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L.A. Guns - Cocked And Reloaded

=Staff's pick

Letting Go
Slap In The Face*
Rip And Tear
Sleazy Come Easy
Never Enough*
Ballad Of Jayne
Give A Little*
I'm Addicted
Seventeen Crash
Showdown (Riot On Sunset)*
Wheels Of Fire
I Wanna Be Your Man*

Genre Sleaze
Phil Lewis
Tracks 14
Tracii Guns
Runningtime 56 Min.
Mick Cripps
Label Mausoleum Records
Kelly Nickels
Release 15 June 2005
Steve Riley
Country USA
Similar artists Mötley Crüe, Ratt

No, this is not a new L.A. Guns album. Cocked And Loaded, originally released back in 1989, has been the biggest selling album from L.A. Guns and in a time where this kind of hard rock seems to be on the rise again it gets re-recorded and released with the catchy title Cocked And Reloaded. The story of L.A. Guns is too long and massive to tell here but to kickstart your memory in case you've forgotten, I can tell that Tracii Guns was a founding member in Guns 'N' Roses and is also involved in the band Brides Of Destruction.

This is a classic album, even for me who is not the biggest fan of this genre, but L.A. Guns and the album Cocked And Loaded was something I enjoyed as a teenager. The songs on the album still hold up very well with todays measures, even if there are a few of them that feel a bit outdated. I am not going to go on and rave a lot about how they sound but instead settle with establishing that L.A. Guns play sleaze leaning more toward hard rock than glam. LA. Guns were one of the better bands in the "Hollywood" scene in the late eighties and early nineties according to me and you could perhaps compare them with bands like Mötley Crüe Ratt and their likes.

Even if they haven't tampered with the songs too much and kept the original feeling there is something missing. Of course it sounds better with this production as well as it is heavier and an up to date sound and all of those things. But there is something that is not there as the naive feeling from a hungry band and the little raw edge shines with its absence.

This version was recorded in 2000 and was released the same year, so why it is released once again five years later I cant tell. Anyway, L.A. Guns is still alive and kicking and have always been as far as I know and the line up today looks as follows: Vocals - Phil Lewis, Drums - Steve Riley, Guitar - Stacey Blades, and Bass - Adam Hamilton.

See also review of: Hollywood Forever






6,5 chalices of 10 - Thomas

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