SCORPIONS — Taken By Force

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Album · 1977

Filed under Heavy Metal
By SCORPIONS

Tracklist

1. Steamrock Fever (3:40)
2. We'll Burn The Sky (6:30)
3. I've Got To Be Free (4:03)
4. The Riot Of Your Time (4:12)
5. The Sails Of Charon (4:23)
6. Your Light (4:33)
7. He's A Woman - She's A Man (3:18)
8. Born To Touch Your Feelings (7:41)

Total Time 38:22

Line-up/Musicians

- Klaus Meine / lead vocals
- Ulrich Roth / lead guitars, backing vocals
- Rudolf Schenker / rhythm guitars, backing vocals
- Francis Buchholz / bass, backing vocals
- Herman Rarebell / drums, percussion, backing vocals

About this release

4 December 1977
RCA

Reissued in 2001 with the following bonus tracks:

9. Suspender Love (3:20)
10. Polar Nights (live) (Tokyo Tapes version) (6:56)

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Unitron
The peak of late 70's heavy metal, Taken By Force is an oft neglected album compared to the Scorps' 80's classics. I think they had a great run from the debut to Love at First Sting, but this has always been my favorite.

It's a blend of all that makes the band great, and turned up to eleven. I've Got to Be Free and Your Light have a great funky vibe that Uli Jon Roth had a real knack for and would explore further with his later band Electric Sun. We'll Burn the Sky and Born to Touch Your Feelings are two of the band's best ballads, with the end of the latter sounding like they took some influence from fellow German band Eloy.

My absolute favorite is the proto-thrash of He's a Woman, She's a Man, which is a beast with a drilling riff, some of Klaus Meine's most exuberant vocals, and such a hook that keeps it in the mind for days. If that's proto-thrash, The Sails of Charon is straight up neo-classical metal and one of the band's most legendary songs.

Paired with the classic Tokyo Tapes live album, this is German metal heaven.
Warthur
How quickly times change. In 1975, Scorpions' In Trance had them stake a claim to be one of the heaviest bands out there; by 1977, though, a new breed of even heavier bands were emerging, with the likes of Judas Priest and Motorhead creeping out of the woodwork and taking the lead in the heaviness stakes.

Rather than going heavier, with Taken By Force Scorpions go catchier, with eight songs you can't help to nod along to. It's nowhere near pop metal, but it leans a bit more towards Scorpions' hard rock side and a bit less towards their heavy metal side than In Trance did.

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