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Pawnshop Guitars

Gilby ClarkeAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (July 26, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Distribution
  • ASIN: B000000W5T
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,376 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Cure Me...Or Kill Me...
2. Black
3. Tijuana Jail
4. Skin And Bones
5. Johanna's Chopper
6. Let's Get Lost
7. Pawn Shop Guitars
8. Dead Flowers
9. Jail Guitar Doors
10. Hunting Dogs
11. Shut Up

Editorial Reviews

All songs written or co-written by Gilby Clarke except "Dead Flowers" (Jagger/Richards) and "Jail Guitar Doors" (Joe Strummer/Mick Jones). Following on the heels of band-mate Duff McKagan's solo album, newest Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby ... Full DescriptionClarke's debut solo release, PAWNSHOP GUITARS, reveals roots which run deep into a foundation of T-Rex, the Rolling Stones, and the power-pop of groups like the Beatles and Cheap Trick. Chunky riffs and unabashed choruses abound, as do guest artists. McKagan appears behind the skins to round out a power trio of Clarke and ex-Pixie Frank Black on a cover of The Clash's "Jail Guitar Doors." The rest of G N'R also pops up on PAWNSHOP GUITARS: Slash's unmistakable leads drive "Cure Me Or Kill Me," while keyboardist Dizzy Reed's Mellotron mastery and drummer Matt Sorum's timely playing lend a "Magical Mystery Tour"-like air to "Black." Clarke's rendition of the Stones' "Dead Flowers" boasts producer Waddy Wachtel's lead guitar playing, Skid Row drummer Rob Affuso bashing away on skins, and W. Axl Rose pounding on a piano and contributing some unmistakable background vocals.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Debut from Gilby! February 1, 2008
Format:Audio CD
A great debut from Gilby Clarke, after his time filling in for Guns N' Roses' rhythm guitarist and primary songwriter Izzy Stradlin. Opener "Cure Me...or Kill Me" is a nice rocker, but the album really gets started on the third track, "Tijuana Jail," which is a high energy, riff driven hard rocker with some great guitar work. Followed by the acoustic country twang of "Skin & Bones," which plays as an homage (and again later) to The Rolling Stones, and some more killer guitar work on the generally subdued "Johanna's Chopper," it's clear that Gilby has some serious songwriting chops and a variety of inspirations. Title track "Pawn Shop Guitars" is another raucous rocker full of energy and strong guitar work, before a second tribute to The Rolling Stones with a cover of "Dead Flowers," featuring Axl Rose on guest vocals, and in all honesty, Gilby does away with the hokey country approach taken by The Stones and improves the song a good deal. Bluesy, southern tinged "Hunting Dogs" is a highlight, near the end of the album, before closer "Shut Up," a medium paced track with, again, some good guitar work.

Seriously, if you don't like this, then you probably just don't like rock n' roll. Move on to a different genre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyble debut from Gilby Clarke July 30, 2012
Format:Audio CD
In 1994, after Gilby Clarke left GNR' he released his debut solo record "Pawnshop Guitars". While having very little in common with Guns--except for the guest spots by former band mates--Gilby's debut is a pretty wide overview of just about every kind of rock music.

Gilby Clarke is undoubtedly not the most well-known member of Guns N' Roses. He is, in fact, best known for replacing founding axe-man Jeff "Izzy Stradlin" Isbell in 1992, when "Izzy left to pursue other endeavors. After leaving the band, Gilby decided to try his luck at a solo record. The sad fact is, 1994, was an awful time for any person wanting a career in melodic rock music, and Gilby was no exception. Although "Pawnshop Guitars" never achieved any amount of success, it is still a solid hard rock record. With rockers like "Cure Me Or Kill Me" and "Tijuana Jail" he keeps your head nodding, then throws in some country flavor with songs like "Skin & Bones" and a cover of the Stones "Dead Flowers". The only issue with this record to me is, there are more ballads than I like, but it's a minor problem only.

Chances are, if you like rock music or Gilby Clarke himself, you'll enjoy this record. I wouldn't say alot of GNR' fans would dig it, but hey, I am, and I did!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gilby rocks - re-release this kick ass CD March 19, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
Gilby rocks and does not look back at his GNR past. This is an absolute watershed rock and roll CD. If you are into guitar rock and are bored with the Green Days and Goo Goo Dolls of the world, come to papa - this album sweats no-nonsense rock drive
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wicked Awesome November 17, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Excellent album, great music, song writing. Just over all like this album, wish I heard of it before now. Get it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome October 23, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Gilby Clarke is Awesome in this 1994 hit music CD, Pawnshop Guitars. Love the music!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gilby is one of the greats! January 14, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Gilby is just pure genius. That said I just got this album today and I love it! Perfect. I do agree with the fellow above or below me who said that it is much better for the musically talented. I love it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME! October 20, 2008
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the greatest albums ever made! I bought it the day it came out in 1994 and I am on my 4th or fifth copy. I finally broke down and got it on Mp3. Gilby is a stellar performer and brilliant song writer. You would be had pressed to find another artist of his caliber in today's industry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music, not for the Casual Listener August 8, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I first saw this guy on YouTube playing Paradise City with Guns N' Roses on the 1992 Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert. I was immediately hooked. I have watched that video like 50 times or something. I wanted to hear more from this guy.

So I heard this song, "Tijuana Jail", again on YouTube. Absolutely amazing. Inspired me to practice harder on my guitar. So I got my hands on this album. To be honest, I was REALLY disappointed. Even this song everyone was talking about, "Cure Me...or Kill Me", really sucked for me at that time.

A few months later, I decided to give this album a second try. This time it was absolutely amazing. The bass line in "Cure Me...or Kill Me" is really good. My favorite song on this album is probably track number 6, "Let's Get Lost". It's a very happy, optimistic track, just like I am a very optimistic person. Here is the part of the song that I can relate to the most:

Let's get lost
Lost in Space
Just two people a little out of place
Nothing's wrong
Everything's fine
Just lost in time

One word of caution though: this is definitely not music for the casual listener. People actively playing a musical instrument(preferably guitar, bass or drums) will most likely enjoy this way more than anyone else.
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