7 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

More than two decades before they rocked us like a hurricane, the Scorpions' debut album drew influences from heavier recordings by bands like Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin. 1972's Lonesome Crow featured founding member Michael Schenker on guitar, shortly before he left to join UFO. "I'm Goin’ Mad" opens with "Magic Bus"-inspired percussion as Schenker unleashes some kaleidoscopic, psychedelic, six-string leads that make way for what sounds like chanting monks. Klaus Meine had yet to find his countertenor range, but on "It All Depends" you can hear him pushing his voice into new territories — though it's Schenker's proto-UFO riffage that takes center stage on this one — especially since he was 16 years old when it was recorded. The guitars on "Leave Me" sound like he spent much of his bedroom wood-shedding learning Toni Iommi's parts to Sabbath's "Hole In the Sky." He wields an acoustic guitar on "In Search of the Piece of Mind," flirting with the kinds of progressive arrangements that become more fully formed on the 13-minute-long title-track as it echoes early Jethro Tull.

EDITORS’ NOTES

More than two decades before they rocked us like a hurricane, the Scorpions' debut album drew influences from heavier recordings by bands like Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin. 1972's Lonesome Crow featured founding member Michael Schenker on guitar, shortly before he left to join UFO. "I'm Goin’ Mad" opens with "Magic Bus"-inspired percussion as Schenker unleashes some kaleidoscopic, psychedelic, six-string leads that make way for what sounds like chanting monks. Klaus Meine had yet to find his countertenor range, but on "It All Depends" you can hear him pushing his voice into new territories — though it's Schenker's proto-UFO riffage that takes center stage on this one — especially since he was 16 years old when it was recorded. The guitars on "Leave Me" sound like he spent much of his bedroom wood-shedding learning Toni Iommi's parts to Sabbath's "Hole In the Sky." He wields an acoustic guitar on "In Search of the Piece of Mind," flirting with the kinds of progressive arrangements that become more fully formed on the 13-minute-long title-track as it echoes early Jethro Tull.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
50 Ratings

50 Ratings

Gibson$ooner ,

member161

This album contains Michael Schenker's first recorded work. Roth did not play on this record. Michael left to join UFO and make five of the greatest albums in recorded history! Uli's first record is Fly To The Rainbow. Before you slam someone....check your facts.

Pumpkindave ,

It needs the original cover

This is were it all began,it's smooth with just enough jamming! Itunes also needs to make fly to the Rainbow avalible!!!Besides you cannot bet the price for this classic!

Lc1011 ,

Cool

Hey member161 the guitarist on this album was Michael schenker

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