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Taken by Force [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

ScorpionsAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 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 (October 29, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • ASIN: B00006WKY9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,375 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uli Jon Roth's last stand April 17, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Ahh, i love this one! This classic Scorpions album has always been one of my absolute favorites!I feel that this masterpiece has to be one of the best hard rock albums that never got any credit and is extremely underrated.

The Scorpions fifth studio album is the darkhorse effort of their lofty back catalog of albums.Historically,this was the end of the first phase in the Scorps carrer in that it was their last outing with guitar wizard Ulrich Roth or better known as Uli Jon Roth.After this,Ulrich was gone for good and the band singed to Mercury records and started their string of commercial albums.This is the Scorpions at their artistic and experimental peak, never again would they delve into this kind of musical estacy displayed here.Uli Jon Roth must be heard to be belived,his guitar playing is absolute heavenly!I tell you, this guy could easily put Blackmore,Malmsteen,VanHalen or whoever to shame.The whole band on this album is exellent,Rudolf,Meine,Uli and Francis are firing on all cylinders.This is also the first album with Herman Rarebell on drums and he really adds that kick in the pant's to the rhythm section.The album is definatly one of the most dark,moody,experimental things this band has ever attempted.


A perfect song to kick off this album,has some great drumming and rhythm guitar which equals to one of their best songs.


The best Scorpions song ever! clocking in at around 6 minutes,this song has a mix of beautiful melodies and skullcrushing power all displayed by top notch musicianship.


A catchy song with some great rebellious lyrics.


Acoustic guitar is used to great effect here.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This album is worth 4 stars for "Sails of Charon" alone January 18, 2005
Format:Audio CD
And, frankly, that song is why I bought it. That the rest of the album is solid 70's metal is icing on the cake. "Sails" is, quite simply, one of early metal's crowning achievements, especially for Uli Roth's disciplined yet mind-blowing guitar solo during the intro. Blackmore has NOTHING on this guy. Further, it's rhythm track is surprisingly funky, if you can buy that without hearing it. Trust me.

With the exception of a few tracks on "Blackout," I'm not much of a Scorps fan, but this album is really great, in its idiom. And, seriously, if you want to hear some of the finest hard rock guitar playing ever, pick up this bad boy.

You best believe!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the greatest Metal album ever recorded. April 9, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Well, I don't know if I should say a sweeping statement like that, but its in the "top 5" for me. All great songs, no filler, and none of Uli's controversial singing! "We'll Burn the Sky" is their "Stairway to Heaven" - a power ballad to conquer all others. Come solo time, and it goes off to the (Strat)osphere! It blows away most of today's shredders and of course we get to "Sails of Charon" which is the crown jewel of this album. Covered by everyone from Testament to Yngwie, this is the beginning of the Neo Classical metal genre. Queen may have laid the groundwork, but a listen to the solos in this one and you can hear the true beginning of the genre. "He's a Woman, She's a Man" may have been one of the things that ticked Uli off to leave, and its the beginning of drummer Herman Rarebell's
controversial lyric writing in the band, but it is a proto thrash song that predicts the heavier side of NWOBHM! And this is from Germany!
Overall, this album has some of the best variety of Uli era
Scorpions, and is the one essential piece of music that everyone should have.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Remastered, but short-changed September 1, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Made in GER in 2001, Serial# 5-35147-2, Playing Time 48:18
I know most people will jump at the opportunity to grab this great album, especially since it was unavailable for the longest time.
BUT there's a slight twist here: sure, it includes 2 bonus tracks ("Suspender Love", the b-side to the "He's A Woman She's A Man" single, plus "Polar Nights" live, which was left out of the single-disc version of "Tokyo Nights" due to space constraints), HOWEVER this remastered version contains the EDITED version of "The Sails Of Charon"; the original Japanese pressing of this disc (released on CD back in 1989!) contained the FULL version, which is about 45 seconds longer.
So I saved a few bucks by avoiding the Japanese Remastered version (why pay more?). But I got a surgically altered version of my favorite track on this great album!!!
If that's unimportant to you, buy this version. But if you want the "original" full-length track, buy the Japanese re-issue... I simply HAD TO!!!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scorpions most overlooked effort.. August 26, 2005
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.. in my opion atleast. Think about this for a moment, "Taken By Force" is sandwiched between two landmark albums which makes it hard for it to get any credability. "Virgin Killer" is considered by many fans the definative 70's Scorps album while "LoveDrive" is very important historically in the Scorps career in which they embarked on the MTV route.

I will admit this upfront, even though i am a fan, i never liked any of their 80's MTV material too much. It was not that i thought it was bad, it's not, the 80's stuff is quite good actually, but it really never appealed to me the way the 70's material did because it was just too generic and commerical sounding for my taste; simplified riffs and generic stupid lyrics about loving/missing/wanting to be with your "woman" and "rocking out", almost every other song they wrote was about that. The lesson is that greed is a destructive force, it has the ability to completey ruin great bands (look at Metallica), for the Scorpions it meant abandoning creativity and artistic integrity for the almighty dollar, the damage has been done and can not be repaired, now you can hear "Rock You Like A Hurricane" at almost every sporting event around the country.

This album was actauly the swan song for the meaningful and artistic Scorpions, it was the last album with Uli Jon Roth, who i feel was the creative nucleus of the Scorps of the old days. The songs are all pretty diverse; basic hard rock, metal, pyschadelic and beautiful ballads all inhabit this dark, moody work of art. It might throw some for a loop if they are only used to the 80's Scorpions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Scorpions ROCK
Love this CD. THE SCORPIONS are one of the best rock bands ever. I have enjoyed this CD so much.
Published 2 months ago by T. Miracle
5.0 out of 5 stars AUF WIEDERSEHEN, ULI ROTH
Continuing the transition (which began on In trance) from a slightly psychedelic, somewhat darker, Progressive, Kraut-Rockish type sound to straight forward Hard-Rock. Read more
Published 7 months ago by ACRIMONIOUS
4.0 out of 5 stars good 70's metal
good melodies, production, sound, energy.

uli roth's guitar work is pretty awesome at times. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Melyssa
1.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING album, but...
The sound, URGH, MY EARS! This version, although it contains two extra bonus tracks, is a horrid, un-hearable remaster. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ruben
5.0 out of 5 stars The End of the True Scorpions
This was a sad end of Scorps career in that it was their last outing with guitar wizard Ulrich Roth. Read more
Published 14 months ago by F. Sasso
3.0 out of 5 stars Got this to round out my Scorpions discography
Brings back memories of early 80's for me. The Scorpions were "rock stars" back then and I essentially picked this up to help complete my Scorpions discography
Published 15 months ago by Soehlig
5.0 out of 5 stars Where it all started!
A must have for any Scorpion Fan!

No collection is complete without this 'Must Have' Scorpion CD!

Some of the Scorpions' Best work right here!
Published 19 months ago by Hamza
5.0 out of 5 stars Early Scorps rule NUFF Said
What more can you say...except BUY IT

Anything from Love at First String back to Lonesome Crow is a recommended buy. Read more
Published 19 months ago by A light in the Black
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Great CD. I have seen them in concert and really have always loved their sound. this album is not exception.
Published 19 months ago by johnny .d. mills Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I must say this album is awesome and it just plain rocks. Every song is good on the album and the guitars are awesome in it. Read more
Published on February 13, 2012 by jeff
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