Believe in Me

Believe in Me

by Duff McKagan


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Believe in Me

For his solo debut, Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan eschewed the elaborate studio perfectionism of his day job by recording the album virtually as a one-man band. He wrote or co-wrote all the songs and played almost all the instruments, although his GN'R bandmates Slash and Gilby Clarke, as well as Lenny Kravitz, guitar legend Jeff Beck, and Skid Row's Sebastian Bach and Snake Sabo make appearances. What's more, he obviously did not allow anyone to restrict him in any way -- clearly, nobody told him that "Fuck You," an ill-considered attempt at rap-rock, is unlistenable, or that his ballads are soppy enough to land squarely in Poison territory. Luckily, those are the album's only flaws. Though McKagan's reedy punk rock snarl sometimes hampers his emotional range, his singing fits the music and the songs are mostly focused blasts of bluesy hard rock. "Man in the Meadow" is the standout track, a moving elegy to his late friend Todd Crew of Jetboy, while "Beyond Belief" is a grinding funk track that shows McKagan's oft-stated love of Prince. Though GN'R fans will most likely get the most out of this record, listeners looking for concise, well-played hard rock should give this a listen.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/28/1993
Label: Geffen Records
UPC: 0720642460528
catalogNumber: 24605

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Duff McKagan   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Bass,Drums,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Guitar (Leslie),Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Jeff Beck   Guitar
Lenny Kravitz   Vocals
Ted Andreadis   Organ,Clavinet
West Arkeen   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Gilby Clarke   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Dizzy Reed   Piano,Background Vocals,farfisa organ
Matt Sorum   Drums
Rob Affuso   Drums
Sebastian Bach   Vocals,Background Vocals
Joie Mastrokalos   Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Billy Nasty   Vocal Harmony
A&M Choir   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Duff McKagan   Producer
Kevin Reagan   Art Direction
Jim Mitchell   Producer,Engineer

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