The only comlaint you could have about buying this album is that it is relatively short. That shouldnt stop you from buying it! Inevitably this will be compared to Metallica’s S&M: but this is spit-and-polished metal and ballads that puts it to shame. The updated “rock you like a hurricane” is terrific, although Klaus Meine’s vocals (in my opinion) just werent _quite_ as beautiful as usual. This song opens strong orchestrally, and closes just as hard. “Moment of glory” is wonderful. The children’s choir is a nice touch, adding to the songs’ message of hope, and I particularly like the impish ending by the orchestra here and on “wind of change”. “send me an angel” features vocals split with Italian superstar Zucherro (you may have seen him on vocals during the Freddie Mercury Tribute concert). The song still sounds excellent here. “here in my heart” has to be one of the prettiest duets Ive heard. “big city nights” opens hard, and never stops. I much prefer this version, incl. guest vocals. This album sounds like the winning soundtrack to a movie. Buy it.
New Album Recorded with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Features Three New Songs, Including Moment of Glory which Has Been Chosen as the Official Anthem of Expo 2000. Includes a Duet with Zucchero.Throughout the 1980s, ”We are the Scorpions!” was lead vocalist Klaus Meine’s concert-opening battle cry, energizing and readying the faithful in sold-out stadiums for a Teutonic onslaught of vital, sometimes plodding, eardrum-splitting rock anthems. In short, the arena-rock monsters were never a picnic-under-the-stars kind of band … until Moment of Glory. The new millennium brings the Scorpions full circle, melding in-your-face party anthems like ”Rock You Like a Hurricane” (now called ”Hurricane 2000”) and ”Big City Nights” into fully orchestrated concoctions featuring the Berlin Philharmoniker. Where the grandiose likes of ”Wind of Change” and ”Still Loving You” are obvious choices for such a pairing, and indeed, work well, the ”Deadly Sting Suite,” with almost unrecognizable instrumental versions of ”He’s a Woman, She’s a Man” and ”Dynamite,” will likely catch the unknowing fan of classic Scorps off guard. Both Deep Purple and Metallica have used full orchestras to accent their songs with mixed results, and the same goes for the Scorps. There’s a fine line between wine-and-cheese classical fare and whiney and cheesy metal. Here the Scorpions teeter, if often gracefully, on that line. –Katherine Turman
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AWESOME is how I would sum up this CD. From the moment I first heard it, I knew I HAD to have it. Buy it! You won’t be disappointed!
This is a very good album by the Scorpions, a group i’ve loved for over a decade. I’m glad to see the classic Scorps songs redone this way. Recently, it had seemed the Scorpions were too busy trying to “fit” their music style with the times, as they have the past couple albums (most notably Eye II Eye), and have done less than an average job of making new songs live up to their memorable rock ballads of the 80’s and early 90’s.The only problem i’ve had with this album is that lead singer Klaus Meine isn’t always the one singing, as in Send Me An Angel. If i’m listening to a Scorps song, I definitely want to hear Klaus’ unforgettable voice.All in all, it’s a great album. I think perhaps handled better than the similar Metallica S&M, as it was created in studio, instead of live. Of course, I happen to favor studio recordings.
I first heard this CD two weeks ago while I was riding from Aspen to Denver. The driver of my car put in the CD and said,”What to do think of this?” I was so excited by this CD. I’ve been a Scorpions fan since the 80’s and also love classical music. What excited me about this CD is that both the heavy metal and classical elements are equally showcased. They compliment each other perfectly. I must praise the arranger who was able to meld these two musical worlds so perfectly. I also appreciated hearing another vocalist singing classic Scorpions songs. It added another dimension. I bought the Metallica CD after hearing this one and felt quite let down. It did not have the balance and energy of the Scorpion CD. The violins at the beginning of “Hurricane 2000″ sent shivers down my back. Another highlight is the perfect pitch display by Klaus and the female singer (who seems not to be credited? Correct me if I’m wrong) in “Here in My Heart.” And the violin addition in “Still Loving You” is perfectly dramatic…it matches the tone of this song. Each time I listen to this CD, I find something new to hear. It’s been a long time since I could say that about a CD.
You don’t have to be a die-hard Scorps fan to love this one. This CD does such a great job of blending hard/melodic rock with sometimes subtle and sometimes bombastic orchestral arrangements. I usually enjoy orchestra covers of rock bands but really relish the mix of actual band members and the orchestra itself. To hear the orchestra backing up the sweet vocals of Klaus Meine and the guitar licks of Herr Schenker and Jabs is fantastic. At first I was dissapointed hearing new guest voices on “Send Me an Angel” and “Big City Nights”, but after repeated listenings the vocals actually added to the song.The orchestra ends up sharing the limelight with Scorpions by taking a backseat on some songs by adding just the right texture and accompaniment (Send Me An Angel, Big City Nights) while leading the charge in full splendor on others (Crossfire, Deadly Sting Suite, Still Loving You). The orchestra arrangements are flawless adding just the right touch of melody and harmony in all the right places. I get chills every time I listen to the two instrumentals (Crosssfire and Deadly Sting). It’s like listening to a blend of classical, action movie soundtrack, and heavy metal rock music all rolled into one. Cudos to conductor. “Lady Starlight” is another classic song that is taken to new hights with the back-up of the old Harmoniker. In fact every song has that little something that sets it apart and develops cravings in you to hear it again and again. I could go through each and every song and point out the highlights of each (new vocals, duets, guitar solos etc.) but I am limited to 1000 words. Sufficed to say I loved this CD and the only regret I have is that there were only 10 songs. It also developed a desire to hear every Scorpions song covered in such a way.P.S. I played this CD to a group of people with diverse tastes in music ( most of them never agree with me on my musical choices) and everyone was blown away by the tracks. They all asked for the details so they could run out and purchase it.