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Appetite for Destruction

Appetite for Destruction

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by Guns N' Roses

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Guns N' Roses' debut, Appetite for Destruction was a turning point for hard rock in the late '80s -- it was a dirty, dangerous, and mean record in a time when heavy metal meant nothing but a good time. On the surface, Guns N' Roses may appear to celebrate the same things as their peers -- namely, sex, liquor, drugs, and rock &


Guns N' Roses' debut, Appetite for Destruction was a turning point for hard rock in the late '80s -- it was a dirty, dangerous, and mean record in a time when heavy metal meant nothing but a good time. On the surface, Guns N' Roses may appear to celebrate the same things as their peers -- namely, sex, liquor, drugs, and rock & roll -- but there is a nasty edge to their songs, since Axl Rose doesn't see much fun in the urban sprawl of L.A. and its parade of heavy metal thugs, cheap women, booze, and crime. The music is as nasty as the lyrics, wallowing in a bluesy, metallic hard rock borrowed from Aerosmith, AC/DC, and countless faceless hard rock bands of the early '80s. It's a primal, sleazy sound that adds grit to already grim tales. It also makes Rose's misogyny, fear, and anger hard to dismiss as merely an artistic statement; this is music that sounds lived-in. And that's exactly why Appetite for Destruction is such a powerful record -- not only does Rose have fears, but he also is vulnerable, particularly on the power ballad "Sweet Child O' Mine." He also has a talent for conveying the fears and horrors of the decaying inner city, whether it's on the charging "Welcome to the Jungle," the heroin ode "Mr. Brownstone," or "Paradise City," which simply wants out. But as good as Rose's lyrics and screeching vocals are, they wouldn't be nearly as effective without the twin-guitar interplay of Slash and Izzy Stradlin, who spit out riffs and solos better than any band since the Rolling Stones, and that's what makes Appetite for Destruction the best metal record of the late '80s.

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Geffen Records


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Guns N' Roses   Primary Artist
Izzy Stradlin   Guitar,Percussion,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Steven Adler   Drums
Duff McKagan   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Axl Rose   Synthesizer,Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals
Slash   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar

Technical Credits

Guns N' Roses   Composer
Steven Adler   Composer
West Arkeen   Composer
Mike Clink   Producer,Engineer
Greg Freeman   Contributor
Axl Rose   Composer
Robert Williams   Paintings
Chris Weber   Composer
Michael Hodgson   Art Direction

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Appetite for Destruction 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
scorpio10 More than 1 year ago
Welcome to the Jungle, Patience, Sweet Child O' Mine make me go back WAYYYYYYYYYY BACK if ya know what i mean...this band has never lost it.Guns N' Roses rock.. the 1980's were the best.. the best rock album ever made Appetite for Destruction,will go down in history..god bless and rock on.. Scorpio :~~~~~"
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KhleoZumas More than 1 year ago
TRACK 1: Welcome To The Jungle This is one of the greatest rock songs ever written. Not only does it possess the gritty mural of the '80's L.A. Spandex/Glam scene that tracks such as "It's So Easy" and "Mr. Brownstone" did, but it also possessed the sorrow and apathy for those trying to make it in the music business, which is almost singular in the tracks.TRACK 2: It's So Easy A track originally written as "a hippie ya-ya song" by West Arkeen and bassist Duff McKagan, this track is a paean to the wild life and the lost love and lost marbles that went with it. Axl Rose's almost spoken-word vocals make it seem like a statement more than anything else. A sort or "We're here to stay, deal with it" song.TRACK 3: Nightrain Written over a bottle of the famous wine (if it can be called that), this song fulfilled the "drunk" part of the album. It's repetitive melody is unlike that of "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'", which could be used as a torture device if played at the right volume. This song's repetition makes you want more of whatever spirit Guns N' Roses had... the rebelliousness that made kids petition for this songs to be played at dances, and for fans to be trampled at shows.TRACK 4: Out To Get Me A tale straight from Axl's misused childhood, it paints a clear picture of the guy who is blamed for everything. Which, starting with Axl in 1988 and ending with Axl 1994, each member claimed they were or had been. This song's chorus and bluesy try-it-once feel reminisces in the greats of Aerosmith and the Stones. TRACK 5: Mr. Brownstone It is not needed for me to mention who this song was aimed at, and what it is about. Once again, Axl returns with his "deal with it" spoken voice, enticing audiences with the second fulfillment of the AFD Three; drugs.TRACK 6: Paradise CityA plea for deliverance, and perhaps a new friend who didn't want their autograph, this song documents the execution of a innocent man and the judge's remorse, although it takes some insight to see that. To most, it is the home of the much-beloved guitar riff that despite Slash tabbing it himself and numerous attempts at notation, cannot be recreated. TRACK 7: My Michelle Written of their friend Michelle, a real character, this tale calls of someone who couldn't find anything better to do with her life. When questioned about it's dark and accusatory stance, Axl had six words: "I wrote a nice part. Listen." TRACK 8: Think About You A classic Izzy Stradlin' ballad, this tells of lost lost, found love, half love, and whole love. It is the pre-cursor to the succeeding ballad, Sweet Child O' Mine. TRACK 9: Sweet Child O' Mine Shamed upon by the likes of its creator, Slash, this song is much a afterthought to it's predecessor, Think About You. Originally figured as a string skipping exercise by Slash, it was later added to some poetry written by Axl about then-girlfriend Erin Everly. Voila! They had what the band called "Sweet Child". This was thought to be the backup song for when the Jack Daniel's ran out. TRACK 10: You're Crazy Loaded with the guts, profanity, and glory every teenager wanted to hear, this is a search for a jewel in a sandbox. TRACK 11: Anything Goes Titled... enough said? Part three of the AFD Three; unrequited love. TRACK 12: Rocket Queen Let's just say it's *all* real.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This may be the greatest hard rock album of the 80s. The songs are classics. The most underrated song on the album has to be Rocket Queen. The guitar part on that song just pumps me up. Check this out for yourself. Go buy the album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Simply my favorite CD of all time. When I first got it I listened for at leat 5 months straight with out taking it out of my CD player. Slash's playing is the reason I play guitar. Too bad Axl went psycho and killed the greatest band of all time
Guest More than 1 year ago
You can't NOT move to this music. Amazing. Buy this CD!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is one of the best albums I have ever heard, it is a very charistical of guns & roses but still an original album. Every song on it is great. I believe this on of the few good albums of its time (the early 1990's'') although it has all of the charistics of an early 90's album it has a certain unexplainable something about that keeps making you play it over & over & over....... I think not owning this album should be a sin
Guest More than 1 year ago
Aiiight, ya'll this CD ROCKS!!!!! Its the best GNR CD out with the possible exception of the new Live Era 87-93 album. Get this CD now!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What more can I say? It's perfect. Like, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones perfect. Too bad Axl killed a good thing before they got to that level.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The is one of the best rock albums out of the late 80's. I remember the first time I heard it is still an amazing album. Probably GnR's best
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album was great. slashes riffs are awesome, ams axl's voice is alright, but for metal, it rocks. The songs are timeless and rock hard
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best cd's I've ever heard. Once you listen to it, you get addicted to it.
code_red More than 1 year ago
It'll bring you to your knnnnnnnnese!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In a world that uses too many superlatives to describe anything that's currently mediocre, this is truly one of the best rock 'n' roll albums ever recorded, if not not the best. Its worst song -- arguably "My Michelle" or "Think About You," depending on who you ask -- is better than just about anything being played on rock radio today. "Welcome to the Jungle," "Sweet Child O' Mine," and "Paradise City" are all classics. You know them by heart. The stuff that never made it on the radio like "Out To Get Me," "Nightrain" and "It's So Easy" should have been classics. The rhythm guitar in these songs oozes cool, as if to show Keith Richards a thing or two. And above all that, many consider the album's last song, "Rocket Queen," to be the best Guns N' Roses ever.

If you could only own one rock album, this would be it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Appetite For Destruction, simply the best rock album ever made, and possibly the best album ever made PERIOD. This album changed my life, it made me realize how bad the music of today is and allowed me to experience rock music in all its glory. Every time I hear the anger in Axl's voice in Welcome to the Jungle or the raw emotion in Axl's voice in November Rain or Sweet Child O' Mine, I literally get goose bumps. For me this album defines Rock N' Roll. So anyone out there that is undecided about buying this album, it is an absolute must, trust me! Give Axl a chance!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a British student who over the past six monthes has come to appreciate the music written by those L.A. Kids they called Guns N' Roses. This is the first GNR album I bought. It was I think a suprise to fing dad running in and shutting it off, about 20 seconds after ''welcome to the jungle'' went on. However this is of no matter. All I am here to say is that this album is one of the best and most definitive albums of the 20th Century.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Simply one of the best CDs/Albums ever made. Guns N' Roses had a tremendous amount of talent when they made their music. Every single song on this CD is a classic and is well worth listening to. In fact with any GNR CD they keep on with the incredible music that makes them so very famous even to this day. I just wish that Gun N' Roses could have stayed together longer, because they would still rule rock and roll, but their music still lives in history and remains perfect.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the greatest album of all time from begining to end every single song is a masterpiece.Axl's voice is like a razor it's incredible,and just sticks in your head.Slash's lead guitar peirces the air,and together the combination are outstanding.This album is just heart stopping,and never gets old.The drumming is powerful and Steven is the best.Duff and Izzy Stradlin wrap it all up with fantastc playing.Together they wrote clever and breath taking lyrics.Infact Slash inspired me to pick up guitar.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tracks 1,6,8,9 are the Greatst!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love Guns n' Roses.Axl is hott!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Appetite is the best debut album and GNR album of all time. From the opening Welcome to the Jungle to the ending Rocket Queen, it delivers hard rock at its finest. This is the only album I have ever listened where every song is great. Personal favorites are. Welcome to the Jungle Out Ta Get Me Nighttrain My Michelle Sweet Child O' Mine Your Crazy Mr.Brownstone
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best album I have ever heard. Every song on it is awesome. It's got classics like ''Welcome To The Jungle'', ''Paradise City'' and ''Sweet Child o'Mine'' along with other awesome tracks like ''Nightrain'', ''Mr. Brownstone'' and ''My Michelle''. If you are a fan of hard rock, this is the album for you. I own my second copy at the moment because the first one wore out from listnening to it so much. THE BEST ALBUM EVER!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is one of the best, and i mean one of THE BEST, albums made. Axl Rose is total renegade, as well of the rest of the band. that's why this album is so good. Their sound is "once in a lifetime" material. i'm a big fan of the drum playing in this. Steven Adler's drum playing is truly unique, combining disco and swing beats into a gritty & dun lovin' hard rock rhythm. This is definately their best album, and its almost a sin not to buy this, so get you "don't give a s**t" attitude on and listen to this. you'll have a blast. enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Easily one of the best CDs that I own, and easily one of the best CDs ever made. Guns N' Roses proved that they were the rulers of Rock and Roll when they came out with their debut CD. It is full of fantastic songs, and every single one of them is a favorite of mine. They prove them selves time and time again with Slash's excellent guitar playing, Steven Adler's Drums, and of course Axl's all too famous and very fantastic voice, however Izzy Stradlin and "Duff" could never be left out of this batch of heaven, because all of them together made up one of the best bands on the face of this Earth.