Friday, 14 December 2012
We'll The Burn The Sky
Tokyo Tapes by the Scorpions, if you happened by the Nakano Sun Plaza around April 1978 you would've been in for a very big surprise. Well Dear Readers let's not get into quibbles about 'touched up' live albums because you know my views about this and we all know the score but crikeys vicar wasn't the seventies THE decade for live albums, and more often than not the double live album?!
Honourable exceptions to this is of course the superlative touched up single LP fire of Unleashed In The East by Judas Priest, an album that stands head and shoulders above all and the into the eighties - 1981 to be precise - stand out delight that was No Sleep 'til Hammersmith by you knöw whö.
Tokyo Tapes is an outstanding collection grabbed from Scorpions rocking out in Japan, and it stands out because of some outrageously tasty live versions of the songs Suspender Love (eh!? Oh? Yes!), Polar Nights, Fly To The Rainbow (even if you forgive the Uli Roth vocals croaking out like a bargain basement busker at times), the top rate effort of In Trance and the amazing, words fail me here, the song of the set We'll Burn The Sky.
The disappointing tracks for me are the rock 'n' roll staples Long Tall Sally and Hound Dog. While it might be a crowd pleasing curiosity I'm sorry but the Scorpions had a wealth of back catalogue which could have been bashed out instead of these disappointing novelties. My personal opinion of course.
If I were to describe one of the live albums that changed my life, this would be on the list...put it simply your friend and humble narrator loves it.
PS. The original 'moist, opening rose' cover is heads above the eventual choice of a mediocre live photo shot.
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