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The Michael Schenker Group (album)

The Michael Schenker Group
Studio album by Michael Schenker Group
Released August 1980
Recorded Wessex Studios, London, May - July 1980
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 39:28
Label Chrysalis
Producer Roger Glover
Michael Schenker Group chronology
The Michael Schenker Group
Michael Schenker chronology
The Michael Schenker Group
Singles from The Michael Schenker Group
  1. "Armed and Ready / Bijou Pleasurette"
    Released: August 1980
  2. "Cry for the Nations / Into the Arena (live)"
    Released: October 1980
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic [1]
Martin Popoff [2]

The Michael Schenker Group is the first album by the hard rock band Michael Schenker Group.

Made #1 on KTUH's charts on the week of September 29, 1980.[3]

The song "Armed and Ready" is featured in the video game Guitar Hero: Metallica.


  • Track listing 1
    • 2009 Reissue bonus tracks 1.1
  • Personnel 2
    • Original album 2.1
      • Michael Schenker Group 2.1.1
      • Session musicians 2.1.2
      • Production 2.1.3
    • 1979 demos on 2009 reissue 2.2
  • Charts 3
  • References 4

Track listing

All songs written by Michael Schenker and Gary Barden unless otherwise noted.

Side one
  1. "Armed and Ready" - 4:05
  2. "Cry for the Nations" - 5:08
  3. "Victim of Illusion" - 4:41
  4. "Bijou Pleasurette" (Schenker) - 2:16
  5. "Feels Like a Good Thing" - 3:44
Side two
  1. "Into the Arena" (Schenker) - 4:10
  2. "Looking Out from Nowhere" - 4:28
  3. "Tales of Mystery" - 3:16
  4. "Lost Horizons" - 7:04

2009 Reissue bonus tracks

  1. "Just a Lover" (demo) - 4:34
  2. "Looking Out from Nowhere" (demo) - 5:13
  3. "Get Up and Get Down" (demo) - 3:59
  4. "After Midnight" (demo) - 4:31
  5. "Breakout" (demo) - 4:42
  6. "Cry for the Nations" (radio edit) - 3:35
  7. "Armed and Ready" (live at the Manchester Apollo) - 4:40
  8. "Into the Arena" (live at the Hammersmith Odeon, London)


Original album

Michael Schenker Group

Session musicians


  • Roger Glover - producer
  • Jeremy Allom, Gareth Edwards - engineers

1979 demos on 2009 reissue


Year Chart Peak position Sales Weeks on Chart
1980 UK[4] 8 - 8
1980 Japan 59 12,600 7
1980 US[5] 100 - -


  1. ^ Hinds, Andy. "Michael Schenker The Michael Schenker Group review".  
  2. ^  
  3. ^ [2] KTUH FM Honolulu - Charts - September 29th, 1980. URL:
  4. ^ "Michael Schenker Group chart stats". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 2012-07-31. Retrieved 2011-06-19. 
  5. ^ "The Michael Schenker Group Billboard Albums".  
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