Scorpions: Return To Forever (Tour Edition)

Scorpions Return To Forever (Tour Edition) RCA Last year’s album, repackaged with bonuses galore.

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A year on from the release of the Scorpions’ 18th studio record comes this fulsome reboot, replete with seven extra songs that have appeared on various global editions as bonus tracks, plus two live DVDs that prove, if nothing else, that Rudolf Schenker’s ability to gurn is undimmed after half a century in the business.

The album itself was something of a dig around down the back of the sofa, the songs assembled from ideas and outtakes stretching as far back as 1982’s Blackout. The band’s mindset has barely changed across that span: the aesthetic behind Rock My Car (‘Rock the car and rock yourself’ as Rudolf says, enigmatically) is the same as the celebratory new song Going Out With A Bang.

After 50 years, voices quiver and sinews tighten, but that philosophy endures to illuminate these spirited live shows. Long may they rawk.

Jon Hotten

Jon Hotten is an English author and journalist. He is best known for the books Muscle: A Writer's Trip Through a Sport with No Boundaries and The Years of the Locust. In June 2015 he published a novel, My Life And The Beautiful Music (Cape), based on his time in LA in the late 80s reporting on the heavy metal scene. He was a contributor to Kerrang! magazine from 1987–92 and currently contributes to Classic Rock. Hotten is the author of the popular cricket blog, The Old Batsman, and since February 2013 is a frequent contributor to The Cordon cricket blog at Cricinfo. His most recent book, Bat, Ball & Field, was published in 2022.