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Guns N' Roses|Live Era '87-'93

Live Era '87-'93

Guns N' Roses

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The double-disc Live: Era '87-'93 was designed to do two things -- satiate die-hard fans longing for old-school GNR, while clearing decks for a new studio album. It sounds good in theory, yet it suffers in its execution, since it relies on tapes "recorded across the universe between 1987 and 1993." That's not what GNR fans want -- they want the band in its nervy late-'80s prime, when it seemed like they could self-destruct at any second. Live: Era '87-'93 offers the polar opposite with slick, professional tracks that sound pieced together from various performances. Axl's vocals are not only distant -- as though they were sung in a booth, separate from the band -- but also amazingly mannered, sounding for all the world as if they were redone in the studio. Meanwhile, the band's performances are either brushed up or heavily edited, so it's impossible to tell if any of this was recorded during Appetite-era shows. Certainly, much of this derives from the Illusions tour: there are backing vocals, horns, and just what every fan wants -- lots and lots of Dizzy Reed. And if that isn't indicative of Axl's mindset, there is the priceless moment on "Knockin' on Heaven's Door," when he shrieks "Gimme some reggae!" and the band collapses in a sunsplash groove. So, this is heavy on Axl pretensions and short on pure, brutal rock & roll. At its best, it may come closer to vintage GNR than the Illusions did, but the missing ingredients are all too apparent, and in this context, their absence is all the more painful.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Nightrain (Live In Las Vegas / 1992) Explicit
00:05:18

Gilby Clarke, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Slash, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Matt Sorum, Drums, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Duff McKagan, Bass, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tracey Amos, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Izzy Stradlin, ComposerLyricist - Del James, Producer - W. Axl Rose, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist - Darren Reed, Keyboards, Percussion, Piano, Synthesizer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Anne King, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Roberta Freeman, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Teddy "Zig Zag" Andreadis, Keyboards, Percussion, Harmonica, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Lisa Maxwell, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Cece Worrall, Horn, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1999 Interscope Geffen (A&M) Records A Division of UMG Recordings Inc.

2
Mr. Brownstone (Live In London / 1991) Explicit
00:05:42

Slash, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Matt Sorum, Drums, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Duff McKagan, Bass, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Izzy Stradlin, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Del James, Producer - W. Axl Rose, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist - Darren Reed, Keyboards, Percussion, Piano, Synthesizer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1999 Interscope Geffen (A&M) Records A Division of UMG Recordings Inc.

3
It's So Easy (Live In Paris / 1992) Explicit
00:03:28

Gilby Clarke, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Slash, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Matt Sorum, Drums, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Duff McKagan, Bass, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tracey Amos, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Izzy Stradlin, ComposerLyricist - Del James, Producer - W. Axl Rose, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - West Arkeen, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist - Darren Reed, Keyboards, Percussion, Piano, Synthesizer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Anne King, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Roberta Freeman, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Teddy "Zig Zag" Andreadis, Keyboards, Percussion, Harmonica, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Lisa Maxwell, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Cece Worrall, Horn, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1999 Interscope Geffen (A&M) Records A Division of UMG Recordings Inc.

4
Welcome To The Jungle (Live In Argentina / 1992) Explicit
00:05:08

Saul Hudson, ComposerLyricist - Gilby Clarke, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Slash, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Sorum, Drums, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Duff McKagan, Bass, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tracey Amos, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Del James, Producer - W. Axl Rose, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jeffrey Isbell, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist - Darren Reed, Keyboards, Percussion, Piano, Synthesizer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Anne King, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Roberta Freeman, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Teddy "Zig Zag" Andreadis, Keyboards, Percussion, Harmonica, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Lisa Maxwell, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Cece Worrall, Horn, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1999 Interscope Geffen (A&M) Records A Division of UMG Recordings Inc.

5
Dust N' Bones (Live In New York / 1991)
00:05:05

Slash, ComposerLyricist - Matt Sorum, ComposerLyricist - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Izzy Stradlin, ComposerLyricist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Darren Reed, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1999 Interscope Geffen (A&M) Records A Division of UMG Recordings Inc.

6
My Michelle (Live In London / 1991) Explicit
00:03:53

Slash, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Matt Sorum, Drums, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Duff McKagan, Bass, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Izzy Stradlin, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Del James, Producer - W. Axl Rose, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist - Darren Reed, Keyboards, Percussion, Piano, Synthesizer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1999 Interscope Geffen (A&M) Records A Division of UMG Recordings Inc.

7
You're Crazy (Live In Tokyo / 1988) Explicit
00:04:45

Slash, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Duff McKagan, Bass, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Izzy Stradlin, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Del James, Producer - W. Axl Rose, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1999 Interscope Geffen (A&M) Records A Division of UMG Recordings Inc.

8
Used To Love Her (Live In Tokyo / 1988) Explicit
00:04:17

Slash, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Duff McKagan, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - No I.D., ComposerLyricist - Izzy Stradlin, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Del James, Producer - W. Axl Rose, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Lonnie Lynn, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1999 Interscope Geffen (A&M) Records A Division of UMG Recordings Inc.

9
Patience (Live In Mexico / 1993)
00:06:42

Slash, ComposerLyricist - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Izzy Stradlin, ComposerLyricist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1999 Interscope Geffen (A&M) Records A Division of UMG Recordings Inc.

10
It's Alright (Live In Houston / 1992)
00:03:07

Ozzy Osbourne, ComposerLyricist - Tony Iommi, ComposerLyricist - Bill Ward, ComposerLyricist - Black Sabbath, ComposerLyricist - GEEZER BUTLER, ComposerLyricist - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist

℗ 1999 Interscope Geffen (A&M) Records A Division of UMG Recordings Inc.

11
November Rain (Live In Japan / 1992)
00:12:29

Slash, ComposerLyricist - Matt Sorum, ComposerLyricist - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Izzy Stradlin, ComposerLyricist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Darren Reed, ComposerLyricist - Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1999 Interscope Geffen (A&M) Records A Division of UMG Recordings Inc.

DISC 2

1
Out Ta Get Me (Live In London / 1987) Explicit
00:04:33

Slash, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Duff McKagan, Bass, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Izzy Stradlin, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Del James, Producer - W. Axl Rose, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1999 Interscope Geffen (A&M) Records A Division of UMG Recordings Inc.

2
Pretty Tied Up (Live In Japan / 1992)
00:05:25

Slash, ComposerLyricist - Matt Sorum, ComposerLyricist - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Izzy Stradlin, ComposerLyricist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Darren Reed, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1999 Interscope Geffen (A&M) Records A Division of UMG Recordings Inc.

3
Yesterdays (Live In Las Vegas / 1992)
00:03:52

Saul Hudson, ComposerLyricist - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Del James, ComposerLyricist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Jeffrey Isbell, ComposerLyricist - Billy McCloud, ComposerLyricist - West Arkeen, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1999 Interscope Geffen (A&M) Records A Division of UMG Recordings Inc.

4
Move To The City (Live In Japan / 1992)
00:08:00

Saul Hudson, ComposerLyricist - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Jeffrey Isbell, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist - Chris Weber, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1999 Interscope Geffen (A&M) Records A Division of UMG Recordings Inc.

5
You Could Be Mine (Live In Japan / 1992)
00:06:02

Slash, ComposerLyricist - Matt Sorum, ComposerLyricist - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Izzy Stradlin, ComposerLyricist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Darren Reed, ComposerLyricist - Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1999 Interscope Geffen (A&M) Records A Division of UMG Recordings Inc.

6
Rocket Queen (Live In Las Vegas / 1992) Explicit
00:08:27

Gilby Clarke, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Slash, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Matt Sorum, Drums, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Duff McKagan, Bass, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tracey Amos, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Izzy Stradlin, ComposerLyricist - Del James, Producer - W. Axl Rose, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist - Darren Reed, Keyboards, Percussion, Piano, Synthesizer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Anne King, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Roberta Freeman, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Teddy "Zig Zag" Andreadis, Keyboards, Percussion, Harmonica, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Lisa Maxwell, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Cece Worrall, Horn, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1999 Interscope Geffen (A&M) Records A Division of UMG Recordings Inc.

7
Sweet Child O' Mine (Live In Paris / 1992)
00:07:25

Slash, ComposerLyricist - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Izzy Stradlin, ComposerLyricist - Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Stephen Adler, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1999 Interscope Geffen (A&M) Records A Division of UMG Recordings Inc.

8
Knockin' On Heaven's Door (Live In London / 1992)
00:07:27

Bob Dylan, ComposerLyricist - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist

℗ 1999 Interscope Geffen (A&M) Records A Division of UMG Recordings Inc.

9
Don't Cry (Live In Japan / 1992)
00:04:44

Saul Hudson, ComposerLyricist - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Jeffrey Isbell, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1999 Interscope Geffen (A&M) Records A Division of UMG Recordings Inc.

10
Estranged (Live Version) Explicit
00:09:51

Gilby Clarke, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Slash, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Matt Sorum, Drums, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Duff McKagan, Bass, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tracey Amos, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Izzy Stradlin, ComposerLyricist - Del James, Producer - W. Axl Rose, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Darren Reed, Keyboards, Percussion, Piano, Synthesizer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Anne King, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Roberta Freeman, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Teddy "Zig Zag" Andreadis, Keyboards, Percussion, Harmonica, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Lisa Maxwell, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Cece Worrall, Horn, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1999 Interscope Geffen (A&M) Records A Division of UMG Recordings Inc.

11
Paradise City (Live In Las Vegas / 1992) Explicit
00:07:21

Saul Hudson, ComposerLyricist - Gilby Clarke, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Slash, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Sorum, Drums, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Duff McKagan, Bass, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tracey Amos, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Del James, Producer - W. Axl Rose, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jeffrey Isbell, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist - Darren Reed, Keyboards, Percussion, Piano, Synthesizer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Anne King, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Roberta Freeman, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Teddy "Zig Zag" Andreadis, Keyboards, Percussion, Harmonica, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Lisa Maxwell, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Cece Worrall, Horn, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1999 Interscope Geffen (A&M) Records A Division of UMG Recordings Inc.

Album Description

The double-disc Live: Era '87-'93 was designed to do two things -- satiate die-hard fans longing for old-school GNR, while clearing decks for a new studio album. It sounds good in theory, yet it suffers in its execution, since it relies on tapes "recorded across the universe between 1987 and 1993." That's not what GNR fans want -- they want the band in its nervy late-'80s prime, when it seemed like they could self-destruct at any second. Live: Era '87-'93 offers the polar opposite with slick, professional tracks that sound pieced together from various performances. Axl's vocals are not only distant -- as though they were sung in a booth, separate from the band -- but also amazingly mannered, sounding for all the world as if they were redone in the studio. Meanwhile, the band's performances are either brushed up or heavily edited, so it's impossible to tell if any of this was recorded during Appetite-era shows. Certainly, much of this derives from the Illusions tour: there are backing vocals, horns, and just what every fan wants -- lots and lots of Dizzy Reed. And if that isn't indicative of Axl's mindset, there is the priceless moment on "Knockin' on Heaven's Door," when he shrieks "Gimme some reggae!" and the band collapses in a sunsplash groove. So, this is heavy on Axl pretensions and short on pure, brutal rock & roll. At its best, it may come closer to vintage GNR than the Illusions did, but the missing ingredients are all too apparent, and in this context, their absence is all the more painful.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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