Scorpions
In Trance


4.5
superb

Review

by Daniel Dias USER (94 Reviews)
August 10th, 2013 | 24 replies


Release Date: 1975 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Scorpions successfully explore a heavier sound in one of the band's best albums.

Scorpions

Klaus Meine: Vocals
Uli Jon Roth: Lead Guitar
Rudolf Schenker: Rhythm Guitar
Francis Buchholz: Bass Guitar
Rudy Lenners: Drums


"Those album covers are horrible. I mean, "In Trance" is still borderline. It was the record company's idea, but we certainly didn't do anything to contradict them. Those covers are probably the most embarrassing thing I've ever been involved with." Uli Jon Roth

"We never did controversial album covers on purpose, we just did not know it would be a problem in America, it was just sex and rock 'n' roll. It is odd that in America some of these covers were a problem, because in the 80’s, when we toured there, we always had boobs flashed to us at the front of the stage." Klaus Meine

In Trance is very curious and peculiar in many ways. The controversy of the original album cover, for instance, was immediate! But, obviously, there is more than that. The style of that album is very different than the one that was found in Lonesome Crow and Fly to the Rainbow. The young musicians started to find their own style and image, abandoning many of their influences. Krautrock influences, for example, were slowly disappearing, and, as the psychedelic scene started to lose its importance, the Scorps now approached a heavier sound. However, this change wouldn't happen without more line-up changes. Indeed, at that time, the Scorpions were still unable to avoid constant line-up changes. After the release of Fly to the Rainbow, Jürgen Rosenthal left the band, and he was replaced by the proficient Rudy Lenners. Lenners quickly familiarized himself with the other musicians, and proved to the right man for the job. Rudy's skills gave the Scorps a big boost. And, with the help of producer Dieter Dierks, another big creative step was taken by the band.

In Trance showcases a great development from the band, they were growing as musicians and they exhibited a phenomenal strength in many of their songs. Under Dierks' guidance, the boys now had room to be more selective and careful, while still having a huge songwriting freedom. In addition, Uli and Meine continued their enormous growth on this release. The result was very interesting and it stood the test of time. In Trance is undoubtedly one of the band's best albums, if not their best. The opener Dark Lady is a prime example of the Scorpions' enhanced skill. Uli Jon Roth has a chance to sing in this song, and does a fantastic job in a frantic opener. One of this album's immediate standouts is the title track, though, possibly the best song here. Its quite introduction leads to a powerful chorus both beautifully and effortlessly. Roth's solo is outstanding, as are most of his on this one. After such a strong start, you couldn't ask for more, but they continue to deliver.

Top of the Bill shows Scorpions in full assault, behind loud guitars and thunderous drums, and Meine just singing about how 'cool' rock 'n' roll is. But one of the biggest standouts here has to be Life's Like a River, a song with more soul than many people would grant the band at this point in their career. Elsewhere, there are some more precious songs that only suffer from being overshadowed by its unfortunate positions on the tracklist. Longing For Fire and Living and Dying are the main examples of that situation. In short, this may very well be the Scorps' best album. Surprisingly, the Scorpions would be able to preserve the line-up that they had at that moment, and, in the following year, they would release another album that would create controversy, due to its polemic cover, Virgin Killer. Under the direction of Dieter Dierks they would continue to explore the heavier sound that they had established in In Trance and the result would be just as satisfactory.

Recommended Tracks

Dark Lady
In Trance
Life's Like a River
Top of the Bill
Longing For Fire




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Comments:Add a Comment 
danielcardoso
August 10th 2013


8230 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It continues...

Gimme your thoughts, hope you enjoy.

HolidayKirk
August 10th 2013


1721 Comments


Fix the broken italics.

Otherwise, constant work and improvement from danielcardoso. Super impressive, pos'd.

danielcardoso
August 10th 2013


8230 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you for the awesome feedback!

Gonna fix it now.

Arnaud
August 10th 2013


203 Comments


While it still won't make me listen to this album, it is a pretty well written review and very explicative of not only the music but also in what context it was made. Interesting read.
pos'd

danielcardoso
August 10th 2013


8230 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you so much. But if you dig 70's hard rock similar to Led Zeppelin you should try this.

manosg
Contributing Reviewer
August 10th 2013


9563 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Awesome album and an excellent review, pos. More people should pay attention to those albums.

Digging: Witchwood - Litanies from the Woods

danielcardoso
August 10th 2013


8230 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"More people should pay attention to those albums"

Exactly.

TheNotrap
August 10th 2013


8450 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I'M IN A TRAAAANCEEE



Taken By Force is my fav with Roth but In Trance is also pretty solid.

Good job, have a pos.

danielcardoso
August 10th 2013


8230 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The Sails of Charon rules, right now it's my favourite off of Taken By Force.

danielcardoso
August 10th 2013


8230 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I just get mad when in Portugal the radio only plays their 80's hits, don't you feel the same? They could play some of their Roth-era songs.

TheNotrap
August 10th 2013


8450 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Yeah The Sails of Charon rules hard. Awesome solo.



Well nowadays even their '80s hits don't have airplay.

I listen to '70s Scorpions since I was a child so....fuck the radio.

Detritivore
August 10th 2013


300 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great album and good review. I think this album mix very good heavy and melancholic sounds. Maybe you could highlight the influence of Uli Jon Roth on this period of the band. I think with this album beggins the legend which he is know

danielcardoso
August 10th 2013


8230 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah the radio only plays horrible hits by glamorous "artists" so screw that!

I listen to the Scorps since i was 6, man. Childhood memories ;)

TheNotrap
August 10th 2013


8450 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Same here...great band.

manosg
Contributing Reviewer
August 10th 2013


9563 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Same here too. Lots of people forget to check those bands and albums that laid the foundation to today's music.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
August 10th 2013


25476 Comments


Awesome album. Really close to being my favourite Scorpions album but Taken By Force just edges it.

Pos'd hard.

Digging: Thee Oh Sees - Live In San Francisco

Friday13th
August 11th 2013


5430 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah Scorps had some good stuff early on like this and "Sails of Charon." This album cover is also very tame. Now Virgin Killer...

rockandmetaljunkie
August 11th 2013


5946 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

My favorite Scorpions from the 70's. Classic album.

rockandmetaljunkie
August 11th 2013


5946 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Decent review, you could have find some additional lines to describe Roth's impact.

Pos'd.

danielcardoso
August 11th 2013


8230 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you for the positive feedback guys, appreciate it.



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