Savage Amusement

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Savage Amusement
Studio album by Scorpions
Released April 16, 1988
Recorded Dierks Studios, Cologne,
Scorpio Sound Studios, Hannover, Germany
1987-88
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 37:19
Label Harvest/EMI (Europe)
Mercury (US)
Producer Dieter Dierks
Scorpions chronology
Love at First Sting
(1984)
Savage Amusement
(1988)
Crazy World
(1990)
Singles from Savage Amusement
  1. "Rhythm of Love / We Let It Rock... You Let It Roll"
    Released: May 1988
  2. "Believe in Love / Love on the Run"
    Released: August 1988
  3. "Passion Rules the Game / Every Minute Every Day"
    Released: February 1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Martin Popoff 5/10 stars[2]

Savage Amusement is the tenth studio album by the German rock band Scorpions, released in 1988. It peaked at No. 5 in the USA,[3] where it became platinum on June 20, 1988.[4] It was also the last Scorpions record to be produced by Dieter Dierks.

The album was the follow-up to the successful Love at First Sting and had some musical differences when compared to its predecessor. The overall feel of the album shows that Scorpions wanted to experiment a little with some different genres, going to a more radio friendly style and incorporating more synthesized sounds. While there are still some straight hard rock songs, like "Don't Stop at the Top" and "We Let It Rock... You Let It Roll", there are also dance rock songs such as "Passion Rules the Game".

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Don't Stop at the Top"   Klaus Meine, Herman Rarebell Rudolf Schenker 4:03
2. "Rhythm of Love"   Meine Schenker 3:47
3. "Passion Rules the Game"   Meine Rarebell 3:58
4. "Media Overkill"   Meine Schenker 3:32
5. "Walking on the Edge"   Meine Schenker 5:05
Side two
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
6. "We Let It Rock... You Let It Roll"   Meine Schenker 3:38
7. "Every Minute Every Day"   Meine Schenker 4:21
8. "Love on the Run"   Meine, Rarebell Schenker 3:35
9. "Believe in Love"   Meine Schenker 5:20

Personnel[edit]

Band members
Additional musicians
Production
  • Dieter Dierks - producer, engineer, mixing on tracks 2 and 9
  • Ian Taylor, Gerd Rautenbach - engineers
  • Mike Shipley - mixing on tracks 2 and 9
  • Nigel Green and Scorpions - mixing at Battery Studios, London
  • Howie Weinberg - mastering

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
1988 Swedish Albums Chart[5] 2
German Albums Chart[6] 4
Billboard 200 (North America)[3] 5
Swiss Albums Charts[7] 5
Norwegian Albums Charts[8] 5
French Albums Charts[9] 16
UK Albums Chart[10] 18
Austrian Albums Charts[11] 18
GfK Dutch Charts[12] 24
RPM100 Albums (Canada)[13] 25

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart Position
1988 "Rhythm of Love" Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[3] 6
UK Singles Chart[14] 59
Billboard Hot 100[3] 75
"Believe in Love" Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[3] 12
1989 "Passion Rules the Game" UK Singles Chart[15] 74

Certifications[edit]

Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 1995 Platinum (+ 1,000,000)[4]
Canada CRIA 1988 Platinum (+ 100,000)[16]
Germany BVMI 1988 Gold (+ 250,000)[17]
France SNEP 1988 Gold (+ 100,000)[18]
Finland IFPI Finland 1988 Gold (+ 30,000)[19]
Switzerland IFPI Switzerland 1989 Gold (+ 25,000)[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weber, Barry. "Scorpions Savage Amusement review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. ISBN 978-1894959315. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Savage Amusement Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  4. ^ a b RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for albums by Scorpions. Retrieved on 2011-02-22.
  5. ^ "Scorpions – Savage Amusement (album)". Swedishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  6. ^ "Album – Scorpions, Savage Amusement". Charts.de (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  7. ^ "Scorpions – Savage Amusement". Hitparade.ch (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  8. ^ "Scorpions – Savage Amusement (album)". Norwegiancharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  9. ^ "Le Détail des Albums de chaque Artist: search for Scorpions". Infodisc.fr. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  10. ^ "Scorpions – Savage Amusement Chart Stats". Chart Archive.org. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  11. ^ "Scorpions – Savage Amusement (album)". Austriancharts.at (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  12. ^ "Scorpions – Savage Amusement (album)". GfK Dutch Charts (in Dutch). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  13. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 48, No. 13, July 16, 1988". Library and Archives Canada. 16 July 1988. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  14. ^ "Scorpions – Rhythm of Love Chart Stats". Chart Archive.org. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  15. ^ "Scorpions – Passion Rules the Game Chart Stats". Chart Archive.org. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  16. ^ "Gold Platinum Search for Scorpions". Music Canada. Retrieved 2012-10-09. 
  17. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Scorpions)" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 2011-02-22. 
  18. ^ "Les Certifications depuis 1973 : search for Scorpions" (in French). Infodisc.fr. Retrieved 2012-10-27. 
  19. ^ "Musiikkituottajat - Tilastot - Kulta- ja platinalevyt (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland : Music Certifications)". Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 2011-12-14. 
  20. ^ "Awards". Hitparade.ch. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2012-11-20.