In Trance

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In Trance
In Trance (Scorpions album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by
Released17 September 1975 (EU)
March 1976 (US)
StudioDierks Studios, Stommeln, West Germany
GenreHard rock, heavy metal
ProducerDieter Dierks
Scorpions chronology
Fly to the Rainbow
In Trance
Virgin Killer
Singles from In Trance
  1. "In Trance / Night Lights"
    Released: 1975
Alternative cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Rock Hard7.0/10[2]
Teraz Rock4/5 stars[3]

In Trance is the third studio album by German rock band Scorpions, released by RCA Records in 1975. The album's music was a complete departure from the progressive krautrock of the two previous albums in favor of a hard rock sound of shorter and tighter arrangements with which the band would achieve their later global success and fame; extended suites in the vein of songs such as "Lonesome Crow" and "Fly to the Rainbow" are absent altogether. It is the first album by the band to contain the now-famous logo and controversial artwork.


The original version of the album cover, photographed by Michael von Gimbut,[4] was censored for clearly showing the cover model's exposed breast[5] hanging down towards the guitar. Later releases have the breast blacked out so that it is not visible. This is the first of many Scorpions album covers that have been censored. The band's former lead guitarist Uli Jon Roth claimed he may have come up with the "idea to do the thing with the guitar for the cover of In Trance".[6]

However, in a 2008 interview Roth claimed that early Scorpions album covers in general were "the record company's idea, but we certainly didn't object. And so shame on us. Those covers were probably the most embarrassing thing I've ever been involved with." He did, though, classify the In Trance cover as "borderline".[7]

The White Stratocaster shown on the cover belonged to Roth and he can be seen playing the same guitar on the cover of the Electric Sun album Fire Wind. This is the guitar that Roth used on all subsequent Scorpions and Electric Sun albums on which he played.[8]

This was the band's first album to feature the band's name written in the now-familiar font used on nearly all subsequent album covers, as well as their first collaboration with producer Dieter Dierks.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Dark Lady"Uli Jon Roth3:30
2."In Trance"Rudolf Schenker, Klaus Meine4:47
3."Life's Like a River"Roth, Schenker, Corina Fortmann3:54
4."Top of the Bill"Schenker, Meine3:26
5."Living and Dying"Schenker, Meine3:24
Side two
6."Robot Man"Schenker, Meine2:47
7."Evening Wind"Roth5:06
8."Sun in My Hand"Roth4:25
9."Longing for Fire"Schenker, Roth2:44
10."Night Lights" (Instrumental)Roth3:14



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  1. ^ Weber, Barry. "Allmusic review". AllMusic. Retrieved March 21, 2006.
  2. ^ Rensen, Michael (April 2010). "Review Album: Scorpions - In Trance". Rock Hard (in German). No. 275. Retrieved 18 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Teraz Rock review". Archived from the original on July 23, 2011. Retrieved October 5, 2009.
  4. ^ In Trance Virgin Killer: The Back to Black Collection (Media notes). Scorpions. France: Axe Killer Music. 2000. 3056462.CS1 maint: others (link)
  5. ^ Easton, Jeffrey. "Metal Exiles interview with Klaus Meine". Archived from the original on April 21, 2010. Retrieved April 21, 2010.
  6. ^ Syrjälä, Marko. "Interview with Uli Jon Roth". Archived from the original on November 26, 2010. Retrieved May 12, 2008.
  7. ^ Plakas, Argie. "Uli Jon Roth: 'Bridging Classical and Rock to Form Musical Bliss'". Archived from the original on June 2, 2009. Retrieved January 20, 2009.
  8. ^ Wright, Jeb. "Uli Jon Roth: Surviving the Scorpions Sting". Archived from the original on June 13, 2007. Retrieved July 14, 2007.

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