- LP - (Part Four)

BYE BYE DIETER...

Despite a more than full time (the old man nevertheless remains very active at 72 years), Dieter Dierks, producer of the iconic Scorpions between 1975 and 1988, during their heyday, has agreed to answer our questions. The opportunity to learn a little more about the man in the shadows, the sixth member of the group for more than 10 years who is no stranger to the success of the Scorpions during this period. Interview by www.crazyscorps.com (the Scorpions French fan club...Thanks!):

Gegers : You grew up near Köln in Germany in the 40’s and 50’s. How was life at the time in Germany and what kind of music were you listening to as a teenager?

Dieter Dierks : At the time we were listening to AFN (American Forces Network) or Radio Luxemburg
where you could hear all kinds of Rock’n’Roll. My favourite was Elvis and songs like ”Hound Dog“.

You were part of bands like Cosmic Jokers or Tangerine Dream. What instrument were you playing and did you have plans to become a professional musician?

I was never a member of Tangerine Dream, but I worked with them in the studio. I was, however, part of the Cosmic Jokers and played guitar, keyboards, bass, and percussion. Originally, I was an actor and planned to become a director, but then I became a producer, which is actually very similar.

You started your work as a producer in the late 60’s. How did you find out that this would become your job and how did you get in touch with the first bands you produced?

First I produced my own band Hush and luckily we had a huge hit immediately with ”Loop di love“ selling decent amounts of records in Germany, Holland, and also England. The bands came to me since at the time, sound engineers in regular studios refused to record distorted guitars and other crazy stuff. I was open minded and fond of experimenting, so the young musicians and I were kindred spirits.

What was the German music market like in the late 60’s/early 70’s. Did you manage to make a living with the production of albums rapidly or did it take some time before you became able to live on it?

In the late sixties all things were in a state of flux. Labels mushroomed, the record industry built up momentum, and the youth culture was about to explode. As mentioned before, I had a hit and could quite easily live from being a producer. But of course, my family and I were always living on the edge, since I reinvested almost all the money that came in, in order to always have the latest technology and state of the art equipment.

When and how did you get in touch with the Scorpions for the first time?

My wife at the time, Corina Fortmann, and I attended a concert of the Scorpions. Back then they were a little known band and performed in a gym in Essen. They gave everything on stage to win the hearts of the small crowd in attendance, and they succeeded. I know they had what it takes to become really big.

Did you know them before? What did you think of their two first albums Lonesome Crow and Fly to the rainbow, and did you feel at the time that they had the potential to become a big band?

I didn’t know the band before. They were almost unknown in Germany, and yes, I love the first two albums. They showed their potential and after having seen them live, I was sure they would hit it big time.

The first album you produced for them was In Trance in 1975, an album on which your ex-wife, Corina Fortmann, even wrote the lyrics of one song. How were the Scorpions during the recording and production process of that album. Were they trying to influence you on how to produce the album or were you free to do what you wanted ?

Did you see me smile?! Okay, I think at that time they were happy to have someone who had a concept and an idea which path to follow. Besides, I’m a very democratic producer as long as everybody does what I want.

What do you think of that album now?

I simply love it!

Then came Virgin Killer and Taken By Force. On these albums we could already feel that there were “two bands in one” – Uli’s songs being quite different from those written by Meine/Schenker. As a producer, how did you manage to deal with heterogeneity of styles on these albums?

It was not heterogeneity. It was two different worlds. On one hand, the naturally commercial song writing of Meine/Schenker (great!) and on the other, the Hendrix-esque guitar work of Uli Jon Roth (great!). I actually loved this unique combination and even the tension, which stemmed from it. However, Uli couldn’t deal with it at the time and decided to leave the band because thought they were too commercial.

About Tokyo Tapes. Herman Rarebell told us that you had filmed the Japanese shows and that you were the owner of the tapes. Did you ever think of releasing these shows on DVD ?

It’s true. I’m the owner of this concert footage and the ‘behind the scenes’ material. However, the band
never approved a release and I would never do anything without the permission of the guys.

After the release of Lovedrive the Scorpions became really big in the US, Asia and Europe. Did you feel a change in their behaviour and mentality, or did they stay the same in spite of this success ?

They stayed grounded and worked even harder. That’s what I always appreciated about them.

In terms of composition, did you have a say on which songs were to end up on the albums? Were there many leftovers from the recording sessions of these albums?

I usually picked the songs from the demos the band gave me and since I’m a very democratic kind of producer….

Love At First Sting was maybe the biggest album in Scorpions career. On a personal level, reaching such a success with one of your productions was it an achievement or did you think that you could do even better?

In my mind a production is finished when I think I did the best I could at the time. So usually I pushed everything to the edge – and time and again way over it.

Problems started to appear during the recording process of Savage Amusement. Many things have been said about that, but could you tell us why the Scorpions decided to stop collaborating with you at the time?

There were three reasons. First, our long-term contract had expired. Second, I wasn’t really happy with the song writing especially for that album, and third, after such a long period of time we all felt it was time for a change.

Among the albums you produced for Scorpions, what would be your favourite one, and why ?

Difficult to say because I only produced what I liked and liked what I produced after I fought my way
through it.

In 2002 you worked with the Scorpions again, on the production of two songs, ”Bad for Good“ and ”Cause I love You“. How did you get in touch with them and how did it feel to work together again ?

It felt good and it was a lot of fun, like coming home…

The Scorpions said in magazines that they had contacted you in order to produce their 2004 Unbreakable, but it did not happen. Can you tell us why ?

We could not agree on the financial conditions and that was that.

The band celebrates its 50th birthday this year. When working with them in the 70’s, would you have bet on such a longevity for the band ?

Absolutely, they will die on stage.

You were at the birth of the DVDPlus format. Today, do you have regrets about the use and spreading of this technology ?

I’m disappointed, because my patent wasn’t dealt with properly. Originally, one side (DVD) was gold, the other silver (CD). When they skipped that idea people got confused. Although millions of DVDplus (in America it was called Dual Disc) were sold, the format wasn’t accepted in the end because of this half-hearted decision.

What are you doing these days? Are you still a producer?

Once a producer, always a producer. It’s like riding a bike. Once you know how to do it, you’ll never stop.

We heard rumors about an autobiography written by Michael Krikorian. Can you tell us if this project is still in the works ?

Yes this project is still on, but instead of Michael, Teddy Hoersch is writing the book with me.

To conclude, would you like to say a few words to the members of the Crazyscorps’ Fan Club?

I would like to say thank you for being great and long-term Scorpions fans and I’d like to ask a question in return: Which Scorpions albums do you guys like most?

... For me: Lovedrive, Love At First Sting & Savage Amusement with Humanity-Hour I & Return To Forever in the 2000s ...




Dieter with the Scorpions in 2002





CRAZY WORLD (Phonogram, November 06, 1990)
1990 SCORPIONS switched record companies to align themselves with Phonogram (Vertigo in Europe and Mercury in US). This move was only one factor in what seemed like a clean break for the band. The Crazy World album was the first in may years to use a producer other than Dieter Dierks and also the first time Scorpions had cooperated with outside songwriters. "Even if you drive a Ferrari, at some point you also need to change the tires. We realized that it was time to change something, and then the contract was due to Dieter... We wanted to show that we could do it without him", says Rudolf Schenker. Production was initially handled by Bruce Farirbairn before the band opted for Keith Olsen the album included songs co-written with Bryan Adams partner Jim Vallance. Also at this juncture the band found themsleves in a lenghy legal wrangle with ex-producer Dierks.
Initially, the band was going to call the album Restless Night. However, towards the end of the production phase of the new work, the drummer Herman Rarebell heard the president of the United States George HW Bush say on American television: "You have to Realize, we live in a crazy world" ("you must realize that we live in a crazy world"). Rarebell immediately recognized the potential of the last two words of the Bush administration, for which he proposed the title of Crazy World (the album cover was designed by the group Hipgnosis).
The Scorpions got a new manager, Doc McGhee, who is really, really active and energetic manager (Bon Jovi...). Adds Buchholz: "They thought about working with Bruce Fairbairn, and they were getting ready to go there, and they had shipped all their stuff, I think, up to Vancouver, and then something happened. I don't know what. I think it has to do with something with an album by Aerosmith, where the Scorpions were dropped on the curb. I don't know anything else, and I was not made privy to it and I don't want to know. I just thought that Bruce was just such an amazing producer and arranger and everything was fabulous. And that man was brillant".
"When we started with Crazy World", clarifies Herman, "The first producer that we approached, after we worked with Dieter Dierks, was Bruce Fairbairn, in Vancouver. Because we lked very much his work, and he said then to us, 'Well, I cannot do this right now. I'm working with Van Halen, and after that I have to do AC/DC'. So then we thought, well, who's another great producer? After Dieter Dierks, where can we go? And we came to Keith Olsen, because we liked the production he did for Whitesnake. the famous album with Aynsley Dunbar and Here I Go Again, all that stuff. And we thought this was the right guy".
"I must say that David Krebs was, in my opinion, the best manager we had", continues Herman, who credits mush of the band's international success to Krebs, actually out of the picture just before the Crazy World era would take hold. "He took the band to America. he always let us fulfill our artistic fire. We could musically do what we want. Of course, he would say, 'Try to write me a commercial song for the radio'. Every manager would say that and every record company. They all want that done. Basically he had good ideas. He came up with suggestions, 'Let's make this festival', 'Let's go to Russia', 'I think we should go to this country', 'We should go to Rock In Rio'. All those things were David Krebs. He made the suggestion to make the band known internationally. He brought us up to that level. But musically he would never say, 'From tomorrow on, I want you guys to play punk'".
"Crazy World was the first album without Dierks", explains Francis Buchholz. "His chair was occupied with Keith Olsen as producer for these recordings. Keith had a very good reputation in the music business. We met him at the initiative of PolyGram New York, and decided to go for it. Recording in Los Angeles, at Goodnight LA Studios, most of the album, I remember having a great time in the summer driving around with a rental car. When for example Keith recorded guitar fiffs, the rest of the band was free having a day off, only coming back to the studio in the evening to listen to the new recordings. At that time I was thinking about moving to LA. But my son Sebastian was just born and my wife, parents and sisters were still based in Germany. I decided to stay where my roots are. The rest of the album was recorded and mixed in Hilversum, Netherlands, in a wonderful studio named Wisseloord, which was owned by PolyGram. Very expensive were the recordings for Crazy World. As i say, initially we went to Los Angeles recording everything in Goodnights LA, coproducing with Keith Olsen. The sound was great and everything worked out fine until we decided to just keep the drums and bass takes from LA and to record almost all the guitars and vocals in Hilversum, Netherlands, again. We had to fly our instruments and equiment from Germany to LA and then to Netherlands. As monitor loudspeakers we used my little Tannoys, which are still placed on my desk now. At least we saved on those costs (laughs)".
Keith Olsen explains: "We cut those tracks in I think about a week, week and a half, cut all the tracks? Then started doing al the guitar overdubs, did all those guiatr overdubs, and Matthias was fabulous! Just nailed these rhythm parts. His time was spectacular. And then Rudolf started doing his guitars, and his parts, getting then done was arduous, because it had to be absolutely perfect". "But what about the songs? "Yeah, there were some really good songs. The lyrics, they were really terrible. They're Germans. I call it Germo-English. And they use simple rhyme schemes, 'Tease me please me before I gotta go?!' Herman wrote some, but there were a couple of songs... who was the Keyboard player with Bryan Adams, Jim Vallance? Thanks you. He wrote some of the songs with them, wrote some lyrics, wrote some great melodies here and there (sings 'Send Me An Angel'). He wrote a bunch of that. He wrote parts for a bunch of songs. Maybe if it's only 10% they took him off, of bought him off. Herman was fun. Herman Ze German, I don't Know, not a month goes by before I don't get my half-hour call with him. But Herman wrote some of the lyrics, because he's pretty good at that, because he's the only one who had a decent vocabulary in English. The rest of them, they probably had 2500 words"
"He never even tried to write a song before, but this time he said, 'Why shouldn't I try?" says Jabs, with respect to the band's quiet bassist Francis Buchholz. "And he came up with three pretty good songs and we used one of them. It's a real good song".
"I was alwas happy to have good writers in the band", muses Francis, offering a glimpse as to how he saw his role within the framework of the band. "With the Scorpions, I was more interested in getting the management of the band into place., coordinating tours abd logistics. To me it does not matter so much if I have a say in the composition process. When I work on a great song - but yet an unfinished recording - I can contribute in so many other way. Most of the songs you hear on the radio have come a long way from a couple of chords and some vocal idea to a finished hit record. I like contributing with arrangement ideas and fine-tuning of the compositions. Of course, I do write my own bass lines, but I have never asked to get a writing credit for that and for my other contributions".
As we begin examining the record, opening track 'Tease Me Please Me' is a thick, leaden hair metal stomper that dosn't break any new ground, other than having the staffers at the band's label perform the back.up vocals. "Matthias, as you know, only started to write really late with songs like 'Tease Me Please Me'", notes Herman. "When we got involved in the Jim Vallance era. And I wrote with Jimmy and with Klaus, the lyrics, for all the Matthias riffs". Crazy World's first single (#8 AOR), was written in Vancouver, Canada, with the input of songwriter Jim Vallance on both music and lyrics. "Matthias had this great guitar riff and Jim came up with the chorus", says Meine, who shares lyrical credit with Vallance and Rarebell. "It's a fun song and it became one of the standards that we still play. It has good-energy - a great driving song". Jabs only other credit on the album is for "Money And Fame"; clearly his long-defined role in the band was not changing any time soon.
"Don't Believe Her" is next, and it's the closest Scorpions ever came emulatng the baby Scorpions, namely Accept, this one sounding a bit like "Princess Of The Dawn grafted to any number of churning Balls To The Wall classics (of note, that band's bassist Peter Baltes had a short guest vocal on the last album's "Every Minute Every Day"). This is another product of the Vancouver songwriting sessions with Jim Vallance, who collaborated with Schenker on the music and with Meine and Rarebell on the lyrics. "When we left Dieter Dierks, we wanted to show him we could do an album without him and it was the first time we started writing with other people", Schenker explains. "We spent a lot of time on writing sessions", Meine recalls. Songs like "Hit Between The Eyes" and "Under The Same Sun" came out of those sessions".
"To Be With You In Heaven" is another successful composition, obscure of atmospheric construct, reminding one of "Crossfire" or "As Soon As The Good Times Roll", from Love At First Sting, i.e. slow to pay off, in no hurry to impress, in a word, classy.
Then there's "Wind Of Change", which became the band's biggest anthem of all time, worldwide smash, world anthem even (take that, Frank Marino), yet not much more than an average power ballad but again, somewhat interesting of melody, uniquely political, and textured with some nice, bluesy guitar from Matthias. Ironically, the heretofore-apolitical Scorpions had their biggest worldwide hit - and first gold and platinum single - in this moving song. It reflected their experiences playing in the Soviet Union and became the musical backdrop to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Finally allowed to perform in Leningrad in April 1988, the band returned to Russia for the Moscow Music Peace Festival in August 1989 and was overwhelmed with the feeling that "the world was changing right in front of us. Germans and Russians had been enemies in the war, but after all these years, here comes a German band and we were more than welcomed. Our parents come with tanks, but we came with guitars", notes Meine, who wrote the music and lyrics when he got home, adding the chorus later. "We worked like a half a year on the song", adds Jabs, noting that no one seemed to like the whistled intro except the band and producer Keith Olsen. "They thought it was too soft and that we shouldn't do it. We tried 12 versions of guitar solos instead. But, we had instincts about it and we were set on it". The song acquired even greater significance after the Wall fell on November 9, 1989, particularly for the German musicians who'd never had the chance to perform in the former East Germany. In 1999, th Scorpions played "Wind Of Change" with more than 160 cellists from all over the world at the Brandenburg Gate. This song became the anthem to the historical event of the German reunification. "Well, of course, it's got to be 'Wind Of Change'", says Klaus, about his favourite recorded moment of the entire Scorpions catalogue. "First, I wrote that song; second, it became the soundtrack to historical cganges in the world. I mean, it was a #1 hit in so many countries. That's one thing, but the other side is so much heavier. The song became  so much bigger that just a #1 hit. Because it's a reflection of that moment in time. It's an anthem to historical changes. Here in our country, when the Berlin Wall came down, so many people, in the East and West, so many people consider it the soundtrack to this very historical moment. So that's a very important song". "We saw it change people when we played in russia in the '80s", continues Meine, consistent within his character as the band member most looking for something more substantial from his lot in life. "'Wind Of Change' was the soundtrack for the end of communism and the bringing down of the Berlin Wall. We saw that rock music had a huge effect on the younger generation of Russians. They were tired of the whole communist system. They were tired of being behind the Iron Curtain. We were breaking through the Iron Curtain with scorpions' music. We talked to young people back then and they told us that the time of the Cold War would be over soon. As a generation they didn't want it anymore. I am not saying rock music did that, but it was a part of it".
"But of course that made a big change in Klaus' life", sighs Herman, "And I think that made  a change in us. The band didn't want to play teh song. We thought it was too commercial and too soft - but it became the biggest hit. And Klaus, then said of course, hey, if i can write one hit, i can write ten. And from that day, as I said. he refused to do something I wrote".
The band also recorded a Russian-language version of the song, under the title "Ветер перемен" ("Veter Peremen") and a Spanish version called "Vientos de Cambio". The band presented a gold record of the single to Mikhail Gorbachev in 1991.
Strength to strenght, after the undeniable "Wind Of Change", we're into "Restless Nights", which hits exactly the same sweet spot as "To be With You In Heaven", not to mention a return of an intriguing Accept vibe for a second time. It's just a really cool track, not in the least hair metal, but also not that heavy, attaining  an aristocratic level of melodic gravitas that could only come from a continental European band.
"Lust Or Love"... we're back to the band's meaty hair band metal, anchored by tradition, anchored by a sophisticated sense of melody borne of experience. The credits are crazy all over this album, this song being no different: musically it goes to meine, with the lyrics attributed to meine, rarebell and aforementioned song doctor Jim Vallance.
As for writing from within on Crazy World, bass man Francis Buchholz even gets in on the act for feisty rocker rocker "Kicks After Six", sharing music credit with Vallance, lyric credit going to the usual trio of characters. Frankly, despite the acceptable verse, this one's chorus marks a new glam metal low for the Scorpions and is best shuffled past without too much reflection.
"He's credited on eight songs", indicates Rarebell, with respect to Vancouverite Vallance. "When we started writing with him on the Crazy World album, it was because we thought then that Bruce would be our producer. You see, Bruce cancelled on us. But the songs were ready with Jimmy. Bruce said. 'Fine, yeah, do this now. i have to do Van Halen. I have to do AC/DC. I can do you guys guys in one year. Do you wanna wait?' And I said, fuck this, we're not going to wait one year. What are we going to do for one year, twist our thumbs? And so that's how Keith Olsen got in, and Keith. of course, produced the biggest hit with 'Wind Of Change'. But we had lots of really good song material. We played it to him, and he really went for the Crazy world recordings, which I love, by the way, very much. There is one of my favourite drums tracks on there, 'To Be With You In Heaven', plus 'Money And Fame', for example, very heavy drumming. So we made this album in a relatively short time in LA, shorter than I actually thought for Scorpions, only three months, which is fast, unbelievable really (laughs). compared to Savage Amusement, of course, there was great fire again and enthusiasm - Crazy World was a great album. so teh album was done and it became the biggest selling one because of 'Wind Of Change'".
But we're not done with Crazy World, which has fully four more tracks to go, given that, don't forget, this was the band's first album fo the CD age, and thus could safely fit much more material than one could on an LP. And so the fairly gnarly rock continues, with "Hit Between The Eyes", Motley Crue party metal for the verse, but a surprising melancholic and European twist for the chorus. "We were looking for a powerful track and powerful lyrics with some kind of edge", says Meine of this song, for which he, Rarebell and Jim Vallanve wrote lyrics to Scehnker's music. "It's about going to the dark part of town, where it's easy to get in trouble. it's also a great live song".This tune two years later used as the soundtrack of the movie Freejack.
Next is the aforementioned "Money And Fame", a killer chunk of metal down a "China White" way, sophisticated riffing penned by Matthias, who proves right here should be doing more of this.
Incredibly, this late in the sequence, it's time for the album's anthemic, hard-rocking title track, the band building up a wall of guitars that collapses to the tune of a highly memorable descending chord pattern come chorus time. Back-up vocals on this one are executed by the staff at Wisseloord Studios in Holland.
I suppose it was inevitable that the record would close with a power ballad, "Send Me An Angel" fulfilling that rote role. "It had almost a religious inspiration somehow. I can't explain it. I only remember I wrote the lyrics very quickly, in 30 minutes or so", reflects Meine. Jabs believes it benefited from the "Wind Of Change" momentum but ultimately never matched its success, peaked at #44 Pop. "I think without 'Wind Of Change' it would have been totally ignored. But to me, it's one of the best ballads we have". Schenker wrote the music for it on a rare old guitar he'd spotted in a repair shop-his wife later persuaded the proprietaor to let her buy it for him. "It was teh first thing i composed on it", he recalls, noting that he owns between 130 and 145 guitars, including over a hundred Flying Vs."A power ballad is really good because it's a way of having a rock 'n' roll band be accessible", muses Keith. "Because radio was not going to play anithing other than the ballad. So gee, OK, what do we have to do to get exposure, to get people to actually want to go out and buy it? Because remember, the media is the message". As trivia a keyboardist named Koen Van Baal guests on "Wind Of Change" while Jim Vallance plays that role on "Send Me An Angel".
The record sold very well, hitting no. 1 in the band's homeland and it had gone gold immediately, but unlike its predecessor, kept selling, achieving platinum on July 24th of '91 and then double platinum ( RIAA 2,000,000^) on August 7th of 1995, where it currently sits. Worldwide sales are approximately 7,000,000 with these certifications: Canada (Music Canada) 2× Platinum 200,000^; Germany (BVMI) 2× Platinum 1,000,000^; Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland) 2× Platinum 100,000x; Finland (Musiikkituottajat) Gold 25,000; Austria (IFPI Austria) Platinum 50,000x. Curiously, "Wind Of Change" represents the band's only certification in the UK as a single, going silver, and same for the full album: Crazy World garnered the band its only UK award, again at silver, for sales of 60,000 units by the British Phonographic Industry, achieving this in November 1991. Initially failing to chart in Britain Crazy World was reissued and charted... Chart-wise, the Crazy World album vaulted to #21 on Billboard 200 (North Americawith) and number 1 in Germany and Austria. Other position: French Albums Charts #2; Swiss Albums Charts #3; Norwegian Albums Charts #4; Swedish Albums Chart #6; GfK Dutch Charts #6; RPM100 Albums (Canada) #25; UK Albums Chart #27; Oricon Japanese Albums Charts #39 and Australian Albums Charts #49. A success in it's own right the album sales were further boosted when the single "Wind Of Change" became an enormous international hit, topping the charts in no less fourteen countries. Impressive statistics of the "Wind Of Change" single with these peak positions: Australia (ARIA) #7; Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) #1; Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) #2; Canada Top Singles (RPM) #10; France (SNEP) #1; Germany (Media Control Charts) #1; Ireland (IRMA) #2; Italy #50; Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) #1; New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) #17; Norway (VG-lista) #1; Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) #1; Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) #1; UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) #2; U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #4 and U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks #2. Worldwide, the single has sold millions of copies, making it one of the best selling singles of all time; a common number given is 14 million copies sold! Certifications: Australia (Platinum,1991): 50,000; Austria (Platinum November 7, 1991): 30,000; France (Gold, 1991): 250,000; Germany (Platinum, 1991): 6,000,000; UK (Silver, October 1, 1991): 200,000 and U.S. (Gold, April 9, 1991): 500,000.
Even the other power ballad "Send Me An Angel" was driven by this success oceanic of the whistling of "Wind Of Change, in fact "Send Me an Angel" achieving number 4 in Sweden (Swedish Singles Chart), GfK Dutch Charts #4; Ultratop 50 Belgian Charts #4; German Singles Chart #5; Austrian Singles Charts #8; French Singles Charts #8; Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks #8; Swiss Singles Charts #14; RPM50 Singles (Canada) #23; UK Singles Chart #27 and Billboard Hot 100 #44.
Singles from Crazy World are: "Tease Me Please Me / Kicks After Six" released in November 1990 (Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks #8; "Don't Believe Her / Kicks After Six" released in December 1990 (Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks #13 and UK Singles Chart #77; "Wind of Change / Tease Me Please Me" released in January 1991; "Wind of Change / Restless Nights" released in May 1991 and "Send Me An Angel / Wind of Change (Russian)" released in November 1991.


Side A: 1. Tease Me Please Me (Jabs, Vallance, Meine, Rarebell) 4:44 2. Don't Believe Her (Schenker, Vallance, Rarebell, Meine) 4:55 3. To Be With You in Heaven (Schenker, Meine) 4:48 4. Wind Of Change (Meine) 5:10 5. Restless Nights (Schenker, Meine, Rarebell, Vallance) 5:44
Side B: 1. Lust Or Love (Meine, Rarebell, Vallance) 4:22 2. Kicks After Six (Buchholz, Vallance, Rarebell, Meine) 3:49 3. Hit Between The Eyes (Schenker, Rarebell, Meine, Vallance) 4:33 4. Money And Fame (Jabs, Rarebell) 5:06 5. Crazy World (Schenker, Meine, Rarebell, Vallance) 5:08 6. Send Me an Angel (Schenker, Meine) 4:34
Total lenght: 52:53.
Line up: Klaus Meine (vocals); Rudolf Schenker (guitar); Matthias Jabs (lead guitar); Francis Buchholz (bass guitar); Herman Rarebell (drums).
Keyboards on "Wind Of Change!  by Koen Van Baal.
Keyboards on "Send Me An Angel" by Jim Vallance.
Produced by Keith Olsen and Scorpions.
Engineered by Erwin Musper and Keith Olsen.
Mixed by Erwin Musper, Keith Olsen, Shay Baby.
Gang vocals on " Tease Me Please Me" performed by our friends Phonogram Europe and PolyGram U.S.A. supported by Klause Meine, Matthias Jabs, Rudolf Schenker, Erwin Musper and Keith Olsen.
Bang vovals on "Crazy World" performed by our friends the Wisseloord  gang supported by Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker, Erwin Musper and Keith Olsen.
Recorded at Goodnight L.A. Studios, Los Angeles,California.
Assistant Engineer: Shay Baby.
Second Assistant: Tom Fletcher.
Recorded at Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum, Holland.
Assistant Engineer: Attie Bauwn.
Second Assistant: Albert Boekholt.
Mixed at Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum, Holland & Goodnight L.A. Studios, Los Angeles,California.
Design and Art Direction by Po of Hipgnosis and Icon of Hollywood & London.
Photography by Wanelle Fitch and Richard Evans.
Band Photo by Ross Halfin.


CRAZY WORLD
Made in Ecuador / 1991
Catalog #:  LP- 70096
Label:  Mercury / Fediscos
Picture cardboard sleeve; clear plastic innersleeve; opens right; silver writings on black label; black vinyl.



NOTES: SCORPIONS Crazy World Extremely rare original 1991 Ecuadorian 11-track LP for the 11th studio album from the German rock group, including "Wind Of Change" and "Send Me An Angel", with all titles in both Spanish & English on the labels & the backed unique laminated picture sleeve. Manufactured by Fediscos (Fabrica Ecuatoriana de Discos Sociedad Anonima Fediscos S.A.) Ecuadorian manufacturing company. The tracklisting in spanish will be: "Molestame" ("Tease Me Please Me"), "No Le Creas" (Don't Believe Her"), "Estar Contigo En El Cielo" ("To Be With You In Heaven"), "Cambio De Viento" ("Wind Of Change"), "Noches Sin Descanso" ("Restless Nights"), "Deseo O Amor" ("Lust Or Love"), "Protesta Despues De Las Seis" (Kicks After Six"), "Golpe Entre Los Ojos" (Hit Between The Eyes"), "Fama Y Dinero" ("Money And Fame"), "Mundo Loco" ("Crazy World") and "Enviame Un Angel" ("Send Me An Angel"). The sleeve shows minimal shelfwear or laminate creasing and it is in remarkable condition for a South American album of this age. The vinyl is in amazing condition & looks pretty much 'as pressed' with no obvious surface marks. Vinyls from Ecuador is near impossible to find in any condition other than 'well used' - stunning! One of the rarest Scorpions collectables in existence & the first copy that I have ever seen! A rare item valuable and coveted by serious collectors. Price: $60-100.
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CRAZY WORLD
Made in Korea / 1991
Catalog #:  846 908-1 / RP 2203
Label:  Mercury Polygram / Sung Eum
PROMO. Picture cardboard sleeve; 2-page insert-sheet; clear plastic innersleeve; opens right; silver writings on blue label; black vinyl.



NOTES: SCORPIONS Crazy World 1991 Korean Sung Eum/Polygram issue 11-track promo sample vinyl LP, the eleventh studio album by the German heavy metal band produced by Keith Olsen, including the classic singles 'Wind Of Change' & 'Send Me An Angel', picture sleeve with 'Sample Record' sticker in Korean on the labels and 'Not For Sale Promotional Use Only' print on the English lyric/Korean text insert plus original record label inner sleeve. Both vinyl, which states 'Approved By The K.E.C.P.P. Ministry Of Culture', and sleeve remain in wonderful near 'as new' condition. Price: $20-40.
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CRAZY WORLD
Made in Hungary / 1991
Catalog #:  SLPXL 37 497
Matrix Number: SLPXL 37497    A 1 P  HP (Side1)    SLPXL 37497    B 1 P  HP (Side2).
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NOTES: SCORPIONS Crazy World Ultra rare test pressing 1991 Hungarian 11-track vinyl LP, with plain yellow labels & unique scratched matrices 'SLPXL 37497 A1' & 'SLPXL 37497 B1' catalogue number & matrices stamped in the run-outs, with handwritten catalogue number and date on the side B. Very few of these were produced, made purely to test the sound quality & never sold to the public. The vinyl is clean & remains in Excellent / Mint condition. One for the serious collector. Price: $80-100.
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CRAZY WORLD
Made in Argentina / 1991
Catalog #:  846908-1
Label:  Mercury Polygram Discos S.A. / CBS S.A.I.C.F.
PROMO. Picture cardboard sleeve; clear plastic innersleeve; opens right; silver writings on black label; black vinyl.



NOTES: SCORPIONS Mundo Loco 1991 Argentinean Mercury promotional issue of the 'Crazy World' 11-track vinyl LP with 'Difusion Venta Prohibida' text on labels, housed in a colour picture sleeve with Spanish track titles, Polygram promo stamp 'Promocion Venta Prohibida' and Argeninian text manufacturing informationon on the reverse. Includes tracklisting in both Spanish and English on the labels: "Provocame, Satisfaceme" ("Tease Me Please Me"), "No Le Creas" (Don't Believe Her"), "Estar Contigo En El Cielo" ("To Be With You In Heaven"), "Viento De Cambio" ("Wind Of Change"), "Noches Inquietas" ("Restless Nights"), "Deseo O Amor" ("Lust Or Love"), "Diversion Despues De Las Seis" (Kicks After Six"), "Golpe Entre Los Ojos" (Hit Between The Eyes"), "Dinero Y Fama" ("Money And Fame"), "Mundo Loco" ("Crazy World") and "Enviame Un Angel" ("Send Me An Angel"). Both sleeve & vinyl are in fantastic condition! Price: $30-40.
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Made in Spain / 1990
Catalog #:  846 908-1
Label:  Mercury / Polygram Iberica S.A.
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NOTES: SCORPIONS Crazy World 1990 Spanish 11-trk LP on Mercury label, housed in a picture sleeve, also features Spanish text on labels and reverse of sleeve and complete with the original picture/lyric inner. The vinyl still looks barely touched. A nice play copy at a great price: $10-20.
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Made in Spain / 1991
Catalog #:  510 517-1
Label:  Mercury / Polygram Iberica S.A.
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NOTES: SCORPIONS Crazy World 1991 Spanish Mercury Records 12-track LP, housed in a slightly different sleeve in Spanish text with ''Incluye WIND OF CHANCE version en espanol' logo top in front. This release, featuring the Spanish version of 'Wind Of Change' (first track on the Side 1), was issued on the market in 1991 after the resounding commercial 'boom' of the song written by singer Klaus Meine. Also includes Spanish text on labels and reverse of picture sleeve and complete with the original picture/lyric inner (Spanish&English for 'Wind Of Change' and English for all other songs). Paradoxically, this copy, is more available easily than the previous issue with normal traclisting. The vinyl, sleeve and insert are all in beautiful mint condition - a very respectable copy of this unusual Spanish pressing at an advantageous price: $15-30.
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Made in Greece / 1990
Catalog #:  846 908-1
Label:  Mercury / Polygram
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NOTES: SCORPIONS Crazy World 1990 Greek 11-track vinyl LP album with Mercury labels, housed in a picture sleeve with Greek copyright text on reverse, complete with picture/credits insert. The sleeve has some light edgewear and the vinyl is in near 'as new'. A great chance to complete your collection at a reduced price (10-20)!
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CRAZY WORLD
Made in Bolivia / 1991
Catalog #:  HL/MRL-34-44
Label:  Mercury / Lauro & Cia. Ltda
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NOTES: SCORPIONS Crazy World Very rare limited 1991 Bolivian 11-track vinyl LP, housed in a unique pasted picture sleeve variant and released on the Lauro International label with Spanish perimeter text. The objects of desire for all true collectors of discs are the South American prints. Very scarce, as now known, are vinyls Brazilian, Argentinian,... but even more rare are the few copies printed in countries like Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela and Bolivia (as in this case). Even if the music industry had entered in the global age long time and the LP covers not differ more the one with the other, in these countries may still exist these exceptions. To find asingle from Bolivia is amazing and not surprising it's condition reflects the region, with light scratches & surface marks & with heavy creasing, ringwear & tear on the sleeve. These imperfections do not affect play & can be excused due to the sheer difficulty of sourcing Bolivian vinyl. But in this case the vinyl is surprisingly near mint condition (!). A great & astonishing copy of this very hard to find pressing for this seminal album - Wonderful!! Price: $100-150.
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CRAZY WORLD
Made in USA / 1990
Catalog #:  846 908-1
Label:  Mercury/Polygram
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NOTES: SCORPIONS Crazy World 1990 US 11-track vinyl LP for the 11th studio album from the German rock group, including 'Wind Of Change' and 'Send Me An Angel', issued in a picture sleeve complete with picture/lyric inner. The sleeve shows minimal wear & the vinyl remains in Excellent condition. Arguably Scorpions's finest record - now hard to find... Price: $20-40.
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CRAZY WORLD
Made in Holland / 1990
Catalog #:  846 908-1
Label:  Merury/Polygram
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NOTES: SCORPIONS Crazy World 1990 Dutch-pressed 11-track vinyl LP for the 11th studio album from the German rock group, including 'Wind Of Change' and 'Send Me An Angel', issued in a glossy picture sleeve with picture/lyric inner. The sleeve shows just a few light storage marks with some gloss-lift to the front but the vinyl looks unplayed! Price: $10-15.
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CRAZY WORLD
Made in Yugoslavia / 1991
Catalog #:  221619
Label:  Merury/Polygram RTB Records
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NOTES: SCORPIONS Crazy World 1991 Yugoslavian issue 11-track RTB/Mercury label LP for the eleventh studio album manufactured by RTB Records. Housed in a picture sleeve, comes with the illustrated lyric inner carde sleeve. The hand-scratched matrices is dated 21/03/1991. PGP-RTB (abbreviation for Serbian: Produkcija gramofonskih ploča Radio televizije Beograd) was a major state-owned record label and chain record store in the former SFR Yugoslavia, based in Belgrade, Socialist Republic of Serbia. PGP RTB was a Yugoslav state-owned label existing during the period of socialist Yugoslavia. It changed its name to PGP RTS around 1993: in fact after the breakup of Yugoslavia, in '93, the company changed its name to PGP-RTS (Produkcija Gramofonskih Ploča Radio-Televizije Srbije), which is the music production branch of the national Radio Television of Serbia. Sometimes referred as RTB Records. The vinyl is in excellent condition. A nice copy of this unusual Yugoslavian pressing at a greatly reduced price ($15-20).
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CRAZY WORLD
Made in Venezuela / 1990
Catalog #:  90.146-L
Label:  Merury/Polygram Sonografica C.A.
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NOTES: SCORPIONS Crazy World 90s Venezuelan Mercury issue 11-track vinyl LP manufactured by Sonografica with song titles printed in both English and Spanish on the labels, housed in a glossy colour picture sleeve, complete with lyric/picture insert. The side A includes the Spanish version of 'Wind Of Change' (in addition to the regular version in English) and always in the same side of the disc was ousted the song 'Restless Nights'. This is the tracklisting in both Spanish and English on the labels: "Provocame, Complaceme" ("Tease Me Please Me"), "No Me Creas" (Don't Believe Her"), "Para Estar Contigo En El Cielo" ("To Be With You In Heaven"), "Viento De Cambio" ("Wind Of Change"), "Viento De Cambio" (Version Espanol), "Morbosidado Amor" ("Lust Or Love"), "Patada Despues De Los Seis" (Kicks After Six"), "Golpe Entre Los Ojos" (Hit Between The Eyes"), "Dinero Y Fama" ("Money And Fame"), "Mundo Loco" ("Crazy World") and "Mandame Un Angel" ("Send Me An Angel"). Sonografica is a Venezuelan label founded in 1980 by 1BC holding enterprises, to produce, promote and develop local artists and seek for new talents. It is run by Distribuidora Sonografica C.A. The Distribuidora Sonografica, C.A., owner of Sonografica label, is a Venezuelan recording and distributing company founded in 1980 by 1BC holding enterprises, to produce, promote and develop local artists and seek for new talents. Sonografica used to distribute other labels releases in the local market such as David Geffen Records, WEA International, Mercury, Deutsche Grammophon for Venezuela and Latin America and few others labels. Today Sonografica is Venezuela's largest label and now produces live shows also. The vinyl is MINT - it is almost impossible to find Venezuelan pressings in this kind of condition! Lp hard to find today. It is a gem for any Scorpions collector. Very few copies were published in Venezuela. Price: $50-60.
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CRAZY WORLD
Made in Brazil / 1991
Catalog #:  846 908-1
Label:  Merury/Polygram Do Brasil Ltda
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NOTES: SCORPIONS Crazy World Deleted 90s Brazilian Mercury 11-track vinyl LP, housed in a unique cartoon picture sleeve without barcode with Portuguese text and complete with original photograph/lyric insert. The picture sleeve has 'Incluindo O Sucesso Wind Of Change' print across the top left corner on the front. The sleeve has just a little light edgewear and the vinyl looks barely played. A nice South American copy estimated to $20-40.
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CRAZY WORLD
Made in Germany / 1990
MATRIX #:  846 908 1   S1=1  670   06   12  36 (Side 1)   846 908 1   S2=1  670   06   12  40 (Side 2)
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NOTES: SCORPIONS Crazy World Very rare 1990 German white label test pressing for the 11-track vinyl LP. This scare test pressing is for one of the hardest Scorpions item to find and ranks as one of the gems for any serious early 90's Scorpions collector - gorgeous MINT vinyl! Price: $100-150.
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CRAZY WORLD
Made in Hungary / 1991
Catalog #:  SLPXL 37497
Label:  Gong/Polygram
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NOTES: SCORPIONS Crazy World Scarce 1991 Hungarian 11-track Gong/Polygram white label LP, comes in a picture sleeve and the sleeve has just a couple of pinchmarks to the spine but the vinyl appears in barely played condition. A reasonable copy of this unusual Scorpions original press at a fair price ($20-30).
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CRAZY WORLD
Made in Finland / 1990
Catalog #:  846 908-1
Label:  Mercury / Polygram
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NOTES: SCORPIONS Crazy World Scarce 1990 Finnish issue 11-track vinyl LP featuring the 11th studio album from the German rock group, including 'Wind Of Change' and 'Send Me An Angel', with BIEM / NCB [Nordic Copyright Bureau] logo on the labels, glossy picture sleeve which has the ''Uudenmaan Ammattipaino Ky" (Finnish printing company until March 30, 1993) print on the back, plus picture/lyric inner. Both vinyl and sleeve appear mint and unplayed! A nice and unusual play copy at a very great price: $10-20.
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CRAZY WORLD
Made in UK / 1990
Catalog #:  846 908-1
Label:  Vertigo / Phonogram
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NOTES: SCORPIONS Crazy World Rare 1990 UK 11-track LP on the large 'swirl' label on the Side1 & with the small 'swirl' logo and Vertigo lettering above the full tracklisting on the other label, housed in a glossy picture sleeve and complete with original picture/lyric inner. The very concept of the Vertigo label was inaugurated in Britain. As many record companies saw the opportunity to reach a now larger and more discerning record buying public, new labels were launched to cater for this audience. Listerners had grown up, had more money to spend and were more open to ambitious listening than they were some three years earlier. Some companies dusted off an already forgotten label, like EMI did with Regal Zonophone, or moulded an already existing label into a new form, like Decca did with Deram, and tried to fill it with new content. Other companies came up with newly designed subsidiary labels. Pye had Dawn, EMI had Harvest, RCA had Neon. Philips/Phonogram lifted the concept one rung higher on the ladder of ambition by introducing Vertigo to the public in the autumn of 1969. As they did so, they were pretty late already, since the market for this kind of releases was now strongly dominated by Harvest and Deram, and, of course, the independents Island and Transatlantic. The main initiator of the label seems to have been Gerry Bron, a man most active in this kind of venture. He later started the Bronze label. Another one would be Tony Reeves. They shared production duties on the first release. We also received some information on the role of Olav Wyper, who by the time of Vertigo's inauguration was general manager of Philips records in Britain. We know that he was the one who signed Black Sabbath to the label. You can read (very concisely) about this in his liner notes for the Indian Summer album on RCA Neon. It seems that he at least contributed some significant strategies to Vertigo and could have been instrumental in setting up the label in the first place. Here is a quote from Olav Wyper from Still dizzy after all these years from 1998: Although we set about restructuring the company, signing new bands and reworking existing artists and records with some success, we lacked the sort of dramatic impact that we needed. At the end of each day we would all gather in my office, have a glass or two of wine and discuss our progress. It was at one such informal discussion that the contemporary rock label concept of  'Vertigo' was born and just three months later we launched the label. As was typical of the time, Vertigo signed a wide array of acts, which somehow seemed to relate to the vague notion of ''serious''. This included prog-rock, blues-rock, jazz-rock, rock-jazz (we'll come to the difference perhaps later), hard-rock, folk-rock, singer/songwriter, and some hardly classifiable music too. Almost no mainstream music was released in this period.In the course of time, some catalogue numbers were left out. We have been able to trace most of these! Some were assigned to releases outside of the UK. You will find a link to the appropriate country alongside these numbers. Yet, a few are enigmatic still. We have just now received information that one of these omitted catalogue numbers was reserved for the British release of Oriental Sunshine's Dedicated to the bird we love (released in Norway only on Philips). If you know which number this was, please drop us a line! As you can deduce from the first ad, the logo was meant to have an effect on the beholder. The ad invites you to cut the logo out, place it on your turntable and look at it turning. Doing this indeed  may produce a mild effect of vertigo, at least if you are inclined so. The logo is very cunningly designed: nine alternately black and white circles that decrease in size and whose midpoints follow a straight line are superimposed on each other. This again is repeated three times in ever smaller size. The three circle groups are alternately placed upward (1 and 3) and downward (2). The relation of the three circle groups is chosen so that the perimeter of the third lies on the midpoint of the first - the second lies halfway. Sounds complicated, but is in fact simplicity itself. This logo is one of record history's most astonishing. A special font is used for the word ''vertigo'', located either below or above the spindle hole. This is in an ''outline'' font, quite neutral in itself, that is just too fanciful to be business-like and too straight to be fantastic and thereby suited to almost any style of cover design. The latest article on the label in Record Collector 314 from september 2006 states Roger Dean as the designer. This seems quite improbable to us (though not impossible, of course), as it is very far removed from anything that ressembles his style of designing. Attention! We have now certainty that it was not Roger Dean who designed the label logo (as we already expected).  LINDA NICOL, née GLOVER, sent us a mail confirming her design.  (She also designed the mosaic cover of the first Colosseum album on Fontana, the Magna Carta ''Seasons'' album, the Dulcimer album on Nepentha, and updated the information on some of  the designers of the Vertigo covers and we have taken in that information where applicable). Hats off to Linda! It should be clear from looking at the logo, that neither ''swirl'', nor ''spiral'', as the label is often called, are adequate. ''Spiral'' being a lot worse (there is no hint of a spiral anywhere), we choose ''swirl'', because the concept of a swirl may take any form (so why not that of the logo involved), while ''spiral'' evidently involves a line which, starting at the outside, gradually decreases the perimeter while describing a circle. Or the other way around, of course. A during this period quite popular concept was used for the label itself: one side showed the logo in large format, the other carried the information. The information side had the logo repeated at the top, but upside-down. The font used on the perimeter text on the label B-side is very characteristic for the British releases from this particular time. As you would expect, font and general styling of the label were modernised as time went by. Where this is of any consequence it will be noted. There were also quite some small variations in the placement of the elements on the label, often even within the same release. We will only mention this when it seems consequential enough to do so. Almost every country where Vertigo swirl records were issued had its own font and design, although these sometimes only differ slightly from the British stylings. In Britain the year of release is shown at the right of the top logo. Below that we find the revolution speed 33 1/3 rpm (revolutions per minute). The perimeter text in capitals is as follows: All rights of the record producer and of the owner of the work reproduced reserved. Copying, public performance and broadcasting this record prohibited. And above this in the middle: A Philips record product. This reference to Philips is absent on later releases. Still later labels have the Vertigo wording moved to a location above the spindle hole and are sometimes referred to as 'small swirl'.  That would mean three different swirl pressings for a record like VO4. The A-side label has ''side A'' in capitals within the third white circle from above. No one bothered to inform the Dutch branch about the B-side logo being meant to print upside-down, so they put the A-side logo on both sides, at least on early releases. Now hard to find - a lovely MINT copy! Price: $30-40.
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CRAZY WORLD
Made in Czechoslovakia / 1990
Catalog #:  50059-1 / 846 908-1
Label:  Popron A.S. / Mercury Polygram International Music B.V. Baarn
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NOTES: SCORPIONS Crazy World Scarce 1990 Czech pressed Popron/Mercury 11-track LP and this unusual pressing is housed a glossy picture sleeve. The Popron is a Czech label and distributor, focused on licensing and distribution of foreign releases. Established in 1990 by Peter Schier Sr., Peter Schier Jr. and Petr Dvořáček. Both sleeve and vinyl are in excellent condition. Now hard to find - a very respectable copy at a great price: $20-30.
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CRAZY WORLD
Made in UK / 1990
Catalog #:  846 908-1
Label:  Phonogram / Vertigo
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NOTES: SCORPIONS Crazy World 1990 UK issue 11-track vinyl LP featuring the 11th studio album from the German rock group, including 'Wind Of Change' and 'Send Me An Angel', glossy picture sleeve with picture/lyric inner. The sleeve has just a couple of pinchmarks to the spine but the vinyl appears in barely played condition. A great copy of this timeless classic. Price: $20.
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CRAZY WORLD
Made in Germany / 1990
Catalog #:  846 908-1
Label:  Polygram Mercury
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NOTES: SCORPIONS Crazy World 1990 German 11-track LP, the elventh studio album from the German rock group, including 'Wind Of Change' and 'Send Me An Angel', glossy picture sleeve with 'Club-Sonderauflage 281/25  269 2' text sticker on the reverse and complete with lyric inner. A respectable copy at a great price: $10-15.
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CRAZY WORLD
Made in Canada / 1990
Catalog #:  846 908-1    R 114795
Label:  Polygram Mercury / BMG
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NOTES: Scorpions Crazy World 1990 Canadian BMG Record Club stereo issue of the classic 11-track LP, complete with picture/lyric inner, housed in a no barcode glossy picture sleeve. 'BMG Direct 6550 East 30th Street ndianapolis, IN 46219' in the upper right corner on the back sleeve. The BMG Direct Marketing, Inc. is the US company that owned the BMG Music Service record club. Catalog numbers of both the original label and BMG Direct Marketing, Inc. usually appear on the releases. Also credited as: BMG Direct Marketing Inc. BMG Direct Marketing and its corresponding number should be added as the Record Company and 'Club Edition' added to the format from the dropdown menu. Some club editions will credit just "BMG Direct". For releases that are 'Mfd. for BMG Direct Marketing, Inc., under license', a 'Licensed To' LCCN may be added as well. The company was formed in 1988, when Bertelsmann acquired the RCA label, owner of the 'RCA Music Service' record club. This record club was then renamed to 'BMG Music Service'. Releases which were exclusively made for the BMG Music Service record club mention they were manufactured for BMG Direct Marketing, Inc. under license. A very nice copy of this hard to find pressing at a great price: $20-30.

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CRAZY WORLD
Made in Colombia / 1991
Catalog #:  846908-1
Label:  Mercury / Philips De Colombia S.A.
Picture cardboard sleeve; clear plastic innersleeve; opens right; silver writings on black label; black vinyl.



NOTES: SCORPIONS Crazy World Very Rare 1991 Colombian Mercury label 11-track vinyl LP, housed in unique laminated picture sleeve variant with lyrics printed on the reverse. The entire region known collectively as 'South America' encompasses the highest volume of music sales in the world, largely derived from the umbrella of 'Latino Music', or, popular recordings in the Spanish language. The Colombian music industry began with the formation of the Victor Talking Machine Company in 1901, followed by the more familiar Columbia Gramophone Company in 1903. From the early 1900's these companies made "overseas recordings" by sending teams of representatives to foreign countries with stacks of wax blanks and recording machines which, although rudimentary, were quite portable, and then imported back into Colombia. It was some years later before what we know as 'popular' music forged a path into the industry which had mostly been based around Rumbas, Tangos and Foxtrots! Pressings plants for vinyl were scarce and investment low, thus sound quality was quite inferior to vinyl from other parts of the world at the time. However, most Colombians were happy to play these on their imported American gramophones, crackles and all. Today, the most desirable aspects of Colombian vinyl are the variants of sleeve and label design and more eye-catching still, the much sought after coloured vinyl pressings which were almost never issued elsewhere. Many sleeves would be printed entirely in Spanish, the native language. There would often be amusing, almost amateurish, but completely official and authorized, sleeve alterations to the original artwork with biography information and track-listings translated into Spanish. Label variations and collaborations throughout the 1970's and 1980's, such as those with Philips, were many as pressing plants diminished, stricken by the poor and corrupt economy. The paper quality used in sleeve manufacture would vary wildly and some labels would issue their records with built in plastic linings or outers, to help reduce wear and tear. Pushing sales often involved featuring an exclusive or bonus Spanish Version of an English track which would rarely make it onto other worldwide pressings of the same record. Coloured vinyl pressings are few and far between, often only made and distributed to DJs or radio stations. The variety is endless, from bold one-colour vinyl to some fantastic multi-coloured 'splattered' pressings, where a base colour or transparent vinyl is used with any number of alternate colours radiating across the disc from the label to the outer edge. Really, these have become some of the most elusive and valuable pressings to be found in Colombia. Once again, their pressing quality and condition vary massively since most vinyl ceased pressing entirely in the early 1990's, but they are incredibly sought after for their sheer visual impact and even our buyer has to pinch himself when he stumbles across these. Labels rarely had the budget to reissue original albums and as a result, collectors and music lovers tend to hang on to their much-loved records. Colombia is most definitely a dark, very dangerous and mysterious place to go hunting for rare records, but brave it we do and as our buyer says, "cómprelo cuando usted lo ve, como nosotros nunca podemos encontrar otro uno", or "buy it when you see it, as you may never find another one..." An excellent example of this hard to find South American pressing. No Maiden collection could be considered complete without this stunning item! Price: $60-80.
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HOT & SLOW: THE BEST OF THE BALLADS (RCA, October 1991)
The Hot & Slow: The Best Ballads is a compilation album by Scorpions, released in 1991 by RCA Records. As its name suggests, is a compilation of ballads from the debut album Lonesome Crow to the live album Tokyo Tapes therefore contains only songs of the decade of the 70s. After the resounding worldwide success of 'Wind Of Change', the RCA has seen fit to use once more the material of the band and with excellent results: in fact in 1994 this compilation won gold in France, surpassing the 100,000 copies sold...

SIDE A: 1. In Trance (Klaus Meine / Rudolf Schenker) 4:42 2. Life's Like A River (Fortmann / Uli Roth / Rudolf Schenker) 3:50 3. Yellow Raven (Ulrich Roth) 4:58 4. Born To Touch Your Feelings (Klaus Meine / Rudolf Schenker) 7:20 5. In Search For The Peace Of Mind (LIVE) (Wolfgang Dziony / Lothar Heimberg / Klaus Meine / Michael Schenker / Rudolf Schenker) 6. Far Away (Rudolf Schenker / Michael Schenker / Klaus Meine) 5:39
SIDE B: 1. In Your Park (Klaus Meine / Rudolf Schenker) 3:42 2. Crying Days (Klaus Meine / Rudolf Schenker) 4:37 3. Fly People Fly (Klaus Meine / Rudolf Schenker) 5:02 4. We'll Burn The Sky (LIVE) (Dannemann / Rudolf Schenker) 8:16 5. Living And Dying (Klaus Meine / Rudolf Schenker) 3:18 6. Kojo Notsuki (荒城の月) (LIVE) (Rentaro Taki / B. Tsuchii) 3:46
Total lenght: 52:53.
Producer by Dieter Dierks (tracks: A1 to A5, B1, B2, B4 to B6).
Producer by Scorpions (tracks: A6, B3).
Cover [Design] by Nuit de Chine.
Photography by Pierre Terrasson.


HOT & SLOW - THE BEST OF THE BALLADS
Made in Germany / 1991
Catalog #:  NL 75029
Label:  RCA / BMG Ariola
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NOTES: SCORPIONS Hot & Slow - The Best Of The Ballads Scarce 1991 German-only vinyl compilation comprising a 12-track collection of ballads of the 70s including also live performances and more, housed in a stunning sexy picture sleeve. Both sleeve and vinyl are in fabulous mint condition! Now hard to find in any condition... Price: $30-40.
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STILL LOVING YOU (HARVEST / Electrola, April 02, 1992)
Still Loving You (subtitled More Gold Ballads) is a compilation album released in April 1992 by the HARVEST. Nine tracks were remixed for this album by Erwin Musper in Wisseloord Studios located in Hilversum, Netherlands. Contains only power ballad taken from studio albums between the years 1978-1990 (obviously can not miss "Wind Of Change"...) and also the live track, "Living For Tomorrow", recorded in Leningrad on 26 April 1988 during the Savage Amusement Tour and had only been released as a single, was later included in the 1995 live album live Bites. The single issued are "Still Loving You - Remix" / "Still Loving You - Remix Radio Version" / "Media Overkill" (also in format CD) and "Living For Tomorrow", released both in 1992. "Living For Tomorrow" (plus "Bad Boys Running Wild") was issued in Europe as a 7" vinyl and CD single. The single contained an edited version of the song that eliminated the spoken introduction and faded the ending. This version was used in television advertising for Mustang Jeans, a German clothing company, and their logo appeared on the single's sleeve. This compilation peaked number 4 in France (French Albums Charts) where it earned a gold record (SNEP) to overcome the 100,000 copies sold, in the Norwegian Albums Charts #14, GfK Dutch Charts #16, German Albums Chart #18, Swiss Albums Charts #24, Swedish Albums Chart #30, Austrian Albums Charts #32 and Ultratop Belgian Charts #40. Other certification is in Finland (IFPI Finland) in 1994: Platinum (+ 50,000). Still Loving You sold 1,500,000 copies in the rest of the world. THE PICTURE SLEEVE IS AN AMAZING SCORPIONS ART BY JEURGEN ALDAG (THE ARTIST IS SADLY NO LONGER HERE).


Juergen Aldag is known as “The Celebrity Artist” because he was a celebrity in the art world and he painted for celebrities that were usually collectors as well.  The Scorpions were personal friends of his and they were featured at some of his art exhibitions in Germany and America. They would attend to sign his paintings and take photos with his guests.  He painted hundreds of paintings for them over the many years that they were friends.  Juergen loved the Scorpions and their music and they loved Juergen the crazy artist and his art! Art Brokerage: Juergen Aldag German Artist: b. 1955-2006. After years of studying art in Germany and experimenting with various mediums, Aldag blended all of his talents and created his unique collection of fantasy art. He named my signature abstract art style: Defingismus, Latin for Changing the Form of Reality" The three, four and sometimes five dimensional layers of each canvas is sealed with glass like varnish. Sought after wildlife imagery was created with Visions of Africa photographer Alan Morgan. In 1988, after receiving a personal invitation from Siegfried and Roy in Las Vegas, Aldag flew from Germany to Las Vegas arriving in America for the first time. He came specifically to give them a private exhibition of his artworks. Roy was so impressed by his work that he told Aldag, "For every artist, there is a place in the universe; be patient and you will find your place among the stars!" Aldag painted many of the circus animals and celebrites of the 90's. Listings wanted by Art Brokerage.
History Making Album Covers:
In 1991 Juergen Aldag created three album covers for one album “Still Loving You” for the Scorpions. That was the first Album in history that was published with three different covers and colors (Blue, Red and Purple) that were distributed worldwide. In 1993 Juergen went on tour with the Scorpions on the “Face The Heat” tour and was considered an “honorary” band member.
Juergen Aldag silk screened hundreds of original fine art paintings for the Scorpions. He was well known in Germany as one of the best commercial silk screen specialist in the world. He had a huge warehouse art studio in Germany filled with several enormous silk screen machines and other costly equipment used to create oversized original artwork. In 1995 Juergen’s Wife Wendy Arvella wrote a song for Roy Horn’s birthday (of Siegfried & Roy Show in Las Vegas) and Matthias Jabs wrote the music and recorded it in Hanover, Germany. He also played the guitar and the Scorpion bass player Ralph played the drums (while Wendy wrote the lyrics and sang) on the recording. The song was titled “White Lions of Timbivati” after a children’s book that Wendy wrote for Siegfried & Roy as well.
“Juergen’s Art Will Rock 
You Like a Hurricane!”
            - Rudolf Schenker

SIDE A: 1. Believe In Love - Remix (Rudolf Schenker, Klaus Meine) 5:20 (originally released in 1988 on the album Savage Amusement) 2. Still Loving You - Remix (Schenker, Meine) 6:08 (originally released in 1984 on the album Love At First Sting) 3. Walking On The Edge - Remix (Schenker, Meine) 5:05 (originally released in 1988 on the album Savage Amusement) 4. Born To Touch Your Feelings - Remix (Schenker, Meine) 7:07 (originally released in 1977 on the album Taken By Force) 5. Lady Starlight - Remix (Schenker, Meine) 6:24 (originally released in 1980 on the album Animal Magnetism)
SIDE B: 1. Wind Of Change (Meine) 5:10 (from the album Crazy World) 2. Is There Anybody There? - Remix (Schenker, Meine, Herman Rarebell) 4:16 (originally released in 1989 on the European version of the compilation album Best Of Rockers 'n' Ballads) 3. Always Somewhere - Remix (Schenker, Meine) 4:55 (originally released in 1979 on the album Lovedrive) 4. Holiday - Remix (Schenker, Meine) 6:31 (originally released in 1979 on the album Lovedrive; this is a different remix than the one on Best Of Rockers 'n' Ballads) 5. When The Smoke Is Going Down - Remix (Schenker, Meine) 3:46 (originally released in 1982 on the album Blackout) 6. Living For Tomorrow (live) (Schenker, Meine) 5:30 (previously unreleased; recorded live in Leningrad (St. Petersburg) 26 April 1988.
Total lenght: 61:38.
Line up: Klaus Meine - vocals; Rudolf Schenker - guitar; Matthias Jabs - lead guitar; Uli Jon Roth - lead guitar on "Born To Touch Your Feelings"; Michael Schenker - lead guitar on "Holiday"; Francis Buchholz - bass; Herman Rarebell - drums.
All songs recorded at Dierks Studios, Stommeln, Germany except "Wind Of Change" at Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum, Holland & Goodnight L.A. Studios, Los Angeles,California.
Produced by Dieter Dierks except "Wind Of Change" produced by Keith Olsen and Scorpions.
Remixed by Erwin Musper at Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum, Holland.
Artwork by Reja (Rosira Engelmohr & Jurgen Aldag).
Coverphotos by Annamaria Di Santo.
Coverdesign by A. Backhausen, Cologne.


STILL LOVING YOU
Made in Italy / 1992
Catalog #:  68 7 98732 1
Label:  EMI / HARVEST
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NOTES: SCORPIONS Still Loving You 1992 Italian 11-track LP compilation, with Italian perimeter text and official 'SIAE' copyright stamp on the labels. Includes 'Wind Of Change', a previously unreleased live version of 'Living For Tomorrow' recorded in Leningrad plus 9 exclusive remixes. Housed in a blue picture sleeve in excellent condition, variant with 'EMI Italiana S.p.A.' credit, comes with the illustrated inner sleeve; the vinyl is in MINT condition. Price: $20-30.
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STILL LOVING YOU
Made in Germany / 1992
Catalog #:  1C 068-7 98732 1
Label:  HARVEST / Electrola
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NOTES: SCORPIONS Still Loving You 1992 German DMM [Direct Metal Mastering] 11-track LP compilation, pressed for the European market. Includes 'Wind Of Change', a previously unreleased live version of 'Living For Tomorrow' recorded in Leningrad plus 9 exclusive remixes. Housed in a pink picture sleeve which has only a few minor storage marks, comes with the illustrated inner sleeve; the vinyl is in excellent condition. A very respectable copy of this now hard to find 90s pressing. Price: $30-40.
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STILL LOVING YOU
Made in Spain / 1992
Catalog #:  068  79 8732 1
Label:  EMI Odeon S.A. HARVEST / Electrola
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NOTES: SCORPIONS Still Loving You Scarce 1992 Spanish 11-track LP compilation, housed in a lilac&blue color picture sleeve with the EMI & Harvest logo on the back bottom right corner plus Spanish text both sleeve and labels. Includes 'Wind Of Change', a previously unreleased live version of 'Living For Tomorrow' recorded in Leningrad plus 9 exclusive remixes. It comes with the illustrated inner sleeve and the vinyl is in near mint condition. Price: $30.
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STILL LOVING YOU
Made in Korea / 1992
Catalog #:  EKPL - 0251  7 98732 1
Label:  EMI / KEMONGSA Records
Picture cardboard sleeve; insert sheet; clear plastic innersleeve; opens right; silver writings on purple label; black vinyl.




NOTES: SCORPIONS Still Loving You Rare 1992 Korean Jeil/EMI-Kemongsa Records 11-track vinyl LP compilation with EMI logo labels released on July 30, 1992, unique picture sleeve with K.E.C.P.P. censorship notification (which states 'Approved by Minstry Of Culture And Information') on the reverse plus unique photo insert with a biography in Korean text + printed record label PVC inner. Unique tracklist with 'Believe In Love' and 'Wind Of Change' which were reversed from the original sequence by the Ministry of Culture: the super ballad 'Wind Of Change' is the first song of the disc while 'Believe In Love' opens the side B. The sleeve on this copy is EX+ and the vinyl in superb near mint condition - nice copy. Price: $30-40.
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STILL LOVING YOU
Made in Croatia / 1992
Catalog #:  LP-7-1 2036929
Label:  Croatia Records / EMI Harvest
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NOTES: SCORPIONS Still Loving You Scarce original 1992 Croatian 11-track LP compilation, picture sleeve with illustrated inner sleeve. Includes 'Wind Of Change', a previously unreleased live version of 'Living For Tomorrow' recorded in Leningrad plus 9 exclusive remixes. The Croatia Records is a successor of Jugoton, and it was established on October 1, 1991. The sleeve & the vinyl are in near 'as new' condition. Rarely seen before! This item would make a great addition to any Scorpions collection... Price: $30-40.
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STILL LOVING YOU
Made in Greece / 1992
Catalog #:  1C 068 7 98732 1 DMM
Label:  EMI Harvest
Picture gatefold cardboard sleeve; white paper innersleeve; opens right; black writings on yellow&green label; black vinyl.



NOTES: SCORPIONS Still Loving You 1992 Greek issue 11-track LP compilation, unique gatefold picture sleeve with 'Mega Top' sticker on front cover including inside a great band photo + discography EMI catalog, Greek text on the Harvest labels. The sleeve is in excellent condition and the vinyl appears virtually unplayed! This item looks truly stunning and perfect for any collection at an advantageous price: $30-40.
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STILL LOVING YOU - Volume I
Made in Russia / 199?
Catalog #:  SX 007-8
Label:  ???
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NOTES: SCORPIONS Still Loving You~More Gold Ballads Volume I 90s Russian 8-track LP compilation, housed in a 'homemade' unique picture sleeve - This album was considered unofficial as released without any permission or knowledge from the band and label. The tracklisting of this release includes the first 8 songs of the European edition (the last three songs are the first three on Volume II...). A very respectable copy in MINT condition - hard to find - and at a great price: $20.
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STILL LOVING YOU - Volume II
Made in Russia / 199?
Catalog #:  SX 009-10
Label:  ???
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NOTES: SCORPIONS Still Loving You~More Gold Ballads Volume II 90s Russian 8-track LP compilation, housed in a 'homemade' unique picture sleeve - This album was considered unofficial as released without any permission or knowledge from the band and label. Note that this unusual compilation includes well 5 songs of the band's next studio album (Face The Heat, September '93) and the unique tracklisting is: 'Holiday', 'When The Smoke Is Going Down', 'Living For Tomorrow', 'Under the Same Sun' and backed 'Woman', 'Lonely Nights', 'Destin' and Daddy's Girl'. This disc has no date of issue but surely it was realized by end '93 onwards. A very respectable copy in MINT condition - hard to find - and at a great price: $20.
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STILL LOVING YOU
Made in Portugal / 1992
Catalog #:  7 98732 1
Label:  HARVEST / EMI Valentim De Carvalho Musica Lda
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NOTES: SCORPIONS Still Loving You Scarce 1992 Portuguese 11-track LP compilation, manufactured by Valentim De Carvalho. Includes 'Wind Of Change', a previously unreleased live version of 'Living For Tomorrow' recorded in Leningrad plus 9 exclusive remixes. Housed in purple picture sleeve, comes with the illustrated inner sleeve; the vinyl is in excellent condition. Price: $20-30.
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FACE THE HEAT (Polygram / Mercury, September 21, 1993)
The SCORPIONS found it hard to follow up the success of Crazy World despite an extremely strong album in 1993's Face The Heat, which if anything was a far more accomplished affair than its immediate predecessor. Produced by Bruce Fairbairn, Face The Heat relied more on traditional Scorpions rockers than any token chartstabbers and was the first album to feature new bassist Ralph Rieckermann. But dissension was in the ranks. "In the 80s, before Wind Of Change we were five equal people, in the band, "laments Herman. "It was very democratic. Anybody could bring anything. Then 'Wind Of Change' came, and then Klaus, of course, turned around and said, 'I wrote the biggest hit for you guys. So from now on I will write the songs'. And he told me, I don't need you anymore. I will write teh songs from now on, because I have a big publishing offer, and I don't want to share that money. I will put that money in my pocket alone. So then I knew from that moment I was out, and it was just a question of time. After I had no more creativity. I had nothing to do in that band anymore".
Not did Francis Buchholz, who had been replaced by Ralph Rieckermann, a consummate musician who had done session work for Kingdom Come, as well as coming close to a deal with his progressive rock act Beyond The Blind.
"I think mostly, it was through a connection", says Ralph on joining the band. "I was already living in LA, and a friend of mine that I used to hang out with called me up and said, the bass player Francis got fired, and they need someone. And I look a little bit like Francis. Like similar eyes, similar whatever. I was born in Hamburg, born and raised in the area which is like 40 miles away from Hannover, which is where they're from. I lived in the States, and I was extremely good. I was an extremely good bass player back in those days. I mean I just practiced eight hours a day. That's all I did. I came to the States with that American dream to play in one of those really big famous bands, and I liked to practice all day long. It's like shredding; I can pretty much play everything. When I met the guys, I think, not only did we have an immediate chemistry because we came from the same background, where we were born, but I lived in the States, so already had a little bit of a worldly feel to my personality, I guess. But also, Francis wasn't really a musician. he was more like a financial guy. He was an OK bass player, but you know, he wasn't like a real musician's musician, you know what I saying? And I was 100% musician. When I came in, I don't think they ever realy heard someone play bass the way I played, because I was doing all this superfast, like slapping and fretless, and layed all this classical music. I think that triggered something in all of them. Plus. like I said, we had a pretty good chemistry right from the get-go. And yeah, a little bit of luck probably paved the way a bit too".
Face The Heat, issued September 21st, 1993, was recorded where Crazy World was supposed to happen, namely Little Mountain Studios in Vancouver, and upon release, it was interesting to see Herman out doing press for the album, putting on a brave face despite his growing dissatisfaction with his place in the band.
"Just being heavy is excatly what we wanted to do because we decided not to retire into ballad land", said Herman. "There 's no point doing 'Wind Of Change' part two - that makes no sense. 'Wind Of Change' was a good thing because it was a big hit, but after that, you want to go on. We came into the studio with Bruce, and he said, 'What do you guys want to do? Do you want to do it like always, or do you want to take some risks?' And we said, 'We want to go back to the roots, where we come from , another Blackout album, or another Love At First Sting. Kick ass rock'n'roll. We want to show the kids out there that we are still there. We started to ask, 'What are we going to do here? Are we gonna play this the safe was and write eight ballads and make sure that we get into the commercial radio stations?' And we said, 'Fuck this! Let's make ourselves happy'. We were very, very selfish this rime with this music. This is what we love - it's our heart and soul. And if it fucks us up, good - and if it doesn't, fucking good too! We are happy with the music, and that's the most important thing".
"It mean nothing else than face the problem", continues Herman, asked for any deep meaning behind the title of the album. "There's no point in putting your head into the said and pretending that nothing out there happens. the album is full of attitude. We have a lot of heavy things going on in the world, and I think we're at the age now where we have to write about this and tell people out there. there's no point in writing a song about a girl who's 16 years old that, at midnight, you hold her hand and give her a kiss, you know? Kids don't want to hear that shit anymore. This time we really emphasized our piint of view".
"And of course, we decided to make a rock album, which became then a flop, with only 1,8 million sales, where before it was eight million", explains Herman. "Nowadays, this would be a success. Everbody would love to have these numbers. Then, you know, our first single was 'Alien Nation', which was definitely nothing for radio. It was heavy as shit, as you know, a really heavy song. Imagine, 'Alien Nation' after 'Wind Of Change'. Now, which radio station play that? Zero, none. And I said, we can't do this; let's give them 'Under The Same Sun', so they could play us at least. But 'Alien Nation'... exactly what happens with radio, you listen to the song for five beats, and, 'No way, we can't play this, this is much too heavy for us'".
"About two years ago we were not happy with our business situations", says Herman, happy to go in to what happened around the split with Francis. "Our accountant made some really wrong suggestions for a tax write-offs, so we fired the guy. Francis was always the man in our band who made the business, while the four of us made the creative part. So when we said, 'Look, we're gonna fire the accountant', he spoke to the accountant and not the band! And until this day, I don't know why. That's all i can tell you - it smells very strong. There's still a lot of money missing, and the courts in Germany are looking into it, so it will be a couple of years before the whole fucking mess is clear. But I think wih ralph Rieckermann, we found a very fine replacement. It's sad that we had to lose our bass player after 18 years, but the saddest thing for me was to trust him completely for all these years and then find out that maybe, business-wise, some things don't always work out the way they should".
"The press was so strong against us, that it forced us to come out", explained Rudolf. "Every day it was in the news so we had to fight back. Our former business manager, who we had to fire, was building up his case in the press, and to our surprise, Francis sided with him and gave uo his career. It was very important for us to stay strong".
"Yes, well, I'd say, tension only occured really in 1992, in the summer", Herman insists, "We suddenly realized that a lot of money was missing. Francis was our CEO, in the company togheter with our accountant, and we put all our money at that time in a trust account in Lichtenstein, so it stayed in Europe. And this money is missing until this day. We've been going to court for now for 15 years, and the case is still not solved. Francis says he never took anything, the accountant either". "But Francis was a friend. At least we thought this.And he was our CEO. None of us wanted to do the daily paperwork, the daily business. He was in the office every day five, six hours, doing all this togheter with the accountant. So we were glad that he did it, you know. So we said Ok, for that, we can take a person in the band who's not as msically strong as the other four. And it worked good. As you can hear, nobody ever comlplained about the bass. But the bass player, otherwise, he made his job, he made it solid, nothing too fancy, it was OK".
Continues Herman: "Unfortunately, my money, from everything my accountant invested, all those cmpanies went bankrupt. If I would've not written all those songs for the Scorpions, and if we wouldn't have a good back catalogue, I would be in serious problems now. I mean, the back catalogue still does, every year, between $50,000 and $100,000, and teh same with writing, you know. And I wrote about 35 songs, and I can see 'Rock You Like A Hurricane' is still played worldwide all the time. So that is a good thing". 
And the rest of the guys? "Klaus is a very, very rich man. he made millios of dollars with 'Wind Of Change', and he's the sole writer there. And also in those years, he made lost of money with Ford, for car advertisements, where they used the song at the time. And then the song was #1 in 20 countries worldwide. Plus the record sold at the time, eight million copies, and Klaus is not a guy who spends any money. So he's worth millions. Rudolf must be the same. Matthias, he never wrote anything, but he still has a very good income from the road, and the other two are just paied salaries".
"The decision was half mine, half the band's", begins Buchholz on his break with the band. "We could not go on like that anymore. Why did I leav? Four years before I left Scorpions, we booked into a fantastic stadium tour in the USA. Van halen was headlining and we played directly before them at about eight o' clock in the evening, which wa a very good spot to have. Metallica played before us. We had about 30 shows with an average attendance of about 30,000 fans per show. That was absolutely great".
"But directly after the beginning of this tour, it was decided that we would fire our New York-based management, CCC. And while everybody was having a great time at the hotel pools during times off, I spent my time on the phone talking to Dick Asher, who was president of PolyGram Records - which is Universal Records today - in New York. Our album Savage Amusement had just been released and thousands of promotional activities had to be coordinated between the New York record company and us. I realized that we were in desperate need of a professional American managemnet again. Asher suggested that Doc McGhee - being the Bon Jovi manager at that time - would help out with the management of the Scorpions. Asher gave me a phone number and I talked to Doc explaining the situation. I invited him to fly in from his gold training in Canada. the other guys in the band liked him, we all shook hands and everything worked out smoothly in the following time".
"Just after Crazy World tour, the rest of the band suddenly decided to fire our lawyers and tax advisers, even though nobody - except me - had really cared about all these day-to-day business affairs. In other words, nobody realy seemed to understand how important a working business structure is for an international touring band. I was not willing to cange everything around again. I was not willing to have chaos in the middle of an examination done by our German tax authorities, which took place at that time. I rather wanted to spend my time being musically creative and I needed time for my family. I did not make sense to me to fire people who had done their best. But new people were brought in: an additional manager to McGhee, a new lawyer and a new tax consulting company". "Consequently I was confronted with the question either to accept these new, and in the music industry, yet quite unexperienced people, whom the band wanted, or to leave. On top of it, I felt that some of these new people were definitely not on my wavelength. They did not seem to fit my ambitious expectations. The decision was not easy. But, being a father to a little boy already, I became the father of twin girls at that time. A life out of a suitcase is not really compatible with my understanding of a healthy family life. Sometimes you've got to follow your heart".
"By then a lot of internal problems had developed in the Scorpions", recalls David Krebs, who says the problems with Francis originated much earlier. In fact, says Krebs, the root of the split with Francis might go all the way back to the Jimmy Bain incident circa Love At First Sting. "I think the Scorpions, in handling Francis Buchholz that way and embarrassing him, to the world, turned him against them. And at the end, that's why, I think, he screwed them with business manager".
Rarebell explains: "We must have had about 30 songs we sent to Bruce Fairbairn, and he picked 14 songs which he liked. Then we said, 'Okay, we'll come and record thise 14 songs in your studio in vancouver'. So in february, 1993, we went over to Vancouver and laid the tracks in one week - there were some overdubs on the vocals and some neat guitar stuff, but it was basically the first or second take. We wanted to have it rough and tough - to have the live energy on tape. It was like in the old days when the five of us would be in one room standing in a circle and then it was, 'One, two, three, four', and here goes the song. To me, that's the only way to do records".
"We rehearsed in the studio, all five of us in the same room", said Matthias, "We would do three or four takes and keep the best one. As a musician, you need to feel like you're performing and have people around. I know like it better".
After the ballad-propelled, double-platinum success of Crazy World, and as "grunge" was taking hold in the early '90s, "We were focusing on making it a heavy, solid rock album", says Meine of Face The Heat. "There were some ballads but everything was more dramatic and on the heavy side. 'Alien Nation' was probably the heaviest track. It was this driving, heavy stiff with a lot of attitude". "Alien Nation" is indeed a total metal rocker slow, doomy, pure metal, malevolently Germanic even. "Well, 'Alien Nation' was a pretty neavy song, and again, it had a very good groove to it", reflects Rieckermann. "That was actually a song that I refused to play on (laughs). Being my first record, because the drums didn't sound right. And because there was something wrong in the way Herman was playing it. But I literally came into the studio saying, 'Sorry, guys, I'm not going to play on this song, because it's just not right. And I was like, fuck, man, and I just got hired, and now I'm going to get fired again because I got too big of a mouth here. And Bruce Fairbairn called me aside and said, 'You know what? You're right. We're actually going to do this with electronic drums'. So he completely re-recorded the drums electronically; he had a programmer come in. And so 'Alien Nation' is completely 100% programmed drums, no live playing on it. And then I came in and playing thebass on it, and that was pretty much the most successful song that record had".
Already at track one, the seeds were being sown for Herman Rarebell to be next member of the classic Scorpions lineup to exit stage left, although Herman indication that it has more to do with his being frozen out of the songwriting.
"It actually started with 'Alien Nation'", explains Ralph, "Because honestly, he wasn't able to play it (sings that heavy military part), and it wasn't right, and like I said, I refused to play on it, and the rest of band was really frustated. Everybody was really frustrated with it. And so he started noticing that he was just not... not so much into drumming as he ysed to be, back in the day. He had some other interests. But yeah, in interviews, he says a lot, he wanted to be a record executive or whatever. But I think more like the real truth is that he kind of lost the interest. I actually set him up with one of the best drum teachers in Germany, that he took drums lessons from. But he didn't really do much, because he wasn't really getting into it. So he lost interest, and like I said, not only in composng, but also in playing. You had to constantly reinvent yourself. You have to practice so you can keep up-to-date; you have to be good on your instrument. But I know he took a few deum lessons. It worked out a little bit, but for some reason, he just lost interest, and there was too mush arguing about how Herman played drums. So I think he decided that he was going to go another route. And he started his company in Monaco there".
Second track on the record, "No Pain No Gain" continues in the ill-advised lead-off single's thumping vein, Bruce adding some interesting production touches behind the verse. In fact, the production is powerful, bright, welling up from the drums, corporate to be sure, but not stripped of life like Savage Amusement. "Someone To Touch" in pure meat and potatoes party metal, and then it's into "Under The Same Sun", a blatant attempt at a reprise of "Wind Of Change's" worldwide embrace. It's the third of four tracks on the album to includes a writing credit for Mark Hudson, song doctor.
"Mark Hudson, who wrote 'Under The Same Sun', he's an old friend of the Aerosmith guys", says Herman. "He wrote a lot of stuff also with Jimmy and Bryan Adams. klaus and myself, we flew out to L.A. we went to Mark's house and we wrote the song in one night (laughs), and then next day we flew back again, or the day after, and we said, 'Yeah, now we have song number one. This is a Mark Hudson song'. And everynody is sitting there with a long face saying, 'Yeah, that's all?! You come back after three or four days. There is not a smash'. But the producer, Bruce, liked the song, so in the end it came on the album".
"This song was written in L.A. and Vancouver by Mark Hudson, Bruce Faibairn and myself" notes Meine. "I was singing Beatles songs with Mark all night long in an Italian restaurant in vancouver. I think you can hear the Beatles' influence in the track. It's a beautiful, peace song".
Full the next five songs in a row were written by Rudolf and Klaus. "Unholy Allience" is a frustratingly unsatisfying funky metal. "Woman", it would be condescending to call it a power ballad, because it isn't. This was like a lumbering bluesy hard rock the sort of which Scorpions rarely addressed. the track featured a number of interesting guitar textures as well as keyboards designed to sound like a string section. Meine notes a "tense feeling" and "Psycho kind of vibe" to this track that give it a certain mystique. "It's a departure-it doesn't feel like a Scorpions song, really". Lyrically, "It's a relationship kind of thing, very tense, when a relatioship breaks up and you walk close to the edge". Schenker agrees that it's a departure for the band. "Scorpions are not a blues kind of band, but we always try to cross borders and find new ways to do things".
"Hate To Be Nice" was a cloying type of glam experiment with a conversational vocal from Klaus and a bad hair mrtal chorus. "Taxman Woman" was simply a different variety of hair metal, as was "Ship Of Folls", although this one had some bite, as well, benefitting from the big beat of Herman in conjunction with fairbairn's shiny yet muscular production job. Of note, Fairbairn would be dead six years later, May 17th 1999, cause of death unknown. His body was discovered by Yes singer Jon Anderson who had just finished up Fairbairn-led lessons on the band's next album, The Ladder.
"Nightmare Avenue" is the album's hidden gem, this Matthias Jabs track hitting that Radar Love/Kickstart My Heart zone thanks to a verse hangs on military snare. After this, it's onto teh second power ballads on the album, "Lonely Night" being your typical mournful slog, typical Klaus lyric, typically Schenker frame.
There were still a few tricks up the collective sleeve concerning Face The Heat. First, the US edition of the album housed a hidden track, a cover of Del Shannon's "(Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame", an amusing ol' rock 'n' roll cover, a rare gesture in this direction for the band, but quite nice. The Japanese version of the album included a dark acoustic ballad about child abuse called "Daddy's Girl", plus "Kami O Shin Juru", a similalrly unplugged ballad featuring fretless bass. The European edition contains teh same two tracks, although "Kami O Shin Juru" is re-titled "Destin", with the lyrics changed within  the chorus from Japanese to french (the rest of the song is in English).
As well, the "Alien Nation" maxi-single (Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks #10 and German Singles Chart #27) included a non-LP b-side called "Rubber Fucker", an interesting, somewhat flippant song wedged between punk, glam and metal. Similarly, the "Under The Same Sun" maxi-single (Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks #16, French Singles Charts #19, RPM100 Hit Tracks (Canada) #31 and German Singles Chart #99) includes a non-LP track called "Partners In Crime", the only song from this extras batch that is a full band production rock song, rendered with the expensive knob job found on Face The Heat. Essentially, the song is a hard-hitting, thumping melodic rock song, hair metal in the simplified vernacular, but elevated with some nice guitar textures.
You could also get the record on vinyl. "I tell you one thing, I was very much behind it and I forced the issue on Face The Heat", says Rudolf in 1999. "After Face The Heat, we went to a different record company, and then somehow I didn't force it so much anymore. I believe in vinyl because I know the sound is much better. But there aren't many people who want to eat gourmet foods. they'd rather eat fast food. but as long as you record in digital, there is no point. We recorded Face The Heat in analog. If you record in analog and you master in analog, you can fill the spaces. Once you cut the whole thing out and you start with digital, in mastering or whatever you do, then you've already lost some of the sound and there's no need to release it on vinyl. It's useless. Because vinyl is only important if you record in analog. If you master in analog you can press it on vinyl, then it's good. the rest is bullshit".
Despite floating three singles from the album in various territories, namely "Alien Nation", "Woman" (Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks #15) and "Under The Same Sun", all realesed in '93 the album didn't reach certification levels in the US, although Scorpions-loyal France sent it to gold, for a sales of over 100,000 units (SNEP) and position #5 in Albums Charts. The album reached also gold in Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland). Fourth single "No Pain No Gain" (plus "Taxman Woman" and version "No Pain No Gain" feat. chorus sung by the German National Soccer Team) is issued in 1994. It peaked number 4 in German Albums Chart, in the Swiss Albums Chart #9, Austrian Albums Charts #12, Swedish Albums Chart #15, Billboard 200 (North America) #24, Oricon Japanese Albums Charts #29, RPM100 Albums (Canada) and GfK Dutch Charts #34 and UK Albums Chart #51.
The Face The Heat album sold approximately 2,000,000 copies.

SIDE 1: 1. Alien Nation (Rudolf Schenker, Klaus Meine) 5:44 2. No Pain No Gain (Schenker, Meine, Mark Hudson) 3:55 3. Someone To Touch (Schenker, Meine, Hudson) 4:28 4. Under The Same Sun (Hudson, Bruce Fairbairn, Meine) 4:52 5. Taxman Woman (Schenker, Meine) 4:30
SIDE 2: 1. Unholy Alliance (Schenker, Meine) 5:16 2. Woman (Schenker, Meine) 5:56 3. Hate To Be Nice (Schenker, Meine) 3:30 4. Ship Of Fools (Schenker, Meine) 4:15 5. Nightmare Avenue (Matthias Jabs, Meine, Hudson) 3:54
Format CD:
Lonely Nights (Schenker, Meine) 4:50
Japanese edition bonus tracks:
Kami O Shin Juru (Schenker, Meine) 3:49
Daddy's Girl (Schenker, Meine) 4:18
European edition bonus tracks:
Destiny (Schenker, Meine) 3:17
Daddy's Girl (Schenker, Meine) 4:18
US edition hidden track:
(Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame (Del Shannon cover) Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman 2:27
Total lenght (LP): 47:56.
Line up: Klaus Meine (vocals); Matthias Jabs (lead guitar,rhythm guitar,6 & 12 string acoustic guitars,slide guitar,Fatbody Jazz guitar,talkbox, backing vocals); Rudolf Schenker (rhythm guitar,lead guitar,6 & 12 string acoustic guitars, sitar, ebo, backing vocals); Ralph Rieckermann (bass); Herman Rarebell (drums).
Additional musicians:
John Webster - keyboards.
Luke Herzog - additional keyboards on "Woman" and "Lonely Nights", arrangements with Klaus Meine on "Woman".
Helen Donath - opera voice on "Ship of Fools".
Rhian Gittins - girl's voice on "Nightmare Avenue".
Paul Laine, Mark LaFrance, Bruce Fairbairn, Mark Hudson - backing vocals.
Producer by Bruce Fairbairn, Scorpions.
Engineer, Mixed by Erwin Musper & Mike Plotnikoff.
Producer [Assistant], Technician [Guitar Tech.] by Peter Kirkman.
Technician [Drum Tech.] by Neil Glover.
Recorded at Little Mountain Sound Studios, Ltd. in Vancouver, Canada.
Mixed at: Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum, the Netherlands.
Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound, New York, USA.
Art Direction by Michael Bays.
Artwork, Design  A3 (4).
Cover photography by Hubert Kretzschmar.
Photography by [Back Cover] Joe Giron.
Photography by [Individual Photographs] Davies & Starr.

FACE THE HEAT
Made in Germany / 1993
Catalog #:  518-280 1
Label:  Mercury / Polygram
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NOTES: SCORPIONS Face The Heat Out of print 1993 German 10-track LP, picture sleeve with picture lyric inner. The sleeve shows only the very lightest signs of shelf wear and the vinyl looks barely played. Price: $20-40.
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FACE THE HEAT
Made in Greece / 1993
Catalog #:  518 280-1
Matrix Number: MER518250A 3806 (Side1)   MER518250B 3806 (Side2).
TEST PRESSING. Picture cardboard sleeve; opens right; handwritten on white label; black vinyl.



NOTES: SCORPIONS Face The Heat 1993 Polygram Greek pressed white label vinyl LP test pressing. Custom handwritten (Side A) labels with 'Made In Greece' and housed inside a commercial Greek issue picture sleeve. Greek perimeter & 'Sample Not For Sale' label text manufactured by G.P.I.sa: Greek pressing & manufacturing plant, founded in 1975. G.P.I. stands for Greek Phonographic Industries. Has pressed a vast quantity of vinyl records and cassettes for the majority of labels based in Greece such as 'Lyra'. Originally independent, it later became a Phonogram / PolyGram pressing plant. In 1995 it was purchased by 'Digital Press Hellas'. This fantastic item was never commercially issued and very few were made for test pressing purposes only. A test pressing is what you might expect it to be from its name: a vinyl record made to test the quality of the finished product before pressing thousands of records. Test pressings are made to ensure that the grooves themselves are clean, deep enough, and formed correctly when the master presses into the vinyl blank; that the grooves, label and center hole are not off-center; that the vinyl does not warp; things like that. Test pressings are supposed to be destroyed, and most of them are. A few that have cosmetic flaws (like an off-center label) but are playable may be sent to reviewers, program directors, and industry influencers to promote the record. Sometimes record distributors include them in orders to make up volume - distribution deals often have quotas about how many units are supposed to go out the door, and sometimes test pressings and other records get thrown into a delivery to make the number of pieces correct... but they are not supposed to be sold, just played in the store to promote the record, or bought back under an agreement that the distributor makes with the retailer to take back records that don't sell. (yes its crazy - the distributor gives the retailer records that they dont expect the retailer to sell because the retailer is supposed to get a certain number of pieces in the order, and then the distributor later takes those same pieces back. Every now and then a store will sell a promo piece or a test pressing and the distributor and the label usually just look the other way. An unusual and totally genuine pressing - awesome! Price: $80-120.
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FACE THE HEAT
Made in Colombia / 1993
Catalog #:  518 280-1
Label:  Mercury / Philips De Colombia S.A.
Picture cardboard sleeve; clear plastic innersleeve; opens right; silver writings on black label; black vinyl.



NOTES: SCORPIONS Face The Heat Very Rare 1993 Colombian Mercury label 11-track vinyl LP, housed in a unique laminated colour picture sleeve variant with rounded corners at the opening edge and a different back picture and tracklisting to other issues! tracklist details: 'Alien Nation', 'No Pain No Gain', 'Someone To Touch', 'Under The Same Sun', 'Unholy Allience' and backed 'Woman', 'Hate To Be Nice', 'Taxman Woman', 'Ship Of Fools', 'Nightmare Avenue' and 'Lonely Nights'. Picture sleeve includes logo 'Tu Vida Necesita MAS MUSICA' on the reverse. The Philips label was created in 1950 by the Philips Phonografische Industrie N.V. (PPI), subsidiary of the Dutch Philips Electronics company. The label was distributed globally by Philips' local subsidiaries or licensees. In the US the label was introduced by Mercury Record Corporation in 1962. In 1972, Philips became a PolyGram label. Following a reorganisation in the early 1980s, Polygram's classical music labels, including Philips, became part of the new Philips Classics Productions division. From then on, Philips was mainly a classical music label and most of their releases used the Philips Classics banner. In France, the Philips label continued to be used for pop releases well into the 1990s. The entire region known collectively as 'South America' encompasses the highest volume of music sales in the world, largely derived from the umbrella of 'Latino Music', or, popular recordings in the Spanish language. The Colombian music industry began with the formation of the Victor Talking Machine Company in 1901, followed by the more familiar Columbia Gramophone Company in 1903. From the early 1900's these companies made "overseas recordings" by sending teams of representatives to foreign countries with stacks of wax blanks and recording machines which, although rudimentary, were quite portable, and then imported back into Colombia. It was some years later before what we know as 'popular' music forged a path into the industry which had mostly been based around Rumbas, Tangos and Foxtrots! Pressings plants for vinyl were scarce and investment low, thus sound quality was quite inferior to vinyl from other parts of the world at the time. However, most Colombians were happy to play these on their imported American gramophones, crackles and all. Today, the most desirable aspects of Colombian vinyl are the variants of sleeve and label design and more eye-catching still, the much sought after coloured vinyl pressings which were almost never issued elsewhere. Many sleeves would be printed entirely in Spanish, the native language. There would often be amusing, almost amateurish, but completely official and authorized, sleeve alterations to the original artwork with biography information and track-listings translated into Spanish. Label variations and collaborations throughout the 1970's and 1980's, such as those with Philips, were many as pressing plants diminished, stricken by the poor and corrupt economy. The paper quality used in sleeve manufacture would vary wildly and some labels would issue their records with built in plastic linings or outers, to help reduce wear and tear. Pushing sales often involved featuring an exclusive or bonus Spanish Version of an English track which would rarely make it onto other worldwide pressings of the same record. Coloured vinyl pressings are few and far between, often only made and distributed to DJs or radio stations. The variety is endless, from bold one-colour vinyl to some fantastic multi-coloured 'splattered' pressings, where a base colour or transparent vinyl is used with any number of alternate colours radiating across the disc from the label to the outer edge. Really, these have become some of the most elusive and valuable pressings to be found in Colombia. Once again, their pressing quality and condition vary massively since most vinyl ceased pressing entirely in the early 1990's, but they are incredibly sought after for their sheer visual impact and even our buyer has to pinch himself when he stumbles across these. Labels rarely had the budget to reissue original albums and as a result, collectors and music lovers tend to hang on to their much-loved records. Colombia is most definitely a dark, very dangerous and mysterious place to go hunting for rare records, but brave it we do and as our buyer says, "cómprelo cuando usted lo ve, como nosotros nunca podemos encontrar otro uno", or "buy it when you see it, as you may never find another one...". Sleeve is in immaculate condition and the vinyl looks like it has never been played, this is very rare as can be hard to find in such superb condition from South American countries! No Scorpions collection could be considered complete without this stunning item! Price: $70-100.
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Made in Spain / 1993
Catalog #:  518 280-1
Label:  Mercury / Polygram Iberica, S.A. / Eurogram S.A.
Picture cardboard sleeve; printed paper innersleeve; opens right; silver writings on black label; black vinyl.



NOTES: SCORPIONS Face the Heat Rare 1993 Spanish issue 10-tracks Mercury label vinyl LP album housed in a fully laminated picture sleeve complete with the original lyric inner sleeve. Eurogram is a Spanish pressing company, previously named COFASA, active since late 70s. In 1988 PolyGram Servicios, S.A. was integrated into Eurogram S.A. The sleeve itself however remains in near as new condition and the vinyl looks barely played - superb copy of this scarce Spanish edition! Price: $30-40.
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FACE THE HEAT
Made in Greece / 1993
Catalog #:  518 280-1
Label:  Mercury / Polygram
Picture cardboard sleeve; printed paper innersleeve; opens right; white writings on black label; black vinyl.



NOTES: SCORPIONS Face The Heat 1993 Greek 10-track vinyl LP album with Mercury labels, housed in a picture sleeve with Greek copyright text on reverse, with picture/credits insert. The sleeve has some light edgewear and the insert shows a few light storage marks, however the vinyl is in near 'as new'. Price: $20-40.
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FACE THE HEAT
Made in Korea / 1993
Catalog #:  518 280-1/RP 3403
Label:  Mercury / Polygram / Sung Eum Limited
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NOTES: SCORPIONS Face The Heat 1993 Korean 13-track vinyl LP, includes 'Lonely Nights' and two previously unreleased bonus tracks: 'Destin' and 'Daddy's Girl'. This release comes with the same tracklisting of the European CD. Picture sleeve with 'Registered No.3 The Ministry Of Culture' text on the reverse and distribuited by Sung Eum + record company inner plus + printed insert with English lyrics, Korean text biography and photography of the band or band member. Both vinyl and sleeve remain in wonderful near 'as new' condition. A fantastic copy! Price: $30.
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FACE THE HEAT + EXTRAS
Made in Greece / 1993
Catalog #:  518 280-1 + 91499
Label:  Mercury / Polygram
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NOTES: SCORPIONS Face The Heat + Extras Extremely Rare 1993 Greek limited edition Mercury label 10-track vinyl LP plus 4-Track EP Extras, housed in its special original fold-over card sleeve pack with a cover art stamp and postmark plus Greek&English text front top left. The Maxi Single features 'Lonely Nights' (never before available on vinyl in Europe), 'Destin' (never before available on vinyl in Eutope), 'His Latest Flame' (from the USA CD Face The Heat and never before available in Europe) and 'Daddy's Girl' (never before available on vinyl). Also includes full colour picture sleeve with original lyric inner (LP) and black&white picture sleeve (EP) - An amazing Scorpions collectable, very much sought after and very hard to find, this is rarest of the rare as regards a Greek commercial Scorpions release. The sleeves are in 'near as new' condition and the vinyls look mint & unplayed condition! This complete and unique item is a real gem!! Price: $100-150.
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FACE THE HEAT
Made in Brazil / 1993
Catalog #:  518 280-1
Label:  Mercury / Polygram / BMG Ariola Discos Ltda
Picture cardboard sleeve; clear plastic innersleeve; opens right; black writings on white label; black vinyl.



NOTES: SCORPIONS Face The Heat Rare deleted 1993 Brazilian 11-track LP, picture sleeve, featuring the ballad track 'Lonely Nights'. South American releases are typically different with subtle and exclusive changes. Many releases have specially designed sleeves differing from US, European or Japanese editions. Sleeves are commonly printed in Spanish/Portuguese etc. or relevant language. These exclusive 'peculiarities' add to an item's value in collecting circles. The Latin market is ENORMOUS, so many companies with Western artists try harder for a hit. Releases will included bonus tracks such as live recordings from South American concerts. Many artists alter their style to a more latin sound on remixes for this lucrative market. Some even go so far as to re-record hits in Spanish, Portuguese or a hybrid, Span-glish. Releases will be printed in small numbers due to lesser guarantees thus increasing it's rarity... The vinyl only has just a few light surface marks and the sleeve displays minimal shelfwear - wonderful condition for an item from this part of the world! Price: $30-40.
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FACE THE HEAT
Made in UK / 1993
Catalog #:  518 280-1
Label:  Mercury / Polygram
Picture cardboard sleeve; printed paper innersleeve; opens right; black writings on red label; black vinyl.



NOTES: THE SCORPIONS Face The Heat Out of print 1993 UK 10-track LP, housed in a picture sleeve and comes with the picture/lyric card inner sleeve. An excellent copy of this now hard to find 90s pressing! Price: $20-40.
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FACE THE HEAT
Made in Venezuela / 1993
Catalog #:  S.R. - 210299
Label:  Polygram / Sono-Rodven Discos
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NOTES: SCORPIONS Face The Heat Very Rare 1993 Venezuelan 10-track label LP pressed by Rodven Discos. Housed in a unique colour picture sleeve variant with FL/20993629 on the reverse, complete with original picture/credits/lyric insert. Venezuelan record label owned by Rodven Discos. Founded in 1980, Sono-Rodven produced and developed local artists and used to distribute other labels releases in the local market such as Mercury, Atlantic Records, Warner Bros. Records, K-Tel, Ariola, Arista. This copy is still in the original [opened] shrink therefore the sleeve has minimal wear whilst the vinyl is in 'near as new' condition with very little signs of play. Venezuelan vinyl is nearly impossible to find in any condition at all ! An overall excellent copy of this scarce South American pressing... Price: $60-100.
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DEADLY STING (EMI Electrola, February 06, 1995)
Deadly Sting was released in 1995, a compilation which span from 1979 to 1988 including previously unreleased studio track "Edge Of Time" (Music: R.Schenker, Lyrics: Klaus Meine), a kind of funky hard rocker with modern rock production, produced by the band alone. and recorded at Scorpio. This album is issued only for the Greek market and it is also the only release in format vinyl of the compilation (already in the mid '90s, the vinyls made were very few...).
Klaus Meine recalls in 1995: "They released a disc with hardly ask us, or have told after the fact. It made no sense to oppose, cause we did not have a say. To avoid that this was a mockery of our fans we required to add an unpublished ('Edge Of Time')".
"Unfortunately is impossible to control the actions of our home record or intervene in a possible publication of any Best Of ... of our previous record company. They can create a new product record with the new catalog as and when they want. We were surprised especially because already there is another greatest hits released by Polygram, this Best Of Rockers And Ballads that was relatively recently. However, one can not complain more from time, cause in Germany Deadly Sting has sold 100,000 copies in a few weeks and is doing well in many countries. Maybe we'll do a video for 'Edge of Time', so just to give a little promotion in more".
Matthias Jabs adds: "Now we can not do anything against these compilations. When we thought, for example, to go out early in 1995 with Live Bites (the third live album the band released almost simultaneously...), there was no talk of even remotely Deadly Sting! Sure, they arrived one after another, the other side: the chart success (is on the twenty-eighth position chart, at the time of interview) fully justifies the release of this CD (LP in this case...)! However for us the live album had priority absolute!".
The singles from Deadly Sting was "Edge of Time / No One Like You" (CD, released in 1995).
The Deadly Sting album peaked at the number 15 in France , #28 in the German Albums Chart, #32 in the Swiss Albums Charts and #39 in the Austrian Albums Charts.
The original cover art created by John Scarpati, gained controversy, as it depicted a naked woman being stung by a column of scorpions.
Under the first idea, then discarded, for the cover-art of this compilation...

SIDE A: 1. Coming Home - 4:59 (from the album Love At First Sting - 1984) 2. Rock You Like A Hurricane - 4:12 (from the album Love At First Sting) 3. No One Like You - 3:57 (from the album Blackout - 1982) 4. Lovedrive - 4:49 (from the album Lovedrive - 1979)
SIDE B: 1. Bad Boys Running Wild - 3:55 (from the album Love At First Sting) 2. I'm Leaving You - 4:17 (from the album Love At First Sting) 3. Passion Rules The Game - 3:59 (from the album Savage Amusement - 1988) 4. China White - 6:56 (from the album Blackout)
SIDE C: 1. Walking On The Edge - 5:07 (from the album Savage Amusement) 2. Coast To Coast - 4:42 (from the album Lovedrive) 3. Loving You Sunday Morning - 5:37 (from the album Lovedrive) 4. Another Piece Of Meat - 3:31 (from the album Lovedrive)
SIDE D: 1. Dynamite - 4:12 (from the album Blackout) 2. Can't Live Without You - 3:46 (from the album Blackout) 3. Edge Of Time (Rudolf Schenker, Klaus Meine) - 4:17 (previously unreleased)
Total Length: 68:49.
Line up: Vocals – Klaus Meine; Guitar – Matthias Jabs, Rudolf Schenker; Bass – Francis Buchholz (tracks: A1 to D2), Ralf Rieckermann (track: D3); Drums – Herman Rarebell; Keyboards – Luke Herzog (tracks: D3).
All songs recorded and mixed at Dierks Studios except song B3 and C1 recorded at Dierks Studios and Scorpio Sound Studios.
Song B3 mixed at Dierks Studios and Battery Studios.
Song D3 recorded at Scorpio Sound Studios mixed by Ronamd Prent at Wisseloord Studio.
Mastered By – Bob Ludwig at Gateway Studios, Portland, Maine, USA.


DEADLY STING
Made in Greece / 1995
Catalog #:  7243 8 32242 1 0
Label:  EMI Electrola
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NOTES: SCORPIONS Deadly Sting Rare 1995 Greek 15-track double LP compilation with cream & red EMI labels, housed in a full colour barcoded picture sleeve, came out only in Greece, with unforgettable songs including 'Rock You Like A Hurricane', 'No One Like You', 'Passion Rules The Game', 'Dynamite', 'Can't Live Without You' and the unpublished 'Edge Of Time'. Greek perimeter text plus printed number 7243 8 32459 1 8 (Disc 1) and 7243 8 32460 1 4 (Disc 2) on the labels. The sleeve shows minimal shelfwear and the vinyls remain near 'as new' & look barely played. A great set - a must have for any Scopions collector! Price: $50-100.
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LIVE BITES (Mercury/PolyGram, April 18, 1995)
The Face The Heat tour coughed up a relatively inconsequential live album issued in April og '95 called Live Bites, which also contained two studio bonus tracks on its international release, three on the US (both CD format). "I remember those songs", says Ralph, bassist on all included live tracks save for one, "Living For Tomorrow". "I don't really remember when we did them, but I think we did them  in Rudolf's studio, Scorpio, which was in Rudolf's basement, where Rudolf lives. And I mean, I don't know if it's a real studio. It's mainly like half homemade, half professional studio. It has some really profssional equipment, but the rooms are not like professionally soundproofed studio rooms".
Oldest tracks on the album (tack list slightly varies between the two issue: in the North American version of the album there are songs "Ave Maria No Morro" and "Hit Between The Eyes" replaced by the new song "Edge Of Time" in Europe will instead be included in the first version of the collection Deadly Sting also published in 1995) are strange trio "In Trance", "Is There Anybody There?" and "When The Smoke Is Going Down", with the rest being from Savage Amusement or newer. The performances hail from shows in Leningrad, San Francisco, Mexico, Munich and Berlin, and all told, it's a better sounding record than the harsh World Wide Live. There's one composed, titled, guitar solo called "Concerto In V" with additional wrinkles coming with the sing-along segments in "Crazy World" and "Wind Of Change". Of the studio tracks, "Heroes Don't Cry" is a plus acoustic ballad, produced by keith Olsen and recorded at Goodnight LA and Scorpio. While "Edge Of Time", always recorded at Scorpio studio, was already included in the previous aforementioned compilation Deadly Sting issued a few months earlier. Finally, "White Dove" is actually a cover from Hungarian prog band Omega, although, nonetheless a conventional at Wisseloord, Hilversum, The Netherlands. Here the voice of Klaus ia combined with that of the choir infant Kinderchor Majell Lustenhouwer, and that the American singer-color Rocq-E Harrell, an artist who has shared the stage with Diana Ross. During the concert in Mexico City were also performed the song folkloric Ave Maria no Morro (as tradition Scorpions that plugs into the lineup of concerts at least one local song since the days of live Japanese).
"Live Bites was decided last year ('94), while we were on tour. We needed to close a contract of employment (is this in fact, is the last album for Polygram) and we wanted to sum up the last 10 years of our career in a live album (World Wide Live is of '85). We recorded several shows and this was to be the only thing published in 1995 (but the EMI, almost simultaneously, had brought out the compilation Deadly Sting)". "The majority of the work of Live Bites already been done at the Criterion Studio in Florida and ended up in the Netherlands. We have added two songs do not live ('Heroes Don't Cry' and 'White Dove') and we have omitted some classics like 'Rock You Like A Hurricane' and 'The Zoo' cause they were already been published in previous live and did not want to repeat ourselves. We have tried to include the songs of the last 10 years, with a few surprises here and there ('In Trance' for example). The album is a mixture of many shows, there are classics, but also new things, 'Alien Nation', No Pain No Gain '. 'In Tance' is interesting for the States and the record company wants to use it as a single to radio stations AOR . Together with 'Wind Of Change' is a song that we have rediscovered the seventies. It still valid is still have played in almost every concert since then".
"White Dove" is an single whose gain is donated to UNICEF that will use it for the Rwanda".
Klaus says: "It is something that is important to us. We could choose the type of charity. We also added the song in the album in this manner, albeit to a very small percentage, we can increase the donation. The idea started from a concert charity that you had to play in Germany before Christmas. Under The Aegis of the Black Christmas various record companies had involved a number of German artists. they asked us if we wanted to participate and we accepted. For political reasons, in the end all went lost in oubliettes. We had this song that we had written specially and we decided to publish it anyway for that purpose, no matter what happened. No one else has done nothing in that 'time. we chose UNICEF because give enough guarantees that the money will arrive at its destination. The President of the German Polygram was enthusiastic, though if he had heard the song just on the phone....on request, I sang it to him. Until now (May '95) has earned a million German marks. Basically I think it's a interesting disc for fans of the Scorpions, a record that closes another chapter of our history".
In '95 Jabs recalls on Live Bites: "Live is live! But nowadays when you want to make an album you have to keep in mind the aspects that ten years ago did not consider their own. Now there is a tendency, on the part of record companies, to cram some recordings of extra beds in studio. Okay, and if someone were excited to find something totally new (in this case it would be the song 'Heroes Don't Cry' from the session Face The Heat) cause we should never impute? White Dove instead was conceived so on purpose, cause this will come in the world. so far the single grossed only in Germany about 500,000 marks for UNICEF...".
"Once you put even entire disks live concerts, on albums double or double CD - as we did the rest already with Tokyo Tapes". "But today we have in our program of classics like 'Dynamite', 'The Zoo','Big City Nights'or Rock You Like A Hurricane'! Since after Tokyo Tapes, Worldwide Live and our third achievement in concert, we wanted avoid duplicates, it's was inevitable that Live Bites has not become a recording an 1hand 30min. long concert as it's normal!". "The live recordings in reality are intended only to their fans definitely tough... plus for us Live Bites is opportunity to document the level of the band in the early 90s, when our time with Polygram will be finished and we're going out with our CD to a new label (East / West)...".
These the numbers of the album&single: German Albums Chart #66 whit"White Dove" single number 18 in German Singles Chart and number 20 in Swiss Singles Chart. Live Bites sold approx. 300,000 worldwide.
As for Deadly Sting 2-LP set also this live album is in format double vinyl and printed ONLY for the market of Greece and the release is also the only vinyl format of the Live Bites album: now the total extinction of the vinyl in favor of the CD format was really at the gates...
But evidently, despite the grunge (Seattle sound...), there was still a great desire to Scorpions among Greek fans: the first show from the Face The Heat-tour 1993 was just in Athens. The band is on it's first concert to Greece and both the band and the crowd are thrilled to be there! Although the first real trip of the band in Hellenic land was dated about 3 years ago for promotion (Radio, TV)...

SIDE A: 1. Tease Me, Please Me (Herman Rarebell, Jim Vallance, Klaus Meine,Matthias Jabs) 4:52 2. Is There Anybody There (Herman Rarebell, Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker) 4:08 3. Rhythm Of Love (Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker) 3:46 4. In Trance (Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker) 4:06
SIDE B: 1. No Pain No Gain (Klaus Meine, Mark Hudson, Rudolf Schenker) 4:07 2. When The Smoke Is Going Down (Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker) 2:37 3. Ave Maria No Morro (H. Martins, M. Salinas) 3:16 4. Living For Tomorrow (Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker) 6:55
SIDE C: 1. Concerto In V (Rudolf Schenker) 3:01 2. Alien Nation (Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker) 5:30 3. Hit Between The Eyes (Herman Rarebell, Jim Vallance, Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker) 4:09 4. Crazy World (Herman Rarebell, Jim Vallance, Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker) 5:33
SIDE D: 1. Wind Of Change (Klaus Meine) 5:47 2. Heroes Don't Cry (Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker) 4:32 3. White Dove (Adamis, Gabor Presser, Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker) 4:18
Full lenght: 68:11
Line up: Klaus Meine – lead vocals; Matthias Jabs – lead and rhythm guitars; Rudolf Schenker – lead and rhythm guitars; Ralph Rieckermann – bass; Herman Rarebell – drums, keyboards; Francis Buchholz - bass on track "Living for Tomorrow".
"Heroes Don't Cry": Choir – Alfie Silas, Fred White, Linda McCrary, Ricky Nelson.
Mixed By – Erwin Musper.
Producer By – Keith Olsen, Scorpions.
Programmed By [Orchestration Programming] – Richard Baker.
"White Dove" (cover of Omega song "Gyöngyhajú lány"): Choir [Childrens Choir] – Kinderchor Majell Lustenhouwer.
Producer By – Keith Olsen, Scorpions.
Recorded By, Mixed By – Albert Boekholt.
Vocals [Additional Vocals] – Rocq-E Harrell.
Recorded Live in Leningrad (B4) / Savage Amusement Tour and San Francisco (B2,C2,C4), Mexico City (A1,A2,B1,B3), Munich (C3,D1), Berlin (A3,A4,C1) / Face The Heat Tour.
Mixed at Criteria Studios, Miami, Florida.
Except "White Dove": recorded and mixed at Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum, The Netherlands
and "Heroes Don't Cry": recorded at Scorpio Sound Studio, Germany and Goodnight L.A. Studios, USA and mixed at Criteria Studios, Miami, Florida.
Mastered at Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum, The Netherlands.
Artwork By – Jörg Wischmann, Sven Bodin.
Mastered By – Sander Van Der Heide.
Mixed By – Erwin Musper (tracks: A1 to D1).
Producer By – Scorpions (tracks: A1 to D1).
Photography By – Jörg Wischmann.
Photography By [Backcover-photography] – Fernando Aceves.


LIVE BITES
Made in Greece / 1995
Catalog #:  528 167-1
Matrix Disc 1: MER 528168 A 4200    MER 528168 B 4200
Matrix Disc 2: MER 528169 C 4201    MER 528169 D 4201
Label: Mercury Polygram                
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NOTES: SCORPIONS Live Bites Ultra Rare 1995 Greek 15-track white label test-pressing 2-LP set featuring 13 live performances, recorded live in Leningrad, Berlin, Munich & Mexico, includes 2 bonus studio tracks - 'Heroes Don't Cry' and 'White Dove'. Custom labels manufactured by Digital Press Hellas S.A. with Greek&English text perimeter (Sample / Not For Sale) and housed inside a commercial Greek issue picture sleeve. This unique test pressing features the hand-scratched matrices with machine-stam. Test Pressings such as this rarely appear on the market as very few copies were pressed. In fact these test pressing were produced in extremely small numbers for senior personnel &/or the band to check the sound quality of the potential finished product before the initiation of a full production run with most being destroyed. Naturally, these being the first off of the stampers, they will be the best possible pressings & often pressed on virgin vinyl too making them extremely sought after! Superb MINT condition! This unusual and genuine pressing is really a truly great collector's item! Price: $120-200.
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Catalog #:  528 167-1 (526903-1 on the labels)
Label:  Mercury Polygram
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NOTES: SCORPIONS Live Bites Mega Rare 1995 Greek 15-track 2 x vinyl set, recorded live between 1988 and 1994 in Leningrad, San Francisco, Mexico City, Berlin and Munich, includes two bonus studio tracks. Picture sleeve with logo Polygram TV and greek text perimeter on the labels. The Greek version of the vinyls is the only one was revealed by the record industry. This is the first time I have ever seen this rare item, the sleeve and the vinyls are in mint condition, a must have for any fan! Price: $100-120.
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PURE INSTINCT (EastWest, May 21, 1996)
The album 1996 Pure Instinct finding the group on new label EastWest, saw the departure of Rarebell abd in is stead came the SAGA and OCHSEKNECHT credited CURT CRESS to record the album and ex BLACK SHEEP, WILD HORSES, KINGDOME COME and WARRANT man James Kottak being drafted in for live work.
Say Kottak, regarding his introduction into the Scorpions' ranks, "I was in Kingdom Come from 1987 through 1991. We had opened for the Scorpions in 1988 on the Monsters Of Rock tour. It was Kingdom Come, Metallica, Dokken, Scorpions and then Van Halen. We did 32 stadiums and it was amazing. Then we did an indoor arena tour with the Scorpions for about another 20 dates. So, of course, you get to know the guys. Keith Olsen produced the second Kingdome Come album, In Your Face, and thereafter, 1990, he produced the Scorpions album, Crazy World. I'd see the guy hanging out at the studios down here in LA and I played on Michael Schenker's album. the rock 'n' roll community is pretty small. then the '90s came along and I joined The Cult, played wuth Warrant and played on 30 different albums over the years. In 1995 I got a call from the Scorpions' manager and he said, 'The band would like to know if you'de like to come and play with them?' I said, 'What made them think of me?' And they said, 'They remembered that ou were a nice guy. Plus, you're a great drummer'. That said it all right there. The Scorpions are class. They've never been dirthags. That touched me in a heavy duty way. Rudlf and Klaus came to Los Angeles and we met. We were like friends. It just clicked. I have a very powerful bond with Rudolf and, of course, Klaus. I've been so honoured and fortunate to be part of this organization".
The cover art for this album, as with several earlier Scorpions albums, was replaced with an alternative cover for some releases due to the nudity on the original cover. This is the only Scorpions album on which session musician Curt Cress plays drums.
"Klaus played me the songs for Pure Instinct", explains soon to be ex-Scorpion Herman Rarebell, "and I said, 'Klaus, no, please, this has nothing anything more to do with rock. Rememeber the albums we did with Blackout and Love At First Sting? Theywere killer albums. This is shit. You cannot give this to the fans', And he said, 'You 're just jealous because you don't write anymore'. I said, 'If you want somebody to play the drums on there, get a studio drummer'. And so he called up Curt Cress, who I know, and he layed drums on that album. And I left, because for me there was nothing to do anymore. I didn't write any more lyrics. I didn't write any more music. Creatively, I was dead. And he wanted to be the new leader, musically speaking, and look where he led the band so far. And that was the best proof that I was right. We have a saying here in Germany, 'You must stop when it is at the nicest point'. That's what I did".
"By Face The Haet, you could feel the air was out", continues Rarebell. "And then, as I said, Pure Instinct, for me, I didn't understand. I said leave now, because I didn't want to see the downfall. Plus the argument about the writing and the creativity; that was the reason I had to make the decision I want to go, Rudolf. In particular he wanted me to stay and say, 'Oh, don't do this'. And I said, 'Rudolf, look, if I don't write anymore, music or lyrics, I like to be creative, and I lke to do something. If you take that away from me, you're taking half my life away, you might as well continue without me".
"Yeah, total dud", says Keith Olsen, on Face the Heat, after which he would be brought back to be involved elliptically with what would became Scorpions' unlucky 13th album Pure Instinct. "In fact, Pure Instinct was turned down by the record company, EastWest, so they redid it. They asked me to come in, because remember, the worst thing that could possibly happen to an act is to have one of these worldwide hits. Because they go around the world, and everyone... you know, I called it the Bic syndrome. they didn't have cell phones that they wave, thay had Bic lighters, and they wave their arms back and forth at the end of the concert screaming, 'You are the greatest!' And when you play, you know, for 60 weeks, five on, two off, concerts, in front of 18,000 peple a night, how could all those people be wrong? You know, I must be the greatest (laughs). And so yeah, what happens is, they thought that could do no wrong. And thay were the greatest. And so they wrote these really terrible, lame songs, cut it themselves, with no production assistance at all. They had Erwin Musper, who has never produced anything in his life, aact as their producer, because the record company demanded it".
"Face the Heat was such a piece of crap", continues Olsen. "There was a live album, but that didn't count, right? That was a contractual commiment album. But that was just terrible. But then they decided to do another one, Pure Instinct. As I say, they brought me in after the fact, halfway done, after it got turned down once. And so they said... I gave them a list of about 50 or 60 things that they needed to change, and we went in the studio, and I was there for about five weeks, in dusseldorf Studios, doing these changes, these 50 changes. And they wanted in Erwin Musper, who producec this one that got turned down. They didn.t want me to mix it. and I said, well, you know, this is kind of a mistake. But thay said, 'No, we're going to do it this way, because he speaks the language' (laughs). He speaks German. Okay. So he took the 50 hings I said over six weeks, and he said, 'No you don't want to do that', and he kepttwo or three of the parts in a couple of songs. It didn't make any sense. and he mixed it. And the mixes don't make anysense and the arrangements just don't make any sense. And therefore, the songs, and the arrangements didn't make any sense. And therefore their performance didn't make any sense, and therefore the sales didn't make any sense. It was awful. It was awful".
"A couple of years ago, we used to have a real ego about things", adds Klaus. "We liked to read on the back of the album, 'Recorded at the Power Station In New York' because it was really cool. But today, really, who cares? It's more important that there's authentic feeling on the record. We left that by working at home, we would get this feeling and realy make it 100% a typical scorpions album. I mean, america's changed so much, so what do we do now? How can we reflect the American feeling? We did in the '80s because we spent so much time here. But all teh bands, they even cannot refelct another generation and they're doing in their way. Which is very good. But this is our 13th album and we don't need to look for whatever can maybe make this a strog album. We just said, 'We need look at ourselves, inside us. that's where maybe we'll find that inspiration that makes us special'. Because we are different. We are a European band".
"I hope the fans in Ameica will find this out", continues Klaus. "what find this out", continues Klaus. "What I'm afraid of is just that in America, program directors will say, 'You know, the 80s have passed. Scorpions, yeah, normally I would like to play them, but I'm afraid I'd lose my job. my boss will kick my ass because I played some 80s stuff here'. This is nt the '80s. The Scorpions are the '90s. The Scorpions are teh Scorpions. We're just doung what we're doing".
Adds Klaus, "The first idea, basically, was to work with different producers. Not wait until there are 30 or 40 songs written and then have some enius producer come in to pick some. We wanted to say, 'Here are five songs. Let's produce three with this guy and let's produce two with this guy'. Like that. But didn't work out that way".
Pure Instinct, issued may 21, 1996, actually starts fairly strong, with a Schenker/Meine songs called "Wild Child", not an uncompromisingly heavy opener as had become gtradition, but kind of a cool melodic hair metal rocker. But then there was "But The Best For You", not a disaster but probably too poppy to show up at track two, followed by a ballad called "Does Anyone Know", both of these written by klaus and Klaus only, true to his articuled character as the soft side of the band.
Next stop is "In My Shoe", again , a new direction for the band and not orrible, Rudolf and Matthias strumming a varation of those dependable Louie Louie chords from the '60s, but toughened, not without sophistication, come chotus time. Notes Klaus, "'Stone In My Shoe' is  a rocker kind of song, and I wrote some of the lyrics here in America. But the hook was missing. I couldn't find it. It drove me crazy. And then on the way back to Europe, I was sleeping on the plane and I woke up in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean because of turbulance, 'Well, it's so close to heaven, maybe I'll have some inspiration'. So I started working and when I landed in Frankfurt, the chorus was there and the song was finished".
An even lighter song comes next, "Soul Behind The Face" being a serious song with uncharacteristically smart and empathetic lyrics, essentially a mournful ballad with a beat. Again, no outside writing here, this being one of eight tracks on teh album with music by Rudolf and lyrics by klaus. "Oh Girl (I Wanna Be With You") certainly evokes the arrangement oddness of which Keith speaks, this one being a rocker with some nicely eccentric touches - at least the band is exploring some new terrain. "It given it colour", answered Rudolf, asked about this one's doo-wop intro. "There was a problem in the late '80s. Everybody was building out of one formula, always the same thing. Now to mix different kinds of things togheter...it's like painting. We use different colours to make it interesting".
"We were looking for an intro", adds Klaus. "Normally this sing would have been the opening track on the album. Then we worked around with this and then we came up with 'Wild Child' as the opening track. But we thought, 'This is fun', so we put it on anyway'".
And man, "When You Came Into My Life"... for a Scorpions ballad on an album with supposedly wainng batteries, this is not hard on the ears, especially given its passion-filled chorus and delectable Eastern influences.
"Yes, that's because when the album was almost completed, we went to bali to write with indonesian musicians", explain Klaus. "It was a songwriter workshop kind of thing. It was not write for Scorpions, not at was not all. It was just a cultural exchange. And there were more than 30 songwriters from America. we were the only European guys in this event and it was a lot of fun. We wrote some great songs, and when we came black, there was one song about which everybody said, 'You must record this for your album'. 'When You Came Into My Life', you don't hear Bali. probably say, 'That's a typical Scorpions song'. But this is the only song we wrote on the whole album. With Indonesian people. The Indonesian wanted all of us to write with Indonesians".
Adds Rudolf, "Music has no borders and there were no language barries because there was some people who didn't speak English, and you have to only hear the sound of the guitar. There were longer lines with us because we are so popular in Asia - Pure Instinct went triple platinum in Malaysia on its first day out - that everyone wants to write with us! (laughs). So it was in bali that i worked on 'When You Came Into My Life', but I didn't have the time to finish it. But when I came back in home, somehow, I was thinking, 'What can I put in to make it really interesting? And then when I took it home, I came up with the idea and I wrote it then".
Next up is "Where The River Flows", a mid-paced folk song, quite nice, mournful melody, catchy chorus. "Time Will Call Your Name" is another smart bit of craftsmanship from a softer rocking pint of view. Again, if some of these sft songs were on some of the earlier records, Scorpions wouldn't be as ridiculed as unimagnative or even worse, kinda dumb. And as arrangement goes, well, sure, there's more texture and all manner of Zeppelin touchers here, some tastful percussion, and odd but refreshing break... while in the past, essentially the ballad would be full electric band and not much else just playing quieter. "You And I" just might be one ballad too many, and this one is quiete saccharine down a '60s pop pathway, or at least a little too much Klaus commiserating over teh April Wine.
Did say one ballad too many? The album actually closes with yet another peaceful piece, "Are You The One?", very soft, Beatle-esque with string. Bonnie Tyler, same label as Scorpions, covered this one one with a slight change to the title. Explain Klaus, "I wrote it when I started working on the album and it was on some of the tapes., I think, on a demo. It was the first song, I completed. rudolf did teh music; I did the lyrics. And then the record company called and said, 'Guys, do you have a song for Bonnie Tyler?' And we said, 'yeah, maybe'. So I played this song over the telephoneand the guy said, 'I love it'. And Bonnie Tyler liked it a lot and then she went to the Bahamas and recorded it and made her version. And then when Erwin went through all our songs, he picked that song and said, 'I want to do this'. And we said, 'No, we can't because we gave this way'. He said, 'It doesn't matter, it's your song. You sould do it'. But since she did a band version of it, we did't it differently. That's why we did it with a string quartet, to be completely different".
And that's it, although there's a Japanese bonus track that is at least a loud rock song, "She's Knocking At My Door" again featuring an odd'60s pop progression or two, but miles smarter that yer "Kick After Six" or "Tease Me Please Me".
All told, Pure Instinct, just might be one of the buried gems of the Scorpions catalogue. Indeed, if one can put aside the lack of any heavy metal past one or two tracks at most, then there's some classy songwriting to be had and heard.
"Pure Instinct to me was kind of like 'la la la'," offers Ralph Rieckermann, nowhere to be seen in the credits. "Because we did that one,,, we didn't really have a producer, but Erwin Musper, whonis not really a producer, he's nice guy, but he doesn't really have an artistic vision, like a real proucer, like Bruce Fairbarn or Peter Wolf. So the lyrics, I mean, if you listen to the lyrics, to me they sound like they're written by a 15-year-old. They are just 'la la la'. 'When The River Flows... I mean, there was nothing new, no depth to it. And there are a couple of songs that are nice, but that's excatly what they are. They are nice, but just there's no balls, there's nothing to it".
"I don't know", says Ralph, asked about his lack of credit. "I actually wrote a few other sobgs that people like a lot better, that some of the other songs. But because no other band members had any other writing credits, I think they didn't want to have them on teh album. I don't know if that was teh reason. There were some before Eye II Eye's (1999) 'Mysterious'. There was a ballad, a couple of other songs, but no, the other ones were mostly written by Rudolf and Klaus".
"But they never really gave me the chance to run free", continues Rieckermann, at the proposal that right now, in their bassist, they had probably one of the best musicians in the band they'd ever had."They never really gave me the chance to... because always, for some reason, they always called me the new guy. Like the new guy, like 20 years younger than teh rest of guys; 'Yeah, what do you know?' That's exactly my point. I was hungry, I wanted success. I have like hundreds and hundreds of songs that were so strong and so powerful. One of them was 'Just For You', that never really saw the light, also if the Scorpions did that song. That would've been another 'Wind Of Change'. It would've been a huge hit, but because my girlfriend wrote the lyrics, I wrote all the music, so no one in the Scorpions wrote any part of the music, I think that was teh main reason it was cast out. Because when we had a listening session, we had about 25, 30 people in the studio. That was actually for Pure Instinct, the EastWest one. That was song #6. e gave everybody a sheet with numbers on there, and we had like 16 songs on it. My version on Youtube is acoustic, but Scorpions' version was more of a rock version, like a rock ballad, but it was the same song, the basic structure and everything, same lyrics. And then almost everybosy in this listening party in Wisseloord Studio in Holland, everybody jumped out of their seat, 'Song #6, song #6, that's the best sons, that's a total winner! All the other ones, we don't really like that musch'. And this is for Pure Instincs. And I looked around at Klaus and Rudolf's faces, and their faces turned green, and their chins just dropped because that was the only song that they had absolutely nothing to do with, when it came to writing. And at the moment I knew, the song is out, because they don't want... the last thing they want is the new guy in the band writing the next big hit song".
Pure Instinct, despite its show of maturity and play for acceptance beyond the headbangers, was a disappointment in the sales department. Still, it achieved gold in Germany, Finland, Korea, Portugal, France and Singapore actually a higher result in Germany than had been afforted Face the Heat. Big success in Asia with 5 times platinum in Malaysia, platinum in Thailandia and Indonesia. Fully five different songs were floated as singles in various territories, "You And I" achieving the best result. But nothing could budge the fan base, who didn't buy into the experiment. Pure Instinct really is a good album. It's just not, as they say in these situations, a good Scorpions album.
Chart Position: German Albums Charts #8, Finnish Albums Charts #10, French Albums Charts #11, Swiss Albums Charts #15, Austrian Albums Charts #20, Oricon Japanese Albums Charts #28, Ultratop Belgian Charts #37, Swedish Albums Chart #38, GfK Dutch Charts #95, Billboard 200 (North America) #99. TheSingles: "Wild Child" Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks #19; "You and I" German Singles Chart #22, Swiss Singles Charts #23, French Singles Charts #23, Austrian Singles Charts #34; "Does Anyone Know" German Singles Chart #81; "When You Came into My Life" German Singles Chart #97; "Where The River Flows" German Singles Chart #97. Certifications: Germany, BVMI Gold (+ 250,000); France, SNEP, Gold (+ 100,000); Finland, IFPI Finland Gold (+ 25,000).
Singles from Pure Instinct: "You and I / She's Knocking at My Door" (1996), "Does Anyone Know / Stone in My Shoe (live)" (1996), "Wild Child" (1996) (US only), "When You Came into My Life" (1996) and "Where the River Flows" (1997).

Side A: 1.Wild Child (Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker) 4:19 2.But the Best for You (Meine) 5:26 3.Does Anyone Know (Meine) 6:03 4.Stone in My Shoe (Meine, Schenker) 4:42 5.Soul Behind the Face (Meine, Schenker) 4:14 6.Oh Girl (I Wanna Be with You) (Meine, Schenker) 3:56
Side B: 1.When You Came into My Life (Meine, Schenker, Titiek Puspa, James F. Sundah) 5:13 2.Where the River Flows (Meine, Schenker) 4:16 3.Time Will Call Your Name (Meine, Schenker) 3:21 4.You and I (Meine) 6:16 5.Are You the One? (Meine, Schenker) 3:15
Length: 50:50
Mixed At – Wisseloord Studios
Recorded At – Scorpio Sound Studios
Mastered At – Sterling Sound
Art Direction, Design – Mainartery
Line up: Klaus Meine – lead vocals; Matthias Jabs – lead guitar, backing vocals; Rudolf Schenker – rhythm guitar, backing vocals; Ralph Rieckermann – bass, backing vocals; Curt Cress – drums, percussion
Additional musicians: Pitti Hecht - percussion; Luke Herzog, Koen van Bael - keyboards
Design [Cover Concept] – Jo Mirowski
Engineer [Additional Engineering] – Attie Bauw, Peter Kirkman
Engineer [Assisted By] – Evelien Tjebbes
Mastered By – George Marino
Mixed By, Engineer – Erwin Musper
Percussion – Pitti Hecht
Photography By [Band] – Michel Comte
Photography By [Cover] – Gered Mankowitz
Producer – Erwin Musper (tracks: A2 to A6, B2 to B5), Keith Olsen (tracks: A1, B1), Scorpions


PURE INSTINCT
Made in EU / 2015
Catalog #: 0630-14524-2
Label:  EastWest
TEST PRESSING. Picture cardboard sleeve; lyric insert; die-cut white paper innersleeve; opens right; white label; black vinyl.








NOTES: Scorpions PURE INSTINCT Very Scarce 2015 made in EU white label test pressing LP of their 1996 studio album with handwritten text on Side-A, housed in a regular issue glossy picture sleeve + lyric inner. These test pressing were produced in extremely small numbers for senior personnel &/or the band to check the sound quality of the potential finished product before the initiation of a full production run with most being destroyed. Naturally, these being the first off of the stampers, they will be the best possible pressings & will often be pressed on virgin vinyl too making them extremely sought after! This rare European version is a bootleg created on 08/15 to exploit the commercial revival of the Scorpions. In period 1995 (Live Bites) -2004 (Unbreakable), no official format vinyl was issued by Scorpions. This disc is very rare and many collectors they wish, although it technically has no value because it is not a official release, but somehow represents a certain period of this legendary band. The important is that the collectors know what it is, then everyone is free to make your own choice. Price: $50-60.
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PURE INSTINCT
Made in EU / 2015
Catalog #: 0630-14524-2
Label:  EastWest
Picture cardboard sleeve; lyric insert; die-cut white paper innersleeve; opens right; picture label (A) & red label (B); black vinyl.






NOTES: SCORPIONS Pure Instinct 2015 European 11-track LP originally released in 1996 and including 'Wild Child', 'Oh Girl (I Wanna Be with You)' & 'You and I'. Housed in a glossy picture sleeve. Unofficial realese but a very respectable play copy! Price: $30.
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PURE INSTINCT
Made in EU / 2015
Catalog #: 0630-14524-2
Label:  EastWest
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NOTES: SCORPIONS Pure Instinct 2015 European 11-track LP pressed on RED vinyl, originally released in 1996 and including 'Wild Child', 'Oh Girl (I Wanna Be with You)' & 'You and I'. Housed in a glossy picture sleeve. Unofficial realese but a very respectable play copy! Price: $40.
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...Until the seventies of the twentieth century the vinyl is the most widespread support for audio playback of pre-recorded material, but its prominence has been undermined in the eighties from cassettes and early nineties vinyl ceded permanently to the compact -disc (audio CD): in the late '90 the galloping globalization could not also mark the recording field.
The large-scale production of vinyl records is virtually ceased in the early nineties (in Italy until 1993). From the second half of the next decade the vinyl record is returned to the store shelves, essentially as a niche product. The final data drawn up in 2011 by the Institute Nielsen SoundScan indicate for vinyl LPs, an increase from 2.8000000 to 3.9000000 units sold in the US.
"A growing crowds," said Keith Caulfield, associate director for site rankings Billboard.com, "which has its basis in a market potential is not yet fully exploited." "Vinyl" notes Caulfield, "achieves two types of consumers: the older ones who remember him with affection and maybe still own a turntable, and the younger ones who like to have in hand a physical copy of the disc and admire its cover".
The 45s are the first victim of the conversion of the recording industry from vinyl to compact disc, which in the 90s became firmly established and represents the first step in the transition from analogue to digital.
The vinyl has a much higher quality of sound the first time that you listen it. Already in the second time that you listening, the quality drops.
While the modern CD, although heard several times, does not change; but it will never reach the vinyl at first listen...
The year 1998 marks the disappearance of the productions "Printed In Italy,... In UK,... In France,... In Germany,... In Spain,... and so' on...", which for the most part replacing the words "Printed or Made in EU". This makes more complex international recognition of the prints (...and national), to discern what we should trust to the particulars on the SIAE (for my country, the Italy) and the microscopic screen prints on the CDs (now the vinyl becomes a collector's item or just for dj loyal...).
For example in Italy there is the brand SIAE ©, "the Italian Society of Authors and Publishers," deals with the copyright on the works of human ingenuity; for what concerns us more closely, manages copyright for music discs and other products phonograph. In essence, is the competent body in the Italian territory for the protection of copyright and the beginning of 1970 its initials appear on all labels of records produced in Italy: a mark of conformity, which has changed over the time. Similar companies that deal with copyright on phonographic works are: the French SACEM, SABAM Belgian, the Dutch Stemra, the German GEMA, the Israeli ACUM, SGAE Spanish, the American ASCAP, the SADAIC Argentina.
Specifically for the Scorpions, you have to wait 9 years (the last issue in vinyl was the Live Bites made in Greece in '95) to see on the market yet another format vinyl of their albums: Unbreakable in 2004...






UNBREAKABLE (BMG Ariola, May 03, 2004)
With UNBREAKABLE 2004 Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs are going onto the musical offensive with a typical SCORPIONS coup: Pawel Maciwoda is the new bass player of Germany’s globally most successful rock act. This new band member is another signal that there’s no going back for the SCORPIONS. Paweł Mąciwoda, Polish bass guitarist who joined the Scorpions in 2003, and became an official member on January 10, 2004. The release of Unbreakable placed the band high in the album charts across Europe but would struggle in North America. In Greece the album hit no.1 position, pulling a Best Of compilation and the Acoustica set back into the charts too. The album is also Top 10 in Argentina (#10), Czech Republic (#2) and Germany (#4). Other chart positions: Austria #30, Belgium #74, Finland #14, France #42, Italy #62, Japan #41, Portugal #15, Sweden #14 and Switzerland number 19. The promotional single "Love' Em Or Leave' Em" is issued in 2004. In Russia the fifteenth studio album Unbreakable reached a Gold (10,000 copies) and it has sold 300,000 copies worldwide.
On May 03, 2004 (June 22nd in US), Scorpions made a game attempt at putting "heritage act" status behind them, issuing a new, more conventional Scorpions record. shiny and embossed of cover, called Unbreakable. The acoustic album, the classical album, touring just because it's there... the band was moving on, giving notice that they wanted to remain participants in the game. But Unbreakable was also to prove that there was no longer any such thing as a conventional Scorpions album. fairly heavy and guitar-laden as it is, the writing of old was gone, or had changed, or matured. In any event, the resultant complete record wouldn't exactly match the rhetoric, and that's what upset the fan base more than anything.
"Let's say this way!", Rudolf told, asked for the reason Unbreakable is the way it is. "We know that the 90s weren't so good for heavy rock. I mean, classic rock in the '80s was big, and then with 'Wind Of Change', we had a good bridge into the '90s, when grunge and alternative and stuff like this came. But somehow, especially when you live in Germany, you feel that new wave of alternative and grunge. So we were in a position, after the big hit, the fan base of the rock freaks weren't so happy about the success of 'Wind Of Change'. And also a lot of the '80s bands were splitting up because there was no work anymore and everybody was sick about this kind of music. And we were looking, what can we do? We were looking for a new way, through the '90s. We knew that rock would come back, no question about this. Because if the rock is in the ocean, with all the new waves coming and going, the rock is still standing, no question about this".
"But we didn't know when it will be. So, we were very lucky that we had the Berlin Phiharmonic Orchestra knocking on our door and asking to work with us. And we didn't know whether we would do it. But somehow we thought it would be great, when we could do it. We were looking for a conductor and an arranger. We tried to convince Michael Kamen. to do a song with him togheter, but he couldn't get somehow the right conditions, the right situation with the record company. So he went to Metallica and did the whole thing. But then we found somebody from Austria, and he actually made the great job and we used them for the Berliner Philharmonic Orchetsra project, which gave us a really good way, and learning about music and ourselves. And also with Chris Kolonovits, who was our arranger, we had a good time working togheter, because the Asian market asked fo an acoustic album for over ten years. And we said, OK, we are good team now, let's do the acoustic album, which we also did".
"So, in this case, we did these two tours of America, with Deep Purple co-headlining and also as a headliner in 2003 with Whitesnake. And we felt very strongly, now classic rock is back. So that gave us inspiration to really, besides the side-projects, which also includes Eye II Eye, we said time is over, now we go back to what we can do best, Scorpions, great guitar riffs, great songs, good hooks and great vocals. And that was the inspiration. The last two tours in America gave us a lot of inspiration and also writing... we had about 50, 60, 70 songs that we could pick from - with Erwin Musper. We had a producer review, already and we told him we wanted to do a rock album in a traditional Blackout style, but with the sound of today. We also tried to work with Dieter Dierks, but he is very much involved with his company now, DVD Plus company, and in this case, he couldn't come up with the right time. In this case, we did everything with Erwin Musper abd we were around three months in the studio, and it was realy fun to come up with the rock album again. Because after all the side-projects, we were really full of power to show people that we still kick ass".
Unbreakable would, in fact, deliver something that almost defiantly didn't kick ass, but more so rocked with an element of grunge, or the morose and slow, somewhere between moody pop and heavy metal. that's a fairly accurate decription of opener "New Generation", which... with a title like that, you are setting yourself up for some degree of ridicule, and indeed, the song over-reaches on the youth angle.
Second track "Love 'Em Or Leave 'Em" emphatically delivers on the proposed Blackout formula, Rudolf expressing his favour for the track foremost on the album (and certainly his favourite guiat solo), calling it, "a straight rocker which really has the Scorpions kind of signature sound; a great song, a lot of drive, basic rock, good riff - everything is inside that makes a good Scorpions song". true to that, it's got a circular metal riff that stands alone without the lyric, a verse of Germanics, and then a chorus that is pure catchy hair metal.
"I also like 'Deep And Dark' which is a great song", says Rudolf of track #3, one very much in the poppy yet moody hard rock zone, sort of a fit to Face The Heat. "Matthias composed this one, actually the first time he composed a song all by himself, the whole song, which I like very much".
"Borderline" combines straight, simple riffing with a psychedelic chorus melody, the Beatles by way of Aerosmith... or Dokken circa Shadowlife. "Blood Too Hot" is one of the album's more successful rockers, brisk, strong of Euro metal melody for the verse, also regularly strafed by a circular riff, pure party hard rock for the chorus. Essentially, it's lke a sped-up version of "Love 'Em Or Leave 'Em", the band taking the unremarkable and adding their pan-word attitude and experience, sending it into the successful zone. Noted journey man bassist Barry Sparks play bass on this one, plus "Borderline", in place of Ralph Rieckermann's official replacement in the band, Pavel Maciwoda.
"Maybe I Maybe You" finds Klaus in his comfortable classical ballad zone, writing with Iranian pianist Anoushiravan Rohani, Rudolf and Matthias adding some harmony guitars to reinforce teh Queen-ness of it all, circa the band's Made In Heaven or Freddie solo. Added flair comes with the engaging and epic "classic metal" piece late in the sequence that turns this one power ballad but without the cliches, Rudolf, in fact, stating that this one has his favourite lyrics of the whole album.
"I remember that song was included at last minute", says Rudolf of this ballad, atrack that could have slotted right in on Monet Of Glory or Acoustica. "Klaus had composed the song for a charity situation two years ago and he played it to us, and it was very mush only piano and his voice. It was very clean and somehow the whole live feel didn't come across. And then I remember when we were working on Unbreakable that Klaus had to get the vocals from the playback. He needed the vocals by themselves. And I heard it only with the vocals and I said to Klaus, 'Hey, what's that?!' I said, 'Hey, this song with a great arrangement would be unbelievable'. And so Erwin Musper, he came with his friend who was also involved with keyboards on Unbreakable, they came up with this arrangement and we said, 'Hey, that's great. We have to put this song on the album'. Beacuse it's really outstanding and has something special that nobody else can do, expect Scorpions or maybe Queen. And because Queen doesn't exist anymore, it's a great way to do something. Because everything is allowed for The Scorpions, expect to be too normal".
"Someday Is Now" is one of those oddly sour melodic hard rockers that could have been a heavy track applied to Pure Instinct or Eye II Eye, an experiment. "My City My Town", completely written by Klaus, is a catchy and simple hard rocker with a bit of a bluesy yet somewhat Euro-tinged turn for the verse, even more EURO for the pre-chorus, but then a poppy hard rock chorus that somewhat undermines the gravitas of the rest of it.
"Through My Eyes", another Schenker/Meine proposal, is another one that fits into this Blackout framwork, in a "No One Like You" mode, again, simple, passion-filled at the melody end. "Yes, I think it's close to Blackout and Love At First Sting", affirms Rudolf, of the wider album's vibe (or maybe more so his hopes for it). "And maybe you can even count in there Lovedrive, those three. Crazy World is already a little bit different, so I think we're quite close to those three albums, but with the sound of today".
As for what "sound of today" means, Schenker says: "Of course the recording of the new stuff with ProTools... before we always work with 24 track analog with digital Sony 48. But thsi time we did it with ProTools is somehow good enough where you can use the new technology and not  lose too much. So this is the way we recorded the whole thing. it sounds like the Scorpions, but with the sound of today. With ProTools, you really can make the A-B process much easier, to find out which you get the better result with. And also the equalizers today are musc better, more sensitive. You have many very good possibilities, and as I said before, the ProTools, the converters, are much better now. They'are coming now very close to analog, not as good, but quite close".
As the album weirdly, frustratingly ambles to a close, we've got another slightly psychedelic hard rocker called "Can You Feel It", followed by "This Time", a thick, funky, noisy rocker which again, helps paint the portrait of a band grasping for grind but then often ill-fittingly tempering it with melodic parts that don't quite fit. Then there's a fairly maudlin (and again Beatle-esque) ballad called "She Said", the album closing with "Remember The Good Times", which cab be described as a pop funk, glam, bubblegum metal, undermined further by a lyric that is pretty much a syrupy sentimental mini-history of the band. Additionally, there were two Japanese bonus tracks (CD), "Dreamers" being a solid, ambitious ballad, and "Too Far", being an even better mellow track, sort of a southern rock acoustic, a bit of slide ncluded. Still, reach back a few records amd it was becoming expected that the bonus songs were usually going to be some form of softer tock, granted, usually well-produced and arranged spmewhat expensively.
"After I left came Pure Instinct", says now long-time ex-Scorpions Herman Rarebell, offering a point-black take on the band at this juncture, a matter-of-fact summation that lines up closely with that of the fans, now long-suffering and still quite dissatisfied, "Pure Instinct had only one song on there which was commercially enough to go on the radio, 'You And I'. And Eye II Eye, I don't even want to talk about. That is a complete disaster. and the last album is in the right direction. Unbreakable. But it needs... there's no song on there, 'Rock You Like A Hurricane', this isn't. But it's in the right direction".

SIDE A: 1. New Generation (Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker) 5:52 2. Love 'Em Or Leave 'Em (James Kottak, Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker) 4:04 3. Deep And Dark (Klaus Meine, Matthias Jabs, Rudolf Schenker) 3:39 4. Borderline (Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker) 4:53 5. Blood Too Hot (Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker) 4:17
SIDE B: 1. Maybe I Maybe You (Klaus Meine, Anoushirvan Rohani) 3:32 2. Someday Is Now (James Kottak, Rudolf Schenker) 3:24 3. Through My Eyes (Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker) 5:24 4. Can You Feel It (James Kottak, Klaus Meine) 3:50 5. She Said (Klaus Meine, Christian Kolonovits) 4:42 6. Remember The Good Times (Retro Garage Mix) (Eric Bazilian, Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker) 4:24
Total lenght: 56.30
Line up: Vocals, Backing Vocals – Klaus Meine; Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Slide Guitar, Effects [Voice Box] – Matthias Jabs; Vocals, Backing Vocals, Acoustic Guitar – Rudolf Schenker; Bass – Barry Sparks (A2,A4), Ingo Powitzer (B6), Pawel Maciwoda; Drums – James Kottak.
Recorded At – Peppermint Park Studios, Hannover, Germany.
Recorded At – Scorpio Sound.
Arranged By – Erwin Musper (B1), Koen Van Baal (B1), Scorpions.
Edited By – Marc Ebermann.
Edited By [Digital Editing] – Marc Ebermann, Nils Hahman.
Engineer [Recall Engineer] – Nitzan Hoffman.
Choir, Vocals [Additional] – Jody's Kids.
Keyboards – Koen Van Baal.
Mixed By [Assistant] – Arjen Mensinga, Huub Reijnders
Mixed, Engineer, Producer By – Erwin Musper (except B6 Mixed by Phantom Brothers).
Technician [Drums] – Andy Setter, Francisco Ruiz, Matthias Liebetruth.
Technician [Guitar] – Ingo Powitzer, Peter Kirkman.


UNBREAKABLE
Made in EU / 2004
Catalog #:  82876 56088 1
Label:  BMG Ariola
Picture gatefold cardboard sleeve; white paper innersleeve; opens right; white writings on picture label (full tracklisting on Side B & artwok cover on Side A); black vinyl.






NOTES: SCORPIONS Unbreakable Scarce 2004 EU-manufactured BMG/Ariola label 11-track vinyl LP featuring 2 songs ('My City My Town' & 'This Time') less than the European CD issue and including 'Remember The Good Times - Retro Garage Mix'. Eleven tracks by the outstanding musicianship of singer-songwriter Klaus Meine, guitarist and composer Rudolf Schenker and lead guitarist and composer Matthias Jabs on their 15th studio-album! Presented in superb gatefold picture sleeve complete with band photo, credits, details and website Scorpions. The vinyl is 'near as new' condition, a fantastic copy of this extremely hard to find item which would be a highlight of any collection. At a distance of more than 10 years after its release, its value is very leavened in the vinyl's market: the very few copies that you see, can reach a rate of hundreds of US Dollars!... Price: $150-250.
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HUMANITY HOUR 1 (Sony BMG, May 14, 2007 in Europe and August 28, 2007 in North America)
SCORPIONS commenced new album recordings in Los Angeles with producer Desmond Child in October. During these sessions the group collaborated on songwriting with JOHN 5 (a.k.a. John Lowery), guuitarist for David Lee Roth, two and Marilyn Manson. The first taste of new album Humanity Hour 1 came on March 24th when the Scorpions debuted the track "Humanity" at a special concert to celebrate the 50th anniversary of signing of the Treaty of Rome.
"I mean, this was a very, let's say, unusual situation", begins Rudolf, laying down the whys and wherefores. "Which is always good, something new, working as a team. After a long career, you really end up doing albums to let the fans know you are still alive, but then nothing else comes out special. In this case it was a different situation. First of all, after Unbreakable, and after all the side-projects we did with Eye II Eye and Moment Of Glory and Acoustica, just to survive the '90s, instead of doing solo projects, we did side-projects, and learned about ourselves, and worked with one of the greatest orchestras in the world. Plus we pleased our Asian fans by doing Acoustica; they had been asking for this kind of stuff for years".
"In this case, Unbreakable was the start after many fans asking us again and again on the Internet, 'You do great stuff, but can you do an album like Blackout again?' We said we can do a traditional album, but for the year 2004. And that's what we did with Unbreakable. For Unbreakable we were happy, but we knew there were some points and sounding, and so in this case, we had it in our mind to do an album ourselves in 2006 in my studio. But then we said, you know, to do that, it's maybe not a good idea, because it's much better to have somebody from the outside, to really lift up the band, a great producer who can really do it strong enough, to give it new spark".
"So we had some big names, and Klaus and me went over to Los Angeles in 2006, February and met with these people, and the one who came the closest to our vision was Desmond Child. And we asked the guy, 'It would be great if we could do something with a concept album, something like this'. Because it was a message. He said that you guys really gave a great mesage with Wind Of Change, the soundcrack of the most people for a revolution of the century, and you guys can make an album where people will believe it, coming from you', and stuff like this. We said, 'OK, you have to wait until October because I'm still working with Meat Loaf'. We said, 'No problem, we will want for you'. We had lots of stuff to do with playing live around the world".
"So when we arrived in october, to start with the album, beginning of October, we had a lot of songs with us, but then Desmon was surprising us by presenting us his idea of Humanity Hour 1, including already... he brought a guy in called Liam Carr, he's an artist to do covers and working on the Internet, the artist who really came up with a great cover, with a great booklet and everything. He said, this is the way of doing this idea, Humanity Hour 1. And then we talked about it, liked the idea, and Desmond said, 'Guys, i have a lot of good writers around who can help to make this album a great album', including Eric Brazilian, who we knew already from working on Unbreakable, and Marti Frederiksen, who we knew already from working on Eye II Eye, and Jason Paige, John 5 and stuff. So in this case it was great teamwork".
"And also Desmond mentioned that, 'You know, guy, I want to do the overview. I'm going to do the vocals. But for the guitars, I have a new upcoming guy named James Michael, and he is the guy who will work with bass, drums and guitars'. So in this case it was a good idea to work in two studios, and really watching each other that nobody went too far. So then we started doing all the material. We had around 18 songs. First of all we had 14 or 15, and then we noticed that this album was becoming too dark, and it was important for us that this album has the dark side of humanity, but also the hopeful side of humanity. And we had to write three of four more songs to make the balance right".
Humanity Hour 1 (issued May 14th of '07 in Europe and August 28th in North America), included this tiny note that really is the key to cracking the whole confusing thing open: "Humanity - Hour 1, based on an original concept by Sir Desmond Child and futuristic Liam Carr predicts a world torn apart by a civil was between humans and robots. This apocalyptic nightmare serves as a warning shot to all mankind... our only hope of survival is to reclaim our humanity".
Musically, anyways, the album bears a similarity to the dark melodies and simplicity of Unbreakable. "Hour 1" is pure tribal, down-tuned grunge metal. "The Game Of Life" is an example of the band's new curiously morose pop metal. "We Were Born To Fly" is a mix of both those ideas, but quite catchy and nicely European melody. The "Future Neves Dies" is a big, ridiculous Desmond Child ballad, with equal additives from queen and Diane Warren that become disconnected an maudlin come chorus time.
Incidentally , the credits are dominated by Child and Bazilian at the lyric end, with Klaus, Rudolf and Matthias essentially splitting the music credits. as alluded to by Rudolf, the production credit is shared by Desmond Child and James Michael with Desmond additionally getting the executive producer credit. None of this matters outside of the splitting of the money, because Humanity Hour 1 fits unispiringly right in the middle of the right sonic range established and mapped by every Scorpions album since and including Love At First Sting.
Moving forward through the track list, "You're Loving Me To Death" is acceptable grunge metal and so is "321". Then it's into another ballad, "Love Will Keep Us Alive", more epic, down-tuned grunge metal in "We Will Rise Again", which is half ballad, and then and odd uptempo ballad called "You Last Song", which includes shades of Porcupine Tree in the verse and pre-chorus. "Love Is War" is yet another ballad, this one acoustic and bluesy, again, a bit of Porcupine Tree to it. With "The Cross", we are back to circular Soundgarden rigging, followed by "Humanity" to close this downer of a baffling record, the ersatz title track beginning as a typical Klaus ballad set to a soft military beat, and then turning into a progressive metal-type song of pretty cool  movements, sorta Pink Floyd-like in tone, vibe, melody, and daft concept. There were a couple of radio edits for Japanese bonus tracks, but also a new song called "Cold", which was a thumping rocker fully within the dour and direct spirit album at large.
"I think it's definitely a more mature kind of record", continues Klaus, back to Humanity Hour 1. "And working with Desmond Child, and some of the best artists, writers, in rock 'n' roll: James Michael, who also produced the record, Jim Peterik, marti Fredericksen. So in a way, we're back with old friens and family. But it was different because it was a collaboration with all these writers, and when Desmond introduced to us to the idea, the concept of Humanity Hour 1... so we have a redline all throughout the recording sessions. And it was a huge pool of creativity, working with all these people, and still trying to come out with hopefully another milestone record. And hopefully another album that rocks, with a lot of attitude, great lyrics, and not so much boys chasing girls, but like a deeper meaning, and carrying the message of humnaity, where all teh songs are connected with this kind of concept".
"But at the same time, of course, it's another rock record, and we want to entertain the audience, but we want to fill is with some meaning. If you see the art work, this cyborg standing in front of a crater - in a way, it's all of us facing the future. So where do we go from there? The big question mark. It's time to turn around and get back on the road of humanity, get back to respect for each other on this planet. And so that's how we started. It was a whole different set-up, but going for a record that has the signature Scorpions sound, the Scorpions DNA, what makes the Scorpions so special. We have our own brand of music, but at the same time, moving ahead as artists. No trying to became a Spnal Tap act but come up with another classic album. We wanted to make an album that sounds 2007, and there were a lot of things that were completely different".
Klaus continues: "I'm definitely the kind of guy who would come up with 'love Will Keep Us Alive' rather than 'Love Is War'. We had a big argument with Desmond about it (laughs), because we tried to find a balance between those darker songs on the record and songs of hope. And I'm certainly more the guy, more romantic, more... I never would come up with a hook line, 'love is war'. Well, you know, for a Scorpions song, that doesn't come togheter. But Desmond really convinced me in the end and said, 'Klaus, come on, we can't have an album where we have 12 songs and they're all about we're happy campers'. So it's to be more down and more dark - if dark in the right word - and more dangerous. And so find a good balance. And singing, 'Humanity goodbye', you know, of course is one thing, but we mean, 'Humanity, it's time"'.
"With Humanity, we were not experimenting. I think we all learned our lesson - I know I learned my lesson. This album is truly a Scorpions record but it has a more current sound. I t sounds very much 2007. A lot of rock magazines back in Europe said that a lot of rock bands that are just starting to make rock albums should listen to Humanity Hour 1 because it is very cool".
The legendary producer Desmond Child has worked with various high-profile artists, including, KISS, Cher, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Bonnie Tyler, Per Gessle, Ricky Martin and Kelly Clarkson, among many others and he was the key partner in Alice Cooper's 1989 album Trash.
His hits as a songwriter include "I Hate Myself for Loving You", "Livin' on a Prayer", "You Give Love a Bad Name", "Bad Medicine", "I Was Made for Lovin' You", "Dude (Looks Like a Lady), "Angel", "What it Takes", "Crazy", and "Livin' la Vida Loca".
This for the Scorpions is their best firecracker record since certainly Face The Heat, if not Crazy World...
There is also a story on the album artwork: album title and artwork were first released through the official French Scorpions fan club Crazyscorps in February, 2007. Album artwork is featuring human robot with the Scorpions logo on the back of its neck. However, after nearly two months since the fan club released album artwork on its website, they received information from the webmaster of the official Scorpions website that the band found out about the album artwork post on the official fan club website and that they are angry with what the fan club did because they legally didn't have right to post the artwork and because of that the band is willing to take distance in its relations with Crazyscorps because of this false step. Soon after the fan club got the information from webmaster, they immediately post a statement regarding the situation:
"We find this reaction completely disproportionate compared to the error we made. On the one hand because we ourselves had found this image on the Internet and on the other hand because the band should understand that we never did that to harm them but by excess of love and enthusiasm".
To express their disappointment and dissatisfaction with the injustice they were facing from the side of the band and its management, Crazyscops closed their website for an initial duration of 8 days. Before they closed fan club website, they delivered following message to the Scorpions band members and their management:
"Not only have we found your reaction disproportionate but also incorrect with respect to the fact that, for the past three years, we have been doing everything to support you and to contribute to your success with devotion without equal. Your reaction undermines the respect you pretend feeling for your fans and you should keep in mind that, in spite of our awkwardnesses and our errors, all that we always made, we did it with love and not in the intention to harm you in any manner. It is a thing that each artist, each band, should never forget: neither TV programs, neither radio stations, nor any article in the press will never replace the fans because an artist is nothing without his fans".
The singles from Humanity Hour 1 are "Humanity", "The Game Of Life" and "Love Will Keep Us Alive", all released in 2007. Chart positions: Greek Albums Chart #1; Russian Albums Chart #5 (Platinum 20,000); Argentinian Albums Chart #8; German Albums Chart #9; French Albums Chart #16; Swiss Albums Chart #27; Finnish Albums Chart #29; Swedish Albums Chart #36; Canadian Albums Chart #40; Austrian Albums Chart #41; Italian Albums Chart #44; Czech Republic Albums Chart #47; Oricon Japanese Albums Charts #54; Spanish Albums Chart #59; Billboard 200 (US) 63; Ultratop Belgian Charts #79; GfK Dutch Charts #91 and Mexican Albums Chart #97. This album sold 300,000 worldwide.

SIDE A: 1. Hour I (Rudolf Schenker, James Michael, Desmond Child, John Lowery) 3:26 2. The Game Of Life (Klaus Meine, Child, Mikael Nord Andersson, Martin Hansen) 4:04 3. We Were Born To Fly (Matthias Jabs, Eric Bazilian, Marti Frederiksen) 3:59 4. The Future Never Dies (Meine, Child, Bazilian, Jason Paige, Russ Irwin) 4:03
SIDE B: 1. You're Lovin' Me To Death (Schenker, Child, Andreas Carlsson, Bazilian) 3:15 2. 321 (Schenker, Child, Frederiksen, Paige) 3:53 3. Love Will Keep Us Alive (Meine, Child, Bazilian, Frederiksen) 4:32 4. We Will Rise Again (Jabs, Michael, Paige, Child) 3:49
SIDE C: 1. Your Last Song (Schenker, Child, Bazilian) 3:44 2. Love Is War (Jabs, Michael, Child, Frederiksen) 4:20 3. The Cross (Jabs, Michael, Child, Frederiksen) 4:28 4. Humanity (Meine, Child, Bazilian) 5:26
SIDE D: 1. Cold (Jabs, Child, Bazilian, Frederiksen) 3:52 2. Humanity (Radio Edit No Orchestra) (Meine, Child, Bazilian) 4:06
Total Lenght: 52.58.
Line up: Klaus Meine – lead vocals; Matthias Jabs – lead guitar, backing vocals; Rudolf Schenker – rhythm guitar, backing vocals; Paweł Mąciwoda – bass, backing vocals; James Kottak – drums, backing vocals.
Additional musicians: Billy Corgan – vocals on "The Cross"; Eric Bazilian – guitar on "Love Will Keep Us Alive"; John 5 – guitar on "Hour I"; Russ Irwin – piano on "The Future Never Dies"; Harry Sommerdahl - programming on "Love Will Keep Us Alive"; Jason Paige, Jeannette Olsson, James Michael, Desmond Child – backing vocals; Angela Whittaker, Roman Shaw Child - voice-overs; David Campbell - orchestra conductor.
Producer, executive producer, art supervision By Desmond Child.
Producer, engineer By James Michael.
Engineers By Jules Gondar, Matt Gruber, Steve Churchyard.
Mixing By Greg Collins.
Mastering By Stephen Marcussen.
Design Adapted By Sassenbach Advertising.
Recorded at the Little Big Guy Studios, Gentlemen's Club, Glenwodd Place Studios, Track Record Studios, The Village and Record Plant, Los Angeles, California October 2006-February 2007.


HUMANITY HOUR 1
Made in EU / 2007
Catalog #:  82876 714191
Label:  Sony Music BMG / RCA
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NOTES: SCORPIONS Humanity - Hour 1 Very Rare 2007 14-track double vinyl LP set pressed in the EU, housed in a gatefold picture sleeve with photo + credits. Germany's most-successful music export have collaborated with celebrated US producer Desmond Child [Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper] and are poised to sting once again, with a frontal attack on rock fans all over the globe. Including 2 bonus recordings: 'Cold' & 'Humanity Hour 1' [Radio Edit No Orchestra] and the latter is released only on vinyl. Still a great copy of this now hard to find pressing and the vinyls look unplayed. Fot its evaluation the same holds reasoning of the previous release: very recently, few copies printed (if it were bands with a greater recall of public, surely the copies printed would have been much more...) and price that often exceeds, even by much, compared to the true value of the stuff. But collecting is even this! Price: $120-200.
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STING IN THE TAIL (Sony Music, March, 2010)
Amid rumblings that they would be retiring after the long goodbye tour following the new album, Scorpions issued, on March 14th, 2010, Sting In The Tail. And traditionally awkward as that title is, it sounded like a message that the guys were going to out injecting a bit of venom, the mighty album cover reinforcing the crude communication.
"The way we recorded this CD was a little different", explained Matthias Jabs. "We started in May of last year; we got togheter with the producer team of Mikael Nord Andersson and Martin Hansen in Sweden. We had some songs from recent albums that we didn't use and we re-arranged them and wrote a few new ones. And then we went on tour in the summer and came back in August and really started working on the songs, and then we played a few shows again and then went back into the studio, sometimes in Sweden, sometimes in our place. Because of this, it always felt fresh. We would work for a week of ten days then take two weeks off from recording and play a few shows. When we finished with all the songs, we invited people from management and from our record company to listen to the rough mixes. After, we heard the whole thing, we went wow! And management said that we should consider calling this our last album, because it's really a great one. This followed by a world tour, that usually will last two-and-half years because we play everywhere. They said this will be a great way to end your career on a high note. So we thought about it, but not for too long. We decided that it was a good idea and made the announcement in January that this would be the last CD and tour for the Scorpions".
Whoever thet are, Andersson and Hansen no doubt got one of the punchiest, most explosive sounds for the band in years, the nrightness and vibrancy of the production reaching back to Blackout. Says Jabs, "The producers of this CD have been fans of the band since the early '80s, favourit Scorpions album is, 95-99% will say Balckout or Love At First Sting. I think during the early '80s teh band finally found its sound and style. Love At First Sting was the essence of the band's sound. I think that the new CD comes closest to Love At First Sting. It's wasn't intentionally done this way, but looking back, Sting In The Tail could have been te follow-up album to Love At First Sting during the '80s". Te band once again confirms that just does not like the Savage Amusement album...
"We had recorded probably 16 songs for Sting In Tail (four songs: 'Slave Me', 'No Limit', 'Turn You On' and 'The Best Is Yet to Come' were written during the recording sessions for Unbreakable) and nobody was happy with the way it was coming along, amazingly enough", says James Kottak, talking ablout the production on the record. "Then Mikael Andersson and Martin Hansen things upside-down. All of a sudden we're like 'whoa' and tht's the job of a producer. They have to take a diamond in the rough and turn it into something polished. They gave us new perspective and we went back and re-recorded everything. The album was done, but we went back and re-did.it. They were able to get to the riit of what the Scorpions are all about and I think it's one of the best albums we've ever done - well, since I've been in the band. There's four songs with the work 'rock' in it, so that's perfect (laughs)".
Asked it it was uncomfortable working wih Desmond, who indedd did impose his will upon Humanity over and above production, namely lyrically, Matthis says: "No, not for me. I think it was more uncomfortable for our singer Klaus because Desmond is so particular about his lyrics. He liked me and my guitar playing and we didn't have any problems".
"Desmond is know as being a hit-producing. We went with him three years ago in LA. But he made us follow his concept too much. He put his producer stamp on the Scorpions too much. but I like album; I liked what he had done. But the Swedish guys. Mikael Nord Andersson and Martin Hansen, were who we were originally going to record the last CD with, but decided to go with Desmond. But it was their turn now. They wanted to do what we wanted to do and not bend it out on shape. It was more like a unit, a band with seven people rather that a producer and a band".
Efficiently putting all that in the past, Sting In tail opens in fine Love At first Sting fashion with "Raised On Rock", a song too stupid to be on Blackout, but firmly as good as "Bad Boys Running Wild" or "Big City Nights". It's simple chord progression, but there's an anthemic chorus, not to mention talkbox, as well as some tasty leads colouring the positive experience.
The album's heavy, rocking totle track is next, featuring additional guitar textures, this time wah-wah and an oddly clean guitar solo, plus a weird guttural Klaus vocal as a sort of b-chorus. "That was Klaus' idea, says Matthias. "He came up with it when we were doing some recording in our studio, which is very close to where Rudolf lives. Klaus and I live on one street within crawling distance of one another. So we took a car every day to our studio and it's a 20 minute ride. So when you're in the car, you try to use the time to come up with ideas while driving, but it was just noises and not words. It then turned into, 'Bang, bang, rock will again'. He had the sound in his ears and that's what comae out. It's like a sound effect, but it's just voice. We open the show with that song, at least so far. We have played a few shows already to test everything out for the tour".
Next up is "Slave Me", which in fine Scorpions tradition, holds back on the creativity for the verse to explode with Teutonic glory come chorus-time. Already, true to Matthias' words, Scorpions have built a punchy record as stadium-loud 'n' proud as Love At First Sting, no speedy, smart, technical metal feat to be sure, but a decibel-drenched party all the same.
"Not only Love At First Sting, but also Blackout, and I would include Lovedrive in there", enthused Rudolf, but really giving Sting... too much credit!
Things settle down for "The Good Die Young" a ballad, but, in the spirit of success established by the album so far, this is a top-flight and largely epic ballad, with a powerful chorus that features a guest vocal courtesy of ex-Nightwish legend Tarya Turunen.
"We met her three years ago at the Live And Loud Festival in Sao Paulo", explains Matthias, "at a few shows actually, but that was the most popular one. the idea always comes with every recording. It usually comes from the record company. they go, 'We would like to have a duet'. And mostly it doesn't work out. But this time it worked out (laughs). We met her other day and we were doing a German TV show togheter. Sge's a nice lady, she looks good on TV and she sings well. I think it really adds to the atmosphere of the song. It gives it a mystical touch. It really pays off and for the harmonies with Klaus in the chorus, the voices fit well together".
"We have an idea to bring her in by video during the shows", adds Rudolf. "That would be good. We even formed a new version of the song, which will come out as a single in Europe where she even songs one verse and laso louder in the chorus. When we have that one, we will include it with the video".
One of the band's crunchiest rockers in years comes next, "No Limit" fittting well into the simple driving hard rock of the record, but definitely striking more of a heavy metal pose over and above the opening three tracks. "Rock Zone" is a refreshing bit of Motley Crue party metal, housing a riff with a bit of AC/DC to it as well. "Lorelei opens like the more famous "Lorelei", and them becomes yet another high quality Scorpions ballad, high rent due do its Mediterranean vide.
Up next is "Turn You On", naother tight, taut rocker, elegantly drenched in distorted guitars, simple, to the point, infectious, old school of chord pregression, and then again, as so many times before, gilded in a bit of Euro metal. After what is the album's weakest ballad, "SLY":"'SLY' is the fictional song about a girl named Sly", Klaus Meine explained. "When "Still Loving You" was a smash hit back in the '80s, many folks made love to that song, obviously. Many people told us in Europe, especially France, 'We called our daughter Sly because of Still Loving You'". Then it's back into the punchy material, "Spirit Of Rock" being a bit poppy, but saved by a Boston-like twin lead and other guitar embellishments, typical Scorpions moves including short bursts that are nonetheless built of thick, rhythm guitars, filling the spaces usually saved for piercing lead licks.
The album closes with another ballad "The Best Is Yet To Come". "We didn't do it on purpose", laughs Matthias, with regard to the title's sense of irony, given the retirement announcements. "The song is actually six years old. It came in at the last minute for Unbreakable but we didn't record it. In 2003 it was already there. But this time is was right. for the previous album Humanity Hour 1, any other song wouldn't have fit in - it all had to do with that special concept. That's why, even though it's a very good song, we couldn't use it for that album. Now the time was right and it's apure coincidence. It makes some people think and wonder. You never know. It's a nice way to finish the record".
On note, the european version of the album carried an extra track over and above the American version, a fairly aggressive yet slow and grinding heavy metaller called "Let's Rock!", which clichèd part of the time but richly Teutonic in the breaks and chorus, featuring some tasty drumming from Kottak as well. There's also a Japanese bous track called "Thunder And Lightning", which is a powrful yet melodic Euro rocker fully supporting the idea that this was Scorpions on a songwrtiting roll. Arguably, these were Scorpions' best two bonus tracks ever, all too many in the past falling into the paint-by-numbers ballad zone. The crescendo of Scorpions tones and tails... the way "Thunder And Lightning" builds to epic conclusion should be the way the career ends, a heavy metal flourish for the ages, moody and mysrical, loud and proud.
Two weeks after the issue of the album, Scorpions were part of Hollywood's Rock Walk, outside of the Guitar Center on Sunset Boulevard. Remarked Rudolf, "Among all the awards we've got so far, this is the most outstanding one because the other ones are made by jury or by people because you had some hits or whatever. This one is a musical thing. We are the only German band ever to get this. To get it alongside Jimmy Page and all the other people, it's unbelievable! When I think back, I spoke to Conny Plank, the producer of the first album. I remember speaking to him because he was our producer but he also wanted to have us in his company. We said, 'No, it's too small. We want to focus worldwide and want to play in America'. he was laughing like crazy (laughs)! He said, 'Do you now what kind of musicians they have there?' We didn't care. We wanted to play in America. So, we knew that we were already included in the rock family of musicians. But now, we know that we really are.So that's the point and that's the reason why it is very special".
Despite the tease, the plan really was - and still is - that Sting In The Tail will be the band's last album. "The reason we said we were going to do a farewell tour was Sting In the Tail", affirms Rudolf. "Because when we finished the album, shortly before mixing, our manager said, 'Hey guys, that's a fantastic album, how do you want to beat that? It's unbeatable'. And he said, 'Hey guys, I would think this would be a great album to make a farewell tour'. First of all, we were shocked, but then oversleeping the whole thing, we said, maybe it's right. Klaus and me, we were 63, the time is right, we have the '80s big sound with a twist, we have an album which is fantastic, and it now has the DNA of the Scorpions completely in it. That would be fantastic, and that was the reason, because this album became very successful, and it put us in the Top 20 in the Billboard charts, in 2010. And we have a tour now around the world, since 2010, march 2010, a sold-out tour around the world, with lots and lots of people!".
In Greece album was released exclusively with the Real News newspapper on March 14, 2010. The day before the release Greek Fan Club held listening session for the album at Hard Rock Cafe in Athens. The album was released on March 19, 2010. in Europe and March 23, 2010. in United States.
The single released are: "The Good Die Young" (February 26, 2010) and "Raised on Rock" (2010)
The album has sold 18,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release and debuted at position No. 23 on the Billboard 200 chart which is the band's highest chart debut in over 20 years. In Germany (BVMI, 2011), the album received a platinum award for selling over 200,000 copies. In Germany the album debuted at No. 2, but fell in its second week to No. 3, in France at No. 16 and in Greece at No. 1. The album also peaked at Number 2 on the Billboard Rock Charts. The Rock MusicStar had just congratulated on the album's robust chart positioning across Europe, particularly the eastern side of it. This release marks the 17th and "final" studio album to be released by Scorpions and this is the massive presence in the charts worldwide: Austria #6; Belgium Flanders #83; Belgium Wallonia #45; Brazil #27; Canada #22; Finland #6; France #16; Germany #2; Greece #1; Italy #39; Mexico #33; Netherlands #71; Poland #41; Portugal #21; Spain #30; Sweden #14; Switzerland #6; UK Albums #96; US Billboard 200 #23; US Hard Rock Albums #2 and US Rock Albums #6. Sting In The Tail reached the Platinum also in Russia (20,000).

SIDE A: 1. Raised On Rock (Martin Hansen, Klaus Meine, Mikael Nord Andersson) 3:58 2. Sting In the Tail (Meine, Rudolf Schenker) 3:13 3. Slave Me (Meine, Matthias Jabs, Eric Bazilian, Schenker) 2:45 4. The Good Die Young (featuring Tarja Turunen) (Meine, Schenker, Christian Kolonovits) 5:14 5. No Limit (Meine, Schenker, Bazilian) 3:23 6. Rock Zone (Meine, Andersson, Hansen) 3:18
SIDE B: 1. Lorelei (Meine, Bazilian, Fredrik Thomander, Anders Wikström,Schenker) 4:33 2. Turn You On (Meine, Schenker, Andersson, Hansen) 4:23 3. Let's Rock! (Meine, Bazilian, Schenker) 3:20 4. SLY (Meine, Schenker) 5:17 5. Spirit Of Rock (Meine, Schenker, Bazilian) 3:43 6. The Best Is Yet To Come (Schenker, Bazilian, Thomander, Wikström) 4:33
Length: 47:20
Line up: Klaus Meine - lead vocals; Matthias Jabs - lead guitar, rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, talkbox, backing vocals; Rudolf Schenker - rhythm guitar, lead guitar, backing vocals; Paweł Mąciwoda - bass guitar; James Kottak - drums, backing vocals.
Recorded at the Scorpio Sound Studio, and Vocal Land Studio (Additional vocals), Germany,
The Garage Studio (Vocals) and Atlantisstudion (Drums), Stockholm, Sweden (May – December 2009).
Producer By – Mikael Nord Andersson, Martin Hansen.
Mikael Nord Andersson - recording, mixing, gang vocals.
Martin Hansen - recording, mixing.
Hans-Martin Buff - Pro Tools operating and engineering.
Peter Kirkman - guitar technician.
Ingo Powitzer - guitar technician.
Micke Svennsson - drum technician.
Mats Lindfors, George Marino - mastering.
Design [Cover] By – Dirk Illing.
Photography  By – Marc Theis.


STING IN THE TAIL
Made in EU / 2010
Catalog #:  88697 59330 1
Label:  Sony Music / Columbia Music SevenOne
Picture cardboard sleeve; white die-cut paper innersleeve; opens right; white writings on black label; black vinyl.







NOTES: SCORPIONS Sting In The Tail Scarce 2010 European 12-track vinyl LP - Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker, Matthias Jabs and Co are anxious to go out at the top and feel 'Sting In The Tail' will be a fitting finale to their substantial legacy. Includes the single 'The Good Die Young'. The Columbia SevenOne Music is a collaboration between Sony Music Entertainment (Germany) GmbH and SevenOne Media (itself part of the ProSiebenSat.1 media group). The picture sleeve is in 'near as new' condition and the vinyl remains Mint and Unplayed! Still in the original opened shrink. Although it is classified as ** Strictly Limited to 500 Copies ONLY **, this item is not hard to find and it has a advantageous&great price: $20-40.
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COMEBLACK (Sony Music, November 04, 2011)
Begings Rudolf: "There is no mission! Only an inspiration, finding out that we have in our concerts now, on the farewell tour since 2010, many,many, many young fans. And we were wondering, couldn't believe it, couldn't see it, but then we found out that we have on Facebook over one million users, and that 80% of this one million is people berween 14 and 28! So in this case, we saw the people singing the songs with us, 'Blackout', 'Rock You Like A Hurricane', and seeing how the record companies are falling apart, and all the backup has gone away, gone, we said, 'Yeah, let's do it. Why not do the best songs from Scorpions, the classics, and put them on an album, using Pro Tools, use technology, use the sound, more punch?' I mean, I love analog, of course, but that is more for heart and soul. But the digital has a good part also, because you can put lots of energy in, and put it in for the young kids, and of course for the old fans also, too, where you have something for the modern way of listening".
"So in this case we started working with our Swedish guys, after 2010, beginning of 2011, after having, being in the Top 20 of the most successful tours around the world... only four rock bands were in front of us - it was U2, Metallica, Bon Jovi and AC/DC. So we said, hey guys, let's go for it, and so we worked on it. Then somebody's idea, why not put in also half-and-half, bands who inspired us? Make some songs, cover versions of Kinks, Stones, Beatles, Pretty Things or whatever, and let's see how this sounds. So then we started working on that, and also found out what Klaus could sing, and we were working with around 20 to 25 songs, cover versions, and out of the 25 are the songs which you hear, now made it on the album. It this case, we give a hiller-out to the bands that inspired us to make music, and also give our 'best of' from the band on this album, and give it as a project, as an extra, to our fans".
There's definitely more crunch to some of these re-recordings, "It's the reason why we did 'Rhythm Of Love'", says Rudolf of the opener, which sounds like a tank rolling through the desert compared to the original. "'Rhythm Of Love' is a great song, and now on the Comeblack album, many people told me already that it's so much better. At the time (late eighties) Dieter was set to replicate the sound synthetic and ultraproduct of Def Leppard who had given them Mutt Lange and tried to do the same with us. No denying that it was a success because the song placed at number six and Savage Amusement has achievements the number 5, but what was fine for Def leppard not played well for us. Their drummer had lost an arm and had to set the battery with many synthetic rhythms and electronic rhythms. But doing so with us you lost a part of our magnetism, especially in the guitars that ended up being more rigid. With this release we wanted to repair that mistake. Also 'Blackout' I like very much, because it's so powerful. I get so many fans writing that, 'Oh, I can't believe this song, 'Blackout', it's amazing'. 'It's young kids! It's got amazing... you sound like a young band, and you guys are already 63' (laughs)". Not unarguably better, this version of "Blackout" is thicker, more garagey from a drum point of view, and then it seems like everybody reacts in Kottak kind.
"It was a privilege and honour to re-record such incredibly wonderful songs from the Scorpions and I was thrilled to do it", says James, speaking with Montreal's Mitch Lafon a couple months after the album's November 4th, 2011 release date, vinyl included. "We've actually re-recorded 'Wind Of Change', 'Still Loving You' and 'Rock You Like A Hurricane' for TV shows over the years, but this was a little more official and I had complete freedom. They recorded these songs in Portland, Oregon. Then they sent the tracks over to me with click track and I had the freedom to add the drums on my own. I had years and years of preparation because we'd played those songs hundreds of times. It was a real thrill. I was so pleased and proud of how they came out. When I joined the band - and I still feel this way - I need to honour these songs. I need to honour the way they were written, the vibe, the certain drum fills and the feeling, but I've been in the band 16 years and I think we've evolved. I feel I'm as big a part of the band as Herman was and I feel I was able to make them my own".
Elsewhere, "The Zoo" holds back and then groovers, banhged up real nice by Kottak for the chorus, the production explosive, Kalus creating cool new melodes because of the necessity of ducking a few notes here and there. Similarly, James is a huge part of driving "Rock You Like A Hurricane" to new headbanged heights and it's huge grinding guitars that make "No One Like You" more potent than the original.
"We announced the album Sting In The Tail in conjunction with this tour that will take us all over the world", summarizes Klaus, also letting on that Comeblack was somewhat of an olive branch to the label. "And it became such a huge success that Sony said, 'Ok, we want to support this with some product'. What can you do? We just announced our last album and then things are so huge that they want us to get back in the studio. We decided that if we were going to do that then we would just go in and have some fun. We decoded to re-record some of our classics like 'The Zoo' and 'Rock You Like A Hurricane'. the idea was for us to blow off the dust from those vinyl records amd to present them to a whole new audience in the sound of the 21st century. It was a lot of fun because you can do so much more today in teh studio. At the same time, we thought that this can't be enough as we didn't want to put out a new album without some new songs on it. We thought about recording some covers and playing tribute to some of the legendary bands who inspired us in the '60s. We had a lot of fun trying things out and seeing what worked and what didn't work. We really were enjoying playing music from all of our heroes like the Beatles and teh Stones. We did songs like 'Tainted Love', which is a song that many people might not expect to hear us do, but the riff worked well. We gave it a try and it worked. We did 'Children Of The Revolution' by T.Rex, which was outside of us in a lot of ways. they are all great bands".
"Those are all legendary composition", continues Meine. "You have to find your own adaptation of that music. You better do it good; it doesn't make sense to record any of those songs unless it is going to be great. At this point, we had to be convinced that it was not only a great song but we had to put our own Scorpions DNA onto those songs. It was a very difficult issue to even choose the songs. You can't go in and choose 'hey Jude' or 'Strawberry Fields', no way. When I did 'Across The Universe', it worked well with my voice and everyone said, 'Let's do it'. Then Matthias said we should do a Rolling Stones song. It's impossible for me, with my voice, to sing a soul song. We found 'Ruby Tuesday' and it came out not too bad. Then we went to Led Zeppelin and we figured out, no way could we do that. we love Led Zeppelin and they are one of our favourite bands of all time, but at the end of the day it was impossible to pick any of those songs. I think we were talking about 'Good Times Bad Times' but it didn't work. At the end of the day, we took a deep bow to Jimmy page as we couldn't do justice to any of their songs. Doing this album was so much fun that if someone had not told us it was time to stop, then we would probably be in the studio still recording. We didn't need to write songs and we didn't need to write lyrics. We just had a great time".
Some songs, like "Across The Universe", are kept aptly mellow, but "Tin Soldier and "Ruby Tuesday" turned into a Scorpions pop, while "Children Of the Revolution", "Tainted Love" and to some extent "All day And All Of The Night", are given the full metal jacket racket treatment.
Bonus tracks include the Yardbirds' "Shapes Of Things", a new version of "Big City Nights" and "Still Loving You (Je T'aime encore)", with Amandine Bourgeois, issued also as single (#38 in France). "Makes sense", says James, because, "it was the #1 song for like two years in France. For some reason we have a huge renaissance in France and it's such a wonderful country to tour and play. So, the song makes total sense to me. It flows. It's wonderful and I think there's a version in Spanish with Klaus, or maybe that's Wind Of Change".
"I have to say that I, personally, am not that crazy about the title", muses James about calling the thing Comeblack. "It was meant to be a new word like Lovedrive or Blackout. It goes in the tradition of the Scorpions coming up with new words. It's so close to 'comeblack' that people are going to say, 'But didn't you just farewell?' They might take that the wrong way. It is what it is".
During its first week on sale in the US, Comeblack sold about 5,000 copies, debuting at number 90 on the Billboard 200 chart. Other positions: US Hard Rock Albums #7; Portuguese Albums Charts #20; French Albums Chart #22; German Albums Chart #25; US Rock Albums #27; Swiss Albums Chart #33; Austrian Albums Chart #67; Ultratop Belgian Charts #100 and Oricon Japanese Albums Charts number 104.

SIDE A: 1. Rhythm Of Love (from Savage Amusement, 1988) (Rudolf Schenker, Klaus Meine) 3:39 2. No One Like You (from Blackout, 1982) (Schenker, Meine) 4:06 3. The Zoo (from Animal Magnetism, 1980) Schenker, Meine 5:38
SIDE B: 1. Rock You Like A Hurricane (from Love At First Sting, 1984) (Schenker, Meine, Herman Rarebell) 4:15 2. Blackout (from Blackout) Schenker, Meine, Rarebell, Sonja Kittelsen) 3:48 3. Wind Of Change (from Crazy World, 1990) (Meine) 5:08
SIDE C: 1. Still Loving You (from Love At First Sting) (Schenker, Meine) 6:43 2. Tainted Love (Ed Cobb / Gloria Jones (1965), Soft Cell (1981)) 3:28 3. Children Of The Revolution (Marc Bolan / T. Rex (1972)) 3:33
SIDE D: 1. Across The Universe (John Lennon, Paul McCartney / The Beatles (1969)) 3:17 2. Tin Soldier (Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane / Small Faces (1967)) 3:15 3. All Day And All Of the Night (Ray Davies / The Kinks (1964)) 3:16 4. Ruby Tuesday (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards / The Rolling Stones (1967)) 3:55
Length: 54:11
Line up: Klaus Meine - lead vocals; Matthias Jabs - lead guitars, backing vocals; Rudolf Schenker - rhythm guitars, backing vocals; Paweł Mąciwoda - bass guitar, backing vocals; James Kottak - drums, backing vocals.
Additional musicians: Amandine Bourgeois - vocals on "Je t'aime encore"; Peter Kirkman - radio voice, backing vocals.
Recorded At Scorpio Sound Studio and Vocal Land Studio, Germany, Opal Studio, Portland, Oregon, 2011.
Mastered At Sterling Sound.
Producer, Recorded By, Mixed By – Martin Hansen, Mikael Nord Andersson.
Mastered By – Ryan Smith.
Engineer [Additional], Edited By – Hans-Martin Buff, Marc Ebermann.
Engineer [Drums Recordings] – Kevin Hahn.
Technician [Guitar] – Ingo Powitzer, Peter Kirkman.
Vocals [Gang Vocals] – Martin, Mikael, Peter Kirkman, Rudolf.
Cover Artwork By – Dirk Illing.
Design By – Sassenbach Advertising.
Photography By – Marc Theis.


COMEBLACK
Made in EU / 2011
Catalog #:  88697 99067 1
Label:  Sony Music / Columbia Music SevenOne
Picture gatefold cardboard sleeve; white die-cut paper innersleeve; opens right; white writings on picture label; black vinyls.







NOTES: Scorpions Comeblack 2011 made in EU 13-track double LP compilation album of re-recordings and cover tracks. Housed in a gatefold picture sleeve. Released while Scorpions were still on their farewell world tour, Comeblack features the iconic German rockers delivering newly recorded versions of some of their most popular songs. 'Rock You Like a Hurricane', 'Rhythm of Love', and others are still as good as ever, but the new versions freshen up these classic songs, sweetening the sound so they’re bigger than their ‘80s counterparts. The album is more than just a re-recorded greatest-hits collection, though, as it also features the bandmembers looking back at some of their influences with covers of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and the Kinks. Standing out among the covers, however, are their massive, hard-rocking versions of the T. Rex classic 'Children of the Revolution' and Gloria Jones' (and later Soft Cell’s) 'Tainted Love'. This copy remains in MINT unplayed condition. Price: $30-40.
RARITY (from 1 to 5): 2,5

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MTV UNPLUGGED IN ATHENS (Sony Music, November 29, 2013)
The greatest delight for the SCORPIONS fans, of which there are several million throughout the world, is the fact that there is no end in sight for the farewell world tour, even though this has been continuing for three years now. SCORPIONS still are Germany’s internationally most popular rock band ever in the history of music, and of the 38 countries where farewell shows are planned, only 23 have been covered to date. On top of this, the band has found the time and energy to bring to life a very special event: their first “MTV Unplugged” show. On September 11 and September 12, 2013, Klaus Meine (vocals, guitars), Rudolf Schenker (guitars, vocals), Matthias Jabs (guitars), Pawel Maciwoda (bass) and James Kottak (drums) played two fantastic acoustic sets in the Lycabettus theatre of Athens. The open-air theatre, which was designed by the Greek architect Takis Zenetos in 1965 — and thus is just the same age as the story of the SCORPIONS — is situated on Mount Lycabettus, at 300m height, and offers an impressive view of the Greek metropolis. But the spectacular scenery is not the only reason that convinced the SCORPIONS to choose Athens for the first ever open-air show in the history of “MTV Unplugged”.
“When we were approached with the idea of playing an unplugged show, we immediately thought of Greece,” Klaus Meine recalls. Matthias Jabs adds, “We have fabulous fans all over the world, but the Greeks are absolute die-hard fans.” Concerning the choice of venue, the Lycabettus theatre, Meine explains, “We played here many years ago. It is a beautiful place. I can remember that even back then the fans climbed onto the surrounding rocks. Of course we played some of the greatest classics this time, but we also performed a few new songs as well as material that we had never played live up to then. Those are songs which are very popular with the fans but which somehow never made it onto the set lists”.
More than ten years ago, the SCORPIONS had already played a few acoustic sets, the result of which, Acoustica, was released on CD and DVD in 2001, with great international success. However, the current program, including a total of two dozen songs, is virtually completely different. First of all, we have the band’s brand new songs, whose stunning live debut filled the audience with instant enthusiasm. Alongside “Dancing With The Moonlight” and “Rock’n’Roll Band”, both of which can be easily imagined in perfect rock versions, Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs presented one song each penned by every artist himself. The instrumental track “Delicate Dance” with Matthias Jabs as leader is based on guitar spheres which could easily settle in between the psychedelic glamour of PINK FLOYD and the boogie folk of LED ZEPPELIN. “Love Is The Answer” is a ballad for which Rudolf Schenker took over as lead vocalist — a feat that does not happen very often. And immediately after this, Klaus Meine surprises us with the world premiere of “Follow Your Heart”, another power ballad destined for the charts.
The show is opened by Sting In The Tail, arranged in Cajun style. This song, taken from the eponymous album of 2010, bears witness to how deeply the SCORPIONS are rooted in rock’n’roll and blues, virtually the topsoil and nurture of hard rock. The same applies to the set of classics that follow, such as “Pictured Life”, “Speedy’s Coming” or the hymnal “Born To Touch Your Feelings”, in which the Greek actress Dimitra Kokkori surprises with a truly heart-wrenching spoken-word part. It goes without saying that the beautiful lady is not the only guest starring at this exceptional event. On the nights featured here, the five SCORPIONS can count on the relentless support of the Swedish musicians and producers Mikael Nord Andersson (guitars, mandolin, lap steel, vocals) and Martin Hansen (guitars, harmonica, vocals), who are also responsible for the arrangements made specifically for the “MTV Unplugged” show, and who also produced the latest SCORPIONS studio album.
Further Swedish support comes in the shapes of Ola Hjelm (guitars, vocals) and Hans Gardemar (keyboards, accordion, vocals), as well as from percussionist PiTTi Hecht from Hannover, who is renowned as one of the best percussionists in Europe. To round off this magnificent cast performing at the Lycabettus theatre, there is a string ensemble consisting of eight Greek ladies, whom Klaus Meine introduces as “The Strings from Heaven.” Indeed, a truly heavenly performance is offered by Klaus Meine and Hamburg-based Cäthe with their version of “In Trance”. Cäthe, who released her second album, “Verschollenes Tier”, this summer, shows all her charisma in this true seventies classic. “Rock You Like A Hurricane”, one of the most popular rock songs by the SCORPIONS, and frenetically applauded by the audience, features REVOLVERHELD’s Johannes Strate as guest vocalist battling with Klaus Meine, and the ultimate world hit “Wind Of Change” offers a unique aha-experience in its own right when Morten Harket comes on stage for this encore.
Throughout its two and a half hours, the show captivates with its numerous intimate moments and infectious adrenaline rushes (such as during a percussion solo). And there are even more nuggets from the sheer endless stock of hits — such as “Still Loving You” and “Big City Nights”, “No One Like You” and “When The Smoke Is Going Down” — as well as a few welcome surprises to dazzle the connoisseur. “When You Came Into My Life”, where Rudolf Schenker plays a sitar, is one of those tracks which the SCORPIONS had never before played live, as are “Where The River Flows” and “Passion Rules The Game”. In view of this unplugged marathon with the stunning emotional momentum it conveys, it is difficult to pinpoint single highlights, but what can be stated with certainty is that the SCORPIONS evidently enjoyed this musical rollercoaster ride through their own history. It is equally obvious that both rock songs and power ballads display their class and style even when rendered as acoustic versions. The melodies maintain their timeless compositional appeal and the quality of the performance proves time and again that the SCORPIONS are blessed — this time especially by the Greek gods, it seems.
This is an interview with guitarist Matthias Jabs...
What made the band decide to undertake an unplugged project?
"It was something that we had never done before and something that we had missed out on in the 80’s because we were so busy. Now that we had the time, we went to Stockholm and worked with Swedish producers. They’re also great musicians and ended up being on stage with us".
How was it arranging the songs into an acoustic format?
"In some ways it was easy, but for some of the songs that everybody knows it presented a much greater challenge. We also chose some songs that we had never performed live before. We really wanted to make it special for the fans with the acoustic guitars and classical orchestra. The end result is quite good. It’s interesting and different, especially with all of the guest musicians".
Did you find it more challenging performing songs this way?
"Playing in an acoustic setting is very unforgiving and the arrangements were done in such a way that you couldn’t just pick up one guitar and play the entire set. There were many different tunings and capos that we used. And the deeper we got into the project, the more instruments and tunings would come out. We ended up adding piano, mandolin, accordion and even a harp. We also had close to 56 acoustic guitars on stage with us!".
Why did you choose this particular venue?
"MTV originally wanted to release the album in the late fall before Christmas. Summer is always vacation time in Europe so to be outside in September, we decided to go to Greece. They have the best climate and great audiences. The temperature was so perfect you didn’t even have to think about it. The amphitheater actually sits on top of the highest mountain in Athens. From the top, you can look down at the city and see the millions of lights below. it’s almost like looking down into Los Angeles from the Hollywood Hills. It’s a stunning view".
This is another interview made with the singer Klaus Meine...
One of the things that impressed me when I saw you live for the first time two years ago is what a well-oiled machine SCORPIONS are in concert and how tight the show is. Does that come from having this line-up in place for so long?
"I think so. It’s a great chemistry in the band. I mean Rudolf (Schenker, guitar/vocals), Matthias (Jabs, guitar), myself with James (Kottak, drums) and Powel (Maciwoda, bass). James is like a machine you know, just a great drummer. And James and Powel work great together so that’s a strong foundation. And with Rudolf, Mattias, and myself, the German engine of this SCORPIONS ship, we just rock it. We have so much energy that we enjoy ourselves onstage. From the very beginning days until now the minute we hit the stage we feel at home, you know? This is where you get SCORPIONS at its very best. And also with this MTV Unplugged it’s a whole different story when you compare it to a regular rock show because the whole set up is different; all the members are seated onstage. In essence since this was the very first time in the MTV Unplugged history that this was taking place under the open sky. So that usually in the studio production you have a few hundred fans gathered around the stage but this was 3,000 people and MTV wanted them to be seated: “Come on, this is not a rock show this is MTV Unplugged, so take it easy Greek fans! Stay on your stools, don’t rush the stage when the band comes on!” It was nice working with our Greek audience who went nuts anyway but in a different set-up".
"For every musician this was challenging because it was two and a half hours and 25 or 26 songs and most of them we never performed live. So this was like a whole new show. We went all the way back to the 70’s with songs like “Speedy’s Coming”, “Born To Touch Your Feelings”, songs from the Uli John Roth Era, “In Trance” of course. We played some brand new songs that were written for this project and some of them were taken from a project we called Outtakes that started in 2011 where we went all the way back to the 80’s and picked some unfinished songs. This project was never finished because we’ve been touring so much since 2010, but there were some electric versions of songs (we might pick it up again at some point) like “Dancing With the Moonlight” and “Rock N’ Roll Band” that were from that session. And together with the classics this turned out to be an attractive kind of package for our audience, not only in Greece but around the world. But it was a huge challenge, you know? It’s an honor to be asked by MTV to do an Unplugged and you join this illustrious MTV Unplugged family and you want to play your songs working with new arrangements and come out with something totally different and give those songs a whole new expression".
What was that atmosphere like for you, the open air setting?
"It was fantastic. We picked Athens because of our die-hard fans down there. We could have done this in many parts of the world but we picked Greece because we knew our fans there, they have a huge heart, they know all the songs going back to the 70’s and we wanted to find a place in Europe where in September you have the perfect climate. And it was the perfect setting, Lycabettus Theatre. It’s the highest mountain in the city of Athens, you can see all the lights of the city, almost like you were looking down at L.A., and it’s a beautiful amphitheater surrounded by pretty bizarre rocks. The fans were climbing up there to see, and we played this venue more than ten years ago when we played stadiums in Greece. We knew this place was intimate but still big enough to handle a bigger capacity audience. This was such an amazing set-up from mandolin to accordion to slide guitars, piano, harmonica, and then we had the Strings From Heaven, a string quartet. There were eighteen musicians onstage and we had an actress doing the talking parts in “Born To Touch Your Feelings”. We recorded two shows and the crowds went wild, you know?".
Why do you think that apart from the obvious ones like “Wind of Change” that your harder/heavier stuff translates so well to an acoustic setting?
"I think it’s the quality of musicianship. Working together with our Swedish producers and really making sure that we don’t end up playing too many ballads and becoming bored with this whole project. We wanted to do Unplugged, yes, but at the same time you’re looking for the dynamic of the real show. And that means you can’t do this with too many slow songs. You have to find many rockers and from “Can’t Live Without You”, “Pictured Life”, “Speedy’s Coming”, “Dancing With the Moonlight”, which is a new one, “Rock You Like A Hurricane” of course, “Hit Between the Eyes”, even “Blackout” is in there. With the arrangements I think that’s the answer because I think we wanted to give them strength and an erratic LED ZEPPELIN “Kashmir” feel, and you can hear this little erratic kind of touch which makes them more rock and not too soft. One of the new songs, “Rock N’ Roll Band”, was never performed live but I got the audience singing it, you know? It was great! They heard it the first time, we PLAYED it the first time and it came out pretty good".
Speaking of new songs...will that new material translate to a new studio record at some point?
"Like I said before, we started working on the Outtakes project with those songs that were never finished and never released and there was some great rock stuff there. We started working on it in 2011 and then we never really had time to finish it, then MTV Unplugged came in and we focused on this project. Two of the songs, “Dancing With the Moonlight” and “Rock N’ Roll Band” I wrote new lyrics for them. But those two have electric versions and they rock, let me tell you. We had three more new songs that came about during spring of last year, and those three songs would be also great in electric versions. As for now we only performed them live in Athens. But to maybe go back to the studio at some point this year if we have a chance we might include them as well on this album from the 80’s material. It will be a mix of then and this brand new stuff".
When you listen back what song do you think turned out the best on the Unplugged?
"When you listen to “Send Me An Angel” that version when our Greek fans sang it with us it’s very strong and powerful. I must say “Wind of Change” with Morten Harket from A-HA came out pretty good as well. “Still Loving You”, it’s a different arrangement and that’s also pretty cool. And if you love the rockers, “No One Like You”. “Passion Rules The Game” is also one we never performed live because of the vocal parts in the chorus, but with our Swedish friends they all did an amazing job on the backing vocals. Normally you would have some beautiful ladies but Mikael Nord Andersson and Martin Hansen said, “Klaus…we can do this perfectly” and I was blown away. When you listen to it they did an amazing job, not just on this song, but on all the songs".
You're in the midst of an epic tour that's been going on awhile...is there ANY chance of you coming back to Dallas to see us, and maybe doing an unplugged set here?
"That’s a good question. For now, it’s a big show; just the band is 18-20 people on the stage so to take this on the road even in Europe is more or less something we will not do. Just a few shows in Germany and Belgium and very few select concerts here and there. To take this on a worldwide level we’d have to see. We know our fans in the US love the SCORPIONS to rock it and turn up the Marshall amps to 11 (laughs) so if this would be a success in the US as well and there was a demand for it we would definitely think about it. As of now we will bring this onstage for a very few shows in Europe. In between we’ll still be doing rock shows, we pick it up again this year in March in Madrid, Spain. The first show sold out so quick we added another one, then we go to Portugal and Russia, then in April it’s back to Germany for Unplugged shows. But my honest answer is that we’d love to come to America anytime for anything! We love to play for our fans in the US, and this would be a whole new show and if the demand was there and the promoters would go nuts then just give us a call and we will Rock the US Like a Hurricane!!".
If you could sum it all up, how was the overall experience of filming MTV Unplugged?
"I think for us growing as musicians and growing as artists this came at a perfect time. We have the experience of so many years out there and this was about music only. And it’s a huge honor to be part of this. To do this it’s a challenge, and it only works if you give it your all and your very best performance. This is like the level that is set up by this format, this MTV Unplugged, and it’s SUCH a high level. When you think of all the artists that have done it throughout the years you want to join this class, so you have to prove yourself and show that you’re ready to join this class. And that feels really good. When you listen to it or see it you can see for yourself and come up with your own judgment and I think after so many years for us as artists this is the icing on the cake. We put everything in there to make it special because we wanted to join this class, which is Top Class".
Klaus thank you so very much for taking time out to speak with a fan first and a writer second. This means the world to me.
"Alright. I hope you have a chance to see us over here in Germany or if we come back to TEXAS!!".
Now and the turn of the drummer James Kottak...
MTV Unplugged Live in Athens, Greece. Tell us for this exceptional release. How did you decide to do that, what will it include, and of course why Athens? Why Greece?
"Why Greece? We Love Greece...The people make it incredible! We wanted to do a very special show in one of the most special venues in the world...Greece!"
You have played in huge venues in Greece in front of massive crowds. Why did you choose a significally smaller venue like the lycabettus theater? And why three concerts?
"Well, the show we bring is intimate and we wanted a more personal setting than a stadium.
We are filming for rtl, mtv unplugged and other media, so we film 2 out of the 3 nights to get the best of the best performance!"
Are you going to play different material each day? Will you also include songs you usually don't play or have never played live? Give us some directions for the songs you will play.
"Of course we will play many of the Scorpions classics, but, we will also visit many of the songs we have wanted to play from the past but just haven't had the opportunity. There will also be debuts of a few brand new songs as well! we are soooo excited!"
Tell us a few .secrets regarding the guest musicians. Who will accompany you on-stage?
"If i told you then it wouldn't be a secret?!"
An acoustic concert is going to be completely different from what you have been doing in the past. Does it make you anxious for the result? What do you think it is going to add to scorpions legacy?
"We did acoustica in 2001...It was recorded in lisbon and was a huge challenge and became a huge success. we are always anxious and a bit nervous presenting new material...This is defiantly going to be one of those very special events..."
You know that the connection between the Greek fans and Scorpions is one of a kind. how can you explain this? What is the basis of this extraordinary relation?
"The Greeks are so passionate and over the top...Just like the scorpions, we are one in the same".
Scorpions must be the most beloved Germans in Greece, knowing the tension that has developed between Germany and Greece due to the crisis. You yourself of course are not German but how do you see things evolving globally? Does the situation make you frustrated?
"I am always frustrated when governments don't agree...Life is short...Let's just enjoy our time here!".
James, 17 years in the band. What is your happiest moment so far in Scorpions? And what is your favorite Scorpion song when playing live?
"The first show i played with the Scorpions was surreal...a dream! "I can't stay" is my fav Scorps song".
Are you sure it is going to be your farewell tour? Seems that you look very active. seems that retirement can wait. scorpions have to give a lot and the fans love them. Do you have plans for a new album? Any possible release date or direction of the material?
"Farewell tour doesn't mean the band is breaking up...We have a lot of life to give!".
In your point of view, how have Scorpions influenced the rock and metal music? What is the Scorpions' heritage for the generations and musicians to come?
"Hopefully the new generation will somehow be influenced by the Scorpions...At the end of the day, it's just rock & roll!".
It is going to be one of the greatest live moments the Greek fans are going to experience and a great honor that you will record this material and release it worldwide. Please give a message to the Greek fans, that are really eager for this.
"Returning to Greece is like magic...We are one with all of our Greek friends and look forward to celebrating 3 wonderful nights in a celebration of Scorpions music!".
"When we started", remember Rudolf Schenker, "I wanted to include a couple of clauses in our contract that were subsequently shown to be very useful if the record company does not fossse managed to us to play in this country within three months of the publication of a disk, then we would be free to do it yourself and when we played in a country, our record would have to be distributed in this country. This has done much to move your ass to our record! The Scorpions have built its reputation on three pillars, peace, love and rock 'n' roll: the peace of 'Wind Of Change', the love of 'Still Lving You' and the rock 'Rock You Like A Hurricane' . Our luck was that in America we had to start with the small club: immediately started with a bang in the arenas, with Ted Nugent and AC / DC to Cleveland in 1979".
Rudolf a continue: "Sting In The Tail collects the best of our songwriting eighties, reinvented for the new millennium. Arrivals at some point in his career when you ask yourself: 'As we move forward, we have more' sixty years...', and now we only do the things that we like. I do not want to retire, they are still looking for the next situation to pursue. I want to help people and find the next step. I do not know what the' Scorpions company can move forward".
Kluas adds: "In over two hundred concerts in more than thirty countries, playing one night after another, seeing what our fans loved us, we realized that after all this time is easy to say 'we stop', but then is very hard to stop it seriously. We reduce concerts, enough with the grueling tour, but we do not stop at all. And then there are so' many people involved, who work with us to be so' many years. When the Sony has proposed to do an MTV unplugged we accepted... we did an acoustic concert in the 200, but record an entire disc and 'a whole different experience. When something like this happens and' a new challenge that you can not pass up".
Jabs says: "We are devoting our time to all those things that we have done in the past, we have prepared special things and to Athens and there 'seemed the best scenario where implement them. The Greeks are by far our fans more' hot. we see them everywhere, their flags and their banners accompany us in all our concerts, and then 'a tribute to them that represent all of our fans. During a visit to arch of Adrian in Athens, there were hundreds of children singing 'Wind Of Change'. And it was very exciting".
Klaus Confirms: "The reason we chose the Lycabettus Theater, and not, for example, the Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus, cause we wanted to have a place that had the right sound. It is intimate, it is small, content. The first time that we played was full of kids climbed on the rocks all around, something surreal. it contained 'only' five thousand people, so we decided to do three concerts, to meet more fan possible. The show is special cause there are many pieces of the 70's or 80's that we never did live as 'Passion Rules the Game', 'Born To Touch Your feelings' or 'When You Came Into My Life'. We did not want to focus only on the classics as 'Rock You Like A Hurricane' or 'Still Loving You', but do a concert with a good mix".
In reality the song 'Passion Rules The Game 'was already' was played in some American date of Savage Amusement tour '88...
MTV Unplugged - Live in Athens reached gold in Germany (100,000) peaked number 5, in France #85, Austria #43, Switzerland #29 and 113 in US.
There is a single "Rock You Like A Hurricane - Feat. Johannes Strate" (Feb 14, 2014) with the songs "Rock You Like A Hurricane (MTV Unplugged)" + "Rock You Like A Hurricane (Edit 2013)".

SIDE A: 1. Sting In The Tail (Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker) 4:38 2. Can't Live Without You (Rudolf Schenker, Klaus Meine) 3:53 3. Pictured Life (Rudolf Schenker, Klaus Meine, U. J. Roth) 3:56 4. Speedy's Coming (Rudolf Schenker, Klaus Meine) 4:16
SIDE B: 1. Born To Touch Your Feelings (Rudolf Schenker, Klaus Meine) Voice [Spoken Wordings] – Ms. Dimitra Kokkori 6:14 2. The Best Is Yet To Come (A. Wikström, E. Bazilian, F. Thomander, Rudolf Schenker) 5:03 3. Dancing With The Moonlight (Matthias Jabs, Klaus Meine) 3:58 4. In Trance (Rudolf Schenker, Klaus Meine) With CÄTHE 4:34
SIDE C: 1. When You Came Into My Life (James F. Sundah, Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker, Titiek Puspa) 5:04 2. Delicate Dance (Matthias Solo) (Matthias Jabs) 5:10 3. Love Is The Answer (Rudolf Solo) (Rudolf Schenker) 4:30 4. Folow Your Heart (Klaus Solo) (Klaus Meine) 2:45 5. Send Me An Angel (Rudolf Schenker, Klaus Meine) 3:57
SIDE D: 1. Where The River Flows (Rudolf Schenker, Klaus Meine) 3:58 2. Passion Rules The Game (H. Rarebell, Klaus Meine) 5:45 3. Rock You Like A Hurricane (Rudolf Schenker, H. Rarebell, Klaus Meine) With Johannes Strate 4:58 4. Hit Between The Eyes (Rudolf Schenker, H. Rarebell, Jim Vallence, Klaus Meine) 4:45
SIDE E: 1. Rock'n'Roll Band (Klaus Meine) 4:32 2. Blackout (Rudolf Schenker, H. Rarebell, Klaus Meine, Sonja Kittelsen) 4:57 3. Still Loving You (Rudolf Schenker, Klaus Meine) 3:42 4. Big City Nights (Rudolf Schenker, Klaus Meine) 4:31
SIDE F: 1. Wind Of Change (Klaus Meine) With Morten Harket 5:31 2. No One Like You (Rudolf Schenker, Klaus Meine) 4:39 3. When The Smoke Is Going Down (Rudolf Schenker, Klaus Meine)
Recorded At – Lycabettus Theatre in Athens, September 11 & 12, 2013.
Mastered At – Cutting Room studios, Stockholm, Sweden.
Designed At – Sassenbach Advertising.
Arranged By – Hans Gardemar, Martin Hansen, Matthias Jabs, Mikael Nord Andersson.
Artwork, Layout By – Isabel Pyc, Markus Bauer, Nadja Tremmel.
Design By – Sassenbach Advertising.
Guest [Special Guest] – CÄTHE, Dimitra Kokkori, Johannes Strate, Morten Harket.
Mastered By – Mats Lindfors.
Musician [Additional], Guitar, Baritone Guitar – Ingo Powitzer.
Musician [Additional], Guitar, Mandolin, Slide Guitar, Guitar [Weissenborn Guitar], Vocals – Mikael Nord Andersson.
Musician [Additional], Guitar, Piano, Harmonica, Vocals – Martin Hansen.
Musician [Additional], Guitar, Vocals – Ola Hjelm.
Musician [Additional], Percussion, Vocals – Pitti Hecht.
Musician [Additional], Piano, Accordion, Vocals – Hans Gardemar.
Performer [Scorpions], Bass Guitar – Pawel Maciwoda.
Performer [Scorpions], Drums – James Kottak.
Performer [Scorpions], Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar – Matthias Jabs.
Performer [Scorpions], Lead Vocals, Guitar – Klaus Meine.
Performer [Scorpions], Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Sitar, Lead Vocals – Rudolf Schenker.
Photography By – Torsten Hilse.
Photography By [Assistant] – Robin Schäfer.
Producer, Mixed By – Martin Hansen, Mikael Nord Andersson.
Strings – Strings From Heaven.
Strings [Strings From Heaven], Cello – Alexandros Botinis, Marsela Bassiou-Bineri.
Strings [Strings From Heaven], Viola – George Gaitanos, Lilia Giousoupova.
Strings [Strings From Heaven], Violin – Elena Shalenkova, Ewa Moszynska, Katja Kaminskagia.
Strings [Strings From Heaven], Violin, Leader [Strings] – Irina Shalenkova.


MTV UNPLUGGED IN ATHENS
Made in EU / 2013
Catalog #:  88843005471
Label:  Sony Music / RCA
Picture gatefold cardboard sleeve; black die-cut paper innersleeve; opens right; white writings on yellow&black label (LP1), orange&black label (LP2) and red&black label (LP3); black vinyls






NOTES: SCORPIONS MTV Unplugged In Athens 2013 manufactured in the EU 24-track vinyl 3-LP set recorded live at the MTV Unplugged In Athens on September 11 and September 12, housed in an gatefold picture sleeve featuring superb band members images. In the grand tradition of MTV's Unplugged series, MTV Unplugged in Athens features German hard rock stalwarts Scorpions putting on an all-acoustic set for the good people of Greece. Rather than the intimate studio performances that put the series on the map in the '90s, however, the set was recorded at the Lycabettus Theatre in Athens, a setting that feels appropriately grand given the band's arena-rocking tendencies. Despite the larger venue, the set still feels fairly personal, stripping away the bombast of the plugged-in versions to reveal the emotions at the core of the band's more upbeat numbers like 'Rock You Like A Hurricane' while adding a new level of simplicity to power ballads like "Send Me an Angel'. With two discs of acoustic goodness, Scorpions fans are definitely going to want to check this out. The vinyls are mint and unplayed! An outstanding collectors item - a must have for any serious Scorpions fan! Price: $30-50.
RARITY (from 1 to 5): 2,5

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It is taken from the MTV Unplugged In Athens (Sony Music, RCA Deutschland ‎– 888430 05482) Limited Edition Box Set. Card box additionally contains 3 × Vinyl LP Trifold, 2 × CD, Album, DVD-Video NTSC, 1 poster, 5 photo cards and a flag. Price: 60-100 / Rarity (from 1 to 5): 3,5





RETURN TO FOREVER (RCA Deutschland, Sony Music, February 20,  2015)
“There’s something unreal about the number”, reckons Klaus Meine. The video for “Wind Of Change” has been viewed more than 108 million times on YouTube to date. VEVO meticulously recorded the view requests and certified them. With this, the Scorpions are the first German band cracking the 100 million click mark. Once again, the Scorpions have written a piece of music history.
The number is not only impressive, it also highlights the Scorpions phenomenon. 50 years after a very young Rudolf Schenker founded the band in the profoundly provincial, post-war Hannover, the Scorpions remain a band that is able to attract masses of new fans at any given time. A fact that surprises even the musicians themselves, as they gladly admit. “It’s really remarkable”, says Rudolf Schenker, for example, “how well and mostly unharmed we’ve survived those years, in which our kind of music seemed to have gotten out of style completely. When the grunge wave hit the shore, we simply went to Asia to tap new markets and gain new fans. We were able to continue playing and keep on winning new friends for our music.”
“Today”, they all marvel, “we’re not only as hip as we were at our best times, our audience is becoming younger and younger as well.” The insight that new generations worldwide are just now discovering the Scorpions inspires them. In 2010, the band had reached a point where the perpetual cycle of studio sessions, album releases, and subsequent mega tours had in the end worn them out to such an extent that they seriously considered winding down and planned to retire with a farewell tour. 2013 however, a world tour later, brought a breath of fresh air. The sensational “MTV Unplugged” concert at the Lycabettus open-air theater in Athens was the most urgent reminder of how dreamlike and intense performances in front of an audience can be, and what challenges still await them. Either way, the hunger for more had returned, for all of them.
So the band once again met up with their two favorite Swedes to realize a project, which initially had been intended to be rather plain. Mikael Nord Andersson and Martin Hansen had already produced “Sting In The Tail”, and re-arranged the whole material for “MTV Unplugged” together with Matthias Jabs.
“Actually, we only wanted to finally record some song ideas for the fans, which we had worked on in the past but never put on an album, and then release them without much fanfare”, Matthias Jabs remembers. “There had been quite a few over the years, ideas that were really good, but in the end didn’t make the cut back then due to the limited space on vinyl and later on CD. We quickly had eight songs, which partly had to be finalized first and were then recorded from scratch. During the work, increasingly new song ideas were added from our end, as well as from the two Swedes. We had so much fun working and suddenly we found ourselves in the middle of the songwriting process once again. And in the end, it turned out to be a brand-new Scorpions album after all.”
The fact that the fiftieth band anniversary was coming up as well, hit Rudolf rather accidentally: “Not long ago I found an old cash account book of my mom’s, in which she meticulously recorded the earnings and expenses of my band Scorpions fifty years ago. My parents had lent me the money for the first equipment back then, and it had to paid off in installments from the earnings. 50 years are a long time. Apart from us, at most the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys or The Who managed to do that. In that sense, the timing for the new album is perfect, we’re celebrating half a decade of Scorpions with the record and the upcoming tour.”
Ultimately, the band recorded 19 songs altogether. Twelve of which are on the album, sixteen on the Deluxe Edition. They all present the Scorpions at the peak of their creativity once again. Tracks like the first single “We Built This House” are as contemporary as the sweeping “House Of Cards” (a guaranteed live hit). Also belonging in the category live hit is “Eye Of The Storm”, a track, that transports a notion of the unbelievable dynamic and joy of playing, characterizing the Scorpions’ stage performances. In songs like “We Built This House” the band reflects the past fifty years; their philosophy and the lessons, their unusual life taught them. Klaus Meine: “In the end, it tells our story. We’ve built this house called Scorpions brick by brick and often quite arduously. From the first days in Hannover, the first concerts abroad, until this very day. We’ve weathered severe storms, but the house withstood everything, turned out to be wheatherproof and stable. However, building the house was never just cumbersome, but joyful as well. The joy of music, the joy of having experienced and still experiencing it all, the joy of – and the thankfulness for – the fans’ affection. We have been working hard for this dream, but we’re thankful as well for having been able to live it, and for still being able to live it today.”
In these fifty years, the world has changed rapidly. When the Scorpions started, the present with its smart phones, the Internet, intelligent fridges, holograms, and online streaming services was hardy imaginable even for the boldest science fiction authors. The Scorpions have witnessed and participated in all of these changes, were up to speed with these developments as artists and musicians, while at the same time staying true to themselves at all times. That too, is documented on “Return To Forever”. The band was never in need to make concessions to the respective zeitgeist, their own creative potential was much too extensive for that. For this, they have earned highest recognition worldwide, and in these fifty years have contributed an inestimable share in restoring the profoundly damaged reputation of Germany in the world after the Second World War. The fact that this contribution is now being acknowledged, is not least proven by the bestowal of the Lower Saxon State Award for the year 2014, which the band will receive on February 3, 2015.
Just how much the band is still charged with high voltage is demonstrated by classic arena rockers like “Going Out With A Bang” or the fantastic “Rock 'n' Roll Band”. Songs like these already whet the appetite for the upcoming world tour kicking off middle of next year, which the band is already looking forward to. Not least, “because it’s simply unbelievable and inspiring to look into the faces of very young fans, who discover us and our music in a whole new way.” And who, this might be added, experience the magic that characterizes Scorpions concerts since their early days, for the first time. The tour will take the band around the globe once again.
Before that, however, the Scorpions will appear on the big screen. The renowned film maker Katja von Garnier has accompanied the Scorpions on their “Final Sting” tour and put together a moving documentary with unique images during these eighteen months, displaying the band’s magic, which has never before been captured so well. The film is called “Forever And A Day”. The title at the same time outlines the philosophy the Scorpions have internalized since their early days. In the Eighties of the past century, they wrapped it up in the slogan “Don‘t Stop At The Top” (allegorical: Never rest on your laurels). They simply are travellers, who always seek new challenges, overcoming all obstacles along the way. The brand-new Scorpions studio album “Return To Forever” is out February 20, 2015 and will be released on CD, Deluxe CD, vinyl, Limited Collector’s Box, and several more digital and physical formats. The first single “We Built This House” can be downloaded as an Instant Grat on iTunes and Amazon.mp3.
Currently we are experiencing a flurry of Scorpions related new music. Impending releases from Michael Schenker and his Temple of Rock new album, UFO and the Scorpions themselves have all enforced the belief that the classic rock genre is very much alive and kicking. The recent introduction of a new UK based festival to the summer calender Ramblin Man Fair to be headlined by the legendary German Rock band the Scorpions offered the opportunity to discuss both this and the band  history who are now  in their 50th year of existence with front man Klaus Meine.
Germanys most successfully rock band, The Scorpions. These guys have been trend setters for that genre from the country that is known for Beer and their world class Oktoberfest Festival. Through Rock’s history we’ve had quite a few legendary bands that are known for their longevity in the scene, The Scorpions fit right up there when it comes to a definitive long career. But as with tenure bands, at some point they like to call it quits, so it happened in 2012 at the end of another successful world tour, the band threw the anvil down and decided to step way.
Truth be told, when there is a high demand, you supply more. In this case they guys realized that stepping away wasn’t all that easy as their popularity is still at a constant level. Klaus Meine himself admittedly said so.
Their long time running vocalist now at the senior age of 66, instead decided to mix some downtime in between studio albums instead of the constant grind of life on the road ( A bit like Judas Priest decided to do). So with a new studio album this year titled “Return to Forever” the upcoming eighteenth studio album, the band catapults their way back into the scene, line up another world tour and The Scorpions are back in business, stinging their poising to all their longtime army of fans.
We we’re very fortunate to have a chat with Klaus Meine himself tackling new album, world tour, their past success and the future…
This is an exclusive interview with legendary frontman Klaus Meine:
Good afternoon Klaus. You have recently been announced as one of the  head liners of the inaugural Ramblin Man Festival marking a rare UK appearance. Will that be a one off show,or will the band be returning to play a UK tour?
Klaus: ”Well I hope that we come for more. This is just coming back after a few years and we had the UK at the top of our list. We are glad that we have the chance to play at Ramblin Man and I guess that it is a new festival in Kent. Right?
Yeah that’s correct.
Klaus: ”Lets hope that we are coming back in a big way for more shows to come.”
Of course fans are now eagerly awaiting the release of a new Scorpions album “Return to Forever”Perhaps the UK audience will get the opportunity to also hear  some new material in that set?
Klaus: ”Right now we are doing all the promo for the album. Our movie has just had a world premiere in Berlin last weekend. We have got to pick up the production and all the touring related things pretty soon. Of course we will have a whole new show, a whole new stage set-up. Also a new set list. We shall see, and pick up a few songs from the new album,along with the classics,and some songs that we have not played for quite a while.”
The band are into their fiftieth year and indeed how no sign of quitting. Can you try to account for the enduring popularity of The Scorpions?
Klaus: ”Well I guess it is the fact that we keep coming up with strong albums and the fact that the Scorpions have always been a very powerful live band. Whenever we got out there we deliver the goods I guess. The fact that the last couple of years we have a whole new audience of Scorpions fans, a whole new generation of rock fans in front of the stage. It is wonderful, you know to see that our music has become timeless. Some of the big classics  has attracted a whole new audience of rock fans out there and to play them in front of three generations it is fantastic and very motivating.”
Just moving onto a few general questions. I just wondered when did you first realize that you had a talent for singing.what are your earliest musical memories?
Klaus: ”I think when I was a kid. I grew up with parents and my father played with his friends. They called it”house music”you know. It was house music in the old fashioned way when some friends came together, and played at some family parties at the weekends with guitars, mandolin, accordion. I grew up with music and all the way back from the early years I always wanted to be a singer.”
Looking back at your life what are you most proud of?
Klaus: ”I think, that I am not proud of anything really you know. Its more that I feel really thankful that for all these years  it is a privilege that we still as a German band can play a global stage. The philosophy of friendship in this band really paid off because friendship and teamwork was always a very important part of the Scorpions. It feels really good that after all these years that we are still out there, and that we still have a chance to even come back to the UK very soon.”
After such a long career do you still have dreams, hopes and ambitions?
Klaus: ”Of course, I mean the thing is we never lost the passion for what we are doing. Even after all these years there are still some places on the map, some parts around the world where we have never been. Even after celebrating our fiftieth anniversary it looks like now that we will go to China for the very  first time in early May. That is pretty cool since we have never been there. It feels like we are excited like we were back in the seventies(laughs)playing for the very first time in Japan. There are still places around the world that we want to go and of course we are still very ambitious about it.”
Viewing the bands back catalogue do you feel that the Scorpions have ever made a bad album?
Klaus: ”I think in the late nineties which was a decade which was so much dominated by alternative and grunge music and all that music revolution that took place. For all the bands that had come from a successful career out of the eighties and being classic rock bands it was a time where you had to fight to survive as a classic rock band. I think that the second half of the nineties and towards the end of the nineties where we recorded “Eye to Eye”was an album where we experimented a lot. It was not very well received by our fans but maybe it was the best mistake that we ever did. We found out how important it is to go back to the Scorpions DNA. A few years later when we came back with “Unbreakable”I think we were right on track. Classic and Hard Rock came back in a big way.”
At school were you an academically strong student?
Klaus: ”It was always music. I always loved soccer and I am still a big fan and support my team Hanover 96 my home team in Germany. Music was what I wanted to do, and when I met with Rudolph in the late sixties we started the band in 65. That is the reason that we celebrate our fiftieth anniversary this year. Such a long time, Rudolph also loved soccer but we shared the same dream. We wanted to be musicians and take our music all over the world and that was quite ambitious for a young band when we started in Hanover West Germany.”
With regard to the new album I have heard that some of those songs have roots that stretch back quite some time into the bands past?
Klaus: ”We went back a few years ago and said that it would be nice to go back to the eighties, there were still some unreleased songs and some songs that were never finished.We knew that there was some very strong material that was sitting there from the mid eighties. With this record after we did the MTV “Unplugged”project and after playing some very successful shows in the last two years in Germany here we went back with our Swedish producers. In the meantime we had written some brand new material. At the end of last year  we had about twenty songs and some of them date back to the eighties and also some brand new material. It turned out to be even more of a new album than we thought it would be.”
What would you say is the secret of success?
Klaus: ”The secret of success-Like this band when we started as young kids in Germany we were always looking for the right chemistry as a band. As you know we had Rudi’s brother Michael in the band, Michael Schenker started playing with us. Then he went to UFO in England and we had Uli Jon Roth who joined the band throughout the seventies. We did “Tokyo Tapes”always with great guitar players. It was always a guitar-driven band, a hard rock band. Of course we were always able to show the full spectrum of all the emotions. Of course we became very strong writing super ballads as well. I think one of the reasons for the longevity is partly because the chemistry was always strong,the band was built on friendship and on teamwork. Like on our new single says it all”We built this house on a rock”
Outside music what do you like to do Klaus in your spare time?
Klaus: ”I like to go to movies, plus when you see yourself on a big screen for the first time that is very cool, at the world premiere of our new movie”Forever and a day”. I hope that it will go out in the UK as well. I know what you are talking about-I used to play tennis for years. Doing sports/doing some workouts but then we have been all over the world doing concerts so we cannot risk doing any injuries. I have not played tennis for quite some time because that is probably the most dangerous sport when you want to stay in good shape and not ruin your bones on the tennis court”
Klaus tell me about that Scorpions movie, is it a live concert or a band documentary?
Klaus: ”Yeah it is called”Forever and a Day”its about the story,the life and the career of the Scorpions. With a lot of unseen footage from the early years, even Uli Jon Roth back in the seventies filmed a lot of stuff with a Super 8 camera. We had a film crew with us around the world from Bangkok, London to LA, Paris, Los Angeles and Beirut. This is between some live footage on this last tour which was billed as The Farewell tour which turned into a Return to Forever.(laughs)It also shows some footage from the early days when the band were just starting as young kids with our tour bus and just being on the road. There is even some footage in Liverpool with us playing the Cavern Club.”
Any plans perhaps to release a book to tie in with the film?
Klaus: ”I have been approached, by writers recently and I hope that I find the time. Right now we find ourselves doing this fiftieth anniversary thing with so many concerts piling up. France, China like I said, Russia, UK some festivals and then Us and Canada. There is simply no time to do a biography. Rudolph Schenker put out a biography some years ago called”Rock Your Life”..but I mean the time will come when we will put out something like we have talked about-the life and career, but right now we are just too busy being out there and doing what we are doing…”
You are a hero to many, but who would be a personal hero that you would like to interview?
Klaus: ”Being a Beatles fan, all the way back from the early days yeah it would be great to do an interview with Paul”
Looking back the Scorpions have had a hugely successful career with many millions of units sold. However what would be the lowest point?
Klaus: ”That is very simple to answer. He lowest point was when I lost my voice in the early eighties, and the highest point(laughing)was when it came back.”
Which songs do you feel are most representative of the Scorpions?
Klaus: ”I think that there are 3 which represent the band they are “Rock you like a hurricane”,”Still Loving You” and “Winds of Change. Those three songs became all-time classics and they represent the band probably the very best.”
How do you still perform songs like those classics that you have performed many thousands of times. Is it difficult to still enjoy playing those tracks?
Klaus: ”No because, it would be really tiring if we were performing them every night in the same place. We are going all over the world and still playing them globally, emotionally it is  always different. Playing in front of different cultures and different people. On top of that we keep coming up with new material and you refresh the set that way. The new songs keep it always fresh its enjoyable you know. Would Deep Purple get tired of playing”Smoke on the Water”?I don’t think so… It is the same as us playing “Rock you like a hurricane”when the crowd enjoy it so much."
Bringing things forward and to end our chat, can you pick a couple of new tracks and tell me about those…
Klaus: ”As I have said its some songs old and some new. Like Catch your luck and play” it had a different title back then. There was maybe a great chorus missing,and so there is a new chorus on that song. It has this Acdc kind of riff in the beginning. It is a great song. Rock +roll band is also a song that we performed an acoustic version for the MTV Unplugged concert that we just did  in September 2013. That is a great electric version on the album that is a straight forward in your face kick ass rock n roller. That was also written,at least the music in the mid eighties. There are also new songs like “We built this house”that we did together with our Swedish producers who also contributed to the songwriting on this record. There is also a song called “The Scratch”….".
That track did stand out for me when I first heard the album as being something particularly different for The Scorpions…What was the idea behind that one?
Klaus: ”That is pretty cool, it has a strange kind of vibe and probably something different that we have never done on any album. It is swing with heavy guitars is a very cool song.”Gypsy Life” is a song that we wrote about in the early zero years probably before “Acoustica”It is another song that is reflecting on life on the road, and what you go through as a musician. Being out there and part of this crazy rock and roll circus”
Just to close when is your movie released?
Klaus: ”It will be released for the movie theater’s at the end of March. There will be another premiere in Hanover at the end of March and then it will be shown around the world. Later on I think on television and then maybe next year it will have a DVD release."
I look forward to viewing that and also catching the Scorpions live at the Ramblin Man festival during the summer in the Uk. Last festival I saw the band at was Donington back in 1986…
Klaus: ”Yes I remember Donington, great memories of Donington it was fantastic”
Thanks for talking to me today Klaus it has been enjoyable. Maybe more UK dates this year?
Klaus: ”We haven’t been in the UK for quite some time, and we are very excited to come back for the Ramblin Man and rock the UK again….it would be fantastic. Thank you very much good bye".
Planetmosh spoke to Rudolf Schenker, founder of legendary rock band The Scorpions, to talk about their new album “Return to forever” and their live shows including their first UK date in 8 years at this year’s Ramblin’ Man festival.
This year is the 50th anniversary of you founding The Scorpions.  Fifty years without splitting is a pretty amazing feat that very few bands have ever managed.
"Yes but you know when I started the band I was very much attracted by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and all the British wave that came over and affected me in a way that as a naive person, a young kid, I saw four or five friends travelling around the world and making music, and I said “I want to do the same thing”.  I was so affected by this friendship thing that I saw from afar (sometimes later on I found out things aren’t always like this) but with The Scorpions I tried to get this vibe throughout the years because I believe more in friendship than in ego and money.
So I think this is the reason why the band is still standing and why the band even when coming from Germany, from a small place called Sarstedt could make it worldwide despite coming from this small place in Germany.  Germany was not known for bringing Rock music out but you know when you have the right vision and you have the right team then you can make it.  I was always working and always thinking for a great team, that’s the most important point.   You know how soup tastes like – if you find the wrong thing in the soup then it tastes terrible, but if the soup is cooked in the right way and everything is perfect then the soup is a delicate thing to eat.
To live in a band like the Scorpions, we are travelling around the world and making music, showing people around the world, here is a new generation coming from Germany, they’re coming not with tanks and making war, but they’re coming with guitars and bringing love. That was our philosophy and is why “Winds of change” came, and why we are standing on three feeds, Love, peace and Rock’n’Roll.  Love is represented by “Still loving you”, “Peace” by “Winds of change” and Rock’n’Roll by “Rock you like a hurricane”.  So that is what it’s all about, building bridges between generations, between different systems, between continents and religions".
Something I’ve noticed at Scorpions concerts, there isn’t just one generation of fans there – you have the older fans who remember the early days and you have new young fans too.
"We have now almost six and a half million friends on Facebook, and around 80% of them are between 16 and 28.  When we first saw them in front of the stage when we are playing we couldn’t understand what was happening.  I think digital on the one hand is bad and the other good.  Here we have the good side, the young kids are going on sites like YouTube and seeing a band playing on stage sounding like a young band and reacting like a young band, and saying to themselves that they want to go and see the band, so here we are and that’s the reason why the farewell tour did so well, and the reason why MTV came to us and asked us to do this MTV Unplugged thing in Greece.  That’s the reason why we’re still doing the 50 years tour, and a new album.
I found a book of my Mother’s from when I started the band in September 1965, and in the book was written exactly the income, because I had to pay the house back to my father and the rest of pocket money.  I saw in there that it was in September 1965 that I started The Scorpions, and that is why the Bonus track album that we thought we would do as a present for the fans as a Goodbye, changed into a new album.  Our manager came and said he had asked promoters around the world what they thought about a Fiftieth anniversary tour and they went crazy, so I said we had to do a new album, because we can’t do a bonus track album for a tour.  Then we found that the bonus tracks had such great material that we just had to change a few choruses, lyrics and stuff and we put a new album together out of the good stuff from the late 70s and early 80s and also some new stuff like “We built this house” which is the story of The Scorpions – we built a house on rock, and also the kind of rock and roll band “Gypsy life”, “Rock my car” is the kind of stuff from experience on the road.
With the new stuff coming in like “Rock this house”, “Rock my car” is an old one, “Going out with a bang” is a new one, so we put this thing together as a fifty-fifty, connecting the old world of The Scorpions and the latest one.  It was produced by these Swedish guys, Mikael and Martin.  Mikael was growing up in Northern Sweden and his first album was “In Trance” and he is so connected to the DNA of the Scorpions because he became a Scorpions fan, that by working with us on “Sting in the tail” he gave us really the right things back to think about, and that is why many people say the album is the connection between “Love at first sting” and “Savage Amusement”.  It’s a great example of how if we are happy then the fans around the world are also happy.  We now have three things in our mind here – the new album, the film, and Fifty years of the band – it’s three things again.  It’s fantastic where we are now".
How do you approach writing on the album – do you all write separately or do you come up with ideas then work on them together?
"It’s a combination of them.  My studio is here where we do most stuff.  With “Sting in the tail” and also earlier stuff, Klaus built his own studio for doing the vocals, and sometimes we play live concerts in the recording, so you’re always connected between the real world and the studio world.   That’s the best thing when you come back from life and you listen to what you did before and say “That’s great” or “no we went too far” because to be connected to the fans is the best thing you can do.  You can write the best album in the world but if you write it only for you it’s not good. So in this case we were always connected and I think that’s one of the special things about this album".
As well as the album, you’ve got a film coming out – Forever and a day.  Can you tell us a bit about the film?
"We have been approached before by people wanting to do a film about the Scorpions but we always had the feeling that no, it’s not the right people, until Mr Beusenberg from ZDF and RTE came along.  He said “The Scorpions have had such a great career and you’re doing the farewell tour now.  We want to be a part of it and show the history of the band and also the tour.
So we first of all started in Thailand, then the original producer had to do something else but we got a woman called Katja von Garnier.  She is known for the film “Bandits” which is known around the world, so she was going behind the mask of The Scorpions – you’re not seeing the macho rock and roll face, you’re seeing a sensitive person behind that face, so she pulled something out of the Scorpions which made it appeal to fans and also people who don’t like this sort of thing.  We let her very close to the band, and while making the film she found lots of material, Super 8 stuff from the 70s, I don’t know about the 60’s but certainly the early 70’s and the 80’s. I don’t know where she found this material, but in the end she put this whole thing together about our career.
The film was done for the farewell concerts, but because we had so many things changing – we got the offer of MTV Unplugged by getting into the situation that a new generation of fans were coming to the concerts, so there came a twist into the film, that we weren’t coming to the final concert, we were coming closer to the situation of “Why are we doing the final concert?, why are we ending? Going forward what will come up by doing the MTV Unplugged, thing”.  Then we came to the book, the bonus track/no bonus track album – the book said fifty years and we came to the fifty years, and all of that went into the film".
The film is about the career of the little band coming from Sarstedt and from Germany and friendship an outstanding career, presenting German rock from a different side.
How does it feel knowing you have inspired other bands, particularly from Germany – a country that wasn’t known for rock music when you started but now has produced many great bands?
"What can I say?  That’s the great thing about this family of young rock kids because in our world where you see DJs and so much plastic around, you see kids enjoying rock music.  That’s what it’s all about.  Being a rock musician is a lifestyle, it’s not only being a musician, it’s being part of a lifestyle, and seeing these young kids and seeing many new bands from Germany coming out and presenting their music, it’s fantastic.  It’s global, it’s the part which maybe can bring the world closer together.
Young kids have to learn that war and all this shit and whatever is happening is not as important as peace, and if you’re making music you are bringing people together and that’s a great thing.  That’s what we tried when we started in the late 70s playing internationally.  We were always looking for young fresh bands to put them as our support on tour, bands like Blackfoot, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Iron Maiden, Girlschool, and..and… We always were looking for new bands that maybe have a great future in rock.  I think it’s great when we help and inspire people.
I remember in 77 my brother called me from Los Angeles, because he was playing with UFO then in America and he was living in Los Angeles and he said “Rudolf, why are you not playing in America, it’s unbelievable.  There are clubs in Los Angeles playing Scorpions like crazy, and there’s even a band called Van Halen that are playing Scorpions stuff like “Speedy’s coming” and “Catch your train”.  So when we saw Black Sabbath in 78 and the opening band was Van Halen, and Klaus and I were sitting in the fourth row, Eddie Van Halen saw us from the stage and after they left the stage, he came over the rows to us and said “Unbelievable, you guys come on backstage”.  We went backstage and on the same day in Hamburg, we were celebrating David Lee Roth’s birthday when both the Van Halen brothers were smashing a cake in David Lee Roth’s face.
In this case we are a big rock and roll family and that’s fantastic, and that’s what we want to do, inspiring German bands to go out in the world playing music and inspire the whole world with music".
You’re playing the Ramblin’ Man festival in the UK this summer.  If my memory is right, it’s the first time you’ve played the UK since 2008.
"We really weren’t happy about that long gap, because our manager who died recently he had the philosophy of ok we don’t want to break your market to make special prices or stuff like this.  We want to play where the fans are, and fans want us in England but maybe for our manager it wasn’t good enough but now he’s died, we’re using a slightly different philosophy.  We want to play in England so we told our agent, ITB, that and he said he promised to bring us to England.
I actually played slightly later than 2008 in England – I played on stage with my brother when he played High Voltage festival in 2011.  I played with him at that festival when Herman played drums, and Pete Way was there but I think he only played one song, and the owner from Dean Guitars played bass then on one guitar was the blond guy from Germany who was the producer for Michael’s album.  It was great to be in England again at a festival with my brother".
What can the UK fans expect from a Scorpions festival headline show?
"This 50th anniversary tour will be a tour where we go from “Lonesome crow” up to the new album.  We try to make a perfect mix including songs we never played or haven’t played recently, and of course new stuff like “Going out with a bang” or maybe “We built this house”, or “Rock my car” or maybe “Gypsy life”, I don’t know how we will mix it together – we’re working on it at the moment, but not so intense because we’re doing a lot of interviews at the moment because the world is big and everyone is in charge.  What I know is that we will start this Fiftieth anniversary tour in China on the first of May.  That’s our first gig and we are very excited because we’ve never played in China and it’s great that we break new ground and start a tour by playing places where we haven’t played before".
You’ve got tour dates right up to the end of the year, so you don’t look to have slowed down too much.
"We’re touring for two years – we’ll do the whole tour in two years.  This whole thing, the new fans, the creativity, the reflection of the new album, the film, it kicks out ass.  The good thing is what we didn’t know when we started the Farewell tour is that we’re still so fit and so full of power that we are really excited.  I don’t know how extreme we can do it.  We told our booking agency not to book too many dates in a row, so we really enjoy the tour.  This year of the fiftieth anniversary, we really want to enjoy it.  We have to take care that on one hand we have a good time, on the other we can reach the fans and everyone enjoys it.
That has to be important because if you’re not enjoying it then it doesn’t come across so well to the audience.
Exactly, it must be the right mixture, which is why we said to make sure we have enough breaks in between that we can enjoy it, be on the road and think back about special events or maybe special times in these places, maybe go to London, it’s always a fantastic place to be.  Having time in between and not rushing and trying to do five concerts in a row and then breaking down – the right mixture is important. After China we go to Poland and Czech republic, then we go to Belarus, a along tour in Russia, then Italy, and England, Hellfest in France, and more.  It’s a long tour but we will find the right mix".
Speaking about SCORPIONS‘ decision to scrap their retirement plans and record a new studio album, “Return To Forever”, Meine said: “When we decided [to do a] farewell tour back in 2010, we thought we had a great album with ‘Sting In The Nail’, and especially whenever we were thinking we would go out on the road again for two or three years around the world, and coming back from that tour, we would definitely be in our sixties, saying, ‘How can we keep going at this pace, this tempo, with this energy and power and still deliver a really great show night after night after night? [How can we] do a hundred shows, year after year, in twenty, thirty countries around the world? So that was a huge question mark up in the air for the two of us. And then we realized during the farewell tour, it’s easier to say than to do, and it was so emotional in many ways, and to see that we had a whole new audience of SCORPIONS fans out there, and [we were playing in front] of three generations.”
He continued: “So coming towards the end of that tour, the end of 2012 in Munich, we realized we don’t split up. We might take the foot off the gas a bit and take it easy, play a few concerts, maybe [take part in] a nice project, not knowing that only a few weeks later ‘MTV Unplugged’  would knock at the door and say, ‘SCORPIONS, how about an ‘MTV Unplugged’?’ Normally, we should have said, ‘We’re sorry. You’re too late. We just split up.’ But nobody would do that, right?! So we kept going, [and] we recorded ‘MTV Unplugged’. We prepared for that one and wrote some new songs, because we thought it would be nice to make the show more attractive to also use some new material. And in a way we opened the creative gates. At the same time, we started already going back to the ’80s, we’d been to the studio with our Swedish producers — I think we started in 2011 or 2012 — recording songs from the ’80s, calling the project ‘Outtakes’ as a working title. And we knew we had some great material sitting there. And at the time, we weren’t thinking about making a new record. Our mood was to [release something] as a bonus album at some point. We did ‘Comeblack’, yes, with cover versions, but we knew we had a great one sitting there, with songs never released, never finished, with some working lyrics, and we had to come up with a new chorus or something. So this was the situation. And we had started already some years back.”
Meine added: “After ‘MTV Unplugged’ and after some very successful shows we did in Germany last summer, we went back into the studio, and in the meantime, there were new songs. Everybody had written new songs, and so at the end of last year, it was a good balance between ’80s stuff and also brand new songs. So this album, ‘Return To Forever’, was building up over the last couple of years — not so much in the sense, ‘Now we make a new record.’ So it was building up. In between, we played some shows, we went back with the Swedish guys and did some recordings, and we were in a comfortable situation at the end of last year, having twenty songs and thinking about, ‘So, guys, we do a double record now or what?’ [Laughs] So it was a lucky situation. At the same time, when this 50th-anniversary tour project came up, we thought it would be nice to focus it all on 2015, bring out a new album and celebrate this very special anniversary, not only with a new record but with a movie. We just did the world premiere in Berlin last week [for] the movie called ‘Forever And A Day’, and we know we will have a movie premiere here in Paris as well very soon. So it’s a long story, but here we are in 2015, all psyched up and excited. And we feel it’s a privilege, after all these years and after this experience called ‘farewell tour,’ it’s a privilege we’re still around and it’s privilege we still can play this global stage out there. And to have so many fans, and also so many young fans from the new rock audience, that come to see us wherever we go, it’s just fanstastic and very inspiring and motivating.”
Australia’s The Rockpit recently conducted an interview with guitarist Matthias Jabs of German hard rock veterans SCORPIONS. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.
Asked about SCORPIONS‘ decision to scrap their retirement plans, Jabs said: “During the so-called ‘farewell’ tour, the ‘Sting In The Tail’ tour, in 2010, in the beginning, the band really believed this is what it will be, and let’s tour until the end of 2012. And we had this film team with us, and at the final show in Munich, everybody believed this would be it for a long time. We never said we’d quit. What we said [was that] we would get out of the hamster wheel — touring, making albums, touring, making albums, going on for 35 years.”
He continued: “During that tour, we noticed already we have too much fun to really quit. We want to slow down and we don’t wanna play that many shows per year anymore. We played always something like 120 shows every year — at least. So we decided to slow down a bit. But when the final show was done, and it was shortly before Christmas, at the end of January in 2013, this MTV unplugged offer came around the corner, and we couldn’t say no. We thought, ‘Wow! This is great. This is a great new challenge. We haven’t done it in our long career, so let’s go for it. And at the same time, before that, the record company put two contracts on the table, which is unusual, I think, for a band that says, ‘Okay, we wanna quit.'”
Jabs added: “As I said, we just have still too much fun. And we have such a younger audience, meanwhile, due to Facebook, I think. At least we have more than six milion Facebook [‘likes’], and the research say 80 percent are between 18 and 28 years old. So, for a band that celebrates their 50th anniversary, that’s quite amazing. And a lot of them, obviously, rushed to the front, so even though it might be only 10 to 15 percent in the entire audience, those are the ones we see. And this is energy boosting; it’s much more fun. So we said, ‘Let’s do it again.'”
“Return To Forever” was recorded with Mikael Nord Andersson and Martin Hansen, who had already produced “Sting In The Tail”, and re-arranged the material for “MTV Unplugged” with Jabs.
“Actually, we only wanted to finally record some song ideas for the fans, which we had worked on in the past but never put on an album, and then release them without much fanfare,” Jabs remembered. “There had been quite a few over the years, ideas that were really good, but in the end didn’t make the cut back then due to the limited space on vinyl and later on CD. We quickly had eight songs, which partly had to be finalized first and were then recorded from scratch. During the work, increasingly new song ideas were added from our end, as well as from the two Swedes. We had so much fun working and suddenly we found ourselves in the middle of the songwriting process once again. And in the end, it turned out to be a brand-new SCORPIONS album after all.”
The start into "Return to forever" is chosen very well. The opener "Going out with a bang" is a real bang in the beginning. Strong and with an excellent riff from Schenker/Jabs the song the track is a real blast. The second title is the first single release at the same time. "We build this house" is a typical Scorpions song that reminds in the beginning a bit to "Rock you like a hurricane". The soulful verse and the heavier chorus go hand in hand very well - all kept together by an excellent vocal line and a Klaus Meine at his best.
"Rock my car" promises heaviness already in title. And the band 'pushes the pedal to the metal'. The energy allows a crosslink to the "Blackout"-album. The cherry on the cake is the excellent guitar solo from Matthias Jabs. This is a real headbanger.
After such an energetic beginning it is time to breathe. And the Scorpions give you the time herefore. "House of cards" is the first ballad on the album. It is a soulful tune with gentle acoustic guitars and again it's Meine's vocals that are adding a lot to the song. What I appreciate very much is that the track isn't that one of those chessy ballads. It is an excellent silent song from one of the biggest rock bands.
After such a break it's time to rock again with "All for one" - a song with a heavy riff and a good verse. It's just that the chorus doesn't put a spell on you. Don't get me wrong; it's not a bad song, but the first ones have been better.
Fortunately "Rock'n'roll band" brings the band back on track. The tune is a fast rocker that reminds to the earlier days of the band. The guitars are roaring, the rhythm section is pushing - a song that is right to the point. One of the best songs from the Scorpions since quite many years.
"Catch your luck and play" is another track with a moderate speed and is the second one that belongs to the weaker ones. The song sounds more like a breeze compared to the other blasts on the album. It's no pain in your ears, but it's also not a track with a real 'wow'-effect.
"Rollin' home" is a track that is based on strong rhythm and reflects the mainstrem side of the band, before "Hard rocking the place" brings back the metallic sting again. The tune grooves like hell and is a throwback into the 80's. Well done.
"Eye of the storm" is the second ballad on the album and again cliche-free. It shows that the band can write good ballads. It's a song for everybody who appreciates the softer tunes of the band while having heard "Wings of change" far too often.
After such an emotional moment it's time again for some headbanging. "The scratch" is a perfect song for this before the closer "Gypsy life" brings back the more silent moments. The third ballad picks up the spirit of "When the smoke is going down from the "Blackout" album without being 'version 2.0' of the song.
Next to those twelve songs the deluxe version of the longplayer gives you even four more songs: "The world we used to know", "Dancing with the moonlight", "When the truth is a lie" and "Who we are". And with "Delerious" the iTunes version of the album gets another bonus track too.
"Return to forever" is a thrilling new album that is much better than what I have expected. Yes, there are 2-3 song which aren't really my thing. But the rest of the album is the best what the band released since quite a while. And if "Return to forver" means that they are back and will stay than we might can look forward to even more good stuff from the German metal institution that is 50 years in business.
On the new SCORPIONS album title, Return To Forever, Schenker adds:
"What can we do? We had every week another album title. We were calling the record company, 'What do you think about this? What do you think about this?' And they went crazy. Until one of the record-company guys called and said, 'Look, guys, I have a good title for you. Why are you not calling this album 'Return To Forever'?' And we said, 'Oh. Good. It fits perfectly with our [recently released documentary] film, called 'Forever And A Day'.' In this case, the perfect thing… You know it. If the time is right, the whole thing goes together like a puzzle. So working on this new album was really a good situation by going slowly on material, building new material to come up with an album which is now already, with all the reviews, a great success."
And on how SCORPIONS chose "We Built This House" as the first single from Return To Forever:
"Because it's the best song. I mean, for me, it was the best song anyway, already. But the record company… We always leave things open to a decision for the record company, because they have to present it, and sometimes they have a — especially for this kind of subtle things — a better ear than us. We [see] things from a different side. In this case, the record company [felt] the same way, and it was the right decision, because it's the perfect, perfect rock song. And the good thing, what I like on this song is it starts with a great… Okay, the intro is SCORPIONS-like, then going into the verse, going into the bridge, which sounds like a chorus. But then you go in the 're-chorus.' In this case, it's fantastic. It's one of my favorite songs. And also 'Rock My Car', which is one of the older ones. Because, by going on long tours, in American worldwide, going by limos, by plane, and by bus… I like to drive cars, you know. In this case, when I came home, I went immediately in my sports car and was driving like crazy on the motorway. And I came up with the idea, 'Rock my car, rock my car, push the pedal down to the metal.' So, in this case, it was inspired by life. Touring finished. You now rock the street and make speed."
The songs on the album Return To Forever were written between the early 1980s and 2014 and they deal with various subjects.
"Going Out With a Bang" is a new song and it talks about the triumph of friendship between the Scorpions band members and surviving the most difficult periods of their career. It's a song that is very much influenced by the blues.
"We Built This House" is also a new song and reflects band's fifty year-long career, their philosophy and the lessons they have learned in life. Klaus Meine explained: "In the end, it tells our story. We’ve built this house called Scorpions brick by brick and often quite arduously. From the first days in Hannover, the first concerts abroad, until this very day. We’ve weathered severe storms, but the house withstood everything, turned out to be weatherproof and stable. However, building the house was never just cumbersome, but joyful as well. The joy of music, the joy of having experienced and still experiencing it all, the joy of – and the thankfulness for – the fans’ affection. We have been working hard for this dream, but we’re thankful as well for having been able to live it, and for still being able to live it today".
"Rock My Car" is one of the older songs and it's about driving in a fast car on the German Autobahn. Rudolf Schenker explained that the moto of the song is "Rock the street, rock your car and rock yourself".
"House of Cards" is also one of the older songs and it's about love affair, love and love turning to hate.
"All for One" is about band's philosophy. Klaus Meine explained: "We always believed that friendship is very important part of what we do and being in a band, being in a gang like Scorpions".
"Rock 'n' Roll Band" is a song that originates from a period around 1986-1987 and is about sex, drugs and Rock'n'Roll. Klaus Meine was inspired to write this song by visiting clubs on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.
"Catch Your Luck and Play" is also a song that originates from a period around 1986-1987 and it was a song that was written for the album Savage Amusement (1988). Rudolf Schenker wrote a new chorus for the song with the collaboration of producers Mikael "Nord" Andersson and Martin Hansen.
"Eye of the Storm" is the song that was written for the album Humanity: Hour I (2007). Since the band members for that album worked with different composing teams and had many songs written for the album, this song couldn't fit on it. Rudolf Schenker said about the song: "When we were listening back the same thing, we worked on it, it was starting to become fun and also the solo it's amazing. We said: "Yeah, that's the right song for this album"".
"Gypsy Life" is a song that was written for the album Acoustica (2001). It's a song about lifestyle of the Scorpions. Rudolf Schenker explained: "We're living a Gypsy Life, all our life, fifty years and longer".
Singles: "We Built This House"(Released: December 27, 2014) & "Eye of the Storm" (May 8, 2015).
Return To Forever became Platinum in Russia (20,000 copies).
Charts:
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria) #11
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders) #36
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia) #17
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI) #13
Korean Albums (Gaon) #73
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts) #39
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista) #7
French Albums (SNEP) #5
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100) #2
Greek Albums (IFPI) #5
Italian Albums (FIMI) #28
Japanese Albums (Oricon) #26
Polish Albums (ZPAV) #20
Portuguese Albums (AFP) #17
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE) #11
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan) #17
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade) #2
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ) #4
UK Albums (OCC) #31



Side A: 1. Going Out With A Bang (Martin Hansen / Mikael Nord Andersson / Klaus Meine) 3:46 2. We Built This House (Martin Hansen / Mikael Nord Andersson / Klaus Meine) 3:53 3. Rock My Car (Rudolf Schenker / Klaus Meine) 3:20
Side B: 1. House Of Cards (Rudolf Schenker / Klaus Meine) 5:05 2. All For One (Klaus Meine / Mikael Nord Andersson / Martin Hansen) 2:58 3. Rock 'n' Roll Band (Klaus Meine) 3:55
Side C: 1. Catch Your Luck And Play (Rudolf Schenker / Klaus Meine / Mikael Nord Andersson / Martin Hansen) 3:33 2. Rollin' Home (Martin Hansen / Mikael Nord Andersson / Klaus Meine) 4:03 3. Hard Rockin' The Place (Rudolf Schenker / Klaus Meine) 4:06
Side D: 1. Eye Of The Storm (Klaus Meine / Mikael Nord Andersson / Martin Hansen) 4:28 2. The Scratch (Mikael Nord Andersson / Martin Hansen) 3:41 3. Gypsy Life (Rudolf Schenker / Klaus Meine) 4:52
Total duration - 47:40
Band members: Klaus Meine - lead vocals; Matthias Jabs - lead guitars,rhythm guitars ,acoustic guitars; Rudolf Schenker - rhythm guitars,lead guitars, backing vocals; Paweł Mąciwoda - bass guitar; James Kottak - drums, backing vocals.
Mikael Nord Andersson, Martin Hansen - producers, engineers, mixing.
Mastered by Mats 'Limpan' Lindfors at Cuttimgroom Studios Stockholm.
Engineering and editing by Hans-Martin Buff.
Cover, Illustration - Tim Eckhorst.
Design - Sassenbach Advertising.
Photography By Oliver Rath.


RETURN TO FOREVER
Made in EU / 2015
Catalog #: 88875 05912 1
Label:  Sony Music / RCA
Picture gatefold cardboard sleeve; black die-cut paper innersleeve; opens right; white writings on black labels; black vinyls






NOTES: SCORPIONS Return To Forever 2015 European issue 12-track vinyl 2-LP set presented in a gatefold picture sleeve featuring On front cover the sticker 'Scorpions 50th Anniversary The Brand New Studio Album 2015'. German heavy metal icons Scorpions hit the 50-year mark in 2015, being initially conceived all the way back in 1965 by a 16-year-old Rudolf Schenker as a beat band very much in line with the trends of the time, and slowly evolving into a hard rock force to contend with by the end of the '70s. Multi-platinum-selling singles and omnipresent commercial success peaked out for the Scorpions sometime in the early '80s, but they kept the flame alive for a dedicated army of followers for decades to come. Return To Forever is the band's 18th album of new studio material, following 2010's Sting In The Tail. While many of the group's '90s and 2000s efforts experimented with stylistic divergences or convoluted concept record themes, Sting In The Tail was a declarative return to the radio metal roots of the band's most popular work from the '80s. Return To Forever follows suit very much, with the 12 new songs here embodying the same over the top celebration and hedonistic revelry of a much younger Scorpions. At times the throwbacks are a little transparent. The gated reverse-reverb thump of the floor tom that propelled the band's 1984 über-hit "Rock You Like a Hurricane" shows up again on the anthemic chorus of "We Built This House." Power ballad "House of Cards" is constructed from the same formula of haunting minor-key chords and wailing feedback in the background that made "Winds of Change" a worldwide hit in 1991. Luckily, the energy of Return To Forever is all fun and swagger, not diminished at all by the '80s hair metal nostalgia trip that serves as its foundation. Production handled by longtime Scorpions collaborators Mikael Nord Andersson and Martin Hansen replaces some of the thin production choices of the '80s with smarter arrangements and better sound on radio-ready pop-metal jams like "Rollin' Home" and more introspective tunes like "Eye of the Storm." The songwriting here is on par with some of the band's best work, which figures, as they've been working in a field they helped originate for decades. Fans of the band's best-loved material will immediately connect with the fun-loving party burners and soft-edged power balladry of the album, all leaning just enough on the band's own storied past for influence but inspired enough to avoid dipping into self-parody. They pretty much wrote the book on sleazy FM radio metal, so in the case of revisiting their glory days on Return To Forever, who's to blame the Scorpions for taking a few pages from the book they wrote themselves? This copy is MINT and unplayed. Price: $30.
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- MISCELLANEOUS -

COMPILATION:

THE BEST OF SCORPIONS
Made in Korea / 1991
Catalog #:  MHRL-1068 (Creato-2051)
Label:  Creato / Munhwa Records
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NOTES: SCORPIONS The Best Of Rare 1991 Korean-only Creato/Munhwa Records 10-track compilation vinyl LP of the band's earlier work from the '70s, manufactured by Hansori Records Co. Ltd. and released on May 15, 1991. Housed in a unique picture sleeve featuring a superb picture of the band taken from the Crazy World photo session! Printed PVC record company protective inner. The tracklisting is equal to the RCA compilation Best Of Scorpions ('79) but with different order and without the song 'Virgin Killer'. The LP includes 'In Trance', 'Backstage Queen' ('Back Stage Queen' printed on the label), 'Pictured Life', 'Steamrock Fever' and 'He's A Woman-She's A Man' on the Side A with 'Speedy's Coming', 'Robot Man', 'Dark Lady', 'Hell-Cat' and 'The Sails Of Charon' backed. The Creato is a Korean label officially approved by the government. The vinyl is in MINT condition. A wonderful copy of this scarce album! Price: $20-40.
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LIVE
Made in Korea / 1991
Catalog #:  HJLR-P0010
Label:  Hee Jee Records & Trading Co., Ltd
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NOTES: SCORPIONS Live Rare 1991 Unofficial Korean-only Hee Jee/Golden Dragon 11-track compilation vinyl LP, housed in a unique picture sleeve featuring great band cover shot in front & colour on-stage photo on the reverse, complete with picture/korean biography insert plus pvc record company printed inner. This vinyl (issued on December 15, '91) is manufactured and distributed by Hee Jee Records & Trading CO., LTD, licensed from Golden Dragon Records, CO. and approved By K.E.C.P.P. Ministry of Culture. The tracklist is: 'Blackout', 'Loving You Sunday Morning', 'Coming Home', 'The Zoo', 'Holiday', 'Can't Live Without You' on side one and backed 'Dynamite', 'Always Somewhere', 'Another Piece Of Meat', 'Still Loving You' and the mega-hit 'Wind Of Change' with song title printed in both Korean and English on the back of the picture sleeve. "Live" was a famous series (among others, Iron Maiden, Queen...) made in the 90's by this Korean label and before that the internet came into our homes, these vinyls often circulated among the various fairs of CDs/vinyls and at a price more high of what you can find today on the net...This copy is still in beautiful MINT and unplayed condition over 20 years on! Price: $20-40.
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HOLIDAY / STILL LOVING YOU
Made in Korea / 1992
Catalog #:  CTAT-3507  HYL-2156
Label:  KCTA – Hanyang Records Co
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NOTES: SCORPIONS Holiday / Still Loving You Scarce 1992 Korean-only Hanyang Records manufactured 11-track compilation vinyl LP, issued on January 17, includes the tracks 'Holiday','No One Like You', 'Always Somewhere', 'Lovedrive' and 'In Trance' on Side A plus 'Still Loving You', 'Can't Live Without You', 'Blackout', 'When The Smoke Is Going Down', 'You Give Me All I Need' and 'Rhythm Of Love' on Side B; presented in a unique picture sleeve with a superb band cover shot and song title printed in both Korean&English on the reverse, complete with generic pvc printed inner. Printed red titles cursive 'Scorpions Best Holiday' on the label A and 'Scorpions Best Still Loving You' backed. Both sleeve and vinyl are in stunning condition - a great item. Price: $20-40.
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HOLIDAY / STILL LOVING YOU
Made in Korea / 1992
Catalog #:  DL-2004  HSR - 9113
Label:  Della Records Co., Inc.   Han So Ri Records
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NOTES: SCORPIONS Holiday / Still Loving You Rare 1992 Korean Della / Hansori 10-track compilation vinyl LP, includes 'Holiday', 'Always Somewhere', 'Rock You Like A Hurricane', 'Yellow Raven', You Give All I Need', 'Still Loving You', 'No One Like You', 'Blackout', 'I'm Goin Mad' and 'Lovedrive', the last five tracks on the side B. Unique glossy picture sleeve which states 'Registration to the Ministry of Culture. Passed Censorship by K.E.C.P.P.', includes a photo/lyric (only 4 songs: 'Holiday' and 'Always Somewhere' in English&Korean while 'Rock You Like A Hurricane' and the smash hit 'Still Loving You' only in English) insert with a biography in Korean text + record company PVC inner bag. Amazing live shots of the band during their Crazy World tour in front sleeve! Note that this compilation, issued on 1992.03, has the credits of the songs totally wrong on the reverse picture sleeve. The vinyl is in an immaculate unplayed condition! Compared to the previous three compilation made in Korea, probably this is the least available. Price: $20-40.
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BOOTLEG:
Now it seems easy: sitting next to a cool drink, with a look at the TV and the other on the computer, Google, click, boom, bootleg. And here's to land on your hard drive company of your pets, maybe a few days after the concert (o even a few hours), without spending a calorie. But it is not always been so. There was a time, not too long ago, when bootleg meant shady, strident and illegally coveted. Where to find the show that the band had not released officially meant walking for hours in big cities in search of the banquets more distant and shabby, or navigate unabated in exhibitions all over the world, trying tirelessly among thousands of vinyls and CDs looking for the object that you wanted so much. Often it was a recorded show little good, with much public and some distortion, rarely the setlist was complete and that the figure slitamente siera forced and willing to pay was inversely proportional to the actual quality of the object. In any case I personally regret the times when the bootleg or unauthorized recordings usually landed on tape (more rarely on vinyl)...




ALIVE
Made in USA / 198?
Catalog #:  6933BL
Label:  BZ Records
Source: audience
Quality: EX
Length: 84min

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NOTES: SCORPIONS Alive rare 80s printed in USA 16-track double album set, featuring the concert at Shibuya Public Hall, in Tokyo, Japan (September 23, 1982), with this tracklisting: Side 1 -- Intro / Blackout / Don't Make No Promisses / Loving You Sunday Morning / We'll Burn The Sky / Make It Real; Side 2 -- Lovedrive / Coast To Coast / Animal Magnetism / Always Somewhere; Side 3 -- Holiday / No One Like You / Can't Live Without You / He's A Woman, She's A Man; Side 4 --  Dynamite / The Zoo / Another Piece Of Meat. First show of the Japan-tour '82. Scorpions were huge in Japan at this time. Japanese crowd isn't the loudest in the world, but they still show their appreciation towards the band. 'No One Like You' is brought in the setlist, probably it's started it's climb in the US-charts. The show closer 'Can't Get Enough' is missing probably due to the restrictions of vinyl-format. Very good quality audience-recording. Note that in this very enjoyable bootleg-LP there is not trace of the setlist but only the durations of the four sides of the discs on the reverse sleeve. It comes in a picture sleeve with a cartoony big scorpions blue on pink background, a truly great collector's item! Price: $50-80.
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LOVIN' YOU
Made in Germany? / 198?
Catalog #:  S21184
Label:  ?
Source: soundboard
Quality: EX+
Length: 90min

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NOTES: SCORPIONS Lovin' You Mega Rare 80s 19-track 2-LP set pressed on Red Coloured Vinyl. Each LP has white label with attached prints of the setlist, the band name and title (probably made by the old owners) and comes in a black&white picture sleeve, with the alternative cover of the Love At First Sting album showing a photo of the band members (which was the same photo on the inner sleeve) on the front and an amazing live shot from the Blackout Tour '82 plus tacklisting&length up, on the reverse. The concert is in Hannover, Germany, Eilenriederhalle (1984-11-02) with this setlist: Side A - Cuontdown, Coming Home, Blackout, Bad Boys Running Wild, Loving You Sunday Morning, Make It Real, Big City Nights; Side B - Coast To Coast, Holiday, Still Loving You, Rock You Like A Hurricane; SIDE C - Can't Live Without You, Drum Solo, Another Piece Of Meat, Dynamite; SIDE D - The Zoo, No One Like You, Can't Get Enough, Six String Sting (Incomplete). Recorded in the hometown of the band. I pretty much doubt that this has been a radioshow, since the audience noise is very low which indicates that there were no mics for the audience. So this is like listening to the band playing in their rehearsal-room which is quite neat. The overall sound is quite dry and there are some dropouts in the volume level, but nothing disturbing. great show! Only bad thing about this is that the 'Six String Sting' is faded out, again probably due to the limitations of vinyl-format. A excellent quality audio from this bootleg LP and great collector's item - Top Stuff! Price: $80-120.
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WELCOME TO THE SHOW I & II
Made in EEC / 1992
Catalog #:  ?
Label:  World of Music
Source: soundboard
Quality: EX+
Length: 91min

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NOTES: SCORPIONS Welcome To The Show part 1&2 Extremely Rare 1992 pressed in Europe 19-track double LP Picture Disc set featuring a recording of their live performance on November 02, 1984, at Eilenriederhalle, Hannover, Germany during the Love At First Sting EuropeanTour, including Side A: Cuontdown, Coming Home, Blackout, Bad Boys Running Wild, Loving You Sunday Morning, Make It Real, Big City Nights; Side B: Coast To Coast, Holiday, Still Loving You, Rock You Like A Hurricane; SIDE C: Can't Live Without You, Drum Solo, Another Piece Of Meat, Dynamite; SIDE D: The Zoo, No One Like You, Can't Get Enough, Six String Sting (Incomplete). Very nice show at their homeland in soundboard quality. Usual setlist from World Wide Live album but there's some very nice jammings done before and after solos. This was not very usual on that tour and in the 80s. Probably, it was done only during the fnal leg of the LAFS tour. After the last jamming, the sound fades out, leaving the recording with 'Can't Get Enough' (Part 2) missing, but it doesn't take the shine of this recording anyway! Housed in a die-cut sleeve featuring band photo on one side (on stage shot on the Picture Disc 2) with tracklisting & band members images in the background blue on the other. Although more recently, this two Picture Disc vinyl is one of the rarest and hardest to find in any condition (also only 1 disc) of the Scorpions bootleg. Ultimately a wonderful piece for collectors! Price: $120-200.
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LIVE IN SWEDEN 1986
Made in Europe / 198?
Catalog #:  110 - 004
Label:  ?
Source: audience
Quality: EX
Length: 90min

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NOTES: SCORPIONS Live In Sweden 1986 (Rasunda-Stadium, Stockholm, 23th August) Super Rare 80s European 21-track 2-LP set pressed on BLUE VINYL, housed in a cardboard sleeve with tracklisting on the front: Side 1 - Countdown ~ Coming Home / Blackout / Bad Boys Running Wild / Loving You Sunday Morning / Make It Real; Side 2: Big City Nights / Coast To Coast / Holiday / Still Loving You / Rock You Like A Hurricane; Side 3: Can't Live Without You / Rock My Car / drum Solo / Another Piece Of Meat; Side 4: Dynamite / Medley: In Trance ~ We'll Burn The Sky (not marked on the setlist) ~ He's A Woman She's A Man ~ Steamrock Fever / The Zoo. Scorpions headlining the legendary "Monsters Of Rock Festival"! (There was an alternated headlining with Ozzy Osbourne only in Donington show). On that time, this was the top of the game, for any rock band, and Scorpions DIDI IT! Today, unfortunately, the donington event does not have the same importance, and even in some past years, the legendary festival was canceled... but at least we have the great memories from those times when the Monsters of Rock tour was the major hurricane rock devastation. This show was also released as some other bootleg LPs. Includes a rare and never-released-song called 'Rock My Car', which was never recorded on studio (this track will be included in their new full-length album Return To Forever, output on 20th February 2015). The four songs from Uli times are played in a kind of medley. Great  quality both in sudio and performance. Band is playing tight and the crowd were loving it! A Two-Recorded Set are going to be MINT and unplayed - A serious collector's item! Estimate: $120-180.
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LIKE A HURRICANE
Made in Germany / 1988
Catalog #:  TAKRL 2007/2008
Label:  The Amazing Kornyphone Rebirth Label
Source: audience
Quality: EX
Length: 90min

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NOTES: SCORPIONS Like A Hurricane Rare 2 × Vinyl LP, recorded live from Stockholm in Sweden '86, Limited Edition, housed in a cardboard sleeve with Klaus Meine & Matthias Jabs on stage. These bootlegs printed in Germany are all records re-releases of earlier bootlegs with a simple insert like the original insert. The back is rubber stamped with "Limited edition of 100 copies only", which definitely isn't true in most cases. Matrix number is always the number of the original record. Number on insert is always "TAKRL xxxx" (2LP sets have "TAKRL xxxx/xxxx" and so on). Scorpions headlining the legendary Monsters Of Rock Festival! It includes a rare and never-released-song called 'Rock My Car'. The band played this song only during the year of 1986. That song was dropped and never recorded in studio and never released because it's very different from the Savage Amusement stuff (the album that it could be included). Finally a studio version will be released in February 2015. The three songs from uli times are played in a kind of medley. Setlist: Side One - Countdown ~ Coming Home / Blackout / Bad Boys Running Wild / Loving You Sunday Morning / Make It Real; Side Two: Big City Nights / Coast To Coast / Holiday / Still Loving You / Rock You Like A Hurricane; Side Three: Can't Live Without You / Rock My Car / drum Solo / Another Piece Of Meat; Side Four: Dynamite / Medley: In Trance ~ We'll Burn The Sky (not marked on the setlist) ~ He's A Woman She's A Man ~ Steamrock Fever / The Zoo. The TMOQ & TAKRL means 'Trade Mark Of Quality & The Amazing Kornyphone Record Label'. The TradeMark of Quality was one of the legendary bootleg labels in the very beginning of the 70s, established in 1970 or 1971 by two bootleggers known as Dub and Ken. They were quality-conscious perfectionists who pressed all their albums on coloured, virgin vinyl, and perhaps the first bootleggers to start doing real, printed picture covers, and later colour picture covers (printed - not inserts in the shrink-wrap!). Their original logo stamp was a realistic-looking pig with the words "TRADE MARK OF QUALITY" around it. After a while, Dub's dad moved into the business and fired Ken from TMOQ. Ken set up a rival company, which he also called TMOQ, using a logo with a cartoon pig smoking a cigar, still surrounded by the words "TRADE MARK OF QUALITY", and to confuse things even further Ken sometimes still used Dub's farm pig logo on his own releases. Ken started making his own "stamper" plates from Dubs original "mother" plates, working in cahoots with "the lady who owned and ran the pressing plant", and every time there was a new release from Dubs original TMOQ label, Ken's TMOQ would have an exact copy out on black vinyl and with a cheaper cover. Dub then modified his logo to say "Accept No Substitutes". After a while Ken went on to release albums, in partnership with others, using a variety of labels.Ken shut down his TMOQ in late 1973, and set up another label called TAKRL - The Amazing Kornyphone Record Label with another bootlegger, "Dr Telly Phone". Dub shut down his TMOQ in 1974, after some unnerving investigation from the FBI, and took a short break from bootlegging. Ken's TAKRL became a major operator, flanked by many new labels invented by Ken, such as TKRWM - The Kornyphone Records for the Working Man, SODD - Singer's Original Double Disks, ZAP - Ze Anonym Plattenspieler, and HHCER - Highway Hi-Fi Collector's Edition Records, Spindizzle/Flat, and others upon others. These were finally shut down in 1976/1977, at about the same time as Dub resurrected his old TMOQ for a few albums and then took it back down. Ken stayed in bootlegging with some new labels, IMP/IRW - Impossible Recordworks and Excitable Recordworks, using black & white printed covers, and Phoenix and Saturated Records, who repressed old TMQ and TAKRL boots in deluxe colour. At this time, Ken was living in Spain, but his labels were all based in California. Many of Ken's earlier labels used paper insert covers and these came in either two colour or Tri-colour variations. It is assumed by many that the Tri-colour inserts are from the original first pressings, however there are no grounds to prove this and it's more likely that they used whatever was nearest to hand at any given time, and I believe the same applies to the TAKRL labels which are much more attractive than the more common plain 'side one' & 'side two' labels which Ken Often used. TAKRL also sometimes included generic back cover inserts for some of their albums, and so, for a collector, the rarest and best TAKRL editions have a Tri-colour insert, custom printed Takrl labels and a generic back insert. Actually pressing ranged from less than 50 copies until nearly 1000 copies as stampers were used until they broke. A splendid item from a now legendary festival! Estimate: $100-200.
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ROCK YOU LIKE A HURRICANE
Made in USA / 198?
Catalog #:  840 420M-1
Label:  Margory
Source: soundboard
Quality: EX
Length: ?

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NOTES: SCORPIONS Rock You Like A Hurricane 80s US 10-track live LP, featuring a brilliant collection of tracks recorded live at Reno, Nevada, on April 20th 1984 during the American-leg of the tour Love At First Sting. This is not the complete concert, just highlights and the vinyl includes: Side 1 - Blackout / Bad Boys Running Wild / Make It Real / Still Loving You / Rock You Like A Hurricane ; Side 2 - Can't Live Without You / Another Piece Of Meat / Dynamite / No One Like You / I Can't Get Enough. Note on the reverse some fanciful claims about recording and mixing (Mixed by Derek Thierks to Thierks Studio...). A rare and valueble MINT condition item for any Scorps collector! Estimate: $80-100.
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LONDON 1982
Made in Europe / 198?
Catalog #:  SCORQ6
Label:  Queen Records
Source: soundboard
Quality: EX
Length: ?

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NOTES: SCORPIONS London 1982 Very Rare 80s European issue 9-track LP featuring tracks taken from the Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK on 24th April, 1982, unique live picture sleeve which features Rudolf Schenker picture taken during the Blackout tour. Tracklisting: Side 1 - Blackout / Don't Make No Promisses / Loving You Sunday Morning / Always Somewhere (written 'I´ll be back to love you again' on the back sleeve) / Holiday; Side 2 - Can't Live Without You / He's A Woman, She's A Man / Dynamite / The Zoo. Includes full version of 'Holiday'. Obviously the show is incomplete and Michael Schenker, younger brother Rudolf, appeared as a special guest on the encore... Great copy! Price: $60-70.
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HIPPODROME
Made in UK / 198?
Catalog #:  HP 210480
Label:  AVON Records
Source: audience
Quality: VG~VG+
Length: 64min.




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NOTES: SCORPIONS Hippodrome Very Rare 80s UK 14-track LP, housed in a picture sleeve with photos Tour '84 front&back, featuring live material recorded at Hippodrome Pantin, Paris, France (April 21, 1980). Setlist: Side 1 - Lovedrive / Don't Make No Promisses / Loving You Sunday Morning / We'll Burn The Sky / Animal Magnetism / The Zoo; Side 2 - Holiday / Lady Starlight / Always Somewhere / Make It Real / He's A Woman, She's A Man / Another Piece Of Meat / In Trance / Steamrock Fever. Obviously, it's not the full show. A great performance of the band unfortunately registered with a poor quality recording. The B side of the LP has a better sound quality. 'The Zoo', aproaching to the end of the song, fades out to silence, in a clear edition to fit on the LP side. Anyway, it's rare to find 'professional' bootleg from Animal Magnetism tour. Very interesting way the Scorps found to start their shows... they begin to play the first chords of the song 'Animal Magnetism' and then turn to play the song 'Lovedrive'. This was done during many shows of the tour (If not during all shows of the Animal Magnetism tour). Both sleeve and vinyl are in MINT condition. A wonderful collector's item! Price: $60-80.
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FILE UNDER: SCORPIONS
Made in ? / 1984?
Catalog #:  SCOFRJA
Label:  Caliban 6000
Source: audience (A) / soundboard (B)
Quality: Ex (A) /EX+ (B)
Length: ?

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NOTES: SCORPIONS File Under Scarce 80s 7-track LP, with sleeve designed after a manila folder, stamped "FILE UNDER: SCORPIONS". Labels are blank, track titles are printed on a green insert with a chart labeled "Master LP". Insert gives sub-title as "Scorpions From Japan - 1981 Sun Plaza" (wrong venue and date). The series "Mater LP" containing bootleg vinyl (mainly LPs, but some 12" and 7") issued around mid-1980s. All came in a "folder" shaped sleeve, with a fake tape-log insert headed up "Master LP". The outside of the "folder" had a stamp-effect title. Some came with extra pictures or press clippings, and some were issued in coloured vinyl (In fact also exists a more rare BLUE vinyl copy of this "File Under: Scorpions"). The bootleg is recorded from the first edition of the famous Monsters Of Rock Festival, 16th August, 1980 (Leichestershire, England, Castle Donington) and from the show at the legendary US festival (San Bernardino, CA, Glenhelen Regional Park, 29th may, 1983) crowd of almost 300,000!! Scorpions was the co-headliner, just before Van Halen. The source is a radishow. This version has a higher lenght than the TV broadcast cut available around. Here, 'The Zoo' is complete, since this audio version has all the talking between Klaus and the audience. Includes a very nice interview at backstage, after the show, featuring Rudolf Schenker and Herman Rarebell. On the time (1980), the Polydor label released an LP called Castle Donnington - Monsters Of Rock, with live tracks from each band that played in the festival (except Judas Priest, which copyrights was owned by another record company). From the Scorps, there are two tracks, 'Loving You Sunday Morning' & 'Another Piece Of Meat'. The setlist: Side A (Monsters Of Rock Festival 16-Aug-1980) - Loving You Sunday Morning ('Love Crazy' on tracklisting), The Zoo ('Dream Come True' in the tracklisting), Another Piece Of Meat; SIDE B (The US Festival 1983) - No One Like You, The Zoo ('Dream Come True' in the tracklisting), I Can't Get Enough, Interview. The vinyl has a bogus yellow label A-side is CALIBAN 6000a Story of Vernon and Irene Castle; B-side Daddy Long Legs. Superb piece of bootlegging history! Price: $30-50.
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SCORPIONS - TAIL OF THE SCORPION
Made in ? / 198?
Catalog #:  XL 1503~05
Label:  ?
Source: audience (A-D) / soundboard (E-F)
Quality: Ex (A-D) / EX+ (E-F)
Length: ?

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NOTES: SCORPIONS Tail Of The Scorpion Extremely Rare 80s Promotional Copy~Not For Sale (printed on the labels and sleeve) 3-LP vinyl set featuring 18 live recordings capturing the magic of their UK tour '82 (London, Hammersmith Odeon, 23th April, SIDE from A to D) & UK tour '79 (Scorpions headlining the famous Reading Festival, 25th August, SIDE from E to F). The shows are incomplete. It comes in a yellow&black picture sleeve with great live shot on the front and Press Advert (both era Blackout) on the reverse. Includes these songs: Side A - Intro / Blackout / Don't Make No Promisses / Loving You Sunday Morning; Side B - Make It Real / We'll Burn The Sky / Coast To Coast; Side C - Lovedrive / Always Somewhere / Holiday; Side D - Can't Live Without You / He's A Woman, She's A Man / Another Piece Of Meat / Dynamite; Side E - Backstage Queen / We'll Burn The Sky; Side F - Loving You Sunday Morning / Lovedrive / Always Somewhere. Many inaccuracies on the song titles: Want You Back Again ('We'll Burn The Sky'), Instrumtal (!) ('Coast To Coast'), She Is A Woman ('He's A Woman, She's A Man'), Dexy Queen ('Backstage Queen')... To Note the words 'Featuring Michael Schenker' on the back sleeve. Incredible stereo soundboard recording and one of the best quality recordings from Scorpions bootleg in vinyl! It is very hard to find in any condition and very very collectable! A gem for Scorpions collector. Price: $150-200.
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SKORPIONS LIVE - ROCKING WITH ENERGY
Made in Italy / 1982?
Catalog #:  ?
Label:  Wanted Records
Source: audience
Quality: Ex
Length: 73min.

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NOTES: SCORPIONS Rocking With Energy Rare Italian 80s 15-track 2 × Vinyl LP, housed in a picture sleeve with a big scorpions drawn style constellation. The tracklisting of this live in Milan, Italy ('82) is: A - Blackout, Don't Make No Promises (Your Body Can't Keep), Loving You Sunday Morning, Make It Real; B - We'll Burn The Sky, Can't Live Without You, Coast To Coast; C - Always Somewhere, Holiday, Lovedrive, He's A Woman She'sa Man; D - Another Piece Of Meat, Dynamite, The Zoo, Steamrock Fever. The SCORPIONS have recently passed in Italy (Piazzola sul Brenta, Padova), after seven years of absence; their last appearance in the "boot" is in fact dated June 2, 2007 at Idroscalo Milan, first of three days of the Gods Of Metal, where they played - far too soon - in a bill headlined by Motley Crue. The German group headlining lacked even since May '99 (Alcatraz, Milan in thier Eye II Eye Tour). Here is the particular story, more than 30 years later, by those who have registered this bootleg that has been around the world between the various fans, the historic rock Italian DJ Marco Garavelli (in 2 photos): "I think it was the tour Blackout (YES it was just!) and the Scorpions played at Rolling Stone Theatre (March 30, 1982 and it was the first-ever tour of the band on Italian soil). I went to the concert with two Sennheiser mics and I sat in the balcony. with open arms, to record in stereo. During the concert there was a stupid guy that with the cigarette burned me the jacket. But I could not do anything to not ruin the recording. In radio then we re-equalized for all those who could not attend to those who could not assist at that crazy event. Somewhere there must still be a double LP with the blue cover 'Live in Milano' made by 'Mark O Karavel'". After all these years, of course, on the particular picture sleeve he can not be very precise: in fact the title is Skorpions Live - Rocking With Energy and not Live in Milan... Also note the credits of PURE fantasy on the sleeve: 'Made in Canada'; 'Recorded At Viva Wx Studios - Vancouver' (!); 'Wanted Recors' label... in addition to the names of the producer, mixing and so on... Add that Marco Garavelli interviewed the Scorpions more times for RADIO ROCK FM, who led for fifteen. This audiorecording is an excellent one indeed! Full show and teh audio has been processed in order to improve the quality and the results are fantastic! The audioquality is nearly perfect for an audience-recording (VERY GOOD mister Garavelli!). Four new songs are included and they all work great live. This bootleg double lp includes also full version of 'Holiday'. This is one of the first dates from Blackout tour which started in Europe. Great show with a very excited audience rocking along the show and singing with the band! On this tour the only few songs from early days are played live and all from the album Taken By Force, which means that the newest stuff came the stay and the older stuff will be retired... In fact after this tour they dropped from setlist all songs from early days for many years. A medley with 3 or 4 songs were done during the year 1986, but medley means pieces of songs... because of th fans requests, since face the heat they've been played al least one or two songs from Uli times. Coming back to this show in Milan, it includes a weird classical introduction that appeared in a lot of shows from the tour and before the beginning of 'The Zoo'. This is a superb item for any fan or collector... Price: $80-100.
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SKORPIONS LIVE
Made in Italy? / 1982?
Catalog #:  ?
Label:  ?
Source: audience
Quality: Ex
Length: 73min.

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NOTES: SCORPIONS Skorpions Live Very Rare 80s 15-track double LP, housed in a white&black picture sleeve with a big scorpions drawn style constellation (it is a photocopy attached on the sleeve). Unlike the previous copy, the back sleeve and the 4 labels are totally white (handwritten only the side on labels of the vinyls) with written 'Double Album' on the front bottom left sleeve. The tracklisting of this live in Milan, Italy ('82) includes: A - Blackout, Don't Make No Promises (Your Body Can't Keep), Loving You Sunday Morning, Make It Real; B - We'll Burn The Sky, Can't Live Without You, Coast To Coast; C - Always Somewhere, Holiday, Lovedrive, He's A Woman She'sa Man; D - Another Piece Of Meat, Dynamite, The Zoo, Steamrock Fever. We do not have any info about the origin or year of release. It seems the promo or test pressing of a bootleg (!?!)... In any case an very interesting and unusual copy (even for a unofficial release) of this legendary tour. Price: $80-120.
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LOVIN' YOU
Made in Germany? / 198?
Catalog #:  S21184
Label:  ?
Source: soundboard
Quality: EX+
Length: 90min

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NOTES: SCORPIONS Lovin' You Ultra Rare 80s 19-track 2-LP set pressed on White Vinyl with Rock Records on Side A & a gramophone with tongue on Side B and it comes in a black&white picture fold out sleeve, with the alternative cover of the Love At First Sting album showing a photo of the band members (which was the same photo on the inner sleeve) on the front and an amazing live shot from the Blackout Tour '82 plus tacklisting&length up, on the reverse. The concert is in Hannover, Germany, Eilenriederhalle (1984-11-02) with this setlist: Side A - Cuontdown, Coming Home, Blackout, Bad Boys Running Wild, Loving You Sunday Morning, Make It Real, Big City Nights; Side B - Coast To Coast, Holiday, Still Loving You, Rock You Like A Hurricane; SIDE C - Can't Live Without You, Drum Solo, Another Piece Of Meat, Dynamite; SIDE D - The Zoo, No One Like You, Can't Get Enough, Six String Sting (Incomplete). Recorded in the hometown of the band. I pretty much doubt that this has been a radioshow, since the audience noise is very low which indicates that there were no mics for the audience. So this is like listening to the band playing in their rehearsal-room which is quite neat. The overall sound is quite dry and there are some dropouts in the volume level, but nothing disturbing. great show! Only bad thing about this is that the 'Six String Sting' is faded out, again probably due to the limitations of vinyl-format. A excellent quality audio from this bootleg LP and great collector's item - Top Stuff! Price: $80-120.
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HURRICANE
Made in France / 198?
Catalog #:  1C 164 2403
Label:  Headline
Source: audience
Quality: EX
Length: 90min

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NOTES: SCORPIONS Hurricane (Rasunda-Stadium, Stockholm, 23th August '86) Incredibly Rare 80s French 21-track 2-LP set, housed in a full colour picture sleeve with a Superb live photo of the band at legendary Rock-in-Rio Festival in '85 plus photo Tour '84-'85 on the reverse. Tracklisting: Side 1 - Countdown ~ Coming Home / Blackout / Bad Boys Running Wild / Loving You Sunday Morning / Make It Real; Side 2: Big City Nights / Coast To Coast / Holiday / Still Loving You / Rock You Like A Hurricane; Side 3: Can't Live Without You / Rock My Car / drum Solo / Another Piece Of Meat; Side 4: Dynamite / Medley: In Trance ~ We'll Burn The Sky (not marked on the setlist) ~ He's A Woman She's A Man ~ Steamrock Fever / The Zoo. The matrix number on the sides scratched out is 110.004. Labels with 'Collectorecord Ltd - Genia - Montreux - Made in Switzerland': obviously indications fancy, just think that on the back sleeve is written 'Recorded Live At Rasunda Fotbollstadion Sweden 23, 1986 by Dierk Mobile'... The historic producer Dieter Dierks in a unofficial release? But the beauty of the bootleg is also the set of all such information and notes purely invented! Notes also that on the side profile of the picture sleeve is indicated 'Headliner' and not the title of the disc 'Hurricane'. Gig of the Monsters Of Rock-tour back in '86. This annual tour is still happening, but not in such size (Donwload Festival in UK...). This was the happening during the 80's and early 90's. In '86 the Scorpions were the headliner (excluding the first date at Castle Donington, where Ozzy Osbourne was the headliner on this one show) and on the top of the game with Def Leppard & the same Ozzy in the rest of the bill. Brilliant stuff! This audio has the rare song 'Rock My Car' before Herman goes into his solo. Klaus Meine in the summer '99 said that there isn't a studiorecording of this song (this track will be released for the first time on a studio album in February 2015). Great rocker! Medley of older songs & 'The Zoo' close the show instead of 'Can't Get Enough' which I think is much better closer and they should bring that one back for good. Great quality audience-recording with it's source probably in DAT. Great recording! A FANTASTIC mint copy and very hard to find in any condition. Estimate: $100-120.
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CRAZY WORLD TOUR '91
Made in Italy / 26 Jan 1994
Catalog #:  PD-2232
Label:  On Stage Records / Discomagic srl
Source: soundboard
Quality: EX+
Length: ?

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NOTES: SCORPIONS Crazy World Tour '91 Scarce 1994 Italian 8-track Picture Disc LP, featuring live material recorded in Europe on the 'Crazy World Tour', featuring Rudolf Schenker on-stage on side one with tracklisting & band members images on the other (both shots are from Savage Amusement era). Tracklist printed on the record: Side A - 1. Tease Me, Please Me; 2. Lust In Love; 3. Bad Boys Running Wild; 4. The Zoo; Side B - 1. Rythm Of Love; 2. Crazy World: 3. Can't Live Without You; 4. Blackout. Includes label's stamped card-note with tracklist & official 'SIAE' copyright stamp. The On Stage label releases were distributed by Disco Magic S.r.l. (later Discomagic S.p.A.). Until 1995 it was legal to release recordings in Italy by bands if the copyright fees were paid into an account for the bands to collect. This is one of many labels at the time that released records legally in Italy. It is a compilation of the Berlin 1990 and Rotterdam 1991 concerts. These two shows were in live at two different radio stations as the Westwood One productions. 'Rythm Of Love' is the same version as available on Live Bites album ('95). This show was also released as many other bootleg CDs (with a wider setlist) and is also available as a 3 radioshow LPs set by Westwood One (USA). This is the best quality you can expect from a live recording and it's mixed and produced professionally. One of the most spread and famous Scorpions-bootleg around (the various records convention 90s had always copies available). Superb sound quality! Price: $20-40.
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LIVE ROCKPOP IN CONCERT
Made in Italy / 198?
Catalog #:  D-002
Label:  Heavy Metal Records
Source: soundboard
Quality: EX+
Length: Side A - 12:22 * Side B - 17:36

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NOTES: SCORPIONS Live Rockpop In Concert Very Rare Italian 7-track 10" EP transparent green vinyl, includes info-sheet with tracklist, label, 'Printed in Italy' & 'For Promotion Only' plus a great black and white LIVE shot of the band in this festival. Last show from '83. This one's from a huge German hard rock festival held in Dortmund, it's the famous Rock Pop Festival, recorded live at Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, December 17th, 1983, that also included in the cast the bands: Iron Maiden (headliner, the Scorpions were second in the bill), Def Leppard, Judas Priest, MSG, Ozzy Osbourne and Krokus. This isn't a full Scorps' show. This was broadcasted both on radio and TV in Europe. The show also has a great pre-album performance of  'Coming Home' although it's release date was in the near future. One of the rare pro-quality performances of  'Always Somewhere' can found in this one. Tracklisting: A1 Blackout, A2 Loving You Sunday Morning, A3 Coming Home, B1 Always Somewhere, B2 Holiday, B3 Can't Live Without You, B4 Dynamite. This is one of 7 LP's in the same series. The bands, besides the Scorpions, released are Def Leppard, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot and Michael Schenker Group (not Krokus as far as I know). This live was issued on many silver CD bootleg but always with an incomplete setlist (8 tracks, soundboard, 40 min.). The full show (13 songs), for a total of 66 min. is: Blackout, Don't Make No Promises, Loving You Sunday Morning, Make It Real, Coming Home, Coast To Coast, Always, Somewhere, Holiday, Can't Live Without You, Another Piece Of Meat, Dynamite, The Zoo, Can't Get Enough. Usual written of fantasy in style bootleg on record's label 1: name under "Frocks"; all songs played and composed by THE FROCKS; Seite 1 - Skinheads, The Snale; Seite 2 - For Your Love, God Of Hell. Perfect quality audio. A truly outstanding item for any fan or collector. Price: $80-100.
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LIVE IN LONDON
Made in Europe / 1981
Catalog #:  D-544 (6012-4299 on the labels)
Label:  Great Live Concerts (Producer – Clarence White)
Source: audience
Quality: EX
Length: ?

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NOTES: SCORPIONS Live In London (in reality the band plays in Lancaster, England, Bolton University, April 30, '77), Extremely Rare 1981 European release 11-track 2 × Vinyl, housed in a picture sleeve with band on stage from the Animal Magnetism Tour '80. Hard to find item from the Virgin Killer-tour. A great show from the end of Virgin Killer Tour in England and the audience shows that really enjoy the Scorpions! Very good audience-recording although some seem to list it as soundboard. If it's soundboard, it's not very good one. One of the last shows of that specific tour. After this UK-tour the band headed for Dierks' studios in Cologne to make their last album with Uli, Taken By Force. Tracklist: A1 All Night Long, A2 Pictured Life, A3 Backstage Queen, A4 They Need A Million (Baby In A Million on the sleeve), B1 In Trance, B2 Fly To The Rainbow, C1 Top Of The Bill, C2 Hound Dog, C3 Long Tall Sally, D1 Dark Lady, D2 My Generation. It is not the complete concert. "Hello, how are you, OK we start now" this is Klaus's introduductions to this great gig, then the opening tracks 'All Night Long' 'Pictured Life' and 'Backstage Queen' are exactly the same opening to the classic Tokyo Tapes recordings. But this gig from the industrial heartland of England, was almost a year before the Japanese platter and the overall set list reflects this slightly earlier period, 'They Need A Million', 'In Trance', then the awesome and majestetic "Fly To The Rainbow" send the crowd into raptures. Rudy and Klaus had thrown together at a previous gig and is not much more than a Jam between band to fill time and allow Klaus a break, but once again the crowd are right behind the band and appreciate Uli's intricate guitar work. Klaus returns to the stage for 'Top Of The Bill'. This leads us into the rock & roll set the scorpions used to use to get the crowd going at this time in thier career, and reflects Klaus and Rudy's early influences. 'Hound Dog' and 'Long Tall Sally' were both originally hits in 1956, the outro of the latter also includes Klaus thanking the gig organiser (tour manager). This leads us into 'Dark Lady' the crowd sing for the band to do one more over and over stamping and banging. You can clearly hear the crowds comments throughout the concert, and this adds to the atmosphere without detracting from the quality of the sound, for instance at the end of 'Dark Lady' someone shouts "Hurry up" while the band returns to the stage and tunes up, then someone shouts "last bus to westhope" this is typical Lancashashire humour in a typical Lancashire accent. I found this show with wrong place in other traders' website. Some people thinks that the concert was in London or Bolton. The result is a third place, Lancastershire. The venue is the Bolton University Institute. Very good quality audience-recording. the quality of the performance is EX+. Probably the first Scorpions bootleg in vinyl-format (it seems that exist also a copy with ORANGE vinyls, but I never saw it...). A super 30+ year old item for your collection! Price: $80-100.
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BEHIND ENEMY LINES
Made in UK / 1989
Catalog #:  SK 02
Label:  Old Works
Source: audience
Quality: EX
Length: 77min.

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NOTES: SCORPIONS Behind Enemy Lines VERY RARE 1989 UK issue of the concert in Milan, Italy, Palatrussardi (02th February, '89) 16-track double LP pressed on regular black vinyl with Old Works labels. Housed in a black&white picture sleeve with band photo (era Savage Amusemnet) printed on front and live shot on the reverse. Set list: Side 1 - Intro / We Let It Rock...You Let It Roll / Blackout / Big City Night / Rhythm Of Love; Side 2 - Every Minute Every Day / Bad Boys Running Wild / Media Overkill / Make It Real / Coast To Coast; Side 3 - Holiday / Still Loving You / Don't Stop At The Top / Can't Live Without You; Side 4 - Drums&Guitar Solo / Coming Home / The Zoo. FANTASTIC show of the Savage Amusement Tour. In the same year, the Scorps released the compilation Best Of Rockers n' Ballads, with their favourite songs and the previously unreleased 'Can't Explain' and 'Hey You' (issued only as a single). This amazing performance is about secong leg of the Scorpions' Savage Amusement Tour. They band had started the year in Europe. Unfortunately this isn't a full show. 'Rock You Like A Hurricane', 'No One Like You' and 'Dynamite', the encore of the show, are missing. If this audience isn't a great one to perform to, none is!!! The crowd singing the songs along with the band! The bootlegs from Italy were always full of energy and enthusiasm and the Scorpions were really popular there in the 80's and early 90. The marvellous italian audience know every song from the starting note and they sing beautifully the into of 'Every Minute, Every Day'. Includes full vesion of 'Holiday'. Perfect quality for an audience-recording with a perfect performance. The Bootleg vinyl 'manufacturer' - associated with the Old Works Records bootleg label & the 'McGraw Edison' boxed logo. Not to be confused with the legitimate company: McGraw-Edison Company. Superb item ideal for any fan who loved the Scorpions 80 years and a vital addition to any self-respecting Scorpions fan's collection! Price: $60-80.
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Same copy with ticket of the Milan show stuck on the back sleeve (the Vixen was the special guest):







WIND OF CHANGE
Made in Italy / 1992?
Catalog #:  LLP 102-2
Label:  Leopard
Source: audience
Quality: EX
Length: 90min.

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NOTES: SCORPIONS Wind Of Change Scarce 90s Italian issue 20-track double LP, includes many classic tracks, housed in a gatefold picture sleeve. Show in Frankfurt, Festhalle, Germany (5th November) from the second leg of the Crazy World-tour late '91. Setlist has gone through some changes with 'Still Loving You' being played mid-show and 'Wind Of Change' is keeping them on the top of the charts and the audience are loving them everywhere they go. But the mess had been long: the group effortlessly filled the greatest venues world-wide, were named in one breath with the likes of Aerosmith or Van Halen, and toured with Richie Blackmore's Rainbow, Kiss, AC/DC, Journey, or the Who. Over one million people saw their Blackout world tour in 1982. Their live shows are legendary, the band's energy can be felt physically even in the last rows of an enormous arena. The Scorpions have circled the globe several times during the past 25 years, attracting over 120,000 fans at five shows in Japan in April 1978, appeared in front of an audience of over 300,000 at Rock In Rio open-air festival in January 1985 with Queen among others, played the The Wall spectacle at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin in 1990 and later the Moscow Music Piece Festival, and as a highlight of their career were invited to a meeting with the then Sovietic leader Micghael Gorbatchov on December 14, 1991. During those months teh band felt the breath of history, which became apparent particularly on their Crazy World album with the glasnost song Wind of Change, one of their greatest hits, a classic that crossed all musical borders and has even made its way into music lessons at many schools. Tracklist: A1- Tease Me Please Me, A2 - Lust Or Love, A3 Bad Boys Running Wild, A4 Make It Real, A5 Hit Between The Eyes 4:00; B1 The Zoo, B2 Still Loving You, B3 Can't Explain, B4 Don't Believe Her - C1 Rhythm Of Love, C2 Solo Schenker , C3 Coast To Coast, C4 Can't Live Without You, C5 Blackout, C6 Dinamyte - D1 Holiday, D2 Solo M.Jabs, D3 Big City Nights, D4 Wind Of Change, D5 Rock You Like A Hurricane. It is a complete show. Digital mastering by Leopard, Bootleg label from Italy. Excellent quality audience-recording. Probably the last Scorpions bootleg on vinyl-format, very nice in the picture sleeve with photo band members, ticket show and discography. A wonderful collector's item and a must have for every true Scorpions fan! Price: $100-150.
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SUPERSTAR CONCERT SERIES
Made in USA / 1991
Catalog #:  #91-13
Label:  Westwood One
Source: soundboard
Quality: EX+
Length: ?

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NOTES: SCORPIONS Superstars Concert Series 1991 Original US Westwood One triple vinyl LP radio show featuring a great live concert recording (there is a compilation of the Berlin 1990 & Rotterdam 1991 concerts), features 15 songs including 'Wind Of Change', 'Still Loving You', 'Big City Night', 'Rock You Like A Hurricane'. First broadcast March 25th 1991, housed in a generic Westwood One picture card box and includes cue sheet, show #91-13. All vinyl remains excellent & shows little sign of play. This show was broadcasted all around the world by Westwood One. The Westwood One is America's largest radio network, providing over 150 programs, it services more than 5000 radio stations around the world. They are often credited for live recordings done by engineer Biff Dawes. This 3-LP vinyl record set (Triple Album) has this tracklisting: Tease Me Please Me, Lust For Love, Bad Boys Running Wild, The Zoo, Wind Of Change, Can't Explain, Don't Believe Her, Rhythm Of Love, Crazy World, Can't Live Without You, Blackout, Hit Between The Eyes, Big City Nights, Still Loving You, Rock You Like A Hurricane. A fabulous item for your collection. Price: $60-80.
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LIVE IN JAPAN '79
Made in Germany / 1986(?)
Catalog #:  202824
Label:  TAIFUN
Source: soundboard
Quality: EX+
Length: 55min.

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NOTES: SCORPIONS Live In Japan MEGA RARE 80s German issue of the concert in Tokyo, Sun Plaza Hall (June 06,1979), 11-track vinyl LP and unusually the labels have both the 'GEMA' logo. The hand-scratched matrix number is GARFIELD 3 (Side1) & GARFIELD 4 (Side2). It is a limited edition of 100 numbered copies. Tracklisting: Side 1 - Pictured Life / Backstage Queen / We'll Burn The Sky / Loving You Sunday Morning / Lovedrive / Is There Anybody There; Side 2 - Always Somewhere / Life's Like A River / Fly To the Rainbow / Another Piece Of Meat / Can't Get Enough. One year after when Uli left the band and few month after that Matthias had been the sterling 5th member of the Scorpions the band toured in Japan again. They had played 5-6 concerts in the country of the rising sun. The local TV station recorded the show what was in the Sun Plaza Hall at 5th of June. There are some mistakes about the correct dates on few other traders' websites where they are written the show to September. The band played twice in Japan in 1979 and the second part was in September indeed but this recording made on the summer concert. Matthias playes fantastic in this masterpiece and he came up to Uli. Just like in Uli's classic 'Fly To The Rainbow'. The band is in full of energy and they made the first steps to the way of success with this "classic line-up". They showed the the gold record of their new album Lovedrive what had been solved so many pieces under few month in Japan. The Taifun Records was a German bootleg label active in the 1980s. SUPER QUALITY FM BROADCASTING! Amazing material! Price: $100-120.
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MONSTERS OF ROCK
Made in Japan / 1980
Catalog #:  28MM 0004
Label:  Polydor
Picture cardboard sleeve; info-sheet; clear plastic innersleeve; opens right; black writings on red label; black vinyl. OBI strip.

NOTES: VARIOUS ARTISTS Monsters Of Rock 1980 Japanese only Polydor label 8-track vinyl compilation LP featuring All Night Long and Stargazer by Rainbow, along with recordings from Scorpions ('Loving You Sunday Morning & 'Another Piece Of Meat'), Saxon, April Wine, Touch and Riot, including insert with Japanese text biographies of the bands and lyrics in English, pasted picture sleeve and original wide obi-strip. Price: $20-30.
RARITY (from 1 to 5): 2,5






ROCK MADE IN GERMANY '79
Made in Germany / 1979
Catalog #:  1C 064-45 615
Label:  Harvest / EMI Electrola
Picture gatefold cardboard sleeve; white die-cut paper innersleeve; opens right; black writings on yellow&green label; black vinyl.

NOTES: VARIOUS Rock Made In Germany 1979 German Harvest 8-track compilation LP exclusively featuring Scorpions's 'Always Somewhere', also includes tracks by Can, Kraan, The Scorpions, Helmut Hattler, Eloy, Eberhard Schoener, Triumvirat, Lilac Angels, front laminated gatefold picturesleeve. A wonderful Krautrock copy! Price: $10-20.
RARITY (from 1 to 5): 1,5






SPIDERS ON PHASING ‎– The Scorpions Studio Outtakes 1-6, 7-15
Made in Germany / 2000
Catalog #:  GR 2005
Label:  Gagarin Records
Picture cardboard sleeve; white die-cut paper innersleeve; opens right; black writings on green label (Brian metromone); black vinyl.

NOTES: This album contains German post-NDW avant electronica maven Felix Kubin's collaborations with both Tim Buhre (whom he used to work alongside in the atonal post-industrial ensemble Klangkrieg) and, significantly, Asmus Tietchens. It's not stated anywhere which side Tietchens is involved in (or indeed of his involvement at all), but sonically, it's plain that side B's cycles and reverb-y detournments bear Herr Tietchens fingerprints. Every detail of the packaging is formulated for maximal confusionist amusement, beginning with designing it to appear to be a Scorpions bootleg (dig the morphed photo showing Tietchens manning the boards on a Scorpions session!), and said confusionist amusement is underscored by the sonics within, a deliciously damaged agglomeration whose formulations push a proactive grotesquerie that's been a latent gene in the larger body of work that Kubin's cobbled together in the intervening years, initially evident on early projects under his own heading like 1999's Jane B. Ertrinkt Mit Den Pferden 10" and latterly on projects like his Idiotenmusik 7". The queasily e.q.'ed source sonics on side A (presumably his work with Buhre) are rudely squeezed through the tubes of assorted jerry rigged electronic Rube Goldberg contraptions, before being alternately tweezed, suction pumped, squashed, vacuum sealed or inflated to capacity, all parts popping and pinioning like the bolts on some cartoon of a overloaded machine about to burst. Meanwhile, as alluded to before, Side B's presumably Tietchens-involved activities dance a different sort of fandango; a syrupy malaised quease of effects melted easy listening dismemberings, Werkbund/Mechthild Von Leusch-like cavernously reverbed devolving metallic rhythmic revolutions and insistent dadaist vocal loops. Most of these tracks can rather be called studies than songs. The stylistic range includes experiments with drum computers, noises and tape manipulation as well as uneasy pop songs with dismal lyrics. Side A starts with outtake 6 and offers 10 short tracks ranging from clickclack disko to Dr. Phibes protone music and noise collages. Side B contains deranged German singing accompanied by psychedelic automatic rhythm accompaniments. Gagarin Records is founded in 1998 by musician and artist Felix Kubin, the label focusses on experimental pop, sound and radio art. Release formats are vinyl, audio cassettes and digital download. Price: $20.
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SINGLE NEWS
Made in Germany / 09.1980
Catalog #:  P 518 009
Label:  EMI Electrola
Picture cardboard sleeve; white die-cut paper innersleeve; opens right; black writings on white label; black vinyl.

NOTES: VARIOUS Single News On EMI 1980 Germany 12-track compilation LP featuring an eclectic mix of artists on the EMI Electrola roster including among others, the Scorpions with the song 'Hey You', housed in a picture sleeve with images&German notes. Price: $10.
RARITY (from 1 to 5): 1





STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN / HIGHWAY TO HELL
Made in Holland / 1989
Catalog #:  842 093-1
Label:  Mercury
Picture cardboard sleeve; picture paper innersleeve; opens right; white writings on black label; black vinyl.

NOTES: VARIOUS Stairway To Heaven/Highway To Hell 1989 Dutch 11-track 'Make A Difference Foundation' LP compilation, featuring cover songs by Scorpions ('Can't Explain'), Bon Jovi, Ozzy Osbourne, Skid Row, Motley Crue, and more, plus Jam recorded live at the Moscow Music Peace Festival, August 12/13 1989. An album recorded for the 'Make a Difference Foundation', with the aim of promoting peace and combat the abuse of drugs and alcohol, and produced by Bruce Fairbairn. Housed in a glossy picture sleeve with montage paperinner. The sleeve and vinyl are both in excellent condition. Price: $10-15.
RARITY (from 1 to 5): 1






ROCK IN RIO
Made in Brazil / 1984
Catalog #:  404.7222
Label:  RCA Electronica LTDA / Som Livre
Picture cardboard sleeve; clear plastic innersleeve; opens right; black writings on white&blue label; black vinyl.

NOTES: Various Rock In Rio 80s Brazilian 12-track featuring songs from Scorpions ('Now'), Def Leppard, Queen, Ozzy Osbourne, Yes and more. This compilation was released by Som Livre in Dec/1984. It has artists that played in Rock in Rio festival in Jan/1985 (except for Def Leppard who weren't able to play in the end). Som Livre is a Brazilian label belonging to the communications conglomerate Grupo Globo De Comunicações. It was created in 1969, but only started to make its own products in 1971. Many of the soap operas soundtracks of Rede Globo were available in Som Livre products, also compilations from radios from Globo conglomerate like Mundial AM and Excelsior AM and different kinds of compilations. It also release albuns from artists of samba, pop, rock, forró, MPB, gospel and sertanejo. Price: $20.
RARITY (from 1 to 5): 2,5





METAL BALLADS VOL.3
Made in Germany / 1990
Catalog #:  PL 74822
Label:  RCA BMG
Picture cardboard sleeve; white die-cut paper innersleeve; opens right; silver writings on black label; black vinyl.

NOTES: VARIOUS Metal Ballads Vol.3 1990 Germany 13-track LP compilation, including Scorpions ('Always Somewhere'), Accept, Alice Cooper, Skid Row, Gary Moore, Whitesnake & many more, picture sleeve. The sleeve shows minimal wear & the vinyl is near 'as new'. Price: $10.
RARITY (from 1 to 5): 0,5





THE POWER OF METAL HAMMER
Made in Germany / 1986
Catalog #:  DLP 1201
Label:  Dino Music
Picture gatefold cardboard sleeve; white die-cut paper innersleeve; opens right; black writings on blue label; black vinyls.

NOTES: VARIOUS ARTISTS The Power Of Metal Hammer 1986 Germany 28-track 2-LP's. The Germany's biggest selling rock magazine launches a missile of Metal to us, just the greatest selection of Hard Rock music 70s&80s, Scorpions ('He's A Woman - She's A Man' and 'Robot Man'), Dio, Warlock, Accept, Kiss, Bon Jovi and others. Founded in the Netherlands in 1984 by Tony Berk. From 1984 until 2001 Dino Music was an independent label, mainly known for their compilation albums. Dino was also active in other countries as: - Dino Music Pty. Ltd (Australia) - Dino Music Ges.m.b.H. (Austria) - Dino Music AG (Switzerland) - Dino Music GmbH (Germany) - and others (Belgium, France, Spain, Sweden...). In 1994 BMG Ariola Benelux took over 50% of the shares of Dino Music, but sells them back later to Tony Berk (exact date unknown). In 1998 Dino Music merged with Bunny Music. In 2001 EMI Music Netherlands BV took over 75% of the shares of Dino Music from Tony Berk. In 2004 the last 25% of the shares was acquired by EMI Music Netherlands BV.Price: $10-15.
RARITY (from 1 to 5): 1





METAL FORCE
Made in USA / 1987
Catalog #:  TU 1890
Label:  K-Tel
Picture cardboard sleeve; white die-cut paper innersleeve; opens right; black writings on blue label; black vinyl.

NOTES: VARIOUS-Metal Force 1987 US 10-track compilation LP featuring tracks by SCORPIONS ('Blackout'), Judas Priest, Vinnie Vincent Invasion, Accept, Metal Church, Grime Reaper and more. Picture sleeve with photographs of some of the featured artists on the front and reverse. Price: $10-20.
RARITY (from 1 to 5): 2-





LIVE
Made in Italy / 1986
Catalog #:  62  2609293
Label:  EMI Italiana Spa
Picture gatefold cardboard sleeve; white die-cut paper innersleeve; opens right; black writings on cream label; black vinyls.

NOTES: VARIOUS ARTISTS Live 1986 Italian 19-track double LP compilation album featuring material from Scorpions ('No One Like You'), Queen, Iron Maiden, Deep Purple and many more, gatefold picture sleeve featuring the featured artist's album artwork inside. The labels include the official 'SIAE' copyright stamp. Price: $20.
RARITY (from 1 to 5): 2+





HEAVY METAL SPECIAL
Made in Germany / 1981
Catalog #:  1C 064-46 384
Label:  EMI Electrola
Picture cardboard sleeve; white die-cut paper innersleeve; opens right; black writings on cream label; black vinyl.

NOTES: VARIOUS Heavy Metal Special 1981 German issue presented by magazine Musix Express 10-track vinyl compilation, with metal classics from Scorpions (Don't Make No Promises (Your Body Can't Keep)'), the drummer of the Scorpions Herman Rarebell ('Junk Funk'), Iron Maiden, Whitesnake, Fargo (ex- band of guitarist Matthias Jabs) & many more, housed in a 'Metal' picture sleeve! Price: $10-15.
RARITY (from 1 to 5): 1,5





HOT METAL
Made in Spain / 1984
Catalog #:  064 2600241
Label:  EMI - Odeon S.A.
Picture cardboard sleeve; clear plastic innersleeve; opens right; black writings on cream label; black vinyl.

NOTES: VARIOUS-HOT METAL 1984 Spanish vinyl LP featuring 10 classic tracks by SCORPIONS (Can't Live Without You', 'No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti' in Spanish), Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, Whitesnake & more, picture sleeve. Both songs titles in English and Spanish on the labels. Price: $10-15.
RARITY (from 1 to 5): 1,5





METALMANIA
Made in Germany / 1980
Catalog #:  1C 038-07 379
Label:  EMI Electrola
Picture cardboard sleeve; printed paper innersleeve; opens right; black writings on yellow&green label; black vinyl.

NOTES: VARIOUS-Metalmania 1980 German 12-track vinyl LP featuring a collection of tracks by Scorpions ('Make It Real'), Iron Maiden, April Wine, Riot, Sammy Hagar and more, picture sleeve, including printed inner with bands biography and cover-art Lps from where were extracted the songs. Both the sleeve and vinyl show only light signs of wear but remains in excellent condition. Price: $10-15.
RARITY (from 1 to 5): 1-





METALMANIA
Made in Yugoslavia / 1981
Catalog #:  LSHAR 70939
Label:  Jugoton / Harvest
Picture cardboard sleeve; clear plastic innersleeve; opens right; black writings on yellow&green label; black vinyl.

NOTES: VARIOUS-Metalmania 80s Yugoslavian issue 12-track compilation vinyl LP featuring tracks recorded by Scorpions ('Make It Real'), Iron Maiden, Whitesnake, Deep Purple & more, picture sleeve. The sleeve shows surprisingly little shelfwear, considering its origin & the vinyl remains excellent with just a couple of light surface scuffs to show for its 35 years. A nice copy of this unusual Yugoslavian pressing at an advantageous price: $10-20.
RARITY (from 1 to 5): 2,5




METALMANIA
Made in France / 1980
Catalog #:  2C 068-07 415    PM 212
Label: Pathé Marconi / Harvest
Picture cardboard sleeve; white paper innersleeve; opens right; black writings on yellow&green label; black vinyl.

NOTES: VARIOUS-Metalmania 1980 France issue 12-track compilation vinyl LP featuring tracks recorded by Scorpions ('Make It Real'), Iron Maiden, Deep Purple & more, picture sleeve. Two tracks differ from the other versions of this compilation: Whitesnake's tracks have been replaced with Wild Horses and Randy Hansen tracks. A respectable play copy at a great price: $10-15.
RARITY (from 1 to 5): 2+





CASTLE DONNINGTON: MONSTERS OF ROCK
Made in USA / 1980
Catalog #:  PD-1-6311
Label:  Polydor
Picture cardboard sleeve; white die-cut paper innersleeve; opens right; black writings on red label; black vinyl.

NOTES: VARIOUS Monsters Of Rock 1980 US issue 8-track vinyl LP compilation featuring Rainbow, Scorpions, Saxon, April Wine, Touch & Riot, all recorded live at Castle Donnington by the Manor Mobile on 16th August 1980, picture sleeve with different artwork to the UK release. The Scorpions songs 'Loving You Sunday Morning' & 'Another Piece Of Meat' are produced and remixed by Dieter Dierks. The sleeve and vinyl are in excellent condition. Price: $10-20.
RARITY (from 1 to 5): 1+





SINGLE NEWS
Made in Germany / 02.1980
Catalog #:  P 518 002
Label:  EMI Electrola
Picture cardboard sleeve; white die-cut paper innersleeve; opens right; black writings on white label; black vinyl.

NOTES: VARIOUS Single News On EMI 1980 Germany 10-track compilation LP featuring an eclectic mix of artists on the EMI Electrola roster including among others, the Scorpions with the song 'Make It Real', housed in a picture sleeve with images&German notes. Price: $10.
RARITY (from 1 to 5): 1





COUNTERREVOLUTIONS IN ROCK
Made in USA / 1979
Catalog #:  MK-118
Label:  Phonogram Mercury
PROMO. Picture cardboard sleeve; white paper innersleeve; opens right; black writings on "Chicago skyline" label with number 72 on left side; black vinyl.

NOTES: VARIOUS 33 1/3 Counterrevolutions In Rock 1979 US 10-track compilation promo vinyl with tracks from SCORPIONS ('Lovedrive' & 'Loving You Sunday Morning') and others, custom printed title/tracklisting picture sleeve with 'For In-Store Play Only Not For Sale' on the reverse. Price: $10-20.
RARITY (from 1 to 5): 1





FREEJACK SOUNDTRACK
Made in Holland / 1992
Catalog #:  513 105-1
Label:  Polydor / Morgan Creek
Picture cardboard sleeve; white paper innersleeve; opens right; black writings on red label; black vinyl.

NOTES: VARIOUS Freejack Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 1992 Dutch issue 10-track Morgan Creek label vinyl LP - Mick Jagger has a great movie image picture sleeve featuring Mick as he starred in the film, but there is no music performed by Jagger. Italian yellow sticker on the front sleeve with 'Contiene il SuperSingolo HIT BETWEEN THE EYES degli SCORPIONS'. Morgan Creek is a Offshoot from the film studio, formed in 1989 by Jim Mazza, James G. Robinson and David Kershenbaum. Part of the "Morgan Creek Music Group", itself a part of "Morgan Creek International". This soundtrack consists of good alternative rock songs from '92 like "Sugar Ray" by the Jesus and Mary Chain, "International Bright Young Thing" by Jesus Jones (don't really understand the lyrics, though), "Thieves" by Ministry and "Break The Spell" by Eleven (short and sweet). The crown jewel of the soundtrack is "Mona Lisa Smiles" by Jane Child who had an '89 hit "I Don't Wanna Fall In Love". She has a strong emotional voice which compliments the music and I'm surprised she didn't "break out the box" like say Annie Lennox. "Hit Betwwen The Eyes" by the Scorpions does sound a little out of place on here..since grunge halfway swallowed metal at the time. The rest of the songs are like sleeptime. "Emotional Earthquake?" Don't ask! This copy is still in mint unplayed condition. Price: $10-15.
RARITY (from 1 to 5): 2-





METAL
Made in Italy / 1986
Catalog #:  816 252-1
Label:  Polygram Dischi S.p.A. / Mercury
Picture cardboard sleeve; white die-cut paper innersleeve; opens right; black writings on black label; black vinyl.

NOTES: VARIOUS Metal 1986 Italian 12-track LP vinyl compilation featuring Scorpions ('Still Loving You'), Bon Jovi, Kiss, Black Sabbath & more, picture sleeve. The sleeve shows minimal shelfwear & the vinyl remains excellent with little sign of play. Price: $10-15.
RARITY (from 1 to 5): 2





HEAR 'N AID (An All-Star Album For Famine Relief) 
Made in France / 1986
Catalog #: PG 282   816 044-1
Label:  Mercury
Picture cardboard sleeve; printed paper innersleeve; opens right; silver writings on black label; black vinyl.

NOTES: Hear 'N Aid 1986 French 9-track Mercury label vinyl LP compilation album, featuring 'Stars' (Producer by Ronnie James & Written by Jimmy Bain, Ronnie James Dio, Vivian Campbell) - recorded by members of the hard rock community, including such greats as Ronnie James Dio, Blackie Lawless, Yngwie Malmsteen, Vivian Campbell, Adrian Smith and Dave Murray, to raise money for famine relief in Africa and around the world, plus tracks by Motorhead, Kiss,Rush, Dio, Scorpions ('The Zoo' live version), Y&T, Jimi Hendrix and Accept, housed in a glossy full colour picture sleeve complete with original picture inner with photo catalog, credits and the 'Stars' lyrics. Jimmy Bain (bass player Ronnie James Dio) says: "I have proposed to old friends to take part in this adventure and many were immediately available, others, such as Van Halen, were too absorbed in their commitments. Scorpions and Accept would have had to provide unpublished material, but managers pushed them to grant only live recordings". The A&M Records Studios in Hollywood were the scene of a great movie: between those walls 24 and May 25, 1985 came to life the screenplays for 'Stars', with a cast of forty actors, all the protagonists, Paul Shorino, Carlos Cavaro, Rob Halford, Geoff Tate & many more, to compose a luxurious list that we have all read in full at least once in a wild life. The complete Musician's list is: Adrian Smith, Amir Derakh, Blackie Lawless, Brad Gillis, Carlos Cavazo, Carmine Appice, Chris Hager, Chris Holmes, Claude Schnell, Craig Goldy, Dave Meniketti, Dave Murray, David Alford, David St. Hubbins, Derek Smalls, Don Dokken, Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser, Eddie Ojeda, Eric Bloom, Frankie Banali, Geoff Tate, George Lynch, Jeff Pilson, Jimmy Bain, Kevin DuBrow, Mark Stein, Matt Thorr, Mick Brown, Mick Mars, Neal Schon, Paul Shortino, Rob Halford, Ronnie James Dio, Rudy Sarzo, Ted Nugent, Tommy Aldridge, Vince Neil, Vinny Appice, Vivian Campbell, Yngwie Malmsteen. In seven would share the task to affect the main vocal parts, but none of the singers was assigned a specific section, Ronnie suggested everyone to sing the whole song, then choosing to everyone the best intervention. The guitarist Vivian Campbell adds: "It was fantastic ... Dave Murray and Adrian Smith are specially flown to LA in a day off during the World Slavery Tour, George Lynch was simply amazing, but my absolute favorite was Neal Schon of the Journey". Against all logic, countless bureaucratic obstacles interposed ten months between the registration and publication of the disc. The baptism of Hair 'n' Aid took place between many hopes to 'Hard Rock Cafe' London, April 6, 1986, in the presence of the chief executive of the American organization' s africa Michael Brokov and with a guest the exception 'Mr.Live Aid' Bob Geldolf in person. Needless to lie: the delays and the vagaries of the label had dilated time to wear down the impact of which such an idea he needed. What could be not been to, cool head, Ronnie would not have concealed his bitterness: "I am very disappointed; when you are all in one room, and promises good will abound, but, when needed, too many people turn their backs. What happened to the songs Priest, Maiden and Twisted Sister had promised for the album? at FINR many big names have not participated, and so '' Stars' has been weakened. on balance, I think it would be better to publish only the single". A Ronnie said, sales of 'Stars' yielded two million dollars in period of a year, but one wonders which figures could have been reached if the project had developed its full potential. The usual story of the donut with a hole that can not, even for a good cause... Too bad! Price: $10-20.
RARITY (from 1 to 5): 1,5





MONSTERS OF ROCK
Made in England / 1980
Catalog #:  843 689-1
Label:  Polydor
Picture cardboard sleeve; merchandising sheet; white die-cut paper innersleeve; opens right; black writings on red label; black vinyl.

NOTES: SCORPIONS/VARIOUS Monsters Of Rock 1980 UK 8-track Polydor label vinyl LP compilation album, featuring the Scorpions songs 'Loving You Sunday Morning' and 'Another Piece Of Meat' along with tracks by Rainbow, Saxon, April Wine, Touch and Riot -all recorded live at Donnington August 1980, housed in a picture sleeve with printed high 'special low price' - and comes with the original merchandising insert. The version in cassette included one extra track: 'The Zoo'. Price: $10-15.
RARITY (from 1 to 5): 1+





CELEBRATE THEIR 50TH ANNIVERSARY WITH DELUXE REISSUES OF EIGHT CLASSIC ALBUMS
Eight Albums from 1977-1988 newly remastered
Each with previously unreleased material
5 CD/DVD formats with live concerts, TV performances and interviews
CD/DVD, Vinyl, LIMITED NUMBERED DELUXE BOX SET

Fifty years since they formed, the Scorpions are still going strong.
Lounging in retirement isn’t really in the cards. And, for the record, their 2010 Farwell Tour announcement was a bit premature due to the resurgence of interest from a younger audience and the success of their 2010 CD, Sting in the Tail.
The band is fully fueled up and reenergized!
To squelch any potential doubts, the band released one of their biggest selling CDs to date in the U.S. this past September, Return to Forever, and followed it up with a massive tour.
On October 14th they are releasing a new film documentary about their career, Forever and a Day, for theatrical release.
If that wasn’t enough, they are reissuing eight of their most influential LPs; 50th Anniversary Deluxe Editions featuring, Blackout, Love Drive, Sting in the Tail, and Toyo Tapes to name just a few. The albums are packed with alternative versions of their hits, rough mixes, unreleased songs, rare concert footage, photos and interviews.
Following their career from when I was a teenager, I learned to play guitar to their albums. Their style of melodic rock driven riffs combined with haunting ballads fueled a fire in me to put together a band and pursue my own rock-driven dream. I had the chance to sit down with one of my favorite guitarists, Rudolf Schenker, to reflect on the band’s legacy and how their music shaped the lives of so many fans.
The energy that Rudolf brings on stage every night is same energy and enthusiasm he brought to our interview. Always finding the positive in life and seeing the silver lining, the band will carry on for their fans!



You'll be releasing the Scorpions 50th Anniversary Deluxe Editions, eight of your most influential albums on November 6th, tell about the process of doing this?

Rudolf Schenker: Much of the world outside of the U.S. and Canada were not able to buy many of our albums from Taken by Force to Savage Amusement. We told our manager, we had to find a way to get these albums out to the rest of the world.
We found a partner with BMG and they had a vision for this – putting out the albums like they originally looked with great packaging. These songs, albums, and photos are like diamonds to us, very precious and we needed to have them sound the best they could. We had Dieter Dierks give all our material to BMG and the person handling this project was a Scorpions fans and he put this all together in beautiful packaging. So beautiful that we nearly cried when we saw it.
Now we have a fantastic way of releasing these old albums, the crown jewels of our 50 year career, available to everyone.
Eighty percent of our fans on Facebook are between 16-28 years old – that’s worldwide. Not so much in America, because of the radio format, but the rest of the world it’s like that.
On the last tour we started to see more young fans mixed with our older fans. That’s the reason we needed to get our back catalogue right. We also made the film, Forever and a Day, for all the young fans to see what we are all about.

When the Scorpions started did you think you would be still going strong 50 years later?

Rudolf Schenker: I was really into rock ‘n roll with Little Richard and Elvis Presley, but that wasn’t the reason I started playing guitar. That came later when I saw The Rolling Stones and The Beatles. I saw in my naive young brain, five friends going around the world making music. That was my philosophy in the beginning. I had that vision and then built a friendship around it. This was the key to making history together.
It took so long for us to come out of Germany from 1965 to 1972 to make the first album Lonesome Crow. I was the manager, bus driver, guitarist, singer, roadie; everything until my brother, Klaus Meine, came along. It was the platform for us to start; it was also the right way to start. We didn’t get the fame and success too early in our career.
We went through it the hard way with heart, that’s why we are still at it 50 years later. We didn’t take the easy way.
Kids nowadays can’t handle the rockstar lifestyle, when it’s achieved too quickly. Fifty years later we are putting out a new CD, Return to Forever, a documentary Forever and a Day, the deluxe editions of our back catalogue and we are out touring!
We have these four things going on and we are so busy with everything. On one hand it’s very good and on the other hand, sometimes it’s too much. In the end the fans will get the best of us and that’s very important. We always look to take care of the fans.

Out of the eight deluxe edition albums, do you have any favorites?

Rudolf Schenker: There are three that I like very much, Blackout, Love Drive, and Love at First Sting. When I go deep within myself I have to go with Blackout, because there is a fantastic story behind it.
At the time Klaus temporally lost his voice which gave us time to work on the song arrangements for it. When he came back and was in good health we had all the songs with the right angle from “No One Like You” to “China White” to “Dynamite.” That CD pushed us into the stratosphere in the U.S. in Canada, as well as, the rest of the world.
I love the cover art, as well. It was also part of the entire album package. For that tour Girlschool opened for us and Iron Maiden and the Scorpions headlined. That was a fantastic situation. “No One Like You” became the most played song in the U.S. in 1982.

In your film, Forever and a Day, Klaus and bassist, Pawel Maciwoda shared stories of their mothers passing while out on tour and the show still having to go on. Were there sacrifices you had to make while on the road?

Rudolf Schenker: We were on tour in 2003 with Whitesnake and Dokken. Every night Whitesnake played their hit song; “Here I Go Again on my own…” While on that tour my wife at the time, called me and said, “Im leaving you!” There I was, on my own again [Laughing].
When one door closes, another door opens; you only have to open your eyes to notice it. Now I’m living with my girlfriend, not my wife yet, I met her in Siberia, Russia, and I’m a father. I have a two months old boy named Richard; we call him “Little Richard.”
Every situation is giving you a new start and you can make it even better because you can learn from the past. It’s all about learning and making things better. It’s about enjoying life.

That’s a tremendous outlook on life and congratulations on the birth of your son! Tell me about your partner, Klaus Meine, and the friendship that drives the band and music?

Rudolf Schenker: I first met Klaus when his band, The Mushrooms, happened to be playing at the corner pub where I lived.
I went there and heard him, even back then he was a fantastic singer and a very good stage performer.
We met later in Hanover, Germany, and I asked him about joining the Scorpions, he said he can’t because he had to go into the army.
In Germany we have a rule that you have to do service for 18 months. I was in the army for two months and then they let me go, because I was causing too much trouble.
That turned out to be a good thing for the Scorpions. Klaus said,”Maybe”, when he gets out that he would join me. When he did come back I had so many plans and commitments that I couldn’t do it. I told him that I’ll connect you with my brother, Michael [Schenker].
At the time my brother was in a young band and soon found out how drinking and parties made life sweeter. My father didn’t like that. He told Michael no more music, come home and go back to school.
Because Klaus was older, I asked him to go talk to my father so Michael could continue playing. My father thought Klaus was trustful and said okay and let my brother continue to play. The two of them went off and played together.
When the lead guitarist in my band was giving us trouble, I had Michael join us and realized how weak my voice was. I knew that Klaus was the right guy, that was New Year’s Eve 1969. From that day we were partners and started writing together.
Klaus mentioned in the film, we are brothers from different mothers [Laughing]. We are sharing the same dream. It turns out that we are born under the same star sign as well – Mercury. I’m on the dark side and he is on the sunny side! [Laughing]
In this case, faith brought us together. It’s important to write and partner, look at McCartney & Lennon, Plant & Page, and Jagger & Richards. Chemistry is everything!
Chemistry makes the power of the band. It’s like a soccer team, Klaus and Matthias Jabs are the guys in front scoring the goals, I’m the guy in the back field giving the passes, Pawel is in the backfield too and, of course, the goaltender is James Kottack. If you have the right people on the field you can beat everybody.
That’s what we did, we don’t give just 100% every night we give 180% every night. When we were making Blackout and Klaus lost his voice, Dieter came to me and said we have to find another singer.
He said, “We’ve put too much money into the production of the album and we don’t know what is going to happen with Klaus’s voice.” I told him how important it was to stabilize this band and not look for another singer. That would have been a complete mistake, from the first minute I heard the idea.

After 50 years of touring how do you keep it new and fresh?

Rudolf Schenker: In the past, going on the road was routine, you go here, you do this, you play that. By announcing the farewell tour and coming out with an album called Sting in the Tail, produced by these fantastic two Swedish guys Mikael Nord Andersson and Martin Hanson, it became clear that we had a new feeling for creating music.
Like I mentioned, the kids in the You Tube generation were looking for whatever they can find on us and when they have something they connected with they then want to see us live. We realized we have a new generation of fans, suddenly it grows and we have three generations of fans coming to see the show.
We have kids around the world including Asia and Russia telling us, “You can’t stop now, I want to see you!” There is a new generation in front of the stage. It’s refreshing for us, it’s like when Keith Richards put fresh blood in his veins, and this new perspective was like new blood in my veins.
When we did this MTV Unplugged in Greece, MTV asked us and of course we wanted to do it. In the ’80s we couldn’t do it because we had no time. In 2013 we found the time and it was a big success. We went out of the routine and into a new exciting time. You have to make your time and life on earth exciting. We appreciate what the fans give us and we try to give more!


The year is 1972. The place is Cologne, Germany. The Scorpions are in the recording studio, about to lay down their debut album, Lonesome Crow, with producer Conny Plank. But first they have an important decision to make. Do they remain the Scorpions (that’s ‘the’ all in small letters to be accurate and pedantic), a name that came with founder member, songwriter and guitarist Rudolf Schenker from a band he formed in 1965? Or do they go for a new moniker and image to celebrate the new line-up and a fresh start?
Conny, already well known for creating the krautrock sound – having worked with the likes of Kraftwerk, Cluster and Neu! – has some definite ideas about their image and direction.

“We knew if we wanted to change something we’d better do it now,” recalls vocalist Klaus Meine. “Scorpions we thought was alright, but there were names like Led Zeppelin and Jefferson Starship, and we thought our name sounded too simple. So Conny said: ‘Let’s find something more aggressive – how about Stalingrad?’
“He wanted us to dress up in army uniforms and then storm on to to the stage! I think he wanted to make us into an early Rammstein, with a theatrical show.”
Meine pauses and raises his eyes as if in disbelief that this event actually ever happened. “So we stuck to our original name. And, looking back, I think it was the right decision.”

Thirty-five years later and the Scorpions are still rocking like a hurricane in a ruthless business that saw off punk in the 70s, shot down hairspray rock in the 80s and annihilated grunge in the 90s. They have survived the current music industry meltdown by being one of the hardest-working live bands on the circuit, consistently conquering new, uncharted markets which so far this year include Mongolia and China.
While other equally established groups have gone into panic mode and taken the easier route of producing lamentable covers albums or touring a greatest hits show (or even doing both) the Scorpions have invested their own money and time into the production of a new album. Humanity – Hour 1 was made under the guidance of über producer/songwriter Desmond Child and is an effort to re-establish their rock credentials. This, coupled with a recent appearance at the Wacken Festival which reunited them with most of their former members in a spectacular three-and-a-half-hour show, marks a return to form for the band. A band who had been abandoned by their more hard-core following for producing some execrable rock ballads – the main offender being Wind Of Change with its lamentable Roger Whittaker-esque whistling.
But more of that later. First I have to admit that the mighty Scorps had fallen off my musical radar for about 24 years. The last time we met was during the recording of Blackout which, along with albums such as Lovedrive, Animal Magnetism and Love At First Sting, proved to be a healthy antidote to the shambolic village hall buffoonery going under the guise of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. The Scorpions’ professionalism, wide-eyed enthusiasm and endearingly basic grasp of the English language made them a joy to behold.
But as the decades passed they became a distant memory, consigned to the bargain bin of musical history. Until 2006, that is, when they made a spectacular comeback at a Royal Albert Hall memorial for rock DJ Tommy Vance, with a tight, polished show that made headliners Judas Priest look positively Jurassic. As my jaw hit the floor, the band proceeded to assault an initially wary audience of classic rock dilettantes with a tight, well-thought-out set of their musical highlights.

“I am glad that you mentioned the Albert Hall,” Klaus says. “When you have a long career and you are a powerful and energetic band, if you can’t deliver on the same level again, it’s very hard to continue. We feel that we can deliver as a live band, and we also want to deliver as recording artists.”

The Scorpions’ long, diverse history has taken them from being underground German metal merchants to the internationally established artists they are today.
Classic Rock caught up with the band in Paris in spring 2007, where they were playing one of a series of shows featuring original guitarist Uli Roth, a move inspired by the success of the reunion at Wacken. On the British dates in July Rudolf’s errant sibling, Michael, would also join them.
Today’s band is the same line-up that made the victorious return at the Albert Hall, featuring the long-standing triumvirate of Rudolf, Klaus and guitarist Matthias Jabs, plus relative newcomers, Pawel ‘Baby’ Maciwoda (bass) and James Kottak (drums). I spoke to the original members over a couple of days to get an overview of their career, the highs and lows, and also to talk about the new album, tour and their attempt to re-establish themselves.

The first thing that becomes apparent is that Matthias is not too happy about featuring ex-guitarists on the current tour. “Here we are in Paris, on the day the new album is coming out, and we’re playing a show featuring members from the past playing old songs,” he grumbles. “Fans do not come for a history lesson. Don’t get me wrong, Wacken was a great idea and very enjoyable experience, but we’ve invested a lot in making Humanity – Hour 1 and it’s important that we push it.”
So why do it? “Because certain people are reacting to requests on the internet. When 50 people mail you asking for old members to come back, it seems like a lot. In reality it isn’t, it’s just a bunch of die-hard fans scattered across the globe.”
Meine is not of the same opinion. “For the fans it’s very important that we go back in our history and even play songs from the 70s, which sometimes even we feel is a long time back,” he explains. “And having Matthias in the band as lead guitar player, of course he’s not very much interested in playing songs by Uli. That was way before his time and you’ve got to respect that. But the fans appreciate that the Scorpions are still rocking like crazy. I think it gives us a lot of street credibility.”

Adding to the intrigue, later in the evening Uli Roth reveals that he was actually asked to play on the new album but couldn’t fit it into his schedule. Aside from this minor quibble, the band appear to be a solid, functioning unit, and they still look and sound incredibly healthy and optimistic. While Meine and Jabs disguise their follicle erosion with designer headgear, Schenker has replaced his uniform centre-parted bob with tufts of bleached hair gelled in a style that makes him look like a Bavarian elder counterpart to David Beckham.
To cover the Scorpions’ whole history in the confines of one article is an impossible task as it spans over 40 years, countless albums and line-up changes, along with every rock’n’roll soap opera scenario imaginable. But there are pivotal points and events that stand out. Firstly it’s important to understand the musical landscape of the band’s home town of Hanover in the early 70s. While the UK music press focused on the experimental electronica of groups like Tangerine Dream and Can, there was also a burgeoning hard rock scene in Germany.

“Hanover was well known all over Germany as a heavy metal town,” reveals Meine. “I was in a band called Copernicus with Michael Schenker. We used to do covers of songs by bands like Taste and Led Zeppelin. We would compete with the Scorpions, as we played the same venues. It was all about who had the biggest PA and got the best reaction. At that time Rudolf used to sing in the Scorpions, with his back to the audience.”

Matthias, who is almost ten years younger than his sparring partners, remembers both bands during his early tenures with German groups Lady and Fargo.

“We used to pass each other on the autobhan. In those days we all had our band names plastered on the side of the van to stop them getting stolen.”

Eventually Rudolf convinced both Michael and Klaus to join the band and record Lonesome Crow. This was a false start as they promptly lost the prodigious Michael to the clutches of UFO. They immediately went to Uli, who had turned them down before.

“I knew the Scorpions back in 1970 when they were virtually a rhythm’n’blues band,” recalls Uli, an amiable chap whose gentle manner matches his 60s retro-hippy finery. “When they first asked me to join, I declined. I had a band called Dawn Road which was an amateur thing, we were doing Emerson, Lake & Palmer stuff and still at high school. I was doing mainly classical music and that wasn’t my direction.”

After much cajoling from Rudy (Schenker’s persuasive skills are a theme prevalent throughout the band’s history), Uli agreed to fill in on one live performance. Shortly after the group disbanded.
During this hiatus Rudy spent a lot of time with Dawn Road. “I guess he liked what he heard or saw and we started to play together,” remembers Uli. “And then we got Klaus back in again. Even though there were more members of Dawn Road than the Scorpions, we decided to change the band’s name to the Scorpions because they already had a record deal.” The band also included bassist Francis Buccholz who would become an integral member but eventually split in acrimonious circumstances.

The Scorpions recorded Fly To The Rainbow in 1974 and proceeded to tour extensively, although even then it was obvious that Schenker and Meine were on a different path to Roth. “Rudolf and Klaus are a great song-writing team, one of the best ever,” Uli says. “I wrote the other half of the stuff, which was a bit more rock’n’roll. It was a strange mix but it worked.”

In Trance followed and then the band released the notorious Virgin Killer, featuring a suspiciously young, pre-pubescent girl posing in a provocative manner on the cover. The record was the first in a series of controversial Scorpions album sleeves that would gain the band notoriety and publicity all over the world. Although they point out that the picture on Virgin Killer was not their idea and it’s something they would baulk at doing today, it didn’t do their profile any damage.

“With Virgin Killer, the record company guy said: ‘I want to do this and I don’t care if they put me in prison for it!’” Meine recalls. “I remember we walked home with the completed artwork and I was thinking this is definitely an album you don’t want to show back home.” But he adds: “I admit later on we used covers like weapons of provocation. People would talk about them and we loved doing them, especially with Storm from Hipgnosis. We followed his work from Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin – they were our heroes.”

Two significant things happened between the recording of In Trance and Virgin Killer. Producer Dieter Dierks came on board and over the years became responsible for moulding the band’s sound to such an extent that he was regarded as the sixth Scorpion (in fact, it turns out that Dierks was second choice to Chas Chandler). It was also becoming apparent to Uli Roth that he no longer wanted to play in a hard-touring rock outfit even though the Scorpions were by now making waves all over Europe and Japan.

“Each album got bigger and bigger and the Tokyo Tapes live album was an international breakthrough, but I had really mentally left the band some time before that,” says Roth. “I wanted to go a more experimental route. I wanted to be a little freer in music, rather than just watch album sales. It was a foregone conclusion that I needed to split but it took a year. I told them to look for a guitarist but they never did.”

Both Michael and Uli, although extremely talented players, seemed too self-indulgent to be a part of the vision that Rudolf and Klaus had for the band.

“They had very big egos, that’s for sure,” Klaus agrees. “They both had their own vision of what they wanted to do and they were definitely not team players. Now the focus was much more on the songwriting of Rudolf and myself. The band was becoming more focused on the artistic direction.”

Geographically, the direction they were headed in was the States. But before that, they needed to establish a solid line-up. With Uli about to depart, they had another setback when drummer Rudy Lenners left due to ill health. However, this turned out to be a blessing in disguise. In a strange turn of events they went to Britain to look for a replacement, only to find a German, Herman Rarebell, who was a regular customer at a legendary London watering hole known as The Speakeasy.
Rarebell had left Germany for Britain when he turned 21 in order to expand his CV and get some studio work. While in the UK he bumped into Michael Schenker, who suggested he go and check out his brother Rudolf’s band. This led to a successful audition, and Rarebell was soon heading back to Germany. Herman was a charismatic and energetic character, and immediately got involved in the songwriting process, penning the lyrics to He’s A Woman, She’s A Man (based on a true-life experience in the Parisian red light district) on his first Scorpions album, Taken By Force.

As the years passed Herman would become the one who wrote some of the Scorpions’ most popular songs. He explains: “The reason for this was that my English was the best and Dieter liked my words. I wrote about what happened to us while we were out on the road. And I think people can associate with that.”
Klaus admits that it took him a while to feel comfortable singing in English, even though he had done so throughout his career. “It was very difficult at first but German lyrics just didn’t fit in with the music and we wanted to go all over the world. Growing up in postwar Germany, to be a German was nothing to be proud of [laughs]. We wanted to be respected in an international community of musicians.”

Taken By Force was Uli’s swansong and the band set out on the arduous task of auditioning over 150 guitarists. They finally settled on a former member of the Pretty Things, Peter Tolson. Unfortunately, things didn’t gel and they again found themselves axeless. Once more they found the solution closer to home, in the form of Matthias Jabs.

“Rudy rang me up to say that he was recording a solo album and would I like to play on it, “Jabs recalls with amusement. “That was typical Rudy, finding a way to hook you in.” But when Jabs joined the Scorpions, the unexpected happened. Michael Schenker had left UFO after an altercation with lead singer Phil Mogg and had also developed severe drug and alcohol problems in the process. An American management team expressed interest in working with the Scorpions, but strongly suggested it would be a good idea to take Michael on board, regardless of his state of mind. Desperate to break in the States, Rudy agreed and promptly let go of Matthias.
“What you have to remember,” Jabs explains, “is that the Scorpions weren’t a big band at all at the time, so it was really no big deal.”
Michael’s problems manifested themselves early on in the Scorpions’ US tour – he collapsed on stage during the third show. As the tour progressed the band had to plead with Matthias to help them out. “Rudy kept calling me to help out on the shows, and every time I said: ‘Okay, but just this one time.’ And he agreed... typical Rudy.”

Finally, an incoherent Michael departed and Jabs joined full-time, completing the classic Scorpions line-up. Michael did manage to stay long enough to contribute to a couple of tracks on the next album, Lovedrive, which marked the beginning of the band’s full-on assault of the US.
“I remember the first show we did in Cleveland,” says Rudy. “We were the opener and we were rocking like a hurricane already [laughs]. We were only allowed 30 minutes but we played 40. The management and the other bands were looking at each other saying: ‘What are these crazy Germans doing?’ I remember Ted Nugent coming down to the dressing room and saying: ‘Guys, you have to calm down!’ We finished the show before they managed to unplug us, and this was the beginning of the American success.”

With a more polished, tighter sound, the Scorpions’ formula of mixing heavy rock and power ballads was already in place. Lovedrive (with another controversial cover photographed in the back of Elton John’s Rolls-Royce) entered the Top 50 in the Billboard chart and soon after the band went back into the studio to record Animal Magnetism. It wasn’t as successful as its predecesser but the band continued to build a strong following on the road. However, Klaus began to experience problems with his throat. This became more noticeable when the band started work on their next album, Blackout.

“When we started working on arrangements Klaus’s voice sounded very unhealthy,” says Rudy, “then after about three or four weeks he couldn’t sing any more. When we got back to Germany he went to the doctor. The doctor looked at his vocal cords and said: ‘What is your job?’ When he said singer, the doctor said: ‘Klaus, you have to get another job!’”
Klaus recalls: “It would have been easy for the band to walk out and look for a new singer, but they didn’t. Rudolf kept pushing me and challenging me. He said: ‘Whatever it takes, we will wait for you.’”

With Don Dokken helping out on guide tracks, Klaus returned after a couple of operations to sing his herz (German for ‘heart’) out on easily the best Scorpions album ever.
Producing three hit singles, Blackout was the band’s most successful album to date, although Meine was wary of the inevitable tour.

“I had no idea if I would survive going on the road. My voice was untested. But after a year we came back loaded with platinum albums. This was the next level and in a way I was starting again.”

Two years later, in 1984, came Love At First Sting and its smash Rock You Like A Hurricane, which was propelled to mega-hit status by MTV.
A succession of successful albums and tours followed and as the 80s drew to a close the group found themselves coming to the end of their relationship with Dierks – much to their relief.

As Klaus explains; “We were not happy with Dieter. We were enjoying a lot of success and it was not our choice to keep going back to Cologne and record. Our desire was to go to places like the Record Plant in Los Angeles, but we couldn’t because we were tied up in contracts. Savage Amusement was our last album with Dieter and it was a difficult time for us. We had come to the end of our contract but there were still issues. What you have to remember is that when we signed up with him we were young kids. Looking back on it we just tired of each other and we had to split.”
Rudy: “The chemistry had gone because Dieter wanted to do an album like Mutt Lange, because of the success of Def Leppard. He wanted samples, programming... all that stuff. If you listen to Savage Amusement, it’s very sterile.”

Without Dierks at the controls, the band looked to an American producer for inspiration. Keith Olsen twiddled the knobs for Crazy World, which spawned one of the Scorpions’ greatest hits... their Stairway To Heaven... their Freebird... their albatross? It was Wind Of Change, of course. Inspired by the Scorpions’ performance at the 1989 Moscow Peace Festival, it came at a most fortuitous moment.

“It was the end of the 80s when we did Crazy World,” Klaus reflects. “We were on the edge facing a huge musical revolution with grunge and alternative music in the early 90s. Almost every act that came from where we did in the 80s got killed. If this album had been a flop, it could have easily been the end of us too. The success of Wind Of Change helped us survive... and it was on the first album we did without Dieter.”
Were they aware that the song – and Klaus’s whistling – alienated some of the Scorpions’ fans? Rudy: “Wind Of Change was a big success because mothers liked it, grandmothers liked it and kids liked it. But a lot of rock fans said: ‘No, this is not my band anymore.’ But it helped us survive to make another album. I am a rocker but our ballads work because we have an outstanding singer and he can sing them well. It’s just become a part of us. I like Deep Purple because of Child In Time. Always when a rock band writes a ballad it’s something special. The problem is if the ballad on the album becomes too big... then there’s something wrong.”

Rudy and co continued to play festivals all over the world including Donington, Rock In Rio and a historic guest appearance in Roger Waters’ performance of The Wall in Berlin.
Unfortunately, the euphoric glow was shattered when the Scorpions found themselves in financial dispute with their business manager. This led to the departure of bassist Francis Buchholz, leaving them angry and dismayed.

“People often think our divorce from Dieter was ugly, but it wasn’t really,” says Klaus. “However, with Francis, it was a very ugly divorce. To cut a long story very short, when we made a decision to change our whole business structure and fire our business manager, unfortunately Francis went with him. We lost a friend and great musician.”

The wounds are still deep – as was revealed at Wacken, where Buchholz was the only Scorpions member noticeable by his absence. (Ironically, Buchholz is now bassist with the Uli Roth Band, who would support the Scorpions on their British summer 2007 dates.)
As the band ploughed their more commercial furrow, they had another loss when Herman Rarebell decided to leave in 1996, explaining that he was “sick of playing Wind Of Change for the millionth time and living on the road”.
Some die-hard fans will have you believe that with the departure of Rarebell, a larger-than-life figure, the Scorpions’ career took a downward trajectory, especially as the drummer wasn’t there to help out with the lyrics. In some ways this is true. Although they continued to deliver great live shows, on record they made some serious errors including 1999’s Eye II Eye, a misjudged stab at techno.
By 2007 the Scorpions had come full circle. They were again determined to crack the international market, and at its best their album Humanity – Hour 1 recalled Blackout’s glory days.
“You never know – this album may be our last one, who knows?” Klaus says. “You can’t take it for granted there will be another one. So when we do a record we want it to be great. We want to end on a high, to keep going and find a moment to have a nice way out of this madness. The best thing is that we have a good chemistry. And our friendship is still intact. Who else can you say that about after so many years?”



SCORPIONS REACH NEW CHART MILESTONE - SIX ALBUMS RANK ON GERMAN CHARTS SIMULTANEOUSLY:
Legendary German rock band- Scorpions have achieved a new landmark in chart success, with six of their albums placing on the German charts, simultaneously. The albums, launched by BMG, are deluxe reissues, originally produced by Dieter Dierks, and have been released as part of the band’s massive 50th anniversary celebrations.
Scorpions’ new feat makes them the fifth music act to have six or more albums place on the German charts at the same time. The albums include Blackout’(1982) which entered the chart at #43; Love At First Sting (1984) at #46; World Wide Live (1985) at #52; Lovedrive (1979) at #59; Tokyo Tapes (1978) at #70; and Scorpions Deluxe Vinyl Box Set at #97.
Other artists to have also achieved the milestone include The Beatles, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and James Last.
In addition to a number of unheard live recordings and studio tracks, the reissued albums also feature booklets with rare photos, additional linear notes and backstage passes.

BMG is responsible for publishing rights to a lot of the Scorpions’ material after 1990, including their world famous track ‘Winds of Change’, one of the best selling singles by a German band, and the band’s latest album- ‘Return To Forever’, which was released in February this year.




And here the latest reviews:

KERRANG!: "Along with Maiden, Priest and Motörhead in the late 70s and early 80s, German riff powerhouse the Scorpions helped to lay the cornerstones for pretty much every metal band since to build on. Metallica love them, Trivium love them. Dave Grohl adores them. Some of their albums are one of the most important albums in metal history."
CLASSIC ROCK: "Bad boys running wild...again! 8 cool Deluxe Editions summarize the Scorpions way to become world famous."



Taken By Force 
CD: BMG ‎– 538159472, picture sleeve digipak, 16 page booklet, incl. 5 bonus tracks, no picture black CD, Europe, 06 Nov 2015
LP: BMG – 538150131, picture cardboard sleeve, printed paper innersleeve, red label, black vinyl 180 Gram. Incl. CD feat. original album + 5 bonus tracks (picture cardboard sleeve, opens right, no picture black CD), Europe, 06 Nov 2015.
CD: Sony Records Int'l ‎– SICX-30010, picture sleeve digipak, 16 page booklet + Japanese insert, incl. 5 bonus tracks, no picture black CD, OBI strip, Japan, 18 Nov 2015

Taken by Force is originally from 1977 and was the last studio album with Uli Jon Roth on guitar. The album contains classic such as "He's a Woman - She's a Man" and "Steamrock Fever". But next to the songs from the regular album there are some extras on the longplayer.
"Busy Guys" is a great grooving hardrocker and also the demo version of the semi-ballad "Believe in Love" is good stuff; not only for collectors. "Midnight Blues Jam" is exactly what the title promises; a well done blues number with a Scorpions-hardrock touch. A song that was never released before is "Blue Dream". It's an instrumental that is a classic rock masterpiece. But it's also a song that was never finished. A demo version of the album track "Born to touch Your Feelings" finalizes an album that has a lot of extra value for Scorpions fans, but that is also a great opportunity for each and everybody that only knows "Winds of Change" and that wants to discover more of the iconic band.
Tracklist CD:
01. Steamrock Fever
02. We'll Burn The Sky
03. I've Got To Be Free
04. The Riot Of Your Time
05. The Sails Of Charon
06. Your Light
07. He's A Woman - She's A Man
08. Born To Touch Your Feelings
09. Suspender Love (bonus track)
10. Busy Guys (previously unreleased demo version) (bonus track)
11. Believe In Love (previously unreleased demo version) (bonus track)
12. Midnight Blues Jam (previously unreleased demo version) (bonus track)
13. Blue Dream (unfinished instrumental version) (bonus track)
14. Born To Touch Your Feelings (previously unreleased demo version) (bonus track)

BLU-SPEC CD 2 (Progression Of The BlU-SPEC CD format 2012)
THE BLU-SPEC CD 2 FORMAT TAKES BLU-RAY DISC TECHNOLOGY TO CREATE CD's
PHASE TRANSITION MASTERING  (The Technology Developed for Mastering of Blu-ray Discs)
BLUE LASER DIODE CUTTING
Uses a different polycarbonate plastic (Material used for BLU-RAY DISC)

Also a copy BRAND NEW / SEALED:

Also a copy signed by line-up '77 + M.Jabs:


Tracklist LP+CD:
LPA1 Steamrock Fever 3:35
LPA2 We'll Burn The Sky 6:27
LPA3 I've Got To Be Free 4:00
LPA4 The Riot Of Your Time 4:10
LPA5 The Sails Of Charon 5:08
LPB1 Your Light 4:30
LPB2 He's A Woman - She's A Man 3:14
LPB3 Born To Touch Your Feelings 7:20
Bonus Track
LPB4 Suspender Love 3:21
CD01 Steamrock Fever
CD02 We'll Burn the Sky
CD03 I've Got to Be Free
CD04 The Riot of Your Time
CD05 The Sails of Charon
CD06 Your Light
CD07 He's a Woman - She's a Man
CD08 Born to Touch Your Feelings
Bonus Tracks
CD09 Suspender Love
CD10 Busy Guys
CD11 Believe in Love
CD12 Midnight Blues Jam
CD13 Blue Dream
CD14 Born to Touch Your Feelings




Tokyo Tapes 
2xCD: BMG ‎– 538159542, picture sleeve digipak, 16 page booklet, incl. 7 bonus tracks, no picture black CD, Europe, 06 Nov 2015
2xLP: BMG – 538150141, picture gatefold cardboard sleeve, printed paper innersleeve, yellow label, black vinyl 180 Gram. Incl. 2xCD feat. original album + 7 bonus tracks (picture cardboard sleeve, opens right, no picture black CD), Europe, 06 Nov 2015.
2xCD: CBS ‎– SICX-30011/2, picture sleeve digipak, 16 page booklet + Japanese insert, incl. 7 bonus tracks, no picture black CD, OBI strip, Japan, 18 Nov 2015


As a member of the SCORPIONS from 1973 through 1978, Uli Jon Roth helped pioneer the neo classical style that has influenced countless guitarists to this day. His extraordinary playing can be heard on four classic SCORPIONS records, Fly To The Rainbow (1974), In Trance (1975), Virgin Killer (1976) and Taken By Force. This lineup also recorded what many still consider to be one of the greatest live albums ever recorded, Tokyo Tapes.
Tokyo Tapes was the first live album of the Scorpions. The band still tried to find some solid ground in Europe while they have been already quite popular in the land of the rising sun.
The disc documents the two shows in Tokyo that the Scorpions performed in the Nakano Sun Plaza. It was also the last Scorpions release with Jon Uli Roth on guitar which gives the recording a special weight.
Surprising is the excellent quality of this live recording esp. when considering the year of 1979 when technical possibilities have been limited compared to modern times.
Also this iconic live album contains specialities. There are unreleased live versions of "Polar nights", "Hell Cat", "Catch the Train", He's a Woman - She's a Man" and "Robot Man" on the second CD as well as "Kimi Ga Yo", the national anthem of Japan performed by the guys from Hannover. What a special moment.
The regular longplayer was and is already one of the best live albums ever. But enriched by the additional songs this anniversary edition is a 'must' for each serious metal collection.
"At first I didn't realize the impact it had on the rock music scene," Roth told JamMagazine.com about the live album. "When I left the band in 1978, I disconnected myself from the past and was only interested in my new band, ELECTRIC SUN. I didn't follow the success of 'Tokyo Tapes'. Over time, I began to realize that musicians and fans kept referring to that album like it was something extra special. Gradually I understood why. Now I actually see the recording in a different light than what I thought back then."
Tracklisting
Disc 1
01. All Night Long
02. Pictured Life
03. Backstage Queen
04. Polar Nights
05. In Trance
06. We'll Burn The Sky
07. Suspender Love
08. In Search Of The Peace Of Mind
09. Fly To The Rainbow
10. He's A Woman - She's A Man
11. Speedy's Coming
12. Top Of The Bill
13. Hound Dog
14. Long Tall Sally
15. Steamrock Fever
16. Dark Lady
17. Kjo No Tsuki
Disc 2
01. Robot Man
02. Hell Cat (previously unreleased live track) (Japan 1978) (bonus track)
03. Catch Your Train (previously unreleased live track) (Japan '78) (bonus)
04. Kimi Ga Yo (previously unreleased Japanese hymn '78) (bonus track)
05. Polar Nights (previously unreleased live track) (Japan '78) (bonus track)
06. He's A Woman She's A Man (previously unreleased live track) (Japan '78) (bonus)
07. Top Of The Bill (previously unreleased live track) (Japan '78) (bonus track)
08. Robot Man (previously unreleased live track) (Japan '79) (bonus track)

BLU-SPEC CD 2 (Progression Of The BlU-SPEC CD format 2012)
THE BLU-SPEC CD 2 FORMAT TAKES BLU-RAY DISC TECHNOLOGY TO CREATE CD's
PHASE TRANSITION MASTERING  (The Technology Developed for Mastering of Blu-ray Discs)
BLUE LASER DIODE CUTTING
Uses a different polycarbonate plastic (Material used for BLU-RAY DISC)

Also a copy BRAND NEW / SEALED:

Also a copy signed by line-up '78:


Tracklist 2xLP + 2xCD
LP1A1 All Night Long 2:55
LP1A2 Pictured Life 3:04
LP1A3 Backstage Queen 3:30
LP1A4 Polar Nights 6:43
LP1A5 In Trance 5:22
LP1B1 We'll Burn The Sky 8:16
LP1B2 Suspender Love 3:28
LP1B3 In Search Of The Peace Of Mind 3:00
LP1B4 Fly To The Rainbow 9:23
LP2C1 He's A Woman, She's A Man 5:22
LP2C2 Speedy's Coming 3:21
LP2C3 Top Of The Bill 6:39
LP2C4 Hound Dog 1:16
LP2C5 Long Tall Sally 2:09
LP2D1 Steamrock Fever 3:35
LP2D2 Dark Lady 3:34
LP2D3 Kojo No Tsuki 3:09
LP2D4 Robot Man 5:33
CD101 All Night Long
CD102 Pictured Life
CD103 Backstage Queen
CD104 Polar Nights
CD105 In Trance
CD106 We'll Burn the Sky
CD107 Suspender Love
CD108 In Search of the Peace of Mind
CD109 Fly to the Rainbow
CD110 He's a Woman, She's a Man
CD111 Speedy's Coming
CD112 Top of the Bill
CD113 Hound Dog
CD114 Long Tall Sally
CD115 Steamrock Fever
CD116 Dark Lady
CD117 Kojo No Tsuki
CD201 Robot Man
CD202 Hellcat
CD203 Catch Your Train
CD204 Kimi Ga Yo
CD205 Polar Nights
CD206 He's a Woman, She's a Man
CD207 Top of the Bill
CD208 Robot Man





Lovedrive 
CD+DVD: BMG ‎– 538159492, picture sleeve digipak, 16 page booklet, incl. 2 bonus tracks, no picture black CD + no picture black DVD, Europe, 06 Nov 2015
LP: BMG – 538150151, picture cardboard sleeve, printed paper innersleeve, blue label, black vinyl 180 Gram. Incl. CD feat. original album + 2 bonus tracks (picture cardboard sleeve, opens right, no picture black CD), Europe, 06 Nov 2015
CD+DVD: Sony – SICX-30013/4, picture sleeve digipak, 16 page booklet + Japanese insert,  incl. 2 bonus tracks, no picture black CD + no picture black DVD, OBI strip, Japan, 18 Nov 2015
Also Lovedrive is reissued for the fiftieth under the reissues. For this, the SCORPIONS pack this time a DVD with a live recording of the second tour of Japan.
A Eighties touch I can one album, which was released in 1979, rather bad accuse. Nevertheless, the SCORPIONS on this album more than clear where the journey in the course of her career to go. Few albums have me so enthusiastic at first hearing as "Love Drive", so far, these include still only British Steel (JUDAS PRIEST) and High'n'Dry (DEF LEPPARD). Moreover, by Lovedrive my picture of Hanoverian completely rotated, previously interested me the SCORPIONS admittedly little. After the first sounds of "Loving You Sunday Morning" my interest was not only awakened, I was brought downright crazy. "Another Peace Of Meat" then gave me only once the rest, and just because of the short by breathing with "Always Somewhere "I was able to the ingenious instrumental "Coast To Coast" still witness. What Michael and Rudolf Schenker play in this song, is just phenomenal, a simple melody line, the better not could go into the ear. Already here was clear to me that there must be an album for eternity. What with "Can not Get Enough" and "Is There Anybody There?" was impressively underlined. The title track and the closing "Holiday" can hardly be put into words, rarely an album was completed in such a round. "Lovedrive" bursting for me the only way of top notch artists and turns sometimes most on my platter.
The sound of the new edition has become good. Where by a good sound is created by the remastering which is not just sounds louder. The bonus DVD has it there in itself, in addition to a 45-minute interview to the emergence of the plate as mentioned a 40-minute concert recording of the second tour of Japan. The picture and sound quality of the live recording is according to age is not necessarily clear, but nevertheless given the age well. In total, the eight recording songs, half of which is already of material Lovedrive. In addition, located on the first CD still worth listening to demo versions of "Cause I Love You" and "Holiday".
Making the SCORPIONS with their re-releases so far a good figure, the new edition of "Lovedrive" has succeeded. It is the bonus DVD combines for me the early period of the band with its steep career in the eighties. Predicate particularly valuable!
Michael Schenker says in Classic Rock Magazine in 2015: "I think I gave a huge hand to the Scorpions to end 70 years, helping them become famous in America. My contribution on Lovedrive not limited to have played in the album: 'Coast To Coast' is a composition of mine that I offered to my brother, so as the intro of 'Holiday', who had written for solo acoustic guitar. Unfortunately, however, of this there is no trace and no recognition: the new remastered versions of the disc do not result even co-wrote of the songs - songs that I want to repeat it, I wrote it".
Exists also a superb demo of "Is There Anybody There?", but unfortunately it was not included in this deluxe edition... It's a sin cause it did rise further this version.
Tracklisting CD:
01. Loving You Sunday Morning
02. Another Piece Of Meat
03. Always Somewhere
04. Coast To Coast
05. Can't Stop Get Enough
06. Is There Anybody Out There
07. Lovedrive
08. Holiday
09. Cause I Love You (previously unreleased demo song) (bonus track)
10. Holiday (previously unreleased demo version) (bonus track)
Tracklisting DVD:
01. Intro (live in Japan 1979)
02. We'll Burn The Sky (live in Japan 1979)
03. Lovedrive (live in Japan 1979)
04. Life's Like A River (live in Japan 1979)
05. Fly To The Rainbow (live in Japan 1979)
06. Is There Anybody There (live in Japan 1979)
07. Another Piece Of Meat (live in Japan 1979)
08. Can't Get Enough (live in Japan 1979)
09. Kojo No Tsuki (live in Japan 1979)
+ Interview special with R. Schenker, K. Meine, M. Jabs, H. Rarebell


BLU-SPEC CD 2 (Progression Of The BlU-SPEC CD format 2012)
THE BLU-SPEC CD 2 FORMAT TAKES BLU-RAY DISC TECHNOLOGY TO CREATE CD's
PHASE TRANSITION MASTERING  (The Technology Developed for Mastering of Blu-ray Discs)
BLUE LASER DIODE CUTTING
Uses a different polycarbonate plastic (Material used for BLU-RAY DISC)

Also a copy BRAND NEW / SEALED:

Also a copy signed by line-up '79:



Tracklist
LPA1 Loving You Sunday Morning 5:35
LPA2 Another Piece Of Meat 3:30
LPA3 Always Somewhere 4:54
LPA4 Coast To Coast 4:40
LPB1 Can't Get Enough 2:35
LPB2 Is There Anybody There? 3:55
LPB3 Lovedrive 4:48
LPB4 Holiday 6:32
CD01 Loving You Sunday Morning
CD02 Another Piece Of Meat
CD03 Always Somewhere
CD04 Coast To Coast
CD05 Can't Get Enough
CD06 Is There Anybody There?
CD07 Lovedrive
CD08 Holiday
Bonus Tracks
CD09 Cause I Love You
CD10 Holiday




Animal Magnetism
CD: BMG ‎– 538159362, picture sleeve digipak, 16 page booklet, incl. 6 bonus tracks, no picture black CD, Europe, 06 Nov 2015
LP: BMG – 538150161, picture cardboard sleeve, printed paper innersleeve, purple label, black vinyl 180 Gram. Incl. CD feat. original album + 6 bonus tracks (picture cardboard sleeve, opens right, no picture black CD), Europe, 06 Nov 2015
CD: Sony – SICX-30015, picture sleeve digipak, 16 page booklet + Japanese insert,  incl. 6 bonus tracks, no picture black CD, OBI strip, Japan, 18 Nov 2015
The longplayer shows in a very good way the development of the band over time. And it is the real link between Lovedrive and the masterpiece Blackout. Even though the album was done under quite some time pressure between two tours it contains a few alltime hits of the Hannover five-piece. 
The opener" Make it Real", a true Scorpions anthem, is part of the record as well as metallic "Don't Make No Promises (Your Body Can't Keep)" which shows a heaviness that culmulated in the next album.
The title track with its strong groove and heavy riff shows the Scorpions from the more experimental side, while the transcedent "The Zoo" plays in a league of its own.
Like on the other anniversary editons also this record comes with a lot of extras like demo tracks and "Hey You" with vocals by Rudolf Schenker. 
Animal Magnetism is a great release that has added value for fans of the band and  shows the bigger crowd that the band from Hannover has much more to offer than the far too often heard "Winds of Change".


Track listing:
01. Make It Real
02. Don't Make No Promises (Your Body Can't Keep)
03. Hold Me Tight
04. Twentieth Century Man
05. Lady Starlight
06. Falling In Love
07. Only A Man
08. The Zoo
09. Animal Magnetism
10. Hey You (vocals by Rudolf Schenker) (bonus track)
11. Animal Magnetism (previously unreleased demo version) (bonus track)
12. American Girls (previously unreleased demo song) (bonus track)
13. Get Your Love (previously unreleased demo version of "Heroes Don't Cry") (bonus track)
14. Restless Man (previously unreleased demo version of "Twentieth Century Man") (bonus track)
15. All Night Long (previously unreleased demo song (bonus track)

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PHASE TRANSITION MASTERING  (The Technology Developed for Mastering of Blu-ray Discs)
BLUE LASER DIODE CUTTING
Uses a different polycarbonate plastic (Material used for BLU-RAY DISC)

Also a copy BRAND NEW / SEALED:

Also a copy signed by line-up '80:




Tracklist:
LPA1 Make It Real 3:49
LPA2 Don't Make No Promises (Your Body Can't Keep) 2:55
LPA3 Hold Me Tight 3:53
LPA4 Twentieth Century Man 3:00
LPA5 Lady Starlight 6:11
LPB1 Falling In Love 4:09
LPB2 Only A Man 3:32
LPB3 The Zoo 5:28
LPB4 Animal Magnetism 5:56
CD01 Make It Real
CD02 Don't Make No Promises (Your Body Can't Keep)
CD03 Hold Me Tight
CD04 Twentieth Century Man
CD05 Lady Starlight
CD06 Falling In Love
CD07 Only a Man
CD08 The Zoo
CD09 Animal Magnetism
Bonus Tracks
CD10 Hey You
CD11 Animal Magnetism
CD12 American Girls
CD13 Get Your Love
CD14 Restless Man
CD15 All Night Long






Blackout
CD+DVD: BMG ‎– 538159322, picture sleeve digipak, 16 page booklet, incl. 4 bonus tracks, no picture black CD + no picture black DVD, Europe, 06 Nov 2015
LP: BMG – 538150171, picture cardboard sleeve, printed paper innersleeve, blue label, black vinyl 180 Gram. Incl. CD feat. original album + 4 bonus tracks (picture cardboard sleeve, opens right, no picture black CD), Europe, 06 Nov 2015
CD+DVD: Sony – SICX-30016/7, picture sleeve digipak, 16 page booklet + Japanese insert,  incl. 4 bonus tracks, no picture black CD + no picture black DVD, OBI strip, Japan, 02 Dec 2015

Blackout was my first Scorpions album and I think that it's still the best longplayer the band from Hannover ever released. The combination of heavy songs and the outstanding artwork by Gottfried Helnwein is an excellent symbiosis that makes the album to something very special.
But in the end it's more than this. The density of great songs is lifting this disc to a very special one. Real metal smashers like "Blackout", "Now!" and "Dynamite" shine next to midpace anthems such as "Can't Live Without You". But also the slow grooving "Arizona", a songs where you can feel the heat while listening, and the strong power ballad "When the Smoke is Going Down" are numbers written for eternity. There is no single filler on the album. 
Like with the other records from this anniversary series also "Blackout" has some extras. A demo version of the title track give "Blackout" a slightly different expression and with "Running For the Plane", "Sugar Man", All My Love" and "Searching For the Rainbow" the CD comes with four unreleased demo songs from the 1982 recording session.  
A DVD with the legendary performace at "Rock Pop in Concert" and a 40 minutes interview complete a very well done and valuable special edition of one of the most influencial metal records. A 'must have'.


Tracklist
CD01 Blackout 3:51
CD02 Can't Live Without You 3:49
CD03 No One Like You 3:59
CD04 You Give Me All I Need 3:41
CD05 Now! 2:36
CD06 Dynamite 4:15
CD07 Arizona 3:56
CD08 China White 6:59
CD09 When The Smoke Is Going Down 3:52
Bonus Tracks
CD10 Blackout (Demo Version) 4:06
CD11 Running For The Plane (Demo Song) 4:11
CD12 Sugar Man (Demo Song) 4:28
CD13 Searching For The Rainbow (Demo Song) 3:59
Rock Pop In Concert: Special Heavy Metal Night, 17.12.1983, Dortmund Westfalenhalle
DVD01 Blackout 3:40
DVD02 Loving You Sunday Morning 4:46
DVD03 Coming Home 3:14
DVD04 Always Somewhere 4:11
DVD05 Holiday 3:04
DVD06 Can't Live Without You 6:34
DVD07 Dynamite 6:20
DVD08 Can't Get Enough 6:17
DVD09 Make It Real (Not Broadcast) 3:33
DVD10 The Zoo (Not Broadcast) 7:12
Music Videos:
DVD11 No One Like You 3:53
DVD12 Arizona 3:47
Documentary:
DVD13 The Story Of "Blackout" (Interviews With Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker, Matthias Jabs And Herman Rarebell) 43:38

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BLUE LASER DIODE CUTTING
Uses a different polycarbonate plastic (Material used for BLU-RAY DISC)

Also a copy BRAND NEW / SEALED:

Also a copy signed by line-up '82:



Tracklist
LPA1 Blackout 3:47
LPA2 Can't Live Without You 3:44
LPA3 No One Like You 3:54
LPA4 You Give Me All I Need 3:36
LPA5 Now! 2:32
LPB1 Dynamite 4:10
LPB2 Arizona 3:51
LPB3 China White 6:53
LPB4 When The Smoke Is Going Down 3:49
CD01 Blackout
CD02 Can't Live Without You
CD03 No One Like You
CD04 You Give Me All I Need
CD05 Now!
CD06 Dynamite
CD07 Arizona
CD08 China White
CD09 When The Smoke Is Going Down
CD10 Blackout
Bonus Tracks
CD11 Running For The Plane
CD12 Sugar Man
CD13 All My Love
CD14 Searching For The Rainbow






Love At First Sting
2CD+DVD: BMG ‎– 538159342, picture sleeve digipak, 16 page booklet, incl. 5 bonus track + CD live, no picture black CD + no picture black DVD, Europe, 06 Nov 2015
LP + 2CD: BMG – 538150181, picture cardboard sleeve, printed paper innersleeve, blue label, black vinyl 180 Gram. Incl. CD feat. original album + CD with live concert (picture cardboard sleeve, opens right, no picture black CD), Europe, 06 Nov 2015
2CD+DVD: Sony – SICX-30025/7, picture sleeve digipak, 16 page booklet + Japanese insert,  incl. 5 bonus tracks + CD live, no picture black CD + no picture black DVD, OBI strip, Japan, 02 Dec 2015

Blackout was the worldwide breakthrough for the Scorpions, followed by extensive touring. The question that needed an answer was, if all this will have an impact on the next studio release. It might had an effect, but for sure no bad one. Love At First Sting became one of the most commercialy successfull Scorions records that, again, was full of metal anthems that are hits till this day.
"Rock You Like a Hurricane", "Coming Home" and "Big City Nights" don't need any further explanation. Those tracks are omnipresent by still getting a lot of airplay. And not to forget one of the most played ballads - "Still Loving You".
And even though "I'm Leaving You" might not keep the extremely high level of the other songs, "Love at First Sting" became the expected next milestone of the Scorpions.
That the thrilling artwork was impressive for young dudes at that time goes without.
The bonus on this album is some songs from the show played at the legendary Madison Square Garden in New York City in 1984 plus again unreleased songs from the "Love at First Sting" session. An impressive collection.

Tracklist:
Bad Boys Running Wild
Rock You Like a Hurricane
I'm Leaving You
Coming Home
The Same Thrill
Big City Nights
As Soon As the Good Times Roll
Crossfire
Still Loving You
Coming Home (Unreleased Demo Version)
Living at Night (Unreleased Demo Song)
First Sting Jam (Unreleased Demo)
Any Time (You Want It) (Unreleased Demo)
Still Loving You (Unreleased Demo)
(Live at Madison Square Garden/New York City: 06.07.1984)
Still Loving You (Live at Madison Square Garden/New York City: 06.07.1984)
Coming Home (Live at Madison Square Garden/New York City: 06.07.1984)
Blackout (Live at Madison Square Garden/New York City: 06.07.1984)
Bad Boys Running Wild (Live at Madison Square Garden/New York City: 06.07.1984)
Loving You Sunday Morning (Live at Madison Square Garden/New York City: 06.07.1984)
Big City Nights (Live at Madison Square Garden/New York City: 06.07.1984)
Holiday (Live at Madison Square Garden/New York City: 06.07.1984)
Still Loving You (Live at Madison Square Garden/New York City: 06.07.1984)
Rock You Like a Hurricane (Live at Madison Square Garden/New York City: 06.07.1984)
The Zoo (Live at Madison Square Garden/New York City: 06.07.1984)
Dynamite (Live at Madison Square Garden/New York City: 06.07.1984)

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PHASE TRANSITION MASTERING  (The Technology Developed for Mastering of Blu-ray Discs)
BLUE LASER DIODE CUTTING
Uses a different polycarbonate plastic (Material used for BLU-RAY DISC)

Also a copy BRAND NEW / SEALED:

Also a copy signed by line-up '84:



Tracklist
LPA1 Bad Boys Running Wild 3:53
LPA2 Rock You Like A Hurricane 4:10
LPA3 I'm Leaving You 4:13
LPA4 Coming Home 4:58
LPA5 The Same Thrill 3:30
LPB1 Big City Nights 4:02
LPB2 As Soon As The Good Times Roll 5:02
LPB3 Crossfire 4:33
LPB4 Still Loving You 6:27
CD101 Bad Boys Running Wild
CD102 Rock You Like A Hurricane
CD103 I'm Leaving You
CD104 Coming Home
CD105 The Same Thrill
CD106 Big City Nights
CD107 As Soon As The Good Times Roll CD108 Crossfire
CD109 Still Loving You
Bonus Tracks
CD110 Coming Home
CD111 Living at Night
CD112 First Sting Jam No. 1
CD113 Anytime (You Want It)
CD114 Still Loving You
CD201 Intro
CD202 Coming Home
CD203 Blackout
CD204 Bad Boys Running Wild
CD205 Loving You Sunday Morning
CD206 Big City Nights
CD207 Holiday
CD208 Still Loving You
CD209 Rock You Like a Hurricane
CD210 The Zoo
CD211 Dynamite





World Wide Live
CD+DVD: BMG ‎– 538159522, picture sleeve digipak, 16 page booklet, incl. 5 bonus track + CD live, no picture black CD + no picture black DVD, Europe, 06 Nov 2015
2LP + CD: BMG – 538150191, gatefold picture cardboard sleeve, printed paper innersleeve, red label, black vinyl 180 Gram. Incl. CD feat. original album (picture cardboard sleeve, opens right, no picture black CD) + tour poster fold out, Europe, 06 Nov 2015
CD+DVD: Sony – SICX-30020/1, picture sleeve digipak, 16 page booklet + Japanese insert,  incl. 5 bonus tracks + CD live, no picture black CD + no picture black DVD, OBI strip, Japan, 02 Dec 2015

Even though Tokyo Tapes was already an excellent live record, the 1985 release World Wide Live is the by far best compilation the band ever published. This live album belongs, together with Iron Maiden Live After Death and Deep Purple's Made in Japan, to the alltime faves when it comes to concerts archived on an album.
Recorded in San Diego, Los Angeles, Costa Mesa, Paris and Köln, this fantastic longplayer contains the best of the best the Scorpions have ever written and released. Newer tracks from "Backout" and "Love at First Sting" goes hand in hand with earlier classics such as the excellent "The Zoo" and "Holiday", one of the best Scorpions ballads ever. This album is pure power with a sound that is outstanding. It captures the live vibe by still sounding clear, powerful and nuanced.
The band was also followed on this tour by a film crew and the result can be seen on the bonus DVD. It contains the entire documentary done at that time. 
Even if you call the album already your own there is enough new stuff coming with this anniversary edition, that justifies buying this version.
The World Wide Live is the third most successful live album in America after Peter Frampton's Comes Alive and the Eagles Live by Eagles.



Tracklist
CD-1 Countdown 0:41
CD-2 Coming Home 3:17
CD-3 Blackout 4:04
CD-4 Bad Boys Running Wild 3:53
CD-5 Loving You Sunday Morning 4:42
CD-6 Make It Real 3:49
CD-7 Big City Nights 4:59
CD-8 Coast To Coast 5:13
CD-9 Holiday 3:23
CD-10 Still Loving You 5:50
CD-11 Rock You Like A Hurricane 4:04
CD-12 Can't Live Without You 5:33
CD-13 Another Piece Of Meat 3:47
CD-14 Dynamite 7:14
CD-15 The Zoo 5:56
CD-16 The One Like You 4:09
CD-17 Can't Get Enough, Pt. 1 2:17
CD-18 Six String Sting 4:16
CD-19 Can't Get Enough, Pt. 2 1:55
"World Wide Live"
DVD-1 Coming Home
DVD-2 Blackout
DVD-3 Big City Nights
DVD-4 Loving You Sunday Morning
DVD-5 No One Like You
DVD-6 Holiday
DVD-7 Bad Boy Running Wild
DVD-8 Still Loving You
DVD-9 Rock You Like A Hurricane
DVD-10 Dynamite
DVD-11 I'm Leaving You
Documentary
DVD-12 The Story Of "World Wide Live" (Interview With Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker, Matthias Jabs And Herman Rarebell)


BLU-SPEC CD 2 (Progression Of The BlU-SPEC CD format 2012)
THE BLU-SPEC CD 2 FORMAT TAKES BLU-RAY DISC TECHNOLOGY TO CREATE CD's
PHASE TRANSITION MASTERING  (The Technology Developed for Mastering of Blu-ray Discs)
BLUE LASER DIODE CUTTING
Uses a different polycarbonate plastic (Material used for BLU-RAY DISC)

Also a copy BRAND NEW / SEALED:

Also a copy signed by line-up '85:

Tracklist:
LP1: 1. Countdown 2. Coming Home 3. Blackout 4. Bad Boys Running Wild 5. Loving You Sunday Morning 6.Make It Real 7. Big City Nights 8. Coast To Coast 9. Holiday 10. Still Loving You
LP2: 1. Rock You Like A Hurricane 2. Can't Live Without You 3. Another Piece Of Meat 4.Dynamite 5. The Zoo 6. No One Like You 7. Can't Get Enough (Part 1) 8. Six String Sting 9. Can't Get Enough (Part 2)
CD: 1. Countdown 2. Coming Home 3. Blackout 4. Bad Boys Running Wild 5. Loving You Sunday Morning 6. Make It Real 7. Big City Nights 8. Coast To Coast 9. Holiday 10. Still Loving You 11. Rock You Like A Hurricane 12. Can't Live Without You 13. Another Piece Of Meat 14. Dynamite 15. The Zoo 16. No One Like You 17. Can't Get Enough (Part 1) 18. Six String Sting 19. Can't Get Enough (Part 2)


....TO BE CONTINUED










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