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    I was always told how great the earlier Scorpions were. I heard about it on web forums like this one and others. I am familiar with '80's era Scorps and have "Blackout". But I was wondering, if I wanted to get a Uli Jon Roth era Scorpions album, which one should I get? I listened to a few tracks from this era and am impressed. In all my serching, I wonder why I passed them by. I knew them for their '80's stuff and maybe I felt like I knew it all.

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    70's era Scorpions is definitely the best for them. Virgin Killer and Taken By Force are the two best to get but also Lonesome Crow. However, if you want a BEST OF and Live Album wrapped in one then get Tokyo Tapes. Not only is it up there with Unleashed In The East, Frampton Comes Alive, Double Live gonzo and of course Strangers In The Night, Tokyo Tapes is the best 84 minutes of the Scorpions extensive career.

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    • #3
      tokyo tapes is great,and you got to songs like in trance,sails of charone.

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      • #4
        Personally I don't like Taken By Force save a couple songs, but the rest are great! If I had to recommend one, I'd say Fly to the Rainbow, but In Trance and Virgin Killer are also essential!

        Lonesome Crow, their very first album, doesn't have Uli Jon Roth on it, but it is still very good and I recommend it. Kinda Sabbath-like too.

        Oh yeah, and the Scorpions are my second favorite 70s band, behind Black Sabbath and even ahead of Rainbow!
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          • #6
            I think Virgin Killer is the best of that era - the songs are tighter and the playing is very good. I recommend it highly.

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            • #7
              Got to agree with Tokyo Tapes if you want a sampling across all albums with Uli Roth. "Polar Nights" is absoultely incredible. Studio-wise, can't go wrong with Virgin Killer. But I've always liked Fly to the Rainbow, too
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              • #8
                Okay, I decided on "Tokyo Tapes". It had the best sound and could give me a good overview of that era w/o just being a Greatest Hits collection.

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                • #9
                  Lonesome Crow album is really cool you can notice some Sabbath style in that album. Opeth Frontman Mikael is also a huge fan of Scorpion's and often in his interview he says he gets into an argument with their keyboardist who hates Scorpions. He also once told that at his home with some of his friend who hate Scorpion, Mikael plays Lonesome Crow album and all his friends start liking the album only to know later that it was Scorpion's music. 70's era of Scorpion music is very interesting.
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                  • #10
                    Tokyo Tapes Rocks!!!!

                    I listened to it in my car. Just a great Live album, so well done. Enjoyed it thoroughly. All the songs were done in top notch fashion and Ulrich Roth is so great on that album.

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                    • #11
                      For the most part, the '70s era Scorpions is very different from the '80s/MTV/Love At First Sting band.

                      Lonesome Crow - weird, trippy, kind of like a Euro Sabbath-meets-Doors (and, to the chagrin of many, I hate The Doors, always have), but I listen to it now and again. Michael Schenker (15 years old) plays on it.

                      Fly To The Rainbow - I currently don't own this, but I have and will again. Ulrich Roth's first Scorpions album. "Speedy's Coming" is a classic, but some of the other tracks are still kind of trippy, and very Hendrix-ish.

                      In Trance - The first Roth-era album I owned. I still have it, still play it regularly, and still like it. The title track, "Top Of The Bill," "Robot Man," "Dark Lady" and even the mellow instrumental "Night Lights" are all excellent. I don't care for "Sun In My Hand," because to me, as good of a guitar player as he is, Roth sounds like he's puking when he "sings."

                      Virgin Killer - You cannot go wrong with this one. I'd say it's probably the Scorps' best studio album.

                      Taken By Force - The last album with Ulrich Roth and the first with Hermann Rarebell. It's patchy, but there are still some good songs: "Steamrock Fever," "We'll Burn The Sky" (about Jimi Hendrix), "Suspender Love" and "He's A Woman - She's A Man" are all good.

                      Tokyo Tapes - One of the best live albums I've ever heard. However, they could have jacked the Elvis/Little Richard medley and put "Polar Nights" back on (it's an "extra" on the Taken By Force CD).

                      Lovedrive - This is the first Scorps album I ever owned. Probably the most "guitar-ish" of their albums, since both Rudolf and Michael Schenker play on it, along with Matthias Jabs (his first album with them). Still some good stuff, like "Can't Get Enough," "Another Piece Of Meat" and the title track, though "Holiday" shows where they were going in future with their seemingly-endless power ballads of the '80s.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by DiosSword View Post

                        Fly To The Rainbow - "Speedy's Coming" is a classic, but some of the other tracks are still kind of trippy, and very Hendrix-ish.

                        ...as good of a guitar player as he is, Roth sounds like he's puking when he "sings."

                        Virgin Killer - You cannot go wrong with this one. I'd say it's probably the Scorps' best studio album.

                        Taken By Force - It's patchy, but there are still some good songs: "Steamrock Fever," "We'll Burn The Sky" (about Jimi Hendrix), "Suspender Love" and "He's A Woman - She's A Man" are all good.
                        I agree with all of this 100%.

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