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Tat, hat, and nose-ring specialists LA Guns rose famously out of '80s Hollywood, and their founder-guitarist Tracii Guns even did time in an early incarnation of Guns N’ Roses. This 1991 album (the band’s third, named after a ’70s drinking club that included Harry Nilsson and Alice Cooper) is noteworthy because it defines a fleeting moment in L.A. rock history, just like Guns N’ Roses did in 1987, like X did in 1980, and Buffalo Springfield did in 1966. The riff-heavy songs sound like Sunset Strip’s waning days, and personal apocalyptics (“Over the Edge,” “Crystal Eyes,” “Kiss My Love Goodbye”) mostly replace the band’s heavy metal party ride of the Reagan years. Polished by producer Michael James Jackson (Kiss, The Animals), the album’s darker undercurrents feel like the end of something—the band, the city of its origin, or hard rock in general. Interestingly, the quintet brought in hitmaking songwriter Jim Valance (Aerosmith, Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart), and the results were pretty near-perfect on the suitably titled ballad “It’s Over Now,” which traces the Faces-like steps of the band’s earlier (Top 40) hit “The Ballad of Jayne.”

Customer Reviews

Cool Album!

This is a pretty good album but their old stuff is better. I think the songs number 2 and 3 are awesome songs with some insane guitar playing by Traci Guns and some great singing by Phil Lewis.

Awesome album

This album is so good, I don't know why It is so overlooked! Heres MY top 5. 1.Crystal Eyes 2.Over the Edge 3. Dirty Luv 4. Wild Obsession 5. Here It Comes

Not typical L.A. Guns, but still great stuff

This particular album is one where, what the guys do is branch out a bit. Basically they wrote each song, and then recorded it, in the vein of one of their influences (read this in an interview at the time, back in the day). This does not lend itself to the recording being a typical L.A. Guns release, especially when they do an Allman Brothers Band-esce tune. Honestly though, this approach (of writing and recording a song in the style - more a less - of a particular artist) is much more interesting; and when they nail it, much more satisfying than a recording a cover version of so and so's song. So no, not your regular L.A. Guns record, but a really good one none the less. Mind you, they did not change direction with this album, this is just a little trip down a side road. If it completely upsets your world to have a band do a record that is not their typical fare, then skip this altogether, but if you are open to something a bit different, this is as good as most any band's meander off of there main route.


Formed: 1983 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Although veterans of the Sunset Strip's hair metal scene, L.A. Guns are also known for being one of the two bands (along with Hollywood Rose) that merged in the mid-'80s to form Guns N' Roses. Formed in 1983, the group's first lineup included Tracii Guns and vocalist Axl Rose, the latter of whom eventually left to form his own group with childhood friend Izzy Stradlin. Rose and Guns decided to combine their two bands in 1985, thus creating the earliest incarnation of Guns N' Roses. Tracii Guns handed...
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