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Artist: Scorpions

Title: Virgin Killer

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Scorpions Virgin Killer Album Cover Scorpions Virgin Killer Album Cover


Category: Hard Rock

Year: 1977

Label: RCA Records

Catalog Number: AFL1-4225-B


Klaus Meine vocals
Ulrich Roth lead guitars
Rudolf Schenker rhythm guitars
Francis Buchholz bass
Rudy Lenners drums, percussion


1.  Pictured Life  3:21
2.  Catch Your Train  3:32
3.  In Your Park  3:39
4.  Backstage Queen  3:41
5.  Virgin Killer  3:41
6.  Hell-Cat  2:54
7.  Crying Days  4:36
8.  Polar Nights  5:04
9.  Yellow Raven  4:58
Total Running Time:  35:26

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From: Emilio Date: April 4, 2003 at 5:18
Where is "Fly to the rainbow" and "In trance"?

From: Gar Date: October 18, 2003 at 19:51
The original cover of this album verged on being kiddie porn, so it was changed for its American release(the cover pictured above). Still, for you collectors the original cover is still available on the import cd. Either way, this disc is average at best. The first half of the album is pretty stong, but it kinda fizzles out after that.

From: Great Dane Date: October 19, 2003 at 12:57
Nothing ever gets banned here..(Europe) The first cover was kinda cool. Just as everything was in the 70`s. US wanted the cover with 5 Guys dressed in leather & Denim on a cover of a cd called Virgin Killer....!!!!.Why are the moral so high/low over there.?? I would be boored living there. Every cd´in the 80`had a sticker on it with Parential something, and all shows we see here from the US has BEEEP sounds on it....

From: sparkyass Date: January 26, 2004 at 23:09
this is an amazing album from one of the top five metal bands of all time. song writing is great , klaus voice is fantastic but what steals this one is the guitar playing of the incomparable ULI ROTH. this guy was doing yngwie before yngwie had pubes. the playing on the song CATCH YOUR TRAIN is what every rock player should aspire to,tone, phrasing, monster chops,melody and just an over the top intensity that still leaves me breathless every time i hear it!!!!!!!!!!

From: yup Date: June 10, 2004 at 18:40
first, it didn't border on child porn, it was child porn. I mean look at it. it isn't trying to convey some great artful meaning, and if it's out I really don't mind. the censured version is the original back cover. Having said that, this is the most solid album they ever released, it has immense raw power, and Roth is mind blowing. any band that would release Hell Cat is alright by me. no candies like Wind of Change and such. those were the days, right before it became all about the hair.

From: Adam(Poland) Date: July 3, 2004 at 18:06
"Virgin Killer" is Rock N Roll Killer. Fantastic Speed Power Album. German's Friend Scorpions are your Pround. But you must remember that biggest Scorpions Concert was in Krakow hehehe 500 thousand people. Poland loves Scorpions For me 9/10

From: Joan Date: July 26, 2004 at 19:40
Solo por la 2ª canción del disco, ya vale la pena tenerlo. ¡¡Como mola Catch your train!! (nada que ver con la versión chungo-acústica). Para mi, el otro tema fuerte del disco es "in your park" una de las baladas mas bonitas que he oido y que, por desgracia, parece totalmente olvidada del resto, (al menos en la mayoría de recopilatorios del grupo). Otras destacables "Pictured life" y "Backstage queen" y la melancólica "crying days". X cierto, la "cara b" del disco es bastante floja.

From: Date: September 10, 2004 at 15:38
Repito CATCH YOUR TRAIN: Best song ever!!

From: Propane Date: December 1, 2004 at 15:56
Scorps are starting to unitize with this remarkable one. No rest for the weary here.

From: JarWi Date: February 7, 2005 at 15:57
Right Adam, I too remember this gig near Cracow in 2000. This was the biggest show I've ever visited, over half a million people in one place. Simply incredible. The Scorps rule!

From: poproxx2007 Date: December 22, 2005 at 19:57
People think the original cover was child porn...shows how uptight Americans are and the Europeans dont think twice about it. Just a girl with here private's x'ed out. I think Scorpions early covers were what was great about 70's rock! Back when the cover was just as good as what was inside. Great album neverless, the Scorps turned the corner on the sound that eventually made them charttoppers the world over.

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: November 6, 2009 at 0:06
If you're looking for "Rock You Like A Hurricane," skip anything before Lovedrive. I'm not knocking '70's Scorpions, exactly, but you aren't going to find the same kind of sing-along hooks and big choruses. It's hard for me to describe this period, as the words that come to mind first when listening to these earlier records are "strange" and "foreign." "Pictured Life," "Catch Your Train," and "Backstage Queen" are all memorable, and of course the title track rips. "In Your Park" is a ballad, but again, not the same animal as a "Still Loving You." There are some more atmospheric, meandering tunes in the second half as well. It's a good album, and there are lots of Scorps fans who prefer their edgier, less poppy '70's output, so I guess it's just a matter of taste, but this is one of their better efforts from that decade for sure.

From: Doug Date: November 9, 2009 at 17:25
Doghouse, agree with your comments. This and Tokyo Tapes were the ones that got me interested in them back in the day. But you are right, a real "foreign" sound. Meine's voice was still learning to sing in English and Roth's guitar was “darker.” I think they saw and heard that and made the conscience decision to elevate their image and sound---enter Matthias Jabs. Could not have been a better choice. It allowed Schenker to take more control of the rhythm section, Meine as a front man and Jabs brought much needed commercial appeal. Virgin Killers has some great tunes (love the first 5 tracks), but then it sort of dies out quickly. The Scorps catalog really takes off in '79.

From: Lights Out Date: January 8, 2013 at 17:06
Possibly my favorite Scorpions album; a wonderful mix of catchy, upbeat, melodic rockers with beautiful, surreal ballads along with a couple of Roth penned gems. These songs feature a wild, untamed exuberance about them that is less prevalent (But not entirely missing) on their material from the eighties and beyond. "Pictured Life" and "Catch Your Train" is a great one-two punch to begin with blazing solos from Roth. "Crying Days" stands as my most beloved Scorps ballad ever and "In Your Park" is not too shabby either. The final ballad "Yellow Raven" is a little less engaging however still solid overall. "Polar Nights" and "Hell Cat" both feature some unbelievable leads, bends, and creativity from Roth, and for better or worse also include his lead vocals. (At least he has some personality) Klaus on the other hand is in peak form with his vocal efforts. Great album from start to finish and exceptionally strong replay value. 92/100

From: Doug Date: January 8, 2013 at 17:47
This and Tokyo Tapes is what got me interested in the Scorpions back in high school. They were one of the best live acts on the planet, so much energy! "Side A" is better than "Side B" for me on this one.

From: hair metal again Date: May 27, 2013 at 4:02
good release by SCORPIONS ,again in their raw ,powerful way with excellent musicianship and some good songs!of course i prefer their later ones ,but in this one you can find some quite rockin moments and very fine guitar work!"catch your train " is the highlight of this enjoyable release!

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