Scorpions
Lovedrive


4.5
superb

Review

by rockandmetaljunkie USER (35 Reviews)
July 26th, 2012 | 76 replies


Release Date: 1979 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With Roth’s departure, Scorps finally decide to direct their sound towards more commercial paths, ultimately becoming the band we all know.

Back in the late 70’s, Rock music was under construction. Punk evolved and dominated the scene for almost 3 years. The big three of England’s Hard Rock (Zeppelin, Sabbath, Purple), were slowly declining or, in Deep Purple’s case, had splited. NWOBHM was under it’s way. Motorhead and Judas Priest had already showed up, making it perfectly clear that they had the potential to lead the way for all the possible newcoming bands.You could smell the upcoming 80’s eruption in the air. Then in 1978, Van Halen arrived and with their stunning debut everything changed. Rock music became faster, more technically demanding in some sort of way and more flashy than ever before.

Scorpions changed dramatically as well. Uli Roth wanted to pursue an adventurous, ambitious musical career filled with experimentations. Soon, it became perfectly clear that his success-driven bandmates could not tolerate another failure, as their previous releases hadn’t achieve commercial success. Their separation was inevitable. Roth was replaced by Matthias Jabs, thus completing the classic Scorpions line up that would achieve all the success and popularity, they were all dreaming of, in the decade to come. Jabs’s technique was unequal compared to Roth’s sheer prolific playing, lacking in imagination and having a style being less ambitious, but more straightforward. Still, despite the fact that he wasn’t as accomplished as a guitarist, with him in the lead guitars, Scorps became the no 1 German Rock band. This detail, is one of the secrets that explain Scorpions's new-found success. The fertile partnership of Jabs with Scorpions is something that shouldn't be overlooked. His collaboration with Rudolf Schenker was also nonetheless magnificent. Without having to suffer from conflicts or any other misconception and having a similar playing style, they developed their ideas smoothly and eventually they led the band to worldwide recognition.

Lovedrive is by far the most accessible, straightforward album that Scorpions made in the 70’s and fortunately it doesn’t disappoint. At first it may sound as a shot to mainstream acceptance, but in fact, this album doesn’t offer the cheesy foamed power ballads of their latter 80’s material. As such, here you will discover that their sound is still harsh and contains an aggressive edge similar of it’s precursor Taken By Force. But make no mistake, Lovedrive is written by a band with a restructured career philosophy. The lyrics and the melodies are somewhat different compared to the ethereal, mystical compositions of the Roth era. That of course doesn’t mean we don’t have some noteworthy music over here. This album contains some of the greatest hits that Scorpions ever wrote. The catchy Loving You Sunday Morning, the beautifully rude Cant Get Enough, the timeless and fan favorite Holiday, are all instant classics. The experimenting Reggae – influenced Is There Anybody There" is a refreshing experience after all the rotation between the Hard Rock anthems and the power ballads, a reminder that the band is still capable of experimenting a little bit and eventually it will be the last track in which Scorpions will choose to go out of the ordinary in an album of theirs. Always Somewhere is a sweet ballad that may remind you of Skynyrd's masterpiece Simple Man.

Rudolf’s younger brother the prodigy guitarist Michael Schenker makes a return to write some music for the sake of his old band. In addition, he offers his immeasurable lead playing skills in these three songs which are, Another Piece Of Meat, Coast To Coast and Lovedrive. His participation is more than welcome and his contribution is more than enough to make the album sound better in every possible way. Without his ideas and his valuable help this album would have been completely different, as Jabs hadn’t yet fully developed his skills. Scorpions also, continue their long tradition with the bizarre, sexy album covers, with this one being the rule rather than the exception. Meine’s vocals are at very good shape and, if we can make such an assumption, in this album his signature voice is sounded for the very first time.

To conclude, Lovedrive is an excellent album. It is packed up with wonderful ideas, great vocal melodies, screaming solos and beautiful ballads. The musical simplicity and the rough energy along with all the aforementioned points makes it one of the finest albums in Scorpions’s rich discography. What will follow is more or less common knowledge. A story of success, wealth and fame will begin to unfold as the Germans will become one of the biggest - selling acts in the entire world. A band, which stared as a Pop covering act 14 years ago, had undergone significant changes in their style by adapting Progressive, Blues, Jazz and Krautrock influences, finally found their formula and were on their way to conquer the summits of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Recommended tracks:
Loving You Sunday Morning
Always Somewhere
Lovedrive
Holiday



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rockandmetaljunkie
July 26th 2012


7746 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Wrote this review while staying in the Corral suites hotel in Fujairah. The ship hasn't come yet and we are stuck here in the fucking desert. I hope you guys are having a good time.

rockandmetaljunkie
July 26th 2012


7746 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Constructive criticism is most welcome.

TheNotrap
July 26th 2012


9625 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Album rules damn hard.



Nice work man, have a pos.

Digging: Opera Magna - Del amor y otros demonios

JamieTwort
July 26th 2012


26988 Comments


Wow this was unexpected what with you announcing your leaving.

Good review man, glad to see this coverred. One of my favourite Scorpions albums.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
July 26th 2012


8192 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Το πλοίο θα σαλπάρει για λιμάνια ξέεεεενα, για λιμάνια ξέεεεενα...



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfbHLe5Ecgg







autopos.



Take care man.

Digging: Sordide - Hier Dj Mort

TheNotrap
July 26th 2012


9625 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

This song is about sailing or moving away from home?

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
July 26th 2012


8192 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@TheNotrap



This song is about sailing away from home.



Lyrics and music were written in the mid '50s by Vasilis Tsitsanis and the song was performed by singer Polly Panou.



During the period from the late '50s up to mid '70s the flow of Hellenes immigrating towards the US, Germany and Australia was really huge.

rockandmetaljunkie
July 26th 2012


7746 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@Trap

Thanks dude, I knew you loved this album, so I tried to make it justice.



@Jamie

Our staying in the hotel was unexpected. We were supposed to embark on the ship at the time of our arrival, but they warned us we will stay on shore anyway due to a delay. We will leave probably tomorrow but nothing is for certain.



@Voivod

Thanks Vod, also take care my friend.

rockandmetaljunkie
July 26th 2012


7746 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Tomorrow, if our staying is extended, I will try to find the time for one final review.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
July 26th 2012


8192 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Το πήρες το βιβλίο που σου είπα?

TheNotrap
July 26th 2012


9625 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Poseidon is a Scorpions die hard fan, He will take care of Rock.

rockandmetaljunkie
July 26th 2012


7746 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Δεν το πηρα ρε συ γιατι πηρα καποια αλλα βιβλια της δουλειας μαζι με καποια λεξικα και ημουνα

υπερβαρος. Λιγο ακομα και θα πληρωνα το παραπανω βαρος στο check in. Don't worry το εχω στα υποψιν

παντως, εψαξα να διαβασω την υποθεση στο ιντερνετ και ενθουσιαστηκα. Πρεπει να ειναι πολυ ωραιο.

JamieTwort
July 26th 2012


26988 Comments


"Our staying in the hotel was unexpected. We were supposed to embark on the ship at the time of our arrival, but they warned
us we will stay on shore anyway due to a delay. We will leave probably tomorrow but nothing is for certain."

Oh right. Well, if I don't speak to you again before then, good luck dude and take care.

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
July 26th 2012


2586 Comments


Don't know about anyone else, but for the moment this is my favourite Scorpions album. Literally every song sticks in your mind for quite a while, and like you say it appears to be an album wanting to reach the mainstream heights, but at the same time it is an album by a band that have a reputation for producing excellent Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. Great review too.

Digging: Mastiff - Plague

rockandmetaljunkie
July 26th 2012


7746 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Then what are you waiting for dude ? rate it.



Thank you for your kind words.

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
July 26th 2012


2586 Comments


Haha, well as weird as this may seem, I have decided to listen to all of the bands in my itunes library in alphabetical order-Right now I'm on the letter D. One can get very bored of playing random songs after a little while...

rockandmetaljunkie
July 26th 2012


7746 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Suite yourself then bro, but this album needs all the votes it can get.

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
July 26th 2012


2586 Comments


Oh I definitely agree with that. Any scorpions album deserves at least a review.

RunOfTheMill
July 26th 2012


3930 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Omg, I never imagined I'd see this reviewed, especially not from you what with everything that's

been going on.



Well, great review. I always find the way you write makes for a very fluid read, and it's quite fun.





Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand before you get the chance to review anything else...

>.>



dibs on Blackout



rockandmetaljunkie
July 27th 2012


7746 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thank you all guys for your comments. It seems I won't review again for a long time. See ya !!!



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