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Use Your Illusion

Guns N' RosesAudio CD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 25, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dgc/Geffen/Reunion
  • ASIN: B00000DAHK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,359 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy the two albums separately July 5, 2001
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A "best of" from 2 albums? February 8, 2001
Format:Audio CD
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How to make a good Use Your Illusion combo CD. November 21, 2000
By Drew
Format:Audio CD
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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Alright, I guess July 4, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I dunno what to say...I guess the correct words would be to get the Use your Illusion I, then get Use your Illusion II. There's so many hits on both of them, and 12 songs out of 30 just won't cut it. There's so many they forgot on here. Let's see...Dust n' bones, Don't damn me, others from the first one. And from the second one...14 years (maybe they have it) Shotgun Blues, Breakdown, Pretty Tied up, Locomotive, Estranged, You could be mine, So fine. The first one they didn't do so bad, but the second one was left to hang with only 3 hits. So, I suggest that you get the two regular albums instead of this. Believe me, you'll feel alot better about yourself and your money's worth. I know it's two instead of one, but there's so many classics they forgot to put on here. So, do yourself a favor. I got the two before this thing ever came out, and I don't think I'll buy it because I already have all of the hits. Trust me on this one. Buy the two originals. You'll feel better.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Why? May 11, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Don't waste your time or money. Buy Use Your Illusion I & II. This is a classic example of a record company not seeing any albums from an artists and releasing a cheesy "best of" type cd to get money out of a band's name and to fulfil a contract. Sure this is a great cd, but to own I & II is so much better.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Yes and No... June 16, 2006
By Shadow
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars 90s metal
One of the best bands and albums which I have grown up with! No current bands have ever achieved such a high rating.
Published 15 months ago by Tang T. Yu
5.0 out of 5 stars g'n'f'n'r's
Just completed my studio release album collection for gnr
as usual they always fail to disappoint
comparing this to the new stuff on CHINESE DEMOCRACY leaves alot to... Read more
Published 22 months ago by shirazkhan2007
5.0 out of 5 stars Seems like a good song set......
Neither of these albums compares in any way to the first two releases. That being said, I think this is what should have been released initially. Read more
Published on June 27, 2012 by MLW
1.0 out of 5 stars The reason Guns Broke up
Looking back it is obvious why Guns broke up. These are all basically throw away tracks that in no way match the rest of Guns n' Roses history. Read more
Published on May 11, 2012 by Arby
2.0 out of 5 stars Wrong choices
The Use Your Illusion albums are bloated and overproduced. Somebody condensed the Ace and Deuce to one album which is a great idea that was executed wrong. Where's Civil war? Read more
Published on February 22, 2011 by Dudeman5000
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazon Has The Wrong Track Listing...
The track listing that Amazon has is actually for Use Your Illusion, Vol 1, not the compilation. The correct track listing should be:
1. Live and Let Die
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Published on June 18, 2010 by Brand3n
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice compilation of Use Your Illusion I and II
I'm not a Guns N' Roses fan, so I'm not interested in buying all their albums. With that in mind, I thought that buying this Use Your Illusion compilation CD would be a nice... Read more
Published on September 23, 2009 by J. Verwer
2.0 out of 5 stars CD
The picture shown for this item was for the Use You Illusion set, 1 & 2.
That is what I though I was buying, the set... I only got Illusion 1. Read more
Published on November 13, 2008 by Ronald R. Bown
1.0 out of 5 stars here's how it shoulda gone
1. you could be mine
2. dust N' bones
3. perfect crime(matter of taste )
4. November rain
5. civil war
6. don't cry
7. locomotive
8. Read more
Published on December 8, 2005
1.0 out of 5 stars What the hell
What the hell don't be cheap buy both UYI 1 and UYI 2 not this piece of s..t mix it is worth the money I could go on for hours about what's missing here
Published on November 26, 2005 by classicrockteen
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