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The greatest German rock band of all time, the Scorpions, as history shows, have sold more than 100 million
records in their ultra forty-year history with a certification of sales, including albums and videos, about 30 platinum records, 78 gold records, many music awards, including Echo and world music award. 
Music recording sales certification is a system of certifying that a music recording has shipped or sold a certain number of copies. The threshold quantity varies by type (such as album, single, music video) and by nation or territory (see below list of music recording certifications of USA and UK). Almost all countries follow variations of the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) certification categories, which are named after precious materials. The number of sales or shipments required for these awards depends upon the population of the territory in which the recording is released. Typically, they are awarded only to international releases and are awarded individually for each country in which the album is sold. Different sales levels, some perhaps 10 times lower than others, may exist for different music media (for example: videos versus albums, singles, or downloads). Manufacture of awards: the plaques themselves contain various items under the glass. Modern awards often use CDs instead of records. Most gold and platinum records are actually vinyl records which have been vacuum metallized and tinted, while trimmed and plated metal "masters", "mothers", or "stampers" (metal parts used for pressing records out of vinyl) were initially used. Rarely does the groove on the record match the actual recording being awarded. Individual plaque-makers produced their awards according to available materials and techniques employed by their graphic arts departments. The plaques, depending on size and elaborateness of design, cost anywhere between US$135 and $275, most often ordered and purchased by the record label that issued the original recording. Certification thresholds: below are certification thresholds for the United States and United Kingdom (among the most important for the music market). The numbers in the tables are in terms of "units," where a unit represents one sale or one shipment of a given medium. Certification is often awarded cumulatively, and it is possible for a single album to be certified silver, gold, and platinum in turn. An album that becomes platinum twice over, for example, an album which has sold 2,000,000 copies in the United States, is said to be "double-platinum," or sometimes "multi-platinum."


UNITED STATES
Album  = 100,000 (Silver), 500,000 (Gold), 1,000,000 (Platinum), 10,000,000 (Diamond)
Single = 100,000 (Siver), 500,000 (Gold), 1,000,000 (Platinum), 10,000,000 (Diamond)
Music video = 25,000 (Silver), 50,000 (Gold), 100,000 (Platinum), N/A (Diamond)
UNITED KINGDOM
Album = 60,000 (Silver), 100,000 (Gold), 300,000 (Diamond)
Single = 200,000 (Silver), 400,000 (Gold), 600,000 (Diamond)
Music video = N/A (Silver), 25,000 (Gold), 50,000 (Diamond)

List of music recording worldwide certifications look:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_music_recording_certifications


The album chart entries of the Scorpions. A list of songs by Scorpions can be found here. The albums are listed with the most widely successful first:

Artist / Album Title / Year / Chart Entries

1 The Scorpions Crazy World 1990
Germany 1 for 7 weeks - Aug 1991, Germany 1 - Nov 1990 (62 weeks), US 2 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Aug 1995), Germany 2 x Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1991), Austria 2 - Jun 1991 (7 months), Switzerland 3 - Nov 1990 (65 weeks), Norway 4 - May 1991 (20 weeks), Sweden 6 - Nov 1990 (30 weeks), France (InfoDisc) 7 of 1990 (peak 2, 54 weeks), UK 27 - Nov 1990 (7 weeks), Italy 50 of 1991, UK Silver (certified by BPI in Nov 1991).


2 The Scorpions Love At First Sting 1984
US 3 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Aug 1995), France Best 4 of 1984, Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1985), Germany 6 - Feb 1984 (29 weeks), Switzerland 9 - Mar 1984 (16 weeks), France (InfoDisc) 12 of 1984 (peak 4, 43 weeks), US BB 16 of 1984, UK 17 - Mar 1984 (6 weeks), Sweden 17 - Mar 1984 (6 weeks), Austria 19 - Apr 1984 (1 month), US CashBox 21 of 1984, RYM 52 of 1984, Holland free40 66 of 1984


3 The Scorpions World Wide Live 1985
US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Sep 1986), Germany 4 - Jun 1985 (12 weeks), Austria 4 - Jul 1985 (4 months), Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1986), Sweden 9 - Jul 1985 (14 weeks), UK 18 - Jun 1985 (8 weeks), Switzerland 18 - Jul 1985 (7 weeks), US BB 44 of 1985, US CashBox 45 of 1985, RYM 49 of 1985, France (InfoDisc) 50 of 1985 (peak 20, 5 weeks)


4 The Scorpions Savage Amusement 1988

Sweden 2 - May 1988 (17 weeks), US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jun 1988), Germany 4 - May 1988 (14 weeks), Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1988), Switzerland 5 - May 1988 (14 weeks), Norway 5 - May 1988 (7 weeks), UK 18 - May 1988 (6 weeks), Austria 19 - Jul 1988 (2 months), US BB 27 of 1988, US CashBox 33 of 1988, France (InfoDisc) 54 of 1988 (peak 16, 8 weeks), Italy 89 of 1988


5 The Scorpions Blackout 1982

US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Mar 1984), France (InfoDisc) 9 of 1982 (peak 1, 68 weeks), Germany 10 - Apr 1982 (7 weeks), UK 11 - Apr 1982 (11 weeks), Sweden 12 - Apr 1982 (10 weeks), US BB 45 of 1982, RYM 57 of 1982, US CashBox 75 of 1982


6 The Scorpions Love Drive 1979

US Gold (certified by RIAA in May 1986), Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1984), Germany 11 - Mar 1979 (4 weeks), France (InfoDisc) 22 of 1979 (peak 10, 53 weeks), Sweden 32 - Apr 1979 (2 weeks), UK 36 - Apr 1979 (11 weeks), RYM 84 of 1979


7 The Scorpions Animal Magnetism 1980
US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Oct 1991), Germany 12 - May 1980 (10 weeks), UK 23 - May 1980 (6 weeks), Sweden 37 - Jun 1980 (4 weeks), RYM 189 of 1980


8 The Scorpions Best Of Rockers 'N' Ballads 1989
US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Oct 1993), Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1991), Germany 14 - Dec 1989 (8 weeks), Switzerland 21 - Dec 1989 (7 weeks), Sweden 35 - Dec 1989 (2 weeks)


9 The Scorpions Pure Instinct 1996
France Gold (certified by SNEP May 1996), Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1996), Germany 8 - May 1996 (7 weeks), Switzerland 15 - May 1996 (11 weeks), Austria 20 - Jun 1996 (1 month), Sweden 38 - May 1996 (1 week), France (InfoDisc) 88 of 1996 (peak 11, 12 weeks)


10 The Scorpions Face The Heat 1993
Germany 4 - Sep 1993 (7 weeks), Switzerland 9 - Sep 1993 (10 weeks), Sweden 15 - Sep 1993 (3 weeks), Austria 24 - Oct 1993 (2 months), UK 51 - Sep 1993 (1 week), France (InfoDisc) 81 of 1993 (peak 5, 9 weeks)


11 The Scorpions Still Loving You 1992

Norway 14 - Apr 1992 (5 weeks), Switzerland 24 - Apr 1992 (5 weeks), Sweden 30 - Apr 1992 (4 weeks), Austria 32 - May 1992 (1 month), Italy 70 of 1992


12 The Scorpions Humanity - Hour I 2007
Germany 9 - Jun 2007 (1 week), Switzerland 26 - Jun 2007 (4 weeks), Sweden 36 - Jun 2007 (1 week), RYM 174 of 2007


13 The Scorpions Best 2000

Europe Platinum (certified by IFIP in 2008), Norway 10 - Feb 2000 (7 weeks), Sweden 19 - Mar 2000 (4 weeks)


14 The Scorpions Sting In The Tail 2010

Germany 2 - Apr 2010 (9 weeks), UK 96 - Apr 2010 (1 week)


15 The Scorpions Scorpions Best 1999

France 2 X Gold (certified by SNEP Oct 2005), France (InfoDisc) 83 of 1999 (peak 8, 16 weeks)


16 The Scorpions Unbreakable - The Greatest Hits - Volume 1 2004

Sweden 14 - May 2004 (1 week), Switzerland 19 - May 2004 (2 weeks)


17 The Scorpions Deadly Sting 1995
Switzerland 32 - Mar 1995 (2 weeks), Austria 39 - Mar 1995 (1 month)


18 The Scorpions Gold Ballads 1985

Switzerland 7 - Jan 1985 (14 weeks)


19 The Scorpions Hot & Slow 1991

France Gold (certified by SNEP May 1994)


20 The Scorpions Acoustica 2001
Germany 13 - May 2001 (3 weeks), Switzerland 35 - Jun 2001 (2 weeks)


21 The Scorpions Tokyo Tapes 1978
RYM 79 of 1978


22 The Scorpions Unbreakable 2004

Germany 4 - May 2004 (3 weeks)


23 The Scorpions Eye II Eye 1999

Germany 6 - Apr 1999 (3 weeks)


24 The Scorpions Taken by Force 1977

RYM 80 of 1977


25 The Scorpions Virgin Killer 1976
RYM 165 of 1976


26 The Scorpions In Trance 1975

RYM 114 of 1975




In addition to the above listed albums The Scorpions also contributed to the following entries:

Artist / Album Title / Year  / Chart Entries

1 The Scorpions & Berliner Philharmoniker Moment Of Glory 2000
Germany 3 - Jul 2000 (6 weeks)



The song chart entries of The Scorpions. A list of the hit albums by The Scorpions is also available. The songs are listed with the most widely successful first:

Artist / Song Title / Year / Chart Entries

1 The Scorpions Wind of Change 1991
Holland 1 - Apr 1991 (14 weeks), Sweden 1 - Mar 1991 (13 weeks), Austria 1 - Jun 1991 (7 weeks), Switzerland 1 - Feb 1991 (52 weeks), Switzerland 1 of 1991, Norway 1 - Apr 1991 (17 weeks), Poland 1 - Mar 1991 (23 weeks), Belgium 1 - Mar 1991 (18 weeks), Germany 1 of the 1990s (peak 1 31 weeks), Germany 1 - Apr 1991 (8 months), Europe 1 for 3 weeks - Jun 1991, Germany 1 for 11 weeks - May 1991, UK 2 - Jun 1991 (12 weeks), Germany Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1991), US Billboard 4 - Jun 1991 (25 weeks), US Gold (certified by RIAA in Sep 1991), Scrobulate 9 of ballad, France 10 - Dec 1990 (1 week), Brazil 23 of 1991, US BB 24 of 1991, Europe 26 of the 1990s (1991), POP 26 of 1991, ARC 46 of 1991 (peak 3 14 weeks), Japan (Tokyo) 56 - Sep 1991 (3 weeks), US Radio 72 of 1991 (peak 10 9 weeks), RYM 142 of 1990, UK Silver (certified by BPI in Oct 1991)

2 The Scorpions Still Loving You 1984
France (SNEP) 1 - Jul 1984 (5 months), Switzerland 3 - Dec 1984 (15 weeks), Poland 3 - Mar 1984 (15 weeks), Holland 4 - Feb 1987 (13 weeks), Belgium 4 - Mar 1987 (10 weeks), France 8 - Jul 1984 (1 week), Germany 14 - Jan 1985 (2 months), Switzerland 17 of 1985, France (InfoDisc) 20 of the 1980s (peak 1, 36 weeks, 1,100k sales estimated, 1984), Europe 34 of the 1980s (1987), Brazil 46 of 1985, US Billboard 64 - Jul 1984 (6 weeks), Scrobulate 74 of hard rock, Belgium 128 of all time

3 The Scorpions Send Me an Angel

1991 Sweden 2 - Nov 1991 (7 weeks), Belgium 2 - Jul 1991 (13 weeks), Poland 3 - Jun 1991 (16 weeks), Holland 4 - Jul 1991 (10 weeks), Germany 4 - Jan 1992 (4 months), France 6 - May 1991 (2 weeks), Austria 11 - Nov 1991 (3 weeks), Switzerland 14 - Nov 1991 (10 weeks), UK 27 - Nov 1991 (5 weeks), US Billboard 44 - Nov 1991 (17 weeks), Scrobulate 50 of ballad, Germany 250 of the 1990s (peak 5 14 weeks)

4 The Scorpions No One Like You

1982 France 3 - Jul 1982 (1 week), Poland 3 - Jun 1982 (13 weeks), Canada 8 - May 1982 (12 weeks), UK 64 - Apr 1982 (4 weeks), US Billboard 65 - Jun 1982 (7 weeks), TheQ 270
6 The Scorpions Rock You Like a Hurricane 1984 France 2 - Feb 1984 (3 weeks), Scrobulate 22 of hard rock, US Billboard 25 - Mar 1984 (16 weeks), POP 34 of 1984, UK 78 - Feb 1984 (2 weeks), TheQ 374

5 The Scorpions Rhythm Of Love 1988
Poland 4 - Aug 1988 (10 weeks), France 8 - Jul 1988 (1 week), Sweden 18 - Jun 1988 (1 week), UK 59 - Jun 1988 (2 weeks), US Billboard 75 - Jun 1988 (6 weeks)

6 The Scorpions You & I 1996

France 10 - May 1996 (1 week), Sweden 17 - May 1996 (3 weeks), Switzerland 23 - May 1996 (7 weeks), Austria 34 - May 1996 (2 weeks), Poland 39 - Jun 1996 (5 weeks)

7 The Scorpions Under The Same Sun 1994

Brazil 82 of 1994

8 The Scorpions White Dove 1995
Switzerland 20 - Jan 1995 (11 weeks), Poland 24 - Feb 1995 (5 weeks), Germany 24 - Jan 1995 (1 month)

9 The Scorpions Don't Believe Her 1991 4Poland 6 - Jan 1991 (13 weeks), UK 77 - Jan 1991 (2 weeks)


10 The Scorpions Big City Nights 1984

UK 76 - Aug 1984 (3 weeks), RYM 142 of 1990

11 The Scorpions Tease Me Please Me 1990

Japan (Tokyo) 100 - Dec 1990 (1 week)

12 The Scorpions Woman 1994

France 1 - Jan 1994 (8 weeks)

13 The Scorpions When You Came Into My Life 1

996 France 1 - Sep 1996 (4 weeks)

14 The Scorpions Passion Rules The Game 1989

France 5 - Feb 1989 (2 weeks), UK 74 - Feb 1989 (2 weeks)

15 The Scorpions When the Smoke is Going Down 1982

Poland 1 - May 1982 (17 weeks)

16 The Scorpions Holiday 1990

Poland 3 - Mar 1990 (25 weeks), France 6 - Nov 2001 (1 week)
17 The Scorpions Where The River Flows 1997
France 9 - May 1997 (1 week), Poland 41 - Jul 1997 (3 weeks)

18 The Scorpions Is There Anybody There? 1979
France 3 - Aug 1979 (3 weeks), UK 39 - May 1979 (4 weeks)

19 The Scorpions Restless Nights 1990

RYM 142 of 1990

20 The Scorpions Can't Live Without You 1982

UK 63 - Jul 1982 (2 weeks)

21 The Scorpions Alien Nation 1993

France 7 - Nov 1993 (2 weeks)

22 The Scorpions Make It Real 1980

UK 72 - May 1980 (2 weeks)

23 The Scorpions The Zoo 1980
UK 75 - Sep 1980 (1 week)

24 The Scorpions Another Piece Of Meat 1979

UK 39 - May 1979 (4 weeks)

25 The Scorpions Lovedrive 1979

UK 69 - Aug 1979 (2 weeks)






On their second effort, Fly to the Rainbow, the Scorpions begin to establish their trademark hard-rock sound while exorcising the last of their remaining psychedelic hippie tendencies. In fact, the band bursts out of the gate in surprisingly straightforward fashion with the hard rocking "Speedy's Coming" before resorting to the aforementioned bad habits on otherwise promising tracks such as "Fly People Fly" and "They Need a Million"; the first never really gets off the ground, seeming almost like a prelude to the title track, and the second is let down by the weak vocals of guitarists Rudolf Schenker and Uli Jon Roth, who have no business competing against vocalist Klaus Meine. Roth insists, however, on taking center stage for "Drifting Sun," which exposes his shameless Hendrix-isms, down to the opening riff lifted straight out of "Spanish Castle Magic." And while it closes the album in rather schizophrenic fashion, the epic nine-minute title track would become a concert standard -- albeit without its senseless folky intro. Fly to the Rainbow is another growing experience for the Scorpions; and the band would truly hit the jackpot with the following year's In Trance. Now the Fly To The Rainbow album has sold about 500,000 copies worldwide.

Scorpions / Fly To The Rainbow, WWA (World Wide Awards Europe) platinum record award (This plated record is presented in recognition of the prestigious achievement in reaching platinum record status), measures 40cm x 50cm, framed and glazed.

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Less brutal than the two previous albums, this one is nonetheless an underappreciated treat. Sure, there are some weak cuts, but there are plenty of strong ones to make up for it. Among the highlights of the disc are the energetic anthem "Steamrock Fever" and the growling song of androgyny "He's a Woman, She's a Man." The highlight of the disc, though, is "We'll Burn the Sky." This one is lyrically quite similar to the Blue Oyster Cult classic "Don't Fear the Reaper," but the music is a wonderfully building anthemic ballad. It is arguably one of the finest songs the Scorpions have ever done.

Scorpions / Taken By Force, Rock & Pop Art Award platinum record award (Presented to Scorpions to commemorate the sale of more than 1,000,000 copies of the RCA long-playing record album) measures 45cm x 55cm, framed and glazed.

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Prior to Lovedrive's recording, the Scorpions' lineup had a major change when their lead guitarist, Uli Jon Roth, quit the group (not to mention, the rock genre was rapidly changing). With this in mind, the band not only highlighted the album with the licks and riffs of three guitarists (Rudolf Schenker, Michael Schenker, Matthias Jabs), but they also dramatically changed their style to sound more like that of Van Halen. This change is quite welcome; not only are the performances more unpredictable, but the lyrics and melodies are better written. In fact, some of the Scorpions' best songs, such as "Loving You Sunday Morning," "Holiday," and "Coast to Coast" are found here, making it one of their finest. This album peaked at #55 on the Billboard 200. To date, the sixth studio album by Scorpions sold approximately 2,500,000 copies worldwide and certified Gold in the U.S. (500,000), Gold in Germany (250,000) and 2xGold in France (200,000).

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Blackout was the Scorpions' first majorly successful album, due to its clever balance of pop/rock (the title track), power ballads ("When The Smoke Is Going Down"), and catchy heavy metal ("Dynamite", "No One Like You"). Vocalist Klaus Meine had a throat operation prior to the record's release, and surprisingly, his voice sounds more melodic and lively than ever. The rest of the band sounds great as well, and the album is highlighted by the fast-paced performances of guitarists Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs. Blackout has arguably been called the Scorpions' best record ever, and that statement is not unjust -- it has more energy than anything else they have ever released. The Blackout album reached number 10 on the Billboard 200 chart, while the singles "Can't Live Without You" peaked at # 47 (Mainstream Rock), "No One Like You" at number 1 (Mainstream Rock) and number 65 (The Billboard Hot 100). Blackout today has sold about 4,000,000 copies worldwide and certified Platinum in the U.S. (1,000,000), Platinum in Canada (100,000), Gold in France (100,000) and Gold in Mexico (100,000).
NOTES: this nicely award features a Gold LP mounted above the album artwork miniature which is attached to the authentic, custom engraved dedication plaque with RIAA certification logo - all mounted on a dark brown background and in a golden coloured wooden frame. This is a very early award from the 80'sas the RIAA logo was later changed to a hologram. For this award voluntarily was hidden for privacy reasons, the name to which was assigned. ** Complete With Certificate Of Authenticity **. The items accompanied by a Certificate Of Authenticity (COA) upon purchase, usually have a more highest rating compared to those without. Record company award discs started their life as 'Gold Discs' with the first of these awarded by RCA to Glenn Miller in February 1942, celebrating 1,200,000 sales of Chattanooga Choo Choo. Most countries have followed the original RIAA 'Gold Disc' certification which was pioneered and trademarked in the USA. Typically presented to a number of recipients starting with band members & family, management and then to key record company staff who it was felt contributed to the success of the release or the band. They are also given to a small number of high profile radio stations, DJ's and shops whose efforts increased the profile of the band. There are a number of different types of award discs with the most hard to find being those certified by the Record Companies official body in each country, for example in the UK it is the BPI, USA have the RIAA , Canada CRIA, France SNEP these being just a few of those we have come across. These most typically, are presented to band members, management and national radio stations. The second type of award are 'In House' awards which are produced by the record company in slighly larger numbers to thank industry 'workers' and general media. All presented in very small quantities to commemorate the number of records sold, with UK BPI as an example classifying Gold as 200,000 copies, Platinum as 300,000 and silver as 200,000 with differing levels for singles sold, which again differs from country to country. The actual awards themselves are constructed from a variety of materials which historically was for LP sales but has increasingly been replaced by CD awards. All tend to feature sleeve artwork reproductions with the disc mounted on a coloured felt background above a dedication plaque , with layout varying in the case of landmark sales such as 4xPlatinum for 1.2 million copie sold. There is no set rule of thumb though as far as design goes, and some labels in far flung countries are inclined to be rather creative. The most important consideration when purchasing these items is to ensure you buy authentic industry awards and not those sold on auction sites and market stalls which are described as reproduction presentation discs. This in reality translates as shoddy unofficial and poorly constructed items made in someones tool shed.

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In 1984 the Scorpions had finally scaled the Mount Olympus of rock. With three albums featuring simultaneously in the US charts: Animal Magnetism (1980), Blackout, (1982) and Love At First Sting (1984), the Scorpions spent two years on the road playing as headliner or co-headliner at all the big rock festivals that sprang up around the world after Woodstock. The Scorpions toured the globe, with a fleet of articulated lorries, Nightliner buses, helicopters, private jets and the inevitable limos. Hanover’s heavy metal band played all the main rock venues in North, Central and South America and Europe. In Asia, they played in Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and Japan. This was the golden age of heavy rock. With gigantic stage and light shows and dramatic firework effects, the Scorpions unleashed a pyrotechnic display of sound and light. Their relentless energy sent the fans wild. To US audiences, the Scorpions, with their polished, hard-edged "melodic rock" and Klaus Meine’s dramatic power singing with its dizzying top notes, came to epitomise the best in heavy rock. Groups like Bon Jovi, Metallica, Iron Maiden and Def Leppard, later to become mega bands, were support acts on the Scorpions’ worldwide tours, learning what it meant for a band to hold its own in the rock arena in front of an audience of millions. Love At First Sting became one of the most successful albums in rock history. It includes the Scorpions’ most electrifying numbers "Rock You Like A Hurricane", "Bad Boys Running Wild", and the masterpiece "Still Loving You". The critics struggled for superlatives. Rolling Stone called the Scorpions "the heroes of heavy metal". The Scorpions were admitted to the exclusive club of the world’s 30 greatest rock groups. Their ballad "Still Loving You" became an international rock anthem. In France alone, the single sold 1.7 million copies. The song unleashed a wave of hysteria among French fans not seen since the Beatles and became the Scorpions’ musical trademark around the globe. The Blackout album reached N° 10 in the US chart (Billboard 200) and the Love At First Sting N° 6.

SCORPIONS / Blackout-Love At First Sting (rare US official platinum award presented to commemorate sales of more than 1,000,000 copies of each of the albums, two mounted platinum LPs with mini Love At First Sting artwork above, and both album mini artworks below, central dedication plaque and 'scorpion', measures 30" x 20½", framed and glazed).
NOTES: record company award discs started their life as 'Gold Discs' with the first of these awarded by RCA to Glenn Miller in February 1942, celebrating 1,200,000 sales of Chattanooga Choo Choo. Most countries have followed the original RIAA 'Gold Disc' certification which was pioneered and trademarked in the USA. Typically presented to a number of recipients starting with band members & family, management and then to key record company staff who it was felt contributed to the success of the release or the band. They are also given to a small number of high profile radio stations, DJ's and shops whose efforts increased the profile of the band. There are a number of different types of award discs with the most hard to find being those certified by the Record Companies official body in each country, for example in the UK it is the BPI, USA have the RIAA , Canada CRIA, France SNEP these being just a few of those we have come across. These most typically, are presented to band members, management and national radio stations. The second type of award are 'In House' awards which are produced by the record company in slighly larger numbers to thank industry 'workers' and general media. All presented in very small quantities to commemorate the number of records sold, with UK BPI as an example classifying Gold as 200,000 copies, Platinium as 300,000 and silver as 200,000 with differing levels for singles sold, which again differs from country to country. The actual awards themselves are constructed from a variety of materials which historically was for LP sales but has increasingly been replaced by CD awards. All tend to feature sleeve artwork reproductions with the disc mounted on a coloured felt background above a dedication plaque , with layout varying in the case of landmark sales such as 4xPlatinum for 1.2 million copie sold. There is no set rule of thumb though as far as design goes, and some labels in far flung countries are inclined to be rather creative. The most important consideration when purchasing these items is to ensure you buy authentic industry awards and not those sold on auction sites and market stalls which are described as reproduction presentation discs. This in reality translates as shoddy unofficial and poorly constructed items made in someones tool shed. 

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Although the Scorpions had already achieved fame after 1982's Blackout, Love At First Sting brought them their biggest single of the decade, the slick anthem "Rock You Like A Hurricane", with some greatly underrated songs to back it up. The album opens with the hair-raising "Bad Boys Running Wild" and continues with songs such as the memorable "Big City Nights" and the half-ballad, half-powerhouse rocker "Coming Home". The record also contains what just may be the band's best ballad ever, the tear-jerking "Still Loving You". Considering the fact that it has some of their best-ever singles, Love At First Sting is definitely a must for all fans of the Scorpions. It became the group's most successful album in the USA, where it peaked at number 6 on the Billboard 200 chart in 1984, and went double-platinum by the end of the year, reaching triple-platinum status in 1995. The song "Rock You Like A Hurricane" reached number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the same year, "Still Loving You" reached number 64 on the same chart, number 14 in Germany, number 3 in the French and Swiss Top 50. Other certifications: Canada (CRIA), 1988, 2xPlatinum (+ 200,000) and Germany (BVMI), 1985, Gold (+ 250,000). To date, the Love At First Sting album sold about 5,500,000 copies worldwide (over 3,000,000 in the U.S. alone).

SCORPIONS / Love At First Sting official US RIAA certified platinum award (issued to commemorate sales of more than 1,000,000 copies of the Mercury/Polygram Records long-playing record album), framed and glazed and measuring 21" x 17".
NOTES: a truly superb and rare item features a silver coloured LP disc mounted above the authentic, custom engraved dedication plaque which includes artwork miniature and RIAA certification logo. Record company award discs started their life as 'Gold Discs' with the first of these awarded by RCA to Glenn Miller in February 1942, celebrating 1,200,000 sales of Chattanooga Choo Choo. Most countries have followed the original RIAA 'Gold Disc' certification which was pioneered and trademarked in the USA. Typically presented to a number of recipients starting with band members & family, management and then to key record company staff who it was felt contributed to the success of the release or the band. They are also given to a small number of high profile radio stations, DJ's and shops whose efforts increased the profile of the band. There are a number of different types of award discs with the most hard to find being those certified by the Record Companies official body in each country, for example in the UK it is the BPI, USA have the RIAA , Canada CRIA, France SNEP these being just a few of those we have come across. These most typically, are presented to band members, management and national radio stations. The second type of award are 'In House' awards which are produced by the record company in slighly larger numbers to thank industry 'workers' and general media. All presented in very small quantities to commemorate the number of records sold, with UK BPI as an example classifying Gold as 200,000 copies, Platinium as 300,000 and silver as 200,000 with differing levels for singles sold, which again differs from country to country. The actual awards themselves are constructed from a variety of materials which historically was for LP sales but has increasingly been replaced by CD awards. All tend to feature sleeve artwork reproductions with the disc mounted on a coloured felt background above a dedication plaque , with layout varying in the case of landmark sales such as 4xPlatinum for 1.2 million copie sold. There is no set rule of thumb though as far as design goes, and some labels in far flung countries are inclined to be rather creative. The most important consideration when purchasing these items is to ensure you buy authentic industry awards and not those sold on auction sites and market stalls which are described as reproduction presentation discs. This in reality translates as shoddy unofficial and poorly constructed items made in someones tool shed. 

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SCORPIONS / Love At First Sting official US RIAA certified platinum award (issued to commemorate sales of more than 1,000,000 copies of the Mercury/Polygram Records long-playing record album), framed and glazed and measuring 21" x 17".
NOTES: a truly superb and rare item features a silver coloured LP disc mounted above the authentic, custom engraved dedication plaque which includes artwork miniature and RIAA certification logo. The difference with the previous one is that this award was given to a different person: see photo plaque. Record company award discs started their life as 'Gold Discs' with the first of these awarded by RCA to Glenn Miller in February 1942, celebrating 1,200,000 sales of Chattanooga Choo Choo. Most countries have followed the original RIAA 'Gold Disc' certification which was pioneered and trademarked in the USA. Typically presented to a number of recipients starting with band members & family, management and then to key record company staff who it was felt contributed to the success of the release or the band. They are also given to a small number of high profile radio stations, DJ's and shops whose efforts increased the profile of the band. There are a number of different types of award discs with the most hard to find being those certified by the Record Companies official body in each country, for example in the UK it is the BPI, USA have the RIAA , Canada CRIA, France SNEP these being just a few of those we have come across. These most typically, are presented to band members, management and national radio stations. The second type of award are 'In House' awards which are produced by the record company in slighly larger numbers to thank industry 'workers' and general media. All presented in very small quantities to commemorate the number of records sold, with UK BPI as an example classifying Gold as 200,000 copies, Platinium as 300,000 and silver as 200,000 with differing levels for singles sold, which again differs from country to country. The actual awards themselves are constructed from a variety of materials which historically was for LP sales but has increasingly been replaced by CD awards. All tend to feature sleeve artwork reproductions with the disc mounted on a coloured felt background above a dedication plaque , with layout varying in the case of landmark sales such as 4xPlatinum for 1.2 million copie sold. There is no set rule of thumb though as far as design goes, and some labels in far flung countries are inclined to be rather creative. The most important consideration when purchasing these items is to ensure you buy authentic industry awards and not those sold on auction sites and market stalls which are described as reproduction presentation discs. This in reality translates as shoddy unofficial and poorly constructed items made in someones tool shed. 

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SCORPIONS / Love At First Sting official US RIAA certified double-platinum award (issued to commemorate sales of more than 2,000,000 copies of the US Mercury/Polygram Records album & cassette), framed and glazed and measuring 25" x 17".
This truly superb and rare item includes two 2½" x 2½" images of the album artwork, with '1 million sales' and '2 million sales' text underneath each of the covers, which are in the top corners of the award. Plus a silver coloured LP disc with RIAA certification logo and silver dedication plaque mounted above a silver cassette shell with written 'multi-platinum sales award'. Record company award discs started their life as 'Gold Discs' with the first of these awarded by RCA to Glenn Miller in February 1942, celebrating 1,200,000 sales of Chattanooga Choo Choo. Most countries have followed the original RIAA 'Gold Disc' certification which was pioneered and trademarked in the USA. Typically presented to a number of recipients starting with band members & family, management and then to key record company staff who it was felt contributed to the success of the release or the band. They are also given to a small number of high profile radio stations, DJ's and shops whose efforts increased the profile of the band. There are a number of different types of award discs with the most hard to find being those certified by the Record Companies official body in each country, for example in the UK it is the BPI, USA have the RIAA , Canada CRIA, France SNEP these being just a few of those we have come across. These most typically, are presented to band members, management and national radio stations. The second type of award are 'In House' awards which are produced by the record company in slighly larger numbers to thank industry 'workers' and general media. All presented in very small quantities to commemorate the number of records sold, with UK BPI as an example classifying Gold as 200,000 copies, Platinium as 300,000 and silver as 200,000 with differing levels for singles sold, which again differs from country to country. The actual awards themselves are constructed from a variety of materials which historically was for LP sales but has increasingly been replaced by CD awards. All tend to feature sleeve artwork reproductions with the disc mounted on a coloured felt background above a dedication plaque , with layout varying in the case of landmark sales such as 4xPlatinum for 1.2 million copie sold. There is no set rule of thumb though as far as design goes, and some labels in far flung countries are inclined to be rather creative. The most important consideration when purchasing these items is to ensure you buy authentic industry awards and not those sold on auction sites and market stalls which are described as reproduction presentation discs. This in reality translates as shoddy unofficial and poorly constructed items made in someones tool shed.

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SCORPIONS / Love At First Sting, Pop & Rock Musik Award GOLD PLATED RECORD (To appreciate the magnificent gold state this Gold-plated record album is presented to the public) measures 40cm x 50cm, framed and glazed.

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SCORPIONS / Love At First Sting, Rock & Pop Art Award gold record award (Presented to Scorpions to commemorate the sale of more than 500,000 copies of the Harvest long-playing record album) measures 55cm x 45cm, framed and glazed

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The disc contains the five ballads included in their previous albums published by EMI, ie, from 1979 on, and included in this EP which features on its cover a picture extracted from the same sessions that lead to the covers album Love At First Sting and some individuals it matched. This compilation issued in 1984 was certified platinum by the World Wide Europe Awards (WWA), more than one million copies sold. Gold Ballads peaked at number 25 in Germany, number 11 in the Netherlands and 7 in Switzerland.

SCORPIONS / Gold Ballads, WWA (World Wide Awards Europe) platinum record award (Presented for 1,000,000 PLATINUM RECORD STATUS), measures 40cm x 50cm, framed and glazed.

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Since the Scorpions' career was at its peak, World Wide Live could not have been recorded at a better time. This 19-track album contains all of their early-'80s hits. World Wide Live is a concentrate of pure energy, a double live album that embraces' all the main aspects of this extraordinary band, the technical preparation of the musicians who compose it, the power of the songs and' extreme melody that is placed at the base of all. Clear example of this and 'the opener "Countdown" and "Coming Home", played guitar on the joints of Schenker, on' badgered rhythm section of bassist Francis Buchholz and drummer Herman Rarebell and, no doubt, the voice sometimes coming of blues Meine able to tone down the sound of the band. From the classic thrill "Blackout", shot metal ready to explode in irresistible chorus, to the delight of fans flocked to the show and the mighty "Bad Boys Running Wild".The most relaxed Scorpions however often emerges, in the 80 minutes make up this live, with the "Big City Night" anthem, song by power rankings, with the "Holiday" ballad, and especially with the 'inevitable hit "Still Loving You", with the audience to sing along with the song by Meine. These, however, are only small flowers that bloom in the storm sound created by the five rockers, saw the return to ready sounds' much more angry with solid songs such as "Rock You Like A Hurricane", vibrant "Can't Get Enough" (proposal into two parts interspersed with a pyrotechnic guitar solo) and celebrates "Dynamite". An epoch-making work, this World Wide Live, which shows us a great band, able once again to make history! The record is the Scorpions' only worthwhile live album and is a must for their fans. These are his charts positions reached in the world: German Albums Chart #4, Austrian Albums Charts #4, Swedish Albums Chart #9, Billboard 200 (North America) #17, UK Albums Chart #18, Swiss Albums Charts #18, French Albums Charts #20, RPM100 Albums (Canada) #39, Japanese Albums Chart #43 and GfK Dutch Charts #47. And these are the certifications: USA (RIAA), 1986, Platinum (+1,000,000); Canada (CRIA), 1988, Platinum (+ 100,000); Germany (BVMI), 1986, Gold (+ 250,000); France (SNEP), 1986, Gold (+ 100,000). This live album has sold about 4,000,000 copies worldwide.

WORLDWIDE LIVE '85!!!


SCORPIONS World Wide Live Rare official 1985 US RIAA Certified platinum award issued to commemorate sales of more than 500,000 copies of the Mercury/Polygram Records, album & cassette. Includes a gold coloured LP disc with overlapping golden cassette shell mounted above the authentic, custom engraved dedication plaque which includes artwork miniature and RIAA hologram. Framed and glazed and measuring 21" x 17" (a truly superb item!).
Record company award discs started their life as 'Gold Discs' with the first of these awarded by RCA to Glenn Miller in February 1942, celebrating 1,200,000 sales of Chattanooga Choo Choo. Most countries have followed the original RIAA 'Gold Disc' certification which was pioneered and trademarked in the USA. Typically presented to a number of recipients starting with band members & family, management and then to key record company staff who it was felt contributed to the success of the release or the band. They are also given to a small number of high profile radio stations, DJ's and shops whose efforts increased the profile of the band. There are a number of different types of award discs with the most hard to find being those certified by the Record Companies official body in each country, for example in the UK it is the BPI, USA have the RIAA, Canada CRIA, France SNEP these being just a few of those we have come across. These most typically, are presented to band members, management and national radio stations. The second type of award are 'In House' awards which are produced by the record company in slighly larger numbers to thank industry 'workers' and general media. All presented in very small quantities to commemorate the number of records sold, with UK BPI as an example classifying Gold as 200,000 copies, Platinium as 300,000 and silver as 200,000 with differing levels for singles sold, which again differs from country to country. The actual awards themselves are constructed from a variety of materials which historically was for LP sales but has increasingly been replaced by CD awards. All tend to feature sleeve artwork reproductions with the disc mounted on a coloured felt background above a dedication plaque , with layout varying in the case of landmark sales such as 4xPlatinum for 1.2 million copie sold. There is no set rule of thumb though as far as design goes, and some labels in far flung countries are inclined to be rather creative. The most important consideration when purchasing these items is to ensure you buy authentic industry awards and not those sold on auction sites and market stalls which are described as reproduction presentation discs. This in reality translates as shoddy unofficial and poorly constructed items made in someones tool shed.

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SCORPIONS / World Wide Live Rock&Pop Art gold award presented to commemorate sales of more than 500,000 copies of the HARVEST long-playing record album, two mounted golden LPs with mini World Wide Live artworks under, measures 30" x 20½", framed and glazed.

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SCORPIONS / World Wide Live WWA World Awards gold record status presented to commemorate sales of more than 500,000 copies of the HARVEST album, mounted golden LP with mini World Wide Live artworks, measures 21" x 17", framed and glazed.

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The Scorpions' two previous releases, Blackout and Love At First Sting, were mostly successful due to the band's ability to adjust with the times; with Blackout, they used the classic power rock introduced by bands like Van Halen, and for Sting they used similar melodies, but with a harder, tighter sound akin to the work of such bands as Dokken and REO Speedwagon. With Savage Amusement, the group's first studio recording in almost four years for a follow-up to the multi-platinum album Love At First Sting. The Scorpions experimented with more polished pop melodies that Def Leppard and the like had made popular. With these experimental-style material peppering its more conventional anthemic strains, a spirit of pressing on overshadowed the group's final recordings with Dieter Dierks, their producer since 1975. The end result is polished and often predictable music that, while good, on the whole fails to be as infectious as the music on their previous albums. Die-hard fans will certainly find their share of worthwhile songs, such as "Don't Stop At The Top" and "Believe In Love," but they still may find Savage Amusement to be incomparable to its predecessors. As Hammer's reviewer Malcolm Dome pointed out: "This record showcases the band and not the available studio technique". Befitting "one of the world's greatest ever hard rock arts", many of its selections were destined to become stage favourites, including "Don't Stop At The Top" and "Rhythm Of Love". Savage Amusement is the tenth studio album and it peaked at No. 5 in the USA where it became platinum on June 20, 1988 and the single "Rhythm Of Love" reached #6 in Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks, position n. 75 in Billboard Hot 100 and the ballad "Believe in Love" #12 in Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks. Other certifications: Canada CRIA 1988 Platinum (+ 100,000), Germany BVMI 1988 Gold (+ 250,000), France SNEP 1988 Gold (+ 100,000), Finland IFPI Finland 1988 Gold (+ 30,000) and Switzerland IFPI Switzerland 1989 Gold (+ 25,000). The Savage Amusement album has sold about 4,000,000 copies worldwide.

MONSTERS OF ROCK in HOUSTON '88!!!


Now Scorpions fans, through various interviews and more, they know that the album Savage Amusement issued in '88 is not definitely a favorite of the band (excluding "Rhythm Of Love" and "Passion Rules The Game" acoustic version, the latter even made in the 26 years after!), the other songs are dropped forever (!) from their setlist of the shows already from the previous tour (Crazy World Tour '90 -91) ... Honestly I'm not very agreement and disagreements of the band with their producer Dieter Dierks during recording of the album might have a little too penalized the opinion of the Scorpions for this studio album. Fortunately the historic drummer of band, Herman Rarebell, more times showed good words for this LP and in this short interview, made recently in South America (2014), he confirms this:
Savage Amusement 1988 was the album that ushered in the rare changes in the music of Scorpions: introduced their sound synthesizers likely to generate more airplay on the radio. Still contained the type of hard rock song characteristic of you, but also two danceable rock songs, one of them "Passion Rules The Game", your favorite of your former band composition. But would like to understand something: you come to hate the band changes up in his music, and I read that you complained that they were selling a lot at the end of your time with them; however, you have contribuite with a dance song for this album.
"For me, 'Passion Rules the Game' in my opinion, it is the perfect rock song, because it has a good rhythm, a good melody and good lyrics. This is a song that I made music and Klaus Meine made him the lyrics. Then there's the song 'Media Overkill' that I like too and 'Don't Stop At The Top', which also co wrote. For me, this is a very interesting album".
I do not doubt it, I love it personally; but the question you I formulated on the basis that you left you with the Scorpions in part by your you wanted to stick with the hard rock songs and authentic super ballads, and not relied on the fact that the band was touring new territories: but you contribute a song to dance rhythm is a little contradictory, it seems to me.
"It's a difficult question that, because I think we thought we were progressing normally; We did not want to be playing the same thing all the time; We wanted to try new things".
For me, Savage Amusement is a very entertaining and very good album, I put that record videos on my TV show 88 Billboard, which looked at national level; why I remember in a special way. But I wanted to know your opinion about this but I understand your point now're right.
"Hey, 'Passion Rules the Game' Lovely!".


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SCORPIONS Savage Amusement (Rare official 1988 US RIAA Certified platinum award issued to commemorate sales of more than 1,000,000 copies of the Mercury/Polygram Records LP, cassette & CD album. Includes a silver coloured LP disc with overlapping platinum cassette shell mounted above the authentic, custom engraved dedication plaque which includes artwork miniature and RIAA hologram. Framed and glazed and measuring 21" x 17" - a truly superb item!)
For this award voluntarily was hidden for privacy reasons, the name to which was assigned. ** Complete With Certificate Of Authenticity **. The items accompanied by a Certificate Of Authenticity (COA) upon purchase, usually have a more highest rating compared to those without. Record company award discs started their life as 'Gold Discs' with the first of these awarded by RCA to Glenn Miller in February 1942, celebrating 1,200,000 sales of Chattanooga Choo Choo. Most countries have followed the original RIAA 'Gold Disc' certification which was pioneered and trademarked in the USA. Typically presented to a number of recipients starting with band members & family, management and then to key record company staff who it was felt contributed to the success of the release or the band. They are also given to a small number of high profile radio stations, DJ's and shops whose efforts increased the profile of the band. There are a number of different types of award discs with the most hard to find being those certified by the Record Companies official body in each country, for example in the UK it is the BPI, USA have the RIAA , Canada CRIA, France SNEP these being just a few of those we have come across. These most typically, are presented to band members, management and national radio stations. The second type of award are 'In House' awards which are produced by the record company in slighly larger numbers to thank industry 'workers' and general media. All presented in very small quantities to commemorate the number of records sold, with UK BPI as an example classifying Gold as 200,000 copies, Platinum as 300,000 and silver as 200,000 with differing levels for singles sold, which again differs from country to country. The actual awards themselves are constructed from a variety of materials which historically was for LP sales but has increasingly been replaced by CD awards. All tend to feature sleeve artwork reproductions with the disc mounted on a coloured felt background above a dedication plaque , with layout varying in the case of landmark sales such as 4xPlatinum for 1.2 million copie sold. There is no set rule of thumb though as far as design goes, and some labels in far flung countries are inclined to be rather creative. The most important consideration when purchasing these items is to ensure you buy authentic industry awards and not those sold on auction sites and market stalls which are described as reproduction presentation discs. This in reality translates as shoddy unofficial and poorly constructed items made in someones tool shed.

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Scorpions / Savage Amusement, WWA (World Wide Awards Europe) gold record award (This plated record is presented in recognition of the prestigious achievement in reaching gold record status), measures 40cm x 50cm, framed and glazed.

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After the release of Savage Amusement in 1988, the Scorpions expressed disdain toward the album, feeling that it was too polished when compared to their other work. Their longtime producer, Dieter Dierks, was replaced with well-known rock producer Keith Olsen, who would produce Crazy World and assist in making it one of the Scorpions' greatest recordings. Their music had certainly changed since Savage Amusement, sounding a little bit heavier and less glamorous. But even with the metal sound, the songs remain melodic and catchy. The power ballads on the album, "Wind of Change" and "Send Me an Angel," are arguably two of the band's greatest slow numbers, boasting soothing harmony and lyrics. Crazy World remains the Scorpions' finest '90s album and is sure to please its listeners. The album peaked at No. 21 on the Billboard 200 chart for albums in 1991 and reached Top10 in Germany (#1), Austria (#1), France (#2), Switzerland (#3), Norway (#4), Sweden (#6), GfK Dutch Charts (#6), Canada (#25), UK (#27), Japan (#39) and Australia (#49). Certifications&sales: Canada (Music Canada) 2x Platinum 200,000^, United Kingdom (BPI) Silver 60,000^, United States (RIAA) 2× Platinum2,000,000^, Germany (BVMI) 2× Platinum 1,000,000^, Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland) 2× Platinum100,000x, Finland (Musiikkituottajat) Gold 25,000 and Austria (IFPI Austria Platinum 50,000x with worldwide sales: 7,000,000...

CRAZY WORLD in HOUSTON '91!!!


SCORPIONS Crazy World US Mercury/Polygram Rare Official US RIAA Certified gold award issued to commemorate sales of more than 500,000 copies of the LP, cassette & CD album. Includes a gold coloured LP disc with a 'R' style RIAA hologram and gold dedication plaque mounted above a gold CD album and gold cassette shell. Framed and glazed and measuring 25" x 17" - a truly superb item!
Record company award discs started their life as 'Gold Discs' with the first of these awarded by RCA to Glenn Miller in February 1942, celebrating 1,200,000 sales of Chattanooga Choo Choo. Most countries have followed the original RIAA 'Gold Disc' certification which was pioneered and trademarked in the USA. Typically presented to a number of recipients starting with band members & family, management and then to key record company staff who it was felt contributed to the success of the release or the band. They are also given to a small number of high profile radio stations, DJ's and shops whose efforts increased the profile of the band. There are a number of different types of award discs with the most hard to find being those certified by the Record Companies official body in each country, for example in the UK it is the BPI, USA have the RIAA , Canada CRIA, France SNEP these being just a few of those we have come across. These most typically, are presented to band members, management and national radio stations. The second type of award are 'In House' awards which are produced by the record company in slighly larger numbers to thank industry 'workers' and general media. All presented in very small quantities to commemorate the number of records sold, with UK BPI as an example classifying Gold as 200,000 copies, Platinium as 300,000 and silver as 200,000 with differing levels for singles sold, which again differs from country to country. The actual awards themselves are constructed from a variety of materials which historically was for LP sales but has increasingly been replaced by CD awards. All tend to feature sleeve artwork reproductions with the disc mounted on a coloured felt background above a dedication plaque , with layout varying in the case of landmark sales such as 4xPlatinum for 1.2 million copie sold. There is no set rule of thumb though as far as design goes, and some labels in far flung countries are inclined to be rather creative. The most important consideration when purchasing these items is to ensure you buy authentic industry awards and not those sold on auction sites and market stalls which are described as reproduction presentation discs. This in reality translates as shoddy unofficial and poorly constructed items made in someones tool shed.

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SCORPIONS Crazy World US Mercury/Polygram Rare Official US RIAA Certified double-platinum award issued to commemorate sales of more than 2,000,000 copies of the LP, cassette & CD album. Includes two 2½" x 2½" images of the album artwork, with '1 million' and '2 million' text underneath each of the covers, which are in the top corners of the award. Plus a silver coloured LP disc with a 'R' style RIAA hologram and silver dedication plaque mounted above a silver CD album and silver cassette shell. Framed and glazed and measuring 25" x 17" - a truly superb item!) ** Complete With Certificate Of Authenticity **.
Record company award discs started their life as 'Gold Discs' with the first of these awarded by RCA to Glenn Miller in February 1942, celebrating 1,200,000 sales of Chattanooga Choo Choo. Most countries have followed the original RIAA 'Gold Disc' certification which was pioneered and trademarked in the USA. Typically presented to a number of recipients starting with band members & family, management and then to key record company staff who it was felt contributed to the success of the release or the band. They are also given to a small number of high profile radio stations, DJ's and shops whose efforts increased the profile of the band. There are a number of different types of award discs with the most hard to find being those certified by the Record Companies official body in each country, for example in the UK it is the BPI, USA have the RIAA , Canada CRIA, France SNEP these being just a few of those we have come across. These most typically, are presented to band members, management and national radio stations. The second type of award are 'In House' awards which are produced by the record company in slighly larger numbers to thank industry 'workers' and general media. All presented in very small quantities to commemorate the number of records sold, with UK BPI as an example classifying Gold as 200,000 copies, Platinium as 300,000 and silver as 200,000 with differing levels for singles sold, which again differs from country to country. The actual awards themselves are constructed from a variety of materials which historically was for LP sales but has increasingly been replaced by CD awards. All tend to feature sleeve artwork reproductions with the disc mounted on a coloured felt background above a dedication plaque , with layout varying in the case of landmark sales such as 4xPlatinum for 1.2 million copie sold. There is no set rule of thumb though as far as design goes, and some labels in far flung countries are inclined to be rather creative. The most important consideration when purchasing these items is to ensure you buy authentic industry awards and not those sold on auction sites and market stalls which are described as reproduction presentation discs. This in reality translates as shoddy unofficial and poorly constructed items made in someones tool shed. 

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SCORPIONS Crazy World Rare Official US RIAA platinum CD award for sales of more than 1,000,000 copies of the album, superb facsimile autographed 3D album artwork background, CD and cassette shell mounted on the right hand side with an engraved dedication plaque below and an 'R' style RIAA hologram on the left, measures approximately 20" x 14" framed and glazed - truly stunning item! ** Complete With Certificate Of Authenticity **.
Record company award discs started their life as 'Gold Discs' with the first of these awarded by RCA to Glenn Miller in February 1942, celebrating 1,200,000 sales of Chattanooga Choo Choo. Most countries have followed the original RIAA 'Gold Disc' certification which was pioneered and trademarked in the USA. Typically presented to a number of recipients starting with band members & family, management and then to key record company staff who it was felt contributed to the success of the release or the band. They are also given to a small number of high profile radio stations, DJ's and shops whose efforts increased the profile of the band. There are a number of different types of award discs with the most hard to find being those certified by the Record Companies official body in each country, for example in the UK it is the BPI, USA have the RIAA , Canada CRIA, France SNEP these being just a few of those we have come across. These most typically, are presented to band members, management and national radio stations. The second type of award are 'In House' awards which are produced by the record company in slighly larger numbers to thank industry 'workers' and general media. All presented in very small quantities to commemorate the number of records sold, with UK BPI as an example classifying Gold as 200,000 copies, Platinium as 300,000 and silver as 200,000 with differing levels for singles sold, which again differs from country to country. The actual awards themselves are constructed from a variety of materials which historically was for LP sales but has increasingly been replaced by CD awards. All tend to feature sleeve artwork reproductions with the disc mounted on a coloured felt background above a dedication plaque , with layout varying in the case of landmark sales such as 4xPlatinum for 1.2 million copie sold. There is no set rule of thumb though as far as design goes, and some labels in far flung countries are inclined to be rather creative. The most important consideration when purchasing these items is to ensure you buy authentic industry awards and not those sold on auction sites and market stalls which are described as reproduction presentation discs. This in reality translates as shoddy unofficial and poorly constructed items made in someones tool shed.

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SCORPIONS Crazy World official 1990 Austrian IFPI Certified platinum award issued to commemorate sales of 50,000 copies of the Polygram Records LP & CD album. Includes a coloured picture sleeve LP with CD plus under platinum plaque in miniature of country Austria. Framed and glazed and measuring 21" x 17" - a truly superb item!
Record company award discs started their life as 'Gold Discs' with the first of these awarded by RCA to Glenn Miller in February 1942, celebrating 1,200,000 sales of Chattanooga Choo Choo. Most countries have followed the original RIAA 'Gold Disc' certification which was pioneered and trademarked in the USA. Typically presented to a number of recipients starting with band members & family, management and then to key record company staff who it was felt contributed to the success of the release or the band. They are also given to a small number of high profile radio stations, DJ's and shops whose efforts increased the profile of the band. There are a number of different types of award discs with the most hard to find being those certified by the Record Companies official body in each country, for example in the UK it is the BPI, USA have the RIAA , Canada CRIA, France SNEP these being just a few of those we have come across. These most typically, are presented to band members, management and national radio stations. The second type of award are 'In House' awards which are produced by the record company in slighly larger numbers to thank industry 'workers' and general media. All presented in very small quantities to commemorate the number of records sold, with UK BPI as an example classifying Gold as 200,000 copies, Platinium as 300,000 and silver as 200,000 with differing levels for singles sold, which again differs from country to country. The actual awards themselves are constructed from a variety of materials which historically was for LP sales but has increasingly been replaced by CD awards. All tend to feature sleeve artwork reproductions with the disc mounted on a coloured felt background above a dedication plaque , with layout varying in the case of landmark sales such as 4xPlatinum for 1.2 million copie sold. There is no set rule of thumb though as far as design goes, and some labels in far flung countries are inclined to be rather creative. The most important consideration when purchasing these items is to ensure you buy authentic industry awards and not those sold on auction sites and market stalls which are described as reproduction presentation discs. This in reality translates as shoddy unofficial and poorly constructed items made in someones tool shed.

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SCORPIONS Crazy World US Mercury/Polygram Mega Rare Official US RIAA Certified platinum award issued to commemorate sales of more than 1,000,000 copies of the LP, cassette & CD album. Includes images of the album artwork plus a platinum coloured LP disc with CD, 'R' style RIAA hologram and silver dedication plaque mounted above a silver CD album and silver cassette shell. Framed and glazed and measuring 25" x 17" - a Stunning item Presented to a Radio Station PD.
Record company award discs started their life as 'Gold Discs' with the first of these awarded by RCA to Glenn Miller in February 1942, celebrating 1,200,000 sales of Chattanooga Choo Choo. Most countries have followed the original RIAA 'Gold Disc' certification which was pioneered and trademarked in the USA. Typically presented to a number of recipients starting with band members & family, management and then to key record company staff who it was felt contributed to the success of the release or the band. They are also given to a small number of high profile radio stations, DJ's and shops whose efforts increased the profile of the band. There are a number of different types of award discs with the most hard to find being those certified by the Record Companies official body in each country, for example in the UK it is the BPI, USA have the RIAA , Canada CRIA, France SNEP these being just a few of those we have come across. These most typically, are presented to band members, management and national radio stations. The second type of award are 'In House' awards which are produced by the record company in slighly larger numbers to thank industry 'workers' and general media. All presented in very small quantities to commemorate the number of records sold, with UK BPI as an example classifying Gold as 200,000 copies, Platinium as 300,000 and silver as 200,000 with differing levels for singles sold, which again differs from country to country. The actual awards themselves are constructed from a variety of materials which historically was for LP sales but has increasingly been replaced by CD awards. All tend to feature sleeve artwork reproductions with the disc mounted on a coloured felt background above a dedication plaque , with layout varying in the case of landmark sales such as 4xPlatinum for 1.2 million copie sold. There is no set rule of thumb though as far as design goes, and some labels in far flung countries are inclined to be rather creative. The most important consideration when purchasing these items is to ensure you buy authentic industry awards and not those sold on auction sites and market stalls which are described as reproduction presentation discs. This in reality translates as shoddy unofficial and poorly constructed items made in someones tool shed.

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SCORPIONS Crazy World Very Rare and Official SNEP certified 1991 French Platinum award for sales in excess of 300,000 copies, amazing composite design with image incentre around a centrally mounted platinum CD and above the 'Disque de Platine' engraved dedication plaque - great item!
Record company award discs started their life as 'Gold Discs' with the first of these awarded by RCA to Glenn Miller in February 1942, celebrating 1,200,000 sales of Chattanooga Choo Choo. Most countries have followed the original RIAA 'Gold Disc' certification which was pioneered and trademarked in the USA. 
Typically presented to a number of recipients starting with band members & family, management and then to key record company staff who it was felt contributed to the success of the release or the band. They are also given to a small number of high profile radio stations, DJ's and shops whose efforts increased the profile of the band. There are a number of different types of award discs with the most hard to find being those certified by the Record Companies official body in each country, for example in the UK it is the BPI, USA have the RIAA , Canada CRIA, France SNEP these being just a few of those we have come across. These most typically, are presented to band members, management and national radio stations. The second type of award are 'In House' awards which are produced by the record company in slighly larger numbers to thank industry 'workers' and general media. 
All presented in very small quantities to commemorate the number of records sold, with UK BPI as an example classifying Gold as 200,000 copies, Platinium as 300,000 and silver as 200,000 with differing levels for singles sold, which again differs from country to country. 
The actual awards themselves are constructed from a variety of materials which historically was for LP sales but has increasingly been replaced by CD awards. All tend to feature sleeve artwork reproductions with the disc mounted on a coloured felt background above a dedication plaque , with layout varying in the case of landmark sales such as 4xPlatinum for 1.2 million copie sold. There is no set rule of thumb though as far as design goes, and some labels in far flung countries are inclined to be rather creative. The most important consideration when purchasing these items is to ensure you buy authentic industry awards and not those sold on auction sites and market stalls which are described as reproduction presentation discs.

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The Scorpions PURE INSTINCT Album Award 1996 MINT in case. Presented by East West Records Japan to Peter Amend, for the CD Pure Instinct, 1996. Award is 34 cm x 24 cm x 4 cm and can be placed upright on a desktop, with the attached bracket or wall hung, string included. Complete with presentation box.
In Asia the Pure Instinct album has had an incredible response: 5 times platinum in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia in platinum, gold in Korea and Singapore!
This item is being sold in aid of The Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
Peter Amend, longtime manager for Scorpions, passed away. There are few details on his death at this time, but the band did post a statement on its Facebook page in both its native German and in English mourning their late friend.
On September 1st 2014, our dear friend PETER AMEND passed away:
"PETER AMEND was more than just a manager and economic and legal consultant for us. He was an important part of the Scorpions and was also a driving force in the artistic and strategic decisions of the Band with his infinite knowledge and his sensitivity to the music.
Due to his advice and influence we achieved great international success in recent years.
PETER you will always be in our hearts forever and a day.
R.I.P. Yours Scorpions"
Klaus, Rudolf, Matthias, Pawel, James.
Amend became the group’s lawyer, manager and booker in 1991, and has been with the band for the past 23 years, a period in which Scorpions released a half-dozen new albums and toured quite frequently, despite persistent and recent rumors that they were breaking up.

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On August 29th, 2000 Scorpions followed rock 'n' roll suit issued an album that saw them play with a bunch of classical dudes, namely the Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra. the album was called Moment Of Glory, and it was typical of these affairs, although certainly not worse than most. Interesting wrinkles included the title track, a song written for Expo 2000 in Hannover (this is where teh concert took place as well), plus Diane Warren song first covered by Tiffany ten years earlier, called Here In My Heart. Both are quite maudlin ballads, but Moment Of Glory is quite ambitious of arrangement and crackles with life. "Crossfire" includes a little Moscow Nights, and the "Deadly Sting suite" was a two-fer that pasted up "He's A Woman - She's A Man" to "Dynamite". Again, this was classical fused to rock that went far beyond the norm, with a ton of writing taking place in service of a huge and epic experience. Still, all told, it's really a bunch of ballads, other that the rousing "Big City Nights" (sung by brief Genesis member Ray Wilson) and "Hurricane 2000", which incidentally would up as the official theme song to the Sabres Hockey Network. To give credit, "Hurricane 2000" is insanely orchestrated and arranged, beginning full on classical, and then well integrated to the band, high fidelity, nice mix, a ton of orchestrated parts and not just sawing away. Verdict? If you like this sort of thing, probably no one's executed it with more gusto, aplomb, brain power and sonic clarity. Moment Of Glory scored considerable success for the Scorpions, reaching no. 1 in Portugal (Platinum, 20,000 copies) and number 3 in Germany (Gold, 150,000 units). The band's pleasant experience with the project put the wheels in motion toward sister record Acoustica, issued May 14th, 2001...

SCORPIONS Moment Of Glory Official and Authentic 2000 German Bundesverband Der Phonographischen Wirtschaftin-house Gold award issued Presented to EMI ELECTROLA GMBH for sales exceeding 150,000 units SCORPIONS/BERLINER PHILARMONIKER ALBUM "MOMENT OF GLORY". This nicely framed and glazed award measures 20" x 16" in size, and features aclose up T-Rex dinosaur image (with real costume jewelry!) taken from the album artwork 3D-effect card picture slipcase designed to look like a music award disc with cut-out sections holding the authentic, custom engraved dedication plaque, a copy of the Compact Disc complete with Original letter of Authenticity by EMI Music Germany, which this award sold during the EMIFAMILY4JAPAN promotion (April-My 2011). These purchase of this item will be transferred to the International RED CROSS that takes care of the actions for Japan to recover from the disaster of March 11 onwards. - A real gem of a collector's piece! -
Record company award discs started their life as 'Gold Discs' with the first of these awarded by RCA to Glenn Miller in February 1942, celebrating 1,200,000 sales of Chattanooga Choo Choo. Most countries have followed the original RIAA 'Gold Disc' certification which was pioneered and trademarked in the USA. Typically presented to a number of recipients starting with band members & family, management and then to key record company staff who it was felt contributed to the success of the release or the band. They are also given to a small number of high profile radio stations, DJ's and shops whose efforts increased the profile of the band. There are a number of different types of award discs with the most hard to find being those certified by the Record Companies official body in each country, for example in the UK it is the BPI, USA have the RIAA , Canada CRIA, France SNEP these being just a few of those we have come across. These most typically, are presented to band members, management and national radio stations. The second type of award are 'In House' awards which are produced by the record company in slighly larger numbers to thank industry 'workers' and general media. All presented in very small quantities to commemorate the number of records sold, with UK BPI as an example classifying Gold as 200,000 copies, Platinium as 300,000 and silver as 200,000 with differing levels for singles sold, which again differs from country to country. The actual awards themselves are constructed from a variety of materials which historically was for LP sales but has increasingly been replaced by CD awards. All tend to feature sleeve artwork reproductions with the disc mounted on a coloured felt background above a dedication plaque , with layout varying in the case of landmark sales such as 4xPlatinum for 1.2 million copie sold. There is no set rule of thumb though as far as design goes, and some labels in far flung countries are inclined to be rather creative. The most important consideration when purchasing these items is to ensure you buy authentic industry awards and not those sold on auction sites and market stalls which are described as reproduction presentation discs. This in reality translates as shoddy unofficial and poorly constructed items made in someones tool shed.

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Acoustica was recorded during three concerts held in February 2001 at the Convento do Beato in Lisbon, Portugal.[2] It was a most unusual set for the band, as Klaus Meine comments on the DVD. The group was supported by female backing vocalists, a percussionist, an extra guitarist, and Christian Kolonovits on keyboards. Kolonovits also collaborated on rearranging the songs for the acoustic set. He had previously worked with the band as a conductor and arranger on the Moment of Glory album.
The Scorpions performed four new songs: "Life Is Too Short", "Back to You", "I Wanted to Cry" and "When Love Kills Love", the last of which was released as a single.[3] All the new songs were featured on the VHS, while "Back to You" and five others were omitted from the CD. Acoustica also contains cover versions of songs such as The Cars' "Drive", Kansas' "Dust in the Wind", and the Queen hit "Love of My Life".
In 2003, an official 'Platinum Edition' was released by Warner Music Thailand, which coupled the original CD with a VCD. The VCD features behind-the-scenes and rehearsal footage as well as a band interview, conducted in English by a Thai television crew.
Charts; German Albums Chart 13; Portuguese Albums Charts 17; Swiss Albums Charts 35; French Albums Charts 46 & Greek Albums Charts 68.
The album attained gold status in Brazil (ABPD, 2002 + 50,000) and the DVD attained platinum status (ABPD 2004, Platinum + 50,000).
Original Scorpions Platinum Award for more than 40,000 records sold "Acoustica Portugal" was awarded in 2001 in Portugal. An extremely rare piece of music history, genuine music award, no decoration home-made, as is often offered!
The award is very big! Size approx. 87 x 55cm.

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Original Scorpions Double Platinum Award for more than 80,000 records sold "Acoustica" was awarded in 2001 to the Scorpions (!) in Thailand. An extremely rare piece of music history, genuine music award, no decoration or home-made, as is often offered! Size about 45.5 x 73cm.

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"Still Loving You" was released in July 1984 as the second single from their studio album, Love at First Sting (1984). The song reached number 64 on Billboard Hot 100. In France, the single sold 1.7 million copies. Platinum Pop & Rock Musik Award 29 cm x 35 cm (pic 1). "Send Me an Angel" was released on their 1990 album Crazy World. Along with "Wind of Change", it became the album's signature track, reaching number 44 on Billboard Hot 100 Chart, number 8 on the Mainstream Rock Chart and high chart positions in many European countries. Platinum WWA company Single Award 29 cm x 35 cm (2) + Rock & Pop Art Award 45 cm x 35 cm Sale Of More Than 1,000,000 Copies (3). "Wind of Change" is a power ballad written by Klaus Meine, the lead singer of the German rock band Scorpions. It appeared on their 1990 album Crazy World, but did not become a worldwide hit single until 1991—just after the failed coup that led to the collapse of the Soviet Communist regime—when it topped the charts in Germany and across Europe and hit No. 4 in the United States and No. 2 in the United Kingdom. It later appeared on the band's 1995 live album Live Bites, their 2000 album with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Moment of Glory, and on their 2001 unplugged album Acoustica. Worldwide, the single has sold millions of copies, making it one of the best selling singles of all time; a common number given is 14 million copies sold. It holds the record for the best-selling single by a German artist. The band also recorded a Russian-language version of the song, under the title "Ветер перемен" ("Veter Peremen") and a Spanish version called "Vientos de Cambio". The band presented a gold record of the single to Mikhail Gorbachev in 1991. On 2015 the video for “Wind Of Change” has been viewed more than 130 million times on YouTube to date. VEVO meticulously recorded the view requests and certified them. With this, the Scorpions are the first German band cracking the 100 million click mark. WWA Company Single Award 29 cm x 35 cm Sale Of More Than 1,000,000 Copies (4) + Platinum Pop & Rock Musik Award 29 cm x 35 cm (8). "Rock You Like a Hurricane" was released as the second track of their 1984 album Love at First Sting. "Rock You Like a Hurricane" reached number 25 in the USA Billboard Hot 100, greatly contributing to the album's success, and MTV put the video in heavy rotation. WWA Company Single Award 29 cm x 35 cm Sale Of More Than 1,000,000 Copies (6). "No One Like You" first appeared on the band's 1982 album Blackout. The song reached #65 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. It also attained the #1 position on the US Billboard Rock Tracks chart. In Canada, the track peaked at number 49. In 1984, the Scorpions released a live version of the song as a taster for their forthcoming live album World Wide Live. The record's flipside also features a performance of their classic "The Zoo". WWA Company Single Award 29 cm x 35 cm Sale Of More Than 1,000,000 Copies (5) as the song "Can't Live Without You" , always from the Blackout album, WWA Company Single Award 29 cm x 35 cm Sale Of More Than 500,000 Copies (7).


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To Stommeln in Germany know the "Cologne magician" and Dierks Studios, where they left the albums 1975-1988 of band. Check here our exclusive interview with the 6th Scorpion, Dieter Dierks!


First, tell us how you created the Dierks Studios. When did you start?

DIETER DIERKS: I started 1968/1969 in the backyard of my parent’s home. They gave me the permission to use a little cabin as a studio. That’s how it all started. I had no money but a good friend who gave me a loan of 500 D-Mark to buy my first Revox tape machine.

How did you meet Rudolf and Klaus?

DIETER DIERKS: The record company executive asked me whether I’m interested to produce a band called Scorpions, pretty unknown at the time. I said: Yes, but first I want to see them live… Together with my then wife Corina I went to Essen to see them perform and I was very impressed. After the show I went backstage, invited them to the studio and the rest is history.

What was the profile of each member of the band in the studio and at the time of mixing?

DIETER DIERKS: At that time they acted very democratically. No big egos. But if there was a dead end I decided what direction to move to….Since I financed the whole operation and was the producer somebody had to decide. That’s what producer’s for. But don’t get me wrong: I wanted as much input as possible from each member of the band to make sure everybody was behind the decision and would do his best. A producer has to know how to make a song special, how to give the band something no other band has. Democracy works up to a certain point – from there on somebody has to take the responsibility.

For you, which album was most enjoyable to work? And the most productive?

DIETER DIERKS: Except from the last album I enjoyed working on all the other ones. It was great fun working with the Scorpions. I liked the material they came up with and I got along very well with everybody.

An album is a set of various things, about of "Virgin Killer", what was your reaction and what is your opinion about the controversial cover?

DIETER DIERKS: If it comes down to the cover and that’s always the first thing I have to admit it was naughty. Today I wouldn’t do that but at the time we had no alternative. There were thousands of bands struggling for attention. In order to get attention for a German, not very popular band playing Hard Rock a scandalous cover was the best. When the guy showed up to present cover ideas we were all pretty shocked but this controversial cover was what we were in need of. Suddenly we had the media attention we didn’t have before. We got quite some flak for this cover but every promotion is good promotion.
DIETER DIERKS: The managing director of RCA Japan spent a night in jail because of the cover. When I showed the cover to the then president of Polygram Records he stood up, said: ’Dieter, you made my day!’ and left the room without talking to me anymore. I had come to present the new album but after showing the cover there was no chance of doing as planned. The other A&R people told me that the boss would NEVER release an album with such a provocative cover. In the end I had to pay for the shrink wrap, five cents each album.

As Herman says, you are the 6th Scorpion and worked with them many years. How did it feel to be considered not only the producer but a part, a member of the band?

DIETER DIERKS: The first two albums I was a hired producer. Then I signed the band directly to Breeze Music. I told the record company that it is impossible to compete internationally with the budget they had for the band. I suggested to sign them directly but stayed with the company as distributor. Since I was responsible for the arrangements, the harmony vocals and the bass lines, since I worked with Matthias on the guitar soli I indeed was more a musician and arranger than a regular producer.
DIETER DIERKS: The only way to get them where they wanted to be – at the top – was dedication. So I financed the tour to Japan to get things started. And almost ruined me but in the end it paid of. In the contract we had it read: I bring you to America within two years. If not the contract is obsolete. I believed strongly in the band and I was prepared to invest the money so we used Japan as a springboard. Everybody turns to America first so we choose a different path. I wrote to Mr Udo, the biggest promoter in Japan doing concerts with the Stones and all big acts. I flew over to him and discussed matters. To my surprise he was very cooperative. So I bought 15 tickets, paid for the hotel and all the expenses. Luckily Udo was a serious businessman and paid my share of the income directly and in time. Otherwise I would have been bankrupt. The whole thing was way over the edge. There was a moment when I thought everything came to a halt. It was when Klaus slipped off stage. My first thought was he broke his neck, no shows, we can go home. Lucky me Klaus was okay.

A fact that we can not but speak the problem in Klaus's voice on to record "Blackout," we always hear Klaus, Rudolf, Herman, but you also saw it closely, as it was for you that episode?

DIETER DIERKS: After we’ve done so many records in my studios we all felt it was time for a change. So we decided to record ”Blackout” somewhere else – in a different location, maybe in another country. Corina my then-wife drove down to Grasse, a stronghold of the perfume industry, to find a nice place for us to record the album. She found a great villa with a swimming pool, tennis courts, and numerous bedrooms to house the band, its crew and my assistants. And there was a huge living room with a open fireplace. big enough to place Herman with his drum set into it. It was perfect, great acoustic, beautiful weather, a little bit like the Rolling Stones in the Villa Nellcôte, recording ”Exile On Main Street”.
DIETER DIERKS: Then all of the sudden when we started rehearsing and tried to record I heard a strange rattle in Klaus’ voice. I told him so but I didn’t want to hear about it. The next day the same thing. I said: ’Klaus, you have only one voice. There is something wrong, believe me! You should stop singing’ – ’No, I’m fine, I feel great, let’s go on…!’ On the third day I said: ’Klaus, you have to see a doctor, I stop the recording now!’ Everybody has to go home and you will get a treatment…!’ That was his lucky day because it was five minutes to twelve. Klaus saw a doctor in Vienna who was a specialist for vocal chords and who treated all the classical singers. The problem with rock’n’roll is the breathing. Classical tenors e.g. use abdominal respiration to preserve their vocal chords. The trick is to breathe very deep into the abdomen. This way the air is humid when it returns and doesn’t do harm to the vocal chords. If you breathe only until your breast the air stays dry and in the long run damages the vocal chords. After the operation Klaus learned the technique of abdominal respiration and the problem never occurred again. Besides the breathing in rock’n’roll you have this extra sharp attack which is again not good for one’s voice. Because the vocal chords if you sing for instance the letter K or P clashes always in the same area, the vocal chords develop hard skin, callus. The result: The vocal chords don’t close properly and the singer has no control anymore.
DIETER DIERKS: Thanks God he underwent the operation and in the end came out as a even better singer. For the three month he could not talk. In order to communicate with him I called his wife, she wrote down what Klaus wanted to say and she read the note to me.

There is a curiosity about the recording of "Blackout" with Don Dokken, the demos with his voice were really destroyed?


DIETER DIERKS: The story with Don was the following: Since Klaus’ recovery took quite awhile we rehearsed with Don Dokken. I’ ve discovered him and we became friends. At the time he was in Hamburg with his band and wanted me to record their album. They played live and most of the time there was more people onstage than in the audience. I told him that I didn’t have the time to record him but would give him studio time to rehearse and in case he got to a deal record his album. And we would go from there and see what would happen. So when he came I asked him to sing the high vocals and he did. Some of the tapes with his vocal performance still exist. They were not destroyed but we exchanged the vocal tracks the moment Klaus was back on board.

On the recording of ”Love at First Sting”, there are rumors that Francis and Herman were due to poor performance and personal problems were replaced by Jimmy Bain (b) and Bobby Rondinelli (dr). What's the truth?

DIETER DIERKS: The thing was very simple. Herman had health problems, but nothing serious, just could not be on the drum chair at that time. In order not to waste precious studio time at the famous Polar Studios in Stockholm which we had booked we decided to work on the arrangements with Bobby Rondinelli who was suggested by Rudolf and the bass player Jimmy Bain because the band had an argument with Francis. So we recorded the basic tracks with them.
DIETER DIERKS: After we returned to Germany I put the tapes away for two weeks and then gave it a good listen. It turned out that nothing we’d recorded at ABBA’s Polar studios sounded like Scorpions. In the end we did everything all over again with the regular line-up.

On his last job with Scorpions, "Savage Amusement" curious stories have you found it all very bad at the beginning, you would have even sending everyone back to redo the entire album, which this is true? Some of these songs followed the end of album?

DIETER DIERKS: The first demos of the songs for ”Savage Amusement” were so terrible that I refused to produce them. I can only produce what I like, so I will not do these songs I told them. Scorpions were signed to Breeze Music but that didn’t mean I have to produce them for the rest of my life. If you guys think you have a bunch of hit songs at your hands feel free to hire another producer. I have no problem with that. But I will not produce them. Their reaction: They went home, wrote new material and sent it to me. Not one of the songs I denied was ever used or recorded.

Why was the breakup of so many years of partnership after the "Savage"?

DIETER DIERKS: The contract I had with Scorpions was prolonged twice. In the beginning it was a three years contract and then we went from there. I think the Scorpions still owe me three albums cause the contract said: one album a year. That hasn’t been doable since they were on tour or somebody was sick or whatever. I didn’t want to make a big fuss so I said: After such a long time I understand that you want a change. You should try out to work with another producer. My door is always open. If you succeed with a other producer fair enough, if not, let’s sit together and find out how we can continue our collaboration.

What is your opinion about the "Crazy World"? The first album after they went away from you?

DIETER DIERKS: I heard from Herman that they released the first single, the second single – all flopped. Then they had a meeting where they discussed whether it wouldn’t be better to go back to me. And ”Wind of Change” was released. Great song, perfect timing and after that there was no coming back.

In the period in which it was music producer of the band there was some music you think have great potential, but not spawned as expected?

DIETER DIERKS: Many songs, Rock My Car for example.

You probably experienced many happy and curious moments with the band, Can you tell us some?

DIETER DIERKS: Herman Rarebell was the rock’n’rolla. he was always good for a funny stunt. One time in Japan while a very young Japanese lady did an interview with the whole band which is already a tough job Herman started undressing himself. The girl couldn’t cope with that hilariously funny situation at all. Herman stripped bare and she flushed. I pitied her. I could tell you anecdotes like that the whole day.

Let's talk a little the present, last year (2015) were re-released eight albums with some unreleases and demos, all originally produced by you, what was your relationship with these reissues and the SPV? (Martin Lanzerath for example). What did you think the end result?

DIETER DIERKS: Actually I liked what BMG did. Mainly they stick to what I had suggested a long time ago. The only thing they didn’t do was the black chrome as a specialty. Fans I guess would have liked the black chrome but this idea was dropped because it would have been a bit more costly.


In a recent interview we did with Rudy Lenners (in which he made extensive praise for the "colony magician"), he mentioned a song in which like much, but the same did not end up being in the final disc, it's "Barbarella". Do you have any idea how many songs we fans do not know? You can talk about any of them?

DIETER DIERKS: It’s not a lot and what was on the shelf was recorded or refused for all time.

We know you have a large collection of videos and materials of the band, among these, what you consider the most "valuable"?

DIETER DIERKS: A must-see for the fans is definitely the video of the first Japan tour. You can feel the energy and the fun they had playing music.

Despite having worked with so many legends of the music world, you may not have an identity as strong as with Scorpions, right? Or is it just a fan impression?

DIETER DIERKS: I always said about the relationship we had: The Scorpions spent more time with me than with their girl friends or wives. You can do that maybe once in your life because it takes away a lot of energy. I had a good relationship with Atlantis or Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) or Accept, actually with all musicians I’ve worked with, but the Scorpions were of course very special to me.

With all their vast experience in the rock and metal scene, in your opinion, what is needed for a band or artist of this genre to be successful in today's times where other musical styles are up?

DIETER DIERKS: Be special, write good material, work hard.

Is there any band or artist you like today or call your attention? Could you give us an example?

DIETER DIERKS: The golden rule is: There only two kinds of music – good one or bad one. If it’s good I like it. It might surprise you but the stuff this David Guetta is doing I like very much.

What band would you like to have worked? And why?

DIETER DIERKS: There were plans to record an album with Deep Purple. Unfortunately it never happened because I was too busy with other projects at the time. Robert Palmer almost waited one year to be produced by me but in the end gave up cos working for the Scorpions ate up my time.

Something that is currently happening is the decline in sales of physical CDs for several reasons: one is digital piracy, since other causes are the increase in sales in online stores such as iTunes, and use of streaming services. The latter has been considered a factor that is decreasing piracy. Do you believe that CDs are on borrowed time? And you bet for the future of record companies in this market?

DIETER DIERKS: I think the music industry neglected the cultural right they had as an industry of ”human joy”. Nowadays it seems as if selling music is the same as selling soap or cars. But it isn’t! The whole music business changed. The moment the music started getting digital it was another ball game. The decline of the CD marked this development. Kids tend to hear songs on Youtube, they don’t mind about the artist or the band, they’re only out and pick the songs they like. Lucky Vinyl experiences a comeback but this will not change the business. Quincy Jones said it in an interview, quote: There is no music business anymore. For us the cover the liner notes – everything was important. Today people don’t care about artists anymore, with little exception. It was Video killed the radio star once, now it says: the digital revolution killed the music industry. And there is no way back.



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