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Scorpions - No 1's - EMI Formed in 1969 in Hanover, West Germany, this heavy metal band didn't really find success until the release of 1982's Blackout. The ’80s were really good for them, spawning career solidifying #1 hits like Rock You Like a Hurricane, No One Like You and super rock ballad Still Loving You, and selling 22 million records along the way. With a title and format that apes The Beatles’ best of CD that came out a few years ago, No.1’s compiles their chart topping hits, best performances and fan favourites.

The first ever to sample their entire career, it contains pretty much every thing the band ever did. The material on this 32-track double CD tends to lean heavily on the band's ’80s and ’90s output, a period when they burnished their melodic pop metal tack all the way to the top of the charts. Disc one delivers the goods, opening with the gentle whistling of Klaus Meine on the German reunification anthem Wind Of Change before going into hook-filled, power chord anthems like Here In My Heart, Send Me An Angel and Rhythm Of Love.

The second disc has material that’s never made it on any other best of collection, like proto-power ballad You And I for one, while Big City Nights and Is There Anybody There reminds us just how impressive this band was in their prime. The long time Scorpions fan might find scruples here and there; fan favourites Tease Me, Please Me and Passion Rules The Game are omitted, but for a good solid document of the band's evolution from its early years to the present, you can’t go wrong with this release. Nicely put together and very reasonably priced, this sets the standard of being the band's definitive release to date.

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