STRADLIN' DROPS BACK IN WITH EP AND NEW ALBUM!
KERRANG! MAGAZINE ISSUE 404; AUGUST 8, 1992
Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin' begins his solo career next month with the release of a four track EP, titled 'Pressure Drop', through Geffen on September 14. The EP is followed by a full album, 'Ju Ju Hounds', on October 13.
Stradlin's recording band features bassist Jimmy Ashhurst (formerly of American rockers Broken Homes), guitarist Rick Richards (a founder member of the now defunct Georgia Satellites) and drummer Charlie 'Chalo' Quintana, who most recently toured with Bob Dylan.
Besides playing guitar and singing, as he did with GN'R, Izzy also plays percussion. Additional musicians on the EP include ex-Burning Tree drummer Doni Gray, legendary organist Nicky Hopkins, reggae stars Mikey Dread and Jah-T (note: it's Djate. C'mon Kerrang... ), and backing vocalists Maxine and Julia Waters. Both EP and album have been produced by Stradlin' and Eddie Ashworth.
'Pressure Drop' is an early reggae classic written by Frederick Hibbit and originally recorded by the Maytals. Of the remaining three tracks on the EP, 'Been A Fix' and 'Came Unglued' were written by Stradlin' while 'Can't Hear 'Em' is a Stradlin'/Ashhurst collaboration. 'Pressure Drop' is the only song to feature on both EP and album.
Stradlin' quit Guns N' Roses last year when he tired of touring. He also expressed dissatisfaction with the lengthy recording and remixing process of GN'R's 'Use Your Illusion' albums, which he felt alien to by the time of their release.
Stradlin's career affairs are now being handled by Englishman Alan Niven, who managed Guns N' Roses from 1986 to 1989. He was replaced by former partner Doug Goldstein.
Guns N' Roses are currently on tour in the US with Metallica and Faith No More. Their new US single 'Yesterdays' may be released in the UK in September.