According to RadioAndMusic.com, six of the SCORPIONS albums have simultaneously placed on the German chart after being reissued as deluxe editions earlier this month. The albums, released by BMG, were originally produced by Dieter Dierks, and have been re-released as part of the band’s massive 50th-anniversary celebrations. They are “Blackout” (1982) which entered the chart at No. 43; “Love At First Sting” (1984), which landed at No. 46; “World Wide Live” (1985), which came in at No. 52; “Lovedrive” (1979), which entered the chart at No. 59; “Tokyo Tapes” (1978), which landed at No. 70; and “Scorpions Deluxe Vinyl Box Set”, which came in at No. 97.
SCORPIONS‘ new feat makes them the fifth music act to have six or more albums place on the German charts at the same time. Other artists to have also achieved the milestone include THE BEATLES, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and James Last.
In addition to dozens of previously unheard studio tracks and live recordings, all CD releases are contain extended booklets featuring rare photos and, single covers, backstage passes and additional liner notes by Edgar Klüsener, a former editor in chief of Metal Hammer who has followed the band’s career closely over several decades. Five of the eight albums are accompanied bya DVD that contains live concert footage from the respective period, together with TV performances and in-depth interviews with the band. In these interviews, they talk about the background history and the creative process of each of these albums.
The remastered LP formats are released on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve replicating the first pressing. They also come with an audio CD, featuring the original track listing and the same bonus audio as the CD formats. A limited and numbered deluxe box set will contain all remasted vinyl discs.
SCORPIONS said: “It’s hard to summarize 50 years in words, but listening back to all those songs — many of them them previously unreleased — recorded in one of our most creative periods, really took us back in time. This was a very heartfelt project for all of us. It brought back great memories whilst we rediscovered our musical DNA by listening to the archives, selecting dozens of unreleased songs and early versions of well-known SCORPIONS anthems. We really worked on the material to improve the sound quality, but always taking great care to preserve its original feel.”