Scorpions – Crazy World (1990)

frontcover1Crazy World is the eleventh studio album by German hard rock band Scorpions, released on November 6, 1990.[5] The album peaked at No. 21 on the Billboard 200 chart for albums in 1991. That same year, the song “Wind of Change” reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100[6] and “Send Me an Angel” reached No. 44 on the same chart.[6] Crazy World was the last album to feature bassist Francis Buchholz, and by that extent, the last to feature the band’s classic lineup. It also has the only Scorpions track to credit Buchholz, “Kicks After Six”. This album was the band’s first album in a decade and a half to not be produced by Dieter Dierks and is widely considered to be the last “classic” Scorpions album. In the UK, it remains the only Scorpions album to attain Silver certification (60,000 units sold) by the British Phonographic Industry, achieving this in November 1991.
“Hit Between the Eyes” was played during the ending credits of the 1992 film Freejack. “Send Me an Angel” was played at the closing scene in an episode of the show Cold Case. “Wind of Change” was also used during the 2009 film Gentlemen Broncos and towards the end of the 2014 film The Interview. (by wikipedia)

After the release of Savage Amusement in 1988, the Scorpions expressed disdain toward the album, feeling that it was too polished when compared to their other work. Their longtime producer, Dieter Dierks, was replaced with well-known rock producer Keith Olsen, who would produce Crazy World and assist in making it one of the Scorpions’ greatest recordings. Their music had certainly changed since Savage Amusement, sounding a little bit heavier and less glamorous. But even with the metal sound, the songs remain melodic and catchy. The power ballads on the album, “Wind of Change” and “Send Me an Angel,” are arguably two of the band’s greatest slow numbers, boasting soothing harmony and lyrics. Crazy World remains the Scorpions’ finest ’90s album and is sure to please its listeners. (by Barry Weber)
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Personnel:
Francis Buchholz (bass, background vocals)
Matthias Jabs (guitar, background vocals)
Klaus Meine (vocals)
Herman Rarebell (drums, background vocals)
Rudolf Schenker (guitar, background vocals)
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Koen van Baal (keyboards on (04.)
Robbie Buchanan (keyboards on 04.)
Jim Vallance (keyboards on 11.)
Michael Thompson (guitar on 04.)
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background vocals:
Claudia Frohling – Tony Ioannoua – Cliff Roles – Jim Lewis – Dries van der Schuyt
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Tracklist:
01. Tease Me Please Me (Meine/Rarebell/Vallance/Jabs) 4.44
02. Don’t Believe Her (Rarebell/Meine/Vallance/R.Schenker) 4.55
03. To Be With You In Heaven (Meine/Schenker  4:48
04. Wind Of Change (Meine) 5.10
05. Restless Nights (Meine/Rarebell/Vallance/R.Schenker) 5:44
06. Lust Or Love (Meine/Rarebell/Vallance) 4.22
07. Kicks After Six (Rarebell/Meine/Vallance/Buchholz)  3.49
08. Hit Between The Eyes”  Rarebell, Meine, Vallance  Schenker  4:33
09. Money And Fame  (Jabs/Rarebell) 5.06
10. Crazy World (Meine/R.Schenker/Rarebell/Vallance) 5.08
11. Send Me An Angel (Meine/Schenker) 4.32
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Scorpions – Tokyo Tapes (1978)

FrontCover1Tokyo Tapes is the first live album by German Rock band Scorpions and their final album released by RCA Records.

Tokyo Tapes includes songs from all Scorpions’ albums released before 1978, which were recorded at Nakano Sun Plaza (Tokyo’s Nakano Ward, Japan) on April 24 and 27, during the band’s Japanese tour in 1978. These shows were guitarist Uli Jon Roth’s last performances with the band, who had announced his departure after the release of the studio album Taken by Force.

The songs “Hell-Cat”, “Catch Your Train” and the Japanese national anthem (“Kimi ga yo”) were also performed during these shows but were not included in the official album. On the 2001 EMI re-mastered CD, “Polar Nights” was omitted so as to fit a single CD, although it was included on the re-mastered version of Taken by Force. The earlier two-CD release, however, is the original album in its entirety. The original release was in August 1978 in Japan only with cover artwork of an embossed platinum Scorpion on a rose as opposed to a live shot of the band when it was eventually released in Europe in late 1978. It was released in January 1979 in the U.S.A..

Roth commented about the recording of the album:

“Tokyo Tapes was a peak time, we have played together for all these years and it all came together at that time. Particularly on the first show, which unfortunately wasn’t recorded. There were three shows in Tokyo, the first one was by far the best, but the second one was good too. Those are the ones on the album, the second and the third that were used. The first one I thought was a lot better and I was disappointed that it wasn’t recorded.” (by wikipedia)

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If you played in a hard rock band during the ’70s, what were you likely to be doing circa 1978? Why, recording a live album, of course. Preferably a double vinyl set, and in Japan to boot. The Scorpions were no exception, and in fact, their Tokyo Tapes were captured only days after Cheap Trick’s At Budokan in April 1978. Though hardly as inspired or successful, the Tokyo Tapes set still serves as an ideal greatest-hits collection of the Scorpions’ first decade. This recording also showcases the spectacular playing (and occasionally, the dreadful singing) of guitarist Uli Jon Roth, who would soon leave the band for a misguided solo career, but displays some jaw-dropping technique here, most notably on the epic “We’ll Burn the Sky.” The rest of the band also puts in competent performances on such early standards as “In Trance,” “Fly to the Rainbow,” and “Speedy’s Coming.” The material on disc one is consistently strong, and though a number of pointless covers (“Houng Dog,” “Long Tall Sally”) and that most dreaded concert spectacle — the drum solo — break the flow on disc two, the band still closes strong with the crowd-pleasing Japanese folk song “Kojo No Tsuki” and frenetic versions of “Dark Lady” and “Robot Man.” Ultimately, if you have any curiosity about the Scorpions’ early material, Tokyo Tapes provides the perfect introduction. (by Eduardo Rivadavia)

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Personnel:
Francis Buchholz (bass, background vocals)
Klaus Meine (vocals)
Herman Rarebell (drums, percussion, background vocals)
Ulrich Roth (guitar, vocals on 04., 09. + 16., background vocals)
Rudolf Schenker (guitar, background vocals)

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Tracklist:
01. All Night Long (Roth/Meine) 3.44
02. Pictured Life (R.Schenker/Meine/Roth) 3-12
03. Backstage Queen (R. Schenker/Meine) 3.44
04. Polar Nights (Roth) 6.43
05. In Trance (R. Schenker/Meine) 5.25
06. We’ll Burn The Sky (R. Schenker/Dannemann) 8.07
07. Suspender Love (R. Schenker/Meine) 3.38
08. In Search of the Peace of Mind (R. Schenker/M.Schenker/Meine/Heimberg/Dziony) 3.02
09. Fly To The Rainbow (M. Schenker/Roth) 9.39
10. He’s A Woman, She’s A Man (R. Schenker/Meine/Rarebell) 5.22
11. Speedy’s Coming (R. Schenker/Meine) 3.40
12. Top Of The Bill (R. Schenker/Meine) 6.45
13. Hound Dog (Leiber/Stoller) 1.14
14. Long Tall Sally (Johnson/Blackwell/Penniman) 2.50
15. Steamrock Fever (R. Schenker/Meine) 3.41
16. Dark Lady (Roth) 4.18
17. Kōjō no Tsuki (Taki/Tsuchii) 3:35
18. Robot Man (R. Schenker/Meine) 5.47

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Scorpions – Face The Heat (1993)

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Face the Heat is the twelfth studio album released by the German band Scorpions in 1993.

It was produced by the band and the late Bruce Fairbairn and released on the PolyGram label. This album marked their status as a sort of political band with the song “Alien Nation”, which was about the re-unification of Germany .[citation needed] This album had a contemporary touch to it, as the band were then going with the current trends, before later returning to their original style in Unbreakable in 2004. This is last album to feature drummer Herman Rarebell, and the first with Ralph Rieckermann on bass guitar.

The song “Under the Same Sun” was played during the ending credits of the 1994 film On Deadly Ground.

“Alien Nation” was covered by the Italian heavy metal band Mastercastle, recorded by Pier Gonella at MusicArt Studios and released as Japanese bonus track of their album The Phoenix. (by wikipedia)

Not even renowned metal producer Bruce Fairbairn could save this disappointing follow-up to the outstanding release Crazy World. Instead of concentrating on melodic tunes, Face The Heat seems to focus on noisy metal and glass-shattering screaming rather than the usual classic and emotional sounds that the Scorpions have put on their previous albums. Especially when compared to their previous recordings, Face The Heat is quite unsatisfactory. (by Barry Weber)

The last good Scorpions album in the nineties,’Face the Heat’is a mixed bag of great heavy and melodic tunes we’ve come to expect from this legendary band and weaker tracks-especially in terms of corny lyrics-but compared to their most recent output this album really shines.After this work,the Scorpions have decided to drop their sting,it seems. (by Bete Noire)

But all in all: a very good album !

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Personnel:
Matthias Jabs (guitar, background vocals)
Klaus Meine (vocals)
Herman Rarebell (drums, percussion, background vocals)
Ralph Rieckermann (bass, background vocals)
Rudolf Schenker (guitar, background vocals)
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Helen Donath (vocals on 09.)
Rhian Gittins (vocals on 10.)
Luke Herzog (keyboards on 06. + 11.)
John Webster (keyboards)
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Background vocals:
Paul Laine – Mark LaFrance – Bruce Fairbairn – Mark Hudson

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Tracklist:
01. Alien Nation (Schenker/Meine)  5.44
02. No Pain No Gain (Schenker/Meine/Hudson) 3.55
03. Someone To Touch (Schenker/Meine/Hudson) 4.28
04. Under The Same Sun (Hudson/Fairbairn/Meine) 4.52
05. Unholy Alliance (Schenker/Meine) 5.16
06. Woman (Schenker/Meine) 5.56
07. Hate To Be Nice (Schenker/Meine) 3.30
08. Taxman Woman (Schenker/Meine) 4.30
09. Ship Of Fools (Schenker/Meine) 4.15
10. Nightmare Avenue (Jabs/Meine/Hudson) 3.54
11. Lonely Nights (Schenker/Meine) 4.50
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12. Destin (Schenker/Meine) 3.17
13. Daddy’s Girl (Schenker/Meine) 4.18

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