Scorpions – Love At First Sting (1984) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Scorpions - Love At First Sting - Album CoverAlmost 20 years down the road after the founding of the Scorpions in 1965, the 1984 album Love At First Sting marked a major peak of this famous band’s career. I still do not think it is their best album, though. Blackout and for sure Lovedrive really took care of this fame thing to a large extent. In other words, this new album surfed onto shore on the gigantic waves the latter two records created so well.

And a huge tsunami it indeed proved to be. The chart and certification numbers just speak by themselves. Scorpions sold an insane number of records of Love at First Sting at a scale that is very difficult to reproduce in this day and age. By 1995 the album hit Gold in Germany, twice Platinum in Canada and three times the same in the US. One gotta repeat this kind of blockbuster first.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Scorpions – Blackout (1982) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Scorpions - Blackout - Album CoverThe avalanche of new music and – for sure – new styles that became available in the ’70s and ’80s to the early ’90s was absolutely tremendous. Metal found itself very strongly on the upswing from the early 80’s onwards. Whereas Hard Rock already started to lose a lot of its shiny luster by this time.

Many of today’s well-known metal genres were in full development mode back then. This led to this crazy and fragmented metal multiverse we (do not quite) enjoy today. The culprits? A number of major rock bands – some still fully in action today. Names like Iron MaidenBlack Sabbath, Judas Priest or again UFO heftily stirred this pot of wonders. And between themselves they created a series of stellar records that are – in turn – the perfect candidates for our Old’n’Tasty series. But those were of course not the only gigs active in this development.

You have other bands like the German Scorpions that probably had an equal impact on the development of rock and metal. Yet the international coverage they enjoyed was by far less intense than what – for example – Black Sabbath suffered. Even if the Scorpions went on to become a multi-platinum act that keeps going strong to this day – after some 50 years of activity. On top they boast a list of distinctions long like all the beards of ZZ Top stitched together. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!