Izzy Stradlin – 117°(LP)

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Izzy Stradlin
Music On Vinyl
Rating: 4.5/5

1998‘s 117° is the second solo album from former? Guns n’ Roses’ guitarist Izzy Stradlin. The six year gap between his first and second solo albums was partially due his taking time off from music and the sporadic two plus year recording process. 117° proved to be his last recording for Geffen before being dropped by the label.

Fast forward to 2015 and Izzy and his former Guns band-mates are a hot topic of discussion and rumours. Only fitting that this (and other) albums get the reissue treatment. In order to re-familiarize myself with this LP I popped the CD into my car’s player for a few days. I had forgot what a great recording this was. I only recalled his cover of Chuck Berry’s “Memphis” when I saw that this reissue was forthcoming. How did “Ain’t It A Bitch” not become etched in my brain? What a killer opening track. It sums up Izzy to me. It has the Blues, the grit, the attitude…it’s the perfect Stradlin tune.

As with all the other Music On Vinyl pressings that I own, this one is top notch. The quality of the sleeve and LP itself are all excellent. My copy is flat and quiet the way it should be. Yes, it may be digitally sourced but at the end of the day it sounds great and offers a wonderful listening experience that a crappy mp3 will NEVER give you.

At the time of this writing MOV has just reissued Izzy’s debut album which I will be getting in the very near future. Hopefully sales of both will be good and they will continue on reissuing his discography. I look forward to RIVER and RIDE ON in 2016?