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Metal Icons SCORPIONS’ Legendary “Virgin Killer” Album To Be Released On Limited Edition 180gm Vinyl!

February 14th, 2015

Scorpions LP-3D med res

Metal icons Scorpions’ legendary “Virgin Killer” album will be released on limited edition 180gm vinyl by Marshall Blonstein’s Audio Fidelity in April. “Virgin Killer” is the first of four studio releases that really defined the Scorpions and their highly influential urgent metallic sound. It was released in 1976 and was the first album of the band to attract attention outside Europe. The album was a step in the band’s shift from psychedelic music to hard rock. For the first time in the band’s career the line-up stayed the same with Klaus Meine on vocals, Uli Jon Roth on lead guitar, Rudolf Schenker on rhythm guitar, Francis Buchholz on bass, and Rudy Lenners on drums. The nine tracks were laid down with Dieter Dierks producing.

The band is in top form and churns out some melodic yet blistering heavy rock. “Virgin Killer” is full of heavy songs and exceptionally, fast, innovative guitar leads by Uli Jon Roth. These songs are infectious and the Jimi Hendrix comparisons are endless, especially the sound of the thunder-heavy riffs and grooves on Uli’s “Polar Nights” guitar solo that make it a classic.

“Virgin Killer” should have made the band superstars, but since metal was still very much an underground movement, the Scorpions would have to wait until the 1980’s when the band cranked out their first hits. The metal is so clear cut and state-of-the-art on this historic recording and distinctly draws the line of what was classic hard rock and true heavy metal.

“Virgin Killer” is simply essential listening; a landmark album for the genre’s development that made Uli Jon Roth a guitar legend.

1. Pictured Life
2. Catch Your Train
3. In Your Park
4. Backstage Queen
5. Virgin Killer
6. Hell-Cat
7. Crying Days
8. Polar Nights
9. Yellow Raven

Mastered for this vinyl release by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio

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Audio Fidelity Records To Release SCORPIONS “Blackout” On Limited Edition Numbered Hybrid SACD

October 31st, 2014

Scorpions Blackout SACDMockup
Rock fans worldwide rejoice! Marshall Blonstein’s Audio Fidelity is releasing rock legends Scorpions most successful album “Blackout” on limited edition numbered hybrid SACD! “Blackout”, their eighth studio album, is Scorpions at their peak…it is the band’s 1982 break-through album that made them global superstars. Every song is a gem and this album contains a splendid balance of pop/rock, power ballads and catchy hard rock. Scorpions dish-out fist-poundin’ anthems like the top ten hit “No One Like You” then turn around and offer the soul stirring ballad “When the Smoke is Going Down”.

Klaus Meine is a singer who knows how to wring the last ounce of impact from each song.The band sounds great as highlighted by the fast-paced performances of guitarists Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs. Herman Rarebell and Francis Buchholz add a tight and powerful drum and bass bottom.”Blackout” is the band’s most solid and rockin’ album. Dieter Dierks production is immaculate. A self-portrait of artist Gottfried Helnwein is featured on the cover of the album.

” ‘Blackout’ just flat out kicks butt and is one of the most highly anticipated releases in our history.” – Marshall Blonstein, Audio Fidelity President

1. Blackout
2. Can’t Live Without You
3. No One Like You
4. You Give Me All I Need
5. Now!
6. Dynamite
7. Arizona
8. China White
9. When The Smoke Is Going Down

Dieter Dierks – producer, engineer
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio

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Various Artists – Legends (SACD)

September 16th, 2014

Various Artists – Legends (SACD)
2014, Audio Fidelity
Rating: 4.5/5

This is somewhat of a double review as Audio Fidelity have re-issued a pair of releases from the Time-Life LEGENDS Series. These two titles are the GET IT ON and CRANK IT UP ones. While both of these releases are top notch it comes down to personal preference of the songs on the disc.

CRANK IT UP is the first title (AF178) so I will begin there.
The 17 tracks on this disc are primarily are slightly more laid back compared to GET IT ON which you would think with a title such as CRANK IT UP it would be the other way around. For the release the folks at AF went and used the original versions of the songs rather than the hacked up single versions. A great relief for those of us that enjoy the fuller versions. Many of the songs on here are your Classic Rock radio staples but in much less quality. After listening to this and just about any release by this speciality label you realize that quality is the focus. Despite being from 17 different sources all of the songs have a great flow to them and nothing sounds out of place next to the other. Hearing The Rascals, The Zombies and Grateful Dead all in one place in such perfect sound is pure bliss.

GET IT ON (AF179) is the second title and like the first contains many staples of today’s Classic Rock radio. For me personally this has the stronger tracklist and is more of a party album. It’s upbeat and the songs just scream to be turned up loud and you can do that with this release without fear of it sounding harsh on the ears. This disc is enjoyable pretty much from the beginning to end. Just like everyone we all have songs we’d add or omit and this is no different. Personally I would omit the over-played and overrated  “Light My Fire” in lieu of another song by a different artist. I don’t get the whole Doors thing. That aside this disc is the more enjoyable of the two and will be a go to disc for Classic Rock hits for sometime.

Both discs have their plus and minus points when it comes to tracks but it’s all personal preference. They both sound fantastic and are very well done. I look forward to getting more in this series if the fine folks at Audio Fidelity release them.


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Audio Fidelity To Release Classic SCORPIONS And ALICE COOPER In January

December 4th, 2013

Audio Fidelity set to release Classic albums from the Scorpions and Alice Cooper in January on Hybrid SACD.

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