Contraband is the debut studio album by American hard rock band Velvet Revolver, released on June 8, 2004 by RCA Records. A commercial success, Contraband debuted at number one on the American Billboard 200 chart and was certified double platinum by the RIAA. Velvet Revolver formed when Guns N' Roses musicians Slash (guitar), Duff McKagan (bass) and Matt Sorum (drums) combined to play at a benefit concert for fellow musician Randy Castillo in 2002.
Libertad (CD, Album, Enh + DVD). Libertad (CD, Album, Promo + DVD, Promo, NTSC). RCA, BMG. BVCP-25102/3.
The second (and likely final) album by Velvet Revolver. In a 2007 interview with Rolling Stone, late singer Scott Weiland said Libertad was the first record he’d made without cocaine or heroin since Stone Temple Pilots debut album. It made it a lot easier, he said. My output level was enormous.
Band Name Velvet Revolver. Other productions from Velvet Revolver. Live at Rockpalast 2008.
Libertad won't necessarily provide that audience with lasting sustenance, but it is a quick enough fix of old-fashioned rock & roll hedonism that does do its job reasonably well, as it has the riffs and melodies to please, even if they're not quite pulled together as full-fledged songs.
For their second album, Velvet Revolver sound very much like a band that understands how to work together. As lead singer, Weiland brings an authoritative spark, while Guns n' Roses alumni, guitarist Slash, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Matt Sorum push forth the punkish ends of their roots, pummeling through the riffage to deliver steamrolling, ragged-on-the-edges hard rock ( Let It Roll, American Man ). Producer Brendan O’Brien keeps things tight and focused. Velvet Revolver sound like a veteran act effortlessly spitting out the hard rock playbook with strong new maneuvers