Guns N' Roses - Use Your Illusion I (1991) [2008, Japan SHM-CD]

Posted By : v3122 | Date : 11 Jun 2010 12:13:53 | Comments : 4 |

Guns N' Roses - Use Your Illusion I

Guns N' Roses - G N' R Lies (1988) [2008, Japan SHM-CD]
Hard Rock | EAC Rip | APE (Image) + Cue + Log | MP3 CBR 320Kbps | 8 tracks
Covers Included | Universal Music | UICY-91207 | ~244 + 89 Mb | RS.com + Turbobit

Part one of Guns N' Roses' ambitious second album is arguably the better of the two. It certainly rocks harder, though this seems to be more coincidence than anything else; which songs went on which CD looks to have been a random selection. Use Your Illusion I stays closer to the band's bluesy hard-rock roots, with guitarist Izzy Stradlin contributing some of the best songs, including "Dust N' Bones" and "You Ain't the First." "November Rain" (clocking in at over nine minutes) became an instant classic, and there are a fair number of straight-ahead rockers, such as "Perfect Crime," "Don't Damn Me," and "Garden of Eden." Taking the best from this album and Use Your Illusion II would have made a killer single CD, but there's enough good stuff here to make it worthwhile.

~ Genevieve Williams

Guns N' Roses

Guns N' Roses Biography
Guns N' Roses Biography:

Guns N’ Roses is an American hard rock band founded in Los Angeles, California in 1985. They are often credited with reviving the sleazy side of rock n roll and called “the world’s most dangerous band” because of their volatile live shows.

The band has released six studio albums: Appetite For Destruction in 1987, Gn’r Lies in 1988, Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II in 1991, The Spaghetti Incident? (a covers album) in 1993 and, after 15 years and with only one member of the original lineup remaining, Chinese Democracy in 2008. They also released a live EP titled Live Like A Suicide in 1986. This was a collection of five songs the band had been playing since their first rehearsal, with an audience track added to make the demos sound live.

The group was formed in early 1985 by Hollywood Rose members Axl Rose (vocals) and Izzy Stradlin (rhythm guitar) and L.A. Guns members Tracii Guns (lead guitar), Ole Beich (bass) and Rob Gardner (drums). The band created its name by combining two of the members’ names. A short time later, Beich was fired and replaced by Duff McKagan, and Guns was replaced by Slash after not showing up to rehearsal. Slash had played with McKagan in Road Crew and with Stradlin during a short stint in Hollywood Rose. On their first tour (from Sacramento, California to Duff’s home town of Seattle), Gardner quit and was replaced by Slash’s friend, Steven Adler.

Stemming from the LA rock underground, they signified a shift in rock from slick hair-metal back to gritty, dirty, street-smart rock & roll. The ugly lyrics matched the sleaze of the music—driven by heavy blues licks—covering misogyny, violence, city life, sex, liquor, and hard drugs. They also, however, had a tendency to show sensitivity and a desire to break free from the city. Subsequent albums revealed influence from bands in the vein of The Rolling Stones and Queen.

Their 1987 breakthrough, Appetite For Destruction, (18-times platinum and the second highest-selling debut album of all-time), coupled with the success of the hit single “Sweet Child O’ Mine” in 1988, took the world by storm. “Appetite” was full of raunchy hard rock with blistering, anthemic guitar riffs and snarling vocals.

The followup EP, “GNR Lies”, contained four songs from their debut EP, three new acoustic songs, and an acoustic version of You’re Crazy. The album sold well and got into the top 10 alongside Appetite. By 1991, they were one of the most popular bands in the world.

steven adler (original drummer) was kicked out of the band due to his drug abuse and replaced by Matt Sorum.

Following the release of GNR Lies, Use Your Illusion 1 and Use Your Illusion 2 made history by making the number 1 and 2 spots on the American Billboard Album chart. The albums were filled with songs that pushed Guns into a different direction, far from the Appetite era. They surprised critics who expected hard rock songs but found more “epic” tracks featuring a wider range of instruments (pianos, brass instruments, various effects, etc). The main response was that instead of releasing two albums that included “filler tracks”, they could have released one CD.

The band then started a world tour to support the albums. During this tour, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin quit the band due to differences with [bandmember from=1985 to=1997 Slash[/bandmember], Sorum and McKagan due to his newfound sobriety and Stradlin’s anger at Rose’s management of the band.

They played 192 shows in the 28-month tour, which set attendance records and concluded with a show in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on July 17, 1993. This show marked the last time original members Slash and McKagan and newcomers Clarke and Sorum would play a live show with Rose.

Axl began work on a new album of original material in 1993. In 1994, Gilby Clarke left the band, and was replaced with Paul Tobias. That same year, the band recorded a cover version of The Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil” for the movie Interview with the Vampire. According to Slash’s 2007 autobiography, the first version of guitar track was rejected by Axl, who wanted Slash to copy Keith Richards’ playing on the original. Reluctantly, Slash agreed and recorded another version closer to the original. Slash was further infuriated when he discovered Tobias’ guitar copying his own solo note by note layered in the final mix of the song. This would be the last recording by the original version of the band, and five years would go by before any new material came out under the Guns N’ Roses name.

Slash drifted in and out of the band for the next couple of years, beginning a side project called Slash’s Snakepit. In August 1996, GNR returned to the studio, even though McKagan and Sorum were simultaneously touring with their side project, Neurotic Outsiders. Eventually, only Slash and Rose were left to continue working. During this period, Slash commented in an interview, “My relationship with Axl right now is sort of at a stand still.” Additionally, Axl had approached guitarist Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society) about jamming and possibly joining Guns N’ Roses.

In 1996 and 1997, Slash, Sorum and McKagan all left the band for good, leaving Rose as the only remaining charter member of the band. The three later formed rock supergroup Velvet Revolver with former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland and guitarist Dave Kushner.

In 1998, a “clean” (i.e., profanity removed) version of Use Your Illusion was released (in the USA only), mainly so the album could be sold in Wal-Mart and K-Mart stores.

Also in 1998, Axl put a new version of the band together and returned to the studio. This version of the band has been touring and recording sporadically ever since. The new band’s membership has changed frequently, but its core members have included guitarist Robin Finck, effects man Chris Pitman, bassist Tommy Stinson (formerly of The Replacements)— as well as Paul Tobias, drummer Josh Freese and longtime GN’R keyboardist Dizzy Reed.

In 1999, the band released one new song, “Oh My God”, on the soundtrack of the film End of Days. The track featured additional guitar work by Dave Navarro and Gary Sunshine, Rose’s personal guitar teacher. The song’s release was intended to be a prelude to their new album, now officially entitled Chinese Democracy. Geffen also released Live Era: ‘87-‘93, a collection of live performances from various concerts during the Appetite for Destruction and Use Your Illusion tours. Also in 1999, during an interview with Kurt Loder for MTV, Axl said that he had re-recorded Appetite for Destruction with the new band, replacing two songs with “Patience” and “You Could Be Mine”.

In 1999, guitarist Robin Finck departed the band in order to rejoin his former band, Nine Inch Nails, on tour. In 2000, virtuoso guitarist Buckethead joined Guns N’ Roses as a replacement for Finck. Josh Freese was replaced with Bryan Mantia (formerly of Primus). Robin Finck returned to Guns N’ Roses in late 2000 to complement Buckethead on lead guitar.

The revised lineup finally made a public appearance in January 2001 with two well-received concerts, one in Las Vegas and one at the Rock in Rio Festival in Rio de Janeiro. The band played a mixture of old hits and new songs from their forthcoming album.

The new lineup played a further two shows in Las Vegas at the end of 2001. In 2002, rhythm guitarist Paul Tobias left the band because of his frustrations with life on the road. He was replaced by Richard Fortus (formerly of The Psychedelic Furs and Love Spit Love). The band then played several shows in August 2002, headlining festivals and concerts throughout Asia and Europe. They made their way to New York for a surprise appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards in September.

In 2002, the band’s first North American tour since 1993 was organized to support Chinese Democracy. However, the opening show in Vancouver was canceled by the venue when Rose arrived late due to his plane being held up by bad weather conditions at Los Angeles airport. A riot ensued. This tour was met with mixed results. Some concerts did not sell well, while shows in larger markets such as New York sold out in minutes. Due to a second riot by fans in Philadelphia, tour promoter Clear Channel canceled the remainder of the tour.

The band went on hiatus until they were scheduled to play at Rock in Rio IV in May 2004. However, Buckethead left the band in March of that year, causing them to cancel. Also in March 2004, Geffen released Guns N’ Roses’ Greatest Hits, since Rose had failed to deliver a new studio album in more than 10 years. Rose expressed displeasure with this album as its track listing was established without his consent and went as far as trying to block its release by suing Geffen. This failed, however, and the album went triple platinum in the USA.

In February 2006, demos of the songs “Better”, “Catcher in the Rye”, “I.R.S.” and “There Was a Time” were leaked through a fan site. The band’s management requested that all links to the MP3 files and all lyrics to the songs be removed from forums and web sites. Despite this, radio stations began adding “I.R.S.” to playlists, and the song reached #49 on the Radio & Records Active Rock National Airplay chart in the final week of February - the first time an internet leak had done so.

On May 5, 2006, Axl appeared on the Friday Night Rocks with Eddie Trunk radio show (during an interview with ex-Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach) and said the new Guns N’ Roses album would be released before the end of the year. Later in May, the band launched a European tour, headlining both the Download Festival and Rock In Rio - Lisbon. Four warm-up shows preceded the tour at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City and became the band’s first live concert dates since the aborted 2002 tour. The shows also marked the debut of virtuoso guitarist and composer Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, replacing Buckethead. During the tour, Bach and Izzy Stradlin made frequent guest appearances. By the tour’s end in 2007, the band had played to over 750 000 people in over 23 countries.

On April 5, 2008, a picture of Finck appeared on Nine Inch Nails web page under the title “Welcome Back!” starting the rumor of his possible reunion with Trent Reznor. On April 11, Finck expressed his happiness on playing again with NIN. On April 20, on Guns N’ Roses’ web site, Axl expressed surprise about the news.

Chinese Democracy had been given the tentative release date of March 6, then reported September 17, 2007. However, both dates passed with no sign of the album. After further release dates were discussed, the album finally came out on November 23, 2008.

Slash, McKagan and Sorum still play together in Velvet Revolver. However, Izzy Stradlin, original GN’R rhythm guitarist and co-composer of many of the band’s most successful songs, has not joined them. He did however play a few dates as a guest with GNR in the summer of 2006. Keyboard player Dizzy Reed, while not a founding member of the band (joining in 1990 in the Use Your Illusion period), remains in the current incarnation.

GNR’s current lineup includes Rose (lead vocals), Stinson (bass), Fortus (rhythm guitar), Thal (guitar), Pitman (synth), DJ Ashba (guitar), Frank Ferrer (drums—touring replacement and now member of the band) and Reed (keyboard and congas).

Appetite For Destruction (1987) #1 US Billboard, 18x Platinum
G N’ R Lies (1988) #2 US Billboard, 5x Platinum
Use Your Illusion I (1991) #2 US Billboard, 7x Platinum
Use Your Illusion II (1991) #1 US Billboard, 7x Platinum
The Spaghetti Incident? (1993) #4 US Billboard, Platinum
Live Era: ‘87-‘93 (1999) #45 US Billboard, Gold
Greatest Hits (2004) #3 US Billboard, 3x Platinum
Chinese Democracy (2008), 1x Platinum
The above figures represent US sales only and do not constitute worldwide figures, which are much higher.

Guns N' Roses - Use Your Illusion I (1991):

Guns N' Roses - Use Your Illusion I - SHM-CD


01. Right Next Door To Hell 03:02
02. Dust N' Bones 04:58
03. Live And Let Die 03:03
04. Don't Cry [Original] 04:44
05. Perfect Crime 02:23
06. You Ain't The First 02:36
07. Bad Obsession 05:28
08. Back Off Bitch 05:03
09. Double Talkin' Jive 03:23
10. November Rain 08:57
11. The Garden (Featuring Alice Cooper) 05:22
12. Garden Of Eden 02:41
13. Don't Damn Me 05:18
14. Bad Apples 04:28
15. Dead Horse 04:17
16. Coma 10:16


Axl Rose - Lead vocals, Backing Vocals, Percussion
Slash - Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals
Izzy Stradlin - Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals(Occasionally), Percussion
Duff McKagan - Bass, Backing Vocals
Matt Sorum - Drums, Backing Vocals, Percussion
Dizzy Reed - Piano, Keyboards, Synthesizer, Backing Vocals

Session musicians:

Shannon Hoon - backing vocals on tracks 3, 10 and 11; lead vocals on tracks 4 and 6; choir on track 10
Johann Langlie - programming on tracks 3, 10 and 12; sound effects on track 16
Michael Monroe - harmonica, saxophone on track 7
Reba Shaw - backing vocals and choir on track 10
Stuart Bailey - backing vocals and choir on track 10
Jon Thautwein - horn on track 3
Matthew McKagan - horn on track 3
Rachel West horn on track 3
Robert Clark - horn on track 3
Tim Doyle - tambourine on track 6
Alice Cooper - lead vocals on track 11
West Arkeen - lead acoustic guitar on track 11
Bruce Foster - sound effects on track 16

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