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on 21 February 2003
With this album we hear more of Uli John Roth's Excellent guitar work, Klaus Meine's cool voice and lyrics, and 9 awesome songs. This album was released originally in 1977. This album features the songs:
1 Pictured Life
2 Catch Your Train
3 In Your Park
4 Backstage Queen
5 Virgin Killer
6 Hell Cat
7 Crying Days
8 Polar Nights
9 Yellow Raven
And all of these songs are wonderful and excellent. "Hell Cat" and "Polar Nights" feature the voice of Uli John Roth as well as his guitar work. This album is a great rocker and I wouldn't be without it. Great work from a Great band.
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on 2 August 2007
Continuing the aggressive production values of `In Trance', the Scorpions' fourth album delivers a further dose of ear-shredding heavy rock, with wailing guitars and piercing vocals thrust across a throbbing rhythm section. Yet `Virgin Killer' is more upbeat than its predecessor, moving away from the introspective shades that colour the band's early work and seeing them edge closer to the metal monster they would evolve into during the following decade. Opening with the incessant foot-stomp of `Pictured Life', wonderfully embellished by the rolling twin-guitars of Uli Jon Roth and Rudolph Schenker, following with the excellent, driving rock of `Catch Your Train' and moving effortlessly into the delightful `In Your Park' (a prime example of the band's abilities when it comes to writing ballads), VK could rapidly be considered the Scorpions' finest album to date. Unfortunately, even though `Backstage Queen' is perfectly adequate, it doesn't match what has come before and the Roth-penned title track is too clumsy and overblown to be taken seriously, although there is the ever-present, highly-impressive guitar work to improve matters.
Roth takes over vocal duties on two tracks, the first being the screechy, chaotic and shamelessly Hendrix-derived `Hell Cat'; by this stage, Roth's input on VK is not nearly as impressive as it was on `In Trance'. Thankfully, `Crying Days', a Schenker/Meine number, is gorgeous, it's wistful mood enhanced beautifully by some fine guitar work and excellent vocals. And Roth redeems himself and then some with the brooding, trippy heaviness of `Polar Nights' (again he wears his love of Hendrix on his sleeve) and the delightful closing ballad `Yellow Raven'.
`Virgin Killer' lacks the overpowering atmospherics and impressive consistency of `In Trance', but has more than enough in its grooves to proclaim it a prime example of Seventies heavy rock.
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on 18 September 2015
The Scorpions were still a fairly unknown band outside of Germany in 1977, which is a shame because I would have liked to have seen them with Uli Roth, their Hendrix inspired guitarist at this time. This is a cracking little album, marred only by Roth taking lead vocals on 2 songs. He can play guitar, but he can't sing. 3 of the songs featured on this record make it on to their classic live album Tokyo Tapes, and Catch Your Train should have. There are a few dodgy lyrics to navigate though, but otherwise a good listen.
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on 27 January 2016
A heavy rock album that set the Scorpions tone for the rest of their careers, plenty of hard rock songs on this album, with the additional duo of ballads. Which are easily skipped, if you're not a fan of the Scorpion ballads. (Which I personally am not, but at least they're easy to skip on CD and vinyl too!)
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on 21 July 2012
This is a classic metal cd, it features the non-censored cover and that's not a bad thing. The original cover was in poor taste. (take my word for it). The music however remains prime fantastic hard rock/ metal. There are some real classics on here like 'pictured life", 'backstage queen", 'virgin killer' and others. There isn't a bad song on here and uli roth proved he was one of the best guitarists of this period of metal for sure. It's not exactly the same style as their 1979 period onward but it's still a great style and the singing etc is excellent. IF you are a fan of classic metal then this one is for you.
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on 8 January 2015
I love this album, worth getting for the opening track alone.
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on 1 April 2013
Ugh! Five ugly Krauts. Nasty.

Do you like Scorpions?
Do you like Virgins?
Do you like Killers?
Do you detest Simon and Garfunkel?

This is a seriously good ROCKING album from the Scorps, probably better known for its outrageous album art when it should be better known for its music.
As ever with early Scorps releases, it loses marks for them letting Uli Jon Roth's tonsils loose.

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on 9 December 2008
It seems that with all of the controversy raised by the IWF over the Wikipedia entry, Amazon have self censored and removed the alternative album cover artwork.
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on 19 July 2015
Excellent listening
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on 29 January 2016
nice album
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