Released: 2006, Mascot Records/Border Music
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
TALES FROM THE STRIP was the band’s last studio album and is one of the more energetic albums the band has delivered in quite a while. LOUD AND DANGEROUS is a great statement from the band and really shows everyone what proper glam/sleaze should sound like. The most natural place to record a glam/sleaze album is Hollywood – the birthplace of this musical genre - and that’s something L.A. Guns have done. Where in Hollowood it was recorded is not mentioned, which is kind of disappointing because it would have been fun to know where this grand event took place.
L.A. Guns really have fun on stage that evening, but because this is a single CD some of our favorite tracks aren’t featured. I don’t long for many other songs when they play classics like “Sex Action”, “No Mercy”, “Over The Edge”, “One More Reason”, “Electric Gypsy”, “Rip And Tear”, and of course the monster ballad “The Ballad Of Jayne” in which Phil Lewis invites the happy crowd to sing along with him.
The main focus on this album is set on the old classics, which doesn’t bother me; when looking back at what the band has done the last couple of years, I’m not very satisfied. They do two songs from the album WAKING THE DEAD; they’re “Don’t Look at Me That Way” and “Hellraiser’s Ball”. Phil Lewis leaves the mic duty to Stacey Blades in “Nothing Better to Do”, and Blades impresses just as much behind the mic as he does on guitar. You can hear the band loud and clear the entire album but not the crowd, who are either too low in the mix or are too few to make enough noise.
I think that this line-up can be considered one of the better ones L.A. Guns has had in many years and I really hope that they stick together. The band produced the album and Adam Hamilton mixed it, and no one could have done it better; it’s a perfect mix of dirty, mean, and energetic rock’n’roll in the sound that no one but a band member could have created.
As an extra bonus the band features two bonus DVD cuts: “Hollywood’s Burning” and “It Don’t Mean Nothing”. Both songs are taken from the studio album TALES FROM THE STRIP and the videos are simple and clean-shot live videos where they really enjoy themselves on stage. Maybe the possibility of a live DVD has increased with the release of this live masterpiece. This is a great live album for every fan of L.A. Guns or any glam/sleaze fan overall. L.A. Guns are once again a band to watch out for and it’s obvious they still have a lot to give the people out there.