“How Long” appears in two versions, the second as a “3 generations guitar battle” with Leslie West and Michael Amott, but both versions are very catchy, but this is a description that can be applied to many of these tracks. You can always tell when an album hits the mark when you find yourself singing along to yourself all day after listening to it. It’s also always good to see Robin McAuley reunited with the band, I always felt the McAuley Schenker Group incarnation was always unfairly overlooked, and he appears on “Lover’s Sinfony” (although of course many of the old vocalists, including McAuley, appeared on 2006’s “Tales of Rock ‘n’ Roll”).
A review cannot be complete without at least a mention of the intro, by a certain William Shatner. At first it seems a bizarre and completely crazy thing to be on the album, but becomes a little more understandable when your tie it in with Schenker’s contribution to a track on Shatner’s recent album “Seeking Major Tom”.
So in summary, an unexpectedly solid, full on, album after perhaps a few years of Schenker going through the motions, showcasing one of the most accomplished guitarists back at the top of his game backed up by a veritable embarrassment of riches in band members.
Michael Schenker – Guitar
Michael Voss – Vocals
Herman Rarebell – Drums
Pete Way – Bass
Wayne Findlay – Keyboards
Additional Vocals: Robin McAuley, Doogie White. Additional Guitar: Rudolph Schenker. Additional Guitars on “Guitar Battle”: Michael Amott, Leslie West. Additional Keyboards: Don Airey, Paul Raymond. Additional Bass: Chris Glen, Neil Murray, Elliott “Dean” Rubinson. Additional Drums: Carmine Appice, Simon Phillips, Chris Slade, Brian Tichy.
- Intro (speech performed by William Shatner)
- How Long (with Simon Philips/Neil Murray)
- Fallen Angel
- Hanging On (with Paul Raymond/Rudolph Schenker)
- The End Of An Era (with Carmine Appice/Elliot Rubinson/Don Airey)
- Miss Claustrophobia
- With You (with Paul Raymond/Rudolph Schenker)
- Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead (with Doogie White/Brian Tichy/ Elliot Rubinson)
- Storming In (with Chris Slade/Chris Glenn)
- Scene Of Crime (Michael Schenker on flute!)
- Saturday Night
- Lovers’ Sinfony (with Robin McAuley)
- Speed (with Chris Slade/Chris Glenn)
- How Long (3 generations guitar battle version, with Leslie West/Michael Amott/Simon Philips/Neil Murray)
- Remember (bonus track, with Carmine Appice/Elliot Rubinson)
- Miss Claustrophobia (radio edit, bous track)