Guns N' Roses - Use Your Illusion I
NME.COM feature on Guns N' Roses - Use Your Illusion I album including album review, artwork, tracks, listen now, tour dates, discography and more.
Release date: 04 June 2007
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- Right Next Door To Hell (Album Version (Explicit))
- Dust N' Bones (Album Version (Explicit))
- Live And Let Die
- Don't Cry
- Perfect Crime (Album Version (Explicit))
- You Ain't The First
- Bad Obsession (Album Version (Explicit))
- Back Off Bitch (Album Version (Explicit))
- Double Talkin' Jive (Album Version (Explicit))
- November Rain
- The Garden
- Garden Of Eden (Album Version (Explicit))
- Don't Damn Me
- Bad Apples (Album Version (Explicit))
- Dead Horse
- Coma (Album Version (Explicit))
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- Oct 31, 2008
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- May 26, 2006
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But Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal quashes rumours that band has finished recording a new album
Guitarist Richard Fortus says the follow-up to 2008's 'Chinese Democracy' is mostly finished
Guns N' Roses - Use Your Illusion I: Wikipedia Album Entry
Use Your Illusion I is the 3rd studio album by hard rock band Guns N' Roses. It was the one of two albums released in conjunction with the Use Your Illusion Tour, the other named Use Your Illusion II, thus they are sometimes seen together as a double album. The album debuted at #2 on the Billboard charts behind Use Your Illusion II. Each of the Use Your Illusion albums have been certified 7x platinum. Spader Music Magazine listed the album in one of its greatest albums column.
The Use Your Illusion albums represent a turning point in the sound of Guns N' Roses. Although they did not abandon the hard rock tendencies vivid in their first album, Appetite for Destruction, Use Your Illusion I demonstrated, for the first time, more or less, elements of blues, classical music, and country. For example, lead singer Axl Rose plays the piano on several tracks of both albums. In addition, with the Use Your Illusion Tour, both the music and stage presence of the band became more theatrical, in the tradition of progressive rock. This fact is evidenced by the numerous music videos produced in conjunction with these albums. Use Your Illusion I contains two of the three songs, "November Rain" and "Don't Cry," whose videos are generally held by fans to be part of a trilogy. The third song, "Estranged," is on Use Your Illusion II.
A number of songs on the album were written in the band's early days, but were not included on Appetite for Destruction but can be found on the popular bootlegged so-called 'Rumbo Tapes', an album of early demo tapes. "Back Off Bitch," "Bad Obsession," "Don't Cry" (referred to by Rose during the ensuing tour as 'the first song [they] ever wrote together'), "November Rain," and "The Garden" are considered part of this group. There is also a cover of "Live and Let Die."
Besides stylistic differences, another new aspect seen in Use Your Illusion I was longer songs. "November Rain," an epic ballad, is nearly 9 minutes long, and "Coma" is more than 10 minutes long. Another change was the presence of tracks sung by other members of the band (even though certain songs from Appetite for Destruction and G N' R Lies featured other members on duet vocals): lead vocals on "Dust N' Bones," "You Ain't The First" and "Double Talkin' Jive" are performed by rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin (on Use Your Illusion II, Stradlin' sings "14 Years" and bassist Duff McKagan sings "So Fine").
To achieve the final sound of the album, the band had some difficulty, especially during the mixing stages of the production of both albums. According to a 1991 cover story by Rolling Stone magazine, after mixing 21 tracks with engineer/producer Bob Clearmountain, the band decided to scrap the mixes and start from scratch with engineer Bill Price of Sex Pistols fame.
Slash has stated that most of the material for the album was written on acoustics in a couple of nights at his house (the Walnut House), after several months of non-productivity.
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I can't stop thinkin', thinkin' 'bout sinkin'
Sinkin' down into my bed
I call my mother she's just a cunt now
She said I'm sick in the head
Diamonds and fast cars
Money to burn
I got my head in the clouds
I got these thoughts to churn
Don't damn me when I speak a piece of my mind
'Cause silence isn't golden when I'm holding it inside
I've been where I have been and I've seen what I have seen
I put the pen to the paper 'cause it's all a part of me
It's a critical solution
And the east coast got the blues
It's a mass of confusion
Like the lies they sell to you
Found a head and an arm in da garbage can
Don't know why I'm here
Livin' on the run for oh so long
I gotta go collect
Oh baby, pretty baby
Oh honey, you let me down honey
I ain't playin' childhood games no more
I said it's time for me to even the score
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He lost his mind today
He left it out back on the highway
I'll take a nicotine, caffeine, sugar fix
Jesus don't ya git tired of turnin' tricks
Hey, you caught me in a coma
And I don't think I wanna
Ever come back to this world again
Kinda like it in a coma