SCORPIONS – Blackout [Audio Fidelity remaster SACD AFZ-164] (2014)
Audio Fidelity gurus have remastered from the original tapes (German, not the UK re-work) “Blackout“, SCORPIONS‘ break-through album that made them global superstars.
On “Blackout” every song is catchy, balancing ’80s heavy metal with rock&pop melodies (which later derived into hair metal) and power ballads.
Produced & engineered by Dieter Dierks who was the helping guide to the group to worldwide commercial success, Scorpions dish-out infectious fist-poundin’ anthems like the top ten hit “No One Like You” or “Dynamite”, then turn around and offer the soul stirring ballad “When the Smoke is Going Down”.
This Audio Fidelity remaster handled by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio is easily the best digital version out there. Greater clarity and instrument separation than any other release.
Earlier CD editions sounded a bit muffled in comparison with this new one, and it’s great to see that the dynamic range has also been kept intact.
“Blackout” SACD sounds amazing. Listen to the opening drums on “No One Like You” and you’re gonna want to grab your old concert t-shirt and possibly grow a mullet again…
SACD AFZ-164 / Gold CD
01 – Blackout
02 – Can’t Live Without You
03 – No One Like You
04 – You Give Me All I Need
05 – Now!
06 – Dynamite
07 – Arizona
08 – China White
09 – When The Smoke Is Going Down
Klaus Meine – lead vocals
Matthias Jabs – guitars
Rudolf Schenker – guitars, backing vocals
Francis Buchholz – bass
Herman Rarebell – drums, percussion
Don Dokken – backing vocals
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