Well here it is -- my 100th post on this wonderful site, and I wanted to make sure it was a special one. Here we have a piece I just got a few days ago myself and couldn't wait to share with the boot community. In my opinion, this is a Holy Grail of sorts -- a piece you hear about
but don't think you will ever actually hear
: Scorpions LOVE AT FIRST STING pre-production studio rehearsals with the rhythm section of Jimmy Bain and Bobby Rondinelli from 1983!
After the BLACKOUT album and tour of 82/83, Klaus, Rudolph and Mathias decided Francis Buchholz and Herman Rarebell weren't playing up to the level that was expected of them and they were 'released' from the band. Whether this was intended to be temporary or permanent at the time only the 5 of them know, but after being treated for substance abuse and proving that he was mentally/physically capable of the rigors of rockstardom, Herman was welcomed back with open arms. Francis apparently followed just after Rarebell's return as the triumverate realized they just weren't the same with somebody else on bass. Besides Jimmy Bain, Neil Murray allegedly also tracked some demos for the album before the classic band reunited. What we have here is a 40 minute session of the band whipping through the album live in the studio, most-likely all in the same room. The vocals could stand to be a tad louder and it is evident here and there that this definately came from a cassette tape source, but this is an amazing find. There are pleasantly noticeable differences in playing style here and there -- not in song arrangement, but in feel and fills. There are obvious Jimmy Bain Dio-era runs ("Big City Nights" 3:30 on till the end of the song) and some interesting drum patterns that don't sound Herman-like at all (the entire song "Coming Home"). The only song that appeared on the finished album that is not present here is "As Soon As The Good Times Roll," though this session features a song that did not appear on the final sequence -- an (unfinished?) instrumental called "Pretty At Nite." Before I unleash it on everybody, thanks must go to The Mighty Zx for getting this gem to me -- you are forever my brother in The Sleeve of Wizard!
Scorpions LOVE AT FIRST STING live studio rehearsal (Stockholm, Sweden or Hannover, Germany) 1983
studio soundboard live as it happened pre-production rehearsal
9+/10 sound 40 min.
Big City Nights
I'm Leaving You
Pretty At Night (instrumental)
Rock You Like A Hurricane (instrumental)
Heartbreaker (original "Bad Boys Running Wild")
The Same Thrill
Still Loving You
As always -- ENJOY!!!!