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Guns N' Roses|Appetite For Destruction (Super Deluxe) - 192 kHz (Super Deluxe)

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Welcome To The Jungle, It’s So Easy, Nightrain, Mr Brownstone, Paradise City, My Michelle, Sweet Child O’ Mine, You’re Crazy… Look no further to explain the success of this monument that sold over thirty million copies worldwide: right from the start, it feels like a best-of album rather than a first studio effort… Even Out Ta Get Me, Think About You, Anything Goes and Rocket Queen, the four “weak tracks” of this masterpiece, would have satisfied fans of other bands who were sick of Guns N’ Roses at the time. Add to this two tracks that were sidelined at the time mostly for copyright reasons and are unearthed here, Shadow Of Your Love and Move To The City, as well as the studio version of Reckless Life. Though they feel like a walking disaster, this mighty gang had something others didn’t have in the microcosm of the Los Angeles hard rock scene: the ability to give birth to rock classics in record time. Some will no doubt find it unjust that the controversial track One In A Million was a kind of collateral victim of the reissue of Lies, from which it was removed. But this improved rerelease goes to show that, even if it wasn’t necessarily their goal, the musicians’ sound and performance are also two major components in any masterpiece. The reason they decided to include the before and after Appetite For Destruction, meaning the two EPs Live?!*@ Like a Suicide (the false live) and G N' R Lies, is because it is clear that all the ingredients were far from being in place at the Sound Studio where the twenty-ish alternative versions were recorded, featured here as a “bonus”. Mike Clink’s expert production, and Steve Thompson and Michael Barbiero’s calibrated and well-balanced mixing obviously helped give the selected original twelve songs their ultimate form. And therefore optimal efficiency. But other live or acoustic titles gleaned here and there to close out this reissue (Bob Dylan’s Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door (Live), It’s So Easy (Live), AC/DC’s Whole Lotta Rosie (Live), November Rain (Acoustic), the very short but promising The Plague, the instrumental Ain’t Goin’ Down No More or the Rolling Stones’ Jumpin’ Jack Flash (Acoustic)) prove that the band’s five members went through a period, albeit much too short, in which they were touched by grace. And there will most likely be further proof if one day Axl Rose decides to unearth the version of the album he re-recorded in 1999 with the new Guns N’ Roses line-up, without Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan and Steven Adler. It was with this winning cast that Guns N' Roses beat the ultimate sales record for a first album in the United States. And although the multiple line-up evolutions that followed didn’t lead to any commercial disasters, they never gave the band the opportunity to repeat the feat of Appetite For Destruction. © Jean-Pierre Sabouret/Qobuz

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1
Welcome To The Jungle
00:04:33

Saul Hudson, ComposerLyricist - MICHAEL BARBIERO, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Thompson, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Mike Clink, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Jeffrey Isbell, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1987 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
It's So Easy
00:03:22

MICHAEL BARBIERO, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Thompson, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Slash, ComposerLyricist - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Mike Clink, Producer - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Izzy Stradlin, ComposerLyricist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - West Arkeen, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1987 Geffen Records

3
Nightrain
00:04:28

MICHAEL BARBIERO, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Thompson, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Slash, ComposerLyricist - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Mike Clink, Producer - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Izzy Stradlin, ComposerLyricist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1987 Geffen Records

4
Out Ta Get Me
00:04:23

MICHAEL BARBIERO, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Thompson, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Slash, ComposerLyricist - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Mike Clink, Producer - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Izzy Stradlin, ComposerLyricist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1987 Geffen Records

5
Mr. Brownstone
00:03:48

MICHAEL BARBIERO, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Thompson, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Slash, ComposerLyricist - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Mike Clink, Producer - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Izzy Stradlin, ComposerLyricist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1987 Geffen Records

6
Paradise City
00:06:45

Saul Hudson, ComposerLyricist - MICHAEL BARBIERO, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Thompson, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Mike Clink, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Jeffrey Isbell, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1987 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
My Michelle
00:03:39

MICHAEL BARBIERO, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Thompson, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Slash, ComposerLyricist - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Mike Clink, Producer - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Izzy Stradlin, ComposerLyricist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1987 Geffen Records

8
Think About You
00:03:51

MICHAEL BARBIERO, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Thompson, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Slash, ComposerLyricist - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Mike Clink, Producer - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Izzy Stradlin, ComposerLyricist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1987 Geffen Records

9
Sweet Child O' Mine
00:05:56

Saul Hudson, ComposerLyricist - MICHAEL BARBIERO, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Thompson, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Mike Clink, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Jeffrey Isbell, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1987 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
You're Crazy
00:03:17

MICHAEL BARBIERO, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Thompson, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Slash, ComposerLyricist - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Mike Clink, Producer - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Izzy Stradlin, ComposerLyricist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1987 Geffen Records

11
Anything Goes
00:03:26

MICHAEL BARBIERO, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Thompson, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Slash, ComposerLyricist - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Mike Clink, Producer - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Izzy Stradlin, ComposerLyricist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist - Chris Weber, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1987 Geffen Records

12
Rocket Queen
00:06:13

MICHAEL BARBIERO, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Thompson, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Slash, ComposerLyricist - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Mike Clink, Producer - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Izzy Stradlin, ComposerLyricist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1987 Geffen Records

DISC 2

1
Reckless Life (Live)
00:03:21

Alan Niven, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Slash, ComposerLyricist - Guns N' Roses, Producer, MainArtist - Izzy Stradlin, ComposerLyricist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Chris Weber, ComposerLyricist - Hanspeter Heuber, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1986 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Nice Boys (Live)
00:03:02

Alan Niven, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Gary Anderson, ComposerLyricist - Guns N' Roses, Producer, MainArtist - Dallas Royall, ComposerLyricist - Gordon Leach, ComposerLyricist - Michael Cocks, ComposerLyricist - Peter Wells, ComposerLyricist - Hanspeter Heuber, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1986 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Move To The City (Live)
00:03:34

Alan Niven, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Saul Hudson, ComposerLyricist - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Guns N' Roses, Producer, MainArtist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Jeffrey Isbell, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist - Chris Weber, ComposerLyricist - Hanspeter Heuber, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1986 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Mama Kin (Live / Edit)
00:03:41

Alan Niven, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Guns N' Roses, Producer, MainArtist - Hanspeter Heuber, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steven Victor Tallarico, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1986 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Shadow Of Your Love (Live)
00:03:03

Saul Hudson, ComposerLyricist - CHRIS LORD-ALGE, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Mike Clink, Producer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Jeffrey Isbell, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist - Adam Chagnon, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Edward Huge, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1987 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
You're Crazy (Acoustic Version)
00:04:25

Slash, ComposerLyricist - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Mike Clink, Producer - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Izzy Stradlin, ComposerLyricist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1988 Geffen Records

7
Patience
00:05:54

Saul Hudson, ComposerLyricist - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Mike Clink, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Jeffrey Isbell, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1988 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Used To Love Her
00:03:12

Slash, ComposerLyricist - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Mike Clink, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Izzy Stradlin, ComposerLyricist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1988 Geffen Records

9
You're Crazy
00:04:10

Slash, ComposerLyricist - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Mike Clink, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Izzy Stradlin, ComposerLyricist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1988 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
It's So Easy (Live At The Marquee Club, London / 1987)
00:03:54

Vic Maile, Producer - Slash, ComposerLyricist - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Izzy Stradlin, ComposerLyricist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - West Arkeen, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1988 UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
Knockin' On Heaven's Door (Live At The Marquee Club, London / 1987)
00:04:59

Bob Dylan, ComposerLyricist - Vic Maile, Producer - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist

℗ 1989 Geffen Records

12
Whole Lotta Rosie (Live At The Marquee Club, London / 1987)
00:04:06

Vic Maile, Producer - Angus Young, ComposerLyricist - Malcolm Young, ComposerLyricist - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Bon Scott, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1987 Geffen Records

DISC 3

1
Welcome To The Jungle (1986 Sound City Session)
00:04:59

Saul Hudson, ComposerLyricist - Manny Charlton, Producer - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Jeffrey Isbell, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist - Bruce Barris, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2018 Geffen Records

2
Nightrain (1986 Sound City Session)
00:04:49

Manny Charlton, Producer - Slash, ComposerLyricist - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Izzy Stradlin, ComposerLyricist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist - Bruce Barris, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2018 Geffen Records

3
Out Ta Get Me (1986 Sound City Session)
00:04:01

Manny Charlton, Producer - Slash, ComposerLyricist - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Izzy Stradlin, ComposerLyricist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist - Bruce Barris, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2018 Geffen Records

4
Paradise City (1986 Sound City Session)
00:05:34

Saul Hudson, ComposerLyricist - Manny Charlton, Producer - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Jeffrey Isbell, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist - Bruce Barris, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2018 Geffen Records

5
My Michelle (1986 Sound City Session)
00:04:21

Manny Charlton, Producer - Slash, ComposerLyricist - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Izzy Stradlin, ComposerLyricist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist - Bruce Barris, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2018 Geffen Records

6
Think About You (1986 Sound City Session)
00:03:50

Manny Charlton, Producer - Slash, ComposerLyricist - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Izzy Stradlin, ComposerLyricist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist - Bruce Barris, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2018 Geffen Records

7
You're Crazy (1986 Sound City Session)
00:03:21

Manny Charlton, Producer - Slash, ComposerLyricist - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Izzy Stradlin, ComposerLyricist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist - Bruce Barris, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2018 Geffen Records

8
Anything Goes (1986 Sound City Session)
00:04:35

Manny Charlton, Producer - Slash, ComposerLyricist - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Izzy Stradlin, ComposerLyricist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist - Chris Weber, ComposerLyricist - Bruce Barris, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2018 Geffen Records

9
Rocket Queen (1986 Sound City Session)
00:06:06

Manny Charlton, Producer - Slash, ComposerLyricist - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Izzy Stradlin, ComposerLyricist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist - Bruce Barris, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2018 Geffen Records

10
Shadow Of Your Love (1986 Sound City Session)
00:02:38

Saul Hudson, ComposerLyricist - Manny Charlton, Producer - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Jeffrey Isbell, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist - Bruce Barris, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Edward Huge, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
Heartbreak Hotel (1986 Sound City Session)
00:04:36

Tommy Durden, ComposerLyricist - Mae Axton, ComposerLyricist - Manny Charlton, Producer - Elvis Presley, ComposerLyricist - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Bruce Barris, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986 Sound City Session)
00:03:21

Manny Charlton, Producer - KEITH RICHARDS, ComposerLyricist - MICK JAGGER, ComposerLyricist - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Bruce Barris, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

DISC 4

1
Shadow Of Your Love
00:03:05

Saul Hudson, ComposerLyricist - CHRIS LORD-ALGE, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Mike Clink, Producer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Jeffrey Isbell, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist - Adam Chagnon, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Edward Huge, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Move To The City (1986 Sound City Session)
00:03:16

Saul Hudson, ComposerLyricist - Manny Charlton, Producer - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Jeffrey Isbell, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist - Chris Weber, ComposerLyricist - Bruce Barris, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Ain't Goin' Down No More (Instrumental Version \ 1986 Sound City Session)
00:03:30

Manny Charlton, Producer - Slash, ComposerLyricist - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Izzy Stradlin, ComposerLyricist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist - Chris Weber, ComposerLyricist - Bruce Barris, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2018 Geffen Records

4
The Plague (1986 Sound City Session)
00:00:54

Manny Charlton, Producer - Slash, ComposerLyricist - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Izzy Stradlin, ComposerLyricist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist - Chris Weber, ComposerLyricist - Bruce Barris, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2018 Geffen Records

5
Nice Boys (1986 Sound City Session)
00:02:58

Gary Anderson, ComposerLyricist - Manny Charlton, Producer - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Dallas Royall, ComposerLyricist - Gordon Leach, ComposerLyricist - Michael Cocks, ComposerLyricist - Peter Wells, ComposerLyricist - Bruce Barris, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Back Off Bitch (1986 Sound City Session)
00:04:39

Manny Charlton, Producer - Slash, ComposerLyricist - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Paul Huge, ComposerLyricist - Bruce Barris, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Reckless Life (1986 Sound City Session)
00:02:45

Manny Charlton, Producer - Slash, ComposerLyricist - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Izzy Stradlin, ComposerLyricist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Chris Weber, ComposerLyricist - Bruce Barris, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Mama Kin (1986 Sound City Session)
00:03:26

Manny Charlton, Producer - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Bruce Barris, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steven Victor Tallarico, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
New Work Tune (1986 Sound City Session)
00:03:25

Manny Charlton, Producer - Slash, ComposerLyricist - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Izzy Stradlin, ComposerLyricist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist - Chris Weber, ComposerLyricist - Bruce Barris, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2018 Geffen Records

10
November Rain (Piano Version / 1986 Sound City Session)
00:10:18

Saul Hudson, ComposerLyricist - Manny Charlton, Producer - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Jeffrey Isbell, ComposerLyricist - Bruce Barris, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2018 Geffen Records

11
Move To The City (Acoustic Version / 1986 Sound City Session)
00:03:41

Saul Hudson, ComposerLyricist - Manny Charlton, Producer - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Jeffrey Isbell, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist - Chris Weber, ComposerLyricist - Bruce Barris, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
You're Crazy (Acoustic Version / 1986 Sound City Session)
00:04:06

Manny Charlton, Producer - Slash, ComposerLyricist - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Izzy Stradlin, ComposerLyricist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist - Bruce Barris, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2018 Geffen Records

13
November Rain (Acoustic Version / 1986 Sound City Session)
00:05:00

Saul Hudson, ComposerLyricist - Manny Charlton, Producer - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Jeffrey Isbell, ComposerLyricist - Bruce Barris, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2018 Geffen Records

14
Jumpin' Jack Flash (Acoustic Version / 1986 Sound City Session)
00:03:52

Manny Charlton, Producer - KEITH RICHARDS, ComposerLyricist - MICK JAGGER, ComposerLyricist - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Bruce Barris, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

Welcome To The Jungle, It’s So Easy, Nightrain, Mr Brownstone, Paradise City, My Michelle, Sweet Child O’ Mine, You’re Crazy… Look no further to explain the success of this monument that sold over thirty million copies worldwide: right from the start, it feels like a best-of album rather than a first studio effort… Even Out Ta Get Me, Think About You, Anything Goes and Rocket Queen, the four “weak tracks” of this masterpiece, would have satisfied fans of other bands who were sick of Guns N’ Roses at the time. Add to this two tracks that were sidelined at the time mostly for copyright reasons and are unearthed here, Shadow Of Your Love and Move To The City, as well as the studio version of Reckless Life. Though they feel like a walking disaster, this mighty gang had something others didn’t have in the microcosm of the Los Angeles hard rock scene: the ability to give birth to rock classics in record time. Some will no doubt find it unjust that the controversial track One In A Million was a kind of collateral victim of the reissue of Lies, from which it was removed. But this improved rerelease goes to show that, even if it wasn’t necessarily their goal, the musicians’ sound and performance are also two major components in any masterpiece. The reason they decided to include the before and after Appetite For Destruction, meaning the two EPs Live?!*@ Like a Suicide (the false live) and G N' R Lies, is because it is clear that all the ingredients were far from being in place at the Sound Studio where the twenty-ish alternative versions were recorded, featured here as a “bonus”. Mike Clink’s expert production, and Steve Thompson and Michael Barbiero’s calibrated and well-balanced mixing obviously helped give the selected original twelve songs their ultimate form. And therefore optimal efficiency. But other live or acoustic titles gleaned here and there to close out this reissue (Bob Dylan’s Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door (Live), It’s So Easy (Live), AC/DC’s Whole Lotta Rosie (Live), November Rain (Acoustic), the very short but promising The Plague, the instrumental Ain’t Goin’ Down No More or the Rolling Stones’ Jumpin’ Jack Flash (Acoustic)) prove that the band’s five members went through a period, albeit much too short, in which they were touched by grace. And there will most likely be further proof if one day Axl Rose decides to unearth the version of the album he re-recorded in 1999 with the new Guns N’ Roses line-up, without Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan and Steven Adler. It was with this winning cast that Guns N' Roses beat the ultimate sales record for a first album in the United States. And although the multiple line-up evolutions that followed didn’t lead to any commercial disasters, they never gave the band the opportunity to repeat the feat of Appetite For Destruction. © Jean-Pierre Sabouret/Qobuz

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