A newly recorded 2017 version of “Follow Your Heart” is one of three new recordings featured on the album, which will be released on Nov. 24. “Nowadays, ballads are the pinnacle of rock music,” said Scorpions frontman Klaus Meine. “If they’re well-written, they will go straight to the hearts of the fans.”
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“The meaning of a ballad always goes deep,” Meine said. “It’s not surprising that a song like [1990’s] ‘Wind of Change’ is received euphorically in the U.S. these days. The fans don’t connect the song to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the iron curtain but rather to their current situation, the desire for change and the hope for a world without nuclear threats and civil wars as well as the longing for peace.”
Guitarist Rudolf Schenker pointed out that the band’s ballads have always been heavy influenced by popular as well as classical music. “Growing up, we didn’t really listen to Mozart or Haydn, but rather to Elvis, the Rolling Stones or Little Richard,” he noted. “But still, the more serious kind of music is what we were influenced by starting at a very young age. There’s no denying that.”
In addition to “Follow Your Heart,” the career-spanning Born to Touch Your Feelings includes the new tracks “Always Be With You,” written by Schenker after the birth of his youngest son, and guitarist Matthias Jabs’ ode to the Los Angeles strip, “Melrose Avenue.” There’s also a new acoustic recording of “Send Me an Angel.”
Last month, Scorpions had to cancel their remaining North American tour dates after Meine got laryngitis, but the band promised to return to the U.S. in the near future. You can pre-order the upcoming collection on the band’s website now.