Live Era '87-'93 Explicit Lyrics, Live
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Audio, Cassette, Explicit Lyrics, Live, November 30, 1999
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While "Live Era" is quite good, it could have been better. Guns N' Roses was a great band, and put on an exciting live show, there's no denying that. "Live Era" is filled with classics, from each release, minus "The Spaghetti Incident" (1993). The band sounds great and performance on each track is top-notch. That said, "Live Era" is flawed in two ways-its chronology and production.
As the back of the CD states, the songs on this CD were "recorded across the universe between 1987 and 1993." For some bands, like Nirvana or Motley Crue, it wouldn't be any problem to compile a live album with songs from different years. With Guns N' Roses, however, it doesn't quite work. That's because the original Guns N' Roses went through four distinct phases:
Phase I: 1986-1990: Axl Rose- vocals, Slash- lead guitar, Izzy Stradlin- rhythm guitar, Duff McKagan- Bass, Steven Adler- Drums. This lineup, generally regarded as the definitive one, recorded "Appetite for Destruction" (1987) and "GN'R Lies" (1998). This lineup was basically Aerosmith on speed, with an element of punk and the Rolling Stones.Read more ›
Unlike some other live albums Axl and the band sound great.
Also this has some really cool band pictures.
The performances are high energy and hard rocking. Axl is in good voice (most of the time), Slash plays with his usual intensity, Izzy (sometimes Gilby Clarke) provides the solid rhythm guitar and Duff and Steven/Matt anchor the band very well. The only problem really is the fact that the performance dates and locations are not listed, so what performances these are is anybody's guess. Still, it's great stuff and should be welcome in any rock fan's collection.
Guns N' Roses was an electrifying hard rock band and these two discs give us a glimpse of what this rock behemoth sounded like at the peak of their power. Hopefully more live performances will be released from the vaults in the future. As the success of the recent Greatest Hits collection shows, the world is hungry for more Guns N' Roses.
GN'R started as a glamed out, punked up hard rock band from L.A in the mid 80's. But unlike some of the earlier Californian rock bands such as Van Halen, Ratt, Motley Crue and countless others, there was something inherently different to this bunch of slackers: they were a mean, angry, borderline violent group that meant EVERY SINGLE word they said, be it their paranoid delusions ("Out ta get me"), their macho posturing ("It's so Easy"), their struggle with addiction ("Mr Brownstone") or...their fragility ("Sweet Child o' Mine).
They just presented themselves as they were, and because of that, they came across as genuine. Musically though, they were pretty raw: singer W.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Guns N Roses Live Era is a very good live production. If you are a GNR fan it should already be in your collection but those new to the band’s music, it shows you how much raw... Read morePublished 2 months ago by kelly Groce
Nice live with axel! Axel showed up for these songs! Just heard him with ac dc and sounded great!Published 3 months ago by Charles Olinger
Songs are chopped and incomplete especially Don't Cry....for price expected complete songs, also every single CD I have purchased from Amazon arrive with broken up cases. Read morePublished 7 months ago by kim w