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Chinese Democracy [VINYL] Box set

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  • Vinyl (24 Nov. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B001JL3BA0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (256 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,149 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Chinese Democracy
  2. Shackler's Revenge
  3. Better
  4. Street Of Dreams
  5. If The World
  6. There Was A Time
  7. Catcher In The Rye

Disc: 2

  1. Scraped
  2. Riad N' The Bedouins
  3. Sorry
  4. I.R.S.
  5. Madagascar
  6. This I Love
  7. Prostitute

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Slight damage to sleeve corners and cellophane. Vinyl is brand new.

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17 years in the making and beholden of a level of hyperbole verging on mythology--one that couldn't even be derailed by Axl Rose staffing his ever-changing troupe with people named Buckethead, Bumblefoot and Brain--Chinese Democracy would disappoint even if it arrived in a puff of smoke and nullified the impact of The Dark Side of the Moon, Revolver and Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (not to mention Appetite for Destruction). And it doesn't do that, obviously. In fact, straight off the block it's in danger of rear-ending the Guns N' Roses legend, with the title track offering little beyond big production and "Shackler's Revenge" and "Better" emulating Linkin Park's industrial block building with a guttural vocal that threatens to turn the whole thing into a parody. But a desire to progress the G N' R template finds its feet as "If The World" unfolds into an improbable eastern drum 'n' bass orchestral trip-hop odyssey with some coarse riffing and the attitude of old is run through Pro-Tools and made 21st Century-proof on "Scraped" and "Raid N' the Bedouins". But if this album is to be remembered for anything in particular it will be the sky-reaching ambition of the balladry; "Sorry" with its "Nothing Else Matters" vibe and interlaced vocal choreography is cathartic and proud, "This I Love" sees Axl's larynx stretched and twisted, literally wringing the emotion from within, and "Catcher in the Rye" is one real moment of universal appeal. Chinese Democracy tries to be a lot of things but really works where Axl is left to be Axl and "November Rain" is left sounding like "Kumbaya". --James Berry

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Format: Audio CD
Right first off I'm going to put aside all the stuff about the nonsense and millions that went into making this album as it serves no purpose and detracts from the music - yes it happened - yes Axl Rose is a bit mental and has gone OTT, but what's new? If we put such a high mantle on our artists and musician then mental is what you get, people. If I had to like every man behind every piece of music before I could enjoy their respective tunes I would have a very small CD collection indeed, so onwards and upwards.
Now then, here is my, hopefully, not overly long, down and dirty, review of Chinese Democracy in a cheeky little list format that I hope won't take up too much of your time with pretentious musings. (Please note I am not reviewing for NME who seem to think every piece of indie tosh that heads their way is a `masterpiece' and `totally astonishing` - I am assuming everyone who reads this will be from camp realism.)

PROS -
- The vocals are top notch and harken back to the days of yore when I used to launch myself around my bedroom as a rebellious teen shouting the lyrics to get in the ring (when my parents where well out of earshot of course - rebellious, yeah - starting a rebellion, not so much.) There are even some points here where I think the vocals definately surpass what has passed. Bonus.
- The riffage and solos on offer within are some of the finest I've taken in in a good long while - sure Slash is a brilliant guitarist but there are other equally brilliant guitarists out there, and I'd say quite a few of them have racked up points on this album.
- There are a vast range of styles and ideas from track to track and as the album moves on you are constantly passed from pillar to post in terms of what you're hearing. A tune for every occasion.
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Format: Audio CD
I have to say that, apart from one or two tracks, I've not really been much of an admirer of GNR - however, for my birthday, my eldest son purchased a copy of Black Ice for me - which, unfortunately (for him!) I had already got in my collection - so he said he'd go and get me a surprise.....and came back with a copy of Chinese Democracy. Well, I have to say that it took me a couple of days before I actually gave it access to my car CD player and then when I did give it a spin, the first and second tracks went by, with me just thinking that I knew why I was never really that much enamoured by this band - But then "Better" started up, grabbing me by the throat demanding my undivided attention - great riffs, voice box mashing vocals and some really stunning guitar soloing - this was something completely different, and most unexpected. I played this track a couple of more times and then went on to complete the album and, I have to say that I had more than a grin on my face.....this album truly ROCKS!!
I have since given this album a great deal of listening time as "background noise" and also with a set of cans on and I am now even more impressed with this strong and complicated album which is capable of being "dived" into at any level because it covers all the facets that an excellent rock, or indeed, any type of album should serve up....be it fast paced raucous rock or just plain beautiful ballads, technically brilliant musicianship or just simple melodies, this album delivers it all!
The real test of course will be how long the follow up will be in the making and will it ever be able to eclipse this truly brilliant album....
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Like everyone else, I've waited a long time for the release of Chinese Democracy and on first listen, I was very disappointed. But then I remembered how I needed to listen to Appetite more than once to get into it, and I feel its the case with this album. The more I listen to it, the better it gets and the standout tracks for me are the four concurrent tracks starting from 'Better'.

Is it a masterpiece? Only time will tell, but in my opinion, its close and Chinese Democracy is the most interesting album I've bought in a long time (apart from Muse's 'Black Holes & Revelations'). I now can't stop playing it. Yes, I think we all wished Slash could be on this production, but let's not dismiss the guitarists who are - they are all superb and deserve recognition for their talents, and maybe if the old band members had been involved, the album would never have seen the light of day. Axl Rose is a genius and his voice is amazing. It takes you back to your school days, but at the same time it's new, modern and totally different from anything else out there in the bland production of today's music. Perfection for me would be for Axl to ditch the corn rows and goatie, start promoting this album, and give us a world tour worth waiting for.
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So, rewind to the early 90s, I was in the 6th form at school, Use your illusion 1 and 2 had just come out and everyone I knew was freaking out about being the first to hear it. Headphones were shared over cigarettes in the bike sheds and we all wanted it to rock as hard as Appetite, but it was a different record altogether.

Fast forward a century, I'm 33, I cut all my hair off and got a "proper job" I have a kid and a mortgage. I became a DJ, got into Techno and dance music and pretty much forgot about Guns N Roses.

A lot has changed since I was in that bike shed and to expect the new album to sound anything like the old one would be folly, even if the original line up was in place. People change, tastes change and so forth.

So I thought I would check this out "for a laugh" to see if it was a bad as everyone expected.

To my absolute shock and suprise, this is a rather good record. Yes, it's dense, there are some awkward rhythm changes and melody shifts, but nothing out of the ordinary by todays cut and paste production standards.

The thing that got me is that despite the albums heavy production and the use of loops, bitcrushers on backing vocals and some realtively quaint stereo panning effects, every song has at least one section with a decent melody in it.

Take Shacklers Revenge, it starts off like Ministry, but the chorus is pure 80s era Bon Jovi. I can't stand Bon jovi myself, but the odd marriage of production and melody left me chuckling to myself and reaching for the rewind button.

The best song on the album by far in my opinion is Better, I'm not sure if it's intentional but on each replay it gets, well....better and better.
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