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Live Era '87-'93
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Guns N' Roses' career could be neatly summed up in a lyric from their song "Pretty Tied Up": "I just found a million dollars that someone else forgot." Indeed, GNR satisfied a grassroots public hunger for bigger-than-life hard rock at a time when legions of alternative bands were enjoying their first burst of overweening critical attention and commercial cachet. The last and most spectacularly successful band to prosper from Hollywood's burgeoning 1980s Sunset Strip glam-metal scene wrapped a couple decade's worth of sometimes tired clich¨¦s around a tight, assaultive musical attack that enticed millions yearning for poor role models. And if their edgy songs often blurred fantasy and reality, the best of them had a street-level honesty that couldn't be denied. A de facto greatest-hits collection culled from performances recorded around the world, Live Era best documents the early, ferocious performing prime of GNR's original quintet on its first disc, leaning heavily on their landmark Appetite for Destruction album to great effect. But the second volume often chronicles the band's steady decline into bloated self-parody and neo-Vegas "professionalism." This band needs a horn section like Slash needs another drink! --Jerry McCulley

Customer Reviews:

  • Wake Up Time To Die !!!
    Where have you boys gone ??? I love this CD . Axel was good back then huh ???? The new stough well ?? THis cd has alot of oldies but goodies and the new stough sounded good as well ....more info
  • Experience the best there was....
    I have been to a few Gn'R concerts, including last years short tour. This is about as close as your are going get to the "real thing". Sadly, it is a bittersweet reminder of what could have been........

    Just to set the record straight: Axl did not skip a beat in his ability to perform, last year. Aside from the obvious change in the cast of characters, you would have thought you were reliving a day when real Rock n' Roll made you bang your head and not regret it in the morning. If another miracle happens to occur (or Axl decides he needs a couple of $$) grab the opportunity to see Gn'R. Of course, I cannot be held resposible if Axl decides it is a bad hair day....more info

  • welcome to the bundle...
    Back in '91, I was THE biggest GN'R fan on the face of the earth: I knew all of their lyrics word by word (even though I didn't understand 'em all, they played a huge part in my future mastery of the language), knew every single cymbal crash from their drums, I could sing every single note of their guitar solos. But then, as the original lineup of the band started to slowly but surely erode, so did their impact on me and I started to get interested in other artists by default. Why do I bring this up? 'Cause I think that you should know where I come from and where my head's at now in order to get the full picture of this review.

    GN'R started as a glamed out, punked up hard rock band from L.A in the mid 80's. But unlike some of the earlier Californian rock bands such as Van Halen, Ratt, Motley Crue and countless others, there was something inherently different to this bunch of slackers: they were a mean, angry, borderline violent group that meant EVERY SINGLE word they said, be it their paranoid delusions ("Out ta get me"), their macho posturing ("It's so Easy"), their struggle with addiction ("Mr Brownstone") or...their fragility ("Sweet Child o' Mine).

    They just presented themselves as they were, and because of that, they came across as genuine. Musically though, they were pretty raw: singer W. Axl Rose was an energetic and effective frontman, but he could also be pretty rough around the edges; drummer Steven Adler was far from being a virtuoso, but made up for that with energy to spare; rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin was a great songwriter but a somewhat limited player (by his own admission), bassist Duff McKagan was adequate but not stellar, and riffmeister Slash was a diamond in the rough, alternatively mind blowing and lackluster depending of his inebriated state. And yet for all their original shortcomings, one had only to witness a live performance by the band to be sold, such was the overwhelming RN'R vibration that they were able to generate.

    But then, something happened: they grew up; they evolved. By the time they cut their mammoth "Use Your Illusion" project, they had sacked Adler (a casualty of his overindulgence) in favor of session player Matt Sorum, added keyboards courtesy of one Dizzy Reed and started writing grandiose, sprawling, 9 minute epics. This transition meant that the band, in order to fulfill their higher musical aspirations, had to grow as people and as musicians, push themselves to the limit and shed some of their earlier spontaneity (along with most of their chemical dependencies) in favor of a more calculated, cerebral, musical approach. And to top it all, just 2 months after the release of the "Illusion" records and barely 3 weeks prior to the beginning of the next leg of their tour, Izzy jumps ship and he is quickly replaced by LA bar circuit veteran Gilby Clarke (actually, an old friend of Izzy's from before the time there even was a GN' how's that for irony and/or fate?), whose tangible contribution to the band was very limited, for one reason or another (I don't intend to enter a debate about his musical merits and/or the band's internal politics and workings here).

    Both of these tangents are captured in after-the-fact release from 1999 "Live Era 87-93" (released 6 years after the last live performance by the band), but unfortunately, the results are less than stellar: indeed, the "before" and "after" sonic pictures herein don't mesh all that well together, as the difference between the two is pretty brutal and can leave the uninitiated quite confused. The record includes no further information as to the sources of these performances other than the purposely vague "recorded across the universe" tag. Many people (critics and fans alike) complain about this issue, arguing that because of this omission, it is "impossible" to know which tracks feature the original five some and which the "Illusion" band.

    However, those of you with enough interest and a keen ear will find no problem whatsoever: like I said, the difference is brutal! The vast majority of the tracks come from the 2 year-plus "Use your Illusion World Tour", which is hardly surprising considering that most of these tracks had never been played live before that tour went underway, and the presence of keyboards, horns, synthesizers and backup singers are the easy giveaway (Move to the City, Patience, Don't Cry, November Rain, etc). And then you have a handful of tracks recorded by the original band (My Michelle, Used to Love Her, You're Crazy, Out ta Get me). Granted, there are a couple of tracks that lie in a somewhat "gray area" if you will (It's so Easy, Mr Brownstone), but once again, if you listen closely, you will hear the difference. Let me give you a clue: listen closely to the drums. Listen to the drums on "Estranged", and then listen to the drums on "My Michelle", and then listen to the drums on "Nightrain". You WILL hear the difference, I promise.

    The song selection is adequate but not great, essentially representing their "Illusion" tour setlist. There are, however, a few suspicious omissions: "Live & Let Die", "Bad Obsession", "So Fine", "Civil War", "Double Talking Jive" (to name but a few) all got the big thumbs down in favor of extended versions of "November Rain", "Estranged" and Axl's spotlight number "It's Alright" (notice a trend, here?)

    Another criticism leveled towards this release is in regards of its sound quality: many argue that the performances have been greatly manipulated and fixed in the studio. Having listened to several bootlegs from the "Use Your Illusion" tour (Paris, Mexico, etc), I have to say that I don't fully agree with this observation: for the most part, the sound of this CD is fairly consistent with what I've heard over the years; there is, however, one aspect of the performances that might have been doctored: the vocals. Indeed, after repeated listening, some of the songs (Nightrain, for instance) sound as if the vocals had been chopped up and spliced together from several different takes, not necessarily studio takes, but several different live takes. And I find it more than a little suspicious that the list of people involved with the production of the album includes so many engineers/sound programmers, including future A Perfect Circle mastermind Billy Howerdel.

    Many fans feel that they have been shortchanged with the release of a subpar product, and they argue that a release from a single, full show from their bar days would have been the superior choice. I partially agree: see, most people think that "Live Era" is a flawed representation of a great band, while I on the other hand believe that it is a great representation of a flawed band. You can't really argue with the sound quality here, as it is crystal clear, above and beyond any of the bootlegs I've heard. But the problem is not the sound, but rather the performances: the bloated, overindulgent, pretentious performances chockfull of superfluous elements. Don't get me wrong, I don't think there's anything inherently wrong with horn sections, backup singers and/or synths in RN'R, but one thing is the studio environment and a whole different one is the live setting. Take Aerosmith for example: they have used strings and horns from day one on their recordings, but that doesn't mean that when they hit the road they take a big band ensemble with them. They understand the difference between the two environments, but sadly, the guys in GN'R didn't.

    Personally, I believe that GN'R reached their absolute musical peak during their "Get in the Ring Motherf#cker Tour", which took place right before the release of the "Illusion" package (don't take my word for it, just go to youtube and see it and HEAR it for yourself), simply because the band reached a new level of musicianship while still retaining a fair amount of reckless rage (granted, most of it was due to intra-band warfare, but still...). Therefore, I think that the selections included in "Live Era" should have been limited to include NOTHING beyond that point. I mean, some of the songs don't even seem to have rhythm guitar at all (Don't Cry, Sweet Child o' Mine, Rocket Queen) with Slash's omnipresent guitar conducting the proceedings, while others (Patience) sound just plain wrong. I personally am a big fan of live albums, but I don't necessarily believe that a great live album HAS to be culled from a single performance. So I think that a much more balanced CD could have been made by a) using as many performances from the original band as possible b) bypassing their horns n' babes phase wholly c) making different song selection. I mean, ALL the songs from Appetite for Destruction should come from shows of that era, wouldn't you agree?

    Finally, while I do agree that releasing a full, early show from their bar days (such as their shows at the Marquee in London, which were recorded for use as b-sides of their European singles and produced such mythical tracks as their version of AC/DC's "Whole Lotta Rosie") would undoubtedly blow "Live Era" right off the water, there is the teeny, tiny problem of those shows being relatively short (an hour and 20 minutes or so) in comparison. Rock in Rio '91 comes to mind as well, but they had sound problems and some even say lack of rehearsal time. Oh well...

    With five stars for sound quality and one star for its musical offering, "Live Era" earns 3 stars for its overall execution. If you're a diehard GN'R fan, you'll probably want to have this while holding your breath waiting for a DEFINITIVE live release from the band. If you're a newcomer, chances are you're going to end up disappointed. At its best, "Live Era" is barely an adequate snapshot of one of the greatest Rn'r of the last 20 years, and at its worst, a sad testament to the powers of a once great band on a downward spiral. The choice is yours...
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  • GNR At Their Best
    Any fan of Axl and the boys will enjoy this excellent live set, which features the best of the GNR repertoire. Slash plays better than ever, and the rest of the band delivers solid performances throughout. Axl's voice sounds a bit rough here and there, but it enhances his delivery of some of the finest material in rock history. Get this one - it's a keeper!...more info
  • Live era: '87-93
    This album is a great mix of GNR's most popular songs. It is an awesome wrap up of GNR's music and is a good summary of the best years of GNR. However, there are a few problems. One, the sound of the cheering can get extremely annoying and sometimes drowns out the sound of some of the songs. There are a few differences in the tune of some of the songs and the intensity of Axl's singing. One in particular, "November Rain". This album is good for an overall summary of GNRs best songs, but if you don't like the cheering and the live sound of songs, another cd may be a better option for you. If you don't think this is for you, you may like Appetite for Destruction better. It has a lot of the same songs, but with a more clean sound and it still has great songs. I do recommend this album, however if you don't like the live sound, keep looking, because it's not for you....more info
  • Strong Live Collection (4.5 stars)
    Guns n' Roses, although disbanded(we all know Chinese Democracy isn't coming out), were still able to release a 2 disc Live album, stretching from concerts from 1987 through to 1993. However, this release does not represent a live musical representation of all of their albums, as it features no music from their final album, The Spaghetti Incident?

    Beginning with Disc 1, it might be the choice as the heavier album, featuring alot of the metal tracks that made GNR famous found on Appetite For Destruction. Kicking off with the explosiveness of Night Train, it is a consistent disc, with highlights coming from songs like Mr. Brownstone, You Could Be Mine and It's So Easy. Overall we get to hear some nice live cuts, and of course Welcome To The Jungle is a highlight. Most of all, Disc 1 just plain rocks. The real highlight though is maybe Axl Rose's superb rendition of Black Sabbath's It's Alright, playing it on the piano with an excellent interpretation of it. November Rain closes this disc out nicely.

    Disc 2 starts off on with an ugly, vicious rocker in Out Ta Get Me, beginning with that awesome guitar riff. Pretty Tied Up on here is excellent, and superior to the studio recording. Move To The City is a fairly strong track, and You Could Be Mine is an intense, drum felt rocker with Axl screeching the lyrics into your ears very well. Rocket Queen is a classic, and we get a pretty strong live excerpt of the song. I don't think any of their live performances of that song will ever match the original recording itself though. Sweet Child O' Mine expresses the sensitive side of GNR in live form, with that guitar hook singing into your ears perfectly. Don't Cry is a strong track, and was a highlight performance for GNR on their Illusion World Tour. The outstanding Estranged version can also be found on a GNR DVD, and it is a very heart felt song, and Axl displays his passion for it in the performance. Paradise City closes nicely, always a classic.

    Overall, this is a pretty solid 2 disc set featuring some great live excerpts. The only flaw is the price, set so you're paying about a dollar a song(more living in Canada), while you probably already have these songs on a CD in their original form. I would recommend it to GNR fans who aren't careful with their money like myself, and diehards. ...more info
  • Gotta have it!
    If you liked Appetite and needed more. Here is the ultimate Gn'R collection. Two albums with the best hits of Gn'R, mostly concentrated on AFD and Gn'R Lies. The guitars are raw and hard, Axl's voice sounds all right. The album makes you wish you were at the concerts. Knocking on Heaven's Door is turned into the ultimate live song by the band. Other hits such as Welcome To The Jungle, You could Be Mine, Sweet Child O' Mine, Don't Cry, sound great live. Thanks God for bringing Gn'R back live in 2002.
    I highly suggest it if you are a rock fan. highlight: Knocking On Heaven's Door interlude, lowlight: Move to the City interlude...more info
  • "Gimme some reggaaaeee!!!"
    Awesome, rockin' CD that brings back some fond memories from my teenage years in the early 90s. Yes, there are some essential live tracks missing (i.e. the debut of "Civil War" at Farm-Aid 4.7.90, "Live & Let Die" from Wembley Stadium 8.31.91, the group's rendition of the "Godfather Theme", "Dead Flowers" or "You Ain't the First" from the '93 Skin n' Bones acoustic sets) and a few minutes of Axl's famous rants would've painted a nice sonic portrait of a real G'n'R concert circa '91-'92 but I suppose Geffen will release those from the vaults on Volume 2 (after all the current litigation is over, that is).

    OK, now onto the music that IS included: "It's Alright", the Black Sabbath cover, is the highpont of Disc 1 for me as it is the only song here I had never heard before. It is a beautiful song amidst the raucous and volatile Appetite tracks that dominate the first disc Axl shows off some magnificent piano chops here as well as on the solo leading into "November Rain" demonstrating that he apparently listened to Beethoven and the John Coltrane Quartet along with Zepplin and the Stones.

    Disc 2 mellows things out a little with great versions of "Estranged" and "Don't Cry". Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" from the Freddy Mercury Tribute Concert (4.20.92) is performed superbly (better than UYI2 version) and IMHO was the highlight of that historic concert. "Move to the City" is not my favorite track, but I do like jazz and I respect that the band was broadening their musical horizons and reaching out to more international audiences (even if the 976-Horns did piss off some hardcore metalheads).

    This CD is probably geared for the more serious G'n'R fan, but is also enjoyable even if you've only heard G'n'R on the radio or watched their videos on MTV waaaaay back when. I'm gettin' old. Rock on!.

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  • A Must Have
    If you love Guns N Roses you will love this album. All of their best songs played live. It's particularly great if you're like me and never got to see them perform. I have owned this album for about 4 years and some of the songs still give me chills. For example, listening to the crowd singing along during Knockin' On Heaven's Door or Axl Rose's special piano intro that leads into November Rain. I definitely recommend adding this to your Guns N Roses collection....more info
  • Amazing cd, poor selection
    The cd is amazing, and I doubt that it's recorded with a new band. The band was amazing live, and they could really jam. Axel's vocals are iffy on most songs, but he is still amazing to see. Coma should have been included on this set, along with with It Taste Good dont it?. I have concerts of GNR, and there is better stuff out there then this cd. ...more info
  • About "Chinese Democracy"
    Slash is my guitar hero of all time. Unexpectedly Buckethead is just as great as he is, or even better. Try one of Buckethead's albums, you will fall in love with and finally get addicted to his underestimated talent. Buckethead can play any style as well as guitar god Jeff Beck. "Chinese Democracy" is definitely the best rock album since 1991. It got what the other great rock bands like Metallica, AC/DC, etc. are always missing: beautiful melodies. In fact, Axl's new album is way way better than any Slash or Duff's solo projects. If your religion is rock music, then Axl Rose is your God and his albums is your Bible. Buy more copies of this masterpiece for your family and friends to do them a huge favor!...more info
  • Live: Era '87-'93
    Guns N' Roses-Live:Era '87-'93 *****

    Depending on where you find it Live:Era can run you a pretty penny. Well it is worth the price of admission. As the title suggest it takes performances from all around the globe from 1987 through 1993 when the band was on their Lose Your Illusions tour.

    Slash, Izzy, and on a few tracks Gilby Clark play some killer guitar. Extended solos in some places and some all around impressive work always. Duff holds is own with Steven Adler and sometimes Matt Sorum. Axl's voice sounds pretty good through out and his interaction with the crowds is wonderful.

    'Welcome To The Jungle' is done fantastic. The intro is classic. 'Dust N' Bones' kicks; Izzy dominates here. The fact that they didn't leave of tracks from Lies is great as it is truly the bands best work. 'Patience' is chilling because the crowd almost over powers Rose. 'Used To Love Her' is as ruthless as always. 'Move To The City' is phenomenal. 'Rocket Queen' blows away the studio version as does 'Paradise City.' 'Estranged' could have been better but they all hated each other by then so that's alright.

    What really makes this worth owning is Axl's cover of Black Sabbaths 'Its Alright.' Absolutely stunning. Short, sweet, and brilliant. Take a listen and see what I mean because this has to be heard to appreciate.

    Live: Era is essential for the true GNR fan. Yeah there may be a better version of 'You Could Be Mine' but who has the time to find it on their own?...more info
  • The essential guns n roses
    The two cd set of live era 87-93, was started by "nightrain" which can always start a set, then at the end of "Mr. brownstone" the one minuet pause of axl trying to get the fans back from the stage and injuring the fans in the front has to be the one nice thing in axl's short-lived famous life. the cd just goes on and finally goes out with an eleven minuet "november rain" the second cd is a little softer on the profanity than that of the first, but still can kick any butt any day, the seventh and eighth tracks consiting of "sweet child 'o mine" and "knocking on heavens door" gave me goosebumps when i heard them, in the end "paradise city" is the ultimate end to any single album, especially the way this one was. This album proves with a nip here and a tuck there, and old girl can still look (or sound) good....more info
  • Good Times!
    Ladies and Gentlemen, The Power of G n' R! They rock and they're live. The first disc is better than the second and will get your bllod a boilin'!...more info
  • These guys were the greatest of their time
    It amazes me that many people rank Nirvana or any other Grunge band of the early 90's as the great bands in that Era. Those people must be musically challenged or still have that 12 yr old mentality which they had during the time they listened to those bands. Are you kidding me those bands couldn't hang with GNR on their best day. GNR represented true rock who's style extended to Metal Heads and the casual rock fan. With songs like Welcome to the Jungle ( A true Adrenaline Rush) night Train (another Adrenaline rush), Sweet Child O mine ( A true classic which is still played today) Paradise city ( an awesome melodic tune which transforms into a high charged rock song) and many other songs which you know, Guns and roses set themselves miles apart any hair band of the 80's or Grunge band of the 90's. Thier music was great their look was cool and they were the greatest band since Led Zep and werent the posers that Poison and Montley Crue were because GNR style was Unique and Original to an extent. Lets face it, this album represents how ecclectic and charasmatic Guns N roses were with Axel's passionate vocals and their overall stage presence along with thier great music which resulted in them attracting a full capacity of fans in any stadium concert they had and and a rock society that revolved around thier presence. They were true rock to the core on par with Led Zep or the rolling Stones. This band had all the characteristics to rank them amoungst the greatest rock bands in history which they were on their way to become until they halted their production in 93. Hopefully thier comeback will sustain the appeal they had back in the 90's although Axel is the only remaining significant member in their comeback however, he was the spirit of the band and the main factor which made them go....more info
  • I doubt this would be a good introduction to the band
    Although I am not a huge Guns N Roses fan, I knew and owned a fair amount of their material in one form or another. I was not intending to buy this album since I have the majority of the songs already (they are largely drawn from the Appetite and Illusion albums). But my guitar teacher lent me this saying how good it was.

    Guns N Roses have a very good reputation for putting on a show and I was very interested to see how some of their songs would sound live. However, while this is a good album in itself, I do not feel it quite captures the feeling of a Guns N Roses show, or at least not as much as the live pictures in the sleve do.

    All in all, the performance is simply average. Axl sounds alright live but for most of songs here his voice lacks the character that it has on the records. The band do not play with nearly the same tightness or precaution. Sometimes they even sound bored especially Izzy when he sings on Dust And Bones. I do not feel that a live albums should be drawn from 50 shows and if its live, then it should be raw. But quite frankly I am a bit disappointed because the mighty force does not sound too mighty here. For the most part, they simply sound like another rock band. I also fail to see how You're Crazy, Estranged and Yesterdays (which are good songs in themsleves) are on here when Civil War, Coma and Think About You have been left out - maybe that's just me but Civil War is an anthem and deserves to be on any Guns N Roses album.

    My definition of a great live album is one that makes you think "God, I wish I was there". One where the performance blows away a studio album you never thought could be bettered. This isn't Iron Maiden's "Live After Death", Slayers "Decade Of Aggression" or AC/DC's "Live!". Those albums are performed well, have a great audience atmosphere and leave you picking your jaw up off the floor. This simply doesn't. It is good and contains some great songs, but most, if not all these songs sound better in the studio. Only buy this if you want a compilation. If you are new then the songs are a good intro but will not impress you as much as the studio albums, and if you already own 2 or 3 GnR albums, you simply don't need it. It seems this album was released by Geffen just to milk a bit of money before all the rock bands on their label completely disappeared.

    ... "live albums can be either absolutely brilliant or absolutely [bad]". Unfortunatley, "Live Era 87-93" is simply another one of the many that fall into the latter category....more info

  • This Live Album Kicked Me in the Nuts
    Look, here is the deal with live albums. I'd say that there are five criteria that a live album must have to be considered great. If the album doesn't have all, or at least three of the qualities, why buy it? We already have all the same old music on the prior CDs. In my opinion I think a great live album must sound good (Live Era sounds GREAT), contain a cover song or two (It's Alright), have different versions of a couple tunes (Used to Love Her, Patience, You're Crazy (great mix of Lies and Appetite versions, by the way), Some cool jams (Move to the City, Estranged, November Rain (Piano intro is about three minutes long!), and I like to hear the band speak a bit (Rocket Queen, Knocking' on Heaven's Door, I hate it when it's cut out. This album is fantastic, it has them all. Think about some of your favorite live albums, Id bet they have some of these qualities. Best spots on this album are Move to the City, You're Crazy, Pretty Tied Up, November Rain, damn they're all good, BUY IT NOW!...more info
  • Great, but they're not actually live
    Some of these songs are live, but the majority are the re-recorded tracks that Axl made in the studio with the new GN'R lineup. He extracted his audio and placed it over top of the old band's instruments, so they were legally allowed to say it's "live" (because only the vocals are updated, it's a technicality).

    It's easy to hear this in the songs, too. Axl was always a bit unreliable live (his voice often becoming raspy and out of key as he screamed so much and it hurt his vocal chords) but on Rocket Queen, Sweet Child O' Mine and Welcome to the Jungle he hits every note. Also you can tell it's the "New Axl" because he's got that high-pitched, "whiny" sound.

    I am not trashing this album. It's excellent. I am a fan of Axl and support him. I disagree with people who diss Chinese Democracy; now that "I.R.S." has been leaked, judging from how excellent it is, and how great Axl's vocals are, maybe the "Axl is an idiot" crowd will stop picking on him.

    "Live Era" is a must for fans. It's two discs and features (basically) all their greatest hits. The Sweet Child O' Mine track is the same as the track recorded with New GN'R for the "Big Daddy" (1999) soundtrack. During the end credits, Sheryl Crowe's version "morphed" into New GN'Rs'. Pretty neat.

    Worth a listen if you're a fan, or are interested in hearing what the re-recording of Appetite for Destruction sounds like, at least vocally....more info
  • This is the Greatest Hits
    This is the Greatest Hits CD that the true fans have been waiting for. Although I must admit one of my favorites, Civil War, did not make the cut, nearly every other one is here. Guns n Roses was the ultimate live experience and so to truly appreciate them, one must hear them in their natural environment on the stage. This is something this 2-disc collection captures very well. Hold out for hope on Chinese Democracy, but true fans should pick this one up in the meantime. Come on, Axl, show us one last time you still have what it takes to make the world stop, put down what they are doing, and listen to what you have to say. ...more info
  • Butt kicking Awasome
    If you have got the love of 80's hard rock this is for you.
    GnR is blowin it out of the water in this one...more info
  • This one is a dog
    This is far and away the WORST album I have ever heard, and I enjoy alot of songs by Guns N' Roses. The problems with the album are many, but I have outlined the most egregious offenses herein.

    First, the crowd noise overpowers many of the songs, which should have been cleaned up before releasing these live performances. Second, the music overpowers many of the vocals. Third, the melodic tone of a number of the songs is just lost, either because Axle is trying to scream rather than sing, or GN'R is just plain lousy in concert.

    If you wish to add a CD to your collection of "those CDs rarely listened to," then by all means buy this one. Otherwise, stay away ... very far away from this dog....more info

  • Hey I got ripped off!!
    I don't know what version of this CD you guys got, but my CD has only one track and it's 45 seconds long! I hear NightTrain starting off, then I hear Axl belching into the microphone. He sounds like he just smoked a carton of cigarettes a whole pack at a time. Next thing I know I hear what sounds like Axl slamming the mike down. Then there are angry steps going off stage left. Then the crowd starts getting real angry and boos. The last thing I hear is Slash saying "Uhhhh."

    That's all I got for my money. So I trashed my living room and set my kitchen on fire. Oh yeah I overturned my car too....more info