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Unrepresentative of a classic rock band
on 10 June 2004
So here it is. A chronological overview of Guns N Roses' biggest hits. Of course, as we have seen with many acts - including The Beatles I might add - "the hits" doesn't necessarily mean "the best work", and nowhere is this more apparent than in the case of GNR. So, after the four sublime cuts from the Appetite For Destruction/Lies era, the quality of the songs becomes decidedly patchy.
You Could Be Mine, November Rain and Don't Cry all hold up well, as does the cover Ain't It Fun. After that we're on dodgy ground. Of the other covers, Live And Let Die is merely pointless, Since I Don't Have You laughable and Sympathy For The Devil both audacious and cringe worthy. Only Knocking On Heaven's Door demands attention, and even this somewhat misses the original point of the song. All of which has the more serious listener reaching back for Appetite For Destruction.
Nevertheless, the whole package is actually quite good. Though when I say good, I mean good for putting on at parties as a novelty CD. I don't mean in any way representative of a once exciting and vital rock n roll band that never set out to be a novelty act. It's an important distinction that highlights what I think is the real issue here.