SCORPIONS – MTV Unplugged Live In Athens (Blu-ray)
Wow!!! This is what came to my mind and mouth, seeing Metallers/Hard Rockers Scorpions pulling off some their classics, rarest and newer material in an all out acoustical setting accompanied by a classical string Octet. Just the band’s presence on stage with guest musicians and classically trained musicians gives this MTV Unplugged two plus-hours footage a very grand feel in scope. As visually this Blu-ray is stunning as is the musical performance of the band, bringing the viewer within the band’s live realm, making you feel all of their live energy.
Some of the choice cuts making this a hit with me are as follows: “Sting In The Tail”, “Can’t Live Without You”, “Speedy’s Coming”, “Dancing With The Moonlight”, “Send Me An Angel”, “Rock You Like A Hurricane”, “Blackout”, “Still Loving You” and the emotionally charged “Wind Of Change” among others. Just imagine to yourself for a minute, listening to these classics done in an acoustical manner with a subtle classical feel in the background. It’s hard to fathom this for a band playing metal/hard rock, but trust me, it is so tastefully thought out, arranged and played by all involved in this peak performance of talent and musical know how, it definitely shows you the other side of Scorpions you’d never imagined before.
The location and stage production for this was nothing short of spectacular, on top of an ancient ruin type of hill overlooking the Athen’s skyline. And when you bring the multitude of the concert within this arena, you’re treated to a concert event of a lifetime. I can only imagine what it must of have been like to be there in person – simply mind blowing and even numbing in a positive way.
There is also a 30-minute bonus footage in the shape of Making of Documentary for this whole production.
Want to watch and listen to superbly produced heavy metal music and hard rock music with an acoustical twist, Scorpions will more than just impress you here.
I can go on and on about how brilliant the visuals and the sound production in 5.1 surround sound is on Scorpions’ MTV Unplugged In Athens, but it will be worth your time to check this out, especially if you’re a Scorpions’ fan. Excellent. [Sony] Sarjoo Devani