Blackout (Scorpions album)

Blackout (Scorpions album)

Infobox Album
Name = Blackout
Type = Album
Artist = Scorpions

Released = April 10, 1982
Recorded = 1981
Genre = Hard rock, heavy metal
Length = 36:44
Label = EMI (Europe)
Mercury (US)
Producer = Dieter Derks
Reviews =
*Allmusic Rating|4.5|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:6mmyxddbjolk link]
*"Rolling Stone" Rating|3|5 [http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/scorpions/albums/album/321668/review/5945009/blackout link]
Last album = "Animal Magnetism"
(1980)
This album = "Blackout"
(1982)
Next album = "Love at First Sting"
(1984)

"Blackout" is a studio album by the German heavy metal band Scorpions that was released in 1982.

Lead vocalist Klaus Meine had to undergo surgery on his vocal cords during the writing of the album and it was uncertain whether he would be able to record it. Demos of the material were recorded with Don Dokken as vocalist; however none of those recordings are featured on the album.

Rudolf Schenker could not choose between his guitar solos on "China White", so the US and European releases differed in this small detail.

A self-portrait of artist Gottfried Helnwein is featured on the cover of the album. Rudolf Schenker portrays this character in the "No One Like You" music video.

The RIAA certified "Blackout" as Gold on June 24, 1982 and Platinum on March 8, 1984.

Track listing

# "Blackout" (Schenker/Meine/Rarebell/Kittelsen) – 3:49
# "Can't Live Without You" (Schenker/Meine) – 3:47
# "No One Like You" (Schenker/Meine) – 3:57
# "You Give Me All I Need" (Schenker/Rarebell) – 3:39
# "Now!" (Schenker/Meine/Rarebell) – 2:35
# "Dynamite" (Schenker/Meine/Rarebell) – 4:12
# "Arizona" (Schenker/Rarebell) – 3:56
# "China White" (Schenker/Meine) – 6:59
# "When the Smoke Is Going Down" (Schenker/Meine) – 3:51

Personnel

*Klaus Meine: Lead Vocals
*Matthias Jabs: Lead Guitar
*Rudolf Schenker: Rhythm Guitar, Backing Vocals
*Francis Buchholz: Bass, Backing Vocals
*Herman Rarebell: Drums
*Produced by Dieter Dierks for Breeze-Music

Charts

Album

Billboard (North America)

ingles

Billboard (North America), Top Singles (France)


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