Scorpions Playlist – 9/16/07

Posted: September 16, 2007 in Now Playing
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With the release of HUMANITY HOUR 1 (2007) in North America a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been on a major Scorpions binge. I don’t have every single Scorpions album but I have most. Here’s the albums I’ve been spinning:

  • Tokyo Tapes (1978) - One of the best live albums that no one ever mentions. If you want to hear early Scorpions, this is the album to put on.
  • Blackout (1982) – My first introduction to the band with the early MTV video for ‘No One Like You’ but my favorite here is ‘Can’t Live Without You’.
  • Savage Amusement (1988) – This is the “lost” Scorpions album. It’s sandwiched between the two blockbusters LOVE AT FIRST STING (1984) and CRAZY WORLD (1990). No one ever talks about this record.
  • Crazy World (1990) – There is more to this album than ‘Wind Of Change’. The better ballad is ‘Send Me An Angel’ and there are some underrated rockers.
  • Eye II Eye (1999) – The most controversial album by the band due to the change in sound and image. The songs were better live and the album is a grower.
  • Humanity Hour 1 (2007) – This is a Top 10 of 2007 selection, a solid album that I am really enjoying.
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  1. Metal Mark says:

    The Tokyo Tapes used to always get mentions when guitar mags did lists of the top live albums. I always thought that Savage Amusement was merely good and kinf of ended a great run that stretched from about 77-84.

  2. Mike says:

    I actually like Savage Amusement. I have an original copy on tape.

  3. I have a copy of Savage Amusement as well. I had it on cassette, and replaced it on CD. It is a good disc.

    Have you checked out Unbreakable? If you like Humanity Hour 1, you are going to like that one too!

  4. rockofages says:

    Tokyo Tapes should read “One of the best live albums full stop”

    Savage Amusement was actually the first Scorpions vinyl I went for when I started buying LPs up again. A decent album I reckon and one I’d reach for before Crazy World anyday. I originally bought it on release in ’88 as well…

  5. Metal Mark – Tokyo Tapes gets the mention in guiatr mags because Uli Jon Roth is a maestro, a superb player. Upon further listens, Savage Amusement falls a bit short like you said, “ending a great run”. What I find interesting is that this album didn’t do as well as LOVE AT FIRST STING and then CRAZY WORLD blew up. Usually when a band starts a slide, they keep going.

    Mike – I like Savage Amusement too, I just think it gets lost in the shuffle.

    Rob – I bought Unbreakable the day it came out, actually I pre-ordered it. I was going to review that album this week but I figured that EYE II EYE deserved a new look.

    Rockofages – I don’t reach for Crazy World much either. I think Savage Amusement is a better album but Crazy World got the benefit of hype.

  6. Rene says:

    Love SAVAGE AMUSAMENT very much. EYE II EYE is a album i prefer not to talk about. I like CRAZY WORLD and the rest too. HAIL STEVE.

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