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Live Era '87-'93

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  • Live Era is a fantastic collection of live Guns N’ Roses tracks. “Recorded across the universe between 1987 and 1993″ as the booklet says, it presents a pretty awesome portrait of the band as a live act. For those of us who were too young to catch G N’R in their prime, this set is most welcome. The song list is great, just about any Guns song you most want to hear live is included. Every track from Appetite For Destruction except for two (“Think About You” and “Anything Goes”) are performed on this CD, as well as some of the best tracks from Use Your Illusion. “Patience”, “Used To Love Her” and “Move To The City” from G N’ R Lies are here and a cover of Black Sabbath’s piano-based “It’s Alright”. 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.

    Posted on November 19, 2009