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Rock Believer (Deluxe)

Scorpions

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You never come across something surprising when you’re looking for it (obviously, that goes against the principle of a surprise). For several decades now, nobody has been expecting Scorpions to deliver unforgettable hits like they used to. How can you top albums like Taken by Force, Lovedrive, Love at First Sting and Blackout (which turns 40 in 2022!)? The band has been known for its cult ballads in recent years, though their last full-length albums were rather unexciting. Add to that a so-called farewell tour that ended up lasting 3 years and resulted in the band “having so much fun” they decided against calling it a day anyway, and you’d be forgiven for thinking that Scorpions’ future wasn’t all that bright.

No one was expecting Rock Believer; the German rockers have caught everyone off guard. The first singles they released from this album were promising, like the title track Rock Believer, which was just made for live performances, the rebellious Peacemaker and the incredible Seventh Sun (which is in the same bracket as the band’s previous tracks China White and The Zoo) as well as the masterful Shining of your Soul which offers a delicious throwback to the late 70s. And, incredibly, the ballads have taken a backseat! The band has made the decision to return to hard rock, and they’ve proved that they’ve still got it. Thank god the singles are not just for show; they’re representative of what you can expect from the whole album. Roots in my Boots, Knock ‘em Dead and the mid-tempo Call of the Wild wouldn’t be out of place on the much-loved albums from their golden years.


Even the inevitable ballad When You Know (Where You Come From) isn’t sickly sweet and reminds us – if anyone needed reminding – that these are the same musicians who wrote gems like Always Somewhere and When the Smoke is Going Down. It’s hard not to attribute this return to serious rock with the arrival of Mikkey Dee (ex-Motörhead) on drums, the man who plays with a tree trunk in each hand. Without overdoing it, he’s given an extra dynamic to Scorpions' music, and it’s clear the rest of the band can feel this too: Klaus Meine has never sung so well (and it’s great to hear his natural voice, free from any unnecessary effects), and soloist Matthias Jabs has treated us to some high-flying riffs that hark back to the days were his guitar was chatty in the best way. In short, Rock believer will make you smile when you hear the name “Scorpions” once more.

Comebacks of this level aren’t common, in fact they’re downright rare. At this point in a career, it’s hard to make any predictions for the future, but if Rock Believer was to be Scorpions last release (let’s hope it won’t be), then it would certainly be added to their long list of essential albums. It’s their polite way of saying: “Who’s the boss?” © Charlélie Arnaud/Qobuz

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1
Gas In The Tank
00:03:40

Matthias Jabs, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Klaus Meine, Author, Vocals, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Rudolf Schenker, Composer, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Ilbert, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-martin Buff, Producer, Recording Engineer, Sound Design, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Mikkey Dee, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Scorpions, Producer, MainArtist - Tom Porcell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pawel Maciwoda, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jakob Himmelein, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Malek, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Scorpions

2
Roots In My Boots
00:03:17

Matthias Jabs, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Klaus Meine, Author, Vocals, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Rudolf Schenker, Composer, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Ilbert, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-martin Buff, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mikkey Dee, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Scorpions, Producer, MainArtist - Tom Porcell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ingo Powitzer, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Pawel Maciwoda, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jakob Himmelein, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Scorpions

3
Knock 'em Dead
00:04:11

Matthias Jabs, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Klaus Meine, Author, Vocals, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Rudolf Schenker, Composer, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Ilbert, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-martin Buff, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mikkey Dee, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Scorpions, Producer, MainArtist - Tom Porcell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pawel Maciwoda, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jakob Himmelein, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Scorpions

4
Rock Believer
00:03:57

Matthias Jabs, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Klaus Meine, Vocals, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rudolf Schenker, Composer, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Ilbert, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-martin Buff, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mikkey Dee, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Scorpions, Producer, MainArtist - Tom Porcell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ingo Powitzer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - PiTTi Hecht, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Pawel Maciwoda, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jakob Himmelein, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Scorpions

5
Shining Of Your Soul
00:03:57

Matthias Jabs, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Klaus Meine, Author, Vocals, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Rudolf Schenker, Composer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Fidelman, Composer - Michael Ilbert, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-martin Buff, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mikkey Dee, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Scorpions, Producer, MainArtist - Tom Porcell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pawel Maciwoda, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jakob Himmelein, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Scorpions

6
Seventh Sun
00:05:30

Matthias Jabs, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Klaus Meine, Author, Vocals, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Rudolf Schenker, Composer, Guitar, Sound Design, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Fidelman, Composer - Michael Ilbert, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-martin Buff, Composer, Producer, Recording Engineer, Sound Design, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Mikkey Dee, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Scorpions, Producer, MainArtist - Tom Porcell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ingo Powitzer, Composer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Pawel Maciwoda, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jakob Himmelein, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Scorpions

7
Hot And Cold
00:04:12

Matthias Jabs, Composer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Klaus Meine, Author, Vocals, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Rudolf Schenker, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Ilbert, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-martin Buff, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mikkey Dee, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Scorpions, Producer, MainArtist - Tom Porcell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ingo Powitzer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - PiTTi Hecht, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Pawel Maciwoda, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jakob Himmelein, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Scorpions

8
When I Lay My Bones To Rest
00:03:07

Matthias Jabs, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Klaus Meine, Author, Vocals, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Rudolf Schenker, Composer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Ilbert, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-martin Buff, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mikkey Dee, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Scorpions, Producer, MainArtist - Tom Porcell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pawel Maciwoda, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jakob Himmelein, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Scorpions

9
Peacemaker
00:02:56

Matthias Jabs, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Klaus Meine, Author, Vocals, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Rudolf Schenker, Composer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Ilbert, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-martin Buff, Producer, Recording Engineer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Mikkey Dee, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Scorpions, Producer, MainArtist - Tom Porcell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pawel Maciwoda, Composer, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jakob Himmelein, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Scorpions

10
Call Of The Wild
00:05:20

Matthias Jabs, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Klaus Meine, Author, Vocals, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Rudolf Schenker, Composer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Ilbert, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-martin Buff, Producer, Percussion, Recording Engineer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Mikkey Dee, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Scorpions, Producer, MainArtist - Tom Porcell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - PiTTi Hecht, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Pawel Maciwoda, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jakob Himmelein, Asst. Recording Engineer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Scorpions

11
When You Know (Where You Come From)
00:04:22

Matthias Jabs, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Klaus Meine, Author, Vocals, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Rudolf Schenker, Composer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Ilbert, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-martin Buff, Producer, Percussion, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Mikkey Dee, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Scorpions, Producer, MainArtist - Tom Porcell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ingo Powitzer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Pawel Maciwoda, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jakob Himmelein, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Scorpions

DISC 2

1
Shoot For Your Heart
00:04:01

Matthias Jabs, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Klaus Meine, Vocals, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rudolf Schenker, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Ilbert, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-martin Buff, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mikkey Dee, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Scorpions, Producer, MainArtist - Tom Porcell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ingo Powitzer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - PiTTi Hecht, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Pawel Maciwoda, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jakob Himmelein, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Scorpions

2
When Tomorrow Comes
00:03:47

Matthias Jabs, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Klaus Meine, Author, Vocals, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Rudolf Schenker, Composer, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Ilbert, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-martin Buff, Producer, Recording Engineer, Sound Design, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Mikkey Dee, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Scorpions, Producer, MainArtist - Tom Porcell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ingo Powitzer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Pawel Maciwoda, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jakob Himmelein, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Scorpions

3
Unleash The Beast
00:04:17

Matthias Jabs, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Klaus Meine, Author, Vocals, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Rudolf Schenker, Composer, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Ilbert, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-martin Buff, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mikkey Dee, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Scorpions, Producer, MainArtist - Tom Porcell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ingo Powitzer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - PiTTi Hecht, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Pawel Maciwoda, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jakob Himmelein, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Scorpions

4
Crossing Borders
00:03:38

Matthias Jabs, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Klaus Meine, Author, Vocals, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Rudolf Schenker, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Ilbert, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-martin Buff, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mikkey Dee, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Scorpions, Producer, MainArtist - Tom Porcell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - PiTTi Hecht, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Pawel Maciwoda, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jakob Himmelein, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Scorpions

5
When You Know (Where You Come From) (Acoustic Version)
00:03:44

Matthias Jabs, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Klaus Meine, Author, Vocals, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Rudolf Schenker, Composer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Ilbert, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-martin Buff, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mikkey Dee, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Scorpions, Producer, MainArtist - Tom Porcell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ingo Powitzer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - PiTTi Hecht, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Pawel Maciwoda, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jakob Himmelein, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Scorpions

Album Description

You never come across something surprising when you’re looking for it (obviously, that goes against the principle of a surprise). For several decades now, nobody has been expecting Scorpions to deliver unforgettable hits like they used to. How can you top albums like Taken by Force, Lovedrive, Love at First Sting and Blackout (which turns 40 in 2022!)? The band has been known for its cult ballads in recent years, though their last full-length albums were rather unexciting. Add to that a so-called farewell tour that ended up lasting 3 years and resulted in the band “having so much fun” they decided against calling it a day anyway, and you’d be forgiven for thinking that Scorpions’ future wasn’t all that bright.

No one was expecting Rock Believer; the German rockers have caught everyone off guard. The first singles they released from this album were promising, like the title track Rock Believer, which was just made for live performances, the rebellious Peacemaker and the incredible Seventh Sun (which is in the same bracket as the band’s previous tracks China White and The Zoo) as well as the masterful Shining of your Soul which offers a delicious throwback to the late 70s. And, incredibly, the ballads have taken a backseat! The band has made the decision to return to hard rock, and they’ve proved that they’ve still got it. Thank god the singles are not just for show; they’re representative of what you can expect from the whole album. Roots in my Boots, Knock ‘em Dead and the mid-tempo Call of the Wild wouldn’t be out of place on the much-loved albums from their golden years.


Even the inevitable ballad When You Know (Where You Come From) isn’t sickly sweet and reminds us – if anyone needed reminding – that these are the same musicians who wrote gems like Always Somewhere and When the Smoke is Going Down. It’s hard not to attribute this return to serious rock with the arrival of Mikkey Dee (ex-Motörhead) on drums, the man who plays with a tree trunk in each hand. Without overdoing it, he’s given an extra dynamic to Scorpions' music, and it’s clear the rest of the band can feel this too: Klaus Meine has never sung so well (and it’s great to hear his natural voice, free from any unnecessary effects), and soloist Matthias Jabs has treated us to some high-flying riffs that hark back to the days were his guitar was chatty in the best way. In short, Rock believer will make you smile when you hear the name “Scorpions” once more.

Comebacks of this level aren’t common, in fact they’re downright rare. At this point in a career, it’s hard to make any predictions for the future, but if Rock Believer was to be Scorpions last release (let’s hope it won’t be), then it would certainly be added to their long list of essential albums. It’s their polite way of saying: “Who’s the boss?” © Charlélie Arnaud/Qobuz

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