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Lonesome Crow

ScorpionsAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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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 (June 5, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Revisited Records
  • ASIN: B000O78S8U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #873,468 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I'm Going Mad
2. It All Depends
3. Leave Me
4. In Search Of Peace Of Mind
5. Inheritance
6. Action
7. Lonesome Crow

Editorial Reviews

Lonesome Crow is not just merely the first album from Germany's Number 1 Hard Rock export, but also the first ever Brain release, issued in 1972. Lonesome Crow is both highly coveted by record Collectors for the famous catalog number of Brain 1001 and also because it presents the Scorpions in a way we would never hear them again; rough and ready, with surprising twists and turns and unusual song structures. One can clearly hear the legendary talent and chemistry between Michael & Rudolf Schenker who were still "united in rock" at the time. Lonesome Crow certainly belongs in every music lovers' collection.

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Early Scorpion's Masterpiece! April 24, 2002
Format:Audio CD
First off let me repeat what another reviewer has said of this cd. This is not The Scorpions that put out songs such as "Rock You Like A Hurricane" or "No One Like You"! Granted several of the original members (Klause Meine, and Rudolf Schenker) remianed in the band but that's it. This cd represents a very young Scorpions. I hear some Black Sabbath influences from the then young guitarist extroardinaire Michael Schenker (16 years old). The drums and bass section in this band are the best that I've heard from The Scorpions. I agree with the above reviewer in that Wolfgang Dziony is a better drummer than Herman Rarebell and bassist Lothar Heimberg is a terrific bass player. Too bad these memebers didn't remain with The Scorpions throughout their RCA label days. I still prefer The 70's sounding Scorpions over the eighties rock they created. Albums such as "Fly To The Rainbow", "In Trance", and "Virgin Killer" are classics. Too bad RCA here in the U.S. doesn't get on the ball and remaster and re-issue those cd's. Now back to this cd. Songs such as the title track "Lonesome Crow"( at over 13 mins. long) are very guitar driven and the song itself is progressive in The Jethro Tull vein. Another standout cut is "In Search Of The Piece Of Mind". This is an acoustic guitar driven track with Klause Meine sounding topnotch as ever and Michael Schenker as usual adds his special guitar touch. The song "I'm Going Mad" has a nice chant at the beginning with Meine's vocals reduced somewhat. The chant continues through most of the song. And I can't help but hear that Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) guitar influence in Schenker's playing. The remaining songs are also excellent but I repeat this cd is not for everyone. If you enjoy progressive and unusual sounding rock then pick this classic up before it becomes deleted. Highly recommended.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Industrial Masterpiece April 24, 2002
Format:Audio CD
There was an interesting book published a few years back entitled "Riff Kills Man." It was an exhaustive series of reviews for about a thousand hard rock/heavy metal albums. I agreed with the author on virtually every review. I then read his review of the Scorpions' first-ever album "Lonesome Crow." He royally ripped the album. I threw the book in the trash.
"Lonesome Crow" is a strange sort of musical madness. It has NO resemblance to anything else done by the Scorpions. Other than Meine's vocals, nothing will sound Scorpionsesque. And even the vocals are a different sort of primal angst.
I've often thought that so much of the monumental brilliance which can be attributed to the Beatles and the Stones has as its origin the post-World War II vibe which must have permeated England: a renewed sense of hope, optimism, a sense of thankfulness that they all survived Hitler and his menace. It was an environment of rebirth and expansion. The vibe and environment in Germany would have been the flip side: regret, dread, guilt, shame. Now, obviously, the members of the Scorpions would have been too young to have had any first-hand involvement in the War, but they grew up in a country which was getting re-oriented to its new role in the world. "Lonesome Crow" seems to capture some of the dark malaise and anger which must have consumed many young people who were born into all the turbulence.
I envision the album being recorded in some old warehouse which had twenty-some years earlier withstood the bombing as the manufacture of daggers and medals continued unabated within its thin corrugated steel walls. The Flying-V became an acceptable metaphor for rage and power and ambition as Germans with real weapons were anathema.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most underrated albums of all time October 5, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
A far cry from the BLACKOUT and LOVEDRIVE sound, LONESOME CROW is definately an original on it's own. Some may even call it a masterpiece. This isn't for every Scorpions fan out there, it's an album that is dark, heavy, soulful, and down right bizarre. At the time of it's release, the Jimi Hendrix and the blues/jazz sound really dominated the airwaves and had a great effect on rock-n-roll. This is definately prevolent through out every track. This album showcases the incredible amount of talent each member possessed, especially Michael Schneker. Never on any UFO or MSG album have you heard Michael unleash his musical wizardry like this. The title track, "Action" and "It All Depends" highlights Michael's musical brilliance. Definately some of his best solos ever. The vocals of Klaus Meine are also something to behold. "I'm Goin' Mad" really shows off what Meine was made of before the commercial sound of the 80's. This album is a must have.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By ChefBum
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Most of the comments the Scorpions' first effort, 'Lonesome Crow', are right on here. At first I fully expected a raw, primitive sound similar to that of 'Fly to the Rainbow' and 'In Trance'. Instead, I got an earful first listening to this somewhat experimental work, which is far, far more sophisticated than anything that they have done since. I find myself listening to 'Lonesome Crow' over and over again, trying to figure it out. This one certainly bears repeated listenings, as there is a lot going on here.
Everyone who knows and loves the Scorpions from their 80's heyday knows how polished their special brand of driving hard rock 'n' roll became after Tokyo Tapes in '78. Starting with 'Lovedrive' in '79 (my favorite of their newer material), 'Animal Magnetism', 'Blackout', etc., It is pretty clear looking back how the Scorpions continued to refine their sound with glossier production coupled with simpler, shorter song arrangements and a more focused, driving hard-edge to their sound. It's almost like they backed-up after making Lonesome Crow, only to focus and refine a decidely more loud and straightforward sound.
If 'Lovedrive' is classic 80's heavy metal, then 'Lonesome Crow' must be seen as the peak of their creative ability. Indeed, it is like nothing that I have ever heard before. The Sabbath influence is there (just listen to the excellent bassist wax Geezer Butler-esque), and the drums are equally solid. This record is like a black orchid on a dark purple background, and the atmosphere it generates is tremendous.
It is also a showcase of musicianship. No offense to Rarebell, etc., but the Scorpions should never have gotten rid of their bass/drums section, who really shine on this, the only Scorps album on which they performed.
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Published 5 months ago by Ronald A. Trussell
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful
15 year old Michael Schenker is unbelievable and the rest of the band especially his brother Rudolph are timeless in their approach.
Published 6 months ago by sally ramos
The very original SCORPIONS that produced some of the best 70's hard rock, hazy stuff that put you in a daze. Of all SCORPIONS albums, this is the one to own. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Katherine Soto
5.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of greatness.
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Published 9 months ago by MountainMojo
5.0 out of 5 stars Might be my favorite Scorpions album
Unlike anything else they ever did. Their RCA period was great, and their early Mercury records were pretty good, but I listen to this one most often. Read more
Published 12 months ago by TLR
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Prog Rock
My brother managed a 'Record Store' in the 70's. I still own an import copy of this LP. I think even POP Scorpions fans would find something to love in this 'album'. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Paul J. Sorensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, I have seen the light!!!
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Published 18 months ago by White Chicken
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