Use Your Illusion I [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/17/1991
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 720642441527
  • Catalog Number: 24415
  • Sales rank: 23,603

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Right Next Door To Hell (3:02)
  2. 2 Dust N' Bones (4:59)
  3. 3 Live and Let Die (3:03)
  4. 4 Don't Cry (4:44)
  5. 5 Perfect Crime (2:23)
  6. 6 You Ain't The First (2:37)
  7. 7 Bad Obsession (5:28)
  8. 8 Back Off Bitch (5:04)
  9. 9 Double Talkin' Jive (3:22)
  10. 10 November Rain (8:59)
  11. 11 The Garden (5:21)
  12. 12 Garden of Eden (2:41)
  13. 13 Don't Damn Me (5:19)
  14. 14 Bad Apples (4:28)
  15. 15 Dead Horse (4:18)
  16. 16 Coma (10:16)
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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, 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, 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, Contributor
West Arkeen Composer
Mike Clink Producer, Engineer
Susanne Filkins Contributor
Patricia Fuenzalida Contributor
Johann Langlie Programming, Sound Effects
Michelle Loiselle Contributor
Rose Mann Contributor
George Marino Mastering
Linda McCartney Composer
Duff McKagan Composer
Matthew McKagan Composer
Diane Mitchell Contributor
Axl Rose Composer, Programming, Sound Effects, Artwork
Slash Composer
Monica Zierhut-Soto Contributor
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    guns and roses

    great music, awesome, and great value.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    this album is one of GnRs best

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not to be compared to Appetite

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Piece of Rock N' Roll art

    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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