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Contraband (Tour Edition) [Australian Import] [Enhanced, Special Edition]

Velvet Revolver Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Audio CD (14 Feb 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Enhanced, Special Edition
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B0007MYK70
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 399,290 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars contraband is an amazing rock album 6 Jun 2004
Format:Audio CD
i'm a huge fan of guns n' roses to start with. But as from today i'm officialy a bigger fan of velvet revolver. I've been listening to contraband for the past week on MTV's official website and its simply an amazing rock album. It kicks off with the punky "sucker train blues" which has a catchy bassline intro that'll stick deep into your head. The first 5 songs will rock you to the bone but then suddenly this down-spiralling riff from slash invites you to share what I think will be the song to catch everybodys attention to this band. With the name "Fall to Pieces" this is a beatiful power ballad that has a another catchy chorus and amazing guitar solo. This isn't the only ballad on the album, there's 3 in total. The other 2 are amazing too, with really strong lyrics and beautiful melodies. Other hard rockers include "Dirty Little Thing" (with a speedy solo) and "Slither" (this is probably the best heavy one on the album). If your sick of buying albums with 1 or 2 good songs, then the rest are crap... then fork out the cash for this one because believe me this doesn't fail to deliver!! There's at least 11 strong tracks on this album. Definately worth every penny!
P.S i forgot to mention the track "Loving the Aliens" very emotional track, really really good song
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Worthwhile Addition To An Excellent Album! 2 May 2005
Format:Audio CD
Firstly, Contraband is an excellent album. Despite the group being made up of several ex-Guns N' Roses members, the sound is refreshingly modern rock. Excellent tracks on the album include Slither, Sucker Train Blues, You Got No Right, Fall To Pieces... the list goes on. In fact, the only track I'm not fond of is Loving the Alien - it's very slow in contrast to the rest of the album.
However, if you're looking at the import version, the chances are you already own Contraband and are looking for something extra for your collection. The three bonus tracks Surrender, No More No More and Negative Creep are all quite good. Not a patch on the rest of the Contraband album, but worthwhile having. They are all covers of other band's music (for instance, No More No More was originally recorded by Aerosmith) but Velvet Revolver have put their own take on it. Best track is probably Surrender, but if you're in the mood for a heavy, driving metal song, Negative Creep is the one! One small disadvantage is that the UK Bonus Track, Bodies, is not present on this album. I know, it's an import, but Bodies is a good song.
The videos are pretty much as you'd expect - not particularly high quality and they're just the Music Videos for Slither and Fall To Pieces. A "behind the scenes look" would have been nice, but of course they're limited to one CD.
The major advantage to this release, however, is the lack of BMG Copy Protection that's on the UK and European versions of Contraband. This means that you can listen to the CD on your PC or Mac, and it's not got those annoying "sparks" of sound. It's also possible to import the music to your MP3 player, so if that's what you're after then this is an excellent CD to buy.
In summary: Great CD1, CD2 is ok but worth having if you're a collector, and both CDs are an improvement if you find the BMG Copy Control restrictive.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What GNR should have become. 14 Jun 2007
By wiz
Format:Audio CD
due to the similarity between the members of VR and Guns & Roses, the comparison is inevitable. Standing along side Appetite for Destruction, this album does occasionally struggle, but what is surprising is how little GNR's masterpiece outshines VR's debut - and in some ways VR overshadow GNR.

Appetite's greatest asset was its raw aggression and the co-ordinated mayhem of a dysfunctional bunch of kids in a band who could just about hold it together long enough to finish the tracks. This chaos contributed to the near-perfection of that album, which no-one has bettered before or since. However, 'real' GNR are long gone.

Enter: Velvet Revolver from the wreckage of GNR and Stone Temple Pilots, and what you get is an inflammable mix of riffs, screaming, aggression and Slash-nesh which makes the jaw drop. This is not a tired bunch of 40yr-olds trying to re-live their glory days. This sounds like a new band. And, praise be. It's good. Very good.

This album is about as riff-filled as one could hope for. The tracks "Slither", "Set Me Free", "Superhuman" and "Suckertrain Blues" hit hard with vintage Slash riffs, and some cool solo-ing. Scott Weiland is a fantastic counterfoil to all the GNR-ness - his voice is snarly, angry, and screwed up for the loud bits, but clear end edgy when it needs to be for the quieter moments.

The GNR rhythm section is here, and they are as lean, tight and powerful as ever. Louder, certainly, and probably crisper too. There are some complex rhythms on here - and the guys make it sound easy. "Slither" is probably my favourite here - it slams in, and grinds into a totally infectious riff with a chorus that opens up into something quite special. GNR never sounded this good. Had a cool dungeon-based video if I remember too...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just buy it! 26 Aug 2004
Format:Audio CD
I approached this album with some excitement as I'm a big, big Slash and G n' R fan. With the addition of Scott Weiland I thought it was a breath of fresh air and a new angle and, if you ask me, quite ironic. Stone Temple Pilots are very similar to bands such as Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam and Nirvana and it is this kind of music which eventually signalled the demise of Guns n Roses so it was a strange choice to pick Scott but I think an interesting one. The album kicks off as it means to go on. A thick, ugly bass line that kicks into a classic Slash riff and you're already jumping around your car, living room, whatever! Weilands vocals complement each and every song perfectly and he gets his chance to test his range on 'Fall To Pieces' a slow ballad and - no doubt- a live set resting point for the band! The lyrics are surprisingly anti-drug considering the majority of the bands' history and for me 'Headspace' is another high point on the album. And then we come to the first single, 'Slither', which sums up Weilands' stage performance perfectly! He is a human snake. Matt Sorums' snare drum is only a brief intro to Duffs' bass and riffing of Dave Kushner and the legendary Slash as the song rips through you like a scythe and delivers another classic rock n'roll anthem. The solo is awesome and you're left with another three songs with which to chill out and recover! So is it like Guns? With the musical core of the band present, it's hard not to sound like them. But with the addition of a different style singer in Scott Weiland it takes them to another dimension. They may all have cleaned up their act with drink and drugs but they most definitely have not cleaned up their music. Dirty, melodic and pumping. Just buy it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A complete album
It's one of those albums where every song is at least good, but most of the songs on Contraband are great! I can listen to this from start to finish.
Published 18 hours ago by Sacha Corazzi
5.0 out of 5 stars great
great
Published 26 days ago by lynn
4.0 out of 5 stars high quality album
As a veteran rock fan who was around in the early 70's when Zep, Purple, Sabs etc were at their zenith, I'm sick and bl**dy tired of listening to people banging on about Appetite... Read more
Published 1 month ago by David Mansfield
5.0 out of 5 stars good price, would buy from
Fast post, good price, would buy from again
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2.0 out of 5 stars Unimpressed
Nothing different from any other rock band. A bit like GnR's new album, nothing special which is a great shame.
Published 5 months ago by Andre2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!
Great album. Slash back to his best!
A great mix between guns 'n' roses riffs and stone temple pilots lyrics!
Published 11 months ago by simon bourke
5.0 out of 5 stars slash and revolver magic
love using zoverstock as for velvet revolver don't buy this album if you think its a wannabe guns and roses cd anything but its a totally extreme rock cd with slashes god like... Read more
Published 12 months ago by blue
1.0 out of 5 stars dont buy!!!!!!!!!!!!
the tracks skip!!!!!!!!!! so disapointing, a great album but ruined by this problem, a real shame, DONT BUY THIS !!!!
Published 13 months ago by A. M. Lillywhite
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
I bought this album after hearing liberated, there second album. listening through this album there are many great tracks, suckertrain blues, Big Machine, Fall to pieces and... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Tomz
3.0 out of 5 stars Missing something
OK, middle of the road rock. Am I missing something with this album? Thought the same about Libertad, I will listen to again in a few months time and see if my view changes. Read more
Published 15 months ago by GH
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