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Use Your Illusion I [Clean]


  • 1. Live and Let Die
    2. Don't Cry - (Original)
    3. You Ain't the First
    4. November Rain
    5. Garden, The
    6. Dead Horse
    7. Civil War
    8. 14 Years
    9. Yesterdays
    10. Knockin' on Heaven's Door
    11. Estranged
    12. Don't Cry - (alternate take, Alt. Lyrics)
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 24463

  • Credits
    ProducerGuns N' Roses; Mike Clink
    EngineerJim Mitchell; Mike Clink

    Guns N' Roses: Izzy Stradlin (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, percussion); Axl Rose (vocals, piano, keyboards, keyboard programming, sound effects); Slash (acoustic, classical, electric & slide guitars, slide dobro, 6-string bass, background vocals); Duff McKagan (acoustic guitar, bass, background vocals); Dizzy Reed (piano, organ, Clavinet, background vocals); Matt Sorum (drums, percussion, background vocals).
    Additional personnel: Shannon Hoon, Alice Cooper (vocals); Mike Monroe (harmonica, saxophone); Matthew McKagan (horns, keyboard programming); Rachel West (horns); Tim Doyle (tambourine); Johann (keyboard programming, sound effects); Mike Clink, Bruce Foster (sound effects); Stuart Bailey, Reba Shaw (background vocals).
    Recorded at A & M Studios, Record Plant, Studio 56 and Image Recording, Hollywood, California; Conway Studios, Los Angeles, California; Metalworks Recording Studios, Toronto, Ontario.
    Guns N' Roses: Izzy Stradlin (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, percussion); Axl Rose (vocals, piano, keyboards, keyboard programming, sound effects); Slash (acoustic, classical, electric & slide guitars, slide dobro, 6 string bass, background vocals); Duff McKagan (acoustic guitar, bass, background vocals); Dizzy Reed (piano, clavinet, organ, background vocals); Matt Sorum (drums, percussion, background vocals).
    Additional personnel: Shannon Hoon, Alice Cooper (vocals); Mike Monroe (harmonica, saxophone); Matthew McKagan (horns, keyboard programming); Rachel West (horns); Tim Doyle (tambourine); Johann (keyboard programming, sound effects); Mike Clink, Bruce Foster (sound effects); Stuart Bailey, Reba Shaw (background vocals).
    Recorded at A & M Studios, Record Plant, Studio 56 and Image Recording, Hollywood, California; Conway Studios, Los Angeles, California; Metalworks Recording Studios, Toronto, Ontario.
    All tracks have been digitally remastered.
    This single release combines the best of USE YOUR ILLUSION I and II.
    Guns N' Roses: Axl Rose (vocals, acoustic guitar, piano, keyboards, programming); Izzy Stradlin (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars); Slash (acoustic, electric & slide guitars, slide dobro, banjo, 6-string bass); Duff McKagan (acoustic guitar, bass, background vocals); Dizzy Reed (piano, organ. background vocals); Matt Sorum (drums, percussion).
    Additional personnel: Alice Cooper (vocals); West Arkeen (acoustic guitar); Matthew McKagan, Rachel West, Robert Clark, Jon Trautwein (horns); Johann Langlie (synthesizer); Steven Adler (drums); Tim Doyle (tambourine); Shannon Hoon, Stuart Bailey, Reba Alexander, The Waters (background vocals).
    Recorded at A & M Studios, Record Plant, Studio 56, Image Recording, Hollywood, California; Conway Studios, Los Angeles, California; Metalworks Recording Studios, Toronto, Ontario.
    Personnel: Shannon Hoon (vocals, background vocals); Alice Cooper (vocals); West Arkeen (acoustic guitar); Rachel West, Matthew McKagan, Robert Clark (horns); Mike Clink (sound effects); Stuart Bailey (background vocals).
    Recording information: A&M Studios, Hollywood, CA; Conway Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Image Recording, Hollywood, CA; Metalworks Recording Studios, Toronto, Ont; Record Planet, Hollywood, CA; Studio 56, Hollywood, CA.
    Photographer: Robert John.
    Four years after becoming an uninvited guest at the party that is the music industry with its seminal debut, APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION, Guns N' Roses released USE YOUR ILLUSION I & II. Thanks to a reckless approach toward life and music, G N' R was constantly at the center of controversy and the result was that much of it was chronicled on this two-volume project. By this time, original drummer Steven Adler had been dismissed due to alleged drug dependency problems and was replaced by the Cult's Matt Sorum. Keyboardist Dizzy Reed was also added as a member.
    ILLUSION I found Axl Rose ranting on songs about being sued by a neighbor ("Right Next Door to Hell"), dysfunctional relationships ("Back off Bitch"), and a drug overdose ("Coma"). Amid all the spewed bile, G N' R scored three Top 40 hits with a Wings cover ("Live and Let Die"), a piano-driven, Elton John-flavored epic ("November Rain"), and a hard-edged ballad ("Don't Cry"). Celebrity cameos include a then unknown Shannon Hoon, Hanoi Rocks' Mike Monroe, and Alice Cooper, who makes a particularly sinister contribution to "The Garden."

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (5/13/99, p.56) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."
    Rolling Stone (10/17/91) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...Guns N' Roses fire on all comers and take no prisoners..."
    Rolling Stone - 4 Stars - Excellent - "..Guns N' Roses fire on all comers and take no prisoners."
    Kerrang (Magazine) (p.53) - "There were huge ballads, orchestral behemoths and an appearance from Alice Cooper."
    New York Times (Publisher) (9/15/91) - "...Finally, the baddest boys in rock are back on record--and nearly as confused, abused, defensive and defiant as ever...."
    New York Times (Publisher) (9/15/91) - "Finally, the baddest boys in rock are back on record--and nearly as confused, abused, defensive and defiant as ever."
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