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  • I would have given this a 4.5 if I could because some of the things people have been critical about are not completely off base, but since they really slammed the CD much too hard, I will bump it up to 5.

    Yes, the crowd is very loud. This is a CONCERT! A SCORPIONS CONCERT, no less! I love the way they recorded the crowd noise. It pumps me up. It’s part of the energy of WWL. Who wants to go to a concert where the crowd is apathetic or lethargic? It would be World Wide Dead. I think they had this spot-on. It’s just like I’m there at the concert.

    Granted, some of the songs had different phrasing than the studio versions or were even a little sloppy. Given the process the Scorps used to use to record in the studio, the live thing was a different world for them. Some of their studio material could not be fully translated live. And I don’t think anyone with any musical ability and experience would argue that Herman Rarebell and Francis Buchholz were anything but placeholders for the most part, but they were part of the Scorpions, and we loved them for it!

    After reading the other reviews, here’s the bottom line: NO ONE listens to the Scorps for technical virtuosity (though Schenker can definitely wail away). You listen to them for the energy they convey and for their unique songwriting style. To this point, Rudy said, in an MTV interview at his house (back when they actually played and cared about MUSIC!) right about the time this album came out: “I don’t want to be known as one of the greatest guitarists in the world; I want to be known as one of the greatest songwriters in the world.” The Scorps have a sound all their own. That sound, and that energy, and that unique songwriting comes out on this CD.

    Let’s also be honest: as great as their previous albums were content-wise, they were not recorded well. If I remember correctly, WWL was the first live CD I ever bought that was an all-digital recording, and it made a difference, even though they weren’t in the studio. WWL breathed some life into older studio material that just wasn’t as potent. In fact, some of my friends and I actually began to prefer the WWL versions of some songs because of the weaker recording quality of the older songs. Also, there are some bands who rock out in the studio and then they sound like something totally different live – the Scorpions are not one of them.

    For newer fans of the Scorps, maybe you want to stick with Live Bites, or maybe even Acoustica, but for anyone who wants to re-live (or experience for the first time) the glory days of 80’s metal in the form of a pulse-pounding concert by those great German rockers, the Scorpions, this is it. Get the CD, let your hair down, crank it up, and get ready to pound your dashboard into oblivion!

    Posted on February 5, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I have always found live recordings to be superior to the Scorpions’ studio offerings. Perhaps it is because they feed off the enthusiasm of their fans and render their best performances.

    Posted on February 5, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • It is a good one

    Posted on February 5, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I love WORLD WIDE LIVE. Musically, I give it 5 stars, but the remastered version only deserves one. Why? The remastering job stinks. The once powerful guitars are now buried in the mix. It sounds lame. Get a copy of an old tape instead. Once you do that, you’ll see how awesome this album really is. All the songs really come alive here.

    Posted on February 5, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • “Do you see the microphones up in the air? Do you see them? Do you know what we’re doing tonight? We’re doing a live recording tonight!”

    Those words spoken by Scorpions’ lead singer Klaus Meine are ingrained in my mind and my ears. Hearing him address his captivated audience always brings a smile to my face as I attempt to mimic his German accent by repeating his lines. When I think of the greatest live albums from the Silver Age of Heavy Metal (the 80’s), only two come to mind, Iron Maiden’s Live After Death and the Scorpions’ World Wide Live. I’ve already given Live After Death its due, so now it’s time to lend my thoughts on the other stellar live album by the most famous hard rock band to come out of Germany.

    Following the release of their previous studio effort, Love At First Sting, the Scorpions embarked on their most successful world tour to date. Although not quite as extensive as Iron Maiden’s legendary World Slavery Tour, the ‘84-85 Sting Tour was still impressive. Spanning 152 dates, the Scorpions performed for thousands of fans throughout Europe, Japan, South America, Canada and 41 states in the USA. World Wide Live captures not only the intense energy of this quintet but the enthralled fans as well. The entire tour is encapsulated on this one record.

    “Year after year out on the road
    It’s great to be here to see you all
    I know for me it is like coming home”

    Released in the same year as Live After Death in 1985, World Wide Live touches on all the most popular tracks from the Scorpions four best albums; Lovedrive, Animal Magnetism, Blackout, and Love At First Sting. The period during which those four records were made (between 1979 and 1984), the Scorpions created their most lasting music and established themselves as one of the true hard rock heavyweights of the 80’s. Each track is a lesson in Simple Songwriting 101 – melodic rhythms marked by memorable lyrics that will stick in people’s minds (“Rock You Like A Hurricane”, anyone?). Their sizzling grooves and irresistible hooks are executed to perfection and highlighted by the cheering crowds. Their showmanship is nearly upstaged by the excitement of their fans.

    “Day after day out on the road
    There’s no place too far that we wouldn’t go
    We go wherever you like to rock’n roll”

    More than just a cassette tape…

    When I was in high school, this was the tape my friends and I would to take down to Riverside Park next to the Mississippi River. We’d hang out all night, shoot the breeze and listen to World Wide Live on continuous playback. As the prototypical teenagers cutting our teeth on various post-puberty crises, we were indestructible and on top of the world. Our anxieties were always more important than anything else and the only things that mattered more were our self-declared independence and our music. In 1985, World Wide Live become the soundtrack for our lives and took us away to place we would only dream about.

    “Year after year out on the road
    It’s great to be here to rock you all
    I know, for me it is like coming home
    Like coming home…”

    We wanted to be rock stars like the Scorpions. We wanted to come home to the stage like they did night after night. We wanted an entire audience in Paris, France singing the lyrics to “Holiday” back to us. In a way, the Scorpions allowed us to live our fantasy through them. Though unrealized, World Wide Live kept our dream alive and gave us hope. When I hear this album now, I am quickly returned to that park pavilion where the moon dances off the slick picnic tables providing the only light. My friends entertain with cigarette tricks as the music blares from the first generation jam box. For a few moments, we are rock stars.

    “Let me take you far away
    You’d like a holiday
    Exchange the cold days for the sun
    Good times and fun
    Let me take you far away
    You’d like a holiday”

    Scorpions’ fans know that World Wide Live capped off a series of their finest work. This album is as good as it gets and will have a permanent place in the heavy metal history books. Sadly, this record will be dog-eared because it ended a marvelous run that the Scorpions would never come close to duplicating. Although, it should be remembered for more. The Scorpions will be forever defined by their 80’s brand of AOR hard rock/heavy metal and the enthusiasm of their fans world over. World Wide Live demonstrates both equally. I cannot recommend this album high enough to fans of 80’s hard rock and heavy metal.

    Posted on February 4, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now