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Use Your Illusion I [Vinyl] [Import, Double LP]

Guns N' RosesVinyl
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (288 customer reviews)

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  • Vinyl (July 10, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import, Double LP
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B0000707YX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (288 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,780 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Right Next Door to Hell
2. Dust N' Bones
3. Live and Let Die
4. Don't Cry [Original Version]
5. Perfect Crime
6. You Ain't the First
7. Bad Obsession
8. Back off Bitch
9. Double Talkin' Jive
10. November Rain
11. The Garden
12. Garden of Eden
13. Don't Damn Me
14. Bad Apples
15. Dead Horse
16. Coma

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89 of 95 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Part one of an epic masterpiece April 5, 2005
Format:Audio CD
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.

In my opinion, the Illusion albums have very little filler. It would also be hard to have a single album with songs from each disc, as each Illusion album is its own entity. The Illusion set is not a single album with two separate discs. Both volumes are albums in their own right, with a different tone, vibe, and feeling. The colors on the album covers represent the atmosphere of the albums. "Use Your Illusion I" is brighter, more up-beat, glossier. "Use Your Illusion II" is more reflective, and overall darker.

Between both volumes, there is over two and a half hours of music. Both volumes need to be nursed and savored. The listener needs time to let it all sink in. Some of these songs are fast paced rockers in the vein of "Appetite For Destruction." Other songs are longer, up to ten minutes in length, with intricate solos and complex arrangements, in short, art-rock.

With an album like "Appetite For Destruction" under their belt, any follow-up would be criticized. But much had changed for GN'R since they hit it big. They were now multi-millionaires and no longer living in poverty in cheap apartments in L.A. Also, the lineup of the band had changed. Drummer Steven Adler was fired, and replaced by Matt Sorum. Sorum's drumming was slicker, more technically proficient. Also added to the lineup was keyboardist Dizzy Reed. The new GN'R was more polished, less rough-around-the-edges than they had been in the days of AFD.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Burning Aurum August 15, 2005
Format:Audio CD
It's been 10 years since I pulled out my GNR CDs and seriously listened to them. In high school, I loved Use Your Illusion II and my friend and I would debate which was better: Civil War or Estranged. A stupid kid who tried to be a bully and a friend at the same time came up to me one day and started reciting the last monologue in Coma, possibly to impress me. Surprised was he to find this dork singing right along with him!

10 Years After, and awakened by the real world and how accursed it all is, I've come to find the Use Your Illusion albums more than enjoyable tunes to memorize. These songs have angst, anger, and a sort of jaded "experienced life" maturity to it that I find reminiscent of my current days.

Use Your Illusion I has come to my aid and I've found myself listening to this record more and more. I've also realized that this record is Izzy's show. He pens eight of the sixteen tracks here (excluding most lyrics). From the darkest piano chord that opens Dust N Bones to the bizarre but awesome Double Talkin' Jive, Izzy's contributions on this record are vast.

Rose's piano charms even the hardest rocking of songs, and his wordsmithing is both prolific and profound. Even if I loathed GNR, I'd have to admit Axl can express himself better than most. Besides Dead Horse, his only solo composition is November Rain, a song I used to idly listen to. It, along with UYI II's Estranged, is a work of genius. I can easily imagine Rose sitting at a piano, a drink on the music desk, creating the song; November Rain (as with most of these tracks) is best appreciated with good headphones.

Where I used to skip over many of the tracks, today I listen to this album straight through.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Strongest Pain Relief Money Can Buy May 30, 2004
Format:Audio CD
There is an energy in this album (along with the other pre Spag. albums) that can not be replicated. The stars lined up just right for a handful of times in the past 50 years, and included in the list of those to benefit is the GUNS N ROSES beast from 87-93. Although contemporary times always make the past look tame, there is still no denying the ferocious, controversial beauty that will probably always be associated with GNR.
I'm not in the generation that's supposed to listen to Guns. I was 11 when the Illusions came out, so that meant that while everybody was telling me that Kurt Cobain was the only thing that was cool, I was just discovering the TRUE POWER of music, which is highly inclusive of the mighty Guns. Also a classically trained pianist, let me say I am very open-minded. But regardless of society's pressure to keep up with the times, I still haven't heard anything since the Illusions that can offer such a profound release of anger, tension, stress, and hurtful emotion. Fans ferociously guard "Appetite..." as the definitive album, and there's obviously a whole host of good arguments for that - but although it was at the expense of the band's unity, I maintain that the Illusions pulled off every epic human goal that music can provide, justifying Axl's egocentric addiction to perfectionism. Here's the review of 1, which although it doesn't pull off the "greatest album of all time" -ness of 2, it is the biggest pack of a punch that good hard rock has ever been able to muster.
The songwriting, performing, attitude, musicianship - EVERYTHING - came together with "Appetite" - but now, with a few more dollars in their pockets, the Gunners could take that same vision and get the recordings polished to perfection.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars GNR's mostly masterful second album
Four years after taking the world by storm with a nearly flawless debut in 1987's "Appetite For Destruction," California's Guns `N' Roses boomed back onto the scene with an... Read more
Published 20 days ago by A. Stutheit
5.0 out of 5 stars GnR again
The same is how I interpreted this league of extraordinary gentleman. Not a good thing for kids to get their hands on as it is filth. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Johnny
5.0 out of 5 stars Sons Of Our Heroes
"You Ain't The First" is what makes this album for me. It's like Axl and his men have unearthed a great lost track from BEGGAR'S BANQUET by the Rolling Stones. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lily Bart
5.0 out of 5 stars Best G n R
This was the high point for a great band that has not been equaled since the time this was released.
Published 3 months ago by bill
4.0 out of 5 stars Before the Axl fell off.
Since the two albums came out simultaneously, nearly 30 years ago, everyone and their grandmother has said how much better it would have been if they'd have filtered it down to one... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dan Lesnick
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Album.
Sounds great on vinyl. Of course its a long album, so you'll have four sides to deal with, which does kind of break up the album. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Robert Ryder
5.0 out of 5 stars Took be back.
Still love the old GNR takes me back to the good old days of care free heavy metal. Loved Slash and Axel at their best.
Published 6 months ago by Kirk Stalnaker
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent.
The merchandise is received. All as described, corresponds to photography. Sealed, brand new.
But not bought for himself. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Metanet
5.0 out of 5 stars Part 4 of 6
Used to have on cassette and probably still do. Just trying to replace my G n R collection from back in the day !
Published 8 months ago by Rob K
5.0 out of 5 stars I got used to their illusion
This is the real thing - 30 slabs of savage rock `n' roll. I had selections of this release on a tape many many many years ago, but it left off 10-12 numbers that I'd never heard... Read more
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