Scorpions - Taken By Force

50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition 180 Gram Vinyl + CD

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Taken By Force is the fifth studio album by German rock band Scorpions, originally released in December 1977 via RCA Records.

Scorpions are a German rock band formed in 1965 in Hanover by Rudolf Schenker. Since the band's inception, its musical style has ranged from hard rock to heavy metal. The lineup from 1978–92 was the most successful incarnation of the group, and included Klaus Meine (vocals), Schenker (rhythm guitar), Matthias Jabs (lead guitar), Francis Buchholz (bass guitar), and Herman Rarebell (drums). The band's only constant member has been Schenker, although Meine has been the lead singer for all of the band's studio albums, and Jabs has been a consistent member since 1979.

 

The album was produced by Dieter Dierks and recorded at Dierks studios in Cologne, West Germany.

This was the last album to feature Ulrich Roth on guitars; he would leave the band in 1978 after the album’s promotional tour was completed. It was also the first album to feature new drummer Herman Rarebell.

This album contains some great songs including the first single of androgyny He’s a Woman - She’s a Man, the anthem Steamrock Fever and the strong ballad We’ll Burn The Sky. The lyrics to We’ll Burn The Sky were initially written by Jimi Hendrix’s last girlfriend Monika Dannemann who had subsequently become involved with Scorpions guitarist Roth. Schenker wrote the music for the song. Some music critics identify this as one of the best songs the Scorpions have ever done.

Two singles were released from the album He’s a Woman - She’s a Man and The Sails of Charon.

Neither the singles or albums made any impact in the music charts, and it would be the next album Lovedrive (1979) that would give the band their first albums chart success.

The members of Scorpions that recorded this album were:

  • Klaus Meine – lead vocals
  • Ulrich Roth – lead guitars, backing vocals
  • Rudolf Schenker – rhythm guitars, backing vocals
  • Francis Buchholz – bass, backing vocals
  • Herman Rarebell – drums, backing vocals

The original album artwork caused controversy when released and an alternative cover featuring photographs of the band members imposed on a black over was released by the record company in markets deemed too sensitive for the original cover artwork.

The cover art was a photograph taken in a French military cemetery with children playing with guns. The band defended the cover art as they felt it put into perspective the general experience that younger men and women are sent into war when they don’t fully understand life at the behest of the politicians, as an “easy” solution to political issues.

Check out a couple of songs from the album:  He’s a Woman - She’s a Man ; The Sails of Charon ; Steamrock Fever and We’ll Burn The Sky. Checkout a little documentary about the making of the album:  Scorpions Documentary

This LP Record is the 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition on 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl featuring Remastered Audio housed in a Sleeve Replica of the First Pressing with a CD Album Copy that includes 5 Previously Unreleased Tracks, pressed in Europe.

(4050538150131)

Tracklisting:

 

No.

Track

Time

A1

Steamrock Fever

3:35

A2

We'll Burn The Sky

6:27

A3

I've Got To Be Free

4:00

A4

The Riot Of Your Time

4:10

A5

The Sails Of Charon

5:08

B1

Your Light

4:30

B2

He's A Woman - She's A Man

3:14

B3

Born To Touch Your Feelings

7:20

Vinyl LP Bonus Track:

B4

Suspender Love

3:21

 

CD Album Copy:

01

Steamrock Fever

 

02

We'll Burn the Sky

 

03

I've Got to Be Free

 

04

The Riot of Your Time

 

05

The Sails of Charon

 

06

Your Light

 

07

He's a Woman - She's a Man

 

08

Born to Touch Your Feelings

 

CD Bonus Tracks:

09

Suspender Love

 

10

Busy Guys

 

11

Believe in Love

 

12

Midnight Blues Jam

 

13

Blue Dream

 

14

Born to Touch Your Feelings

 

SKU 4050538150131
Record Label BMG
Label / Model # Independent
Catalogue Number 538150131
Country DE - Germany
Release Date (Year) 05 November 2015
Original Release Date (Year) 04 December 1977
Barcode # 4050538150131
Shipping Weight 0.3100kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, Inner Sleeve, CD Album Copy, CD Includes 5 Bonus Tracks, Original Artwork Replicated, Remastered Audio, Reissue, 50th Anniversary Deluxe Editions Series
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Hard Rock
Genre Classic Rock
Format VINYL LP+CD

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