SCORPIONS ‘Tokyo Tapes’ to be reissued by the ArtOfTheAlbumStore May. 5, 2023.
While the SCORPIONS were still slowly trudging their way up in Europe, they were already a recognized force in Japan, and ‘Virgin Killer’ was the first album to be gilded in the land of the rising sun. So it was high time for the first trip to the Far East. Four months after the release of ‘Taken By Force’, the group arrived in Tokyo in 1978. Four concerts were scheduled, one each in Osaka and Nagoya and two in Tokyo’s Nakano Sun Plaza. These two shows were recorded for the live double album ‘Tokyo Tapes’, which was also intended as a farewell gift for the departing Uli Jon Roth.
‘Tokyo Tapes’ impressively documents what has always distinguished the Scorpions: Their rousing and electrifying live presence, immense joy in playing, an intimacy with their audience that produces goosebumps, and of course musical and technical brilliance.
‘Tokyo Tapes’ is a terrific live album that captures the band’s energy and joy of playing almost perfectly. It offers those who are not so familiar with the early years of the SCORPIONS an excellent opportunity to rediscover the great music they wrote before they became worldwide superstars.
‘Tokyo Tapes’ is now released as a 180g gatefold 2LP, pressed on yellow vinyl.
In addition to TOKYO TAPES, FLY TO THE RAINBOW, IN TRANCE, VIRGIN KILLER, HUMANITY (HOUR 1), SAVAGE AMUSEMENT, BLACKOUT, LOVEDRIVE, WORLD WIDE LIVE, TAKEN BY FORCE, ANIMAL MAGNETISM and LOVE AT FIRST STING will also be released in new coloured vinyl versions.