Use Your Illusion Revisited

25 years ago today Guns N’ Roses released Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II at midnight. The albums combined to go on to sell over 14 million copies and fuel a tour of controversy and eventual band break-up. In thinking about these albums I wonder if it was really necessary to create two albums. There is definitely a case for “bloat”, such as did we really need two versions of “Don’t Cry?” What the fuck is going on with “My World?”
I decided to give it a go and task myself with creating one Use Your Illusion album, an epic album with no filler.
  • My goal was to get down to 18 or less tracks
  • The first cut was “My World”
  • The second cut was one version of “Don’t Cry”
  • Third was “Breakdown” which seems unnecessary given the trilogy of ballads
  • Last original cut was “Dust N’ Bones
  • I kept both covers (“Knockin…” and “Live and Let Die”)
  • Initially I cut 12 songs, but ended up going 13 because it still seemed “long”
  • “Yesterdays” was the final cut
Here is my Use Your Illusion:
  1. Civil War (great opener)
  2. Live and Let Die (feel this one is a natural after “Civil War”)
  3. Don’t Cry (original version)
  4. You Could Be Mine (time to rock, man!)
  5. Perfect Crime (I can see a potential debate here, but you need some of the heavier tunes to offset the ballads)
  6. Pretty Tied Up (one of my favorites)
  7. Bad Obsession
  8. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
  9. Double Talkin’ Jive
  10. November Rain (keeping the trilogy of “Don’t Cry”, “November Rain” and “Estranged” in order)
  11. Get In The Ring
  12. Shotgun Blues (fits well after “Get In The Ring”)
  13. Locomotive
  14. Estranged
  15. Don’t Damn Me (it was tough to decide what to keep on the back end of UYI1. I decided to keep “Don’t Damn Me” and cut  “The Garden”, “Bad Apples” and “Garden of Eden” which both seem more B-side to me)
  16. Dead Horse
  17. Coma
Other cuts not noted were “Right Next Door To Hell”, “You Ain’t the First”, “Back Off Bitch”, “14 Years”, and “So Fine”
In the end I really like this as one album, the problem is that it is still too long to fit on one disc.
Verdict: Epic fail on my end!

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