Uli Jon Roth - Scorpions Revisited

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It's all in the title for this latest release from German guitar legend Uli Jon Roth. Scorpions Revisited is a double album of songs from Roth's time as the lead guitarist in Scorpions, completely re-recorded. Taking the place of Klaus Meine is English singer Nathan James, and he strikes that ideal balance between singing the songs in his own style, and honouring Meine's original performances, particularly on songs like In Trance and Crying Days. But in truth, this isn't really an album for re-experiencing Scorpions songs of old. This is a guitar shred album based on those songs. James is secondary to Roth's guitar playing, so every track feel like a studio version of a live rendition with (very good) extended guitar solos. That actually adds quite a lot to the songs, and makes this collection a very enjoyable listen. Roth dominates, but James is equally superb ever time he comes in. The set also highlights how good many of those lesser-known early Scorpions songs (recorded between 1974 and 1977) actually were, something which wasn't always evident on the rather weak sounding originals. Roth hasn't always chosen the most obvious tracks either. Songs like He's A Woman, She's A Man, Top of The Bill, and Speedy's Coming, which still find their way into Scorpions live sets, have not been included, which again makes the album more interesting and less like a simple greatest hits retread. What Roth and James (along with bassist Ule Ritgen and drummer Jamie Little) have created is probably the best re-introduction to early Scorpions on the market, with a ton of extra guitar playing on top.

Written by Andy Lye
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