Lovedrive

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Lovedrive
Scorpions-album-lovedrive.jpg
Cover art by Hipgnosis
Studio album by Scorpions
Released 15 January 1979
Recorded September–December 1978
Studio Dierks Studios, Stommeln, West Germany
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 36:30
Label Harvest/EMI (Europe)
Mercury (US)
Producer Dieter Dierks
Scorpions chronology
Taken by Force
(1977)Taken by Force1977
Lovedrive
(1979)
Animal Magnetism
(1980)Animal Magnetism1980
Michael Schenker chronology
Strangers in the Night
(1979) Strangers in the Night1979
Lovedrive
(1979) Lovedrive1979
The Michael Schenker Group
(1980) The Michael Schenker Group1980
Singles from Lovedrive
  1. "Is There Anybody There?" / "Can't Get Enough"
    Released: 1979
  2. "Is There Anybody There?" / "Another Piece of Meat"
    Released: May 1979 (UK)
  3. "Lovedrive" / "Coast to Coast"
    Released: August 1979 (UK)
  4. "Another Piece of Meat" / "Always Somewhere"
    Released: 1979
  5. "Loving You Sunday Morning" / "Coast to Coast"
    Released: March 1979
  6. "Lovedrive" / "Holiday"
    Released: 1980
Alternative cover
Alternative cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Forces Parallèles 4/5 stars[2]

Lovedrive is the sixth studio album by German band Scorpions, released in 1979. Considered by some critics to be the pinnacle of their career,[1] Lovedrive was a major evolution of the band's sound, exhibiting their "classic style" that would be later developed over their next few albums. Lovedrive cemented the "Scorpions formula" of hard rock songs combined with melodic ballads.

Lovedrive was the band’s first album to be released by Harvest/EMI following the band's departure from label RCA, and proved a major commercial breakthrough, reaching No. 55 on the Billboard Top 200, which none of their previous five albums had dented at all. The RIAA certified the record as Gold on 28 May 1986,[3] and the album also proved a breakthrough in the UK where it was the first Scorpions album to chart and peaked at No. 36.[4]

Lovedrive ranked No. 25 on IGN's 2007 list of the Top 25 metal albums.[5]

Line-up changes[edit]

This is the first album to feature Matthias Jabs on lead guitar, and by extension, the first record to feature the band's "classic" lineup. Jabs replaced Uli Jon Roth who went on to form his own band, Electric Sun.

Michael Schenker, younger brother of rhythm guitarist Rudolf, who had just split from UFO, recorded lead guitars on "Another Piece of Meat", "Coast to Coast", "Holiday", "Loving You Sunday Morning" and "Lovedrive".[6][7] At the beginning of the Scorpions' German tour in February 1979, it was announced that Michael had rejoined the band and the group reluctantly parted ways with Matthias Jabs. However, in April 1979 while the band was touring in France, Michael quit leading to Jabs' immediate return.

Artwork[edit]

The cover depicted a well dressed man and woman seated in the back of a car, with one of the woman's breasts exposed and connected to the man's hand by stretched bubblegum. The back cover featured the same man and woman, but holding a photograph of the band, and her left breast completely exposed (without the gum). It was created by Storm Thorgerson of the design firm Hipgnosis. It caused some controversy in the US upon the album's release,[8] with later pressings of the album bearing a simple design of a blue scorpion on a black background.[9][10] The original uncensored art was restored for the remaster series.

Recalling the cover photo with the woman and the car, Thorgerson remarked: "Not exactly the most politically correct scene you've ever seen. I thought it was funny, but women read a different inflection into it now."[10]

In a 2010 interview, singer Klaus Meine commented on the album cover, stating: "We just did not know it would be a problem in America, it was just sex and rock 'n' roll. It is odd that in America some of these covers were a problem, because in the 80's when we would tour here, we always had boobs flashed to us at the front of the stage. Nowhere else in the world, just here. We just did not think it would be a problem to put out a record like Lovedrive in America."[8]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Loving You Sunday Morning" Klaus Meine, Herman Rarebell Rudolf Schenker 5:36
2. "Another Piece of Meat" Rarebell R. Schenker, Rarebell 3:30
3. "Always Somewhere" Meine R. Schenker 4:56
4. "Coast to Coast" (instrumental)   M. Schenker, R. Schenker 4:42
Side two
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
5. "Can't Get Enough" Meine R. Schenker 2:36
6. "Is There Anybody There?" Meine, Rarebell R. Schenker 3:58
7. "Lovedrive" Meine R. Schenker 4:49
8. "Holiday" Meine M. Schenker, R. Schenker 6:32

Personnel[edit]

Scorpions
Production
  • Dieter Dierks - producer, engineer, mixing
  • Steve Fallone - mastering

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Country Organization Year Sales
Germany BVMI 1984 Gold (+ 250,000)[14]
USA RIAA 1986 Gold (+ 500,000)[3]
France SNEP 1993 Gold (+ 100,000)[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Weber, Barry. "Scorpion - Lovedrive review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Gaguet, Guillaume. "Scorpion Lovedrive review". Forces Parallèles. Forces Parallèles. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Scorpions Gold and Platinum Awards". RIAA. Retrieved 27 May 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Scorpions Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 9 June 2017. 
  5. ^ "Top 25 Metal Albums". IGN. 19 January 2007. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  6. ^ Toney, Michael. "Tales from the Stage, Volume 1". Lulu.com. Retrieved 31 December 2016. 
  7. ^ "Michael Schenker comments on the Lovedrive album". www.skylight.gr. Retrieved 31 December 2016. 
  8. ^ a b Jeffrey Easton. "Metal Exiles interview with Klaus Meine'". metalexiles.com. Archived from the original on 21 April 2010. Retrieved 21 April 2010. 
  9. ^ Palmer, Andrew (28 December 1999). "Rock You Like a Piece of Meat". Village Voice. Retrieved 13 May 2008. 
  10. ^ a b Steven Cerio. "Interview with Storm Thorgerson". Retrieved 24 January 2008. 
  11. ^ "Album – Scorpions, Lovedrive". Charts.de (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  12. ^ "Scorpions - Lovedrive (album)". Swedishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  13. ^ "Lovedrive Billboard Albums". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Archived from the original on 25 November 2013. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  14. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Scorpions)" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 22 February 2011. 
  15. ^ "Les Certifications depuis 1973 : search for Scorpions" (in French). Infodisc.fr. Archived from the original on 21 June 2010. Retrieved 27 October 2012.