Best of Scorpions

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"A solid overview of their early material before they broke the mainstream."

Best of Scorpions is a compilation album that contains the best tracks of the band's 1970s material. A sound collection of songs from their albums between Fly To The Rainbow and Taken by Force.

What you hear on Best of Scorpions is a band polishing their sound. The songs are rawer and heavier overall with a large emphasis on Uli John Roth's Hendrix-like lead work. Roth's "Hell Cat" sounds like one of the heavier tunes off of Electric Ladyland. Klaus Meine's lead vocals were very powerful and Rudolf Schenker's gift of writing memorable melodic riffs show their fruition here. Roth left the Scorpions in 1979 which is where this compilation ends.

Every track is very solid... "Pictured Life," "Backstage Queen" and "Steamrock Fever" are excellent arena anthems. "Virgin Killer" and "Dark Lady" are furious rockers featuring menacing riffs and Roth's wild lead work. "Robot Man" and "Speedy's Coming" have great riffs. There’s the humorous "He's A Woman, She's A Man" and "In Trance" is an excellent power ballad and one of the band's defining tracks. Finally, the brilliant "The Sails of Charon" which is widely considered one of the great early epics of heavy metal history.

This Audio Fidelity edition features the original LP cover art. The image of a scorpion stinging a naked girl's hip has not been available in the US since the 1979 vinyl jacket was changed in 1984.


Scorpions are a German rock band formed in 1965 in Hanover by Rudolf Schenker.[2] Since the band’s inception, its musical style has ranged from hard rock[3][4] to heavy metal.[5][6] The lineup from 1978–92 was the most successful incarnation of the group, and included singer Klaus Meine (vocals), Rudolf Schenker (rhythm guitar), Matthias Jabs (lead guitar), Francis Buchholz (bass guitar), and Herman Rarebell (drums). The band’s only constant member has been Schenker, although Meine has been the lead singer for all of the band’s studio albums, and Jabs has been a consistent member since 1979. [7]

Rudolf Schenker Klaus Meine Matthias Jabs Paweł Mąciwoda Mikkey Dee 

James Kottak Herman Rarebell Francis Buchholz Uli Jon Roth Michael Schenker Ralph Rieckermann Rudy Lenners Jürgen Rosenthal Wolfgang Dziony Lothar Heimberg Karl-Heinz Vollmer Joe Wyman Ken Taylor Curt Cress Barry Sparks Ingo Powitzer 


Steamrock Fever
Pictured Life
Robot Man
Backstage Queen
Speedy’s Coming
Hell Cat
He’s a Woman, She’s a Man Taken
In Trance
Dark Lady
The Sails of Charon
Virgin Killer
Produced by Dieter Dierks

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