• Mon. Mar 4th, 2024

Scorpions Revisited – Guitar Wizard Uli Jon Roth Serves Up Two Discs of Rerecorded Scorpions Classics!

Uli Jon Roth released Scorpions Revisited in early 2015.
Uli Jon Roth released Scorpions Revisited in early 2015.


Uli Jon Roth is one of the most sorely underrated guitarists of all time. He first came to prominence in the mid 1970s when he joined the Scorpions, replacing original lead guitarist Michael Schenker, and performing on five of their records (four studio and one live). Following his departure from the Scorpions, he continued with his next band, Electric Sun, and also recorded a number of other solo projects. Roth’s presence in the world of rock and roll, while not on as mainstream a scale as many of his contemporaries, is undeniable and he still remains active.

Having seen Roth in concert twice, I can safely say that at 60 years of age, the man still delivers in a live setting. Of course, it is those vintage Scorps tracks that got people interested in him in the first place, and they remain favorites of many a fan; a number of Roth’s followers believe the Scorpions went “too commercial” after Roth parted ways with them. Whatever your stance, you cannot deny the man’s talent on the guitar.

When this fan heard Roth was planning on going back and revisiting the Scorpions years, rerecording a number of favorites from the era, you had better believe I was excited and eager alike. “Rerecording” albums has become a more popular practice over the years for a number of reasons; said records tend to be hit and miss, though. How does Roth’s two disc collection of these revamped classics fare?

Essentially, Roth’s new take on these old classics is pretty damn solid, and I doubt that any fan of Roth and/or the Scorpions will be disappointed with what they hear, although these versions are not going to replace the originals. The songs feature a vocalist who seems more in line with modern hard rock styles, but who works well for the material despite that. The more modern production style makes the tracks feel heavier than the originals, and this is something of a welcome addition. Roth’s playing is top notch. I swear this man has lost NOTHING in the several decades he has been in the music business! This is a release that will definitely hold your attention; these are fantastic new takes on old favorites.

At two discs, this set is almost a little too much to digest; it might have been better if Roth had opted to just release it as a single disc set with the best tracks here featured. Similarly, despite the goal of rerecording Scorpions classics here, there are some gaping omissions – He’s a Woman She’s a Man, Speedy’s Coming, and Suspender Love, to name a few. How can you rerecord Roth era Scorps classics and not redo these songs? Still, the flaws of this package are minor at most.

Any fan of Uli Jon Roth will definitely want to pick up this release and check out his new take on these old Scorps favorites. As a two disc set it is a bit more than we needed, and there are some disappointing omissions, but the package satisfies overall. Roth is still kicking ass on guitar and this is solid proof of that. Recommended for fans.

By Taylor Carlson

Taylor T Carlson Assistant Editor/Senior Staff Writer Taylor T. Carlson was born August 17, 1984, and has called the Vegas Valley home his entire life. A die-hard fan of classic rock and metal music, Taylor has been writing album and concert reviews since he was 16 years old, and continues to do so, having done well over 1,000 reviews. He is also a fan of video gaming and cinema, and has reviewed a number of games and films as well, old and new alike. His thorough and honest (some would say brutally honest) reviewing style has won him the respect of hundreds of music fans and musicians alike, both local and abroad, and the ire of just as many others. Despite being one of the youngest attendees at classic hard rock/metal shows around Vegas, he is also one of the most knowledgeable, having gained the unofficial nickname of “The Eddie Trunk of Las Vegas.” In addition to reviews, Taylor has written and self-published three books on classic hard rock bands, and is a regular participant in rock and roll trivia contests. Taylor also holds a masters degree in special education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), and has appeared on the hit History Channel television series Pawn Stars. His dream is to be able to one day make a living from writing music books and reviews.

One thought on “Scorpions Revisited – Guitar Wizard Uli Jon Roth Serves Up Two Discs of Rerecorded Scorpions Classics!”
  1. Sails of Charon is on it. Anything more is a bonus!… and the more the better. What an amazing guitarist! There is a pause button on your player. feel free to use it if you think there’s too much music being offered. That’s some of the most bizarre criticism I’ve heard.

    The vocalist is a welcome replacement for Uli himself, and does justice to Klaus’ parts — sometimes the guy goes over the top, but not enough to ruin the overall result. Too bad Uli still sings here and there anyway, he really never should have.

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