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  • Indeed legendary, this is one of those few live albums that are really necessary for a bands fans instead of just being a stopgap release or a cash in job. Produced by Dieter Dierks – what a career he’s had – and originally released in 1978 this live disc shows the Scorpions in full flight to an adoring Japanese crowd.

    The only glaring omission here is perhaps Virgin Killer but that’s a mild quibble. With tunes from a bunch of the bands early releases and a few cover versions to add a little fun and keep things fresh this album can be played the whole way through with little use of the skip button. It should be noted that on the original vinyl release the song Polar Nights was included but was left off here due to space restrictions. Scorpions freaks/completists can find this missing track on the re-issue of the studion album Taken By Force.

    Scorpions fans probably alread own this but if you wavering, then don’t, just grab this album and enjoy a worthy summation of the highlights of early Scorpions, as after this the band changed tack somewhat to become a different animal. Recommended.

    Posted on January 23, 2010