Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Scorpions to reissue pair of 1970s albums with unreleased tracks

The Scorpions will release expanded reissues of 1977’s “Taken By Force” and 1978’s “Tokyo Tapes” in November.

Both projects will feature many previously unreleased tracks, including demo versions of some songs dating back to 1977.

Former Scorpions guitarist Uli Jon Roth – a member from 1973 to 1978 – shared the news via Facebook.

“Yesterday Uli Jon Roth and Klaus Meine did extensive interviews together concerning the official re-release of 'Tokyo Tapes' and 'Taken By Force',” wrote Roth. “Klaus and Uli had a great time reminiscing about the songs and events surrounding those monumental two albums on camera."

“Taken By Force” is the German band’s fifth studio album and final project involving Roth.

Recorded over a pair of shows in Japan, “Tokyo Tapes” is the group’s first live album and includes tracks from their first five records.

Full details regarding tracklistings and release dates for both projects will be announced soon.

The Scorpions will launch their 50th anniversary North American tour in Boston on September 10.

The trek will coincide with the September 11 release of an expanded edition of their latest album, “Return To Forever.”

See also:

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