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5.0 out of 5 stars Scorpions best album ever. . .
The 1979 album "Lovedrive" by Scorpions is a tremendous effort, seemingly fueled by conflict, chaos, desperation, and fraternity, that rises to a level just short of perfection.
In 1978 Scorpions were in a rebuilding year, having just issued a pink slip to lead guitarist Ulrich Roth. The decision to jettison Roth (and all the Hendrix-ian baggage that came with...
Published on June 29, 2000 by William M. Edwards

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3.0 out of 5 stars A solid album
Vocalist Klaus Meine is the distinctive element that separates Scorpions from other groups. This is shown on 1979's Lovedrive--the band's sixth studio album. Not only is Lovedrive a satisfying album, but the album cover photograph is also remarkable and curious. The disc's musical style is straight-ahead hard rock. Eight compositions are contained. Favorites of mine...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scorpions best album ever. . ., June 29, 2000
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William M. Edwards (Castro Valley, California USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Lovedrive (Audio CD)
The 1979 album "Lovedrive" by Scorpions is a tremendous effort, seemingly fueled by conflict, chaos, desperation, and fraternity, that rises to a level just short of perfection.
In 1978 Scorpions were in a rebuilding year, having just issued a pink slip to lead guitarist Ulrich Roth. The decision to jettison Roth (and all the Hendrix-ian baggage that came with him) was the first of many smart moves made by the band. Before "Lovedrive" was completed, the band would hire, record with, fire, then rehire Matthias Jabs. The band would also briefly rejoin with Michael Schenker(another great move), in what many fans have called the dream line up for Scorpions. Sadly, this line up only lasted a few months. Michael collapsed onstage during a performance with Scorpions in Europe, and chose to step down and go on sabbatical, but not before positively influencing the group as shown here.
Given the tumultuous circumstances under which the album was recorded, its' a minor miracle the album is any good at all. "Lovedrive" however is a four star effort and I believe the best album ever made by Scorpions. Song writing, both musical and lyrical, are prime, and the group emotes all over this album without sounding ridiculous or tired.
The frantically paced classic "Another Piece of Meat"(boy meets girl, love goes wrong at Tokyo kick boxing match), the title song "Lovedrive"(girl-loves-guy/guy-loves-Porsche), and the fantastic "I Can't Get Enough" (or "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Hard Rock") are the three stand out numbers that efficiently showcase the strengths of Scorpions, effectively translating their live vibe onto disc. Thankfully, Scorpions retained Michael's solos on two aforementioned songs ("Meat" and "Drive") and a third "Coast to Coast" despite his departure from the group. Michael's influence however is all over this album, and the style change between this album and the previous "Taken By Force" is like night versus day. Michael's playing on these three songs is simply perfect, and one of the reasons the album succeeds as it does. After twenty years, these solos still raise goose bumps and are stunning evidence of Michael Schenker's immense talent.
Matthias Jabs, despite the inevtibale comparisons, holds his ground. His leads are bright and responsive to the mood of each song with a slightly more soulful, tentative approach. Check out "Always Somewhere" for Jabs shining solo moment, on what would turn out to be Scorpions first ever Uber Ballad. The rhythm section of Herman Rarebell on drums and Francis Bucholz on bass perform ably throughout this album. Rudolph's playing brings the rhythm guitar new status on this album, bringing the instrument up front in the mix with an agressive style one would expect more in a blistering lead guitar. Then, there is Klaus Meine, whose incredibly high pitched German accented vocals became a band trademark that fit the overall sound perfectly. He does a great job here and switches gears effortlessly between the fast and slow numbers. His lyrical collaborations with Rarebell are smart, funny, and entertaining.
Reviewer opinion: A seamless hard rock album with some brilliant moments; arguably one of the top ten heavy metal/hard rock albums of all time and best recording by group; Strong Buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Teutonic champions return after Roth departs., November 6, 2003
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Mattowarrior "Mattowarrior" (Madison, WI United States) - See all my reviews
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...Awesome album. Pure raunch, pure heat. One of Scorpions' best. Its surprisingly good for the first one missing Uli Jon Roth. I have a place in my heart for the man but I still love this album. His Teutonic metal twin Michael Schenker is on here anyway. A three guitar attack with Mathias, Rudi and Michael. Highly worth it but I wonder what could've been if they let Michael in on the songwriting more and gave him more solos. "Another Piece of Meat" an awesome (ironic title if you read the lyrics) blazing tune. "Coast to Coast" UFO style crunchy instrumental. Lovedrive- practically a Scorpions rewrite of "Lights Out" by UFO. Intense singing from Klaus Meine. Get it now, its one of their best post Roth.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For Some Reason I Want Play With Some Gummmm, March 21, 2005
This review is from: Lovedrive (Audio CD)
Released in 1979, this album was a breaking point from the past Scorpions sound and world fame was just around the corner. This is the first album with Matthias Jabs and the 2nd album with Michael Schenker (he was on the Scorpions 1st album). Matthias Jabs initially began recording this album, but was let go when Michael became avalable after leaving UFO. Matthias would return for the tour for this album (Michael left to form his own band) and would stay for permanent on the next album. The future started here and it proved to be the correct path to follow. This is a CD that deserves its place in the music Valhalla because it gave a new sound and fresh air to the stagnant rock scene at the time. Here are my ratings of the songs based out of 5 *****:

"Loving You Sunday Morning" - Guitar intro followed by heavy bass and surging guitars. Some fine solos from Jabs. Tremendous guitar solo to end the song. This song got alot of radio play during this time period. A fantastic hard rock song that in sound and style was way ahead of its peers at the time. A classic metal song that sets the stage for the '80s. I love this song because it's great, and you'll think so too! Rating - *****

"Another Piece Of Meat" - the fastest and hardest song on the album. Opens at a breakneck pace and then changes tempo during the chorus into a heavy drum/cymbal combo with thumping bass. Great playing from Michael Schenker (as if that's a surprise). "Hey lets go, Don't put on a show. You're just another piece, another piece of meat." That's what they all say isnt it? Another classic metal song with great singing as usual from Klaus. This song also got some airplay. A fore-runner of future metal. Rating - *****

"Always Somewhere" - The ballad of the album and in my opinion the best ballad ever done by the Scorps. Klaus sings with alot of emotion and conviction. Just beautiful! Journey never did anything better than this. Rating - *****

"Coast To Coast" - An instrumental with guitar by Michael Schenker. Heavy bass lines from Francis sets the mood and tempo. A midtempo tune and preview of "Into the Arena" by MSG. Rating - ***

"Can't Get Enough" - The shortest song on the album and it leaves you wanting more! A great metal song! Opens fast and furious. Fantastic guitar solo from Rudolf. "Rock and Roll for Speed Kings" Damn, I can't get enough either! Great wailing from Klaus. Rating - *****

"Is There Anybody There?" - Reggae makes it to Germany and the Scorpions liked it so much they paid homage to it in their own Scorpions way with this heavy reggae tinged song. Efficient guitar solo from Jabs gives it a rocking quality. A preview for '80s sounding Scorpions. Rating - ****

"Lovedrive" - This song also received alot of airplay and for good reason. This song ROCKS! Heavy bass from Francis and a galloping tempo. Again, some great guitar solos in the middle of the song. Fine singing from Klaus. Great ending to the song. "It's a Lovedrive." Rating - *****

"Holiday" - Acoustic guitar opens the song and remains throughout the tune. A tempo change in the middle helps to break the monotony and give the song some color and feeling. Great singing from Klaus. "Let me take you far away. You'd like a holiday." Damn right I would! A nice rocking song. Rating - ****

Damn. the Scorpions were so far ahead of the pack during the late '70s from the rest of the metal bands, especially in terms of playing metal with a pop-edge. The only comparable band would be Van Halen during this time. They set the stage and all the other metal bands got on and performed thier play. This album is a gem! No real metal or music lover can rightfully be without this CD. It is a true classic!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 20 Years Later, and Still The Best, June 16, 1999
This review is from: Lovedrive (Audio CD)
It's almost hard to believe this LP turns 20 this year. I grew up on the Scorpions' music, and this power-packed half-hour of music remains my all-time favorite album. Every time I hear it, it sounds just as fresh. A new record contract, a new line-up, and having the Mad Axeman himself, MR. Micheal Schenker, as a guest seemed to light a fire in these rising German stars. This is one of those rare moments where everything came together: the writing, arranging, production, performance, lyrics, etc. Such great songs, including the legendary in-concert standard instrumental 'Coast To Coast'. To hear a great outtake from the sessions of this LP, check out 'Hey You' on Best Of Rockers 'N Ballads. For the unitiated, begin your Scorpions collection here.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chaos spawns best album. . ., June 25, 2000
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William M. Edwards (Castro Valley, California USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Lovedrive (Audio CD)
The 1979 album "Lovedrive" by Scorpions is a tremendous effort, seemingly fueled by conflict, chaos, desperation, and fraternity, that rises to a level just short of perfection.
In 1978 Scorpions were in a rebuilding year, having just issued a pink slip to lead guitarist Ulrich Roth in an effort to retool their sound. The decision to jettison Roth (and all the Hendrix-ian baggage that came with him) was the first of many smart moves made by the band. Another was giving Rudolph Schenker more direct control over their music.
Before "Lovedrive" was completed, the band would hire, record with, fire, then rehire Matthias Jabs, as well as briefly rejoin with Michael Schenker (Rudolph's brother, who had just fled UFO) in what many fans have called the dream line up for Scorpions.
Given the tumultuous circumstances under which the album was recorded, it's a minor miracle the album is any good at all. "Lovedrive" however is a four star effort and I believe the best album ever made by Scorpions. Song writing, both musical and lyrical, are prime, and the group emotes all over this album without sounding ridiculous or tired.
The frantically paced classic "Another Piece of Meat"(boy meets girl, love goes wrong at Tokyo kick boxing match), the misogynistic title tune "Lovedrive"(girl-loves-guy/guy-loves-Porsche), and the fantastic "I Can't Get Enough" (or "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Hard Rock") are the three stand out numbers that efficiently showcase the strengths of Scorpions, effectively translating their live vibe onto disc. Thankfully, Scorpions retained Michael's solos on two aforementioned songs ("Meat" and "Drive") and on a third "Coast to Coast" despite his departure, making this a very interesting album. Michael's playing on these three songs is simply perfect, and one of the reasons the album succeeds as it does. The best way to describe what Scorpions achieve here with Michael is white hot chemistry. The solos are unbelievable, and representative of his best lead guitar work.
Matthias Jabs is no slouch either. His leads are bright and responsive to the mood of each song with a slightly more soulful approach. Check out "Always Somewhere" for Jabs shining solo moment, on what would turn out to be Scorpions first ever Uber Ballad, the likes of which that would later win them broad acclaim worldwide. The rhythm section of Herman Rarebell on drums and Francis Bucholz on bass, and of course Rudi Schenker perform ably throughout this album. Then there is Klaus Meine, whose incredibly high German accented vocals became a band trademark. He does a great job here and switches gears effortlessly between the fast and slow numbers. His lyrical collaborations with Rarebell are smart, funny, and entertaining (as long as you're not a card carrying member of the National Organization of Women).
Reviewer opinion: A seamless hard rock album with some brilliant moments; arguably one of the top ten heavy metal/hard rock albums of all time and best recording by group; Strong Buy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Sting, December 21, 2006
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This review is from: Love Drive (Audio CD)
Scorpions take a giant step forward on this album. Some sources say brilliant, yet eclectic guitarist Uli Jon Roth was already on his way out due to "creative differences", others say the band released him following "Taken By Force". Whatever the case, Scorpions hired relative unknown prodigy Mattias Jabs to take over lead guitar duties...that is, until Scorpions also welcomed back Rudolf Schenker's little brother Michael. Jabs was fired in the middle of recording, but was eventually rehired when Michael eventually cratered. Bringing Michael Schenker onboard was simultaneously a stroke of genius and idiocy by the band. He was a musical genius, but his ousting from UK-based melodic metal band UFO due to substance abuse was well- documented. It was thought Rudolf could keep him in check, but unfortunately, Michael is one of those musical geniuses who periodically, inexplicably, self-destruct. Alas, the lineup that all Scorpions fans had waited years to see was short-lived. Still, his contributions to the album are profound. Despite only getting writing and playing credits on three songs, "Another Piece Of Meat", "Lovedrive", and the groove-laden "Coast To Coast", the playing is brilliant and all three songs remain fan favorites. His impact on the album can not be understated, and most fans feel that having Michael Schenker in the band, even for a short while, was the creative influence that put the German quintet on the road to superstardom. Mattias Jabs, finally a permanent part of the group, makes his presence known on several gems, including the reggae-influenced "Is There Anybody There?" and Scorpions first real power-ballad, "Always Somewhere". Is this their best overall work? Maybe, but I would certainly argue that a some of their later releases, namely `Crazy World', `Savage Amusement', and `Love At First Sting" rank right up there as well.

A couple of final things. Rudolf brings rythym guitar work to the forefront in this, and all future Scorpions releases. It's tough to claim that rythym guitar playing can be called "intricate", but his multi-layered yet complementary layers add a texture and richness that is uniquely Scorpions. The fantastic original album cover art featured here was censored for widespread North American release - if you have an original copy in great shape, it's a collector's item.

If you don't yet own a Scorpions album, this is a great place to start.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars -Schenker Reunion- brief but great!, December 21, 2000
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Marlon Hill (des moines, iowa USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Lovedrive (Audio CD)
Michael Schenker rejoins his first band for an awesome hard-rock album, probably the Scorpions best. I know Michael plays lead on the songs indicated, but if you listen to "Loving you Sunday Morning" you will swear that was Schenker. And I do believe that I read in an interview that Michael says he played lead on 4 or 5 songs not 3. Whatever, it is a great album and a huge milestone in Rock n Roll. Sadly it lasted only a few months. The Scorpions music today is very average at best, maybe they need another jump-start; MICHAEL are you out there?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a timeless masterpiece, April 30, 2002
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This is one of the best albums by the best rock band ever. Maybe the only Scorpions album that doesn't have one single average track, that means no fillers included. It's kind of short, but who cares? All the tracks are great, maybe "coast to coast" and "is there anybody there?" being the best. Both Michael and Mathias do great work. It's hard to find a non-best of album that would have the overall same quality than this record. If you don't like this, I just can't understand you.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe the most consistent Scorpions CD ever. Can't go wrong., July 27, 2004
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Brasington "johnsan50" (Riverside, CA United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Love Drive (Audio CD)
This album really began the trend the Scorps would take for the 80s--polished melodic songs with strong guitar riffs and harmony up front. Arguably this was done just for MTV, but the Scorps made their best music during this period, anyway. Many people get hung up on Uli or Schenker, but the rotating guitarists they've had just aren't as important as their songwriting ability. Here is where the songs start to really shine. If you are really into metal history, then their old CDs are worth hunting for, I guess.

Lovedrive, though, really should be lumped in with Blackout, Love at First Sting, et al. That's a compliment. Every song on this disc could've been a hit off either of those albums. "Lovedrive" is probably the highlight here. Buy this one & ignore the other brainless cover.

BTW, this album can commonly be found at Best Buy & other stores, so shop around before you spend more than $12 for it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Hard Rock Album Ever?, July 25, 2009
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Von Wubblemeister (Cincinnati, OH USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Love Drive (Audio CD)
I first learned of the "Lovedrive" album in 1982 through Hit Parader magazine. Hit Parader used to have a feature in which a then-contemporary rock star would rate his/her top ten albums of all time. I was into Iron Maiden then and was intrigued when Dave Murray, Iron Maiden guitarist and the featured album ranker in one issue of Hit Parader, rated "Lovedrive" by Scorpions as one of his favorite albums. I had recently been turned onto Scorpions through the success of the "Blackout" album (another great recording)and was curious as to why Murray thought so highly of Scorpions "Lovedrive." I was already a fan of Scorpions but only owned the "Blackout" album. I thus sought out the "Lovedrive" album based on Dave Murray's recommendation and my own love of "Blackout." When I found "Lovedrive" in my local record store, I was blown away by the album cover (what high school freshman boy wouldn't have been?); in fact, I felt that I was getting away with something illegal even being able to purchase the album as a minor. Can you say, "breast?" I knew you could.

All kidding aside, Dave Murray was right about "Lovedrive." This album has to rank as one of the best rock records ever made; perhaps THE best hard rock album ever. The mixture of heartfelt (not cheesy) ballads, pure rocking metal, mid-tempo AOR prototype "hits," immaculate production and arguably the best song writing ever produced by Scorpions, make this a must have recording.

Coming at the juncture of what I term "Early Scorpions" (with Ulrich Roth) and "Classic Scorpions" (the hit producing version of the band), this album reveals a group poised for the big time but not quite there yet in 1979; at least not in the U.S. market. Though the Ulrich Roth material from 1974-1978 is fantastic and foundational for any serious rock guitarist, 1979's "Lovedrive" marked the departure of Roth and the '70's vibe. In came a newer, more polished, more modern (at the time) sound that was ready-made for public consumption. Obviously, Scorpions would go on to greater fame after 1979, but never greater writing, production and musicianship all in one package. Like Dave Murray, I highly recommend "Lovedrive."

I'll go one step further and recommend all Scorpions albums from 1972 - 1985 (I'm a fan of ALL their efforts but the average consumer should probably focus on the Scorpions music within these years). Keep in mind, if you purchase any Scorpions albums produced before 1979's "Lovedrive" album, you are getting a different experience. Roth era Scorpions is essentally a more progressive band; well worth checking out if you appreciate great musicianship, but not the slick, "pop" hard rock of the 80's. Pre-Lovedrive Scorpions were a band of great musicians, ultimately divided by divergent goals. Rudolph Schenker and Klaus Meine seemed to focus on the goal of hitting the proverbial "big-time (check out the song "Top of the Bill" from the "Intrance" album) whereas, Ulrich Roth was idealistically focused on producing music that appealed to his soul. This noticeable division in style and purpose made for great hard rock albums with a twist of diversity; however, the unified goal was lacking. Conversely, Scorpions from "Lovedrive" onward reflect musicians on a common mission to become superstars; a mission in which they succeeded.

By the way, I would like to offer a correction to a previous reviewer who said that the solo in the song,"Always Somewhere," was performed by Matthias Jabs. I'm quite certain that it was performed by Rudolph Schenker.
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