnipeg, MB | 08/22/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The Michael Schenker Group - Live in Tokyo 1997. 3.5 / 5 Metal Mind Productions, 236 minutes. released July 12, 2005
Legendary hard rock / metal guitarist Michael Schenker celebrates his 25th anniversary as a recording artist on this 2005 DVD release. Born on January 10, 1955 in Sarstedt, Germany, truly he is one of the chief architects of hard rock and heavy metal and remains a vital guitarist and songwriter. I've never seen him live, mostly due to the fact that he was always overshadowed by the groups that he used to be in and wasn't given a chance to form his own foothold in North America. He's big in Japan, though. I don't recall him every playing my city, Winnipeg.
From reading the back of the DVD case, I was immediately impressed with the huge number of songs included - 40! Schenker was a founding member of The Scorpions and recorded on their 1972 album, Lonesome Crow when he was 15. He then joined the British band UFO from 1973 to 1979, before rejoining the Scorpions for 1979's Lovedrive, and then heading out on a solo career. Schenker's output with UFO coincided with their most popular recordings, including 1977's Lights Out and 1978's Obsession and the massive hit, "Only You Can Rock Me."
Despite the fact the Scorpion' Love Drive album contains several notable tracks, such as "Loving You Sunday Morning", "Coast To Coast", the title track and "Holiday," only "Another Piece of Meat" in included on the DVD.
It's hard to believe that someone of Schenker's status would release such a bush league DVD. What do I mean by that? There's only one camera used to film the 30-song Tokyo concert!!! Sure, it zooms in once in a while, but it's not as good as a full film crew with multiple cameras.
On the plus side, the sound is acceptable. Schenker's guitar is razor sharp and vocalist David Van Landing is clear as a bell. Due to his classical sounds, you can hear why Schenker was an influence on Yngwie Malmsteen. The guitar playing is glorious. Listening to this DVD as I type away or surf the Internet, I feel like I am reliving the glory days of 70's hard rock, before thrash metal came along and placed more emphasis on speed than melody and whose seriousness took the fun out of music. This music "breathes" and feels less congested than much of the metal that came later and I love it! Obvious non-MSG highlights for me include the UFO classics "Doctor Doctor", "Lights Out", "Only You Can Rock Me" and Contraband's "All The Way From Memphis" (a Mott the Hoople cover.) Even when the songs aren't so hot and sound rather like pedestrian hard rock, Schenker's guitar playing drew me in.
I have a wide screen stereo TV but not surround sound decoder so I can't tell how great the sound is, but I think once you're into the music, none of that will really matter.
If you're a fan of Michael Schenker, UFO and The Scorpions, you will want to drop the $18 US price to buy this. How does it compare to last year's "Michael Schenker Group - World Wide Live 2004" DVD? I can't say, since I haven't seen it. That DVD is 105 minutes long and contains 15 tracks along with some interviews. In one interview, Schenker recalls how Chris Logan quit in the middle of a tour and how the group frantically searched for a repalcement for that evening at an Internet cafe, and ended up with Leif Sundin. He flew in and had only 30 minutes to prepare for the show. He sang from sheets and they pulled audience members on stage to sing, in addition to getting the opening band's singer join them, as well. The subsequent shows were better received than the Chris Logan shows. Schenker also spoke about how he was asked to join Ozzy Osbourne's band, right after the death of guitarist Randy Rhoads and how he was asked to audition for the Rolling Stones."
A must for Schenker fans! Includes a bootleg show! BUT...
CQ DX | Ohio, USA | 07/14/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Alas, this DVD is a 'mixed blessing'. On the one hand, there is not much commercial MSG stuff out on DVD, so anything we fans can get our hands on is exciting. There are 2 shows on this DVD, the main 1997 Tokyo live show, and a bootlegged live 2000 Japanese show. Lengthwise, the DVD clocks in at 236 minutes, which includes an excellent interview with Mister Guitar God himself as a 'bonus'. Contentwise, the choice of songs played spans Michael's UFO, Scorpions, and MSG days, which is great. And they play 30 songs to boot for the 1997 show. The 'fly in the ointment' however, is the quality of the video, and the production. Even on his commercially recorded 1997 show, there seems to be only ONE CAMERA! And it is located about 40 rows back! Periodically, the camera does zoom in on band members, including Mike's profile, but it looks unprofessional and a bit distorted and unclear during parts of filming! In fact, at times, the 1997 performance looks almost like the bootlegged 2000 performance, which is INEXCUSABLE for a world class rock band like MSG! Fortunately, the 'saving grace', if you could call it that, is Michael's ungodly and masterful playing itself. The camera shots do, at times, get decent shots of Mike's fretwork and facial expressions, but from a bit of a distance. I almost gave this DVD a 3 star rating because of it's shortcomings, but since there is a dearth of MSG DVD's out there, I bumped it up to a 4. If you are a fan, this is worth purchasing. That said, I am still hopeful that we fans can one day get a much better quality DVD with better camera work, closeups, and overall production quality! Long live Michael Schenker!!!"