Fly To The Rainbow (1974.) Scorpions' second album, and the first to feature Uli Roth on guitar.
It's hard to believe that by the time the Scorpions released their SECOND album, they had already been together for NINE YEARS! What's even more astonishing is that Fly To The Rainbow, the band's second album, came a full TEN YEARS before their biggest hit, Rock You Like A Hurricane! The average Scorpions fan is left dazed and confused after hearing the band's 1972 debut, Lonesome Crow, since it sounds NOTHING like the later band. Does the band's sophomore effort do the same thing, or is it a step toward the material we know and love the band for? Read on for my review.
The band kicks things off with a classic hard power rocker entitled Speedy's Coming. Of all the tracks on the album, this is probably the one that sounds the most like the band's eighties material that most fans know and love. The highly irregular rocker They Need A Million comes next. For this track, the band takes on somewhat of a Spanish sound. As weird as this may sound, it makes for a pretty interesting track. Drifting Sun, Fly People Fly, and the title track are all interesting little power ballads that almost certainly won't fail to please. It's such a shame the band's albums with guitarist Uli Roth are long out of print and underappreciated by the average Scorpions fan, different as they may be from the rest of the band's material.
Overall, Fly To The Rainbow is an excellent album. Unfortunately, it and all of the other albums from the band's period with guitarist Uli Roth are long out of print, so if you want to find this underrated masterpiece, I recommend eBay or your local used compact disc dealer. Don't overlook the Scorpions pre-eighties material - it could end up being the biggest mistake of your life!