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L.A.GUNS Loud & Dangerous: Life From Hollywood
Mascot (2006)

LA Guns

Still live and still dangerous, LA Guns are still on the road and cock rockin' as the live album shows. I assume it's recent there are no date details on the CD or booklet. In Tracii Guns' absence lead guitar is handled by Stacey Blades, while vocalist Phil Lewis handles rhythm guitar to fill the sound.

The muddy and bass heavy sound is very much official bootleg style, it's hard to critique the guitar when the sound is so average. When you can, the riffs are good and the odd noodle fit in well, in shallow glam metal fashion.

Many fans will mourn the loss of Tracii Guns, but there's little wrong with the setlist; "No Mercy", "Sex Action", "Rip And Tear" and "Hellraisers' Ball" all get an airing, and there's some (not audible enough) decent and fitting slide guitar on the cover of Rose Tattoo's "Rock'n'Roll Outlaw".

"Nothing Better To Do" is a real guitar blast that stands out. Shame the recording doesn't match. Some decent bass lines though.

One for fans only, it's not a suitable introduction, but a lot of fun if you are a fan.

***

Review by Joe Geesin

Band website

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly


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