And the Ulrich Roth Scorpions era ends with this amazing live version of “Polar Nights” from the Tokyo Tapes live double album (due to CD time restrictions, this recording is now a bonus cut on Taken By Force).  As you can hear, this is Roth as fully formed bridge between Hendrix and Van Halen with a tone and style all his own.  As you can also hear, this is Roth singing – I couldn’t cover these years without spotlighting one of his vocals.  To say his voice can’t hold a candle to the great Klaus Meine is charitable at best – he doesn’t merit a spark, let alone a light of some sort.  I’m sure that was also a point of disagreement that factored into his leaving; I’d pick Klaus’ vocals over Ulrich’s any day, and I’m guessing the swing of the spotlight toward Klaus and away from Ulrich rankled.


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