Live Era '87-'93

Live Era '87-'93

November 30, 1999 (Universal/Geffen)

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Track list:

1. Nightrain
2. Mr Brownstone
3. It's So Easy
4. Welcome To The Jungle
5. Dust n' Bones
6. My Michelle
7. You're Crazy
8. Used To Love Her
9. Patience
10. It's Alright
11. November Rain
12. Out Ta Get Me
13. Pretty Tied Up
14. Yesterdays
15. Move To The City
16. You Could Be Mine
17. Rocket Queen
18. Sweet Child O' Mine
19. Knockin' On Heaven's Door
20. Don't Cry
21. Estranged
22. Paradise City
23. Coma - Special Bonus Track

Released as Vinly LPs and CDs.

 

Live Era '87-'93 23-track live 4-LP vinyl set including bonus track, Coma with picture labels - recorded between 1987 and 1993.  Includes gatefold picture sleeve and inner liners.  Released by Universal worldwide 1999.  This album is valued at $40.00 (Vinyl LP).
  Live Era '87-'93 23-track live 2CD set including bonus track, Coma with picture inserts - recorded between 1987 and 1993.  Released by Universal worldwide 1999.  This album is valued at $20.00 (CD).

December 5, 1999: CDs recalled by Axl.  Many of the CDs have screwed up printings (meaning both the physical label and the material content, ie the skipping of Paradise City), likely from a CD manufacturing facility in Hong Kong, were recalled.  Also, there are no intentional backwards messages.  This rare collectors item is valued at $50.00 (CD).

  Live Era '87-'93 23-track live 2CD set including bonus track, Coma with picture inserts and obi strip - recorded between 1987 and 1993.  Released by Universal in Japan 1999.  This album is valued at $30.00 (CD).
  Gold Ao Vivo Live Era '87-'93 Limited Edition 22-track live 2CD set with picture inserts - recorded between 1987 and 1993.  Released by Universal in Brazil 1999.  This album is valued at $30.00 (CD).

 

Promotional Material

 

  Live Era '87-'93 8-track Promo sampler bullet logo Picture CD.  Released by Universal worldwide 1999.  This album is valued at $28.00 (CD).
  Live Era '87-'93 8-track Promo sampler bullet logo Picture CD.  Includes unique promo card picture sleeve.  Released by Universal in Mexico 1999.  This album is valued at $65.00 (CD).
  Live Era '87-'93 Display Promo.  Heavy duty PVC printed display banner measuring a huge 28"x 69" and presented on poles for hanging purposes, with live band picture, LP cover image and  Spanish text.  Released by Universal in Mexico 1999.  This item is valued at $50.00 (Poster).
[No image available]   Live Era '87-'93 US promotional-only promo-only black T-Shirt, 4"x 0.5" logo and title on the left breast in yellow, blue & red print and large GNR picture logo printed on the back.  Released by Brokham in the United States 1999.  This item is valued at $300.00 (T-shirt).
Live Era '87-'93 US promotional-only dark blue polyester/cotton zipped jacket which is fully lined with black quilted material. The jacket has a discreet yellow 'Guns N' Roses' logo and blue/red title logo on the left breast plus a large stitched circular logo on back.  Released by Dickies in the United States 1999.  This item is valued at $500.00 (Jacket).

The Album and Music

Guns N' Roses' career could be neatly summed up in a lyric from their song Pretty Tied Up: "I just found a million dollars that someone forgot."  Indeed, GNR satisfied a grassroots public hunger for bigger-than-life hard rock at a time when legions of alternative bands were enjoying their first burst of overweening critical attention and commercial cachet. The last and most spectacularly successful band to prosper from Hollywood's burgeoning 1980s Sunset Strip glam-metal scene wrapped a couple decade's worth of sometimes tired clichés around a tight, assaultive musical attack that enticed millions yearning for poor role models. And if their edgy songs often blurred fantasy and reality, the best of them had a street-level honesty that couldn't be denied. A de facto greatest-hits collection culled from performances recorded around the world, Live Era best documents the early, ferocious performing prime of GNR's original quintet on its first disc, leaning heavily on their landmark Appetite for Destruction album to great effect. But the second volume often chronicles the band's steady decline into bloated self-parody and neo-Vegas "professionalism."

Live Era: '87-'93 was released in 1999 after most of the original members of the band had either left or been fired. The majority of the tracks on the two CDs were recorded during the Use Your Illusion Tour of 1991-1993.  The versions of Move to the City and Estranged on this album were taken from one of the band's shows in Tokyo and are also available on the DVD Use Your Illusion II.  Axl re-recorded portions of vocals for some of the songs shortly before its release in 1999, as did former band member Slash with some lead guitar parts.  Some say this is W. Axl Rose at his best live.  Since they had not recorded any of their live shows, with the exception of the Tokyo show, the band had to rely on fan recordings and it was Del James who hunted them down.  Most likely, they were downloaded from the Internet or ripped from bootlegs.

An interesting aspect of the album is the fact that Matt Sorum and Gilby Clarke, who were both members of the band from 1990-1994, are listed as additional musicians in the liner notes and not as actual members of the band.  When compiling song selections for Live Era, Axl communicated with Slash and Duff only through intermediaries.

The Live Era album is a farewell to that era of 1987-1993 when Guns N' Roses was strong.  "It was something we wanted to give to the public in a way of saying farewell.  It was a very difficult thing to do, as listening to it and the people involved.   When I listen to it, I can hear a band dying.  It wasn't the most emotionally pleasant thing to do." - Axl. 

The album was dedicated to friends who had died of a drug overdose.

There is an edited "clean" version being sold by Wal-Mart.  The explicit lyric version is available from Amazon.com.