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PostSubject: Re: Scorpions Discography   Tue Mar 08, 2011 8:10 pm

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If you don't mind me back tracking a little, I picked up a used copy of the Scorps' TAKEN BY FORCE (remastered, +1 live bonus track), inspired by this thread!

The one I have has a bonus track and a live bonus track:

Suspender Love being the studio track and Polar Nights (Tokoyo Tapes) being the live bonus track.

Nice pickup!

How many times have you played Sails of Charon?

Man, that song is unbelievably kickass!
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PostSubject: Re: Scorpions Discography   Tue Mar 08, 2011 9:41 pm

metalinmyveins wrote:
Fat Freddy wrote:
If you don't mind me back tracking a little, I picked up a used copy of the Scorps' TAKEN BY FORCE (remastered, +1 live bonus track), inspired by this thread!

The one I have has a bonus track and a live bonus track:

Suspender Love being the studio track and Polar Nights (Tokoyo Tapes) being the live bonus track.

Nice pickup!

How many times have you played Sails of Charon?

Man, that song is unbelievably kickass!

Haven't listened to it all the way thru yet so I haven't even gotten to that one. But "We'll Burn The Sky" freakin rules. headbanger

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PostSubject: Re: Scorpions Discography   Tue Mar 08, 2011 9:48 pm

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metalinmyveins wrote:
Fat Freddy wrote:
If you don't mind me back tracking a little, I picked up a used copy of the Scorps' TAKEN BY FORCE (remastered, +1 live bonus track), inspired by this thread!

The one I have has a bonus track and a live bonus track:

Suspender Love being the studio track and Polar Nights (Tokoyo Tapes) being the live bonus track.

Nice pickup!

How many times have you played Sails of Charon?

Man, that song is unbelievably kickass!

Haven't listened to it all the way thru yet so I haven't even gotten to that one. But "We'll Burn The Sky" freakin rules. headbanger

That would be my favorite second favorite song on the album, then:

3. Steamrock Fever
4. He's A Woman, She's A Man
5. I've Got to Be Free
6. The Riot of Your Time

then a little bit of separation with the other two tunes Your Light and Born to Touch Your Feelings.

Great album!
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PostSubject: Re: Scorpions Discography   Tue Mar 08, 2011 11:09 pm

Fat Freddy wrote:
metalinmyveins wrote:
Fat Freddy wrote:
If you don't mind me back tracking a little, I picked up a used copy of the Scorps' TAKEN BY FORCE (remastered, +1 live bonus track), inspired by this thread!

The one I have has a bonus track and a live bonus track:

Suspender Love being the studio track and Polar Nights (Tokoyo Tapes) being the live bonus track.

Nice pickup!

How many times have you played Sails of Charon?

Man, that song is unbelievably kickass!

Haven't listened to it all the way thru yet so I haven't even gotten to that one. But "We'll Burn The Sky" freakin rules. headbanger

Awesome!!!!! That track does rule!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Scorpions Discography   Wed Mar 09, 2011 1:24 pm


Scorpions - Unbreakable
Released June 22, 2004

Track List:
1. "New Generation" (5:51)
2. "Love 'Em Or Leave 'Em" (4:03)
3. "Deep And Dark" (3:37)
4. "Borderline" (4:53)
5. "Blood Too Hot" (4:15)
6. "Maybe I Maybe You" (3:30)
7. "Someday Is Now" (3:23)
8. "My City My Town" (4:55)
9. "Through My Eyes" (5:23)
10. "Can You Feel It" (3:47)
11. "This Time" (3:34)
12. "She Said" (4:32)
13. "Remember The Good Times" (4:24)

After releasing not so great albums for a while, the Scorpions return with Unbreakable which was hailed by critics as a return to form. Klaus and Rudolph finally realized that the experimentation of 'Eye 2 Eye" failed, the Goo Goo Dolls like 'Pure Instinct' failed, the unplugged and symphony experiments failed and decided to write a typical Scorpions album. This time they did it with no outside songwriters. And it seemed to work - sort of. The album opens with the hard rockin' track "New generation" which seems to give props to the direction they had taken in the past but sounds, well, better. The second track sounds like it could have been on 'Crazy World", the track "Love 'Em Or Leave 'Em":

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The track "Blood Too Hot" brings back a bit of the 'Blackout' days. 'Someday Is Now' is a great song that is as catchy as an STD (stealing that line from Manny).

Overall, this is a good album and the best thing Scorpions have done since 'Crazy World'. While the album isn't as good as 'Crazy World', it's still one worth picking up.
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PostSubject: Re: Scorpions Discography   Wed Mar 09, 2011 1:47 pm

I like the album, like jokerman said not a great album but a good album with Scorpions playing it safe and doing what is excepted of Scorpions music.
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PostSubject: Re: Scorpions Discography   Wed Mar 09, 2011 1:51 pm

I picked this one up and enjoy it. It is a good album.
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PostSubject: Re: Scorpions Discography   Thu Mar 10, 2011 9:41 am

UNBREAKABLE was the first Scorpions album I bothered to pick up as a new release in quite a few years. (the last one being PURE INSTINCT)... when it first came out it started racking up so many great reviews in magazines/web sites that I decided to give it a shot. As luck would have it, it turned up in my BMG Music catalog shortly after that and I happened to have a coupon from them burning a hole in my pocket which would get me any CD for $5.99, so I risked it. Boy, was I glad I did. UNBREAKABLE was a definite step up from the past few releases and reminded me a lot of the CRAZY WORLD era (which is one of my fave Scorps albums). I especially dig "Can You Feel It," "Blood Too Hot" and "Deep and Dark."

If this album had come out in, say, 1992 or so I probably would've went "Ehhh, rehash, whatever," (y'know, kinda like I did with FACE THE HEAT) but in 2004 enough time had passed that I realized I must've missed that good old fashioned Arena Rock/Metal sound more than I'd thought. It's a great CD that still gets fairly regular spins from me.

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PostSubject: Re: Scorpions Discography   Thu Mar 10, 2011 12:03 pm


Scorpions - Humanity:Hour I
Released May 14, 2007 in Europe, August 28, 2007 in US/Canada

Track List:
"Hour I" - 3:26 (Rudolf Schenker/James Michael/Desmond Child/John. 5)
"The Game of Life" - 4:04 (Klaus Meine/Child/Mikael Nord Andersson/Martin Hansen)
"We Were Born to Fly" - 3:59 (Matthias Jabs/Eric Bazilian/Marti Frederiksen)
"The Future Never Dies" - 4:03 (Meine/Child/Bazilian/Jason Paige/Russ Irwin)
"You're Lovin' Me to Death" - 3:15 (Schenker/Child/Andreas Carlsson/Bazilian)
"321" - 3:53 (Schenker/Child/Frederiksen/Paige)
"Love Will Keep Us Alive" - 4:32 (Meine/Child/Bazilian/Frederiksen)
"We Will Rise Again" - 3:49 (Jabs/Michael/Paige/Child)
"Your Last Song" - 3:44 (Schenker/Child/Bazilian)
"Love Is War" - 4:20 (Jabs/Michael/Child/Frederiksen)
"The Cross" - 4:28 (Jabs/Michael/Child/Frederiksen)
"Humanity" - 5:26 (Meine/Child/Bazilian)

After getting back to their arena rock sound on 'Unbreakable', the Scorpions headed to LA to record their next album. Once again the outside songwriters where called in. The first time they did this was on 'Crazy World' and I said in my review of that one 'At least they didn't called Desmond Child.' Well, on this one not only did they call Desmond Child to write with the band but they also hired him (and James Michael) to produce the album. Other 'hit makers' where called in to write the album as well - just look at the song writing credits listed above. The album was first release to Europe before being released in the US and our neighbors to the north. A video for the track 'Humanity' was released:

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When you look at the album on paper before listening to it (the writing and production credits) it would appear that Scorpions put out another crappy album to go with 'Eye II Eye'. But, when you actually listen to the album, it is not a stinker but a good album. It sounds different than than the Arena Rock/Metal of 'Unbreakable' but is surprising a good listen! It's not a classic on the scale of 'Lovedrive' or 'Taken By Force' but it still worth picking up.

The album sounds like Klaus, Rudolph and Mathias came up with some cool riffs and the outside song writers formed around it. The vocal melodies sound like someone helped Klaus write them and the English on the lyrics seem smoother than Klaus' usual lyrics which leads me to believe Desmond Child et all wrote the lyrics from Klaus' ideas.

The album is a concept album, I don't get the story or concept. I am hoping someone else does and can enlighten me. The album wasn't a huge hit but it helped re-build the Scorpions' brand, charting better than the band had in many years in most countries. According to Wikipedia, 'Hour I' is used as the intro for the Minnesota Wild.

Overall, this would be a decent Scorps album to add to your collection.
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PostSubject: Re: Scorpions Discography   Thu Mar 10, 2011 12:05 pm

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If this album had come out in, say, 1992 or so I probably would've went "Ehhh, rehash, whatever," (y'know, kinda like I did with FACE THE HEAT) but in 2004 enough time had passed that I realized I must've missed that good old fashioned Arena Rock/Metal sound more than I'd thought. It's a great CD that still gets fairly regular spins from me.

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Exactly this. After the drivel they'd put out recently this seemed awesome. Now, it's a good listen.
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PostSubject: Re: Scorpions Discography   Thu Mar 10, 2011 12:31 pm

I avoided Unbreakable beacuse of the Scoprs recent track record and figured the worst. But after reading about it on this forum I decided to give it a try and was able to find a good used copy. I'm glad I did because it's a really good release. Fave track is Can You Feel It.


I haven't heard anything off Humanity Hour I except for the tune Humanity,which I like. I might try and find this one of these days.
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PostSubject: Re: Scorpions Discography   Thu Mar 10, 2011 12:59 pm

I avoided 'Humanity 1' when I heard Desmond Child was involved, he was responsible for what IMO is Alice Cooper's worst album 'Trash', where Alice sounded like he was fronting Bon Jovi, and I did not want to hear another Desmond Child album disguised as a Scorpions release, after reading this review I may have to reconsider and check it out.
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PostSubject: Re: Scorpions Discography   Thu Mar 10, 2011 1:04 pm

I listened to all of the tracks on Youtube of Humanity Hour 1, and I was not very impressed. I think I remembered liking maybe four of the tracks. I thought it was average at best.
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PostSubject: Re: Scorpions Discography   Thu Mar 10, 2011 1:11 pm

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I avoided 'Humanity 1' when I heard Desmond Child was involved, he was responsible for what IMO is Alice Cooper's worst album 'Trash', where Alice sounded like he was fronting Bon Jovi, and I did not want to hear another Desmond Child album disguised as a Scorpions release, after reading this review I may have to reconsider and check it out.

It's a better album than you would think - worth checking out!
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PostSubject: Re: Scorpions Discography   Thu Mar 10, 2011 1:23 pm

I have to admit that at first, the advance word on HUMANITY: HOUR I made it sound like it was gonna be a train wreck. I mean, on paper this combo just shouldn't work. The Scorpions taking on a science-fiction conceptual work (about a war between Robots and humans, no less - Styx's "KILROY WAS HERE" anyone?) created by wimp-rock mastermind Desmond Child, with songwriting assistance by Marilyn Manson's John 5? A guest appearance by Billy Freakin' Corgan of the hated Smashing Pumpkins (!) on one track? Double-You-Tee-Eff??

Funny thing though -- HUMANITY HOUR I works. Gloriously. Once I started reading rave reviews (on this forum and others I frequent, from people whose opinions I respect) I kinda went "Hmmm." The problem was, the album was only available in Europe at the time. So I did something I hardly ever do - downloaded the album from a Blogspot, just to give it a listen and satisfy my curiosity. I was knocked out by what I heard, and of course when the CD got its belated US release a few months later I jumped on it as fast as I could. HUMANITY doesn't sound like a "typical" Scorpions release at all, but it does have a cool, cinematic quality (i.e. it sounds like the soundtrack to a non-existent movie) to it that just jumped out and grabbed me from the first listen.

Maybe it's cuz I'm a sucker for (most) concept albums/rock operas (whatever you wanna call 'em), but HUMANITY just drew me in. It was my favorite album of 2007 and one of the few CDs of recent years where I bothered to sit down and learn all the lyrics to each and every track. The title song is my favorite; it's a great ending to the record and it almost brings a tear to my eye every time.

On a personal note, whenever I listen to this CD it brings back memories of the week my youngest son was born. For a couple of days after the birth (while Wife and Baby were still in the hospital), I spent my evenings after putting my oldest son to bed by sitting at the computer, enjoying the silence (which would, of course, soon be shattered by the newborn's arrival) and some adult beverages, listening to HUMANITY HOUR I over and over again.

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PostSubject: Re: Scorpions Discography   Thu Mar 10, 2011 2:13 pm

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I have to admit that at first, the advance word on HUMANITY: HOUR I made it sound like it was gonna be a train wreck. I mean, on paper this combo just shouldn't work. The Scorpions taking on a science-fiction conceptual work (about a war between Robots and humans, no less - Styx's "KILROY WAS HERE" anyone?) created by wimp-rock mastermind Desmond Child, with songwriting assistance by Marilyn Manson's John 5? A guest appearance by Billy Freakin' Corgan of the hated Smashing Pumpkins (!) on one track? Double-You-Tee-Eff??

Funny thing though -- HUMANITY HOUR I works. Gloriously. Once I started reading rave reviews (on this forum and others I frequent, from people whose opinions I respect) I kinda went "Hmmm." The problem was, the album was only available in Europe at the time. So I did something I hardly ever do - downloaded the album from a Blogspot, just to give it a listen and satisfy my curiosity. I was knocked out by what I heard, and of course when the CD got its belated US release a few months later I jumped on it as fast as I could. HUMANITY doesn't sound like a "typical" Scorpions release at all, but it does have a cool, cinematic quality (i.e. it sounds like the soundtrack to a non-existent movie) to it that just jumped out and grabbed me from the first listen.

Maybe it's cuz I'm a sucker for (most) concept albums/rock operas (whatever you wanna call 'em), but HUMANITY just drew me in. It was my favorite album of 2007 and one of the few CDs of recent years where I bothered to sit down and learn all the lyrics to each and every track. The title song is my favorite; it's a great ending to the record and it almost brings a tear to my eye every time.

On a personal note, whenever I listen to this CD it brings back memories of the week my youngest son was born. For a couple of days after the birth (while Wife and Baby were still in the hospital), I spent my evenings after putting my oldest son to bed by sitting at the computer, enjoying the silence (which would, of course, soon be shattered by the newborn's arrival) and some adult beverages, listening to HUMANITY HOUR I over and over again.

Great story Keith!!!!!! I avoided this one for a while too and was impressed when I heard it.

Also, forgot to mention that this is the first album since 'Fly To The Rainbow' that didn't feature the Scorpions familiar logo. Instead, uses a different font. However, the old Scorps logo is shown as a tattoo on robot girl's neck
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PostSubject: Re: Scorpions Discography   Thu Mar 10, 2011 3:23 pm

Fat Freddy wrote:
Maybe it's cuz I'm a sucker for (most) concept albums/rock operas (whatever you wanna call 'em), but HUMANITY just drew me in. It was my favorite album of 2007 and one of the few CDs of recent years where I bothered to sit down and learn all the lyrics to each and every track. The title song is my favorite; it's a great ending to the record and it almost brings a tear to my eye every time.

On a personal note, whenever I listen to this CD it brings back memories of the week my youngest son was born. For a couple of days after the birth (while Wife and Baby were still in the hospital), I spent my evenings after putting my oldest son to bed by sitting at the computer, enjoying the silence (which would, of course, soon be shattered by the newborn's arrival) and some adult beverages, listening to HUMANITY HOUR I over and over again.

Hence, the "Nostalgia factor". One man's antipathy towards an album, is another's admiration...It's the great thing about music, especially when it can jettison one back to a period where such memories are revered. I concur, cool story Keith...
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PostSubject: Re: Scorpions Discography   Mon Mar 14, 2011 4:12 pm


Scorpions - Live At Wacken Open Air 2006
Released Feb 12, 2008

Track List:

Coming Home
Bad Boys Running Wild
The Zoo
Loving You Sunday Morning
Make It Real
Pictured Life
Speedy's Coming
We'll Burn The Sky
Love 'em or Leave 'em
Don't Believe Her
Tease Me Please Me
Coast To Coast
Holiday
Lovedrive
Another Piece Of Meat
Kottak Attack
Blackout
No One Like You
Six String Sting
Big City Nights
Can't Get Enough
Still Loving You
In Trance
Bolero
Ready To Sting (Appearance of the Scorpion)
Rock You Like A Hurricane

In 2006, Scorpions held a 'Family Reunion' at Wacken bringing back former members to perform during the show. Scorpions had Uli Jon Roth join them on stage previously and it worked out well, so they decided to make it a big deal, invite some other former members and shoot the show. Uli Jon Roth once again joined Scorpions on stage to crank out some of the 70's hits and to show why he still is awesome:

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The above track was dedicated to the late Monika Dannemann who wrote the lyrics to the song. She was also last girlfriend of Jimi Hendrix before he died. They lyrics seem pretty clear that they about her feelings about Jimi's death. She was also romantically involved with Uli who's solo to this track is Hendrix inspired. Rumor has it that Uli has Hendrix's Black Beauty (Jimi's famous black Strat). Uli also preformed 'Speedy's Coming' and 'Pictured Life'.

Short time member Michael Schenker was also invited and plays on Coast To Coast, Holiday, Lovedrive and Another Piece Of Meat and does an awesome job on the tunes!!! Longtime drummer Herman Rarebell also shows up on 'Blackout' and 'No One Like You'.

The only former member not invited was Francis Buchholz, who had a falling out with Klaus and Rudolph when he left the band and wasn't invited. The former members plus Michael Schenker's son, Tyson Schenker, come out for a performance of 'Bolero':

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This is a great DVD and includes all the hits and fortunately leaves off all trace of 'Face The Heat' through 'Eye II Eye'. Just look at that track list!!!! I didn't even know about this DVD until I started this thread. I quickly ordered it from Amazon and it was an EXCELLENT purchase!!! Klaus may not be able to sing as high as he used to, but he still sounds GREAT!!!!! The only thing that was 'cheesy' was the appearance of the Scorpion - but I imagine that is because you can see how it was built, warts and all, on a home TV. I imagine it must have looked really cool at the show.

This is a must have for your Scorpions collection.
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PostSubject: Re: Scorpions Discography   Mon Mar 14, 2011 4:22 pm

For the Uli and M. Schenker factor....gonna check this out...thanks

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PostSubject: Re: Scorpions Discography   Mon Mar 14, 2011 4:27 pm

I need to check this DVD out also, so much music so little money!
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PostSubject: Re: Scorpions Discography   Mon Mar 14, 2011 4:28 pm

James B. wrote:
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That's what I'm thinking!
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PostSubject: Re: Scorpions Discography   Mon Mar 14, 2011 4:44 pm

James B. wrote:
For the Uli and M. Schenker factor....gonna check this out...thanks

I was oblivious

I was too until recently!!!!! The DVD smokes!!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Scorpions Discography   Mon Mar 14, 2011 4:47 pm

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I didn't even know about this DVD until I started this thread.

Shame on you! This DVD was Eddie, Jim and Don's "Pick of the Week" on "That Metal Show" a LONG time ago!! See what happens when you ignore Eddie Trunk's wisdom? Laughing very hard

But seriously folks... never seen the DVD but it certainly sounds sweet.

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PostSubject: Re: Scorpions Discography   Thu Mar 17, 2011 11:35 am


Scorpions - Sting In The Tail
Released March 14, 2010

Track List:
"Raised on Rock" - 3:57 (Music: Andersson, Hansen / Lyrics: Hansen, Meine)
"Sting in the Tail" - 3:12 (Meine, Schenker / Meine)
"Slave Me" - 2:44 (Schenker / Meine, Jabs, Bazilian)
"The Good Die Young" (feat. Tarja Turunen) - 5:14 (Schenker, Kolonovits / Meine)
"No Limit" - 3:24 (Meine, Schenker, Bazilian / Meine, Schenker, Bazilian)
"Rock Zone" - 3:17 (Meine, Andersson, Hansen / Meine)
"Lorelei" - 4:31 (Schenker, Thomander, Wikström / Meine, Bazilian, Thomander, Wikström)
"Turn You On" - 4:25 (Schenker, Andersson, Hansen / Meine)
"Let's Rock" - 3:22 (Schenker, Meine, Bazilian / Meine, Bazilian)
"SLY" - 5:15 (Meine, Schenker / Meine)
"Spirit of Rock" - 3:43 (Schenker, Bazilian / Meine, Schenker, Bazilian)
"The Best Is Yet to Come" - 4:34 (Music: Bazilian, Thomander, Wikström / Lyrics: Schenker, Bazilian, Thomander, Wikström)

In early 2010, Scorpions announced they would be retiring after the release and 2 year world tour to support their new album 'Sting In The Tail'. The album was also advertised as a return to 80's style Scorpions with a modern twist. And for once, they actually delivered!!!! This album rocks!!!!! The band decided they wanted to go out on top. Once again, they brought in outside songwriters to help with the lyrics and music. It sounds like the outside songwriters where there to "modernize" the sounds and help with Klaus' command of the English language. The first track, 'Raised On Rock' just screams "Scorpions Are back!!!!":

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The rest of the album gust nails it - ever track is excellent!!!! This is the absolute best studio album they have done since at least 'Crazy World' and quite possible 'Love At First Sting'. And, for once the ballads are back to what the Scorpion shave done better than most, which is write AWESOME ballads. Lorelei is the best ballad they have written in a LONG time.... I guess the outside songwriters helped this time.

It took me a little time to get used to the production on the album, as it has that modern commercial/radio friendly production to it. Personally, I would like to have heard it recorded differently like the classic 80's albums, but it is 2011 and the Scorpions wanted a hit album..... which they got. This is there best selling album since the glory days and the highest charting US release since 'Crazy World'.

This is a must have for any Scorpions fan.
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PostSubject: Re: Scorpions Discography   Thu Mar 17, 2011 12:29 pm

This is really the end? If it is, they will go out with an album that is an instant classic, I was stunned how good this was and it's holding up well. Not sure if they were just relaxed or what but it's nice to see them hit like this.
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