Underrated #9: Tracii Guns/Acoustic Gypsy Live

I know I said I wasn’t gonna do this again, but I can’t really help it. I have a new attitude after watching the Olympics.

So basically this is on Tracy Ulrich, or Tracii Guns (never knew where that name came from). I follow up on him using twitter, and apparently he [currently] has this group called “League of Gentlemen” (a real oxymoron). It’s here:

http://www.reverbnation.com/traciigunsband

(Assuming this is the same Tracii Guns band, but anyway…)

Tracii’s one of the best guitarists on the planet if you ask me. He was with L.A Guns (Hence the name), Guns N’ Roses, Brides of Destruction, Contraband, and currently “League of Gentlemen”. So yeah, he’s also appeared on other albums, so I’m sure his resume is enormous. I’ve heard every single L.A. Guns album with him on guitar, and he’s so amazing because he’s so versatile. On every album, he showed exceptional skills with hard rock, metal, blues, and acoustic sounds. Most guitarists of the 80’s were this versatile, but in my opinion, Tracii Guns could’ve easily ruled the sunset strip with his skills (and WITHOUT the help of that maniac Axl).

He’s better than most guitarists that I’ve heard, not only for his versatility, but also his hardcore delivery. Even his acoustic songs are amazing (Another reason to love Acoustic Gypsy Live), so here are some videos:





And Official Stuff:



And apparently he has his own guitar:

So why is he underrated? Because he is.

Some people on YouTube waste their lives complaining about today’s music, but they ignore the ones who are making the good ones. And besides, without him, there would be no L.A. Guns nor Guns N’ Roses (I mean, you’d think the name was a giveaway). Thus, Tracii is a genius to have formulated that amazing hard rock and metal for the Sunset Strip, not following the original pattern of quintessential Glam Metal bands (Sure Phil did at some points, but the song was anything but typical). But look at where he plays his gigs these days. Now, if you’re a rapper, you’re probably congratulated for “keeping it street” (that is, playing where Tracii plays most of the time with League of Gentlemen), but let’s face it: L.A. Guns 30 years ago versus now. HUGE DIFFERENT. Sure, Tracii still tours the world, but there are artists far more underrated than him with that kind of privilege, and his talent is almost totally overlooked by mainstream commercialism, even though he’d slaughter the bands taking the big stages today. Most guitar players these days are either trying to become the next Kurt Cobain (FAIL) or they’re simply relying on simple, easy-to-manipulate riffs, with not not much versatility in terms of musical genre. If we were talking about Brian May I’d shut my mouth, because he’s already left his mark on the world, but Tracii hasn’t gone soft, even with the blues music he does now. Watch this:

I’m sure it was for humor purposes, but it’s true: Now the bands make money, and tour the world, but stuff doesn’t really get sold much. And frankly, the music isn’t hard to get your hands on (especially considering that the whole L.A. Guns discography is available on Itunes, for instance). Tracii’s too good to be “The Other guy”. Besides, he’s my favorite guitarist (Or one of them), and definitely a versatile man on the strings.

NOW ON THE NEXT THING:

“Acoustic Gypsy Live”

GO BUY:

http://www.amazon.com/Acoustic-Gypsy-Live-La-Guns/dp/B005F1QHQA

Anyways, I have to talk about Acoustic Gypsy Live. I miss Tracii in L.A. Guns, but that’s really in the past, and (more than likely) the chances of him going back are the same chances of Steve Perry returning to Journey or Guns N’ Roses reuniting. But still, just about all the songs are L.A. Guns songs, with Jizzy Pearl (Love Hate) on lead. Not as dynamic a singer as Phil, but he did fool me on Shrinking Violet, and at least he could slightly reach the same vocal range as Phil can (just a bit lower). Still, Tracii proves his acoustic ability and thus diminishing the perception of him as a metal guitarist. At least the song formats (tempo, melody, etc) weren’t compromised, so that also proves that L.A. Guns sounds amazing even when unplugged. I love the album, and it really expounds on everything I’ve touched on regarding Tracii. But even so, L.A. Guns is a severely underrated (and more so, a very non tenacious) band, but at least talent hasn’t been compromised for more modern, appealing sounds.

Out of five, I give it a four. I wanted to hear One More Reason…

★★★★☆

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