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Contraband [Digipak] Limited Edition
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VELVET REVOLVER Contraband (2004 UK Limited Edition 14-track CD from the band that brings together 3 former members of one of rocks greatest groups [Guns N Roses]: Slash bassist Duff McKagan & drummer Matt Sorum together with 1 of rocks most charismatic frontmen Scott Weiland [Stone Temple Pilots] and guitarist Dave Kushner [Wasted Youth Electric Love Hogs & Dave Navarros Janes Addiction]. Includes a Live Bonus Version of Bodies housed in a sealed digipak picture sleeve)
Contraband, the debut album from Velvet Revolver, arrives with both a great deal of expectation and a great deal of baggage. That's the trouble with "supergroups": there's always the difficulty of stepping out of the shadows of the members' previous bands, and keeping old fans happy while appealing to new ones. Lead singer Scott Weiland gets off easy: he used to be in Stone Temple Pilots, widely regarded as an adequate, second-string rock band (in spite of selling millions of records in their native USA) due to the simple fact that they tended towards mediocrity. Not so his new bandmates Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum, who as members of Guns 'n' Roses raised the standard for rock music in the early 1990s.
Judged against G 'n' R's peak, Contraband can't fail to disappoint. But it's important to remember that even Guns 'n' Roses never recaptured their Appetite for Destruction heyday, and at the very least, Contraband is better than The Spaghetti Incident. Sure, there are a number of tracks that sound too much like contemporary American, radio-friendly rock-by-numbers, but "Do It for the Kids" and "Big Machine" recall UK rock stalwarts the Wildhearts, with shouted lyrics and punky guitars. "Fall to Pieces" is a classic lighters-in-the-air ballad, all emotional build up and crashing crescendo, while "Set Me Free" boasts one of Slash's best-ever guitar riffs (no mean feat for the man behind "Sweet Child of Mine"). The pleasures of Contraband aren't always immediate, but they are there. It's just that they're often buried under the weight of the band members' histories. --Robert Burrow
This album comes with three randomly selected cover colours.
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P.S i forgot to mention the track "Loving the Aliens" very emotional track, really really good song
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great Service, however would rate album about 2 stars, nothing specialPublished 6 months ago by C. Voyce
Very good performance - Conforms to comment - serious seller and recommendedPublished 13 months ago by Gérald deguitre
I can hear punk influences and is he taking the pi$$ out of Axl on some songs? Poor old Scott, a versatile singer, a waste but he left a legacy of sorts..... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Doc we Love