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Artist: Scorpions

Title: Savage Amusement

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Category: Hard Rock

Year: 1988

Label: Mercury

Catalog Number: 832 963-2


Klaus Meine
Rudolf Schenker
Herman Rarebell
Matthias Jabs
Francis Buchholz


1.  Don't Stop at the Top  4:03
2.  Rhythm of Love  3:47
3.  Passion Rules the Game  3:58
4.  Media Overkill  3:32
5.  Walking on the Edge  5:05
6.  We Let It Rock... You Let It Roll  3:38
7.  Every Minute Every Day  4:21
8.  Love on the Run  3:35
9.  Believe in Love  5:20
Total Running Time:  37:19

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Existing comments about this CD

From: McClane Date: April 29, 2001 at 16:14
Don't stop at the top is the best Scorpions song ever made.

From: Amy Redding Date: May 17, 2001 at 19:37
This one falls short of equality with 'Love At First Sting.' You'd think after 4 years they'd make a better studio record, but it still is rather enjoyable. The guitars sound really heavy and crunchy, and there are some good tunes on it.

From: Jorge Date: June 23, 2001 at 1:49
You are absolutely wrong McClane! Dont stop at the top is not even between the Scorpions Top Ten....

From: Dusty Date: July 10, 2001 at 16:55
Another great album from the German hard rockers Media Overkill,We Let It Rock...You Let It Roll and Don't Stop At The Top are the best ones.

From: Praquê Date: August 5, 2001 at 1:41
This people haven't talked about 'Rhythm of Love' and 'Walking on the Edge'! And it's worse than it seems to be: this people said 'Don't Stop at the Top' is the best Scorpions song! I agree whith Jorge and everyone who has a poser spirit must agree too!!

From: Neal Woodall Date: August 22, 2001 at 20:04
This release has been unfairly criticized by band and fans alike; IMO one of the best melodic metal CDs of the 80's. Only Believe in Love brings my overall rating down a notch (from a 10 to a 9.5) because it is only an average ballad for the Scorpions; otherwise this is an outstanding album from one of the best bands in history!

From: 9 CHAMPIONS A 1 Date: July 2, 2002 at 10:41
Es dificil escoger un disco de Scorpions,sobre todo en esta epoca(todos los discos muy parecidos),pero personalmente me quedo con este,ya que consiguen como en ningun otro un equilibrio entre temas cañeros,comerciales y como no la balada de turno.Y encima año grande 1988.GRAN DISCO.

From: jens Date: July 20, 2002 at 1:20
i own all that the scorpions have released. this was my first cd i ever bought - and if i didn't listen almost exclusively to classical music and jazz now, this would be still in the top 10 albums. one of the rarities where i like EVERY track! sure, very polished, perhaps too commercial... but it still works. media overkill rocks, don't stop at the top is splendid... this and the world wide live great songs are the best they ever did. now, unfortunately, they suck horrendously.

From: jason (FA - Q) Date: July 20, 2002 at 1:30
This should not have been the first album that you ever bought! They arn't really that good, OK? If you need help with your Rock n Roll, than you need to listen to AC/DC!!! After that you will be all right, Trust Me!

From: The Fizzy One Date: September 16, 2002 at 19:46
Awwww ... For one thing, the sound on my CD is awful. I have to turn this up MUCH louder than for other CD's to get it to a normal volume. As for the songs ... 5.0. The good ones are 2, 5, 6 and 9. A sidenote: THe Eagle Diner in Seaford DE used to have 'Believe in Love' on the juke. Believe it or not!

From: Janxy Date: November 2, 2002 at 11:50
Great memories of singing along to this album.

From: West Of Sunset Date: December 24, 2002 at 2:40
Scorpions is one of my fav bands and i have all their original cds.THIS IS THE BEST BY FAR and have a place in my top ten list of my best cds.Matthis and klaust make their best vocal and guitar work that i have ever seen on this band.AMAZING 10/10. for

From: Gar Date: June 23, 2003 at 17:19
Pretty good album, but a little too polished. Kinda lacks the 'sting' of their early 80's releases. If you like the band, you shouldn't be disappointd, though.

From: visitor Date: August 22, 2003 at 14:10
To each his own, but I agree with McClane that Don´t Stop At The Top is the best Scorpions song. Great intro, inventive guitar riffs, catchy chorus and great lead solo. Enough said.

From: Metal Pete Date: January 8, 2004 at 19:02
Some good tunes here, 'Don't Stop at top', 'Passion rules the game', 'Every minute every day' and 'believe in love'...but, I felt the overall effort not quite up to Scorp standards. A little too smooth maybe? Not enough CRUNCH.

From: Rockman Date: January 12, 2004 at 4:07
This is the best scorpions album ever!!! I think even Blackout is not such a good that this one!! This one RULES!!!!!!!!

From: Aldas Date: April 18, 2004 at 19:19
Close to perfect album,just needs at 1 more song(album has only 9).

From: jack Date: May 21, 2004 at 1:56
THis album is not pure hard rock at all,if you want pure hard rock,try cinderella'night songs or van halen's van halen album. This album is pure melodic metal.IT possess melodic but emploding rhythm and music reminiscent to the grEAT DOKKEN and drum amd bass sounding and rhythm that is not dissimilar to def leppard. Anyway,this album is in a top class album that should get lots more recognition that it deserves.ratings:9/10

From: Big Papa K Date: June 29, 2004 at 18:22
This is where The Scorpions drop the ball and have yet to recover (I have not heard 'Unbreakable' yet though). The songs are very polished, the music is lighter, and the songwriting is lacking (track 6 is one of the worst song titles ever). Still it does contain a couple classics in 'Rhythm Of Love' and 'Don't Stop At The Top'. 5/10

From: Blue Tequila Date: June 30, 2004 at 2:24
I just gave this another spin today and it is still among my favorite Scorpions albums. I really like the guitars throughout but gotta agree with Fizzy on the muffled sound, maybe the remastered version fixes the problem. 'Believe In Love' is a great ballad. 'Rhythm Of Love' is another fav, but there are some great kickass hidden gems here as well in 'Media Overkill' and 'Love On The Run'.

From: K.K. Poland Date: July 24, 2004 at 7:52
great album! passion rules the game, rhythm of love, don't stop at the top, love on the run, AMAZING!!!!10/10

From: Geoff Date: September 2, 2004 at 0:09
Good hard rock - not a fave of mine but I guess it's a pretty consistent hard rock CD. If you ask me, though, it borders heavily on average.

From: Mike Date: October 21, 2004 at 3:13
The fave of my childhood. Long time (more than didn't hear. Now i now, what will i listen tonite...

From: Propane Date: December 1, 2004 at 16:24
Agreed that this one is too polished. When it first came out I didn't care for it but after seeing these performed live, i changed my mind. No favorite of mine personally, but in my collection

From: Big Mike Date: February 17, 2005 at 10:58
Starts well but tapers off pretty quickly. Some value but don't pay full price.

From: poproxx2007 Date: January 1, 2006 at 6:18
I disagree with those who down talk this Scorps classic. Every song smokes-you would think of all the melodic rock fanatics here this would reign supreme. I think this was a great follow up to Love At First Sting and a great Scorpions release. Sadly my love for Scorps ends here too-never got into Crazy World or the other ones since.

From: TomStavely Date: May 12, 2006 at 20:46
A truly AWESUM record you cant get much more perfect for 80s rockmetal, Cant pick a fav track if you dont own this buy it asap 10/10

From: Darkstorm Date: March 3, 2007 at 23:25
An underated CD IMO, while it's not quite as heavy as Blackout it's still an strong album with killer songs like Don't Stop At the top, Rythym Of Love,Love On The Run, and Believe In Love

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: April 4, 2007 at 16:10
Great Melodic Metal/Hard Rock album, otra joya de esta tremenda banda del Rock mundial un album espectacular en temas y estilo una pena que no sacaran un disco por el 86 por que creo que hubiera sido el mejor de su carrera 9.5/10

From: Buitre Date: September 10, 2007 at 6:42
...and with the major success -suck-sess- of still loving you...they drowned the world with ballads and kinda stupid experiments. Even their live performances where loosing strength and became boring and predictable ballad after ballad shows. Sorry, I can't help it, but If a rock band builds up a show to get the climax with ballads then something is very wrong.

From: lalo r.o.c.k. Date: April 19, 2009 at 17:18
The best album of SCORPIONS for me,great melodies and powerful guitars,song to song all are masterpieceson´t stop,Rhythm of love,Passion rules the game,Walking on the edge,Every minute Every day,Believe in love,their most melodic and the last with Dieter Dierks as a producer,the music and the melodies can not stop,SCORPIONS ruless...9/10.

From: metalhead4life Date: November 5, 2009 at 22:27
Great album and one to own from the Scorps; very good glam/hard rock from 1988. Uh, highlights, lets see: tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 9. Tracks 4, 6, and 8 are ok too I guess 80/100 Good to listen to if you go for a drive.

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: November 6, 2009 at 0:16
I don't know what they were trying with this one. Some songs sound like they're trying to go even poppier than the last record, while others seem to be trying to revive some of the heaviness of old, but can't do it because of the ultra-slick production. "Rhythm Of Love" and "Don't Stop At The Top" are the two best songs, and "Passion Rules The Game" is okay too. I always had a soft spot for "Walkin' On The Edge," and "Believe In Love" actually reminds me more of their '70's ballads than anything else they did after Blackout. Not a very popular album among fans of the band, although I did know one guy who named it his favorite by them.

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: November 6, 2009 at 0:16
I don't know what they were trying with this one. Some songs sound like they're trying to go even poppier than the last record, while others seem to be trying to revive some of the heaviness of old, but can't do it because of the ultra-slick production. "Rhythm Of Love" and "Don't Stop At The Top" are the two best songs, and "Passion Rules The Game" is okay too. I always had a soft spot for "Walkin' On The Edge," and "Believe In Love" actually reminds me more of their '70's ballads than anything else they did after Blackout. Not a very popular album among fans of the band, although I did know one guy who named it his favorite by them.

From: Buitre Date: December 22, 2009 at 4:53
Argh, sorry, but for me this was the beginning of the end for the Scorpions. I'm not saying that this is a bad record, no at all, but for me it was way too comercial. Afer this one I lost interest and I didn't buy anything else untill they released Acoustica...another mistake.

From: Doug Date: December 22, 2009 at 22:30
I’m a huge Scorps fan, but "Rhythm of Love" just sucks. For me this is why the record never takes off.

From: pie75 Date: August 5, 2010 at 9:14
jens is a dickhead why is he on this site if he don't like rock and roll? fact is this is very produced and polished but still has some great songs on it to get it buy don't stop at the top,rythym of love,media overkill,passion rules the game and beleive in love(can't say i do!) lol

From: the rocker Date: February 1, 2012 at 18:45
I absolutely love this cd, but then again I'm a big fan of this band anyway. The albums between 1980-1995 are all awesome in my book! 9 for 9 on this cd , all great tunes. I highly recommend.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 1, 2012 at 20:52
Had the chance to see the Scorps live in London-England on this "Savage Amusement" Tour with Vixen as a support act and well,it was simply a blast of a concert(Hammersmith Odeon was the venue)...this album is wonderful because it combines the typical Scorpions kinda commercial heavy rock tracks but with an edge...from tracks 1 to 5 is just a delightful journey through music ala Scorpion "trademark" but the whole album gets to your bones undoubtebly...94/100

From: Lights Out Date: January 8, 2013 at 19:05
It's fairly obvious that Scorpions attempted to build directly off of Love At First Sting with the release of Savage Amusement. It feels like a version 2.0 to a degree and that is not necessarily a bad thing yet it comes across as more of a safe release with a limited ceiling for greatness. There are certainly some good songs here like opener "Don't Stop at the Top", the first single and quality mid-tempo ballad "Rhythm of Love", the punchy "Media Overkill", and the engaging melodies of "Every Minute, Every Day". The power-ballad "Believe In Love" falls short of the benchmark set by "Still Loving You" and "Walking on the Edge" is just okay. Uptempo pieces like "You Let It Rock" and "Love on the Run" are headbanger worthy but have been done better in the past. "Passion Rules the Game" is a fairly catchy soft-rocker however. This album upon release was marred somewhat by a softer production value however I do have a remastered European edition that restores a heavier mix. 78/100

From: ICA Date: August 19, 2013 at 15:37
One disc that is outside of series, is great and have much in common in all disc...

From: hair metal again Date: September 11, 2013 at 1:13
excellent commercial hard rock release by SCORPIONS that put them in the charts in a time that the competition was extremely strong as hair metal had took over!you can find 1 or 2 fillers but there are some mega hits like "passion rules the game","rhythm of love" and "believe in love" that makes Savage Amusement a classic!

From: 123charpenay Date: September 12, 2013 at 13:54
totally agree with hair metal again.i ve always love this record and even now after all these years i am always Under the charm of this 1988 french specialist press was very severe with this problem for me these guys had no taste and are very strong for follow the fashion.these same guys will be in admiration (several years later)in front the grunge wawe and for example the horrible "slang" from def leppard.unfortunately no bonus tracks on the japan version of the excellent "savage amusement".only 9 tracks.

From: Ydol eM Date: January 5, 2014 at 14:52
Actually, I've never been disappointed with any of Scorpions' "ordinary" album. On the other hand none of them are at the top of my tree. The reason might be that very good songs have stood next to average ones. This is also the case of this album. Quite similar hard rock to preceding "Love at ..." or MSG at that time being. The sound may seem to be more polished but I don't mind, actually it was 1988 - the time of Bon Jovi, Europe... and that's a titbit for me. 80/100.

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: January 5, 2014 at 16:18
I still laugh thinking of Martin Popoff's review of this disc, saying it sounded like "the rustle and thump of a heavy velvet curtain coming down over Klaus's chroming dome."

From: 123charpenay Date: February 7, 2014 at 16:30
exeptional record, exceptional sound from one or maybe the best hard rock band of the history.

From: 123charpenay Date: December 16, 2015 at 13:19
the deluxe edition 50 th anniversary is absoluty essential cause the six bonus tracks are amazing!!!track 10 and 11 are two exceptional new songs.track 13 is the demo of the hit"dancin in a moonlight" present on "the crown".the demo is different,more hard and really excellent.track 14 "livin for tomorrow" is present on live bites.the studio version is fantastic ,this song is a hit.and then the ice on the cake is the super cover of the who "i can t explain" present on the best of "the mercury years".disc 2 is a sensational d v d about the making ,the building of all songs of "savage amusement".it s very very interesting.there is so some videos and a long part about their 10 concerts in leningrad in 1988 in front of 140 000 peoples at more time it s fascinating.

From: 123charpenay Date: December 16, 2015 at 13:23
i can add that dieter dierks ,the producer,have wanted to given the same sound that hysteria s def leppard.he says he have find the best sound as possible.very polished ,very clear but very loud ,like def leppard.

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: December 16, 2015 at 18:29
Funny you say that, because I actually think this disc sounds pretty quiet. Not just because I hhave the original, 1988 version so the actual volume is low (even lower than most other releases of the time). But the instruments themselves just seem kinda muted. To me, Crazy World is a much louder-sounding album. Maybe the remastering of the 50-anniversary edition brings it out more?

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 24, 2018 at 20:30
So I got ahold of the 50th-anniversary edition, and our buddy in France was not kidding. The mmix is vastly improved. I compared it side by side with my original CD, and the new version is so much louder! The other 5-th-anniversary editions that I've heard don't tinker much with the mix, if at all. Really, they don't need to, but Savage Amusement gets a desperately-needed boost. That said, it doesn't fully compensate for several below-average songs, after a string of outstanding albums. Now if somebody would just give L.A. Guns's debut the same treatment ...

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 24, 2018 at 20:33
Interesting to note my original comment, comparing "Believe In Love" to some of the band's less commercial-sounding '70's ballads. Speaking of the 50th-anniversary reissues, one of the bonus tracks on Taken By Force is--sure enough!--"Believe In Love," with different lyrics, but immediately recognizable as the same song, a decade before making an official release.

From: Doug Date: April 26, 2018 at 12:35
I've always been a huge Scorps fan, and this album came out near their peak of fame, but for me, its never been a favorite of mine. Good to know re-mix and production has been boosted; the original production has such a "muffled" sound to it. And "Rhythm of Love?" IMHO, worst Scorps song ever, and remember the video, just awful.

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 26, 2018 at 14:34
If "Rhythm Of Love" is your worst Scorpions song, Doug, I take it you skipped Eye II Eye altogether.

From: 123charpenay Date: April 27, 2018 at 10:37
i m totally agree with my buddy doghouse."rhythm of love" is a super song with an exceptional guitar s riff.yes doghouse the songs on "eye to eye" are a real nightmare,shameful of the best hard rock band of the history.

From: Doug Date: April 27, 2018 at 11:21
Ah yeah, Eye II Eye is not on any of my best of lists.

From: $$ixx Date: October 13, 2018 at 7:21
Even Rudolf himself admits that this bunch of songs is really well-written and consists of excellent songs. If you like AOR and melodic rock with a good production and stellar mix, this might be the best album they ever released. An underrated album for sure, but the tour was amazing and the videos on heavy rotation, so it is even better when you listen to it today.

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