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Appetite For Destruction (1987)

Guns N' Roses Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (223 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B000065M05
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (223 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,923 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars First play was a golden moment of my life! 3 Aug 2003
Format:Audio CD
I bought Appetite for Destruction about three years ago now when I took the advise of a very close friend, when in a music store I didn't know what I wanted to spend a fiver on. A fiver I tell you. I got this record home and my taste for music took a sudden change or heart. This is a slightly bias review, but as a Music Degree Student at Southampton, it will be honest.
On my first listen, the opening few notes of "Welcome to the Jungle" instantly captures your attention. It's a soft but also harsh way into the album, as within seconds the drumkit pounds away and before you know it, you are full pelt in the middle of a hard rock phenomenon that is Guns'n'Roses. Axl's voice is outstanding, soaring above the band like a mantis. Each song is anthemic, oozing with Rock'n'Roll attitude and aggression, both lyrically and melodically.
Track two, "It's So Easy", leaves where the Jungle left off, with Axl's ranting of "Why Don't You, Just F*** Off" showing his aggression.
Since listening to this and becoming a fan of the genre, the guitar riffs and solo's are hard to beaten by any band. Aerosmith and ACDC are close contenders for this, but neither have a voice as strong as Axl's. Matter of opinion really, but listening to the huge hit, "Sweet Child 'O Mine", the Guns have created a masterpiece. Not one track fails to stop being part of the incredible hyperflow of Rock'n'Roll energy that surges through the album. It zings along at incredible speed thanks to the incredible rhythm section of Slash, Duff and Izzy. Other notable tracks, in my opinion, are Mr.Brownstone, My Michelle and Nightrain.
This album changed my life when I heard it and I became addicted to classic rock. I can vouch that they are still an impressive live band, with a huge hit album on the way.
Rock On!!!!!!!
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best 19 Dec 2006
Format:Audio CD
I'd give this album twenty stars if I could, it's that important to me.

With the ubiquity of music TV these days, it's actually quite hard to remember that heavy metal was hard to get a hold of in the late 80s. Pop and dance ruled the airwaves, you only had TOTP, The Chart Show and The Tube (I hadn't heard of Later, or The Old Grey Whistle Test; was but a nipper in those days). I hadn't even heard of MTV - that was an American thing. But one day a music shop opened in my little hometown, which showed MTV, and that's where I first heard and saw "Paradise City" and "Sweet Child O' Mine". A real epiphany; nothing was the same for me ever again, after getting in in 1988 for my 9th birthday. (The only real comparison has been hearing The Beatles' 67-70 album, and "Smell Like Teen Spirit"). I'm 27 now and have never ever tired of it.

GN'R might have lived the life, but musically they knew exactly what they were doing; they knew their musical history, and had a breadth of taste which "Appetite" only hinted at. Their forebears were, as they well knew, were Aerosmith, so much so that they explored Aerosmith's own influences, so that they are far more than 'Smith ripoffs, even on their first album.

GN'R were melded together in the deperate struggle for recognition and success that was the LA rock scene. Then dominated by Motley Crue and lesser bands like WASP and Ratt, GN'R came along and blew them away. Where Motley Crue had acheived success by having a crossover appeal (covering "Helter Skelter", a Beatles song, even on their heaviest album, "Shout At The Devil"), GN'R did it by tapping into an older, heavier tradition.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick Reviews! 14 April 2010
By carlosnightman VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Three decades later and Appetite For Destruction still sounds as fresh, daring, vibrant, and exciting as it did when it was first unleashed upon the world. Say what you like about what Guns and Axl have become but there remains something eternal about their first album. With each new generation of kids, it is this album which they are inevitably drawn to when they want their rebellious kick or taste of anger for the day, this is the album which young guitarists dream of, and the album which aspiring rock stars hope to emulate. Wiping away the poodle rock of the decade, grabbing MTV and the charts by the throat and shaking them within an inch of their lives, it takes a snarling look at 80s America- the excess, the paranoia, the sleeze, and how The American Dream had become something dirty but still attainable for ambitious young kids who knew how to get it. It's rare that an album comes along where every song is a classic- this almost achieves that and those songs which narrowly miss out are still screaming tunes of excellence which would stand out on any number of other bands' albums. Anrgy, raw, confident, with one foot in the gutter and the other in the heavens, Appetite For Destruction is a must for everyone.

`Welcome To The Jungle' opens the album with as instantly recognizable an introduction as your every likely to find. From the first 30 seconds we know most of what we will need to- Axl's screech, the teaming of Izzy's riffs and Slash's uncontrollable talent before the main guitars and vocals crash in. Axl sings a tale of a small town guy landing in LA and having to swim through the grime to prevent drowning in the mud. Everything is sleazy, sexy, and angry, though performed as if they are Lords of it all.
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