Scorpions – Lonesome Crow (1972)

FrontCover1Scorpions are a German rock band formed in 1965 in Hanover by Rudolf Schenker. Since the band’s inception, its musical style has ranged from hard rock, heavy metal, glam metal, and soft rock.

The lineup from 1978 to 1992 was the most successful incarnation of the group, and included Klaus Meine (vocals), Rudolf Schenker (rhythm guitar), Matthias Jabs (lead guitar), Francis Buchholz (bass), and Herman Rarebell (drums). The band’s only continuous member has been Schenker, although Meine has appeared on all of Scorpions’ studio albums, while Jabs has been a consistent member since 1978, and bassist Paweł Mąciwoda and drummer Mikkey Dee have been in the band since 2003 and 2016 respectively.


During the mid-1970s, with guitarist Uli Jon Roth (who replaced Schenker’s younger brother Michael) part of the line-up, the music of the Scorpions was defined as hard rock. After Roth’s departure in 1978, Schenker and Meine managed to take control of the group, giving them almost all the power to compose music and write lyrics. Matthias Jabs joined in 1978, and with the melodic rock he played and the influence of producer Dieter Dierks in the band, the Scorpions changed their sound to melodic heavy metal mixed with lyrical “power rock ballads”, which is evident in the album Lovedrive (1979), which began the evolution of the band’s sound, developed later in several of their albums. Over the next decade, the band achieved influence, approval from music critics, and significant commercial success with the albums Animal Magnetism (1980), Blackout (1982), Love at First Sting (1984), the live recording World Wide Live (1985), Savage Amusement (1988), their best-selling compilation Best of Rockers ‘n’ Ballads (1989), and Crazy World (1990), all awarded at least one platinum award in the United States.


The band has released thirteen consecutive studio albums that were in the top 10 in Germany, one of which reached No. 1, as well as three consecutive albums that were in the top 10 in the Billboard 200 in the United States. Their latest studio album, Rock Believer, was released in February 2022.

Scorpions are estimated to have sold over 100 million records around the world, making them one of the best-selling hard rock and heavy metal bands.[12] One of their most recognized hits is “Wind of Change” (from Crazy World), a symbolic anthem of the political changes in Eastern Europe in the late 1980s and early 1990s and the fall of the Berlin Wall, and it remains as one of the best-selling singles in the world with over 14 million copies.[13][14] Two of the songs on their ninth studio album Love at First Sting, “Rock You Like a Hurricane” and “Still Loving You”, are regarded as some of the most influential and popular works, both in heavy metal music and among rock ballads, defined as “rock anthem” and “a true hymn of love”.


Rudolf Schenker, the band’s rhythm guitarist, launched the band in 1965. At first, the band had Merseybeat influences and Schenker himself handled the vocals. He played in a band with Lothar Heimberg before he founded Scorpions. Karl Heinz Vollmer left the band in 1967 because of his military obligations, then he could not associate anymore with the concerts and the military life. Things began to come together in 1970 when Schenker’s younger brother Michael and vocalist Klaus Meine joined the band. With this line-up they won a music contest in 1972 and recorded two songs for a single that was never released on the CCA label, but the songs, “Action” and “I’m Going Mad” were later released on different compilation albums including Psychedelic Gems 2

In 1972, the group recorded and released their debut album Lonesome Crow, with Lothar Heimberg on bass and Wolfgang Dziony on drums and re-recorded versions of their CCA songs.[18] During the Lonesome Crow tour, the Scorpions opened for upcoming British band UFO. Near the end of the tour, guitarist Michael Schenker accepted an offer of lead guitar for UFO. Uli Jon Roth, a friend of Michael’s, was then introduced to the band and he helped them to finish off the tour.


The departure of Michael Schenker led to the breakup of the band. In 1973, Uli Roth, who had helped the Scorpions complete the Lonesome Crow tour, was offered the role as lead guitarist, but turned the band down, preferring instead to remain in the band Dawn Road. Rudolf Schenker eventually decided he wanted to work with Roth, but did not want to resurrect the last Scorpions lineup. He attended some of Dawn Road’s rehearsals and ultimately decided to join the band, which consisted of Roth, Francis Buchholz (bass), Achim Kirschning (keyboards) and Jürgen Rosenthal (drums). Uli Roth and Buchholz persuaded Rudolf Schenker to invite Klaus Meine to join on vocals, which he soon did. While there were more members of Dawn Road than Scorpions in the band, they decided to use the Scorpions name because it was well known in the German hard rock scene and an album had been released under that name. (wikipedia)

Early concert poster:

And here´s their debut album from 1972:

Every rock and roll story starts somewhere. The Scorpions, hailing from Germany, gained mass international fame in the 1980s with mega hits like “Rock You Like a Hurricane,” “No One Like You,” “The Zoo,” “Big City Nights,” “Still Loving You,” and countless others. As one of the biggest bands of the 1980s, you likely had no idea that their history goes all the way back to 1965! The group was founded by Rudolf Schenker, and was eventually joined by vocalist Klaus Meine; these two are the only individuals to appear on every Scorpions album. Rudolf’s brother Michael Schenker joined the band as lead guitarist, with the lineup for the group’s first record being rounded out by bassist Lothar Heimberg and drummer Wolfgang Dziony.

The tour van in 1972:
Tour Van

Lonesome Crow, the first Scorpions studio album, was released in 1972, and was largely overlooked at the time of release; it would be a decade before the band achieved the international success and stardom that we know them for. Before the glory days in which Matthias Jabs became their lead guitarist, and even before the band’s iconic pre-international fame years with axeman Uli Jon Roth, this was the record that the band gave the world. Over four decades later, how does the debut record from the band hold up? Does this one bring the sting, or is it a relic best left forgotten?

Lonesome Crow is an uneven mess of an album from a young up-and-coming band that had no idea what the hell they were doing. It is also a ton of fun to revisit! Somewhere between psychedelia and hard rock, this is the record that introduced the world to the Scorpions, and served as something of a premonition to their later successes. This was the only album the band ever recorded with Michael Schenker as a full time member of the band, although he did return a few years later to play on a few of the Lovedrive songs.

LP poster:

So what are the songs like on Lonesome Crow? To say they are all over the place would be a serious understatement. Right from the get go on “I’m Goin’ Mad” you will hear tribal drum beats, chanting, distorted guitar, and a myriad of other elements that establish from the first track that this will be a very different Scorpions album from what you are accustomed to. Hell, the first half of the song is instrumental (unless chanting counts as singing)! “It All Depends” is probably the most straight up hard rock thing on the album; this bluesy-tinged rocker would not have been out of place on Black Sabbath’s first record. The slow and eerie “Leave Me” is one of the record’s true highlights, with bizarre keyboards and equally unsettling backing vocals and chanting. A young Michael Schenker even gets a chance to shine on a guitar solo in the song’s second half. “In Search of the Peace of Mind” is an odd hodgepodge of musical sounds, combining acoustic and electric guitars, going from soft and melodic to unsettling and intense in mere seconds.


“Inheritance” is driven by heavy bass, but also serves as one of this album’s showcases for Michael Schenker’s guitar prowess, something evident even in his mid teens! “Action” proves to be equally frantic, featuring some wild vocals from Meine, and some intense instrumental passages as well. The entire experience culminates with the 14 minute title track. The most ambitious and epic work on this debut record from the band (it even has a bass solo!), it too goes all over the place with no real sense of direction, but being so fast, frantic, and interesting a musical experience, you are going to be too infatuated by the band here to care.

The experience of Lonesome Crow is a tough one to sum up, because things do not come together in the traditional sense; this is a young band that, while they lacked direction and did not know where they wanted to go musically, clearly had talent. It is the premonition of greater future successes, and an interesting time capsule for fans. For die-hard fans of the Scorpions, Lonesome Crow definitely comes recommended. More casual Scorpions fans may want to explore the band’s peak years a little more before taking this trip back in time, though. (by Taylor Carlson)


Wolfgang Dziony (drums)
Lothar Heimberg (bass)
Klaus Meine (vocals)
Michael Schenker (leadguitar)
Rudolf Schenker (guitar)


01. I’m Goin’ Mad 4.52
02. It All Depends 3.25
03. Leave Me 5.02
04. In Search Of The Peace Of Mind 4.53
05. Inheritance 4.39
06. Action 3.53
07. Lonesome Crow 13.28

All songs written by:
Wolfgang Dziony – Lothar Heimberg – Klaus Meine – Michael Schenker – Rudolf Schenker



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Scorpions – Rio de Janeiro (2019)

FrontCover1Scorpions is a rock band from Hannover, Germany that was formed in 1965. Internationally acclaimed for their 1984 rock anthem “Rock You Like a Hurricane” as well as other popular singles such as “Big City Nights”, “No One Like You”, “Send Me an Angel”, “Still Loving You”, and “Wind of Change”, the band has sold over 100 million records worldwide. Along with metal contemporaries such as Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Metallica, Whitesnake, and others, Scorpions is one of the most successful acts in heavy metal and hard rock in history as well as, by far, the most successful German rock band in the U.K. and the U.S.

After a short break they decided to cotinue … and here´s a brilliant soundboard recording from their concert at the Rock In Rio Festival.

The Scorpions were voted the best concert at Rock in Rio 2019. The Scorpions performed at Rock in Rio on Friday (the Metal Day – 4 October 2019). On stage, the band played “Cidade Maravilhosa” and used a yellow and green guitar in honor to Brazil at Rock in Rio.

And yes, these guys knows how to rock … till today !

Thanks to Chesterchaz for sharing the HDTV broadcast at Dime.

Recorded live at the Parque Olímpico, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, October 04, 2019


Mikkey Dee (drums)
Matthias Jabs (guitar, background vocals)
Paweł Mąciwoda (bass, background vocals)
Klaus Meine (vocals, guitar)
Rudolf Schenker (guitar, background vocals)


01. Intro 8.11
02. Going Out With A Bang (Meine/Andersson/Hansen)/Make It Real (Schenker/Rarebell)  8.46
03. The Zoo (Schenker/Meine)/Coast To Coast (M.Schenker/R.Schenker) 12.13
04. ’70s Medley 8.45
04.1. Top Of The Bill (R.Schenker/Meine)
04.2. Steamrock Fever (R.Schenker/Meine)
04.3. Speedy’s Coming (R.Schenker/Meine)
04.4. Catch Your Train (Roth)
05. We Built This House (Meine/Andersson/Hansen) 4.20
06. Delicate Dance (Jabs) 5.06
07. Cidade Maravilhosa (Filho)/Send Me An Angel (R.Schenker/Meine) 6.05
08. Wind Of Change (Meine)  5.47
09. Tease Me Please Me (Meine/Jabs/Vallance/Rarebell) 8.58
10. Blackout (Meine/Rarebell/Kittelsen) 4.18
11. Big City Nights (R.Schenker/Meine) 7.46
12. Radio announcer 1.45
13. Still Loving You (R.Schenker/Meine)/Rock You Like A Hurricane (R.Schenker/Meine/ Rarebell) 15.00
14. Radio outro 4:44



Scorpions – World Wide Live (1985)

LPFrontCover1World Wide Live is a live album by German rock band Scorpions released in 1985. The original audio recording was produced by Dieter Dierks. A VHS was released at the same time with footage of Scorpions’ world tour.

The live album was originally released as a 2LP vinyl set, in a gatefold-sleeve, and a cassette. The liner notes contain a crew member list, tour date information and when the shows were recorded:

Sports Arena, San Diego, CA, USA (4/26/84)
The Forum, Los Angeles, CA, USA (4/24/84 & 4/25/84)
Pacific Amphitheatre, Costa Mesa, CA, USA (4/28/84)
Bercy, Paris, France (2/29/84)
Sporthalle, Cologne, West Germany (11/17/84) (by wikipedia)

Since the Scorpions’ career was at its peak, World Wide Live could not have been recorded at a better time. This 19-track album contains all of their early-’80s hits, and while they aren’t as energetic on-stage as they are in the studio, the band still perform with a great amount of flamboyance. The record is the Scorpions’ only worthwhile live album and is a must for their fans. (by Barry Weber)

The labels from the German edition

Coming from Deutschland makes Scorpions, in their own way, truly über alles. World Wide Live, four solid sides of raw, adrenalin-injected metal, is a “best of” live compendium of their last four records, with a couple of lengthy in-concert axe scrapings thrown in. The songs twist around the sex-party axis in the pidgin-English argot that only recognizes the most banal slogans in the collective rock unconscious. Fond they are, these Scorpions, of the rich metaphoric turf available in the verb to sting. Two of these guys have been ringing their heavy chord changes for nearly fifteen years, which makes them their own spiritual forefathers. (Tim Holmes)

When the band releases its best album, what it does? Goes on tour, naturally! When the Scorpions’s hit album Love at First Sting is at stake, the tour goes big. The album is recorded in various places. The previous Scorpions Live album, Tokyo Tapes was released back in 1978. There are some differences between the two live albums besides the places where they were recorded.


Album consists of the material from the albums 1979-1984, from Lovedrive to Love at First Sting. Tokyo Tapes’s material was from the first five albums. World Wide Live has no same song as Tokyo Tapes, which actually makes the comparison a bit more difficult.

The screaming of the crowd is stopped by the “Coming Home” which has been chosen for to be the first track. It’s acoustic and silent intro has been taken off, which is not a bad thing. There’s more guitar solos, and the song actually starts with one, I didn’t even recognized this at first. “Blackout” is logical sequel to “Coming Home”. There are no particular changes on this track. “Bad Boys Running Wild”‘s crazy intro doesn’t sound so fine when played live. “Loving you Sunday Morning” has also been hit by dropping the intro out. The power has somehow drawn out, and the guitar sounds a bit lazy. “Make it Real” suffers from the same problem, the simple guitar riff sounds like it has just got up. But there are more solos added.

“Big City Nights”, recorded at Los Angeles (logically) is so happy as always. Vocalist Klaus Meine even cheers the audience up to sing with him and without. The result describes the intensity at their gigs. “Coast to Coast” reveals that Klaus Meine can play guitar too. He handles the rhythm guitar when Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs are busy. That counts three guitars at the same time! “Holiday”, that weepy ballad, is the next song. “Holiday” is made here acoustic only, and it actually works as a intro for “Still Loving You”, the best ballad that Scorpions have made. It isn’t better or worse than the album version. The sad guitar parts in the start have been remained untouched. The song actually is more raw than on the album. The end of the track is actually one of the few times when you can hear the audience going crazy under the bulldozing guitar attacks.


“Rock you like a Hurricane” is so crushing as ever, or even more. “Can’t Live without You” has Meine cheering the audience up. The song really starts after it has been playing for a minute. The audience’s reaction can’t be heard too well, twin guitar attack prevents that. “Another Piece of Meat” has gone even better. It’s louder and more crushing than on the album. Fast drumming kicks the crap out. Fast percussion attack continues with “Dynamite”. It ends like it were a ending of the whole album. The band just gets slightly mad.

In the start of “The Zoo” someone is screaming, apparently Meine, who livens the audience up a bit again. “The Zoo” is a great song, there’s no denying it. It’s slow riff is good counter-balance for the happy songs earlier. The song features this odd voice, who is actually Jabs, and he makes this a good solo, thought it’s not guitar. “The Zoo” doesn’t even fade away, when the band starts the “No One Like You”. A good half-ballad is good at this phase. It is a wonder, that Scorpions just don’t end the album with ballad. Instead, it ends it all with “Can’t Get Enough”.


The song is divided in two parts. The first part starts with drumming and ends suddenly with solo. All except the crowd are quiet when the interlude “Six String Sting” suddenly starts. It is a guitar solo part, which is pretty long. There are few aggressive, melodic and incredible solos here. During the solos, the audience gets crazy, but who wouldn’t? Solos continue when the part two of the “Can’t Get Enough” starts, and ends…

World Wide Live is a great live-album, but it also reveals some weaknesses. Some parts which sounded amazingly on albums have lost some of their magic live. Some limitations in Meine’s vocals are also revealed. The album lacks few good songs which should have been here, “Is There Anybody There?” for instance. This can’t be compared to Tokyo Tapes, because of the different material. (


Francis Buchholz (bass, background vocals)
Matthias Jabs ()lead guitar, voice-box, background vocals)
Klaus Meine (vocals, guitar on 08.)
Herman Rarebell (drums, percussion, background vocals)
Rudolf Schenker (guitar, background vocals)


01. Countdown (Meine/Jabs) 0.41
02. Coming Home (Schenker/Meine) 3.17
03. Blackout (Schenker/Meine/Rarebell/Kittelsen) 4.04
04. Bad Boys Running Wild (Schenker/Meine/Rarebell) 3.53
05. Loving You Sunday Morning (Schenker/Meine/Rarebell) 4.42
06. Make It Real (Schenker/Rarebell) 3.49
07. Big City Nights (Schenker/Meine) 4.59
08. Coast To Coast (Schenker) 5.13
09. Holiday (Schenker/Meine) 3.23
10. Still Loving You (Schenker/Meine) 5.50
11. Rock You Like A Hurricane (Schenker/Meine/Rarebell) 4.15
12. Can’t Live Without You (Schenker/Meine) 5.33
13. Another Piece Of Meat (Schenker/Rarebell) 3.36
14. Dynamite (Schenker/Meine/Rarebell) 7.18
15. The Zoo (Schenker/Meine) 5.54
16. No One Like You (Schenker/Meine) 4.10
17. Can’t Get Enough (Part 1) (Schenker/Meine) 2.17
18. Six String Sting (Jabs) 4.16
19. Can’t Get Enough (Part. 2) (Schenker/Meine) 1.55





And here´s this video … the Scorpions came out to rock  … Rock you like a hurricane !

Scorpions – In Trance (1975)

FrontCover1.jpgIn Trance is the third studio album by German rock band Scorpions, released by RCA Records in 1975. The album’s music was a complete departure from the progressive krautrock of the two previous albums in favor of a hard rock sound of shorter and tighter arrangements with which the band would achieve their later global success and fame; extended suites in the vein of songs such as “Lonesome Crow” and “Fly to the Rainbow” are absent altogether. It is the first album by the band to contain the now-famous logo and controversial artwork.

The original version of the album cover, photographed by Michael von Gimbut,[4] was censored for clearly showing the cover model’s exposed breast hanging down towards the guitar. Later releases have the breast blacked out so that it is not visible. This is the first of many Scorpions album covers that have been censored. The band’s former lead guitarist Uli Jon Roth claimed he may have come up with the “idea to do the thing with the guitar for the cover of In Trance”.

However, in a 2008 interview Roth claimed that early Scorpions album covers in general were “the record company’s idea, but we certainly didn’t object. And so shame on us. Those covers were probably the most embarrassing thing I’ve ever been involved with.” He did, though, classify the In Trance cover as “borderline”.


The White Stratocaster shown on the cover belonged to Roth and he can be seen playing the same guitar on the cover of the Electric Sun album Fire Wind. This is the guitar that Roth used on all subsequent Scorpions and Electric Sun albums on which he played.

This was the band’s first album to feature the band’s name written in the now-familiar font used on nearly all subsequent album covers, as well as their first collaboration with producer Dieter Dierks. (by wikipedia)


The Scorpions’ third release, In Trance, continues to display their high-energy music, which is impossible to ignore. With the eyebrow-lifting “Dark Lady” as the opening track, the album immediately captures the listener’s attention and keeps it all the way until the end. The interesting title track is clearly the best song of the album, but singles such as the fast-paced “Robot Man” and the hard-rocking “Top of the Bill” also stand out as highlights. Excellent singing and powerful music make this the best Scorpions recording working with Uli Jon Roth. (by Barry Weber)


Francis Buchholz (bass, background vocals)
Rudy Lenners (drums, percussion)
Klaus Meine (vocals)
Uli Jon Roth – lead guitar, background vocals, vocals on 01. + 08.)
Rudolf Schenker (guitar, background vocals)
Achim Kirschning (keyboards)

01. Dark Lady (Roth) 3.29
02. In Trance (Schenker/Meine 4.45
03. Life’s Like A River (Roth/Schenker/Fortmann) 3.51
04. Top Of The Bill (Schenker/Meine) 3.24
05. Living And Dying (Schenker/Meine) 3.22
06. Robot Man (Schenker/Meine) 2.45
07. Evening Wind (Roth) 5.05
08. Sun In My Hand (Roth) 4.23
09. Longing For Fire (Schenker/Roth) 2.45
10. Night Lights (Instrumental) (Roth) 3.13



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)
Francis Buchholz (bass, background vocals)
Matthias Jabs (guitar, background vocals)
Klaus Meine (vocals)
Herman Rarebell (drums, background vocals)
Rudolf Schenker (guitar, background vocals)
Koen van Baal (keyboards on (04.)
Robbie Buchanan (keyboards on 04.)
Jim Vallance (keyboards on 11.)
Michael Thompson (guitar on 04.)
background vocals:
Claudia Frohling – Tony Ioannoua – Cliff Roles – Jim Lewis – Dries van der Schuyt
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




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)


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)


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)

Inside LP1

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



Scorpions – Face The Heat (1993)


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 !


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


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
12. Destin (Schenker/Meine) 3.17
13. Daddy’s Girl (Schenker/Meine) 4.18