GUNS N' ROSES Use Your Illusion I & II (1991) (GEFFEN RECORDS) (30 TRACKS) 320 Kbps MP3 ALBUM
GUNS N'' ROSES Use Your Illusion I & II (1991) (GEFFEN RECORDS) (30 TRACKS) 320 Kbps MP3 ALBUM
Use Your Illusion I & II (1991) (GEFFEN RECORDS) (30 TRACKS)
Guns N'' Roses
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 on September 17, 1991. 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. The USE YOUR ILLUSION albums is a stylistic turning point for Guns N'' Roses. In addition, USE YOUR ILLUSION II is more political than most of their previous work, with songs like "Civil War", a cover of Bob Dylan''s "Knockin'' on Heaven''s Door", and "Get in the Ring" dealing respectively with the topics of violence, law enforcement, and media bias. The thematic material deals less with drug use than previous Guns N'' Roses albums. USE YOUR ILLUSION I features mostly songs pre-APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION (with notable exceptions) while USE YOUR ILLUSION II features more tracks written during and after APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION.
USE YOUR ILLUSION I is the first of two albums released in conjunction with the USE YOUR ILLUSION TOUR. The album debuted at #2 on the Billboard charts, selling 685,000 copies in its first week. USE YOUR ILLUSION I has sold 5,502,000 units in the U.S. as of 2010 according to Nielsen SoundScan. USE YOUR 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."
USE YOUR ILLUSION II is the second of two albums released in conjunction with the USE YOUR ILLUSION TOUR. Bolstered by the lead single "You Could Be Mine", USE YOUR ILLUSION II was the slightly more popular of the two albums, selling 770,000 copies in its first week and debuting at #1 on the U.S. charts. USE YOUR ILLUSION II is Guns N'' Roses best selling album in the U.S., having sold 5,587,000 units as of March 2010 according the Nielsen SoundScan. It was also #1 on the U.K. Albums Chart for a single week. The band''s cover of "Knockin'' on Heaven''s Door" had been released almost a year earlier on the DAYS OF THUNDER soundtrack. "Civil War" was debuted at the 1990 Farm Aid concert. That concert also featured Guns N'' Roses playing a cover of the U.K. Subs song "Down on the Farm". "Civil War" was released as a B-side to "You Could Be Mine". The song was also released on a charity album called NOBODY''S CHILD. The album was a fund-raising compilation for Romanian orphans. The first single, "You Could Be Mine", was released in July 1991 and is featured in the film TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY. The song was not released on the actual T2 soundtrack. The band also filmed a video featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger in character as the Terminator, and a loose plot featuring Axl Rose himself as its "target." The original subject matter of the song dealt with Izzy Stradlin''s failed relationship with his ex-girlfriend Angela Nicoletti.
Guns N'' Roses: Izzy Stradlin (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, percussion, coral sitar); Axl Rose (vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards, keyboard programming, drums, sound effects); Slash (acoustic, classical, electric & slide guitars, slide dobro, 6-string bass, banjo, background vocals); Duff McKagan (acoustic guitar, bass, percussion, 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, U.S.A.; Conway Studios, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.; Metalworks Recording Studios, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Audio Mixed by Bill Price.
Produced by Mike Clink & Guns N'' Roses.
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 - 10:16
17. Civil War - 7:36
18. 14 Years - 4:17
19. Yesterdays - 3:13
20. Knockin'' on Heaven''s Door - 5:36
21. Get in the Ring - 5:29
22. Shotgun Blues - 3:23
23. Breakdown - 6:58
24. Pretty Tied Up - 4:46
25. Locomotive - 8:42
26. So Fine - 4:09
27. Estranged - 9:20
28. You Could Be Mine - 5:48
29. Don''t Cry [Alternate Lyrics] - 4:42
30. My World - 1:22