TITLE: In Trance
YEAR RELEASED: 1975
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: In Trance
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Top of the Bill
LINEUP: Klaus Meine, Uli Jon Roth, Rudolf Schenker, Francis Bucholz, Rudy Lenners. Achim Kirschning played keyboards when needed.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: After mixing epic prog with hard rock, the Scorpions drop the prog and focus on mid-70’s hard rock with decent results.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: After a decade, and a big band shakeup in 1973, the Scorpions seemed to get it together with this, their third album. (Their first is practically a different band, and meh, their second isn’t streaming but many cuts are on comps). Uli Jon Roth breaks out on this album, instilling many songs with classic riffs along with guitar wizardry that many after tried to copy.
While a more concise song attack is helpful, the inclusion of some less than exciting ballads really slow the momentum. The first side has two snoozers in particular. Also, Roth vocalizes on two cuts (Klaus Meine really should be the only voice for the Scorps) and Roth’s instrumental is kind of a snoozer.
Still, this is a step forward for the band, and set the stage for their eventual success.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: This is the first of many Scorpions album covers to cause controversy, and that they had to change up after release. Their next album’s cover would DEFINITELY cause consternation.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Nope.
GRADE B-: It’s an halfway decent album with a couple of lasting tracks and some ballads that just fall flat. It may be best to seek out the three comps of their RCA work and grab the best cuts,