Live: Era '87-'93

Live: Era '87-'93

by Guns N' RosesGuns N' Roses

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Overview

Keeping in mind that Guns N' Roses have been in creative limbo for seven years, one would think the perfect time for a retrospective live disc would have been the mid-'90s, not our rap-metal-dominated premillennial era. Fortunately, LIVE ERA '87-'93 is hardly a case of too little, too late. Hits like "Welcome to the Jungle," "Paradise City," and "Sweet Child o' Mine" hold up years after they've gone out of circulation, and the album they return on reads more like a testament to an enduring legacy than a wistful missive. Recorded throughout GNR's heyday at concerts in London, Paris, Las Vegas, New York, Budokan, Tokyo, and Mexico City, the bulk of the material comes from the band's 1987 blockbuster, APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION, with the remainder dedicated to songs from 1989's GN'R LIES and 1991's USE YOUR ILLUSION I and II. A cover of Black Sabbath's "It's Alright," featuring frontman Axl Rose on a decidedly Elton John-style piano, provides a welcome added curve ball. But throughout, LIVE ERA '87-'93 succeeds in showcasing a band that could rock you like a hurricane in concert, while exemplifying exactly what's missing from today's hard-rock scene -- dramatic energy, sexual dynamism, and charismatic persona. Guitarist Slash unleashes fiery guitar leads that flash and burn without seeming self-indulgent, helping the bansheelike Rose to goad the rest of the band toward rocking out a style halfway between glam metal and punk rock. From the Bic-in-the-air balladry of "Patience" to the fury of "Nightrain," LIVE ERA is a vindictive middle finger to those who said the band's music would never hold up.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/30/1999
Label: Interscope Records
UPC: 0606949051426
catalogNumber: 490514
Rank: 66735

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Guns N' Roses   Primary Artist
Izzy Stradlin   Group Member
Steven Adler   Group Member
Gilby Clarke   Musician,Group Member
Duff McKagan   Group Member
Dizzy Reed   Group Member
Axl Rose   Group Member
Slash   Group Member
Matt Sorum   Group Member
Steven "Popcorn" Adler   Group Member
Matt Sorim   Musician

Technical Credits

Bob Dylan   Composer
Guns N' Roses   Composer
Izzy Stradlin   Composer
Steven Adler   Composer
Tracey Amos   Musical Backing
West Arkeen   Composer
Mike Clink   Engineer
Duff McKagan   Composer
Axl Rose   Composer
Slash   Composer
Paul Gomersall   Engineer
Doug Goldstein   Management
Lisa Maxwell   Musical Backing
Kevin Reagan   Art Direction
Jim Mitchell   Engineer
Billy McCloud   Composer
CeCe Worrall   Musical Backing
Roberta Freeman   Musical Backing
Del James   Composer
Dave Kehrer   Live Sound
Masa Ito   Liner Notes
Anne King   Musical Backing
Katrina Siroofsky   Management
Tom Maher   Management
Teddy Andreadis   Musical Backing

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