Return to Forever [Tour Edition]

Return to Forever [Tour Edition]

by Scorpions

CD(Bonus DVD / Includes book)

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Return to Forever [Tour Edition]

German heavy metal icons the Scorpions hit the 50-year mark in 2015, being initially conceived all the way back in 1965 by a 16-year-old Rudolf Schenker as a beat band very much in line with the trends of the time, and slowly evolving into a hard rock force to contend with by the end of the '70s. Multi-platinum-selling singles and omnipresent commercial success peaked out for the Scorpions sometime in the early '80s, but they kept the flame alive for a dedicated army of followers for decades to come. Return to Forever is the band's 18th album of new studio material, following 2010's Sting in the Tail. While many of the group's '90s and 2000s efforts experimented with stylistic divergences or convoluted concept record themes, Sting in the Tail was a declarative return to the radio metal roots of the band's most popular work from the '80s. Return to Forever follows suit very much, with the 12 new songs here embodying the same over the top celebration and hedonistic revelry of a much younger Scorpions. At times the throwbacks are a little transparent. The gated reverse-reverb thump of the floor tom that propelled the band's 1984 über-hit "Rock You Like a Hurricane" shows up again on the anthemic chorus of "We Built This House." Power ballad "House of Cards" is constructed from the same formula of haunting minor-key chords and wailing feedback in the background that made "Winds of Change" a worldwide hit in 1991. Luckily, the energy of Return to Forever is all fun and swagger, not diminished at all by the '80s hair metal nostalgia trip that serves as its foundation. Production handled by longtime Scorpions collaborators Mikael Nord Andersson and Martin Hansen replaces some of the thin production choices of the '80s with smarter arrangements and better sound on radio-ready pop-metal jams like "Rollin' Home" and more introspective tunes like "Eye of the Storm." The songwriting here is on par with some of the band's best work, which figures, as they've been working in a field they helped originate for decades. Fans of the band's best-loved material will immediately connect with the fun-loving party burners and soft-edged power balladry of the album, all leaning just enough on the band's own storied past for influence but inspired enough to avoid dipping into self-parody. They pretty much wrote the book on sleazy FM radio metal, so in the case of revisiting their glory days on Return to Forever, who's to blame the Scorpions for taking a few pages from the book they wrote themselves? [A Tour Edition comprised three discs and 64 tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date: 04/22/2016
Label: Century Media
UPC: 0888751932920
catalogNumber: 519329
Rank: 42605

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Going Out With a Bang
  2. We Built This House
  3. Rock My Car
  4. House of Cards
  5. All for One
  6. Rock 'n' Roll Band
  7. Catch Your Luck and Play
  8. Rollin' Home
  9. Hard Rockin' the Place
  10. Eye of the Storm
  11. The Scratch
  12. Gypsy Life
  13. The World We Used to Know
  14. Dancing With the Moonlight
  15. When the Truth is a Lie
  16. Who We Are
  17. Crazy Ride
  18. One and One is Three
  19. Delirious

Disc 2

  1. Going Out With a Bang
  2. Make it Real
  3. The Zoo
  4. Coast to Coast
  5. 70s Medley: Top of the Bill/Steamrock Fever/Speedy's Coming/Catch Your
  6. We Built This House
  7. Delicate Dance
  8. Acoustic Medley: Always Somewhere/Eye of the Storm/Send Me an Angel; Al
  9. Wind of Change
  10. Rock 'n' Roll Band
  11. Dynamite
  12. In the Line of Fire
  13. Kottack Attack
  14. Blackout
  15. No One Like You
  16. Big City Nights
  17. Still Loving You
  18. Rock You Like a Hurricane
  19. On the Road in America
  20. We Built This House
  21. Going Out With a Bang
  22. We Built This House
  23. Eye of the Storm
  24. Return to Forever Track by Track Interview
  25. Return to Forever Track by Track Interview

Disc 3

  1. Going Out With a Bang
  2. Make it Real
  3. The Zoo
  4. Coast to Coast
  5. 70s Medley: Top of the Bill/Steamrock Fever/Speedy's Coming/Catch Your
  6. We Built This House
  7. Delicate Dance
  8. Acoustic Medley: Always Somewhere/Eye of the Storm/Send Me an Angel; Al
  9. Wind of Change
  10. Big City Nights
  11. Dynamite
  12. In the Line of Fire
  13. Kottack Attack
  14. Crazy World
  15. Rock 'n' Roll Band
  16. Blackout
  17. Still Loving You
  18. Rock You Like a Hurricane
  19. Return to Forever
  20. Return to Forever

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