...Forget about those 80's rock cliches & just think about the music. Before Wind Of Change turned them into a 'pop' band, The Scorpions were one of the world's great live bands.
After 'Countdown' slowly whips the crowd into a frenzy, 'Coming Home' kicks in and must be one of the best ever opening live tracks alongside 'Aces High' and 'Tie You're Mother Down'.
Much of the material is from The Scorps' best LPs 'Love At First Sting', 'Blackout' and 'Animal Magnetism'.
Thinking man's metal this is not...but good-time rock'n'roll it certainly is. As Klaus most rightly says, "It's a Rock'n'Roll Hurricane"!!
'New' favourites like 'Big City Nights' and 'Rock You Like A Hurricane' mixed with Scorps classics like 'The Zoo', 'Holiday' and 'No One Like You' proved to be an irresistible combination as America, in particular, lapped it up.
The highlight is, without doubt, the best version of probably the greatest ever rock ballad, 'Still Loving You'. The depth of feeling feeling in Klaus' vocalsand Rudolf 'the red nosed' Schenker's guitars are apparent in this most beautiful of ballads.
The Scorpions were never the most fashionable or famous rock band but, for those of us lucky enough to see them live at their peak, this is a wonderful reminder of how much fun rock music used to be.
Unfortunately grunge, old age and a general lack of good ideas meant the The Scorpions would never be the same again. This album serves as a reminder of a great band at their peak, and also of a more innocent age in heavy rock, before the doom merchants of today dug their depressing claws in.