I was never a huge Scorpions fan when I was growing up. I was familiar with all of their radio releases, but not much else. When "Deadly Sting: The Mercury Years" was released, I decided that it would be worth the price to gather up the bulk of the Scorpions' most popular tunes. I actually bought this double disc set when it was originally released (well in the wake of the Grunge revolution that killed 80's hard rock and hair metal). The album is definitely worth your consideration if you enjoy hair and hard rock bands from the 80's/early 90's.
Most people will be able to recognize songs like "Wind of Change," the anthemic "Rock You Like A Hurricane," "No One Like You," and "Still Loving You." A few more, like myself, can recall songs like "The Zoo" and "Tease Me, Please Me." One really nice treat on this album is "I Can't Explain," from the "Make A Difference: Stairway To Heaven/Highway To Hell" album. It's the Scorpions' take on The Who's popular tune. Also included are gems like "Big City Nights" and "Loving You Sunday Morning."
As a whole, this is the perfect collection for casual fans like myself. I found quite a few songs on here that I was unaware of and really enjoyed them. I can't speak for the diehard fans, but I'd recommend this to anyone who wants to have a sizeable portion of Scorpions tunes without having to muddle through each and every album out there.
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Although the 2 CD setDeadly Sting: The Mercury Yearsstarts with the Scorpions' fifth studio albumLovedrive, it effectively traces and relives most of the German outfit's development from buzz band to rock stars. Beginning with their Billboard debutLovedrive, which featured "Loving You Sunday Morning" and "Holiday" (contained here), the first disc follows the band through the platinum success ofBlackoutand the mind-blowing popularity ofLove at First Sting. Included are the guitar-buzzing, pulse-pounding cuts "The Zoo," "No One Like You," "Rock You Like a Hurricane," and "Still Loving You." But with the second disc,Deadly Stingunabashedly captures a star-dazed band on the way down. Four cuts from the sappy, mediocreSavage Amusementare included, as well as numbers from the equally unimpressiveCrazy Worldand the comeback-of-sortsFace the Heat. Although only the first CD is essential, it's the entire package that reveals the complete picture.--Jon Wiederhorn