Swallow This Live

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Swallow This Live
Live album by
ReleasedNovember 12, 1991
GenreGlam metal
Length59:37 (disc 1)
55:32 (disc 2)
LabelEMI Music, Capitol
Poison chronology
Flesh & Blood
Swallow This Live
Native Tongue
Singles from Swallow This Live
  1. "So Tell Me Why"
    Released: 1991
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Swallow This Live is the first live album by American glam metal band Poison. It was released in 1991 by Capitol Records. The album peaked at number 51 on the Billboard 200,[2] number 42 on the Cash Box albums chart,[3] and was certified Gold in 2001 by the RIAA.[4]

Production and marketing[edit]

The album features sixteen live tracks from Poison's first three studio albums Look What the Cat Dragged In, Open Up and Say...Ahh!, and Flesh and Blood. These live tracks were recorded in Miami, Orlando, and Tampa during the Florida section of Poison’s Flesh and Blood world tour. Swallow This Live also contains four new studio tracks, which were the last recorded before guitarist C.C. DeVille departed from Poison later in 1991. One of these, "So Tell Me Why", was released as a single and reached number 25 in the United Kingdom in November 1991[5] and features a music video.

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1

  1. "Intro" (1:20)
  2. "Look What the Cat Dragged In" (3:36)
  3. "Look But You Can't Touch" (4:05)
  4. "Let It Play" (4:31)
  5. "Good Love" (3:52)
  6. "Life Goes On" (6:12)
  7. "Ride the Wind" (4:11)
  8. "I Want Action" (4:58)
  9. "Drum Solo" (8:21)
  10. "Something to Believe In" (6:15)
  11. "Poor Boy Blues" (8:19)
  12. "Unskinny Bop" (3:57)

Disc 2

  1. "Love on the Rocks" (4:27)
  2. "Guitar Solo" (11:03)
  3. "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" (4:27)
  4. "Fallen Angel" (4:48)
  5. "Your Mama Don't Dance" (3:12)
  6. "Nothin' But a Good Time" (7:43)
  7. "Talk Dirty to Me" (5:52)
  8. "So Tell Me Why [New studio track] (3:23)
  9. "Souls on Fire" [New studio track] (3:19)
  10. "Only Time Will Tell" [New studio track] (4:00)
  11. "No More Lookin' Back (Poison Jazz)" [New studio track] (3:19)

UK single-disc edition[edit]

The UK single disc version contained a cut down track listing that lost the guitar and drum solos and the tracks "Let It Play", "Life Goes On", "Ride the Wind", and "Love on the Rocks".

  1. "Intro"
  2. "Look What the Cat Dragged In"
  3. "Look But You Can't Touch"
  4. "Good Love"
  5. "I Want Action"
  6. "Something to Believe In"
  7. "Poor Boy Blues"
  8. "Unskinny Bop"
  9. "Every Rose Has Its Thorn"
  10. "Fallen Angel"
  11. "Your Mama Don't Dance"
  12. "Nothin' But a Good Time"
  13. "Talk Dirty to Me"
  14. "So Tell Me Why" [New Studio Track]
  15. "Souls on Fire" [New Studio Track]
  16. "Only Time Will Tell" [New Studio Track]
  17. "No More Lookin' Back (Poison Jazz)" [New Studio Track]

2004 remastered single-disc edition[edit]

Capitol Records released a digitally remastered edition of Swallow This Live in a single-disc format on June 1, 2004. Aside from the bonus studio tracks, this release is missing "Poor Boy Blues," the drum solo, and the guitar solo (although part of the guitar solo was included in the first 3+12 minutes of "Every Rose Has Its Thorn"; the main song starts at 4:47). In addition, much of the profanity from the original release has been edited out and the track listing was slightly altered to have "Thorn" as the last song on the disc.

  1. "Intro"
  2. "Look What the Cat Dragged In"
  3. "Look But You Can't Touch"
  4. "Let It Play"
  5. "Good Love"
  6. "Life Goes On"
  7. "Ride the Wind"
  8. "I Want Action"
  9. "Unskinny Bop"
  10. "Something to Believe In"
  11. "Love on the Rocks"
  12. "Fallen Angel"
  13. "Your Momma Don't Dance"
  14. "Nothin' But a Good Time"
  15. "Talk Dirty to Me"
  16. "Every Rose Has Its Thorn"


Swallow This Live: Flesh & Blood World Tour is a Poison concert video, recorded Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in 1991. It was initially released as a pay per view concert but a planned home video release was later cancelled.

  1. Look What The Cat Dragged In
  2. I Want Action
  3. Ride The Wind
  4. Life Goes On
  5. Let It Play
  6. Rikki's Solo
  7. Something To Believe In
  8. Good Love
  9. Poor Boy Blues
  10. Unskinny Bop
  11. Love On The Rocks
  12. C.C.'s Solo
  13. Every Rose Has Its Thorn
  14. Fallen Angel
  15. Your Mama Don't Dance
  16. Nothin' But A Good Time
  17. Talk Dirty To Me

Band members[edit]


Chart performance for Swallow This Live
Chart (1991–1992) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[6] 46
UK Albums (OCC)[7] 52
US Billboard 200[8] 51


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[9] Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ Swallow This Live at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Allmusic (Poison charts and awards) Billboard albums".
  3. ^ "CASH BOX MAGAZINE: Music and coin machine magazine 1942 to 1996". worldradiohistory.com. Retrieved 2020-07-23.
  4. ^ "RIAA Gold & Platinum". Retrieved 2010.
  5. ^ "Poison The Official Charts Company".
  6. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Poison – Swallow This Live". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 6, 2022.
  7. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 6, 2022.
  8. ^ "Poison Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved August 26, 2020.
  9. ^ "American album certifications – Poison – Swallow This Live". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved July 19, 2021.

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