Scorpions - Taken By Force (1977, germany classic & heavy/hard-rock, Cardboard Sleeve [mini LP] {Blu-spec CD} Flac)

Para ouvir um clássico nada melhor que alta fidelidade de áudio de uma especial edição de CD! "The Sails Of Charon" é desbundante! Desfrutem!

Cardboard sleeve (mini LP) reissue from Scorpions featuring the high-fidelity Blu-spec CD format (compatible with standard CD players). 

Taken By Force is the fifth studio album by German heavy/hard rock band; in my opinion is one of the best albums of the German quintet; hard-rock of the highest quality! Enjoy the music!


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  2. ''Taken By Force'' (1977 in Europe, 1978 U.S.) – a title that screams forth power and dominance, muscle and might. The album’s title may indicate uncompromising heavy metal, but one look at the original album cover hints at a more complex picture. This photograph, taken by Michael von Gimbut, depicts big kids playing with guns at a French military cemetery. It’s an ironic picture that at once portrays the innocence of youth, the innate aggression in human nature, and the folly of wars, usually fought by young people mindlessly killing each other in the name of a state or an abstract cause. Unfortunately, Gimbut’s cover art was considered too controversial by the powers that be and was replaced in most markets,(album cover was the plain black with the small photos of the five band members plastered across the top.) It’s a shame,, too because it serves as the perfect backdrop for one of the most powerful, dynamic, exhilarating, and emotionally stirring records ever made.
    In fact, the Scorps’ fifth album stands as just the kickoff to the band’s most fruitful and metallic period: 1978-1984. 'Lovedrive', 'Animal Magnetism', 'Blackout', and 'Love at First Sting'; each of these albums are excellent in their own unique ways. But 'Taken By Force' is the perfect stepping stone for the Scorps’ glory period, a seamless blend of aggression, melody, and diverse musical styles that culminates in a record that’s invigorating and a ton of fun. It also marks the last album with acclaimed lead guitarist Uli Jon Roth, who reportedly left the band because he was unhappy with its increasingly “commercial direction.”
    'Taken By Force' is too commercial? Huh? Of course, Roth is a masterful neo-classical, and yet, bluesy rock guitarist, and he’s entitled to his opinions. Perhaps he simply preferred the psychedelic influences and long, winding compositions of their earlier work. Maybe he was put off by the wide variety of musical influences incorporated into the songs on this album. Regardless, Roth’s loss was the Scorpions’ and metal fans’ gain.

  3. That would be the driving, down-picked monster of a main riff to Side One, “Steamrock Fever.” Was this a darker side of the Ramones on crack? No, this was a faster, more streamlined version of Scorpions Kraut metal that screams, “Yes, we’re the continent’s answer to Judas Priest!” And that infectious, sing-along chorus is the chocolate cake beneath the icing. Next is the ultimate, crème de la crème of all Scorpions songs,“We’ll Burn the Sky” the track begins with a clean guitar arpeggio and beautiful plaintive vocals by Klaus Meine, lamenting, “I’m in love with the sunshine/I’m in love with the falling rain/Everything seems to call your name.” Then enters the propulsive main riff, followed by an ecstatic bridge that features an effervescent waterfall of cascading guitar harmonies. These impeccable musical sections are repeated in what is undeniably one of the most dynamic and moving quasi-power ballads ever recorded. Alas, the band decidedly lays back a bit more with the funky mid-tempo rocker, “I’ve Got to Be Free.” But the band ups the intensity factor again with “The Riot of Your Time,” a somewhat dystopian track that begins with a brisk, flamenco-style acoustic guitar riff. Never to be predictable, the Scorps burst forth with crushing electric chords over the top of a hypnotic DANCE beat, moving on to by lush guitar harmonies in the chorus and uber-impassioned vocals by Meine. And that’s just Side One.

    Whew, on to Side Two! We begin with Taken By Force’s other signature track, and easily the most recognizable Scorpions song of the 1970s, the mighty “Sails of Charon.” A classic in every sense of the word, “Charon” features a timeless stomper of a middle-eastern-styled main riff, interspersed with Hendrix-inspired chord voicing from Roth and his Strat. This crusher of a riff rocker confirms the Scorps’ place in the pantheon of the metal gods, but sadly it is still not a mainstay in Scorpions setlists or radio playlists. The band slows things down again with the mellow, smoky, Hendrix/Vaughan-styled blues rock of “Your Light” with great guitar solem Roth. Interestingly,guitarist this time the not sang in any song. All the more surprising that the text written by him "I've Got to Be Free" is a reproach addressed to his 'teammates', explaining his decision to leave the band. Sung by Maine loses credibility. The chorus culminates in a hyper-melodious slow lead on top of a Sabbath-style doomy riff, only to return to the easy-going main toke of the song. Next? You get the obnoxious and silly, yet exhilarating, “He’s a Woman – She’s a Man.” Later covered by Helstar, among others, this short, fist-pumping track is (along with Priest’s Stained Class album) as close as one would get to speed metal in 1978. Finally, the original album concludes with the haunting and mournful ballad, “Born to Touch Your Feelings.” The song is highlighted by delicate clean-guitar arpeggios and well-placed harmonics, and a catchy chorus that has the ageless feel of a minstrel ballad. A soothing symphony of clean arpeggios, deep piano chords, well-placed melodic guitar leads and a multitude of female voices speaking softly in their native tongues fades the album into the sweet serenade of metal history. Summing up"Taken By Force" is a very good album, a must-read for all fans of classic heavy metal and hard rock.

    @Nel: Thanks a lot!

  4. Esses escorpiões lançaram poderosos venenos, principalmente nos anos setenta. Agradeço pela postagem, parabenizando o belo trabalho que o blog vem fazendo em prol do rock & roll e aproveitando a oportunidade para pedir a repostagem dos outros discos Scorpions, inclusive o Tokyo Tapes.
    Abraços. Emilio Almeida

  5. Rogério M. Schirach7 de maio de 2013 às 21:36

    Maravilha caro Nelwizard!!!!!!!!!Eu baixei toda discografia do Scorpions em lossless, porém este eu não havia conseguido! Agora ta completo, pelo que agradeço.Graças a estes blogs fodásticos acabei conhecendo e curtindo muito várias bandas por mim totalmente desconhecidas. Agradeço a todos vcs. Um abração!

  6. Rogério M. Schirach15 de maio de 2013 às 18:58

    Não publicam mais os coments da gente aqui? Fiz um sobre este post, mas não foi publicado.Bom, caro Nelwizard, de qualquer maneira o coment estava equivocado, pois o album que ainda falta para mim completar meus downloads do Scorpions é o "Lonesome Crow", vc tem? Pode postar?


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