Lonesome Crow

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Lonesome Crow
Studio album by
Released9 February 1972
RecordedOctober 1971
StudioStar Studios, Hamburg, West Germany
Genre Psychedelic rock
Label Brain
Producer Conny Plank
Scorpions chronology
Lonesome Crow
Fly to the Rainbow
Michael Schenker chronology
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Singles from Lonesome Crow
  1. "I'm Going Mad / Action"
    Released: 1972
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Lonesome Crow is the debut album by German hard rock band Scorpions. It was recorded soon after Scorpions became a fully professional band under the production of Conny Plank, apparently in only six or seven days, and released 9 February 1972 in the United States and West Germany as the soundtrack to the German anti-drug movie Das Kalte Paradies, [3] and May 1973 in the United States. The album's style is darkly melodic, unlike the band's later work. [1]

Hard rock is a loosely defined subgenre of rock music that began in the mid-1960s, with the garage, psychedelic and blues rock movements. It is typified by a heavy use of aggressive vocals, distorted electric guitars, bass guitar, drums, and often accompanied with keyboards.

Scorpions (band) German rock band

Scorpions are a German rock band formed in 1965 in Hanover by Rudolf Schenker. Since the band's inception, its musical style has ranged from hard rock to heavy metal. The lineup from 1978–1992 was the most successful incarnation of the group, and included Klaus Meine (vocals), Rudolf Schenker, Matthias Jabs, Francis Buchholz (bass), and Herman Rarebell (drums). The band's only constant member has been Schenker, although Meine has been the lead singer for all of Scorpions' studio albums, while Jabs has been a consistent member since 1979, and bassist Paweł Mąciwoda and drummer Mikkey Dee have been in the band since 2003 and 2016 respectively.

Conny Plank German record producer and musician

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It is the band’s only album with lead guitarist Michael Schenker – just 16 at the time of the recording – as a full-time member. [4] He soon left to join UFO and was replaced by Ulrich Roth. Schenker would, however, rejoin briefly during the recording and touring of 1979’s Lovedrive .

Michael Schenker German musician

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<i>Lovedrive</i> 1979 studio album by Scorpions

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With Lonesome Crow, we were just a young band trying to find our way, trying to shape an artistic style to find the Scorpions DNA. There was a ballad with “In Search of the Peace of Mind”, and a psychedelic rocker with the title track, “I’m Goin' Mad”, [which] was a great rocker with Michael Schenker playing great solos. We were just a young band with talented guys, with no idea on where to go from here. For the subsequent album, Fly to the Rainbow , we brought in Uli Roth, who had a Hendrix influence, and Rudolf and I became a songwriter team. When Matthias Jabs joined the band, we found our style, fast riffs but great melodies, along with the power ballads.

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Jimi Hendrix American guitarist, singer and songwriter

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Matthias Jabs German musician

Matthias Jabs is a German guitarist and songwriter. He is best known for being the lead guitarist in the hard rock band Scorpions. He has played on all Scorpions studio albums starting with Lovedrive (1979) to Return to Forever (2015). He has a music store, MJ Guitars, in Munich, Germany.

Klaus Meine [5]

Apart from occasional performances of “In Search of the Peace of Mind” up to 1978 and between 1996 and 2006, Scorpions have played no song from Lonesome Crow since the tour in support of their third album In Trance. [6]

The songs "Action" and "I'm Goin' Mad" are re-recordings of the songs for their unreleased 1970 single on CCA label that were later released on the compilation Psychedelic Gems 2, making them the earliest released Scorpions recordings.

The album had several different sleeves and was re-titled Action for its initial release in Scandinavia, The Scorpions for one 1976 release, [7] and The Original Scorpions, with a different running order, for a Japanese release in 1981 and its first-ever CD issue in 1986. [8] The 1982 German reissue cover art was created by the artist Rodney Matthews.

Rodney Matthews British artist

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"My biggest skeleton in the closet is my Scorpions collection," confessed Uffe Cederlund of Swedish death metal band Entombed. "Actually, I have four different pressings of the first album, Lonesome Crow. In fact – and I've got to admit this, really – I still like them, too." [9]

Track listing

All tracks written by Scorpions (1972 Metronome Music).

Side one
1."I'm Goin' Mad"4:53
2."It All Depends"3:30
3."Leave Me"5:06
4."In Search of the Peace of Mind"4:59
Side two
7."Lonesome Crow"13:31
The Original Scorpions 1981 Japanese reissue - Side one
2."It All Depends"3:30
3."Lonesome Crow"13:31
Side two
4."I'm Goin' Mad"4:53
5."Leave Me"5:06
6."In Search of the Peace of Mind"4:59


Credits for Lonesome Crow adapted from Allmusic. [10]



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