On October 25th, Island/UMe will release three vinyl reissues by the Scorpions: Crazy World, a single LP; the double-LP Face The Heat on 180-gram vinyl, which also includes a bonus EP; and the Live Bites double LP on 180-gram vinyl.
Earlier this year in Louder magazine, Scorpions founding guitarist Rudolf Schenker named Crazy World, the band’s 11th full-length studio release, as one of his Top 10 all-time favorite Scorpions albums. The RIAA-certified double-platinum Crazy World, originally released in 1990 and co-produced with Keith Olsen (Fleetwood Mac, Santana, Grateful Dead), reached #21 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and heralded global stardom. Described by Rolling Stone as “a soundtrack of sorts to a political and cultural revolution,” the single “Wind Of Change” hit #4 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart and was a slow burning worldwide hit just in time for the collapse of the Soviet Communist regime. Crazy World concluded the Scorpions era with the line-up featuring Herman Rarebell (drums) and Francis Buchholz (bass).
Face The Heat, a double LP originally released in 1993, will be reissued on 180-gram vinyl with the original artwork and a bonus EP only previously available in Greece. Produced by Bruce Fairburn (Bon Jovi, Kiss, Aerosmith), who also provided some of the backing vocals on “Under The Same Sun,” Face The Heat continued the band’s move toward social issues and more pointed lyrics. The Scorpions’ 12th studio album, Face The Heat, reached #24 on the Billboard Top Albums chart.
Previously available only on vinyl in Greece, the Live Bites double LP will be reissued on 180-gram vinyl with the original artwork. Recorded between 1988 and 1994 and originally released in 1995, the double LP captures live performances from Leningrad, San Francisco, Mexico City, Berlin and Munich.
Scorpions CRAZY WORLD
Side A Side B
1. Tease Me Please Me 1. Lust Or Love
2. Don’t Believe Her 2. Kicks After Six
3. To Be With You In Heaven 3. Hit Between The Eyes
4. Wind Of Change 4. Money And Fame
5. Restless Nights 5. Send Me An Angel
Scorpions FACE THE HEAT
1-LP + Bonus 7” EP
LP Side One LP Side Two
1. Alien Nation 1. Unholy Alliance
2. No Pain No Gain 2. Woman
3. Someone To Touch 3. Hate To Be Nice
4. Under The Same Sun 4. Ship Of Fools
5. Taxman Woman 5. Nightmare Avenue
Bonus 7” Side Three Bonus 7” Side Four
1. Lonely Nights 1. His Latest Flame
2. Destin 2. Daddy’s Girl
Scorpions LIVE BITES
Side A Side B
1. Tease Me Please Me 1. No Pain No Gain
2. Is There Anybody There 2. When The Smoke Is Going Down
3. Rhythm Of Love 3. Ave Maria No Morro
4. In Trance 4. Living For Tomorrow
Side A Side B
1. Concerto in V 1. Wind Of Change
2. Alien Nation 2. Heroes Don’t Cry
3. Hit Between The Eyes 3. White Dove
4. Crazy World