THE BAND: Rudolf Schenker (guitars), Klause Meine (vocals), Matthias Jabs (guitars), Francis Buchholz (bass), Herman Rarebell (drums & percussion).
THE DISC: (1982) 9 songs clocking in at approximately 37 minutes. Digitally remastered and reissued in 1997. Included with the disc is a 3-page foldout containing song credits and lyrics, one band picture, and thank you’s. All music written by Rudolf Schenker. All lyrics written by Meine and Rarebell. Label – Mercury/Polygram.
COMMENTS: As far as I’m concerned (like so many reviewers here as well), this is the Scorpions at their peak. This is the band’s break-through album. The Scorpions’ enjoyed mild success in their native Germany with hits from earlier albums from the 1970’s (“The Zoo”, “Loving You Sunday Morning”, “Holiday”, etc), but the album “Blackout” made them global superstars. The song “No One Like You” was their first worldwide smash hit – and with good reason. It still sounds fresh decades later. Some awesome deep album cuts like the rocking “Dynamite”, “Now!” and “Blackout”; as well as the slower songs like “When The Smoke Is Going Down” or “You Give Me What I Need”. The Scorpion’s next album “Love At First Sting” (1984) might have sold more records, but it was because of it’s predecessor “Blackout”. Note – check out any of their compilations or ‘live’ albums, and “Blackout” is the best represented on each. Though “Blackout” is short at only 9 songs and just under 37 minutes – there is absolutely no filler here. “Blackout” is the band’s heaviest and most solid album ever produced. The 24-bit digitally remastered disc has crisp sound production. Classic disc.