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Scorpions, The - 1988 Savage Amusement



ARTIST: Scorpions, The
ALBUM: Savage Amusement
LABEL: EMI
SERIAL: 064-74-6704-1
YEAR: 1988

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Klaus Meine - vocals * Matthias Jabs - lead guitar * Rudolf Schenker - rhythm guitar * Francis Buchholz - bass * Herman Rarebell - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Don't Stop At The Top * 02 Rhythm Of Love * 03 Passion Rules The Game * 04 Media Overkill * 05 Walking On The Edge * 06 We Let It Rock - You Let It Roll * 07 Every Minute Every Day Love * 08 Love On The Run * 09 Believe In Love

WEBLINKS: www.the-scorpions.com


Background
It was a long extended break for German mainstays The Scorpions during the mid 80's. After the successful 'Love At First Sting' album and worldwide tours that followed, one could forgive the band for taking time out. It wasn't until 1988 that the band reappeared with 'Savage Amusement', an album which went Top 5 in the USA charts, but musically wasn't a patch on the two previous studio albums.. 'Blackout' and the aforementioned 'Love At First Sting'. What is noticeable with 'Savage Amusement' how commercial it is. Americanized, with a hint of Dokken, but with enough appeal to land a few songs into the minds and walkman's of late 80's youth. It seems also that the success of ballads such as 'Still Loving You' may have been responsible for the commercial direction, though longtime producer Dieter Dierks knew enough to keep the band relevant to their wide and varied fan-base.


The Songs
The best remembered song from the album was 'Rhythm Of Love', even if the video for this was kind of sci-fi/spacey and weird on one part, with gorgeous chicks covorting all over the place - on the other part! Though it was a power ballad, it's not truly representative of the album's style. There are enough rockers here to keep everyone on red-alert. The melodic guitar lines that precede 'Don't Stop At The Top' will be enjoyable to fans of American rockers Dokken and their ilk. As would 'Media Overkill' have an appeal for Bon Jovi fans with it's voice-box interludes amid some 'savage' guitar work from Jabs and Schenker. There are a couple of slower more restrained moments. 'Walking On The Edge' and 'Passion Rules The Game' but when the boys from Hanover put the pedal to the metal, they can produce moments of manic Teutonic brilliance as displayed on 'We Let It Rock - You Let It Roll' and the OTT 'Love On The Run'. The closing ballad 'Believe In Love' is one of the better slower moments during the 80's era. The band released some tremendous power ballads during the Uli Roth era, but this one is kinda nice, I much prefer it to 'Still Loving You' if that's anything to go by.


In Summary
I quite liked the variety presented on this album. It should please all of the older fans plus the hair-metal brigade of the 80's era. Of course the band would keep up appearances for 1990's 'Crazy World', which contained the massive worldwide hit 'Winds Of Change' which was used as the catalyst for the breaking down of the Berlin Wall - a symbolic moment indeed for the German people of all ages.. The band continue to rock on successfully, as evidenced by the superb 2007 album 'Humanity Hour I' album.


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#1 | george_the_jack on June 28 2009 07:24:12
A great album and a must have! All the tracks are winners. In fact, this is their last classy release.After SA the countdown for the Scorpions' rundown had already begun...
 
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