Shrinking Violet (album)

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Shrinking Violet
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ReleasedJune 1, 1999
Genre Glam metal, heavy metal, hard rock, blues rock
Label Perris
Producer Gilby Clarke
L.A. Guns chronology
Shrinking Violet
Greatest Hits and Black Beauties
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Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 7/10 [2]

Shrinking Violet is the sixth studio album by glam metal band L.A. Guns, first released on June 1, 1999, through Perris Records, [1] and is the only L.A. Guns album with singer Jizzy Pearl. The album was reissued, with bonus tracks and new artwork, on May 24, 2010, through Favored Nations. [3] The album was produced by former Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke [1] who also provided additional guitars on the track "Dreamtime".


Track listing

All tracks are written by Jizzy Pearl, Tracii Guns, Johnny Crypt, Steve Riley, except where noted.

1."Girl You Turn Me On" 4:46
2."Shrinking Violet" 3:13
3."Dreamtime"Guns, Riley4:49
4."Barbed Wire" 5:48
5."I'll Be There" 3:59
6."California" 3:29
7."Cherries" 3:52
8."Decide" 5:42
9."Big Lil' Thing" 3:02
10."It's Hard" 4:47
11."Bad Whiskey" 5:02
12."How Many More Times" ( Led Zeppelin cover) John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page 8:51
Deluxe Reissue [1]
1."Girl You Turn Me On" 4:46
2."Shrinking Violet" 3:13
3."Dreamtime" 4:49
4."Barbed Wire" 5:48
5."I'll Be There" 3:59
6."California" 3:29
7."Cherries" 3:52
8."Big Lil' Thing" 3:02
9."Bad Whiskey" 5:02
10."Decide" (live) 5:42
11."Rip and Tear" (live) Phil Lewis, Guns, Mick Cripps, Riley9:14
12."Never Enough" (live) Paul Black, Lewis, Guns, Cripps, Riley3:59
13."The Ballad of Jayne" (live)Lewis, Guns, Cripps, Riley4:47
14."One More Reason" (live)Black, Lewis, Guns, Riley3:30


Additional personnel

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