Use Your Illusion I

Use Your Illusion I

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by Guns N' Roses
     
 

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The "difficult second album" is one of the perennial rock & roll clichés, but few second albums ever were as difficult as Use Your Illusion. Not really conceived as a double album but impossible to separate as individual works, Use Your Illusion is a shining example of a suddenly successful band getting it all wrong and letting its ambitions run wild.

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The "difficult second album" is one of the perennial rock & roll clichés, but few second albums ever were as difficult as Use Your Illusion. Not really conceived as a double album but impossible to separate as individual works, Use Your Illusion is a shining example of a suddenly successful band getting it all wrong and letting its ambitions run wild. Taking nearly three years to complete, the recording of the album was clearly difficult, and tensions between Slash, Izzy Stradlin, and Axl Rose are evident from the start. The two guitarists, particularly Stradlin, are trying to keep the group closer to its hard rock roots, but Rose has pretensions of being Queen and Elton John, which is particularly odd for a notoriously homophobic Midwestern boy. Conceivably, the two aspirations could have been divided between the two records, but instead they are just thrown into the blender -- it's just a coincidence that Use Your Illusion I is a harder-rocking record than II. Stradlin has a stronger presence on I, contributing three of the best songs -- "Dust n' Bones," "You Ain't the First," and "Double Talkin' Jive" -- which help keep the album in Stonesy Aerosmith territory. On the whole, the album is stronger than II, even though there's a fair amount of filler, including a dippy psychedelic collaboration with Alice Cooper and a song that takes its title from the Osmonds' biggest hit. But it also has two ambitious set pieces, "November Rain" and "Coma," which find Rose fulfilling his ambitions, as well as the ferocious, metallic "Perfect Crime" and the original version of the power ballad "Don't Cry." Still, it can be a chore to find the highlights on the record amid the overblown production and endless amounts of filler.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/17/1991
Label:
Geffen Records
UPC:
0720642441527
catalogNumber:
24415
Rank:
8116

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Guns N' Roses   Primary Artist
Alice Cooper   Vocals
Michael Monroe   Harmonica,Saxophone
Izzy Stradlin   Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
West Arkeen   Acoustic Guitar
Stuart Bailey   Background Vocals,Valve Horn
Robert Clark   Horn
Mike Clink   Percussion
Tim Doyle   Tambourine
Susanne Filkins   Voices
Patricia Fuenzalida   Voices
Shannon Hoon   Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Michelle Loiselle   Voices
Rose Mann   Voices
Duff McKagan   Bass,Guitar,Background Vocals
Matthew McKagan   Horn
Diane Mitchell   Voices
Dizzy Reed   Organ,Piano,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Clavinet
Axl Rose   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Reba Shaw   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Slash   Bass,Dobro,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Matt Sorum   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
John Trautwein   Horn
Rachel West   Horn
Monica Zierhut-Soto   Voices
Izzy   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Guns N' Roses   Producer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Izzy Stradlin   Composer
Bruce Foster   Sound Effects
West Arkeen   Composer
Mike Clink   Producer,Engineer
Johann Langlie   Programming,Sound Effects
Linda McCartney   Composer
Duff McKagan   Composer
Matthew McKagan   Composer
Axl Rose   Composer,Programming,Sound Effects,Artwork
Slash   Composer
Kevin Reagan   Artwork,Art Direction
Wendy Sherman   Art Direction
Jim Mitchell   Engineer
Mark Kostabi   Paintings
Steve Lank   Illustrations
Mike Staggs   Logo
Del James   Composer
Dave Lank   Composer
Paul Huge   Composer

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Use Your Illusion I 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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This is an amazing CD where GNR perfect their style from being ''diamonds in the rough'' in their AFD album to a rock masterpiece featuring amazing ballads like Don't Cry, Dead Horse and November Rain. They finetune their distinctive sound to produce the unforgettable Illusion albums.
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Appetite for Destruction was and still is an absolutely amazing Rock N' Roll album. People were expecting these albums to be the next chapter of Appetite or something, and they have a very different sound, but are still true Rock masterpieces. Use Your Illusion I just shows that Guns N' Roses were the last true Rock N' Roll band and they could create incredible songs even while in conflict with each other. Despite some filler songs, there is enough incredible material on both Illusion albums to prove that Rock can be completely expressive, yet dangerous at the same time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
guns n roses first made their debut album recording it in 1986 and 1987 and released on 1988 this band has came a long way and its been one heck of a ride this band is one of the best bands to come out of the 80s this cd first in a double album this cd has awesome tracks awesome riffs drums vocals you name it its the best of the best if you like guns n roses you might also like korn slipknot mushroomhead slayer and metallica check this band and i cant wait till november 23rd 2008 because guns n roses is finally releasing their next studio album you can only buy their ext studio album at best buy only
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great music, awesome, and great value.
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