Of course not to be confused with SCORPIONS, because SKORPIO hail from Hungary, and they released their album ‘Rohanas’ 30 years ago, so it might sound a bit dated here and there. However, SKORPIO still proves they could definitely play classic 70s orientated Hardrock, which was obviously influenced by DEEP PURPLE, URIAH HEEP and LED ZEPPELIN. They sounded very professional and were maybe one of the first real hardrockbands from Hungary. Their re-issued album ‘A rohanas’ also contains 3 unreleased bonustracks, so for a die-hard fan of the band this is already somewhat like a must to check out. In total we can find 12 songs, and the band was also specialised in some long instrumental passages (such as on the progrock piece “Fantaszia”) and adding some pop influences (trumpet), but the best songs are the pure 70s Hardrocksongs “Jo lenne, ha szeretnel” (DEEP PURPLEish), “Keresem, keresem”, “A rohanas” (a la LED ZEPPELIN), “Hosszu az ut” (one of the strongest song, a bonustrack!) and “Minden nap megtortenhet velem” (a la HEEP). So here’s another band to check out and like most of the other Hungarian acts recently reviewed, I also hope to review their other releases, because you never know if they released even better records than the ones you get to hear first. More info at: http://www.hungaroton.hu/ http://www.angelfire.com/zine2/strutterzine/HOTNEWREVIEWS43.htm
Skorpio’s debut album (1975) was a storming album full of deep progressive rock and 70’s rock sensitivities. This 4 piece rock band combined heavy guitar with deep and vivid Moog synth, bass and percussion elements. Hungary was responsible for some excellent prog rock and Skorpio would be right up there for definite consideration. Skorpio’s music is a blend of the space tendencies of Solaris with the 70’s vibes of Queen. They even draw onto this album snippets of “Rhapsody In Blue” ! Karoly Frenreisz (bass guitar, saxes and vocals) was in the original 1970’s line up of Hungary’s LOCOMOTIV before joining Skorpio. http://www.geocities.com/asdfasedf3/yetanother52.html
- Frenreisz Karoly / Bass, Sax
- Szucs Antal Gabor / Guitar
- Papp Gyula / Keyboards
- Gekete Gabor / Drums, Percussion
Skorpio - "A Rohanas"  (@192)
01 - A Rohanas (2:48)
02 - Jo Lenne, Ha Szeretnel (4:09)
03 - Fantazia (Gershwin A 'Raphsody In Blue' Temaira) (7:34)
04 - Maskepp Dobogna (5:04)
05 - Igy Szolt Hozzam A Dedapam (3:34)
06 - Keresem, Keresem (7:38)
07 - Miert Kkell Elfelednem (4:04)
08 - Minden Nap Megtortenhet Velem (6:29)
09 - Esti Enek (3:06)
10 - Hosszu Az Ut (Kislemez 1973) (4:29)
11 - Szevasz, Haver (Kislemez 1973) (4:16)
12 - Szikrazzatok, Lanyok ('Szikrazzatok Lanyok' Filmzene 1973) (3:35)
02 - Jo Lenne, Ha Szeretnel ...
03 - Fantazia ...
06 - Keresem, Keresem ...
Skorpio - "Ünnepnap"  (@320)
01 - Menetirány (3:28)
02 - Rongylábkirály (3:44)
03 - Ne Haragudj Rám (4:17)
04 - Ágnes (2:36)
05 - Ünnepnap (6:35)
06 - Mondd, Te Szép Lány (3:52)
07 - Vezess át az éjszakán (6:24)
08 - Ha Újra Kezdenénk (3:52)
09 - Nyújtsd A Kezed, Barátom (3:19)
10 - Újra Az Úton (3:39)
11 - Lead Me Now Through The Night (6:11)
01 - Menetirány ......
05 - Ünnepnap ...
Links for download "Skorpio - A Rohanas" and "Skorpio - Ünnepnap" in comments ...