Young Man's Blues is the 1988 major label debut from Rock City Angels, a Florida-based band whose main claim to fame seems to be the early involvement of a young Johnny Depp. Other reviewers have covered the band's history in great detail, so I won't get into that. And I really don't think Guns n' Roses is a good point of comparison either.
Young Man's Blues is essentially a hair metal album, but Rock City Angels had a good deal more streetwise charm and Southern swagger than the average Hollywood hair band. It's the same kind of sound bands like Royal Court of China, The Front and Sweet F.A. had - all swinging barroom rockers and soulful ballads with raspy vocals and bluesy guitars. They weren't reinventing the wheel here, but the band did put together a very solid, very rocking, and very fun album.
I don't know that I'd call it an essential album, but Young Man's Blues is well worth tracking down if you're a serious fan of the `80s hard rock sound. I suppose it might be a curiosity piece for Johnny Depp fans, though his involvement here was limited to a songwriting co-credit.
Edition Notes: Gott reissued Young Man's Blues in 2005, giving it a good digital remastering, expanded liner notes and a slipcase. It's a really nice reissue, but it's already out of print. If you run across a copy, by all means grab it.