Feb 26, · Label: Mercury Released: 1 November Recorded: Musicland Studios, Munich and Studio Maschen, Germany Genre: Hard Rock, Heavy Metal Tracklist: (A and B s. Jan 21, · referencing Fly To The Rainbow, LP, Album, RS , PPL, PPL1 My copy of this LP is exactly the same as this in all respects EXCEPT /5(). Fly to the Rainbow came out in and featured guitarist Ulrich Roth joining the Scorpions. Some of it was written the year before including some songwriting from Michael Schenker on the best song of the bunch in 'Far Away'/5().
Again, this adds to the inconsistency, yet it's so beautiful that it can be overlooked. Finally, Uli does take vocals on "Drifting Sun", but it hasn't quite developed into the style that comes to maturity on In Trance.
Admittedly, it's a bit weak. Taking more of a Beatles-y approach, there's a different attitude in general. As someone who likes that vocal style, he doesn't pull it off very well. Not a bad track, though. It is easy to see this as being the bridge that connects the debut with the mighty records to follow. The roots are all there, the fruits of the past are falling, and it's a pretty remarkable release, definitely essential to anyone that calls themselves a Scorpions fan.
Scorpion's sophomore effort represented a gigantic leap forward from its predecessor in terms of musicianship and songwriting, and this huge improvement was mainly owed to the technical abilities of the three former Dawn Road members who joined the band after the fusion of the latter with Scorpions.
The mix between both styles made up their trademark hard rock sound, which remained as such during the 70's until Uli Jon Roth left the band in Thereafter, they have modified continuously their sound with mixed results due to many factors, such as the changes in the line-up and the need of innovating their musical concept Fly To The Rainbow accordance to the commercial trends of each decade. The sound displayed herein was not their definitive, but rather the blueprint on which their further 70's albums were built.
It basically takes cues from contemporaneous bands like Deep Purple and Pink Floyd, and also the distorted and acid guitar playing of Jimi Hendrix that was polished at some point by Uli Jon Roth. Fly To The Rainbow combination resulted in solid hard rockers like the opening track, which perfectly matches the standards of their well-recognized trademark sound. The band however, strongly focused their efforts on playing progressive songs, such as the title track which closes the album in a quite epic fashion; and others like "They Need a Million" or "Far Away" show the strong psychedelic influences with which the German rockers started their road.
Said influences could be noticeable by hallucinated lines like the following: "Take your hand and you take my hand. Such line along with others written by Uriah Heep seemed to guide the way in which many European power metal bands built their lyrics. Moreover, the structure of these songs provided a layout for many epic progressive lengthy numbers, such as Helloween's thirteen-minutes number "Keeper of the Seven Keys" and other Blind Guardian songs.
Having said the above, the album engages the listener through an interesting concept and a strong focus on fantasy, which was changed for romance afterwards. The mystique vibe and the epic atmosphere of the songs is unique, and the complexity Fly To The Rainbow the songs featured herein would not be matched whatsoever by the compositions written in further albums. In other words, what the album offers is different from the rest of the albums throughout their catalogue.
This release is highly recommended for those who wonder why Scorpions is one of the fathers of power metal, and of course for those who want to know more about their music. It is easily among the best hard rock albums ever released. There are few acts that could boast not only the longevity, but musical diversity as the Scorpions have throughout their catalogue, spanning four decades and counting. This particular album almost succeeds in fusing all the different musical styles the band has experimented with, although the formulaic, riff heavy stuctures would not be as prevalent as future efforts, such as "In Trance".
Notwithstanding, the second effort from Germany's premier group is as diverse sonically as, well, the colors of a rainbow. Personnel changes usually influence a band's sound, and it is no different with the Scorpions here. A complete overhaul of the rhythm section, along with the addition of neo-classical guitar guru Uli Jon Roth to replace Michael Schenker although some compositions do have Rudolf's younger brother credited allow the band to take a different direction from their jazz laden debut, "Lonesome Crow".
Even so, some remnants of the first album are heard in songs like "They Need a Million", with an off tempo, intricate Spanish guitar melody, as well as the intro to the title track, suggesting that these songs may have been written with, but left out of, or not completed before, the first album was finished. The opening track, "Speedy's Coming" a reference to Rudolf Schenkeris perhaps the first appearance of the "signature" Scorpions sound, with the Teutonic tones and slightly up tempo rhythm, signaling a new sound the band would explore for most of their career.
That being said, it is impossible to ignore the influence of Roth and his devotion to Hendrix, especially on two specific tracks on this album, "Drifting Sun" and "Fly to the Rainbow". While his vocal efforts do tend to bring down the overall quality of the songs, it is his hands that more than overcome his vocal flaws on these tracks. The album's title track also has some major acid trip potential, and at a combined playtime of nearly twenty minutes, these two tracks comprise a majority of the album itself.
As stated earlier, this album is very diverse in its sound and song structures, probably due to the new members' influences from Uli's band Dawn Road, and the group looking for material to fill an album as much as musical direction.
More lineup changes were in store for the band throughout the decade, but it must be noted this was their first collaboration with bassist Francis Bucholtz, one of the members of the groups most successful era. This album was created as two bands came together: two members from Scorpions, who had recorded "Lonesome Crow", and three members from Dawn Road.
So technically the band could have taken the name Dawn Road rather than Scorpions. To make matters a bit more complicated, the keyboardist who wasn't actually a full member also came from Dawn Road, and some songs were co-written by a former Scorpions member, Rudolf's brother Michael. It kicks off the album sending the message that this is a rocking album, unlike "Lonesome Crow" which was more obscure, doom and complex.
But pretty soon we are taken to a hippie journey of Fly To The Rainbow proportion. The title track is one of those songs written by an ex-member Michael and a new member Roth. It is a three part song and its third part, sung by Roth, sounds quite similar to "Turn the Time", a Dawn Road song. I would be inclined to think that Michael wrote the first two parts and Roth grafted one of his compositions or a modified version of "Turn The Time" to form the third part. Whatever, "Fly to the Rainbow", the song, is a masterpiece.
The acoustic intro is somewhat complex Therion gave up on trying to record it when they covered the songthe drums are quite aggressive and energetic absolutely and also comparing with Therion's wimpy drum sound when they covered itthe twin guitars harmonies sound very good, the keyboards just seep in gently to add atmospheric elements while remaining barely noticeable, and the vocals are superb, not to mention the solos and gentle violin-like guitar during the quiet part.
Another sign of the fact that this album was somewhat quickly thrown together as the band was fusioning from its two elements, is the fact that some elements bleed between songs, which can give the appearance of a concept album.
The line "Fly to the Rainbow", for instance, is actually not sung in the title track, but in "Fly People Fly". And another song, called "Far Away", contains references to flying, to the sky, of all places. The drumming in "This is my Song" sounds quite similar to the drumming in the middle part of "Fly to the Rainbow".
The drum production is courtesy of engineer Mack, who is also responsible for the superb live drum sound on Black Sabbath's "Dehumanizer" recorded 18 years after and to the drum sound on Deep Purple's "Stormbringer", recorded just a few months later in the same studio.
His style is very energetic, and little things like the cowbell at the end of the "Speedy's Coming" chorus are nice touches. Too bad he was drafted in the army. There are elements on this album which Scorpions never tried before or after; such as the Spanish-like chord progression on "They Need a Million" Therion would rather copy that on "Melez"; it also became the staple of a song like Amorphis' "Nightfall"; though probably indirectly influenced by Kingston Wall's "Another Piece of Cake".
There are also some major hippie moments, aside of the lyrics and album cover, such as the tripping section at the beginning of "Far Away", which can't really be found on any other Scorpions album. Overall, this is also the Scorpions album with the most acoustic guitars on it. None of the songs on "Lonesome Crow" were that straightforward and rocking. The only thing not simple about "Speedy's Coming" is the title.
What the hell does it mean? The second album from Scorpions has one the strangest looking cover, but do not be fooled by the goofy looking dude on the cover.
This song shows a glimpse of what Roth can do as well. What was heard on the last album is completely washed away this time around. There are no jazz elements or psychedelic influences, and the Black Sabbath like guitar tone is gone.
Most of this record consists of more drawn out songs with a peaceful texture. One of the important aspects of Scorpions is revealed here too and that is conveying emotion. No one can paint a more beautiful emotion in a song than Klaus Meine. The way he carries a note and how he brings the power is breathtaking. The uplifting nature of the tune is a plus as well.
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View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the Vinyl release of Fly To The Rainbow on Discogs/5(8). Nach dem er Album "Lonesome Crow" kam es zu einigen Umbesetzungen in der Band, die dafür sorgten, daß "Fly To The Rainbow" zwei Jahre darauf doch ziemlich anders klang, als sein Vorgänger. Uli Jon Roth ersetzte an der Gitarre den zu UFO gewechselten Michael Schenker, der aber immerhin noch an zwei Kompositionen ("Fly People Fly" & "Far /5(). View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the CD release of Fly To The Rainbow on Discogs. Label: RCA - ND • Format: CD Album, Reissue, Repress /5(11).
Feb 26, · Label: Mercury Released: 1 November Recorded: Musicland Studios, Munich and Studio Maschen, Germany Genre: Hard Rock, Heavy Metal Tracklist: (A and B s.
The line "Fly to the Rainbow", for instance, is actually not sung in the title track, but in "Fly People Fly". And another song, called "Far Away", contains references to flying, to the sky, of all places. The drumming in "This is my Song" sounds quite similar to the drumming in the middle part of "Fly to the Rainbow". ALBUM DETAILS Producer: Scorpions, Frank Bornemann Fly to the Rainbow is the second studio album released on 1 November
"Fly To The Rainbow" Life is empty, can't remember anytime before, On a plain lit cold December, see it evermore, Gliding through this life, and another is a child, and we're doing games, and losing things, Always playing gigs. Somewhere in the sky, where the moon the stars shine bright.
Fly To The Rainbow Tab by Scorpions with free online tab player. One accurate version. Recommended by The Wall Street Journal. Release Date 1 November Fly To The Rainbow is a album by German rock band Scorpions. It was the first album to feature Ulrich Roth on lead guitar.
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