Savage Amusement

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Savage Amusement
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Studio album by Scorpions
Released 16 April 1988
Recorded 1987–1988
Studio Dierks Studios, Stommeln,
Scorpio Sound Studios, Hannover, West Germany
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 37:19
Label Harvest/EMI (Europe)
Mercury (US)
Producer Dieter Dierks
Scorpions chronology
Love at First Sting
(1984)Love at First Sting1984
Savage Amusement
(1988)
Crazy World
(1990)Crazy World1990
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]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 5/10[2]
Rock Hard 8.0/10[3]

Savage Amusement is the tenth studio album by the German hard rock band Scorpions, released on 16 April 1988. It peaked at No. 5 in the USA,[4] where it became platinum on 20 June 1988.[5] It was 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 heavy-hitting songs, like "Don't Stop at the Top" and "We Let It Rock... You Let It Roll", there are more commercial rock songs such as "Passion Rules the Game".

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Klaus Meine, except where noted; all music composed by Rudolph Schenker, except where noted.

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

Personnel[edit]

Scorpions
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 at Masterdisk, New York

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 1988 Platinum (+ 1,000,000)[5]
Canada CRIA 1988 Platinum (+ 100,000)[15]
Germany BVMI 1988 Gold (+ 250,000)[16]
France SNEP 1988 Gold (+ 100,000)[17]
Finland IFPI Finland 1988 Gold (+ 30,000)[18]
Switzerland IFPI Switzerland 1989 Gold (+ 25,000)[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weber, Barry. "Scorpions Savage Amusement review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. pp. 319–320. ISBN 978-1894959315. 
  3. ^ Schäfer, Wolfgang (1988). "Review Album: Scorpions - Savage Amusement". Rock Hard (in German). No. 27. Retrieved 18 June 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Savage Amusement Billboard Albums". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Archived from the original on 25 November 2013. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "RIAA Searchable Database: search for Scorpions". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  6. ^ "Scorpions – Savage Amusement (album)". Swedishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
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  8. ^ "Scorpions – Savage Amusement". Hitparade.ch (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "Scorpions – Savage Amusement (album)". Norwegiancharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  10. ^ "Le Détail des Albums de chaque Artist: search for Scorpions". Infodisc.fr. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  11. ^ a b c "Scorpions Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 9 June 2017. 
  12. ^ "Scorpions – Savage Amusement (album)". Austriancharts.at (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  13. ^ "Scorpions – Savage Amusement (album)". GfK Dutch Charts (in Dutch). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  14. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 48, No. 13, July 16, 1988". Library and Archives Canada. 16 July 1988. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  15. ^ "Gold Platinum Search for Scorpions". Music Canada. Archived from the original on 31 October 2013. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  16. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Scorpions)" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 22 February 2011. 
  17. ^ "Les Certifications depuis 1973 : search for Scorpions" (in French). Infodisc.fr. Archived from the original on 21 June 2010. Retrieved 27 October 2012. 
  18. ^ "Musiikkituottajat - Tilastot - Kulta- ja platinalevyt (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland : Music Certifications)". Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  19. ^ "Awards". Hitparade.ch. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 20 November 2012.