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Fly to the Rainbow (Jpn) [Blu-spec CD, Original recording remastered, Import]

Scorpions Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (29 Jun 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Blu-spec CD, Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Sony Japan
  • ASIN: B003IGMJ48
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 737,256 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still spaced, but getting heavier 18 April 2006
Format:Audio CD
The second Scorpions album is a welcome shift from the spaced-out "Krautrock" of their debut into a solid heavy rock vein; in fact, opening number 'Speedy's Coming' is without question a pure heavy metal number, racing out of the blocks with fiery guitars and a frenetic rhythm. The rest of the album doesn't match 'Speedy's...' sheer intensity, but there's still plenty of high-grade heaviness on offer, albeit of a rather more psychedelic leaning. This is mainly due to Uli Jon Roth's Hendrix-fixated but totally involving and hugely impressive lead guitar work, although some of the vocal deliveries and harmonies also help create a rather unusual sonic patchwork. 'They Need a Million' is one such example, the sound still struggling to break free of the band's sixties roots, but although third track 'Drifting Sun' is also undoubtedly rooted in the era of LSD, it soars to new frontiers. The only song on the album penned solely by Roth, this is a tower of effects-laden guitar virtuosity and rolling, rollicking percussion - an undoubted highpoint of the album. Against this, 'Fly People Fly' could sound rather insipid; fortunately, Klaus Meine's vocals are finding their true strengths even at this early stage in the band's recording career and he carries the song admirably, with some lovely (if typically noisy) guitar accompaniment from Roth.

'This is My Song' and 'Far Away' are agreeable enough melodic rockers (the latter in possession of some quite charming vocal work), but the album's key moment is at the end with the title track. At a majestic nine-and-a-half minutes, 'Fly to the Rainbow' is a Roth-era Scorpions classic, starting out life acoustically and then moving to standard mid-paced hard rock territory before soaring up and away, across the mountains and into the heavens.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars perhaps the best of Scorpions 10 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD
I own all the 70`s albums of the band.Surelly , this one is the best of those.The songs have much dynamic and the compositions are clever and trully classic rock style.The voice of Meine magnetised you and the guitar of Roth travelled you in other space.The band then , had a lot of energy and inspiration!Especially , there are 2 or 3 songs that supposed to be ``diamonds`` of the hard rock of senenties.This is a really flying album and the limits of musicians endless.Buy it right now and burn the speakers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars over the rainbow 23 Nov 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
bought primeraly to replace worn out vinyl and for its remastered quality was,nt disappointed these discs are becoming hard to find in shops so thank heavens for amazon have noticed too that prices of said discs vary wildly from reasonable to ridiculous so go to amazon for best prices
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4.0 out of 5 stars speedys coming to rock 23 July 2012
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This was the second hard rock scorpion's release. the first is the more psyh rock flavored 'lonesome crow'. This one is more accessible and has the classic song 'speedys coming'. The rest are more hendrix inspired and the band had yet to get it's true bearings. The next release would see that change into a fully modern metal style that was the scorpions own. Gone would be the long psych rockers like 'fly to the rainbow' and instead the hot guitar driven sounds of what would really be modern metal would come to the fore. This is still good early metal though and a must for any scorps fan. Casual fans who are not psych rock fans might enjoy the groups catalog after this one though. But if you give it a chance you will find a great cd of well crafted and sung songs in the early metal / early 1970's style of hard rock.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Psychedelic Hard Rock Gem! 10 April 2003
By Daniel Pinto - Published on
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This is the Scorps 2nd album, for years this was part of USA RCA's budget albums, but oddly, has been outof print for some time now in the USA.
Fly to the Rainbow plays a pivotal role in the Scorps career. As Lonesome crow was more Psych-Blues, Fly to the Rainbow is more Psych-Hard Rock.
They also revamped the lineup for this one, Michael Schenker is gone, as we all know, he left to join UFO. Uli Roth is the NEW lead guitarist, who obviously brings a lot to the table. This is also Francis Bucholtz's 1st albumwith the Scorps, a big time under-rated bass player who plays off the wild lead guitar playing quite nicely. Listen to "This is My Song", for some nice melodic bass playing. The drums are handled by Jurgen Rosenthal, one of the better drummers in a long line of Scorps percussionists.
Speedy's Coming: This type of tune is what would become a typical Scorps Hard Rockin song. But this is the prototype, the 1st one. Funny how this song seems out of place on this album. Lotsof cool references to Alice Cooper, Ringo Starr, Royal Albert Hall. Very cool lyriclly, with all the stuff about the girl hanging posters on her wall and getting hot and bothered by the rock star coming to town.
They Need a Million: This is the 1st in the Rainbow concept, which seems to have something to do with the poor and oppresed finding a better life, probably an East/West German thing. Starts with a nice Acoustic piece played by Rudy, then goes into the Flamenco thing. Th lead vocalshere are hadled by Rudy Schenker, NOT Uli Roth, as many may think, mainly because rudy never sings again after this album. Strng backrounds by Klaus.
Drifting Sun: Uli's time to shine. Blistering lead guitar, and pounding, heavy bcking track make this one a winner. Uli's Vocals on this one are probably the best he's ever recorded on record, his voice is a little higher and seems to be in the right key for his limited vocal range. The spoken word section is again sung by Rudy Schenker, which luckily was done through a leslie speaker cabinet, as Rudy has a heavy accent and unusual speaking voice. To cap this all off is a stinging Moog synthesizer line that is just perfect. Pchyedelic mind trip, close your eyes and off we go!
Fly People Fly: Back to the Rainbow concept for this one. A song only the Scorps can write, moody and bluesy, with top notch vocals from Klaus who also doubles on harmony. Once again, stuning lead guitar from Uli. Listen and you'll hear Francis Busholtz almost make a bass playing error.
This is My Song: Nice straight ahead rocker, very melodic but a litte repetitive on the Chorus. Still, catchy and listenable, and nice bass work from Fran.
Far Away: Broken up into 2 parts, the 1st being a soft mellotron piece at the string setting, the secondbeing a scorchinging heavy ballad. Another Rainbow piece. Very tastful and an extremly catchy hook to take you back to the verses. I cannot beleive how this guy plays lead guitar on this. It is the best lead playing I have ever heard. Period.
Fly to the Rainbow: Well here we are, at the end of the record. The acoustic intro is a nice, upbeat piece that says there is a happy ending to this story. Then we're off into this harmony lead guitar section where all 3 guitarists are playng lead. Then were off into pchedelic land again with heavy flanging and poetic reads by Uli. A nice and fitting way to end the record.
Take note that Michael Schenker pinched part of the acostic intro and used it on "Crystal Light", on UFO's 1974 release Phenomenon.
Well there you have it, a classic rock album by a great rock band. What makes this different for a Scorpions standpoint is that this was a hge step up from Lonesome Crow, which had some great guitar work, but seems terribly outdated, even from its release date it sounds 5 years too old.
Fly to the Rainbow has Moog Synth on 2 songs, wild dive bomber guitar solos, cool sound effects, mellotrons, bizzare vocals, concepts, great muscanship. The keyboards went uncredited, as well as the alternate vocalists. This was produced by the Scorps, who did a great job.
I'd love to hear from others who love this album, its one of my favorites as well.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated and wrongfully neglected 23 Oct 2002
By Worgelm - Published on
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Scorpions _World Wide Live_ was the first album I ever purchased for myself, a monstrous, treasured double-vinyl artifact that I literally wore the grooves out on. Years later, having navigated through plenty of phases with my fickle musical tastes, I was turned on and totally blown away by the heretofore unexplored Uli Jon Roth era, of which this album, though probably not the best, is by far my personal favorite. You can almost smell the incense burning from the first chords. Although the songwriting is uneven, with Roth taking too many vocal turns, the textures and art-rock song structures are mezmerizing, especially on the title track, where Roth's gorgeous, classically-informed technique leads into a track which is some kind of psychadelic metal masterpiece, the kind of track Hawkwind wishes they had the chops to play and Yngwie Malmsteen is still trying to write to this day. "Speedy's Coming" is a great, racous opener and features the first really strong Klaus Meine vocal workout along with some great tongue-in-cheek lyrics ("Do you like Alice Cooper/Do you like Ringo Starr?"). The intricate, gorgeous intro to "They Need a Million" leads into a telltale flamenco-influenced chord progression and showcases Uli Jon Roth's Hendrix-meets-Blackmore soloing (also, unfortunately, his singing). The keyboards on quasi-operatic background vocals are very strange things to find on a Scorpions record, and while many folks may deem them somewhat silly, I find them strangely intoxicating. If "This is My Song" seems somewhat redundant, the delicate, Floydian ballad "Far Away" should make it forgivable. If you approach this as more of a guitarist's record (as it is easy to see Uli Jon Roth was in the spotlight here) the blueprints for the 80's neoclassical shredder can be seen here. But its not a bad intro to the Scorps' early output, either, and it definitely belongs in any hard rock afficianado's collection.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Somewhere over the rainbow...there's a whammy bar! 10 Jan 2002
By D. Hartley - Published on
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Okay, so "Ulrich Roth" doesn't roll off the tongue as easily as "Eric Clapton" or "Eddie Van Halen"...but don't let that detract you from picking up a copy of what may well be the prototype "air guitar" metal album! The Scorpions may have arguably reached thier creative peak on what was only thier second effort. Although released in 1974, "Fly To The Rainbow" dates very well, particularly on some of the dynamic, well-arranged epic-length pieces, which would almost sound at home on a Queensrhyche or Dream Theater album. That being said, you also have "Speedy's Coming", one of the best side 1 / cut 1's of all time, (right up there with "Baba O'Reilly" or "All The Way From Memphis") which I'm sure has inspired some "Tom Cruise dancing on Mom and Dad's sofa" moments for more than one of us! Ulrich Roth's expressive and powerfully sonic lead playing should appeal to fans of Gary Moore, with whom I see some stylistic similarities. One of the rare metal albums that works for both "headphone" AND " Hey...let's share this with the neighbors!" moods.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC ULI SCORPS 1 Jun 2000
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scorpions get trippy... 4 Feb 2008
By Ultra Magnus - Published on
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When People think Scorpions they think "Rock You Like A Hurricane", they think "No One Like You", they think that german band that helped make the Berlin Wall collapse. They think of the MTV party rock they made in the 80s. Well forget about all of that and lets go back to 1974.

Most people don't even realize that Scorpions existed long before the 1980s, way before MTV and all of that hair metal garbage they have been oh so inaccuratly accused of spearheading. Infact the good ol' Scorps have been around since 65'. "Fly To The Rainbow" was their second LP that was released in 1974 and featured new axe wizard Uli Jon Roth and future prog rock drummer Jurgen Rothensal. This might just be the weirdest, freakiest and downright most bizzare music Scorpions have ever commited to wax, and wouldn't you know this prehaps is the most mindblowingly creative effort of the band and prehaps of the early 70s. This is nothing like the Scorpions that would gain fame post 79, with big hooks and lyrics paying ode to sex, no, this is Scorpions in a full-blown psychedelic prog-fest. "Fly To The Rainbow", much like the first record "Lonesome Crow", has much in common with the burgeoning ambient Kraut Rock genre, with element of Hendrix-like psychedelia mixed in. And to top it all off, the record is concept, with all 7 tracks laying out one's struggle to "fly over the rainbow to freedom", which is an allegory of escaping into West Germany. Lets look at the tracks....

It all kicks off with this cool early Scorpions rocker about a female rock fan. Lyrics like "She likes Alice Cooper, She likes Ringo Star, She likes David Bowie & Freinds.." are a hoot.

A lovely song. Starts off with some beautiful classical guitar melodies and then out of no where punches the listener with a churning electric guitar from Rudy. Rudolf Schenker also sings lead on this one.

The most psychedelic sounding song right here. It is a Roth penned tune, and he also sings lead. People slag his voice but I think it's great for this music. Klause sings back up on the chorus. The strange voices in the middle are Rudolf talking through a Leslie speaker cabinet. Awesome solo by Roth.

A slow, mellow burner. Very peaceful with sweet vocals from Klause, and more of Roth's Hendrix styled guitar solos.

This is another rocker, albiet with a strong progressive edge to it simular to old school Rush. The bass and drum playing from Bucholz and Rothensal is phenomenal.

Another peaceful song. I don't like it as much as the rest of the album but it is still a very well crafted song with nice vocal melodies from Klausie.

Here it is, the title track and best song on the album. This song is the mother of all Scorpions songs. It's a 9 minute epic on par with anything by bands like YES, GENESIS or ELP have ever done. It begins with a Dlyan-esque type folk deal, with Roth singing like one of Robin Hood's merry men. It then morphs into a monster, with daul harmonized guitars and galloping bass strait from h%ll, and you can see where Iron Maiden ripped it's entire sound off-of. Then it changes too slow,psychedelic introspection with Roth seducing the listener. Jon Uli Roth is the greatest lead guitarist on the planet, and he shows you why on this song. Amazing!

This is great. If you are wondering what this sounds like, don't wonder, just go out and get this. If you enjoy alot of Woodstock-era music, you will like this. If you like Scorpions, you will like this. If you enjoy anything with even an ounce of creativity poured into it you will like this. I love "Fly To The Rainbow", and it is my favorite Scorpions record by far. Future Scorpions is great aswell, but they were never this artistic ever again. Highly recommended!
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