"Lovedrive" from 1979 was sort of a musical redirection for Scorpions. New lead guitar player Mathias Jabs took over after Uli Roth and the band started its journey towards a more mainstream approach, even it's not that clear at first sight. The songs are rather good but there's something disturbing that I just can't put my finger on - could it be the production/sound? Songs like "Another piece of meat" and "Lovedrive" are really good but something is missing and I just don't know what it is! With this album, Scorpions recorded the ballads "Always somewhere" and "Holiday" and it's obvious that the guys felt they really found their own way of writing ballads. Compare these tracks with upcoming songs like "When the smoke is going down" and "Still loving you" and you'll see that they are all written in the same fashion. The highlight on this album is the reggae inspired "Is there anybody there?" which shows a different and interesting side of Scorpions. Michael Schenker (ex UFO), who is Rudolf's brother and was a member of the original line up, is doing a guest appearance and playing solo on three songs. If you're a bit picky, be sure to get a copy with this original cover instead of the boring alternative one that has been released (to avoid upsetting people?). It says that this one is remastered but I can't hear any obvious proof that the sound have been improved. And while I'm at it, do not pay too much attention to the lyrics that sometimes are what you would call not of highest quality. But remember - these guys are from Germany.