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)

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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.

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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.

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“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”.

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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. (metal-archives.com)

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Personnel:
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)

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Tracklist:
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

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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”.

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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)

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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)

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Personnel:
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)
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Tracklist:
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

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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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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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