Millennium Collection-20th Century Masters
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By one-upping the 1989 best-of Best of Rockers 'n' Ballads, Scorpions' 20th Century Masters makes the claim of being the hair metal band's definitive single-disc best-of. It does so by adding "Send Me an Angel" and "Wind of Change," the latter being one of Scorpions' largest and most well-known hits ever. Since these two songs were released after Best of Rockers 'n' Ballads, they don't appear on that best-of. Besides the inclusion of those two latter-day songs, not much else is different. All the big '80s metal anthems are still here: "Rock You Like a Hurricane," "Big City Nights," "No One Like You," "Still Loving You," and so on.
Top Customer Reviews
Only from the track 5 (the big "Still Loving You") the songs are ordered chronologically. And the last band's album recorded for the label ("Face The Heat") isn't represented here. Usually the tracks are well selected.
The booklet is fair. It includes some photos of the band (in colour) and acceptable liner-notes. There is no much information about their discography here. Only the chart positions of the songs.
The quality sound is exactly the same of "Deadly Sting: The Mercury Years (1997)". It isn't remastered.
In brief, a good compilation if you are looking for only the hits and don't want to spend much money.
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The 2 most commercially-successful albums "Love At First Sting" (Rock You Like A Hurricane, Big City Nights, Still Loving You) and "Crazy World" (Tease Me Please Me, Wind Of Change, Send Me An Angel) are well-represented here. Although, having 2 tracks from the sub-par "Savage Amusement" (Rhythym of Love, Believe In Love) and only 1 from the vastly-superior "Blackout" (No One Like You) is a joke.
If you want a decent selection of great songs from one of the better rock bands of the 80s and 90s but don't want to spend a lot of cash, get your hands on this disc. If you want a more complete collection of great Scorpions music and don't mind spending a little more, pick up the 3-disc "Box Of Scorpions" set instead of this.
Precious few bands fall between the two categories, but the Scorpions do it quite well. They sing catchy songs about women, but at the same time they fall well short of Def Leppard in the looks department. Also, they combine classical ("The Zoo") and blues ("Big City Nights") influences.
Their biggest radio hits from the `80s (their mostly-overseas `70s career is essentially ignored) were chronicled on The Millennium Collection: The Scorpions.
I bought this CD to replace my Best of Rockers `N' Ballads cassette, and there are only a few tracks that are different. Two of the songs that appear here, "Believe in Love" and "Wind of Change," make it definitely the better buy.
All the crucial tracks-"Rock You Like a Hurricane," "Rhythm of Love" and "Still Loving You," among others-remain, though "Holiday" is absent.
With a listen through the CD, it's amazing how many audiences the Scorpions can appeal to simultaneously. Any fan of music will enjoy the ultra-catchy songs that manage to be emotional and accessible at the same time.
Those impressed with musical proficiency will like the guitar work, and the amazing, distinctive singing of Klaus Meine.
Though the songs fall prey to a flashy `80s sound, they do not sound as dated as Poison rip-offs like Ratt or Warrant. In fact, the Scorpions were pioneers of metal music; they formed in 1965 in Germany. As a result, the tracks remain original and powerful.
Anybody wanting to catch the real best of the Scorpions would be well served by spending a little more and getting acquainted with their earlier work. The Scorpions became a hair band, but managed to forge the fundamental backbone of European heavy metal in the 70s.
Rush right out now and buy Fly To The Rainbow, Virgin Killer, and In Trance. Lonesome Crow, if you can find it will blow your mind.