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Appetite for Destruction [CASSETTE] Explicit Lyrics, Import

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  • Audio Cassette (7 July 1987)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics, Import
  • Label: Geffen (1987)
  • ASIN: B000000OQG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (340 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 535,531 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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Format: Audio CD
I really don't know what I can say that the 'Appetite for Destruction' album that hasn't been said a million times before. It was Guns N' Roses debut album, released in 1987, and these guys exploded onto the music scene with a record that sounded so real, not polished, just pure, loud, heavy, real rock and roll. Although it has sold over 30 million copies worldwide, and has been praised to death by the critics over the years, 'Appetite for Destruction' is still anything but overrated.

It's not my personal favourite from the band, that one will always be Use Your Illusion II, but I would say that 'Appetite For Destruction' is the definitive Guns N' Roses album. Hard-rock anthems like 'Sweet Child of Mine', 'Paradise City' and 'Welcome to the Jungle' are on here, as well as a wealth of other excellent songs like the very cool 'It's So Easy' and the ultimate booze-soaked rock n' roll, 'in-your-face' 'Nightrain'. 'My Michelle' has always been a favourite of mine, it starts off with a wonderful, dark, sinister intro, and the same sound is continued throughout. 'Think About You' is a love song in true Guns N' Roses fashion, and the final track, 'Rocket Queen', just over six minutes of ear candy, constantly changing between up-tempo and slowing down, sleazy then sweet, is the perfect way to finish off a perfect album.

Axl Rose sings brilliantly throughout, demonstrating an incredible range, and sounding very cool and 'bad-ass'. Slash's solos are magnificent, and Izzy Stradlin is on rhythm 'all' the time. 'Appetite For Destruction' is a truly floorless album, no fillers, and probably the defining rock album of the 1980s. Don't hesitate, just buy it!
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By carlosnightman VINE VOICE on 14 April 2010
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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