- Audio CD (August 25, 1998)
- Parental Advisory ed. edition
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Geffen
- ASIN: B00000DAHK
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
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Use Your Illusion
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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.
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.Read more ›
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:"
GET IN THE RING
GARDEN OF EDEN
DON'T DAMN ME
YOU COULD BE MINE
DUST N' BONES
DOUBLE TALKIN' JIVE
DEAD HORSE (or YESTERDAYS)
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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This is a good album to have if you have children. You can listen to this in the car with them on road trips and not have to worry about swearing, minus one "BS" dropped by... Read morePublished 2 months ago by JerryCurlJuice
GREAT ALBUM! LIKE EVERYONE ELSE THOUGH, I AGREE GETTING THE ORIGINAL ILLUSIONS IS BETTER. THEY MISSED TOO MANY GOOD SONGS BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T WAN'T ANY PARENTAL ADVISORY WARNING... Read morePublished 8 months ago by KPT
One of the best bands and albums which I have grown up with! No current bands have ever achieved such a high rating.Published on May 30, 2013 by Tang T. Yu