Written in the Sand

Written in the Sand is the eighth full-length studio album recorded by the various M.S.G. lineups, the first group effort after the McAuley Schenker era. Re-energized by the short-lived reunion with UFO and by the recording of Walk on Water, Michael Schenker collected yet another group of players, composed of Leif Sundin on vocals, Shane Gaalaas on drums, and Barry Sparks on bass.

Written in the Sand
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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 28, 1996
StudioRumbo Recorders, Canoga Park, California
The Sound Lab and Phase Four, Tempe, Arizona
GenreHard rock
Length51:03
LabelPositive Energy Records
Zero Corporation (Japan)
ProducerRon Nevison
Michael Schenker Group chronology
Rock Will Never Die
(1984)
Written in the Sand
(1996)
The Michael Schenker Story Live
(1997)
Michael Schenker chronology
Walk on Water
(1995)
Written in the Sand
(1996)
The Michael Schenker Story Live
(1997)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars [1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal6/10[2]

Track listingEdit

All music by Michael Schenker, all lyrics by Leif Sundin.

  1. "Brave New World" - 4:14
  2. "Cry No More" - 5:18
  3. "I Believe" - 5:48
  4. "Back to Life" - 6:12
  5. "Written in the Sand" - 3:28
  6. "Essenz" (instrumental) - 5:21
  7. "Love Never Dies" - 5:45
  8. "I Will Be There" - 5:03
  9. "Take Me Through the Night" - 6:08
  10. "Down the Drain" - 3:46
  11. "Sweet Cool Kiss of Night" (bonus track) - 4:30

Japanese editionEdit

  1. "Brave New World" - 4:14
  2. "Essenz" (instrumental) - 5:21
  3. "Cry No More" - 5:18
  4. "Back to Life" - 6:12
  5. "Written in the Sand" - 3:28
  6. "Love Never Dies" - 5:45
  7. "I Will Be There" - 5:03
  8. "Take Me Through the Night" - 6:08
  9. "Down the Drain" - 3:46
  10. "I Believe" - 5:48
  11. "Into The Arena" (live bonus track) - 3:56
  12. "Cry For The Nations" (live bonus track) - 5:37

PersonnelEdit

Band membersEdit

Additional musiciansEdit

  • Claude Gaudette - keyboards

ProductionEdit

ChartsEdit

Year Chart Peak position Sales Weeks on Chart
1996 Japan[3] 22 39,900 4

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Anderson, Jason. "Michael Schenker Group Written in the Sand review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-08-02.
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 August 2007). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 3: The Nineties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 386. ISBN 978-1-894959-62-9.
  3. ^ マイケル・シェンカー リトゥン・イン・ザ・サンド (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2011-08-03.