Scorpions – MTV Unplugged in Athens (2014)

Scorpions MTV Unplugged in Athens review

Scorpions
MTV Unplugged in Athens
Sony Music, 2014
71 minutes audio, 129 minutes video

Scorpions are perhaps the most forgotten big-name band in hard rock history. Even with iconic songs such as “Rock You Like A Hurricane,” “Big City Nights,” and “Wind Of Change,” the group rarely comes to mind when making a list of the all-time greats. Their concerts, however, bring their power and prestige back to the forefront as they display high-quality musicianship and professionalism in each performance.

MTV Unplugged in Athens is a fantastic addition to the Scorpions’ deep catalog, featuring acoustic renditions of those aforementioned greatest hits and several seldom-heard songs, along with five brand new compositions written specifically for this release. The concert occurred at Lycabettus Theatre in Athens, Greece, in September 2013. Those in attendance witnessed one of the best live bands performing in a historic setting, a fact that was not lost on the band. Rudolf Schenker remarked several times in the documentary how much it meant to him to be in the same place that Plato and Socrates once addressed the masses. “Blackout” may not carry the same philosophical weight as Socrates’ famous “I know that I know nothing,” but it sure is fun to hear it on acoustic guitars in such a setting.

The song arrangements are very well-done, and if you were not familiar with the originals it may be difficult to tell that these are not being performed as originally written. “Rock You Like A Hurricane” has just as much power here as the 1984 studio version. But more than just a greatest hits album, the band dug deep, pulling out such cuts as “Can’t Live Without You” and “Where The River Flows.” Two songs from 2010’s Sting In The Tail are also represented here, along with five brand-new songs. Of the new tracks, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Band” is especially impressive, and one can only hope that it will receive a proper electric treatment in the studio.

Also included is a DVD with nine more songs than the CD along with a bonus “Making Of Documentary.” Many concert videos are inconsistent, but Scorpions’ MTV Unplugged in Athens is over two hours of great music, professionally packaged for home viewing. Without a doubt, this is one of the best MTV Unplugged releases of all-time.

Disc One: CD
1. Sting In The Tail
2. Can’t Live Without You
3. The Best Is Yet To Come
4. Dancing With The Moonlight [new song]
5. Delicate Dance (Matthias Solo) [new song]
6. Love Is The Answer (Rudolf Solo) [new song]
7. Follow Your Heart (Klaus Solo) [new song]
8. Send Me An Angel
9. Where The River Flows
10. Rock You Like A Hurricane (with Johannes Strate)
11. Rock ‘n’ Roll Band [new song]
12. Blackout
13. Still Loving You
14. Big City Nights
15. Wind Of Change (with Morten Harket)
16. No One Like You

Disc Two: DVD
1. Sting In The Tail
2. Can’t Live Without You
3. Pictured Life
4. Speedy’s Coming
5. Born To Touch Your Feelings
6. The Best Is Yet To Come
7. Dancing With The Moonlight [new song]
8. In Trance (with CÄTHE)
9. When You Came Into My Life
10. Delicate Dance (Matthias Solo) [new song]
11. Love Is The Answer (Rudolf Solo) [new song]
12. Follow Your Heart (Klaus Solo) [new song]
13. Send Me An Angel
14. Where The River Flows
15. Passion Rules The Game
16. Rock You Like A Hurricane (with Johannes Strate)
17. Hit Between The Eyes
18. Drum-Athenica, PiTTi vs. James
19. Rock ‘n’ Roll Band [new song]
20. Blackout
21. Still Loving You
22. Big City Nights
23. Wind Of Change (with Morten Harket)
24. No One Like You
25. When The Smoke Is Going Down
Bonus: Making Of Documentary

Scorpions are:
Klaus Meine – lead vocals, guitar
Rudolf Schenker – ryhthm guitars, lead guitar, sitar, lead vocals
Matthias Jabs – lead guitars, rhythm guitars
Pawel Maciwoda – bass guitar
James Kottak – drums

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About JT

Christian. Husband. Dad. 911 dispatcher. Baseball fan. Horror nut. Music nerd. Bookworm. Time Magazine's 2006 Person of the Year.

Posted on January 29, 2014, in music, reviews and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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