May 25

Scorpions – Blackout (1982) [Audio Fidelity ‘2014 # AFZ 164]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 36:37 minutes | Scans included | 1,48 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 733 MB
Genre: Rock

Blackout was the Scorpions’ first majorly successful album, due to its clever balance of pop/rock (the title track), power ballads (“When the Smoke Is Going Down”), and catchy heavy metal (“Dynamite,” “No One Like You”). Vocalist Klaus Meine had a throat operation prior to the record’s release, and surprisingly, his voice sounds more melodic and lively than ever. The rest of the band sounds great as well, and the album is highlighted by the fast-paced performances of guitarists Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs. Blackout has arguably been called the Scorpions’ best record ever, and that statement is not unjust — it has more energy than anything else they have ever released.

Tracklist:
01. Blackout
02. Can’t Live Without You
03. No One Like You
04. You Give Me All I Need
05. Now!
06. Dynamite
07. Arizona
08. China White
09. When The Smoke Is Going Down

Mastered for SACD by Kevin Grey at Cohearent Audio.