O.k., inspired by the new Scorpions album, I started listening to some of the older albums again, and I thought it would be about time to start a respective thread which lists my preferences (so far - I haven't heard all different versions). 1. Lonesome Crow I like the early WG CD on the Brain label best (a Polygram subsidiary). Catalog number is 825 739-2. I liked that one better than the 1st Japanese pressing (different mastering). 2. Fly To The Rainbow I like the German RCA CD (ND70084) best. Some say it sounds somewhat muddy (it's definitely not on the bright side), but I found it much more natural sounding than the early Japanese CD version (which I find too bright). 3. In Trance You will see a repeating pattern for the next albums, I also like the German RCA CD (ND70028) best. Some say it sounds somewhat muddy (it's definitely not on the bright side), but I found it much more natural sounding than the early Japanese CD version (which I find too bright). 4. Virgin Killer Again it's the German RCA CD (ND70031) which is my preferred version for the very same reasons. The RCA does not sound like it hasn't enough treble to me. 5. Taken By Force Again it's the German RCA CD (ND70081) for me. I know that the intro to "Sails of Charon" is missing, and maybe that can be edited into the song to create the perfect CD-R hybrid (I never heard the full version of "Sails of Charon" myself). This RCA sounds very very nice to me, warm and balanced. 6. Tokyo Tapes No suprise here, I like the early German RCA 2-CD best. It has the catalog no. PD70008(2). There is a slightly later ND version also which has the same mastering. This set also has the complete album, most versions (single CD's) are missing a track (or maybe two). O.k., now we come to the period when they changed record labels (and also their sound). You will see another pattern... 7. Lovedrive It is easily the EMI/Harvest early German CD version for me (there are also UK and Holland variants with the same mastering). 8. Animal Magnetism Again, I like the EMI/Harvest early German CD version best (there are also UK and Holland variants with the same mastering). 9. Blackout Again, I like the EMI/Harvest early German CD version best (there are also UK and Holland variants with the same mastering). It is a little on the muddy side, and the early USA Mercury (some pressed in WG) is certainly brighter, and some folks might prefer that version, but to me the EMI/Harvest just sounds more natural to me. Overall, this album does not sound that good, I think it was all/mainly digitally recorded. 10. Love At First Sting I have an early Japan for Europe EMI/Harvest pressing which I quite like. I haven't heard the very first Japanese CD which some folks (I respect) say is even better. I am not a huge fan of this album, so I never bothered trying to find that very expensive first Japanese pressing. I would love to hear some clips though to see how it sounds. 11. World Wide Live I like the EMI/Harvest CD best. 12. Savage Amusement I am slowly loosing interest in Scorpions from that point on. Haven't done any comparisons for this album, but my early WG EMI/Harvest pressing sounds pretty good. 13. Crazy World This is the last Scorpions album I own (besides the new one). I have an early German Mercury CD which sounds o.k., I haven't compared it to any other versions and I don't even know if there are any mastering differences between various pressings from various countries. I am sure other people have different preferences, so feel free to discuss and agree or disagree with my preferences (there is no right or wrong here, and I certainly respect other people's opinion).