Pure Instinct

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Pure Instinct
Cover photo by Gered Mankowitz
Studio album by Scorpions
Released May 21, 1996
Recorded Scorpio Sound Studio, Hannover, Germany,
Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum, The Netherlands,
Magic Moments Studio, New York City, Goodnight LA, Los Angeles, USA
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 50:50
Label East West
Producer Erwin Musper
Keith Olsen
Scorpions
Scorpions chronology
Face the Heat
(1993)
Pure Instinct
(1996)
Eye II Eye
(1999)
Singles from Pure Instinct
  1. "You and I / She's Knocking at My Door"
    Released: 1996
  2. "Does Anyone Know / Stone in My Shoe (live)"
    Released: 1996
  3. "Wild Child"
    Released: 1996 (US only)
  4. "When You Came into My Life"
    Released: 1996
  5. "Where the River Flows"
    Released: 1996
Alternative cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Pure Instinct is the thirteenth studio album by the German hard rock band Scorpions, released in 1996.

The cover art for this album, as with several earlier Scorpions albums, was replaced with an alternative cover for some releases[2] due to the nudity on the original cover. This is the only Scorpions album on which session musician Curt Cress plays drums.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Wild Child"   Klaus Meine Rudolf Schenker 4:19
2. "But the Best for You"   Meine Meine 5:26
3. "Does Anyone Know"   Meine Meine 6:03
4. "Stone in My Shoe"   Meine Schenker 4:42
5. "Soul Behind the Face"   Meine Schenker 4:14
6. "Oh Girl (I Wanna Be with You)"   Meine Schenker 3:56
7. "When You Came into My Life"   Meine, Schenker, Titiek Puspa, James F. Sundah Meine, Schenker, Puspa, Sundah 5:13
8. "Where the River Flows"   Meine Schenker 4:16
9. "Time Will Call Your Name"   Meine Schenker 3:21
10. "You and I"   Meine Meine 6:16
11. "Are You the One?"   Meine Schenker 3:15
12. "She's Knocking at My Door" (Japanese edition bonus track) Meine Schenker 3:21

Personnel[edit]

Band members
  • Klaus Meine – lead vocals
  • Matthias Jabs – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Rudolf Schenker – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Ralph Rieckermann – bass, backing vocals
  • Curt Cress – drums, percussion, backing vocals
Additional musicians
  • Pitti Hecht - percussion
  • Luke Herzog, Koen van Bael - keyboards
Production
  • Erwin Musper – producer, engineer, mixing
  • Keith Olsen – producer of tracks 1 and 7
  • Evelien Tjebbes, Attie Bauw, Peter Kirkman – assistant engineers
  • George Marino – mastering

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
1996 German Albums Chart[3] 8
Finnish Albums Charts[4] 10
French Albums Charts[5] 11
Swiss Albums Charts[6] 15
Austrian Albums Charts[7] 20
Oricon Japanese Albums Charts[8] 28
Ultratop Belgian Charts[9] 37
Swedish Albums Chart[10] 38
GfK Dutch Charts[11] 95
Billboard 200 (North America) [12] 99

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart Position
1996 "Wild Child" Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[12] 19
"You and I" German Singles Chart[13] 22
Swiss Singles Charts[14] 23
French Singles Charts[15] 23
Austrian Singles Charts[16] 34
"Does Anyone Know" German Singles Chart[17] 81
"When You Came into My Life" German Singles Chart[18] 97
"Where The River Flows" German Singles Chart[19] 97

Certifications[edit]

Country Organization Year Sales
Germany BVMI 1996 Gold (+ 250,000)[20]
France SNEP 1996 Gold (+ 100,000)[21]
Finland IFPI Finland 1996 Gold (+ 25,000)[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weber, Barry. "Scorpions Pure Instinct review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-08-05. 
  2. ^ Jeffrey Easton. "Metal Exiles interview with Klaus Meine'". metalexiles.com. Retrieved April 21, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Album – Scorpions, Pure Instinct". Charts.de (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  4. ^ "Scorpions – Pure Instinct (album)". Finnishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  5. ^ "Le Détail des Albums de chaque Artist: search for Scorpions". Infodisc.fr. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  6. ^ "Scorpions – Pure Instinct". Hitparade.ch (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  7. ^ "Scorpions – Pure Instinct (album)". Austriancharts.at (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  8. ^ "スコーピオンズ - スコーピオンズのアルバム売り上げランキング". Oricon. Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  9. ^ "Scorpions – Pure Instinct". Ultratop (in French). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  10. ^ "Scorpions – Pure Instinct (album)". Swedishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  11. ^ "Scorpions – Pure Instinct (album)". GfK Dutch Charts (in Dutch). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  12. ^ a b "Pure Instinct Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  13. ^ "Single – Scorpions, You and I". Charts.de (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  14. ^ "Scorpions – You and I". Hitparade.ch (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  15. ^ "Scorpions – You and I (chanson)". Lescharts.com (in French). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  16. ^ "Scorpions – You and I (song)". Austriancharts.at (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  17. ^ "Single – Scorpions, Does Anyone Know". Charts.de (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  18. ^ "Single – Scorpions, When You Came into My Life". Charts.de (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  19. ^ "Single – Scorpions, Where The River Flows". Charts.de (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  20. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Scorpions)" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 2011-02-22. 
  21. ^ "Les Certifications depuis 1973 : search for Scorpions" (in French). Infodisc.fr. Retrieved 2012-10-27. 
  22. ^ "Tilastot: Scorpions". Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 

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