Scorpions, formed in Germany in 1969 by Rudolf Schenker, was one of the
most successful heavy-metal bands of all times.
Lonesome Crow (1972) introduced the eccentric vocals of
Klaus Meine and the powerful, no-frills guitar playing of Michael Schenker,
but the sound was still anchored to the German progressive and psychedelic
sound of the time.
After replacing Schenker with Uli Jon Roth, the Scorpions proceeded to record
Fly to The Rainbow (1974), with Speedy's Coming,
In Trance (1975),
Virgin Killer (1976), with Catch Your Train,
Taken by Force (1977) and the double live album
Tokyo Tapes (1978),
which established them as the reigning heavy-metal band in Europe.
In 1978 Roth left Scorpions and was replaced by Matthias Jabs, and
Lovedrive (1979) seemed to benefit from the change.
Their pop-metal hybrid matured with
Animal Magnetism (1980), containing
Another Piece Of Meat,
Blackout (1982), containing No One Like You and
Love at First Sting (1984), featuring their masterpiece
Rock You Like a Hurricane plus
Bad Boys Running Wild and the archetypical ballad Still Loving You,
Savage Amusement (1988), featuring the power-ballad
Rhythm of Love and Believe In Love.
Crazy World (1990) was the crowning achievements of the band's style,
thanks to Send Me an Angel, Wind of Change (the power-ballad that
became the anthem of the fall of communism and one of the most famous
power-ballads of all times) and
Tease Me Please Me.
The band rested during the 1990s, releasing only
Face the Heat (1993) and Pure Instinct (1996), which are vastly
inferior to their previous output. Eye To Eye (1999) and
Moment of Glory (2000) marked a return to a more prolific pace.
Scorpions' guitarist Uli Jon Roth later played on albums by
Beyond the Astral Skies)
(Sky of Avalon - Prologue to the Symphonic Legends,
Transcendental Sky Guitar,
Metamorphosis of Vivaldi's Four Seasons).
(Translation by/ Tradotto da Davide Ricciardiello) |
Gli Scorpions,formati in Germania nel 1969 da Rudolf Schenker,furono una delle band Heavy metal più
famose di tutti i tempi.
Lonesome Crow (1972) introdusse il canto eccentrico di Klaus Meine e lo stile chitarristico potente e
senza fronzoli di Michael Shenker.Dopo aver sostituito Schenker con Uli John Roth,gli Scorpions
registrarono Fly To The Rainbow (1974) ,con Speedy's coming, In Trance (1975),Virgin
Killer(1976)con Catch your train ,Taken By Force (1977),e il doppio live Tokyo Tapes (1978),che li
consacrò come la band Heavy Metal regnante in Europa.
Nel 1978 Roth lasciò gli Scorpions e fu sostituito da Matthias Jabs,e Lovedrive (1979) sembrò
beneficiare di tale cambiamento.
Il loro Pop-metal maturò con Animal Magnetism (1980),contenente Another piece of meat,Blackout
(1982), contenente No one like you
,Love at First Sting (1984),contenente il loro capolavoro
Rock you like a hurricane più Bad boys running wild e l ' archetipo di ballata Still Loving You, Savage
Amusement (1988), contenente la power-ballad Rhythm of love e Believe in love.Crazy World (1990) fu l'
apice dello stile della band , grazie a Send me an angel ,Wind of changes e Tease me please me.
La band riposò negli anni '90 ,rilasciando solo Face the Heat (1993) e Pure Instinct (1996),che sono
molto inferiori ai precedenti lavori.Eye to Eye (1999)e Moment of Glory(2000) segnano un ritorno verso
una strada più prolifica.