Hollywood Vampires (L.A. Guns album)

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Hollywood Vampires
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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 25, 1991
RecordedFall 1990
Studio
Various
    • Ocean Way Recording, Hollywood, California
    • Rumbo Recorders, Canoga Park, California
    • 4th Street Recorders, Santa Monica, California
    • Studio 55
    • The Fortess
    • Paramount Studios
    • Soundcastle Studios
    • Original Sound Studios
    • Beat Street Studios
    • Track Recorders
    • Studio II, Hollywood California
Genre Glam metal, hard rock
Length52:18
Label PolyGram/Polydor (North America)
PolyGram/Vertigo (Europe and Japan)
PolyGram/Mercury (Europe)
Producer Michael James Jackson
L.A. Guns chronology
I Wanna Be Your Man
(1990)
Hollywood Vampires
(1991)
Holiday Foreplay
(1991)
Singles from Hollywood Vampires
  1. "Kiss My Love Goodbye"
    Released: 1991
  2. "Some Lie 4 Love"
    Released: 1991
  3. "Over the Edge"
    Released: 1991
  4. "It's Over Now"
    Released: 1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 7/10 [2]
Sputnikmusic 3/5 [3]

Hollywood Vampires is the third studio album by the American glam metal band L.A. Guns, released in 1991. While no track from the album topped the charts (and the band's success declined soon afterwards as their style fell out of commercial favor), Hollywood Vampires presents various shades of the band and is representative of the late 1980s/early 1990s heavy metal scene, with riff-laden songs and big choruses on every song. The meticulous production gives the album a sound typical of the period — a full sound, with many background harmony vocals, layered guitars and additional keyboard tracks.

Contents

The album starts in a more somber note with "Over the Edge", which was used in the film Point Break , but the bulk of it consists of standard hard rockers, such as "Kiss My Love Goodbye" and "My Koo Ka Choo". The band aims for the ballad hit several times, in "Crystal Eyes", "It's Over Now" and the 1950s-style "I Found You", attempting to repeat the earlier success of their major single "The Ballad of Jayne". Kiss my Love Goodbye is featured in the 1992 comedy film Ladybugs (film).

The Japan pressing adds the original version of "Ain't the Same" from the Cuts EP, with the addition of several saxophone solos. The original CD and cassette releases featured a 3-D photo cover and a small pair of 3-D glasses was included.

During the Hollywood Vampires tour in January 1992, drummer Steve Riley was fired and replaced by M.C. Bones.[ citation needed ]

Track listing

All credits adapted from the original CD edition liner notes. [4]

All tracks are written by Mick Cripps, Tracii Guns, Phil Lewis, Kelly Nickels and Steve Riley except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Over the Edge" 5:41
2."Some Lie 4 Love" 3:34
3."Kiss My Love Goodbye"L.A. Guns/Steve Diamond4:42
4."Here It Comes" 4:37
5."Crystal Eyes" 5:54
6."Wild Obsession" 4:14
7."Dirty Luv" 4:29
8."My Koo Ka Choo"L.A. Guns/Jim Vallance 4:06
9."It's Over Now"L.A. Guns/Jim Vallance 4:10
10."Snake Eyes Boogie" 2:56
11."I Found You" 3:43
12."Big House" 4:12
Total length:52:35
Japanese edition bonus track
No.TitleLength
13."Ain't the Same"4:16

Personnel

L.A. Guns
Additional musicians
Production

Charts

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