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Use Your Illusion

3.7 out of 5 stars 63 customer reviews

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Live And Let Die
  2. Don't Cry (Original)
  3. You Ain't The First
  4. November Rain
  5. The Garden
  6. Dead Horse
  7. Civil War
  8. 14 Years
  9. Yesterdays
  10. Knockin' On Heaven's Door
  11. Estranged
  12. Don't Cry (All Lyrics)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 25, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B00000DAHK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,140 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is a really good cd and I gave it five stars, but it is no substitute for Use Your Illusion I & II. It's a nice enough overview of the two albums, but it focuses mainly on their more radio oriented songs. This is almost a UYI Greatest Hits. While I'm sure no one will really agree what songs should or should not make the cut, it is clear that songs like "You Ain't the First" and the second version of "Don't Cry" are not needed on this one cd compilation. To be sure, it has two of the biggest essentials: "Estranged" and "November Rain", but so much is missing that it pains me to think someone might buy this album and miss out on so many other songs. Some of the more glaring absences include, "Bad Obsession", "Double Talkin' Jive", "Don't Damn Me", "Bad Apples", "Coma", "Breakdown", "Pretty Tied Up", "Locomotive" and "You Could Be Mine". Use Your Illusion I & II both have as much music as a cd can hold, and are, essentially, the length of three albums. It's worth your time and money to get them both. Only buy this compilation if you are a collector, or if you're looking for a gift without any bad language.
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Made in USA in 1998, Serial# GEFD-24463, Playing Time 63:52
The best thing about this CD is the idea for the cover that merges the artwork from the individual "Use Your Illusion 1" and "Use Your Illusion 2" CDs.
If you're on a tight budget, it's worth it, and you can be the proud owner of the edited version of "Knockin' On Heaven's Door", the full version being on the original CD "UYI 2". Or if you're a die-hard GNR fan, you'll have to buy this for the very same reason.
Releasing the albums as a pair was somewhat daring, and I can't say I like everything on them. But each of them has some material that unfortunately didn't make it on this "compilation".
I'm by no means a big GNR fan, but I think you should do yourself a favor: buy both separately, and forget about this compilation.
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As far as I can tell, there's certain types of people this CD is for: Those who don't want to fork out money for both Illusion CDs, those who are only casual GNR fans, and those who are Wal-Mart or K-Mart retailers.
First, upsides. The McCartney cover "Live And Let Die" is a thundering classic that GNR made their own (as they tend to do). "Don't Cry" is a pretty nice power ballad that really works. "November Rain" is one of the best songs of the 1990s, with beautiful lyrics and instrumentals, two great Slash solos, and that perfect ending guitar riff.
"The Garden" is nice and sinister, while "Civil War" is a great anti-war anthem with lots of sonic power. "14 Years" is a bluesy, Stones/Aerosmith-ish lover-trashing song, with Izzy and Axl sharing vocals. "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" is a remarkable achievement, acheiving a perfect sonic power in a song that, remarkably, is better than both the Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton versions of the song. I mean, you've really got something if you can say you did a song better than Clapton. "Estranged" is the final great track on this CD, and works as a sequel to "November Rain," as the songs' protagonist suffers through a hard breakup and his thoughts turn to suicide. This song clocks in at nearly ten minutes, and it's a beautiful but biting epic, with lots of mood swings and song shifts. They're not jarring, though --they're perfectly appropriate. It's a remarkable song.
Now, the cons. "You Ain't The First" should have been omitted altogether. It's catchy, but not something that belongs as one of the best songs of the Illusion albums.
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In the not-too-distant past, I believed that the two "Use Your Illusion" albums could/should have been done as one album containing the best tracks from both albums. After discovering this compilation (in a sense, after discovering what would have been), I am now very thankful that they decided to release two full albums after all.

The obvious problem here---both for me and I suspect everyone else---is the track selection. "You Ain't the First" and "Don't Cry (Alt. Lyrics)," for example, each probably are some fan's favorite, but they are not the hits that someone apparently thinks they are. In fact, one of the biggest hits from the set, "You Could Be Mine," is not even on this compilation. Also, as others have noted, these are the profanity-free, almost pop tracks and they do not accurately represent the group---Guns N' Roses had some mellower songs, such as these, but for the most part they are angry, hard-rocking, and not shy about using casual profanity.

I can't avoid the temptation to share my idea of a consolidated "Use Your Illusion:"

CIVIL WAR
GET IN THE RING
PERFECT CRIME
GARDEN OF EDEN
DON'T DAMN ME
YOU COULD BE MINE
DUST N' BONES
BAD OBSESSION
DOUBLE TALKIN' JIVE
THE GARDEN
NOVEMBER RAIN
14 YEARS
DEAD HORSE (or YESTERDAYS)
COMA

If you disagree with this lineup, or any of the other reviewers' different lineups, you can see why releasing a consolidated "Use Your Illusion" in this era is problematic.

People who have never heard the complete "Use Your Illusion" set would probably be doing themselves a favor if instead of purchasing this, they saved-up a little more money and purchased both "Use Your Illusion I" and "Use Your Illusion II," and then (if they still desire) made their own compilation. The only reason that I can think of for purchasing this is to keep it as a collectors' item.
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