Former Scorpions drummer Herman Rarebell announces 40th anniversary re-release of solo album “Nip In The Bud”
As the drummer of the legendary rock band SCORPIO, Herman Rarebell has been the rhythmic backbone of the band for many years and remains one of the most influential drummers in the rock world today. Recorded 40 years ago, his first solo album “Nip in the bud” will be re-released this year, remastered and available digitally for the first time. “Nip in the bud” will be released on August 27 via Management of aviators.
“It was an incredible feeling”, Rare bell describes when he held his own solo record in his hands. “I’m extremely proud of this album. Even after 40 years the album sounds totally fresh and exciting and tracks like “I will say goodbye” or the ballad ‘Enjoy’ are still absolute hard rock classics, even today. “
Rare bellthe style of drumming has been influenced by bands such as ZEPPELIN LED and he always felt at home playing classic hard rock. Clear and direct sound is still his passion today. Many songs, which were written by Rare bell in the early 1970s, did not fit the concept of SCORPIO around this time, the idea of a solo album was born.
To mark the announcement, Herman released the single “Rock Your All” and you can listen to it below.
Herman says: “‘Rock Your All’ is one of my favorite singles and contains one of my all time favorite riffs. “
The other two musicians on his album were Pedro Schemm a.k.a Georges philips (voice and bass) and David “DH” Cooper (guitarist). Rare bell and George phillips were childhood friends and performed together in groups such as THE MASTERS and the legendary krautrock group RS RINDFLEISCH with George singing and Rare bell to the battery. Both then moved to England, where they performed in various bands and met the guitarist. David “DH” Cooper.
Rare bell knew immediately that this trio would be the optimal formation for their first solo album.
“Nip in the bud” was recorded live in a 16-track studio at Rare bellhometown of Lebach. The chemistry between the musicians was perfect, the three working in harmony to create an honest and live hard rock album. In two weeks, the basic trails were finished. The last overdubs were done in Dieter Dirks‘s studio near Cologne and Herman RarebellThe debut solo album was ready to be mixed. The final mixing was done by Gerd Rautenbach, who was also responsible for the unique sound on the legendary SCORPIO albums “Blackout” and “Love at the first bite”. Both Rare bell and Rautenbachthe goal was to give the songs the ZEPPELIN LED the sound, “so the battery is well at the front in a large room”, Herman said. “The idea was to capture both the live feel as well as the battery pressure.”
The artwork was created by Storm Thorgersonthe team of Hipgnose, who also created legendary album covers for FLOYD ROSE, ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA and ZEPPELIN LED.
List of tracks:
01. enjoy (remastered version)
02. Two Timer (remastered version)
03. Have a good time (remastered version)
04. Rock your everything (remastered version)
05. Triangle (remastered version)
06. Redneck (remastered version)
07. Junk funk (remastered version)
08. Do it (remastered version)
09. Crepe (remastered version)
ten. i will say goodbye (remastered version)
Rare bell was born November 18, 1949 (a Scorpion) in Saarbrücken, Germany. He wrote the lyrics of some SCORPIO” the most classic songs such as “Rock You like a Hurricane”, “Make it real”, “Dynamite”, “Blackout”, “Arizona”, “Bad boys run in the wild”, “Don’t stop at the top”, “Provoke me, please me” and other songs. In 1981, he released his first solo album “Nip in the bud” (which he later re-recorded under the name GERMAN HERMAN ZE & FRIENDS). In April 1996, he left the SCORPIO after an incredible 32 million albums sold. Together with Prince Albert from Monaco, he co-founded Monaco records release a second solo album under the label Stings like a scorpion.
the SCORPIO have united their classic alignment to the Outdoor wacken festival on August 3, 2006, presented as “An unforgettable night: a journey through time”. Herman were invited by their old friends to join them on stage and the band performed many classic songs also featuring Uli Jon Roth and Michael schenker.
Photo credit: Nico mass
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