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L.A. Guns
Rips The Covers Off
September 2004
Released: 2004, Shrapnel
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: JP

Covering The Covers

This is part of small five CD review feature I like to call ‘Covering the Covers’. Love ‘em or hate ‘em tribute CD’s and cover tune CD’s are here to stay. I personally enjoy covers for the most part as long as I like at least the band doing the covering or the bands being covered. Here is a very quick round up of five recently released cover CD’s including, L.A. Guns, Michael Schenker, Kevin Dubrow, George Lynch and Heathen.

L.A. Guns never seem to take a break and this year entry into their long discography is another covers release. About 10 or 12 years ago they did a covers EP called ‘Cuts’. Now we get a full-length 11 track CD with two bonus live cuts. The revolving door continues with founder Tracii Guns now out of the band.

The band show their roots with a lot of 70’s and 80’s rock and metal ranging from as heavy as Saxon to as obscure as pop-dude Donovan. The rest are somewhat predictable, Aerosmith, Led Zepplin some punky stuff but all in all an enjoyable selection of artists. This is a pretty budget release with a few photos a brief note from the band and a lackluster cover. Clever title. I was wondering when someone would use that particular pun.

The renditions for the most part of conventional and somewhat uninspired but do have that long-standing and enjoyable LA Guns signature sound. There have been so many covers over the years that now it is fun to compare two or three cover versions by different artists. There must be at least five versions of Queen’s ‘Tie Your Mother Down’ floating around out there! This is a decent release for fans but it seems like a bit of play to buy time until they can figure out what to do next.
Track Listing

1. Rock and Roll Outlaw
2. I Just Want To Make Love
3. Tie Your Mother Down
4. Until I Get You
5. Wheels Of Steel
6. Nobody’s Fault
7. Custard Pie
8. Moonage Daydream
9. Marseilles
10. Hurdy Gurdy Man
11. Search And Destroy
12. Revolution (live)
13. Don’t Look At Me That Way (Live)


Phil Lewis-vocals
Stacey Blades-guitar
Adam Hamilton-bass
Steve Riley-drums



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