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Gilby Clarke
The Hangover, Rubber, ’99 Live
April 2002
Released: 2001, Spitfire Records
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Keith McDonald

I see that Spitfire is doing a good thing here. Not only do they sign bands that other labels wouldn’t even consider signing, they also provide out-of-print or hard to find releases. Since Gilby left Guns N Roses back in the mid 90’s, he has kept busy by releasing a few solo albums on various labels that either couldn’t or wouldn’t promote the albums enough to make any noise. Now, besides releasing his new album Swag, Spitfire has reissued his earlier albums that fans didn’t know existed or just couldn’t find in any store. The first album Rubber is a decent offering with the tracks Kilroy Was Here, The Haunting and Trash. The next disc, The Hangover is a little better offering up tracks like Wasn’t Yesterday Great, It’s Good Enough For Rock ‘N’ Roll and Higher. The last disc, ’99 Live, is the best of the lot. The live album contains the better of his solo records including the hits Cure Me or Kill Me and Tijuana Jail. The latter and album closer contains an extended jam that offers a medley of the GNR hit My Michelle. The band supplies quality musicianship as Eric Singer (ex-KISS) and Traci Guns (LA Guns) provide the backbone to this album. Now, Gilby Clarke is not the greatest songwriter in the world and probably wouldn’t even have a solo career if it wasn’t for his stint in GNR, but he does provide good, straight ahead rock ‘n’ roll and that’s enough for me.
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