The Scorpions have released a promo video for their new album, Comeblack which is one half re-recorded originals, and one half cover songs. This seems like an odd move for the Scorpions with them retiring in the near future. Does Comeblack mean the Scorpions have changed their mind about retiring? Who knows?! Usually, I am not a fan of cover albums, and while this album feels like a cash grab for the Scorps, I like this clip, I will definitely must this on my must own list.
Comeblack was released November 7th, in the UK, and will be released 1/24/11 in the United States.
1. Rhythm Of Love (NEW 2011 version)
2. No One Like You(NEW 2011 version)
3. The Zoo(NEW 2011 version)
4. Rock You Like A Hurricane (NEW 2011 version)
5. Blackout(NEW 2011 version)
6. Wind Of Change(NEW 2011 version)
7. Still Loving You(NEW 2011 version)
8. Tainted Love (Gloria Jones cover made famous by Soft Cell)
9. Children Of The Revolution (T. Rex Cover)
10. Across The Universe (The Beatles Cover)
11. Tin Soldier (Small Faces Cover)
12. All Day And All Of The Night (The Kinks Cover)
13. Ruby Tuesday (The Rolling Stones Cover)
Check out the video below!
I am convinced that in 1998, the Scorpions and producer Peter Wolf were abducted by Aliens and transported to the Planet Suck. From the Planet Suck, the band brought back with them the CD, Eye II Eye. OK, maybe that is not really what happened, and maybe that is a little extreme but I would have never expected a Scorpions CD to be this disappointing. I didn’t pick this up when it was released in 1999, and only found a reasonably priced copy recently. I didn’t read any of the reviews for it, as I knew I would pick it up eventually. Needless to say, I was very let down after hearing Eye II Eye. I totally get it when bands try to do something different, but this disc is just bad. I couldn’t find much music that resembled the band I have loved for many years.
“Mysterious” has a funky rhythm that seems better suited for a pop song. There are parts that resemble the Scorpions of old, but over all it just doesn’t work. I just can’t get into this song. “To Be No. 1” sounds like a regurgitated Prince song. I don’t get why The Scorpions were trying to down the pop road, but I can’t stand this song. (Decide for yourself in the video below.) Luckily, there aren’t too many songs like this, but it doesn’t get much better. “Freshly Squeezed” also falls into this weird pop rock sound.
Eye II Eye is plagued by far too many slow songs. “Obsession”, “10 Light Years Away”, “What You Give You Get Back”, “Skywriter” and “A Moment in a Million Years” if listened in succession might just lull you into a coma. In the Scorpions defense, “What You Give You Get Back”, and “A Moment in a Million Years” aren’t bad songs, but they needed some heavy rockers to break them up.
“Mind Like A Tree” is one of the semi-heavier songs on the album, and I like this one somewhat. “Yellow Butterfly” has some heavy moments and is an ok tune. I have to admit that “Priscilla” is kind of catchy. It is an upbeat rock tune that avoids that pop rock stuff. It is definitely one of the more listenable songs on Eye II Eye. Overall, I am thankful that the Scorpions returned to their classic sound with their follow up effort Unbreakable. Eye II Eye was a complete let down for me. This CD is only for Scorpions die-hards and those looking to complete their collections from the band.
Rating: Out of 10
2. To Be No. 1
4. 10 Light Years Away
5. Mind Like a Tree
6. Eye to Eye
7. What You Give You Get Back
9. Yellow Butterfly
10. Freshly Squeezed
12. Du bist so schmutzig
14. A Moment in a Million Years
The Scorpions are:
Klaus Meine – Lead vocals
Rudolf Schenker – Rhythm guitars, Backing vocals
Matthias Jabs – Lead guitars, Backing vocals
James Kottak – Drums, Percussion, Backing vocals
Ralph Rieckermann – Bass, Backing vocals
2010 marks the end of a long and awesome career for the Scorpions. The band is preparing a multi-year farewell tour, and has returned with the seventeenth and final studio album of their long and storied career. The Scorpions has been saying for months that Sting in The Tail is a return to their classic sound, and I would have to agree. 2010 has been another great year for hard rock, and even with some stout competition Sting in The Tail is going to find its way on a lot of top ten lists at the end of the year.
Klaus Meine sings his ass of on this CD, and still sounds amazing. Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs cut loose often, and dish out some tasty guitar riffs that classic Scorpions fans are sure to love.
If you have listened to Hard Rock Hideout radio over the last few weeks, you have heard the first single “Raised on Rock”. This song is so good, it has made me anticipate the release of Sting In The Tail even more.
In my opinion, the title track “Sting In The Tail” is one of the weaker cuts on this album. The music is good, and this song does a good job at keeping the pace going, but there is something odd about it that I can’t put my finger on.
“Slave Me” on the other hand, is damn near perfect. I love this tune.
“The Good Die Young” features a duet with former Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen. If this song doesn’t get tons of radio play for the Scorpions, there is something seriously with a whole lot of DJ’s out there. This song is awesome!
James Kottak dishes out some killer drum work on the rocker “No Limit”. Klaus Meine pulls off some screams that I didn’t think he had left in him. This song gets better every time I listen to it.
If “Rockzone” doesn’t have you throwing your metal horns in the air, nothing will. This is one of the heavier songs that the Scorpions have done in quite some time. “Rockzone” flat out rocks! I love this!!!
If I would have changed anything on this CD, I would have added one more rocker to the mix. Three ballads are a bit much, even if they are quite good.
Did the Scorpions save their best release for their last one? Absolutely not. Sting in the Tail is however a damn fine release, and one of the stronger efforts by the Scorpions. If Sting in The Tail is truly the Swan Song for the Scorpions, then the band can retire knowing they gave their best effort for their final disc. That is all this fan can ask! While I am sad to see the Scorpions retire, I am going to enjoy Sting In The Tail for many years to come.
You can grab a copy of Sting In The Tail for only $7.99 this week at this link!! Don’t miss this!
The Scorpions are:
Klaus Meine – Lead vocals
Matthias Jabs – Lead guitar, Backing vocals
Rudolf Schenker – Rhythm guitar, Backing vocals
Paweł Mąciwoda – Bass, Backing vocals
James Kottak – Drums, Percussion
If you want to hear the latest hard rock music, that those other FM rock stations will not play, tune into the Hard Rock Hideout Radio show every Wednesday night from 9 PM – 12 A.M. CST (10 P.M. – 1 A.M. EST). The show last night featured new music from Airbourne, Jetboy, RATT, The Scorpions, Armored Saint, Crazy Lixx, Broken Teeth, Wig Wam, Hansel & Falling Red, plus a bunch of cool classics and rare cuts that you will likely hear no where else.
This the Play List for the 3/17/10 edition of Hard Rock Hideout Radio.
Tora Tora – Wild America
Bad Moon Rising – Built for Speed
Cinderella – If You Don’t Like It
Sammy Hagar – Loud
Beautiful Creatures – New Orleans
Tunnel – Blood On The Highway
Little Caeser – Turn My World Around
RATT – Best of Me (New)
Poison – So Tell Me Why
Ted Poley – Heads Up – Look Out Below
Dangerous Toys – Teas’n, Pleas’n
Pariah – Love To Turn You On
Broken Teeth – Twister (New)
Tesla – I Wanna Live (Pick of the Week)
AC/DC – Shake Your Foundation
The Poodles – I Rule the Night
Wig Wam – The Wild One (New)
Reckless Love – Beautiful Bomb (New)
Hammerfall – My Sharona
Hot Leg – You Can’t Hurt Me Any More
Hansel – Rocketship of Love (New)
Warlock – All We Are
Yngwie Malmsteen – Heaven Tonight
Masi – God Promised A Paradise
MSG – Rock ‘Til You’re Crazy
Armored Saint – Get Off The Fence (New)
Bullet – Rambling Man
Airbourne – No Way But The Hard Way (New)
Judas Priest – Livin’ After Midnight
Tesla – Fallin’ Apart (Pick of the Week)
Saliva – Hollywood
Vains of Jenna – Everybody Loves You When Your Dead (New)
Motley Crue – I’m A Liar (And That’s The Truth)
Crash Diet – Generation Wild
Crazy Lixx – 21 ’til I Die (New)
Dirty Penny – If I Were You (I’d Hate Me Too)
Jetboy – Going Down (Above The Clouds) (New)
Falling Red – How You Feel On Me (New)
Gotthard – Nobody’s Home
Scorpions – Raised On Rock (New)
KISS – Never Enough (New)
RATT – Eat Me Up Alive (New)
Black Robot – Baddass (Radio Edit)
L.A. Guns – Nothin’ Better To Do
Tesla – All of Me (Pick of the Week)
Trixter – On The Road Again
The Scream – Young & Dumb
Listen to the live stream each week at www.kacvfm.org, or in Amarillo, Texas on KACV FM 90!
The Scorpions posted the following today:
It was always our pleasure, our purpose in life, our passion and we were fortunate enough to make music for you – whether it was live on stage or in the studio, creating new songs.
While we were working on our album these past few months, we could literally feel how powerful and creative our work was – and how much fun we were still having, in the process. But there was also something else: We want to end the Scorpion’s extraordinary career on a high note. We are extremely grateful for the fact that we still have the same passion for music we’ve always had since the beginning. This is why, especially now, we agree we have reached the end of the road. We finish our career with an album we consider to be one of the best we have ever recorded and with a tour that will start in our home country Germany and take us to five different continents over the next few years.
We want you, our fans, to be the first to know about this. Thank you for your never-ending support throughout the years!
We uploaded the very first snippets from our new album on our website for you.
And now… let’s get the party started and get ready for a “Sting in the Tail”!
See you on the world tour,
In 1989, The Scorpions did a cover of the Who song, I Can’t Explain. This is on the Scorpions CD, The Best of Rockers and Ballads.
If you prefer the original song, here is the Who version from 1965.