GUNS N’ ROSES – Use Your Illusion I

Guns N’ Roses – Use Your Illusion I (1991, Geffen Records)

Track Listing:
1.  “Right Next Door to Hell” … 3:02
2.  “Dust N’ Bones” … 4:59
3.  “Live and Let Die” … 3:03
4.  “Don’t Cry” [Original Version] … 4:44
5.  “Perfect Crime” … 2:23
6.  “You Ain’t the First” … 2:37
7.  “Bad Obsession” … 5:28
8.  “Back off Bitch” … 5:04
9.  “Double Talkin’ Jive” … 3:22
10.  “November Rain” … 8:59
11.  “The Garden” … 5:21
12.  “Garden of Eden” … 2:41
13.  “Don’t Damn Me” … 5:19
14.  “Bad Apples” … 4:28
15.  “Dead Horse” … 4:18
16.  “Coma Rose” … 10:16

Band:
Axl Rose – Lead Vocals, Piano, Keyboard
Slash – Guitar
Izzy Stradlin – Guitar, Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals
Duff McKagan – Bass, Backing Vocals
Dizzy Reed – Keyboards, Piano, Organ, Clavinet, Backing Vocals
Matt Sorum – Drums

Additional Notable Musicians:
Alice Cooper – Vocals (“The Garden”)
Michael Monroe – Harmonica, Saxophone
Shannon Hoon – Vocals (“Don’t Cry”)
West Arkeen – Guitar

Produced by: Mike Clink & Guns N’ Roses

Talk about your excess! SIXTEEN tracks! That’s a bit too much for me. There’s just no way a band can get away with that many tracks and not have SOME filler, even Guns N’ Roses. It’s always best to leave’em wanting more and the perfect number of tracks, for me, would be 10-13 (and you certainly don’t release two albums simultaneously).

And the filler indeed is present. Most of the tracks I don’t list below as highlights are the very definition of filler – nothing too bad, nothing too good… It’s just there. Did we really need two Garden songs? Back to back? C’mon, guys, at least put one on UYI II. But the thing is, the highlights are so great that they make this album as must have, in my opinion.

Their cover of “Live and Let Die”, “Don’t Cry”, “Coma”, and of course “November Rain” are great epics and I really believe “November Rain” to be one of the greatest rock songs ever written.

People say that, by this point, GNR (and Axl specifically) were too full of themselves and became too grandiose for their own good. Well, I can’t necessarily agree with that. Sure, GNR as a group/production/tour was becoming way too excessive, but how can you knock something that gave us “November Rain”?

Highlights: “Dust N’ Bones”, “Live and Let Die”, “Don’t Cry”, “Perfect Crime”, “Back Off Bitch”, “November Rain”, “Don’t Damn Me”, “Bad Apples”, “Dead Horse”, “Coma”

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Posted on September 9, 2008, in Collection, Guns N' Roses and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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