Producers: Dieter Derks, Bruce Fairbairn, Keith Olsen, Scorpions.
Compilation producer: Mike Ragogna.
Principally recorded between 1984 & 1993. Includes liner notes by Gerri Miller.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Three decades in, The Scorpions were still touring in the year 2002 in support of BAD FOR GOOD: THE VERY BEST OF SCORPIONS, an 18-track set drawn from the band's '80s heyday and more low-key '90s output. Benefiting from the solid chemistry between rhythm guitarist/founding member Rudolph Schenker and high-flying lead guitarist Mathias Jabs, along with Klaus Meine's distinctive vocals out front, The Scorpions racked up an impressive canon during an era when heavy metal ruled the roost.
Their most durable cuts were helmed by longtime producer Dieter Dierks, including the scorching anthem "Rock You Like A Hurricane," the soaring "No One Like You," the thunderous "Blackout," and the air-guitar-inducing "Big City Nights." An ability to deliver relatively wide-ranging material always put The Scorpions a notch above your average hard-rock outfit. When they weren't penning memorable power ballads like "Still Loving You," or reflecting on their first visit to New York City's then-decadent 42nd Street ("The Zoo"), The Scorps were credibly covering The Who for a charity album ("Can't Explain"). Most impressive is the global smash "Wind Of Change," a moving song of brotherhood written at a time when The Berlin Wall and The Iron Curtain were falling.