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The tightest, catchiest Scorpions album at the time of its release, Blackout won the band a whole new audience with its first No. 1 single, “No One Like You.” The song gets to the essence of Scorpions’ massive crossover success: they wrote incredibly lean pop songs but delivered them with the ferocity of a metal band. On top of that, there was something mysterious and even mystical about the vocals of singer Klaus Meine. At a time when every vocalist wanted to sound American, he didn’t, and that set the band apart. The songs on Blackout hit like bottles being knocked off a ledge one by one: “Blackout,” “Can’t Live Without You,” “You Give Me All I Need.” With “Dynamite,” Scorpions kept place with British metal innovators like Iron Maiden, but “Arizona” and “Now!” showed they had a feel for pop music that likeminded bands couldn’t match. Meine’s voice was perfectly suited to ballads like “When the Smoke Is Going Down,” but this effort was all about their rock songs, which were never more efficient or more ingratiating.

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Gotta agree, the best Scorps album

Of the classic Scorpions albums, this is the definitive one for me. Back when there were sides to albums, side one was classic. The best Scopions song ever, in my opinion, appears here (No one like you). From top to bottom you can't go wrong. This one also has the best overlooked song to me. "Arizona" is an awesome tune with an extremely catchy ryhthym guitar and some pretty funny lyrics. If you like the Scorpions, you won't go wrong with this album.

Excellent CD

No collection should be without this all time classic. Where I disagree with some reviewers who named Blackout the best Scorps album ever, it is without question the first album somebody who isn't familiar with Scorpions should buy. The album starts off with a bang with the title track, and it doesn't let up. No One Like You is the song that put Scorpions on the rock n roll map in the US (they were already huge in Europe and Asia), an all time classic, no question. Dynamite is in my opinion one of the most under rated Scorps songs, and also the hardest rocking song Scorps have ever recorded; also my opinion. If anybody out there thinks there is a better voaclist in hard rock/heavy metal then Klaus Meine when it comes to singing love songs, listen to When The Smoke Is Going Down and consider your mind changed. The 4th best Scorps album, which is like saying the fastest Porsche. Blackout is a must for every collection.

Scorpions Blackout

Brings me back to 1985, this album rocks. Must have for any collection.


Formed: 1965 in Hanover, Germany

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Known best for their 1984 anthem "Rock You Like a Hurricane" and the 1990 ballad "Wind of Change," German rockers Scorpions have sold over 22 million records, making them one of the most successful rock bands to ever come out of Continental Europe. Formed in 1969 by Rudolf Schenker, the original lineup consisted of rhythm guitarist/vocalist Schenker, lead guitarist Karl-Heinz Follmer, bassist Lothar Heimberg, and drummer Wolfgang Dziony. In 1971, Schenker's younger brother Michael joined the band...
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