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Lonesome Crow

Lonesome Crow

1 Jul 2008

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  • Original Release Date: 30 Nov 1971
  • Label: Heavy Metal Records
  • Copyright: 1982 Heavy Metal Records LTD
  • Total Length: 40:31
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  • ASIN: B001FYOYPC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,514 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nev Daimler on 12 May 2006
Format: Audio CD
For a fan of the Scorpions, 'Lonesome Crow' provides a fascinating insight into the band's early work. Marking the genesis of their recording career, the Scorpions would progress rapidly from the free-flowing psychedelic rock on offer here onto the more intense and immediate hard rock / heavy metal that they became known for in the Eighties. However, for someone merely interested in what the band sounded like in their more experimental Seventies period, 'Lonesome Crow' is not a good place to start.

That's not to suggest that 'Lonesome Crow' is in any way a bad album; there are plenty of great moments to recommend what is actually a surprisingly coherent and mature recording for a band still in its infancy. The twin-guitar attack so crucial to the latter-day Scorpions sound is already in place and Klaus Meine's throat shredding vocal style is clearly evident. The songs are well-crafted and the English lyrics, despite being sometimes rather clumsy, are still impressive for such a youthful German band (and show that they were keen to attract an international audience). The overall ebb and flow of the record and the moods it creates are rather enchanting and it rewards the patient and attentive listener.

The chilled-out groove of 'I'm Going Mad' is pierced with Meine's impassion vocals, 'It All Depends' and 'Inheritance' showcase some versatile guitar work from the teenage Michael Schenker and though live-standard 'In Search of the Peace of Mind' is mostly as clunky as its title, the finale is deliciously sinister.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By The lone voice of reason on 13 Aug 2008
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bizarrely, this album bears no resemblance to the act that the scorpions turned into immediately afterward. whether this was down to michael schenkers involvement i dont know, but this album is so far out of the scorpions canon that listening to it you cant really believe its the same band.
not that the scorpions were a bad act cos they most definately had some great moments in the following years, and continue to do so, but this is one hell of an album and, for me, it just walks all over everything else that followed it.

the music offered up on this amazing debut is a quite stunning mix of prog/space rock with some truly heavy moments weaving in and out. meine never sang better and the guitars are raw and vicious throughout whilst still managing to remain very melodic. the coda in 'in search of peace of mind' sends chills down the spine and meines scream in 'im going mad' does likewise. fantastic arrangements and a great mix of songs makes this an indispensible album for people into real rock music with balls. this has got it all. its simply fantastic.

i see also that theres a re-mastered version out now. this being the case i will be seeking that out immediately and i suggest you do too. the production was crystal clear and powerful on vinyl so i imagine the re-master sounds even more awesome. this is a MONSTER of an album. get it and be prepared to be amazed
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Dobey on 20 July 2012
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here we have pysch rockin early metal. For fans of this band like me, this was there most psych rock inspired release and least accessible generally. I like it but even in the 1980's fans were devided on this one. It has michael schenker on lead guitar and the band looked like typical shaggy early seventies rockers with beards here. They had yet to crystalize their sound but still made a very good early metal release. "i'm going mad' is a incredible rocker that they should still play. Sadly they don't play many songs from pre 1979 these days anymore. The rest of this is from it's era , typical well played psych rock early metal and that's a style I like , much like judas priest's first few releases.
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This is the first CD from this German band. It's an album that perhaps those who already know the albums of the 1980s or posterores may initially surprising. The disc is a typical German hard rock with a mixture of progressive rock, a not so busy vocal as in hard, slower guitar, but it's a good album. It shows the initial proposal of the band and its versatility which made the band despite changing some musicians make it big today. It's different and valid for those who like German progressive rock 70s rock and even for those who favor a hard. Okay! Note 8.0.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By philtregonning on 3 Nov 2006
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I bought this on red vinyl back in the late seventies, back then it sounded like a very mature album for a new band. It reminded me of the overall atmosphere that the first Black Sabbath album conjures. I found it dark and eerie, fab album, buy it!
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By Richard J. Clarke on 11 Dec 2014
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Great album.
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Adam on 6 Jan 2003
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This is the Very first SCORPIONS album ever! This is also the only Scorpions album with Micheal Schenker on guitars. It's just as great as any other Scorpions album. Since it was originally on Vinyl, there isn't as much playtime as some of the newer ones, There are 7 Songs totalling about 36 minutes. Any Scorpions fan will be glad to have this wonderful recording. It's got one song "Lonesome Crow" that is more than 13 minutes long. This is a great album, different from many of the other albums it gives an upbeat and jazzy feel. The Scorpions are wonderful music makers, all of their albums I have or I will get as soon as I can. This one will make a wonderful addition to my CD collection.
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