This album is their 3rd LIVE album. 1st being “Tokyo Tapes” (1978), and the 2nd “World Wide Live” (1985). What a band! At this point in their careers, they’ve done it all. But this album proves that they simply love doing what they do best. Killer guitars, great instrumental (Concerto in V), and Klaus’s voice is on the money! I totally recommend getting the import, as it has 2 additional live songs, (Ave Maria No Morro, and Hit Between the Eyes). However, you miss out on the in-studio single (Edge of Time), I think it’s a fair trade off. Great album, great band, and these guys are STILL rocking. Their newest album, “Humanity-Hour 1″ is arguably their finest since “Crazy World” (1990). Even though the Scorpions got there recognition over the years, I don’t think they TRULY got the recognition they rightfully deserve. They have to be the greatest and most deserving band that has yet to be inducted in the rock n’ roll hall of fame. But I know that it will happen ! ! !
Includes 2 tracks not on the US version: ’Ave Maria No Morrow’ and ’Hit Between The Eyes.’
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Scorpions Live Bites is one of those hidden jewels that flew under the radar when it came out in 1995. The album is still virtually unknown outside of their hardcore fan base to this day. No fault to the album itself, it just happens that way sometimes. “Live Bites” just flows. Song after song work perfectly together here, from the hard hitting opener “Tease Me, Please Me”, to the melon collie “When The Smoke Is Going Down”. After your into about the third or forth song, the album sort of sucks you in. It doesn’t matter if “Rock You Like A Hurricane” or any other famous hits aren’t here. “Live Bites” makes you forget about those tunes this time around. This album is strong enough to stand on it’s own, and is a testament to the Scorpions longevity and their ability to be a superior live act. If you like hard rock, classic rock, hammering guitar solos, thunderous drums and bass, you’ll love this album. I’ve got over 1,000 rock albums, a lot of which are live albums. This one is in my top 5 live albums of all time. Great clean sound, catchy song list, you won’t be disappointed with this one. Rock on!!!
Too bad the band didn’t include more songs from Savage Amusemnt like Don’t Stop at the top or Media Overkill. “Tease Me…” sounds awesome and it’s the best track on the album, however the album has very few live songs and a double album could’ve been better. Still enjoyable, but a album only for die hard fans.
My brother and I have a disagreement over which Scorpions live album is better; this or World Wide Live. I am partial towards World Wide Live. It perfectly captures Scorpions at the pinnacle of their success right after the release of Love at First Sting during their 84-85 world mega tour. In World Wide Live, the sound is rawer and you hear the echoes from the huge stadiums the Scorps were playing in at the time. Live Bites is a very good album in its own right, but it feels “less live” and more “perfect” than World Wide Live for me. The album is more polished and you can hear each one of the musicians perfectly. That is what my brother really likes about the album, the amazing quality and clarity of scorpions on this album which is in stark contrast to World Wide Live, where the sound was much rawer but the clarity is not there. It is just a difference in preference of styles. My brother has his own band and is really into high quality sound which is why he likes Live Bites more. Me, I’m more impressed by the feelings that huge crowds and stadiums in World Wide Live inspire; they make you feel like you are at a mega show.
Some people would say that after the release of Love at First Sting Scorpions went down hill. I would challenge them to listen to this live album. While other than Wind of Change, the songs on this album are not as well known, that does not mean they are not good. The material on this live album is great! You also get a feel for the world audience that scorpions have played live to with songs recorded in Berlin, Munich, San Francisco, Mexico City and Leningrad.
The guitar riffs on Tease Me, Please Me are good. Is There Anybody There sounds great. Scorps slowed down the song and heavily accented the beat giving the song a great feel. I also really like the inclusion of In Trance in this cd. The version is great. Another highlight of the cd is Wind of Change played live in Russia I think (Living for Tomorrow is played for sure in Leningrad). My favorite song on this cd has to be When the Smoke is Going down. I know that is a weird choice, but something about this version just makes it magnificent. I can never get enough of it. Klaus Meine’s voice is fantastic, the crowd cheering gives it a great feel and even though the acoustic guitar chords are very simple, they are also quite powerful (reminds me of Acoustica). You expect the song to errupt into a hard heavy metal song any minute (like Coming Home) but that is where its greatness lies in. It never does, but it keeps you thinking it will.
Overall, if you like Scorpions and/or Metal you should buy this. It is well worth your money. One final word, there are two versions of the CD, Live Bites 1988-1995 [LIVE] and Live Bites [IMPORT]. I would purchase Live Bites [IMPORT] as it is a dollar cheaper and you get one more track. More importantly the difference between the two cds is Live Bites [IMPORT] has two more live tracks while Live Bites 1988-1995 [LIVE] has an extra studio track. I haven’t heard the extra studio track, Edge of Time but it can’t be that good because it wasn’t included in any of their best of compilations, boxed sets ect, so it probably isn’t worth it. Go for the Import version where you get the two extra live songs: Ave Maria no Morro (played live in Mexico city, Klaus Meine’s Spanish is not his forte, but if you know Spanish well you can understand what he is saying, meaning I don’t agree with the reviewer who says he can’t understand him, that reviewer just isn’t a good Spanish speaker, but then I am a native Spanish speaker [born in Colombia]) and Hit Between the Eyes (played very heavy here!)
Live Bites is a great compliation of live performances by the Scorpions. The musicianship on this album is superior, from Meine’s smooth vocals to the combination of shreading riffs between Jabs and Rudolf Schenker. “Tease Me Please Me” is a great track that starts off the album on a great, energetic note. Such ballads as “Rhythm of Love” and “Wind of Change” really capture the crowd (and you) as you listen. The hard hitters on this cd include “No Pain No Gain” and “Alien Nation”. Overall a great Live album despite not including some of their biggest hits.