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“While we were working on our album these past few months, we could literally feel how powerful and creative our work was–and how much fun we were still having, in the process,” says SCORPIONS lead singer KLAUS MEINE about the band’s new album STING IN THE TAIL. “We want to end the SCORPIONS’ extraordinary career on a high note. We are extremely gracious for ... Read more in Amazon's Scorpions Store

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  • Audio CD (August 28, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: New Door Records
  • ASIN: B000TSIK14
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,863 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The return of the German Hard Rock superstars! Selling 70-million albums worldwide in their 35 years together, the Scorpions present their first full-length album of all new material since 2004's Unbreakable. A stunning surprise package is boxed and tied and ready for unwrapping: Scorpions, Germany's most-successful international music export, are poised to sting once again and are planning a frontal attack on the musical artery of rock fans all over the globe with their new album Humanity-Hour 1. Thirty-five years after the release of their debut album Lonesome Crow, Scorpions believe they have reached a new creative high in their impressive career. And they plan to prove it with the release of album number 21. Even though they have already made music history with hits like Wind Of Change, Rock You Like A Hurricane and Send Me An Angel there is still nothing more exciting than a new challenge, than adding another milestone to the band's history. Recorded in the band's hometown of Hannover and in Los Angeles with co-producers James Michael and veteran songwriter Desmond Child (Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, KISS).

Humanity Hour I, the latest Scorpions outing, has some sort of concept at the heart of it, but you needn't worry about the plot-–suffice it to say that the venerable Teutonic rock quintet has delivered a collection of highly melodic and semi-energetic hard pop. The record's short on hard rockers, though what is here--the title cut, "You're Lovin' Me to Death," "321"--serve as noble attempts at updating the group's sound and keeping its reputation as a heavy metal band intact. But the collection as a whole mires in midtempo melancholy: at least half of the record is occupied by ballads or ballads in a rocker's pleather pants, rendering this record closer to Michael Bolton than Metallica. True, few hard pop acts have written as many ballads that have reached aural permanence ("No One Like You" and "Holiday") but this is also the band that wrote its share of raucous rockers ("Rock You Like a Hurricane," "Blackout," "The Zoo"), which are in short supply here. Humanity Hour I isn't necessarily a bad record for that trade but it may be a sign that Klaus Meine and Co. are aging gracefully and keenly aware that they're making music for people who prefer to sway--rather than bang--their heads. ––Jedd Beaudoin

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Modern rock+Classic rock.
As a long time Scorpions fan which got into hard rock with Love at first Sting, I have to say that this album is the best from this band since LAFS.
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And the love songs get a little sappy ... in an appealing way that only these guys can pull off.

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Dobbs "dragonboots" on October 4, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Well its definately the release of the year in this household. What a sublime set of intelligent well constructed classic rock tracks this release has. I can't stop playing it. And fear not the name Desmond Child either, because to these ears he has pushed the Scorps to their best effort in a long long time if not of all time.

"Hour 1" kicks off proceedings with military precission, a tytanic build up to a rip-snorter of a chorus that won't leave your head any time soon. A loose concept runs through this disc and this song is the scene-setter, warning us if we don't change our ways we will loose our humanity, 'try to stay down, you better run for cover underground' the final consequence when machines finally rule the world. Building off the pace set by the premier song we have the first of many highlights in "The Game Of Life". A subtle builder leading to another winning chorus, the passion in the vocals and guitar work is heart stopping. I love it. Just when you can't believe the song can get better it has a fantastic bridge and classy guitar solo to help your jaw drop further.

"We Were Born to Fly" launches off some aggressive (relatively speaking) guitar work to an atmospheric vocal. It contains a sublime couplet 'take another breath, just close your eyes let nature do the rest' and is another five star plus moment. Simple piano work leads us into "The Future Never Dies" before exploding soncially as it climbs the keys with lush orchestration abound. Beautiful lyrically and musically. It reminds me a little of Queen at their most glorious and most pompous, and I hear a little of "Winds Of Change" an ecclectic mix but a very succesful one. The gentle piano work returns to close us out in the coda.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Steven B. on March 23, 2008
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I had no idea Scorpions had a new album. One day, listening to the radio I heard "Humanity" and that was it, I was hooked.
The rest of the songs are just as good, the whole album is emotionally charged and full of energy.
I ended up buying three copies, one for myself and the other two as presents.
I love the way the CD starts, the way it ends and everything in between.
If you ever liked Scorpions, you will like this album.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Sinister Minister on August 29, 2007
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After the last CD by the scorps "Unbreakable" i was somewhat skeptical about the hype that surrounded this CD, such as this being the best since the mid-80s. But I have to agree for once withthe hype! This is an amazing collection of intelligent, at times aggressive music. The Scorpions prove once and for all that they can hold thier own riff wise with the likes of Rob Zombie and the like (Hour 1, 321) Its nice to see that some of the great masters of metal music are still willing to get up off thier butts and show the young punks how its done! Bands like Heaven and Hell, Judas Priest, and now the Scorpions. I'm not going to bore you with blow by blow discriptions, just go out buy the damn CD and let it blow you thru the wall!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Crusheverything on June 14, 2007
It's true, rock fans - Scorpions have created THE rock album of the year and one of the best in their long history. From the opening riff of Hour 1, it's clear that Germany's greatest rock band has come to rock you like only they can. The group has teamed with songwriter/producer par excellence Desmond Child in a calculated effort to update their sound, while retaining all of the classic Scorpions sting. The record has a loose concept forewarning of a future where man will be pitted against intelligent robots of his own making. Granted, it's not a new theme by any stretch, but it's the songs that really matter and the band delivers in spades with several of the heaviest tracks they've ever recorded and some very fine ballads that stand up to anything in their catalog. This record also sees a marked increase in the amazing lead guitar work of Mathias Jabs, one of the great metal players of the last 20 (almost 30!) years. He shreds up a storm on tracks like "We Were Born To Fly" and the super-heavy "We Will Rise Again". Singer Klaus Meine has also delivered perhaps his most incredible performance to date. At 59, it's apparent that this vocalist of vocalists is still improving, making his well-documented vocal problems (nodes, total voice loss, two surgeries, therapy, etc.) of the early 80s a distant memory. While Meine can still wail with the best, he also employs the lower register of his range to great effect, as evident on "Love Is War". Throughout the disc, his harmonies are more spellbindingly gorgeous than ever, provoking chills on "The Future Never Dies" and "Love Will Keep Us Alive".Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sanjeev Logani on June 5, 2007
True to their name, the Scorpions never fail to amaze us with their unique blend of "heavy rock." The song writing ability of Meine/Schenker, five brilliant musicians and one of the very well-known producers combine to make Humanity Hour 1 a delightful listening experience. "Hour 1" begins with Kottak's drums (ala Megadeth's TRUST) before the rest of the band joins in. "Humanity" "Game of life" "We were born to fly" represent a good blend of melodies and powerful favorite being "The Cross" cuz of its infectious rhythm and guitar work!

As Klaus Meine sang in Lovedrive "I'd like to show why scorpions got a sting..." they sure do! Happy listening folks :-)
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An album to please old diehards and newer fans
In response to Matt, I agree. The outside writers and Child production are a stake through the heart of the material on this record. Typically these are indicators that a band is creatively bankrupt, which is where I had Scorpions pegged before "Unbreakable" was released.
Sep 1, 2007 by the_man_with_no_nickname |  See all 9 posts
US Release???
I don't know but I'm just ordering from I've actually heard the entire album and trust me, $18 is totally worth it!! I've heard it 3 times already and it never bores me and I love it more and more with every listen! The Scorpions that we all know and love are back!!

Scorpions new... Read More
May 22, 2007 by Joy |  See all 9 posts
Disparity in Reviews
Is it like Virgin Killer, Lovedrive, Blackout, Love at First Sting, or even Crazy World? Of course not! Bands do tend to evolve when they've been around for 30 years. No, it doesn't have the blistering guitars of those days, but that's not to say it's a bad thing.

The album is pretty good, about... Read More
Jun 23, 2007 by T. Stewart |  See all 6 posts
Desmond Childs?!?!?
What I've heard of the album sounds great, but I am a bit skeptical with Desmond producing. Don't get me wrong, for what he gets paid to do, Desmond is one of the best, but the Scorpions are not a pop band and shouldn't try to be. Unbreakable was the greatest Scorpions album ever and I don't... Read More
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