This is the kind of disc that you would get if you either have a small budget or just liked the Scorpions’ hit songs. To really understand their mastery of the metal genre you must buy their Two-disc Mercury Years collection. “Rock You Like a Hurricane” is still my favorite and I discovered “Rhythm of Love” which is one of their most underrated songs. Listening to this disc will leave the buyer feeling unsatified because there are many songs missing.
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I really do not like the 20th century Masters line up of discs that try to cover all of the “Best&Greatest” songs from various bands. The problem is that 10 tracks hardly constitutes enough coverage to do a group justice.And here for the Scorpions, one of my favorite bands, this horrible series rears it’s horrendus,ugly head.Now it does have some of the Scorps best songs that you might of heard on the radio like “Rock you like a Hurricane” “Still Loving You” “big city Nights” “Winds of Change” “No One Like You” ect, but i just cant imagine a Scorpions song collection with out “Blackout” “Love Drive” “Passion Rules the Game” “Now!” “Lady Star Light” ect. There are just better collections out there.
As far as `80s metal goes, bands tend to fall into one of two categories: party-metal bands like Poison, with blues-based songs and good-looking members, and darker bands like Iron Maiden and Megadeth, with classically-influenced songs and members who only get chicks because they’re famous.
Precious few bands fall between the two categories, but the Scorpions do it quite well. They sing catchy songs about women, but at the same time they fall well short of Def Leppard in the looks department. Also, they combine classical (“The Zoo”) and blues (“Big City Nights”) influences.
Their biggest radio hits from the `80s (their mostly-overseas `70s career is essentially ignored) were chronicled on The Millennium Collection: The Scorpions.
I bought this CD to replace my Best of Rockers `N’ Ballads cassette, and there are only a few tracks that are different. Two of the songs that appear here, “Believe in Love” and “Wind of Change,” make it definitely the better buy.
All the crucial tracks-”Rock You Like a Hurricane,” “Rhythm of Love” and “Still Loving You,” among others-remain, though “Holiday” is absent.
With a listen through the CD, it’s amazing how many audiences the Scorpions can appeal to simultaneously. Any fan of music will enjoy the ultra-catchy songs that manage to be emotional and accessible at the same time.
Those impressed with musical proficiency will like the guitar work, and the amazing, distinctive singing of Klaus Meine.
Though the songs fall prey to a flashy `80s sound, they do not sound as dated as Poison rip-offs like Ratt or Warrant. In fact, the Scorpions were pioneers of metal music; they formed in 1965 in Germany. As a result, the tracks remain original and powerful.
Its hard to imagine that I’d criticize a best hits album by one of the greatest metal bands of all time. Its not that the songs they’ve chosen aren’t good…the radio friendly standards of Rock You Like a Hurricane and No One Like You should always be on a greatest hits album. But to include the sappy ballads that characterized their late 80’s and early 90’s work as opposed to the absolutely masterful things that they came out with in the 70s is ridiculous. How about just one song from their 1972 debut, Lonesome Crow? How about the haunting In Trance from the album of the same name? Who hasnt heard Drifting Sun from Fly to the Rainbow and not been blown away.Anybody wanting to catch the real best of the Scorpions would be well served by spending a little more and getting acquainted with their earlier work. The Scorpions became a hair band, but managed to forge the fundamental backbone of European heavy metal in the 70s.Rush right out now and buy Fly To The Rainbow, Virgin Killer, and In Trance. Lonesome Crow, if you can find it will blow your mind.
The Best of Scorpions: The Millenium Collection from the 20th Century Masters series is a great CD for those fans who want to get know what the Scorpions are all about. You can’t really complain about the cost; the track list makes it definitely worth the price.
The 2 most commercially-successful albums “Love At First Sting” (Rock You Like A Hurricane, Big City Nights, Still Loving You) and “Crazy World” (Tease Me Please Me, Wind Of Change, Send Me An Angel) are well-represented here. Although, having 2 tracks from the sub-par “Savage Amusement” (Rhythym of Love, Believe In Love) and only 1 from the vastly-superior “Blackout” (No One Like You) is a joke.
If you want a decent selection of great songs from one of the better rock bands of the 80s and 90s but don’t want to spend a lot of cash, get your hands on this disc. If you want a more complete collection of great Scorpions music and don’t mind spending a little more, pick up the 3-disc “Box Of Scorpions” set instead of this.