|German hard rock superstars Scorpions are set to celebrate their 50th Anniversary with a multi-format slate of deluxe editions of eight of their finest albums, created between 1977 and 1988, on November 6th on BMG Rights, distributed by SPV in Europe / Caroline International in the UK & Ireland. Songs from this era, such as ‘Still Loving You’, ‘Rock You Like A Hurricane’, ‘Holiday’, ‘Big City Nights’ and ‘Blackout’, are among the best loved rock anthems ever.
‘Taken By Force’ (1977), ‘Tokyo Tapes’ (1978), ‘Lovedrive’ (1979), ‘Animal Magnetism’ (1980), ‘Blackout’ (1982), ‘Love At First Sting’ (1984), ‘World Wide Live’ (1985) and ‘Savage Amusement’ (1988) – have all been completely remastered, and will be reissued with a host of hitherto unreleased songs, alternative versions of big hits, rough mixes and rare live concert footage from the band’s vaults.
All 8 Deluxe Edition high profile digipak CD releases will come with 16 page booklets featuring rare photos, single covers, backstage passes and additional liner notes by former Editor-in Chief of Metal Hammer, Edgar Klüsener. Five of the eight albums are accompanied with a DVD containing contemporary live concert footage, along with TV-performances and in-depth interviews with the band, in which they talk extensively about the background, history, and the creative process behind ‘Lovedrive’, ‘Blackout’, ‘Love At First Sting’, ‘World Wide Live’ and ‘Savage Amusement’.
All several years out of print, none of these classic, genre-defining albums have ever been available to download or stream, and will now be unleashed on itunes and Spotify, allowing a whole new generation to discover one of the greatest rock bands of all time.
The re-mastered LP formats, which will be released on 180-gram vinyl in sleeves replicating the first pressing, will all come with an audio CD, featuring the original track listing and the same bonus audio as the CD formats. All 8 vinyl discs are set to be released in a limited and numbered Super Deluxe Box Set.
Scorpions, who assembled the material painstakingly over a period of six months, state that “It’s hard to summarise 50 years in words, but listening back to all those songs – many of them them previously unreleased - recorded in one of our most creative periods, really took us back in time. This was a very heartfelt project for all of us. It brought back great memories whilst we rediscovered our musical DNA by listening to the archives, selecting dozens of unreleased songs and early versions of well-known Scorpions anthems. We really worked on the material to improve the sound quality, but always taking great care to preserve its original feel.”
Scorpions, arguably the biggest Continental European rock band ever, headlined the inaugural Ramblin’ Man Fair Festival in Kent at the end of July as part of their ongoing 50th Anniversary World Tour. Classic Rock proclaimed “A fearsomely well-drilled, enormously hard working machine. A spectacular show and a spectacular finish” in the magazine’s September 2015 issue.
The preorder link is - www.recordstore.co.uk/recordstore/Scorpions/