While this band have always written huge anthems and intensely melodic songs, here they abandoned their well-honed approach, and the result was disastrous.
This was a lightweight release, with scarcely any sign of riffs or guitar solos, and a strange reliance on keyboards, provided by producer Peter Wolf. To Be No. This was a classic band desperately attempting to be relevant — and falling flat. The problem here was that the production was too smooth.
A wasted opportunity. The debut Scorpions album, and a bit of a curio. And, despite his youth, he was just 16 at the time, some of his solos here are remarkable. MusicBrainz: Polar Nights. Categories :. Community content is available under Copyright unless otherwise noted.
People mostly know them for their later material where they sold their souls for money, but what those poor fools are missing out on is the brilliance of the material when Uli Jon Roth was handling the lead guitar duties. And as such… Virgin Killer. Virgin Killer is just a milestone.
In every sense of the word, it wows the listener with a fresh, rocking sound and an all around tighter musical base. His light, attitude-filled crooning sails deftly over the crisp guitar riffs and energetic drumming. This whole album is just really tailored to perfection all around. The songs are short and manageable and the hooks are as sticky as Gorilla Glue stuck to a strip of Velcro. And did I mention how innovative some of this was for the 70s? Judas Priest were also innovating the rock world at the same time, but they did it a bit differently, mostly making it heavier and a bit darker, more maverick-like.
Then the weird shit starts, as if the drugs had just begun to kick in, somewhere on the edge of the desert. An upbeat rock tune with rapped vocals from the 70s? Color me surprised; it is! He sings with energy, conviction and honesty, and he goes with the generally excited feel of the whole work.
If the beginning of the album was the equivalent of a pretty girl opening her legs and giggling voluptuously, the end is more like the same woman putting on a nice dress and going out with you for a night in Vegas. This is the best album Scorpions ever put out, just an all around classy, fun album. Catch your train tonight. Talk about audacity.
Who else but the Scorpions can come up with covers like this. An adolescent in all her naked glory on top is the kind of cover that just HAD to be controversial. But anyways, I am not here to talk about the cover. Virgin Killer is the logical continuation of the idea that the band had come with on In Trance. Although they were still far from worldwide glory but atleast musically, Scorpions were able to make a mark among the public with this release. The mediocrity displayed on their debut is nowhere to be seen.
What we have here is instead is the refined hard rocking yet commercial approach that they had displayed on In Trance and to some extent on Fly to the Rainbow as well. They continued to improve after this although with a few hiccoughs on the way and as saintinhell noted before me, this was the album when the Scorps had finally arrived.
The album follows the typical rocker and ballad cocktail that the band is now associated with. The faster tracks get you charged up, then you have a ballad to mellow you down, and then the rockers are back. The songs themselves have simple structures and the average track length is around the 4 min mark. The band does deter from this formula on the two tracks sung by Uli Jon Roth.
Even then it is quite obvious that the band wanted a commercial edge for this album. To add to all this there is the title track which can quite easily be considered proto-thrash. Aggiungi recensione 31pro-pain13 1 marzo Segnala. Rispondi Avvertimi Helpful.
Lucifericon 17 settembre Segnala. I dont see that in the added photos. Made in Portugal. I want your help with this! I own a copy with the same labels. The matrix numbers are the same but without the "stamped Manufactured in Germany". Galaxica 15 giugno Segnala. Rispondi Avvertimi 1 Helpful. Virgin Killer is the fourth studio album by German rock band Scorpions.
It was released in and was the band's first album to attract attention outside Europe. As a result, the album was re-issued with a different cover in some countries. In December , the image again gave rise to controversy when the British Internet Watch Foundation placed certain pages from Wikipedia on its internet blacklist, since it considered the image to be "potentially illegal" under the Protection of Children Act The decision was reversed by the IWF after four days of blocking.
Virgin Killer "failed to attain any serious attention in the United States" but was "quite popular in Japan"  where it peaked at number 32 in the charts. The original cover art for the album depicted a nude ten-year-old girl,  with a shattered glass effect obscuring her genitalia. We didn't actually have the idea. It was the record company. The record company guys were like, "Even if we have to go to jail, there's no question that we'll release that. But then, when we had to do the interviews about it, we said "Look, listen to the lyrics and then you'll know what we're talking about.
We're using this only to get attention. That's what we do. Growing up in Europe, sexuality, of course not with children, was very normal. The lyrics really say it all. Time is the virgin killer. A kid comes into the world very naive, they lose that naiveness and then go into this life losing all of this getting into trouble. That was the basic idea about all of it. Archived from the original on 26 November Retrieved 12 May Retrieved 29 December Media Control Charts.
Retrieved 26 November Retrieved 5 MayTokyo Tapes is the first live album by German hard rock band Scorpions and their final album released by RCA Records.. Tokyo Tapes includes songs from all Scorpions' albums released before , which were recorded at Nakano Sun Plaza (Tokyo's Nakano Ward, Japan) on 24 and 27 April, during the band's Japanese tour in These shows were guitarist Uli Jon Roth's last performances with the.