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Taken By Force (Bonus Tracks) Extra tracks, Original recording remastered

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“While we were working on our album these past few months, we could literally feel how powerful and creative our work was–and how much fun we were still having, in the process,” says SCORPIONS lead singer KLAUS MEINE about the band’s new album STING IN THE TAIL. “We want to end the SCORPIONS’ extraordinary career on a high note. We are extremely gracious for ... Read more in Amazon's Scorpions Store

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  • Audio CD (5 Jan. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B00006WKY9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,180 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Steamrock Fever
2. We'll Burn The Sky
3. I've Got To Be Free
4. The Riot Of Your Time
5. The Sails Of Charon
6. Your Light
7. He's A Woman - She's A Man
8. Born To Touch Your Feelings
9. Suspender Love
10. Polar Nights (Live From The Tokyo Tapes)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Aug. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Been a huge fan for over 17 years and finally will be able to get this masterpiece in cd-format. Glad they added 'Suspender Love' and really hope this is the studio-version, not the live version. Think that Uli's guitar work is at it's peak in this release in songs like Your Light (my favourite off this album) and We'll Burn The Sky. Signs of the band moving into more commercial direction are in sight in this one, but that doesn't matter. Reunion with Uli is something this band hasn't done yet, so...hoping for the best!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Adam on 21 Feb. 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is, unfortunately, the last Scorpions album with Uli John Roth (Except for the Tokyo Tapes Live Recording). This is however, perhaps one of the best work they've ever done together. This version of the CD is a re-issued version with 2 bonus tracks, one of which being a live recording of the song "Polar Nights" which was left off of the remastered version of Tokyo Tapes because of the limited lengths of CDs. This Is one of my favourites and might become one of yours if you buy it. I recommend this to anyone who loves classic rock, The Scorpions, Or Having a good time listening to rock. Thanks.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Toby Townrow on 15 July 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This record was, along with the live Tokyo Tapes, the final album the band recorded with Uli Jon Roth. It has his stamp all over it, as the band's subsequent move to mindless fist-in-the-air stadium rock proved.
This album is chock full of great tunes, my personal favorites being "We'll Burn The Sky", "The Sails of Charon", "Your Light" and "Born To Touch Your Feelings". The playing on this album is superb, particularly during "We'll Burn The Sky" and "The Sails of Charon". The double harmones are brilliantly arranged and blow the likes of Iron Maiden and Judas Priest out of the water.
This record was the zenith of the Scorpions career - their earlier albums having been patchy but with some great songs ("Polar Nights" from Virgin Killer is tacked on to the end of this CD - great!) and their output evrafterwards has been extremely poor. Its such a shame that the band split with their main creative force at such an early stage. This record reminds us of what might have been.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lim Chong Eu on 14 Aug. 2001
Format: Audio CD
I am not a Scorpions fan, so many may not agree that this is their best album. Their earlier songs in the early 70s were to me, a bunch of tuneless mindless rock songs, except for "In Trance" and "Pictured Life". Here you'll find 8 solid, mature and polished rock numbers, including their incredibly wonderful and heart-touching "Born To Touch Your Feelings" Every song is a classic, and non Scorpions fan may even mistake this as a "best of" compilation. But they should have deleted "He Is A Woman", which sounds out of place here, and should have been thrown back to their earlier albums like "Virgin Killer". But with this new edition including 2 bonus tracks, it is a great buy. I have been waiting for years for this to be released on cd, and you'll bet I have already pre-ordered this !
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By James; D on 1 Dec. 2014
Format: Audio CD
The opening track Steamrock Fever may get off to a good start, but unfortunately they ruin the song by adding this pointless chanting half way through that somehow mimics the chants heard on the Sweets Teenage Rampage. Most of the album consists of of cliche ridden tracks such as He's a Woman, She's a Man for example, with it's tiresome old recycled guitar riffs and just fails to generate any interest. The Sails Of Charon is not much better either, and I am glad that after this album and Tokyo Tapes, the Scorpions were finally given a big hefty kick in the right direction, when Michael Schenker was to briefly rejoin them for the much better Lovedrive album, and as we all know,saw the band eventually become a major force in German metal.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nev Daimler on 22 May 2006
Format: Audio CD
When compared to the harsh tones and in-your-face guitar and vocals of the previous two albums, the softer production values of `Taken by Force' come as something of a disappointment. That's not to say Dieter Dierks does a bad job, but a little of the edginess is removed from the Scorpions' sound and as such this album sits a notch below the excellent `In Trance' and `Virgin Killer'. Still, there is much to recommend `Taken by Force' because the band's songwriting abilities are sharply-honed and the album boasts three definitive Scorpions numbers, starting with opening number `Steamrock Fever'. Silly title and distinctly underwhelming intro aside, this is a strong mid-paced rocker that gets the blood flowing. `We'll Burn the Sky' is probably the highlight of the eight songs on offer, a magnificent power ballad, building from Klaus Meine's acoustically-backed mournful vocals to some pounding, insistent hard rock carried along by great guitar work courtesy of Uli Jon Roth. `I've got to be Free' is something of a curio, with slightly odd lyrics and a rather chaotic but unusually funky beat, yet it works well, especially when it drops into the more familiar guitar sonics of the mid-section. Whilst this and the next three tracks showcase more unusual songwriting, particularly in the religious angle of `Your Light' and the mystic meanderings of `The Sails of Charon', each has its own merits. Though none come close to memorable hooks of the Scorpions' best tunes, they conspire to make `Taken by Force' more esoteric than many of the band's albums and as such the record as a whole is rather charming.

Things get back on track in the final quarter of the album.
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