Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Cocked & Re-Loaded
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
Ignore the harsh reviews
GothiK MonkeY | Finland | 08/22/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Being an LA GUNS fan since 88 I can say Cocked and Reloaded is far from a dissapointment.
It was never recorded to sound fresh and new it was recorded for the simple fact that Vertigo hold the rights to the recordings but not the songs and would not release them to LA Guns. So instead of a big battle they re-recorded the songs and if you ask me they sound a lot rawer and less polished than the original giving it the feel of the debut cd.
I love the new and old version and if you can get one or even both you are in for a real treat....
Phil Lewis has one of the best voices in rock."
For the die-hards that already own the origanal
Daniel Maltzman | Arlington, MA, USA | 12/18/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The premise of this album seems stupid. Why would a band re-record an album that is already a classic? But the LA Guns had their reasons. Because Vertigo Records owned the masters to the original "Cocked & Loaded" and wouldn't release them to the LA Guns, the band had no choice but to re-record the entire album if they wanted to do whatever they wanted to do with the songs.
Compared to the original "Cocked & Loaded," "Cocked & Re-Loaded" sounds far rawer, more live, more one-take, spur-of-the-moment. The band has obviously been playing these songs for years, went into the studio, cut their album, and went home, probably in a week. While "Cocked & Re-Loaded" can't compare to the original album, if you are a fan of the band and the original album, "Cocked & Re-Loaded" is worth owning, as it offers an interesting take on one of the band's finest recordings. The one real downside is that singer Phil Lewis's voice, while not shot, is not what it once was. Still, "Cocked & Reloaded" should please fans of the band and is recommended to those that already have the original. If you don't have the original "Cocked & Loaded," make sure to buy that first.
What a shame! What happened to Phil...
B. Massimo | Amsterdam, NL | 11/03/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Well.. let me say I am a huge fan of LA Guns. And I especially love Cocked & Loaded, one of the best records ever. The production is awesome, as well as the music and each note. Not even mentioning Phil Lewis voice, magic. Now, I understand they're no more main stream, so the production is tight. And I know that voice is a delicate instrument that loses so much over the years. But here you can really tell that he's not even trying.. many vocal parts are missing, and Ballad of Jane one octave below the original tone.. that's unacceptable to me. Too bad. I used to love them. Not worth the money, not even for a huge fan."