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  • Audio Cassette (17 Sept. 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B000000OSF
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  DVD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 376,136 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rockstafarian on 4 Sept. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Bought Appetite for Destruction and looking for a follow up purchase buy this album. GNR has changed from the pure hard rock to a more (but still brilliant) tame...mature style. Songs now include piano...classical instruments and bakcing, singers but dont be put off by the more complicated cast this is still a hard rockin' masterpiece.

9/10
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Nov. 2003
Format: Audio CD
I do love this album, don't get me wrong, but after Appetite and Lies, it's like an offering from a different band. I guess the raw edge of the songwriting is lacking in places, because most of the songs were written after the band found fame, and they no longer had quite the same hard nosed aggression. After all, it's hard to be as angry and bitter in a five million dollar house. In it's place, however, is a more melodic quality, and even now, ten years later, when power ballads seem so painfully cheesy, you can't help but appreciate them at the odd moment. My one big problem with both the Illusion albums though, is that they are so irritatingly over produced, the songs are all a little too polished, and this seems to leave them sounding very contrived, and this from a band whose "cock-rock" posturing all looks so contrived now anyway, it does them no favours. A great album, but one you sometimes have to dig into a little to reap the full benefit.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Mar. 2000
Format: Audio CD
This album Kicks A$$. It contains the masterpiece guitar work by the extremely talented Slash, and put together with the vocal smasher AxL, it can blow you away!
Songs Like "Don't Damn Me", "Back Off Bitch", and "Right Next Door To Hell" will rock you, while songs like "November Rain" and "Don't Cry" will soothe the savage beast in you, and songs like "Coma" will make you think. this album also contains an excellent cover of the Paul & Linda Mccartney song for Bond "Live and Let Die".
This is a definate for all music collections. The Illusion Compilations I & II kick A$$. THEY ROCK!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Mar. 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is a fantastic album! As I said, not Appetite for Destruction, but still the second best album I own. Great songs = 'November Rain' (an absolute tribute to music in general),'Live and Let Die', 'Garden of Eden', 'Dust and Bones', 'Don't Cry', 'Back off Bitch', Double Talkin' Jive', 'Coma'...Wait, I'm naming all the songs on the album!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "che__rob" on 15 April 2004
Format: Audio CD
I recently purchased this album and within a few listens I think I can safely say that it is a classic. The songs "November Rain", "Don't Cry" and "Double Talkin' Jive" are immense, with November Rain especially deserving its reputation. The gap between their albums obviously did not remove any of GnRs talent. It also includes one of my favourite lines from any song ever, "I can't stop thinking about seeing you one more time" from Bad Obsession. While not their best, this is certainly worth a place in any Guns n' Roses collection. However, if you do not own it, get Appetite for Destruction first.
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First up, Amazon seem to have grouped together the reviews for this CD album and the bands live video release. How they could make such an easy mistake is beyond me.

So Use Your Illusion 1 was released as the same day as 2 back in 1991. A double album and costing double the money! Not easy for any kids back in the day to own. Here we get 16 tracks of varying quality. And although a bundle of them were actually written during the Appetite era, this album doesn't feel like the same band recorded Appetitte. But hey ho, Guns got huge and this record is too over produced.

We kick off with Right Next Door to Hell which features superb lyrics and a catchy tune and a great starter for the record. Though check out Duff's bass at the beginning and you can already tell that this album sounds too clean. Dust N' Bones is sung by Izzy, and turned up loud is quite a groovy tune, always sounded appalling live though. Live and Let Die is the opposite in that it was wham bam in your face as a live song but is incredibly pedantic and flat on record. Don't Cry is a well written song, though the very original demos sounded much better and the song fails to impress because of the lavish production.

Perfect Crime is a two minute thunderbolt of a song, and one really is impressed with Axl's shotgun lyrics, even if the song was soon forgotten by the band after their US first leg tour. Indeed in any case I don't think it has been played live for 20 years. This frantic song is followed by perhaps the slowest song over the two albums, in You Ain't the First, a little ditty and kooky, but a welcome relief. Bad Obsession is one of Illusions highlights, bluesy and non generic and a great tune. Back Off Bitch does feel a little dated but it is at least sleazy rock n' roll.
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By Mr. R. Howe on 30 Dec. 2010
Format: Audio CD
After conquering the world with their debut 'Appetite For Destruction' four years earlier, it would have been simple for Guns N' Roses to rest on their laurels and take it easy - that, however, is exactly what they did NOT do with this follow-up LP released in 1991. Axl Rose is well-known for pushing himself to the limit and that's something he did when faced with the challenge of a lifetime; How do you follow-up what is considered one of the greatest rock albums ever made? The answer, was to change direction and do something completely different. 'Use Your Illusion' is where Guns N' Roses spread their wings musically and became rock royalty.

As Duff McKagan (GN'R bassist) quite rightly said: "The second album is a different sound. It's the sound of a different band. When we made 'Appetite...' we were all living in one apartment sleeping on the floor, by the time we made the second record we all had our own houses and a million in the bank.."

It's widely beleived by rock critics that if Guns N' Roses combined the best material from Use Your Illusion I & II onto just one record it would have created one of the greatest rock albums of our time. As it stands, however, September 1991 saw the release of something quite monumental in the shape of, for the first time ever, two separate rock albums from the same artist on the same day which debuted at number 1 and 2 on the Billboard 100 chart.

Among the mammoth 30+ new songs are some tracks now considered all-time classics (November Rain, You Could Be Mine, Don't Cry, Estranged, Coma) however the album is not without fault. Scattered among these classics are songs you could only describe as filler, or b-side material, such as the alternate version of Don't Cry, the soft So Fine and the crazy My World.
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