When does a re-release get better? When it is packed with bonus tracks, and a Live concert DVD “Live at the Garage” from the Glasgow, UK show on September 22nd, 2008. The DVD also includes the promo video for “No More” and all of the band’s previously released Webisodes.
Sick is easily my favorite work from Duff McKagan since he left Guns N’ Roses, and that includes the Velvet Revolver records. I loved the original version of Sick, and this version is even better with the bonus track “Roll Away”, and the acoustic version of “Wasted Heart”. Every time I listen to this CD, I hear elements of Guns N’ Roses & the Rolling Stones in the song writing. The music has a slight punk rock edge, and even the slower track “Mother’s Day” is extremely cool.
If you haven’t picked up Sick, this is the best way to experience the CD. The DVD adds a ton of a value to a cool CD that should already be in your collection. The live show is shot at the Garage, a small 500 seat (est.) club in Glasgow. The footage is great, and Loaded sounds amazing. I wish I could have experienced a Loaded show in a small venue like this. It was a packed house for the show, and I bet it is almost as much fun to watch the show on DVD.
I haven’t seen Duff McKagan’s Loaded Live, and unless they schedule some East coast shows (rare) I may never get the chance. Until then, I will enjoy watching this live concert footage on the DVD. The CD & DVD offers over 2 1/2 hours of entertainment, and is a great value to all McKagan & Guns N’ Roses fans alike!
You can pick up the special edition CD/DVD Set of Sick for the price of a regular CD in the HRH music store at this link. Check it out, you will be glad you did!
Rating: Out of 10
CD Track Listing:
- Sleaze Factory
- The Slide
- Mother’s Day
- I See Through You
- Forgive Me
- No Shame
- Blind Date Girl
- Wasted Heart
- No More
- Roll Away
- Wasted Heart [Acoustic Version]
Duff McKagan’s Loaded is:
Duff McKagan – Vocals & Guitars
Geoff Reading – Drums & Vocals
Jeff Rouse – Bass, Vocals on Translucent
Mike Squires – Guitars & Vocals
Duff McKagan is back with his second full length disc with his band Loaded. You have to give kudos to the former members of Guns N’ Roses. None of these guys rest on their laurels in their downtime. Between Izzy, Duff and Slash, you are almost guaranteed to get some new form of rock each year.
McKagan’s latest effort “Sick” is a modernized blend of hard rock, punk and classic rock. The music is more comparable to Velvet Revolver than Guns N’ Roses, but I believe this disc rocks harder than the last effort by VR.
I don’t think anyone will ever call Duff McKagan a great singer, but he does manage to create some above average tunes worth checking out, and does an admirable job as Loaded’s lead singer.
There are a few rockers on this disc including, “Sick”, “Sleaze Factory”, and “Flatline”. I just wish there were more of them in this vein.
“The Slide” sounds like it could have been a left over track from Velvet Revolver. One song that I had initially written off, “IOU” has become one of my favorites after multiple listens. This song tends to lean more towards the alternative rock side of the fence, but it is cool nonetheless. “Translucent” is a tune that could easily be a radio single if given the chance.
While it isn’t one of my favorites, there is no doubt in my mind that there is a heavy Stones influence on the song, “Mothers Day”. Some of the other songs that I have grown to like are “I See Through You”, and “No Shame”.
I believe this album could have been bolstered by some heavier guitar playing, but this just me. I think “Sick” is a lot better than the first Loaded album. Duff McKagan proves to be a pretty good song writer, and he has served a solid rock album with “Sick”.
Rating: Out of 10Vodpod videos no longer available.
Duff McKagan’s Loaded is:
Duff McKagan – Vocals and Guitars
Mike Squires – Guitars
Jeff Rouse – Bass
Geoff Reading – Drums