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Shrinking Violet [Import]

L.A. GunsAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)


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Although veterans of the Sunset Strip's hair metal scene, L.A. Guns are also known for being one of the two bands (along with Hollywood Rose) that merged in the mid-'80s to form Guns N' Roses. Formed in 1983, the group's first lineup included Tracii Guns and vocalist Axl Rose, the latter of whom eventually left to form his own group with childhood friend Izzy Stradlin. Rose and ... Read more in Amazon's L.A. Guns Store

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  • Audio CD (June 15, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal Japan/Zoom
  • ASIN: B003DRVHAO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
While LA Guns has a solid and quite large body of work, SHRINKING VIOLET is one of the best cds they've made. If you missed this disc the fist time around, do yourself a favor and pick this up. Every track on this cd is a winner sans Bad Whiskey which is a ratio few bands fail to achieve in this era The hard work and professionalism of this line-up is particularly evident in the extra live tracks that are included in this re-issue. Vocalist Jizzy Pearl (made famous as lead throat for LA legends Love/Hate) has the right pedigree to front any band featuring Tracii Guns. To get hooked quick listen to Girl You Turn Me On, Dreamtime, I'll Be There and Cherries. At that point you'll be ready to enjoy the remainder of this gem. Seriously, its really good. Interestingly they've switched out a studio track, Decide, for a live version of the same track that absolutely smokes. The company responsible for the 5 live tracks did a phenomenal job and I wish the entire show was avaliable as sonically it sounds great. Anyhow, this is my first amazon review, but felt strongly enough to post. Enjoy this disc if you have it and if don't your missing out on a straight up hard rock disc that fits perfectly in 2010.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best L.A. Guns Album You Never Heard May 28, 2010
Format:Audio CD
If all you've heard of LA Guns is their first 2 albums, you're missing out. This 1999 release is my favorite l.a.g. album. Ex-Love/Hate vocalist Jizzy Pearl does the vocals (Check out Blackout In The Red Room by Love/Hate). This CD's been in my truck's cd player for a while now. I can't take it out! Get it! Tracii needs a new guitar! Ha (That would make an even 1000). Take Me Back To California!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest L.A. Guns CD ever! June 25, 2000
Format:Audio CD
WOW! I picked this CD up not knowing what to expect. I was surprised to hear the best L.A. Guns album ever! This CD has long time LOVE/HATE vocalist Jizzy Pearl on the vocals. He brings a nice raw sound back to the band. Tracii has written some of his best music in years. I wish this lineup would have continued. I really can't find anything wrong with this album except for the production, but the songs more than make up for that. I think this is Jizzy's best performance since the first LOVE/HATE record. Anyway, I highly recommend this CD to any hard rock fans! You can't go wrong on this CD!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars LA Love/Hate Guns July 18, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This album rocks, those of you who like LA Guns and Love/Hate, must own this album. Tracii sounds as good as ever, and Jizzy fills in nicely as the lead singer, too bad he is already gone. THe Led Zeppelin cover is one of the best covered version of any Zep song and at nearly 10 minutes it does do justice to the original. THose of you in the mood for some stompin' hard rock get this. THe only reason it does not get 5 stars is the production could have been better, but it sounds like Gilby was going for a "garage" type feel. THe best songs on this great CD are: Girl You Turn Me On, Shrinking Violet, Barbed Wire, I'll Be There, Decide,It's Hard,How Many More Times......GO GET THIS NOW! AND ROCK ON!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The secret is in Jizzy Pearl's voice October 1, 2012
Format:Audio CD
This album featured new lead singer Jizzy Pearl, which cracked the L.A. Guns fan base with controversy & in turn made this the only L.A. Guns album to feature him. But for everyone else unfamiliar with the legacy of the 9 singers that have passed under the L.A.G umbrella Jizzy is without a doubt the most noticeable thing on this album with a raspy near-falsetto voice that seems to become something new with each song like a cast of characters on parade (i.e. "Bad Whiskey"). For all the controversy surrounding what he didn't bring to the band compared to his predecessors he makes this album stand out from similiar bands & even similiar albums. I've never heard a voice like Jizzy's & rarely have I heard such a range of vocal styles on one album ... sadly the band isn't able to give him what he needs musically to shine. Honestly, Shrinking Violet largely comes across as just another album from just another L.A. glam band half-heartedly chugging away half-heartedly on quasi-memorable songs that mix hard rocking riffs with occasional forays into creeky Pink Floyd-wannabe experimental territory highlighted by tired power ballads, acoustic guitars & keyboards. If it wasn't for Jizzy I probably wouldn't review this album. Jizzy has one of the more unique voices I've heard in a while & I can see why they would recruit him. I would do the same if I had a band. Actually, I wouldn't mind singing like him. He should probably be more famous than he is. He later fronted Ratt from 2000-06, which was probably a good fit for his particularly raspy & odd tones ... albeit they weren't exactly chart-toppers at the time. This may or may not be the greatest L.A. Guns album & Jizzy may or may not be the best singer the band has had, but this release certainly stands out from other albums & even the rest of the L.A. Read more ›
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This a pretty good hard rock album June 29, 2001
By A. To
Format:Audio CD
The album has a nice raw, "garage" sound, but like "Hollywood Vampires," I only like about half of the songs. Opening tracks "Girl, You Turn Me On" and "Shrinking Violet" start things off with a bang! Both are awesome rockers, and show that singer Jizzy Pearl has a lot of potential. "Dreamtime" is a nice ballad with some hooks and melodies, but grows tiresome after you listen to it for awhile. "Barb Wire" is moody song that, for some strange reason, reminds of the videogame "Castlevania." Being a moody song, some days I like it and some days I don't.
After two "slow" songs, things pick up again with "I'll Be There," which is a nice heavy rocker. "California" is also a nice rocker, but this is where the album seems to be on the decline. It seems like Tracii Guns and company may have ran out off steam on this record. The last track, a cover of Led Zepellin's "How Many More Times" is okay. If you liked the original, then you'll like this version and vice versa. Overall, I think that this cd is better than "Hollywood Vampires" because it has a consistent sound, whereas in "Hollywood Vampires" their sound was all over the place.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A CLASSIC FOR METAL FANS!!
King Jizzo wears the crown proudly!! LOVE the songs, LOVE the production! Has it's own feel along the lines of NON DIGITAL REAL ROCK albums such as VH1 !! Read more
Published 8 months ago by cassi foyt
4.0 out of 5 stars Phil Lewis less album not bad
Jizzy Pearl isn't bad on vocals. Bad production hurts this record. Recommendded for die hard fans. Still a good a hard rock album.
Published 10 months ago by Thrasher954
3.0 out of 5 stars Re-issue is a joke
The original release of Shrinking Violet is better since it has more studio songs. The re-issuie is missing the Zep cover How Many More Times.
Published on July 24, 2011 by Chris Kaiser
5.0 out of 5 stars Open Your Mind. And You Be Able To Relate !!!
I've Been A Fan Of The Guns Since The Beginning.
This Was My First Experience Of Jizzy Pearl.(On The Original Version Of This C.D.) What A Gritty Vocalist He Is. Read more
Published on August 1, 2010 by La Skullrocker
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF MY FAVORITE LA GUNS RELEASES!!!
This album rocks without repentance! This was the only release with Jizzy Pearl on vocals but he really utilized this opportunity to shine brightly. Read more
Published on July 7, 2010 by VRR
4.0 out of 5 stars a sign of the times ... ten years later
The GOOD: Metal sludge praised this album as being better than the albums being put out by LA Guns' peers on the late 90's, which it is. Read more
Published on July 27, 2009 by Trevor F. Johnsen
1.0 out of 5 stars This album stinks
Got this album and I was like what is this? This album stinks from begining to end and jizzy pearl cant sing at all on this cd. Read more
Published on August 7, 2006 by Shawn
4.0 out of 5 stars shrinking violet is great but, without phil lewis............
la guns just isn't without phil lewis..................although jizzy is awsome and the guys did a great job but still i belive LA GUNS is NOT without phil lewis. thanks KELLY
Published on September 18, 2005 by James Molinell
2.0 out of 5 stars Without Phil, its just not L.A.Guns
If your an L.A.Guns fan like I am then you would be just as dissapointed as I was when I recieved this album. Without Phil there is no L.A. Read more
Published on September 18, 2005 by Steve -o
3.0 out of 5 stars best of the Phil-less albums
If ever an album needed a remaster, this is it. Tight musicianship and strong song writing is let down by poor production which leaves the whole album sounding cloudy. Read more
Published on July 16, 2005 by Joffa
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