Guns N' Roses
Live Era '87-'93


4.0
excellent

Review

by DesolationRow USER (80 Reviews)
August 6th, 2005 | 25 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist


Guns N Roses- Live Era Ď87-í93

Guns N Roses were easily the most talked about rock band in the 80ís. Combining powerful blues and sleazy rock n roll, the Guns perfectly fit the bill for dirty rock stars. Between Axl Roseís high pitched wailing, Slashís manic riffs and screaming solos, and an in-the-pocket rhythm section, GNR were called the Led Zeppelin of their time. This is yet another compilation which is tastefully done instrumentally and (some tracks) vocally. This ďlive" production has itís imperfections though. The vocals can get incredibly annoying on some songs, while others drag on far too long. This is a double album, and for the most part, very good (If you like GNR). Itís 22 songs, so instead of my normal run through of the album, Iíll give you my thoughts on the highlights and low points of each disc. Enjoy. By the way, the numbers next to the songs are the track numbers on the CD, so if you get confused, look at the track list. My ranks are measured in the :thumb: for highlights and :upset: for low points. The more thumbs, the better. The more upsets, the worse. Both are a maximum of 5. Enjoy!!!

The Band

Axl Rose- Vocals
Izzy Stradlin- Rhythm Guitar
Slash- Lead Guitar
Duff McKagan- Bass
Steven Adler/ Matt Sorum- Percussion



Disc 1
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Highlight Tracks
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1) Night Train- Very good opener for the album. Everything about this particular performance is good. From the catchy intro riffs to that pounding bassline, to the screaming courtesy of Axl. The solos are tastefully done, with both Izzyís and Slashís dueling for spotlight with their melodic runs and soaring highs. The outro is yet again awesome, with Axl losing his mind as he wails ďIím on the Nightrain!" as Slash backs him up with a fiercely rocking guitar solo. Way to kick things off!

2) Mr. Brownstone- A tad longer than the recording, mostly for the extended intro with the drums. As soon as the drums kick in, you can feel the buildup into that awesome rock riff. Axlís vocals are quite strong on this track, especially compared to the other songs on this disc. The verseís are a little rushed though, because Axl feels the need to add profanity to them, but it doesnít subtract from the song at all. The choruses are good, and the overall groove is present throughout the entire song. Slash nails his solo with aplomb, taking names with his Les Paul. Overall one of the better tracks here.

11) November Rain- With the exception of the mindless keyboard soloing for the first three minutes (which we couldíve done without), this is probably the best track on Disc 1. The piano is excellent, and so is the orchestra, with the cellos and violins giving an exceptional contrast to the guitar melodies. Axlís voice is actually very soothing and emotional. The song is absolutely beautiful. The guitar solos are wonderful, as Slash pours his heart into his playing, especially on the softer songs here. The bass line stands out on this song a bit, especially during the piano parts. The dramatic outro is exceptional, with a screaming guitar solo, and Axl chanting ĎEverybody needs some time, your not the only one.í Best song on the first disc, without a doubt in my mind.


These Deserve- :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:


Low Points
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6) My Michelle- The intro drags on too long, with the arpeggiated guitar line looping at least 6 times before the counter melody bass lick comes in. After the riff comes in, Axl comes in with an atrocious vocal performance. I love the recording to death, but his voice is so nasal and whiny, itís annoying. I canít stand to listen to this track because the voices get to me to much. Musically, nothing has changed from the recording, with the same riffs, and solo. Nothing spectacular, or different for that matter. Youíll agree with me if you heard his voice here, and itís very similar, but not as bad on Welcome to the Jungle.

9) Patience- From the get go, you will get fed up with this version of Patience. From the second he says the name of the song, the audience starts singing along word for word. They sing it incredibly LOUD and it doesnít stop throughout the entire duration of the song, with the exception of the solo, where they go from singing to an overwhelming cheer. You canít hear the band playing, thatís how obnoxious this audience is. It doesnít stop there. After the actual song comes to a halt, the band feels the need to give an incredibly repetitive instrumental that drags on for a good two minutes. The drums play some cool fills, which is the most redeeming part of the song.


Those 2 Deserve- :upset: :upset: :upset: :upset:


Disc 1 Overall: With a few exceptional performances and some annoying vocals on some songs, and others where the audience preaches suicide. With the combination of the good, bad, and the ugly (patience) Disc 1 gets a [3.5/5]


Disc 2
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Disc 2 Highlights
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6) Rocket Queen- One of my favorite Guns N Roses songs, and this extended version is awesome. It starts off with Duff talking and before you know it, the drums kick in to start the groove. Duff plays that awesome funky line that sounds as if he almost slapped it. The main riff kicks in, but itís funkier because Slash hasnít joined yet. Itís still only Duff and Steven giving you an energetic groove. Itís nice to see Duff getting some attention for once. Slash joins and Axl comes in with some good vocal performance. The choruses are quite strong. The added bonus in this song is Slashís two-and-a-half minute solo. He uses a Ďtalkingí effect that is quite reminiscent of the Peter Frampton effect where the guitar sounds like itís almost talking. I love the breakdownís lyrics and the guitar melodies that follow it. One of the best songs on the CD.

8) Knockiní On Heavenís Door- Once again, a much better take on an already amazing song. From that intro salvo to the pretty, subtle verses. This Bob Dylan cover is amazing live, with the guitar solos being exceptionally beautiful, particularly the latter of the two. The plus is that there is no annoying phone call in the interlude. Whatís pretty cool is that Axl gets the crowd hyped up when he tells them to sing along with the background singers after he sings the chorus. The crowd responds quite well. Another cool part is where the band just breaks into a reggae groove jam, with tropical guitar lines and some bottom-heavy bass. Itís pretty random, but it sounds quite cool. I like it. Directly afterwards, Axl and the crowd continue to duel on the chorus, and when he says, ďLetís make this one reach the heavens" the crowd just goes crazy. This was awesome.

10) Estranged- My favorite power-ballad from GNR. The opening is kinda creepy as the audience cheers when Axl mentions suicide. But the song kicks in and the awesomeness starts. Unlike the recording, where the opening whispers are really depressing, in this he actually has some slightly melodic attributes, with his voice ringing with emotion. The guitar melodies kick arse with a bluesy feel to them. The structure of the songs seems like a bunch of verses and breakdowns, but that doesnít subtract at all from the song. The piano solo is pretty, using dynamics tastefully, as it skips from mellow to dramatic several times, before a powerful verse comes in and before you know it, a series of guitar solos kick into gear and drive the song to new heights. The solos are breathtaking. Both have a unique, distinct sound that border between soulful, blues, and hard rock. Itís amazing. Axlís heartfelt lyrics end this 10 minute epic blues ballad. Best song on Use Your Illusion II in my honest opinion.


All 3 Deserve- :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:


Disc 2 Low Points :upset:
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7) Sweet Child O Mine- As this epic kicks in, you feel optimistic. Unfortunately, a number of flaws takes the happiness back. The music is perfect, note for note, but the feel is kinda taken away by the upeat tempo change. It goes from Moderato to Allegro. The upbeat change is unnecessary. Axlís voice is also incredibly annoying on this one. Instead of the high-pitched whining we experienced on My Michelle, his throaty, raspy voice just doesnít fit the bill. Itís almost Janis Joplinís reincarnation in a man. The solo is top-notch, but afterwards, they hold the final note a disastrous length that just ruins the song. Thatís sad for such a great song.

11) Paradise City- Once again, same problem as above. Great music, with a horrible vocal performance. Axl seems to be rushing, out of breath, and barely keeping up with the music. His voice sounds as raspy as Muddy Waters and the little bits of extra lyrics after the verses donít add much to the energy either. Youíll also notice that this is the first time that the background singers take up a lot of the audio space during the choruses. It gets quite annoying. The music is yet again, flawless, but the vocals donít do the music justice.


These 2 deserve- :upset: :upset: :upset: and Ĺ.


Disc 2 Overall: Much better than Disc 1. The little additions to the songs are for the most part, cool, with a few exceptions here and there. Gets a [4/5]


Pros
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+Music is really good
+Great guitar work
+Added grooves work well in some songs

Cons
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- Voices are really annoying sometimes
- Backup singers can get annoying
- Some stuff drags on too long
- Instrumentals are sometimes crappy
- Repetition
- Obnoxious crowds


Album Overall: A pretty good album overall. Some stuff is incredible, while some stuff is unbearable, and others are just solid songs. Averaged with a 3.5 and a 4 give it a 3.75. But I feel generous today, so itís going to be [4/5].

Feedback is welcomed! :smash:



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masada
August 6th 2005


2733 Comments


Nice work, I say.
[quote=:Entwistle:]His voice sounds as raspy as Muddy Waters[/quote] I always though muddy was rather smooth :cool:

DesolationRow
August 6th 2005


833 Comments


okay, then. 'Janis Joplin' raspy

DesolationRow
August 6th 2005


833 Comments


Vote or :smash:

Neoteric
August 6th 2005


3243 Comments


It'd be nice for some artwork and tracklist though

DesolationRow
August 6th 2005


833 Comments


Got the Tracklist up! No Jpeg for an image though

Priestmetal
August 6th 2005


542 Comments


I wish I was old enough to have seen them live anytime from 87 to 93. Anyway this albums got some good stuff. Track list and pic would be cool.

Priestmetal
August 6th 2005


542 Comments


o nevermind u go the track list.

harvester_of_sorrowx
August 6th 2005


13 Comments


axls voice is just plain annoying on some tracks...

Rudd13
August 6th 2005


952 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Amazing review. I would give this live comp. a 3/5 cause most songs arent as entertaining as the recorded versions. but songs like Nightrain, November Rain, Knockin' on Heavens Door and of course,

OUT TA GET ME sound amazing live and they alone, make the discs worth your 22 dollars any day. Keep it up.

Thumb-scale: 7!

:thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:

Rudd13
August 6th 2005


952 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

You forgot about Dizzy there......

EdwardTheGreat
August 7th 2005


57 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I thought Patience was done well, except for the last bit, where Axl sings rubbish again. The first bit of Patience actually has Axl singing like a normal singer would not screeching it. And Paradise City was good if only for the guitar solos. Great review though.

ak_theman11
August 7th 2005


19 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review, Axl does sound terrible on all of the songs he should sound good on. You also forgot about Gilby. Most of the time its him playing cuz Izzy didnt stick around too long for the UYI tour, so most of those songs are with Gilby playing Rythm guitar.

I disagree with you on patience though. Its good to hear the crowd singing along and cheering because it reflects on the bands performance. Would you rather have them be silent and then make the listeneer think that the band jus sucked so much that even their fans didnt want to cheer so loud?

Rudd13
September 7th 2005


952 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Maybe it got deleted cause it sucked Major Bawls.



DesolationRow
September 7th 2005


833 Comments


I thought I saw yours a while ago. You said Rocket Queen was a strong point, right? Sorry for ripping off your 'highlight' format, man.

liquidmax8
December 26th 2005


2 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Ha ha you people are fucked in the head. For 1 axl has the best voice in the world an for 2 how u fuking dare complain about songs like that u would have 2 be god 2 be better. 'axl has an annoying voice" what the fuck are you on. Screw you freaks you have no idea wat good music is

ucanth0ldme
March 14th 2006


7 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Axl's voice is amazing and hes an amazing singer, but when performing live, he gets tired and his throat gets torched. It's really amazing that he can even sing one complete song in the style he sings in, let alone an entire concert. Plus the guy runs around the stage like a track runner the entire concert. Axl and GN'R were about putting on a good show, rather than just reciting the songs note for note and word for word, like most bands do.This Message Edited On 03.14.06

messiah167
April 16th 2006


64 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Wud any one please like to tell me what happens to Axls voice in Sweet Child o'mine it sounds like hes going through pubity again and IMO i don't the think the song works live anyway. Axl normally has an amazing voice so it was a surprise to hear it go all dodgy. Estranged and Nightrain are the best on the album IMO.

spameister
April 16th 2006


26 Comments


Axl has an amazin singing voice- he can sing is so many different styles too.

eadgbe
May 18th 2006


10 Comments


your going off on axel's voice dude it's a LIVE album if you recorded your voice could you repicate to the exact pitch tone and intonation every night of the week. lighten up the album highlights why they are cock rock greats.

Spamue1G
October 12th 2008


1292 Comments


Yes, and if the voice in a live album sucks, then the score goes down. It does suck here, so the score goes down. Fair enough?



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