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Doesn't do justice
on 23 March 2004
As with most greatest hits, this compilation has chosen mostly from GN'R's back catalogue the songs with more universal appeal rather than their best songs. But then again I guess thats why they are called Greatest 'Hits'.
It's certainly a solid collection spanning from their classic '87 debut 'Appetite For Destruction' up to one of their last official releases from the 1994 'Interview With The Vampire' soundtrack ('Sympathy For The Devil'). Although the record company had the good sense to remember to include the likes of 'Sweet Child O' Mine', 'November Rain', 'Welcome To The Jungle', 'Paradise City', 'You Could Be Mine', there are no less than 5 cover versions included in the final 14. No wonder Axl Rose was upset that his opinion on the listing wasn't taken into consideration.
This collection has been released no doubt to coincide with the recent release of 'Welcome To The Videos' and the two 'Use Your Illusion: Live in Tokyo' videos on DVD, and pop fans who liked 'Sweet Child O' Mine' and 'November Rain will probably get the most out of this album. However I am of the opinion that if you want a Guns N' Roses CD, you should save some money and buy 'Appetite For Destruction' instead and get a truly class record, or if you're still looking for a wider ranging compilation, then the 2-CD live album 'Live Era '87-'93' is far better value for money.