117°

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117°
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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 9, 1998
RecordedAt Rumbo Recorders, Matrix Studios and The Complex Caribbeans Sound
GenreRock and roll
Length44:46
LabelGeffen[1]
ProducerIzzy Stradlin and Eddie Ashworth
Izzy Stradlin chronology
Izzy Stradlin and the Ju Ju Hounds Live
(1993)
117°
(1998)
Ride On
(1999)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[2]
MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide[3]
Sputnikmusic4.5/5[4]

117° is the second studio album by American rock musician Izzy Stradlin, and his first not released under a band name, following the breakup of his post-Guns N' Roses group the Ju Ju Hounds.[5] The album contains a cover of Chuck Berry's "Memphis, Tennessee."[1]

The album features appearances from Stradlin's former Guns N' Roses bandmate Duff McKagan and former Ju Ju Hounds' bandmate Rick Richards. The tracks "Memphis, Tennessee" and "Good Enough" feature the Ju Ju Hounds lineup, as the songs were recorded by the band before breaking up.

Critical reception[edit]

AllMusic wrote that the album "rocks harder than most roots-rock albums of the late '90s."[2] The Deseret News wrote that "lots of slide guitars, rip-roaring arrangements and drawling, wit-driven vocals give the 14 songs their charm."[6] The Washington City Paper wrote that "there’s nothing groundbreaking on 117°, and Stradlin’s guitar work certainly falls short of being virtuosic, but there are worse things to listen to when you’re killing brain cells from dusk ’til dawn."[7]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics and music by Izzy Stradlin, except where noted.

  1. "Ain't It a Bitch" - 3:49
  2. "Gotta Say" - 3:17
  3. "Memphis" (Chuck Berry) - 2:58
  4. "Old Hat" - 3:16
  5. "Bleedin" - 3:15
  6. "Parasite" - 1:39
  7. "Good Enough" - 2:49
  8. "117°" - 3:12
  9. "Here Before You" - 3:47
  10. "Up Jumped the Devil" (Barney Koumis/Ronnie Dawson) - 2:55
  11. "Grunt" - 4:29
  12. "Freight Train" - 3:25
  13. "Methanol" (Stradlin/Rick Richards) - 3:29
  14. "Surf Roach" (Stradlin/Joe Isbell) - 2:26
Japanese bonus tracks
  1. Crackin' Up (Live)
  2. Pressure Drop (Live)

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jenkins, Mark (March 29, 1998). "WORKING THEIR WAY UP THE PICKING ORDER" – via www.washingtonpost.com.
  2. ^ a b "117° - Izzy Stradlin | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic" – via www.allmusic.com.
  3. ^ MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Visible Ink Press. 1999. p. 516.
  4. ^ "Izzy Stradlin - 117 Degrees (album review ) | Sputnikmusic". www.sputnikmusic.com.
  5. ^ "Izzy Stradlin | Biography & History". AllMusic.
  6. ^ "Hendrix album is mediocre; Stradlin work is focused, witty". Deseret News. April 28, 1998.
  7. ^ Daly, Sean (March 27, 1998). "Izzy Stradlin". Washington City Paper.