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Born To Touch Your Feelings
December 2017
Released: 2017, Sony
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: JP

I’m a fan of ballad albums. When Scorpions announced they were putting out a ballad compilation album I was excited. I actually bought my hard copy on release day! I talked to some people who questioned the validity and necessity of this, there are in fact two or three other Scorpions ballad collections but this one is by far the best. The CD packaging is really nice two it features swans, they mate for life apparently, so the symbolism for a career-spanning ballad collection is perfect.

BORN TO TOUCH YOUR FEELINGS-BEST OF ROCK BALLADS is even better than I imagined it would be. The pre-release media hype mentioned there were two new songs so in my mind that was more than enough reason to buy this 17 track, 79-minute compilation. Plus it would be nice to have a version of some of their old ballads on CD rather than my dusty old cassettes. When I started to look at it, I was very pleased to discover there is actually a treasure trove of rare and unreleased stuff on here. There are acoustic versions, re-recorded versions, radio edits, and more. Depending how you count, there are 12 rare or unreleased songs on here, seven at a minimum if you don’t count ‘re-mastered’ versions as new or rare ..but I do! 17 ballads are in this set spanning 40 years (1977-2017) and 10 albums get represented. Thankfully the band is not afraid to showcase their newer ballads, it’s not just all 80’s stuff, a time that many people incorrectly associate with the birth and death of the power ballad. For example, four of the ballads are from the last couple of albums and another four are from the 90’s era.

Musically, what can I day? It’s mellow, smooth, tender, evocative, emotional; all those things a good ballad should be. Scorpions basically invented the power ballad and I am forever grateful. They invented it and remain the masters of it. The two new songs (Melrose Avenue, Always Be with You) are beautiful and other ones (Still Loving You, Holiday) are old favourites and the more recent ballads (The Best Is Yet to Come, Eye Of The Storm, House Of Cards) are new classics. It is nice to hear and have the studio version of ‘Follow Your Heart’ which previously a live-only song.

If you don’t like Scorpions (or ballads) run away, as fast as you can in the other direction, but for me, this collection is superb.
Track Listing

1. Born To Touch Your Feelings (MTV Unplugged studio edit)
2. Still Loving You (Comeblack version)
3. Wind Of Change (Comeblack version)
4. Always Somewhere (2015 remaster)
5. Send Me An Angel (new acoustic version 2017)
6. Holiday (2015 remaster)
7. Eye Of The Storm (radio edit)
8. When The Smoke Is Going Down (2015 remaster)
9. Lonely Nights
10. Gypsy Life
11. House Of Cards (single edit)
12. The Best Is Yet To Come
13. When You Came Into My Life (MTV Unplugged studio edit)
14. Lady Starlight (2015 remaster)
15. Follow Your Heart (new full band version 2017)
16. Melrose Avenue (new song)
17. Always Be With You (new song)


Klaus Meine – Vocals
Rudolf Schenker – Guitar
Matthias Jabs – Guitar
Paweł Mąciwoda – Bass
Mikkey Dee – Drums



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