814 981-1 M-1 Love At First Sting
Produced by Dieter Dierks
Released on March 1984
UK CHART POSITION #17 . . . US CHART POSITION #6 . . . PLATINUM RECORD (4/30/84), 3x PLATINUM (8/7/95)
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O ne of the best rock albums of all time. Hell, one of the best albums of all time. The opening “Bad Boys Running Wild” starts at level 10 and from there it’s elevens all the way. Like Def Leppard’s Pyromania, Love At First Sting combined pop appeal with heavy metal (just listen to the chorus of “I’m Leaving You” and tell me that’s not a great pop hook). Both sounded like a cartoon caricature of metal at times, but the caricature was so close to the original that it seemed like splitting teased hairs to point out that “real” metal isn’t this musical. Plus there was lot here that drew from genuine metal: the lightning-fast guitar licks (in my opinion, Mathias Jabs was one of the best lead guitarists on record during the ‘80s), crunching and uncomplicated chords and Klaus Meine’s super-energized singing. Slow things down a bit, add the occult, and you’re basically talking about Dio (which is uncontestable heavy metal). But Dio never produced an album with so many hooks and such a balance of moods. “As Soon As The Good Times Roll,” for example, stands at the threshold between explosive metal and atmospheric studio rock, walking the line without crossing it. In fact, much of the album’s appeal is that Scorpions don’t feel pressured to cast every idea in standard metal mode; if an idea works better as a ballad (“Coming Home”) or a serious statement (“Crossfire”), then power chords be damned. Taking their cue from the material is a good idea, since the material is terrific: “Still Loving You,” “Rock You Like A Hurricane,” “Bad Boys Running Wild,” “Big City Nights.” It’s a virtual Scorpions Greatest Hits album. If you haven’t gotten stung already, handle Scorpions here first. It still delivers the same thrill twenty years on.

814 981-1 M-1 back cover 814 981-1 M-1 lyric sleeve
814 981-1 M-1 back cover 814 981-1 M-1 lyric sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. BAD BOYS RUNNING WILD    (music by Rudolf Schenker, lyrics by Klaus Meine/Herman Rarebell)    3:53
  2. ROCK YOU LIKE A HURRICANE    (music by Rudolf Schenker, lyrics by Klaus Meine/Herman Rarebell)    4:10
  3. I'M LEAVING YOU    4:10
  4. COMING HOME    4:58
  5. THE SAME THRILL    3:30
  6. BIG CITY NIGHTS    4:02
  7. AS SOON AS THE GOOD TIMES ROLL    5:02
  8. CROSSFIRE    4:33
  9. STILL LOVING YOU    6:27

    Music by Rudolf Schenker, lyrics by Klaus Meine unless noted. Arranged by Dieter Dierks and Scorpions.

CREDITS

FRANCIS BUCHHOLZ -- bass, Moog Taurus
MATHIAS JABS -- lead guitars, rhythm guitars
KLAUS MEINE -- vocals, backing vocals
HERMAN RAREBELL -- drums
RUDOLF SCHENKER -- rhythm guitars, lead guitars, backing vocals
Gerd Rautenbach -- engineer
Dieter Dierks and Scorpions -- mixing
Helmut Newton -- photos
Kochlowski/Missmahl/Pieczulski -- coverdesign

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
GER/UK March 1984 Harvest LP SHSP 24-0007-1 lyric sleeve
US March 1984 Mercury LP/CS 814 981-1/4 M-1 lyric sleeve
AUS'L/NZ 1984 RCA Victor LP VPL-16673  
CAN 1984 Mercury LP SRM-1-4085 picture sleeve
JPN 1984 RCA LP RPL-8223 lyric insert
UK 1984 EMI/Harvest CD CDP 7 46025  
US   Mercury CD 814 981  
UK 1989 Fame LP 3224  
US August 19, 1997 Mercury CD 534 787  
GER October 25, 2001 EMI CD 535 156 digital remaster
JPN 2001 EMI/Toshiba CD TOCP-53207 digital remaster

 

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