Acoustica Extra tracks, Import
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International pressing of the German metal act's live unplugged album. 15 tracks including, 'The Zoo', 'Always Somewhere', 'Life Is Too Short', 'Holiday', 'You & I', 'When Love Kills Love', 'Dust In The Wind', 'Send Me An Angel', 'Catch Your Train', ' I Want To Cry', 'Wind Of Change', 'Love Of My Life', 'Drive', 'Still Loving You' & 'Hurricane 2001'. The Recording for this album took place in Lisbon, Portugal at the Convento do Beato in February 2001. No domestic release is currently scheduled. 2001 release.
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Well, I must say I am impressed. It's a cool 2 CD set in a slip box. It was made in Thailand. Yes, the imprint on the back is Warner Music Thailand and the video footage was shot by a Thai television film crew.
The 43:20 second video played great on my Windows Media Player9. It's a DAT file and you it's not like Quick Time or RP vids.
That being said the video has astounding quality and sound. OH! I also was able to play disc 2 in my RCA DVD Player. Most Excellent!
The interview with (only 2 members of) The Scorpions is in English with Thai Sub-titles. At times the interviewer speaks to the audience in Thai so what he is saying is lost on us.
That being said the performance footage is fantastic. The interview is good. This was filmed in Portugal in Feb 2001 when Acoustica was being done. There is a lot of behind the scense footage. It's a real treat for the fans.
The Scorpions used extra musicians for the 'Acoustica' shows. A (nationally known) Cellist from Portugal, a keyboardist, some extra guitars and three back-up singers!. The songs are given carefulo new arrangements. Even a hard number like 'The Zoo' works well in this setting.
(The Scorpions played 3 Acoustica shows in early Feb, 2001. Most nights featured over 20-25 songs. With this set you get 18.)
A cool cover song is Kansas' "Dust In The Wind". I really enjoyed it being in this set list, but I am not a fan of Kansas. A 2nd surprise cover song is "Drive". Yes, this is the song from The Cars. 'Acoustica' was done not long after the death of Cars guitarist/vocalist Ben Orr. Who knew the Scorps were fans? A nice tribute and one of the videos on disc 2. Of course All the Scorpion's Best Known Ballads are here and a few news songs.
IF you are a Scorpions fan YOU must buy this set. It's excellent.
IF you are a casual Scorpions fan I think you will enjoy this set MORE than a "Best Of" album. It's easy on the ears and the video footage is superb.
The 3 bonus audio tracks on disc 2 are also Top Notch!
Rock on Scorpions!
[One disappointment I have is that it is mentioned in the interview and behind the scenes footage that "Catch Your Train" was performed! I would rather have heard an acoustic version of that than say Hurricane 2001. This song hasn't been played live in years (if at all).]
Note: Amazon's track listing above is INCORRECT.
HERE is the actual track listing:
Disc 1: 1. The Zoo 2. Always Somewhere 3. Life is too Short 4. Holiday 5. You & I 6. When Love Kills Love 7. Dust In the Wind (cover song) 8. Send Me An Angel 9. Under The Same Sun 10. I Wanted to Cry (But the tears wouldn't come) 11. Wind Of Change 12. Love of My Life 13. Drive (cover song) 14. Still Loving You 15. Hurricane 2001
DISC 2: Video 1. When Love Kills Love 2. Holiday 3. Drive 4. Send Me An Angel Audio Only: Tease Me, Please Me; Is There Anybody Out There?; Rhythm of Love.
However, soon after this the band would rebound with three of their best albums ever and hit a late-career resurgence in terms of quality. And, ironically, they would release an acoustic live album "Live In Athens" which completely blows this one away in terms of song selection and overall arrangement. THAT is a much better representation of what this band sounds like acoustically.
The music fabulously showcases the songwriting talents of Rudolf and Klaus and the fantastic musical abilities of the entire band. The acoustic guitars are backed up by subtle drumming, a cellist, bass guitar and keyboards. It is almost a cross between their "plugged" music and the Berlin Orchestra Concert. Without the power normally generated through their amps, the Scorpions show us what they are all about -- good music. These guys aren't just rockers -- they are first class musicians (obviously classically trained) and the melodies are entrancing. I guarantee that true Scorpions fans will be almost moved to tears with the sheer beauty of the instruments "singing together" in perfect harmony.
I get upset reading reviews that say "the Scorpions went downhill" or they "sold old" and changed their style. Those reviewers are not Scorpions fans -- they are fans of particular songs. True Scorpions fans understand that these guys have music flowing through their veins and they have not pigeon-holed themselves into one specific genre. They write from their hearts and play from their souls -- and that will understandably generate different types of music. To love the BAND (rather than just a particular song style) is to understand what they are saying to you through their music -- and to respond back to them in turn. I can't think of a single Scorpions song that I do not like on some level because I understand what they are trying to say with their music. They are saying "Here I am .. this is me" and when they bare their souls like that, who could NOT be moved by it?