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5.0 out of 5 stars Part one of an epic masterpiece
The consensus among most critics and the general public is that both "Use Your Illusion" albums contain a lot of filler. It has often been said that a single album, with the best of both volumes, would have been better than two separate albums. Although this is the general consensus among Joe Public, the hard-core Guns N' Roses fans know better.

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Published on April 5, 2005 by Daniel Ferguson-Maltzman

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3.0 out of 5 stars Use Your Illusion 1
This is a great record. It's got some of Slash's greatest riffs and Axl Roses' amazing vocals. it starts off with a great bass riff in 'Right Next Door To Hell' and than goes into 'Dust N' Bones' which is one of the best Guns N' Roses Songs ever. Though some of the songs are kind of weird (Need i mention 'Bad Obsession') this is still an amazing record.
Published on July 6, 2005 by Bob McDain


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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SIMPL Y THE GREATEST ROCK N ROLL BAND EVER!!, February 10, 1999
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This review is from: Use Your Illusion I (Audio CD)
Some would argue that appetitte was a better album i would probably have to respectfully disagree,the great thing about the illusions albums were that not only were they balls out rockin but they also had some hella great songwriting from stradlin and rose--my personal favorites from the set are definetly "coma" and "estranged" among the other great songs on the set.Which really makes it that much worse that the egos of this band couldnt subside so they could keep playing great music--a real damn waste of god given talent wasted on ego, ah, so be it!! Anyway,i digress, to put it simply if you want to hear the greatest rock band ever.You would be hard pressed to find a better band than GN fn R!!!
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Part two, October 1, 2005
This review is from: Use Your Illusion I (Audio CD)
Use your illusions 1 and 2 are some of the best hard rock albums ever recorded.Since there are allot of songs on these albums, most of the songs are considered filler,but rest asured,the only filler on either album is my world.

Right next door to hell:10/10:great song,killer opener
Dust N Bones:Really good vocals, an instant classic
Live and let die:8/10 Not the greatest cover, but I really like to listen to this track for some reason
Don't Cry:9/10 Kinda boring, but the guitar solo is kick ass
Perfect Crime:8/10 Hyper song, kinda insane in some parts and rather short,plus the placement here is wierd: we get a slow, sad love song,then an insane Hard rock song with a chorus that goes:"god dammit, it's a perfect crime,Motherf&*ker, its a perfect crime,I SAID ITS PERFECT!" F&*ked up.
You aint the first:7/10 This song has Izzy Axl and Shannon on vocals, it's very country like.Good, though.
Bad Obsession:8/10 Pretty good stuff
Back off bitch:9/10 funny breakup song,kinda insane in some parts
double talkin jive:10/10 really cool song
November Rain:7/10 A total snooze fest til slash's solo kicks in
The garden:9/10 very good song,Alice cooper sings on it, Shannon too.
Garden Of edan:9/10 christ, this is fast.It's punk.
don't damn me:9/10 Good lyrics
bad apples:10/10 This song rocks, it grows on you.And it aint filler
Dead horse:8/10 Pretty good
Coma:10/10 An epic, It's ten minutes in length and is one of the gunners' best songs. The lyrics are very dark and well written.its about a guy who would rather live in a Coma than live in the real world.

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4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Filler Alert!, October 28, 1999
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This review is from: Use Your Illusion I (Audio CD)
Never have two albums (illusion 1 and 2) ever had this much filler. You could combine these two disks into 12 songs and have a pretty decent follow up to Appetite albeit half the songs would be remakes. The rest of the songs some of which they had the gall to release and make videos for (remember when MTV showed videos) should have been eliminated. Didn't they ever hear of editing? Of course it's been 8 years and they haven't done anything since, so I suppose they had to go for quantity when they could. Coma, Nov. Rain, Dont Cry, You could be mine, and Pretty Tied up are great songs - too bad there is so much filler surrounding them.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lesser of the two, May 4, 2001
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Johnny (Leesburg, VA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Use Your Illusion I (Audio CD)
Use Your Illusion II sold more records than part I for a reason. Illusion II has better songs. This record starts off with a number of weak recordings, including the annoying "Right Next Door to Hell," "Dust N' Bones," (1 Izzy song was enough), and a cover of Wings' "Live and Let Die," a song that never should have been a single. The album provides solid efforts, however. "Dead Horse," "Double Talkin' Jive," "You Ain't the First," and especially "Bad Apples" are all good songs. But this album succeeded only because of "Don't Cry" and "November Rain," two marvellous tunes that were recorded during the Appetite for Destruction era (1987-1988). The problem with GN'R was they worked hard and wrote great numbers when they had to. After they hit it big, it was a slow but steady freefall from the top. As a life- long GN'R fan, I would recommend buying this album only after purchasing the other four records. Illusion I is pretty good, but certainly not their best effort.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Close to Perfection . . ., April 22, 2006
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This review is from: Use Your Illusion I (Audio CD)
This album is a soaring, epic masterpiece . . . but would be 6 stars, and possibly better than Appetite, with just a few songs added from its companion, and filler deleted . . .

Filler:

- My World (fun novelty though)

- Shotgun Blues. Just awful, the worst G N'R song ever recorded - the production, playing, lyrics, and attitude all went horribly wrong. Not even a bad riff, but played too fast, with a messy and pointless vibe in the guitars - and probably Axl's worst lyrics and vocal performance, all in the same song.

- Get in the Ring. The riff is fun, and the end has a fun kick when Duff joins in on vocals, with a superb counter-solo by Slash . . . but again, just terrible vocals, and lyrics . . . yeah, possibly even worse than Shotgun Blues.

- Don't Cry. I like this song a lot - not really filler, but obviously there's another version on UYI with better lyrics.

That's in. No more filler. So delete these four, and add:

- Coma

- Dead Horse

- Double-Talkin' Jive

That all still fits time-wise, adding a couple minutes to 78 or so.

So we now have a 13-song album of:

Civil War

14 Years

Yesterdays

Dead Horse

Knockin' On Heaven's Door

Breakdown

Pretty Tied Up

So Fine

Double-Talkin' Jive

Locomotive

Coma (yep, back to back)

You Could Be Mine

Estranged

In fact, the sequence of the last 4 tracks is PHENOMENAL, if I do say so myself . . . epic is an understatement . . . adding up to possibly the most mesmerizing hard rock album finale in history. Intense and talked about for ages. The first 9 tracks stand as a powerful collection with twists and turns, and those 9 alone would be a 5 star hard rock album - remember how Zeppelin released an 8-10 song album year after year? Well, it would kick ass in that spirit.

This album here is the equal of Appetite . . . arguably better, though that's maybe not true . . . at least, in the same stratosphere of hard rock genius.

Throw everything else on UYI, and that album is STILL a 5 star smorgasbord of amazing, chaotic rock n' roll, kinda like Exile on Main Street by the Stones - and still containing elite G N'R tracks like November Rain, Dust N' Bones, Don't Cry (yeah, put it on twice in different places!), The Garden, Live and Let Die, and Don't Damn Me.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guns N' Roses no auge (Guns N' Roses on top), July 19, 1999
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This review is from: Use Your Illusion I (Audio CD)
Acredito que este album seja um dos melhores do Guns se não o melhor. Só as músicas "Don't Cry" e "November Rain" já valem o CD. Se você tem alguma dúvida, é só escutar Axl (em sua melhor forma) cantando "Live and Let Die" do ex-Beatle Paul McCartney. Simplesmente Esplêndido. (It's the best album of the group).
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5.0 out of 5 stars We love ya!!, January 29, 1999
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Guns n' Roses' know what they are doing and they are damn good job. I grew up with my sister and their music, most of it was hard rock or country. When I was teen I thought Alxs was so good looking, well he still is. I have always enjoy he words, voice, and music. Keep it going
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Superb with an earthy, yet refined undertones., September 3, 1999
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This review is from: Use Your Illusion I (Audio CD)
I feel that this "gunners" album was, if you like, quite fantastic. It offered the listener a sense of being part of the "working man culture". I for one found the tracks slightly tiresome, however after flaggon of port curled up in front of the open fire, who could blame me? While not quite in the same league as Bach, that "slash" fellow, as I believe he calls himself, sure can play a doosie of a guitar. I feel that while the album did lack a certain classical feel, it certainly made up for this with its quaintness and a jolly good truckload of high jinx!
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this CD, October 27, 2005
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Lisa Kara "weezy" (Mechanicsville, MD USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Use Your Illusion I (Audio CD)
Well I've been a Guns N Roses fan for a long time and I know all of their songs, when this first came out on Tape (some of you may not know what that is) I had it back then, so of course I had to get the CD. This is one of their best.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sharp, biting, if a little uneven., April 18, 2000
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D. Mok (Los Angeles, CA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Use Your Illusion I (Audio CD)
This was Guns N' Roses' best configuration -- Izzy Stradlin' and Slash providing the buzzsaw guitars and melodic solos, Matt Sorum providing the big, strong beats, and Axl Rose writing some of his best songs (mixed in with a few duds).
Use Your Illusion I contains the sprawling "November Rain", Guns N' Roses' most successful attempt at enriching its basic rock-band arrangements with keyboard strings, piano, and multiple vocals. "Don't Cry" is a little watery as a ballad, but "Right Next Door to Hell" finds the band deliciously cantankerous, R ose ranting vitriolic but intriguing lyrics,"Dust and Bones" is funky metal in the Aerosmith tradition, and "Dead Horse" is the kind of raucous bulldozer Guns N' Roses excells at.
Its companion album is the superior record, but Use Your Illusion I remains one of the last and finest of statements by an '80s metal band.
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