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Scorpions
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CD Reviews
Animal Magnetism
Review by Greg Olma
The Scorpions never really managed to make a dent in the American market until 1979’s Lovedrive.  Once they were able to tour the US, and the NWOBHM hit, the stars started to align for their path to success.

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Blackout (Hybrid Multichannel SACD)
Review by Gary Hill
This classic Scorpions album is getting reissued in this very special edition.

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Humanity Hour 1
Review by Gary Hill
I was a huge fan of the Scorpions in the Uli Jon Roth days. I stuck with them through the first part of the post Roth era.
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Love Drive
Review by Gary Hill
I know that for many people the post Uli Jon Roth era of Scorpions is the best. Personally, I've always preferred the earlier stuff.

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Return to Forever
Review by Gary Hill
This is kind of an intriguing album. Some of these songs are new.

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Taken By Force
Review by Gary Hill
This disc represented the final Scorpions album with Uli Jon Roth. While I’ve always appreciated the later period of the band, I’ve always preferred the Roth edition.
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Virgin Killer (vinyl)
Review by Gary Hill
I have to say that, as much as I like the more popular later era of the Scorpions, I prefer the Uli Jon Roth stuff.

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DVD Reviews
Scorpions - Forever and a Day DVD
Review by Gary Hill
The first thing to mention here, for those of us who are English speakers, this documentary is in The Scorpions’ native German.

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Concert Reviews
Scorpions - Live In Chicago, IL August 2008
Review by Greg Olma
More pics from this concert are available in our members' area.

The Scorpions made a stop in Chicago (August 10th to be exact) on their relatively short Humanity-Hour 1 U.S. tour.
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Scorpions - Live in Rosemont, Illinois August 2010
Review by Greg Olma

I have to admit that I was shocked when I heard that the Scorpions were going to do a farewell tour. 


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Scorpions - Live in Rosemont, Illinois, September 2015
Review by Greg Olma

There is a lot of activity in the world of the Scorpions. 


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Kottak
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Doro - 25 Years in Rock DVD
Review by Mike and Kat Heitzman

If you think Doro’s 20 year DVD was great, then her 25 Years in Rock  DVD must be recognized as phenomenal.


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Various Artists - 83 US Festival: Days 1-3 DVD
Review by G. W. Hill

I wanted this to be a lot better than it is.


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Herman Rarebell - and Friends - Herman's Scorpions Songs
Review by G. W. Hill

This album features Scorpions drummer (he’s done so much more than that, too, though) Herman Rarebell along with some pretty great “friends” as guests.


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Various Artists - Best of Rockpalast
Review by G. W. Hill
"Rockpalast" was a German television show that broadcast concerts from a wide range of musical artists.

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Various Artists - Come On Feel The Noize: The Story Of How Rock Became Metal DVD
Review by Gary Hill
I want to start this review by framing it with the following statement: I really enjoyed watching this. I found it very entertaining and captivating. I recommend it pretty highly to fans of rock and metal.
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Uli Jon Roth - Earthquake
Review by Greg Olma
When Uli Jon Roth left the Scorpions, that old excuse of "musical differences" did actually apply. While the Scorpions went on to write more commercial rock songs, Uli Jon Roth decided that he was not going to compromise his musical ambitions just to chase the dollar (or Deutsch Mark as in this case).
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Michael Schenker - Fest: Live Tokyo International Forum Hall A
Review by Gary Hill
This double live CD set captures a special event - Michael Schenker performing one show with three singers who recorded some of his most influential albums with him.

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Michael Schenker - Fest: Live Tokyo International Forum Hall A DVD
Review by G. W. Hill
One could say that there are enough Michael Schenker live videos out there, why do we need another? Well, this one is really a chronicle of a special event, meaning that if some are extraneous, this is not.

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Various Artists - Free to Rock 2 Disc DVD Set
Review by Gary Hill

This is a two disc set. The first disc is the original documentary. 


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Michael Schenker - Group – Live in Chicago, June 2009
Review by Greg Olma
The Michael Schenker Group has made its triumphant return to the US after a few years.  What makes this a special tour is that Michael Schenker has decided to bring back original singer Gary Barden into the fold. 
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Michael Schenker - Group - Live in Libertyville, Illinois, March 2012
Review by Greg Olma

Michael Schenker and UFO have always shared a special bond with Chicago and the Chicagoland area.  


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Michael Schenker - Group - Live in Portland, Oregon, February, 2012
Review by Larry Toering

Michael Schenker and the boys turned up in great spirits to a sold out show that was nothing short of the most fun night to be had in a while.


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Michael Schenker - Group - Live in Rosemont, Illinois August 2010
Review by Greg Olma

It’s been a quite a while since Michael Schenker and his band of metal merchants played a support slot here in the Chicago-land area but I guess filling in the “special guest” slot on the Scorpions farewell tour was too good to pass up.  


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Michael Schenker - Group - Live In Tokyo: 30th Anniversary Japan Tour
Review by Gary Hill

This show was recorded in 2010 and featured a reunion of the 1980 lineup of the Michael Schenker Group.


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Michael Schenker - Group - Live In Tokyo: 30th Anniversary Japan Tour DVD
Review by Gary Hill

I reviewed the actual concert here in more detail in the CD review that is also included in this issue, so this review will focus more on the DVD itself.


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Michael Schenker - Group - Rockpalast: Hardrock Legends Vol. 2 DVD
Review by Gary Hill

Recorded in 1981, this DVD captures a smoking hot live show from Michael Schenker Group.


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Europe - Live at Sweden Rock
Review by G. W. Hill

I reviewed the DVD of this in the last issue of Music Street Journal.


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Europe - Live at Sweden Rock DVD
Review by G. W. Hill

First off, I have to admit that I was one American who had probably never heard anything from Europe other than “Final Countdown.”


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Uli Jon Roth - Live in Chicago, IL, May 2006
Review by Greg Olma
More pics from this concert are available in our members' area.

It has been a long time since Uli Jon Roth played in Chicago with a full band; 21 years to be exact.
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Uli Jon Roth - Live in Portland, Oregon, February 2013
Review by Larry Toering

After changing rhythm sections about a week prior to this show, it was nice to see Uli Jon Roth's original bass player in the line-up.


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Uli Jon Roth - Live in St Charles, Illinois, January 2015
Review by Greg Olma

There are many people out there who do not realize that the Scorpions had a pretty successful career (albeit in Europe and Japan) prior to Lovedrive. 


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Michael Schenker - Live in Tokyo 1997 DVD
Review by Greg Olma
Michael Schenker is regarded as one of the best guitarists in the world. He has influenced many respected players including current UFO guitarist Vinnie Moore.
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Michael Schenker - Live in Tokyo 1997 DVD
Review by Greg Olma
Michael Schenker is regarded as one of the best guitarists in the world. He has influenced many respected players including current UFO guitarist Vinnie Moore.
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Michael Schenker - Michael Schenker Group – Live in Portland, Oregon, November 2012
Review by Larry Toering

While MSG has hit Portland frequently, this time they were in a larger venue.


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Michael Schenker - Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock - On a Mission: Live in Madrid DVD
Review by Greg Olma

It is no great secret that I am a Michael Schenker super fan but I can be critical of his output when I feel that he is not playing up to his potential. 


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Various Artists - Rock For Asia DVD
Review by Greg Olma
Musicians in general are some of the most charitable people on earth. They use their fame to raise money and create awareness for the pet causes.
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William Shatner - Seeking Major Tom
Review by G. W. Hill

What an interesting ride I’ve had leading into this album.


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Jack Bruce - Silver Rails
Review by G. W. Hill

When you are Jack Bruce, it’s a safe bet you can get your pick of musicians who want to play with you. After all, when you were one third of one of the most influential bands of the 1960s (Cream), you have some clout. Bruce has used that clout to his advantage recruiting some impressive musicians to guest here. The end result is an album that’s exceptional. It might even make my best of 2014 list. There are moments here that call to mind Cream, but there are other sections that feels different than that. It’s all quite good, though.

As to those guests. Here’s a partial list of the musicians playing on the disc: Phil Manzanera, Uli Jon Roth, Robin Trower and Cindy Blackman Santana. There are quite a few others, too. The lineup is just one attraction, though. Really the music is the main driving force here, and it’s great.


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Herman Ze German - Take It As It Comes
Review by Mike Korn
The Blitzkrieg is back! Herman is none other than Herman Rarebell, long-time drummer of The Scorpions, who left the Teutonic Terrors some time ago to forge his own rock n' roll path.

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Michael Schenker - Tales of Rock N Roll
Review by Greg Olma
This is a difficult album for me to review. I have been a fan of Michael Schenker’s since 1979 when I first heard UFO’s Obsession.
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Michael Schenker - Tales of Rock N Roll
Review by Greg Olma
This is a difficult album for me to review. I have been a fan of Michael Schenker’s since 1979 when I first heard UFO’s Obsession.
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Michael Schenker - Temple of Rock
Review by G. W. Hill

The newest release from Michael Schenker, this is quite a strong one. 


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Michael Schenker - Temple of Rock: Live in Europe
Review by G. W. Hill

I really like this live Michael Schenker album a lot. It’s got what seems like it might be a full concert and then five tracks from another show as bonus cuts.


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Michael Schenker - Temple of Rock: Live in Europe
Review by G. W. Hill

I really like this live Michael Schenker album a lot. It’s got what seems like it might be a full concert and then five tracks from another show as bonus cuts.


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Michael Schenker - Temple Of Rock: Live In Europe DVD
Review by G. W. Hill

I’ve reviewed the CD version of this in this same issue of Music Street Journal.


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Paul Raymond - Terms and Conditions Apply
Review by Jason Hillenburg

Paul Raymond is one of rock and roll's great unsung talents.


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Joe Lynn Turner - The Sessions
Review by G. W. Hill
This is essentially a compilation disc of cover tunes from Joe Lynn Turner.

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Kottak - Therupy
Review by Greg Olma
Kottak is the new side project by James Kottak (called Jimmy Ratchitt here) and his wife Athena. I had no clue as to what to expect except for the sticker on the CD saying it was “Cheap Trick meets Green Day on a bad day.”
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Uli Jon Roth - Under A Dark Sky
Review by Gary Hill
I have always preferred the Uli Jon Roth period of Scorpions music to the stuff they put out afterwards. For those who don’t remember, Roth supplied the guitar (and a lot of the songwriting) to the early period of that band.
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Various Artists - We Wish You a Metal Christmas And a Headbanging New Year (2010 Edition)
Review by Gary Hill
This is a reissue of a CD I’ve already reviewed – with a few extra cuts.
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