- LP Record (Oct. 17 1990)
- Format: Import
- Label: Polygram Records
- ASIN: B00008FJWX
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 35 customer reviews
Blackout (Vinyl) Import
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German heavy metal marauders Scorpions recorded seven studio records before breaking in to the U.S. market in 1982 with Blackout. The album became the group's first platinum disc in the U.S., and the dynamic single "No One Like You" became a staple of album rock radio. While the Scorpions had created powerful anthems and epic rockers in the past, Blackout mixed the ingredients just right. The title track was an endorphin rush of fast-riffing guitars and electrified, high-pitched vocals that culminated with the sound of shattering glass. "Can't Live Without You" was a powerful melange of flash, firepower, and pure melody, and the slow, surging "China White" sounded like a psychedelic interpretation of Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir." After years of ignored visas, Scorpions had finally arrived in America. --Jon Wiederhorn --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Proud, loud and fast. 36:48 of amazing.
They slow it down at the end with When the Smoke is Going Down, and somewhat with China White. China White has that great guitar bass riff and heavy mood, its slow but sometime taking their time is worth it.
I opened this disc up as fast as I could and popped it into my player for a quick spin before work. The sounds that came out were familiar yet different. I was hearing things I don’t remember hearing before. Was it where I haven’t heard this album in a long time? What was going on? After work and a night’s rest I sat down with my morning coffee and gave the disc a proper listen.
Starting out with the title track I was ready for an aural assault on my ears. The opening guitar sounded spectacular, this was going to be good. Then the drums kicked in and my impression changed slightly. The high end was a little shrill on my system and the bass was lacking. Vocals and guitar were perfect sounding. As the album played it was almost as though I was hearing it for the first time. It sounded fresh and new yet it maintained that classic feel to it. I had played this album countless times over the years but not in ages so that could partially be why it sounded a little different. There is a clarity to this new issue that was never there. The song “China White” really sounds amazing and has benefitted from this new mastering the most. It has the punch to it that I remember. This is how I remember the album.
This is quite possibly the best version of BLACKOUT you will own on CD. I may have to haul out my well worn LP from the 80’s and do a comparison soon but I am sure the Audio Fidelity disc will trump it in many ways.
In 1982, the Scorpions released their eighth studio album, Blackout. At the time of its release, it would go on to become their most popular album of all (that is, until their next one, Love At First Sting, would steal that honor away.) Is Blackout a heavy metal masterpiece worthy of its lofty reputation, or is it just a subpar effort from the band? Read on for my review.
By looking at this album's tracklist, you can easily see that two of the band's biggest hits were originally recorded for this album - the fast, furious and heavy title track, and the mainstream-oriented power rocker, No One Like You. These tracks have been among those responsible for bringing the band tremendous fame. And, of course, as with any Scorpions albums, there is way more here than meets the eye. Much like Animal Magnetism before it, this is mostly an album of fast and heavy tracks, although the band does try its hand at ballads - rather well, might I add. One thing that greatly angers me is that the Scorpions have been deemed a glam/hair metal band due to all of their popularity in the eighties amongst bands of those stylings, and their long hair. THE SCORPIONS ARE NOT A GLAM METAL BAND! If you need proof that the band is a straight-up metal act and not glam rockers, listening to this album might just be enough to change your mind.
All in all, this proves to be another excellent album for the band. Over the years, a number of heavy metal bands have emerged from Germany, but none as talented as the Scorpions. If you like the band for their tracks that rock hard, Blackout is a must-add to your collection.
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