Tokyo Tapes [Vinyl LP] [VINYL] Live
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Format: Vinyl Record LP, RCA Records. UK release from 1978. Classic Hard Rock music LP release from Scorpions. First or early UK pressing with A-1E, B-1E, C-1E and D-1E in run out grooves. Double LP housed in a gatefold jacket. Record labels are the RCA orange coloured versions. Lovely fresh and clean copy.
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For the album: 5 stars. I've always loved it, despite the RnR standards of 'Hound Dog' and 'Long Tall Sally'. I could do without those (and Uriah Heep also pressed a similar live medley on us in the early 1970s), although I appreciate they would be songs the band had grown up listening to and trying to play, in the same way I would have wanted to try my hands at Scorps classics. It's just that I'd rather have more of the band's own tracks in their stead.
This gets me on to why I've docked a star. The record label, in order to make this a single CD, have dropped the fourth track of the original album, 'Polar Nights'. We are given this as an anachronistic 'bonus track' on 'Taken By Force'. For this reason, I didn't buy this reissue and shall stick to my 2CD US import.
In response to one of the reviews below, re 'Kojo No Tsuki' (and other folk songs the Scorps have played), I see it as a mark of respect for the country, myself. After all, here we have a German band, already singing in a foreign tongue, learning a Japanese lyric. The crowd clearly appreciate it and relish singing along in their language, for a change. Would I swap it for another Scorpions track? Yes, but it's such a thoughtful touch from the band that I can excuse them.
The album is dominated by Uli's magnificent guitar work and contains tracks from all of the previous four studio albums including the recently released, at the time, "Taken by Force".
Also thrown in for good measure are a couple of rock 'n' roll standards, a japanese folk song (given the scorpions treatment) and an early scorpions number - In search of the peace of mind.
If you are a fan of electric guitars , including feedback, wha-wah and tremelo arms then you will love this album. For those expecting, Wind of Change type melodic material, look elsewhere. This is an out and out guitar album like they don't make anymore and for devotees of the genre it is an essential purchase.
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