Cocked & Reloaded
Formed after Tracii Guns left Guns & Roses because of Axl, LAGuns enjoyed brief success back in the late 80s. This collection is named for the breakthrough album, Cocked & Loaded, which went on to sell millions on the back of the video and song for ‘Ballad of Jayne’; the following album was not as successful but produced a few hits, both included here:’Goodbye’ and ‘It’s Over Now’. It was diminishing returns for their next few albums, with line-up changes and constant bickering. This release was to celebrate the return of the original line-up, and is older tracks re-recorded. It is a decent effort, with tracks like “Rip & Tear’ and “Never Enough” worth the price of entry. The only downer is an appalling remix/dance version of R&T. What the hell were they thinking? This is a great collection to remind you that GnR were not the only Hollywood sleave rockers going.
Marty Dodge: 7