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Germany's most popular musical export EVER are still rockin' like a hurricane 30 years after their first album! All their U.S. hits- Wind of Change; Rock You Like a Hurricane; No One Like You; Rhythm of Love; Still Loving You , and Send Me an Angel -join Tease Me Please Me; I Can't Explain , and ten more. Rock on!

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Sure they're big, dumb, and obvious, but weren't the Ramones? Isn't Britney? (Especially Britney!) It is, after all, no mean feat to forge a bona fide rock stereotype, let alone become a self-perpetuating parody of said cliché in the bargain. Fashions may come and go, but the Scorpions still "Rock You Like a Hurricane"--and now at sporting events the nation over, no less. The material here leans heavily on the Hanover band's '80s prime, a period when they burnished their melodic pop-metal tack--if not their traditional spandex couture--all the way to the top of the charts, capping a decade of journeyman hard-rocking. There isn't much here from their formative '70s period (with the exception of Animal Magnetism's metal-shuffle "The Zoo"), but proto-power ballads like "No One Like You" and "Still Loving You," and hook-filled, power chord pomp like "Big City Nights" helped pave the way for the rise of the glam metal of Poison and G'N'R in the late '80s--and hey, thanks for that. That hard-pop sense also comes to fore on an '89 cover of the Who's "I Can't Explain" and a pair of undeniably consistent new recordings, the title track and "Cause I Love You." Scorpions über alles! --Jerry McCulley

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 28, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hip-O
  • ASIN: B00006690I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,978 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By highway_star on May 30, 2002
Format: Audio CD
If you don't own any Scorpions Best Of or Greatest Hits cd's than this is a nice collection to own. If you want to have a more complete collection then you'll have to fork out more dollars for the two cd package called "Deadly Sting: The Mercury Years". This Scorpions greatest hits cd has all their good songs from 1979's "Love Drive" album to 1993's "Feel The Heat". Also included are two new tracks. The Scorpions didn't make much of a dent in rock here in the U.S. until the 80's (although they were popular in Europe and Japan). With the help of MTV with videos like "No One Like You" and "Rock You Like A Hurricane" the Scorpions became a household name. This 24-bit digitally remastered cd sounds great, much better than some other hits cd's i've heard. Fans of groups such as Def Leppard, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and AC/DC, etc. will love this new collection. Five stars for song selection and sound quality.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Boy on April 17, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I love the Scorpions. They are my favorite heavy metal band. They are one of the few German rock bands to ever exist. I've never heard of any other German rock bands, to be honest.

And, they have TONS of hits compilations. Some unnecessary ('20th Century Masters,' 'Best of Rockers n' Ballads'), some decent ('Deadly Sting,' 'Big City Nights') and some flawless ('Gold'), they are so influential.

And, then there's this one.

This isn't a bad Scorps set, but there could be some major changes here. The new tracks are definitely worth getting, but why edit 'Still Loving You'? That awesome Rudolf Schenker-Matthias Jabs guitar solo is simply amazing, and yet THEY EDITED THAT PART OUT!!! Ugh! Come on Hip-O!!!

And there are many missing songs. Where is 'Steamrock Fever,' 'Can't Live Without You,' 'In Trance,' 'Another Piece of Meat,' or even 'Lovedrive'?

But, there are some great songs here, nonetheless. 'Rock You Like A Hurricane,' 'No One Like You,' and 'Rhythm of Love' are still here, and those were major Scorps hits in the '80s.

Overall, if you are an easily pleased casual Scorps fan, than this is a great set for you. Otherwise, go for the big one and buy 'Gold.'

Recommended, but only for really casual fans.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By S. McCall on June 27, 2002
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This collection is awesome! The two new songs are great & granted, "Deadly Stings" is better because there's more of it, but this is great for the new & uninitiated. Anybody besides me tired of hearing people dog 80s bands? This is some of the greatest music ever & all they talk about is their hair! I guess that's the "hip" thing to do nowadays. How 'bout being an original? THINK FOR YOURSELF & get this collection! Maybe you'll realize what a jerk you've been for putting down things you've never heard! Music was a lot more exciting back then, I'll tell you that. Now...if this will only turn into the best new Scorpions studio album in over a decade. In my humble opinion, they haven't made a great album since "Crazy World" (not counting "Live Bites" which is awesome!!). It's time, guys! The world needs you now more than ever! By the way, these guys are still killer live too! Saw them with Deep Purple & Dio & they rock!! The Wolf
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John-Paul Jalwan on June 8, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Well, I just got this album, and here's my review about it:
I don't wanna say anything about the 16 first songs cos they're not new songs, we all know that those songs are hits and ones of the best of Scorpions! so if you don't know the Scorps, this will really help you know about their music! but what i wanna talk about is the two new songs: "bad for good", and "cause i love you". well, it's been a few times the scorps were talking about a new album coming soon, and that will be a back to the roots album! well, those two songs seem to be samples from the upcoming ablum' style! and this style's just amazing! althought, musically talking, the scorps have released much more professional albums (pure instinct, eye to eye, moment of glory, acoustica), but weren't really rock albums, a bit slower than the old scorps songs, but those two songs really join between the "on the top" music and the ... rock songs! well, if this is the style the scorps are planning for the new album, it will be so good, although the last 4 albums i talked about are the best to me, but this style (bad for good and cause i love u) will satisfy all fans around the world! and still they're not 100% like the old stuff, they really are homogeneous with the new rock music!!! also, about the recording! it just rules! the sound of the guitar is excellent, and also the drums!!!! and the arrangements are so cool (done by dieter dierks), especially on bad for good! thanks matthias for using your voice box on 'cause i love you! i really like its sound! and the way you play on it! keep on rockin' scorps!!!!!! you're just the best!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Schwarz on October 30, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Well, the Amazon staff reviewer doesn't quite know what he's talking about - only half of these songs are from the 80s, about a quarter of the CD seems to come from 1990's "Crazy World" CD, and there's a track each from the following 1993 album and their late 70's "Lovedrive" (while the classic track "The Zoo" comes from 1980s "Animal Magnetism" and not from the 70s). Basically, this compilation focuses on their popular, mid-career 80s lineup (which went from the aforesaid "Lovedrive" album to "Crazy World", with a changeup in bassists for 1993's "Face The Heat", which would be followed by a few drummer changes in the late 90s and another new bassist joining them for the stable lineup they've had through the 2000s). So, what you're getting here is mainly what you'd expect if you're vaguely familiar with the band. What you're NOT getting is the fantastic, psychedelic 70s-metal of their classic early lineups with guitar wizard Ulrich Roth, which is a different era of the band altogether (definitely worth checking out if you like early metal or artistic heavy rock). Nor any sampling of the various experiments they've done since (e.g. the lighter-rocking "Pure Instinct", the pop-crossover "Eye II Eye", or the acoustic and symphonic albums that followed those). This is the relatively consistent radio friendly rock/metal of their popular heyday.
The songs are all good, but in my opinion so are the rest of the songs on the albums they came from! As far as the 3 non-album tracks, they're pretty good, too! "I Can't Explain" and "Bad For Good" are pretty catchy, fun rockers, and "Cause I Love You" is a great, heavy song from the Scorps.
They would follow this up with "Unbreakable", which is the best album they've done since the last album represented by this compilation (and the only one that really rocks as much as these earlier ones, although the new "Sting In The Tail" is pretty close, except for a few too many ballads on the second half).
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