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Article first published as Music Review: Scorpions – Comeblack on Blogcritics

The Scorpions long Farewell Tour continues with the release of this quite  clever new album. Since the most successful German musical export announced  their final tour in the spring of 2010, it has been touring off and on but said  with certainty that Sting in the Tail, their spring 2010 studio album,  would be their last one.

So, how to satisfy the throngs of fans wanting new material? Re-record some  of your biggest hits and throw in a half dozen cover tunes from some of your  favorite artists. It’s pretty clever, as is the title of the “new” album: Comeblack, since it isn’t technically a comeback you see?

As for the music, it’s pretty entertaining as a hard rock release. The covers  range from the adequate version of The Kinks’ classic “All Day and All of the  Night,” and The Beatles’ “Across the Universe,” to the outstanding “Children of  the Revolution” (T-Rex), “Ruby Tuesday” (The Rolling Stones), and the best  version I’ve ever heard of “Tainted Love.” It’s a song originally recorded by  Gloria Jones in 1965 but which gained worldwide popularity with Soft Cell’s  version in 1981 and ’82.

The remakes of original Scorpions material, however, left me a bit flat. I  did enjoy the new versions of “The Zoo” and “Still Loving You,” as both sound  fresh and powerful. But all in all, the originals are still my versions of  choice.

My recommendation is if you are a dyed-in-the-wool Scorpions fanatic, buy Comeblack. If you are a fan but not a rabid one, stick to the classic  Scorpions material.

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