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Scorpions, The - 2014 MTV Unplugged In Athens

ARTIST: Scorpions, The
ALBUM: MTV Unplugged In Athens
LABEL: Sony International
SERIAL: 88691 91860 2
YEAR: 2014


LINEUP: Klaus Meine - vocals * Rudolf Schenker - guitar * Matthias Jabs - guitar * Pawel Maciwoda - bass * James Kottak - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Sting In The Tail * 02 Can't Live Without You * 03 Pictured Life * 04 Speedy's Coming * 05 Born To Touch Your Feelings * 06 The Best Is Yet To Come * 07 Dancing With The Moonlight * 08 In Trance * 09 When You Came Into My Life * 10 Delicate Dance (Matthias Solo) * 11 Love Is The Answer (Rudolf Solo) * 12 Follow Your Heart (Klaus Solo) * 13 Send Me An Angel * 14 Where The River Flows * 15 Passion Rules The Game * 16 Rock You Like A Hurricane * 17 Hit Between The Eyes * 18 Rock'n'Roll Band * 19 Blackout * 20 Still Loving You * 21 Big City Nights * 22 Wind Of Change * 23 No One Like You * 24 When The Smoke Is Going Down


WEBLINKS: www.the-scorpions.com

When I first learned of the existence of this live album I thought it must be an unreleased gig from the 90's. After all wasn't being 'unplugged' all the rage back then? It was common during the early to mid-part of that decade, with countless bands jumping on the bandwagon. Personally the concept leaves me cold, defeating the purpose of being a rock band. What does going acoustic really prove? What's more amazing is that MTV in Greece apparently still shows music. Are they catching up to the rest of the world slowly but surely? All in jest, but this seems like a dated exercise for a band who supposedly was retiring a few years back. Of course that turned out to be false and after a dodgy covers album in 2011 the band has found another stopgap measure to keep things going. This was recorded in September of last year at the Lycabettus Theater in Athens, with the band delivering a set of tried and true classics, with several new songs, which in the acoustic setting don't have much impact. To try and make it special the band invited a host of guests to share the stage with them, most of whom I've never heard of except A-ha vocalist Morten Harket.

The Songs
There's 25 songs to wade through and if you can endure them all then you have more willpower than I do. As stated earlier I truly have no interest in hearing toned down, mellow versions of songs that are intended to be the exact opposite, for example 'Blackout' and 'Can't Live Without You.' For the most part the selections are of the ballad and wimp variety, so there's the predictable choices of 'Still Loving You' and 'Winds Of Change' among numerous others. There's a couple of surprises, including 'Speedy's Coming', 'Pictured Life' and 'In Trance' but that's about it. The five new songs aren't much to write home about, with each member getting one track each, with Schenker taking lead vocals for his inclusion 'Love is the Answer.' The cornball 'Rock and Roll Band' is the best of the new songs, but would be better served electric instead of the weakened state it appears in, as it shows some enthusiasm. Overall the crowd seems delirious with what they're hearing and from seeing live clips from the DVD it appears genuine. Do they know something I don't? Why do I find this so incredibly dull? And what reasoning is there for this excessive double album when they released an unplugged album in 2001 called 'Acoustica'? Still if further versions of 'Rock You Like A Hurricane', 'No One Like You' and 'Big City Nights' excite you no end then this is the album for you.

In Summary
The novelty value of these albums expired back in 1995 and to be honest there was no novelty to start with. With the whole retirement angle now null and void it seems there's nowhere to go for the Scorpions except further into parody and redundancy. After all when was their last real classic? 1984? This is for the most faithful supporter of the band and even they might be hard pressed to sit through the entirety of what feels like a never-ending and tedious show.

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#1 | tompa on January 27 2014 19:15:27
Hate this unplugged-idea, always have. Soft versions of heavy songs.... Haven't heard this album and I don't intend to. Been a long time since I found Scorpions interesting, Blackout was the last album for me. Pictured Life in an acoustic version....just can't believe they would even try it! But I believe every word from the reviewer.
#2 | RobLynott on January 28 2014 15:32:04
Same for me. Saw a few minutes on TV and almost fell asleep. Dear Scorpions, please a) work on the 1980s leftovers for a new HARD ROCK album and Cool work on your DVD/video anthology (70s/80s material). That's what your fans want!
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