Scorpions
Taken by Force


4.0
excellent

Review

by Daniel Dias USER (66 Reviews)
April 20th, 2014 | 28 replies | 1,212 views


Release Date: 1977 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One of Scorpions' finest albums. Sadly, the last one to feature Uli Jon Roth.

Scorpions

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


In 1976, after of the release of their 4th album, Virgin Killer, the Scorpions started to cause shock among critics. Not because of the music, though, but because of the atrocious, offensive album covers. Those covers kept their albums from selling as much as they'd want to. However, they started to build a fanbase, in their hometown Germany and in Japan, that remained loyal to the Scorps, by purchasing their albums, despite all the controversy surrounding them. After a tour to promote Virgin Killer, drummer Rudy Lenners left the band, who eventually recruited Joe Wyman. Wyman left shortly after being hired, though, and the Scorps reached out to Herman Rarebell, who accepted to become the Scorpions' 5th drummer (!) and help them record their 5th album, Taken By Force.

While Taken By Force is seen as a milestone album for the band, considering that it's the first one to feature Rarebell as the band's drummer and that it's a fan favorite, it's also the last Scorpions album that features the proficient guitarist Uli Jon Roth. By 1977, Roth was getting tired of the demanding rock 'n' roll lifestyle. Alcohol and drug abuse was taking its toll on Uli. Besides, he seriously wanted to pursue what, unfortunately for him, turned out to be an unsuccessful and discrete solo career. With the Scorps' main creative force not investing on the band 100%, people could assume that Taken By Force would sound uninspired and, perhaps, a bit rushed. However, it turned out to be the opposite. While, in the Scorps' 5th studio effort, they didn't stay far from their hard rock roots, they decided to write some of their bravest and most beautiful compositions in their careers.

Featuring some straightforward hard rocking tracks, such as Steamrock Fever and the hilariously titled He's a Woman, She's a Man, and some more elaborate, prog-rock influenced compositions, such as We'll Burn The Sky, The Riot Of Your Time and The Sails Of Charon, Taken By Force is very well balanced. Klaus displays his vast talent throughout the album, and Roth, who wasn't as focused on the band as he once was, is still able to do what he does best. Scorpions fans know that they have to look past the lyrics to enjoy their songs. I mean, no one can expect to hear good lyrics from a song called He's a Woman, She's a Man. One way or another, though, some improvement in songwriting is seen. Be that as it may, Taken By Force contains some of the most beautiful songs the Scorpions dared to write. We'll Burn The Sky and The Riot Of Your Time are probably the best songs to ever come out of the Scorps' catalog. However, this album also has one or two bad tracks. I've Got To Be Free, for instance, with its awful chorus, is one of them. Born To Touch Your Feelings is in the same vein of some of their previous songs, such as Polar Nights, but, in comparison, it fails to live up to them.

After a world tour to promote Taken By Force, the Scorpions were finally becoming the rock 'n' roll stars they always wanted to be. However, after that tour, Uli Jon Roth would leave the band. Klaus Meine and Rudolf Schenker considered whether they should go on as a band, even without Uli, or not. Eventually, they decided that the show must go on. They recruited Matthias Jabs to become the band's new lead guitarist, and in 1979 they released their
6th album. An album called Lovedrive, that would catapult them to
superstardom.

Recommended Tracks

We'll Burn The Sky
The Riot Of Your Time
The Sails Of Charon
He's a Woman, She's a Man




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Comments:Add a Comment 
danielcardoso
April 20th 2014


2226 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's been a long time. Just wanted to finish this one up.
Maybe I won't review more Scorps albums, because without Uli it's just not the same thing. I've got some other plans in my mind. I really don't know. Anyway...

SitarHero
April 20th 2014


4672 Comments


Hey man, how you been?

danielcardoso
April 20th 2014


2226 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wassup, i'm cool.
now because of school my sputniking has been cut short, but i still come around every now and then.

manosg
April 20th 2014


6070 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Always great to see a Scorpions review on the front page! This is probably my second favorite album of theirs and "The Sails of Charon" is an awesome track.

Good job on the review even though you're a bit rusty due to your hiatus ;)

Have a pos from me man.

Digging: Saviour Machine - Saviour Machine I

danielcardoso
April 20th 2014


2226 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks man

TheRealVermicide9013
April 20th 2014


232 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Love this album

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
April 20th 2014


20644 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Best Scorpions album imo. In Trance comes close though.

Digging: Townes Van Zandt - Townes Van Zandt

danielcardoso
April 20th 2014


2226 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

What's up, Jamie? It's been a long time.

danielcardoso
April 20th 2014


2226 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Contributing Reviewer? Nice ;)

dannyboy89
April 20th 2014


11960 Comments


Sweet review.

MrSirLordGentleman
April 20th 2014


4400 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Second best Scorps, Fly to the Rainbow is their masterpiece imo

Digging: Nina Simone - Pastel Blues

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
April 20th 2014


20644 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@Daniel: Not much dude, yeah it has, good to see you back reviewing again.

and yeah got promoted earlier this year.

MrSirLordGentleman
April 20th 2014


4400 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice to see that finally someone gives some attention to The Riot of your Time

danielcardoso
April 20th 2014


2226 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Jamie: congrats dude ;)
@Danny: thanks man ;)
@Lord: of course, riot of your time is classic ;)

TheNotrap
April 21st 2014


8065 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

My favourite with Roth.

Nice review.

Digging: Cannibal Corpse - A Skeletal Domain

danielcardoso
April 21st 2014


2226 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you man ;)

ksoflas
April 21st 2014


389 Comments


Ace review.
Wonderfull album.
Pos'd.

danielcardoso
April 21st 2014


2226 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks man ;)

dannyboy89
May 29th 2014


11960 Comments


Need to recheck.

MrSirLordGentleman
May 29th 2014


4400 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

WE'LL BURN THE SKYYY, WHEN IT'S TIMEEE, FOR ME TO DIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE



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