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Greatest Hits Best of, Original recording remastered, Explicit Lyrics

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  • Audio CD (March 23 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of, Original recording remastered, Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B0000TLA9G
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
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1. Welcome To The Jungle
2. Sweet Child O' Mine
3. Patience
4. Paradise City
5. Knockin' On Heaven'S Door
6. Civil War
7. You Could Be Mine
8. Don't Cry Original
9. November Rain
10. Live And Let Die
11. Yesterdays
12. Ain't It Fun
13. Since I Don't Have You
14. Sympathy For The Devil

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It may surprise some to realize that Guns N' Roses released only four full-length original albums, and two of those debuted simultaneously. But they were enough to forever change rock `n' roll. Even more shocking is that one of the great bands in rock history, with its last studio album issued 10 years ago, has never had a "best of" compilation. Now it has. Welcome to the jungle with Greatest Hits (Geffen), released March 23, 2004. With 14 selections housed in a digipak, Greatest Hits features all eight of the band's Top 40 Billboard Hot 100 tracks (five of them RIAA-certified "gold," i.e., sales of more than 500,000 units). Along with spanning the group's five album releases, Greatest Hits also marks the debut on a Guns N' Roses album of the band's cover of the Rolling Stones' "Sympathy For The Devil" for the 1995 film Interview With The Vampire.

If time is the true test, then Guns N' Roses' Greatest Hits confirms that they really were one of the greatest rock & roll bands in the world. While, in retrospect, fellow graduates of the class of 1987 are about as cool as poodle perms and spandex, the L.A. bad boys still rock like gods. Listening to the sun-drenched chords of "Paradise City" and the ensuing stadium-sized swagger is enough to make wearing leather trousers and bandanas seem like a good idea. Of course, it helped that for them sex, drugs, and rock & roll was a way of life, not a fashion statement. As Axl Rose wails "I wanna watch you bleed" on "Welcome to the Jungle" like a chain-smoking lunatic possessed, it's hard not to believe he meant it. Yet equally, it was his surprisingly poetic nature that made genuinely touching love songs of "Patience" and "Sweet Child of Mine."

Though none of their subsequent albums matched the drug-crazed genius of Appetite for Destruction, they did, as the Greatest Hits reminds, have their moments. From the bloated Use Your Illusion I &II came ultimate rock ballads "Don't Cry" and "November Rain," along with the primal rage that was "You Could Be Mine." And while the covers of the The Spaghetti Incident? were largely forgettable, the fact that their final single was a seedy sneer through the Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil" seems spectacularly fitting. --Dan Gennoe

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 17 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is GNR's best songs from each of their albums on one CD. Welcome To The Jungle, Sweet Child O' Mine, and Paradise City are from Appetite For Destruction. Nightrain or Rocket Queen would've been nice additions to this album. And Patience the only hit from GNR Lies is a great acoustic song. 7 of the songs are from the Use Your Illusion albums, my favorite is November Rain and Knockin' On Heaven's Door (which is a cover of Bob Dylan's song). And on The Spaghetti Incident Ain't It Fun (The Dead Boys) and Since I Don't Have You (The Skyliners) are 2 great cover songs and are very underrated. Also Sympathy For the Devil a rolling stones cover song was great, in fact it's better then the rolling stones version and its underrated. It could've had maybe Estranged, Nightrain or Rocket Queen on it.
Anyways, if you want all of GNR's hits on 1 CD instead of buying 6 CD's to have all these songs then buy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Anonymous on March 2 2006
Format: Audio CD
Welcome to the jungle, you Sweet Child O Mine. Don't Cry, I mean, You Could Be Mine, but first you got to go down to the Paradise City, and have a little Patience, as you stand in the November Rain, and remember the Yesterdays. But Since I Don't Have You, I won't start a Civil War, or start Knockin' On Heaven's Door, or give some Sympathy For The Devil. I'll just Live and Let Die. And Ain't It Fun putting all the songs on this album into one lame, cheesy paragraph telling you how great the Gunners are? Sorry, were?
Guns N' Roses restored rock and roll. If it werent for Slash, Axl, and the crew, we'd all be walking around in white sequin gloves singing Thriller. They are the best band ever.
The reason I gave this album 4/5 is cause the are WAY too many good songs that should have been on this album that werent. Hmm, no Estranged or Mr. Brownstone...?
But, none the less, this is a great album, so go out and listen to some good old rock and roll.
Yours truly,
Ryan (last name preferably kept anonymous, thank you very much)
P.S.>>> ROCK ON!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrea on Dec 4 2004
Format: Audio CD
I'm a GNR fan so I would support and buy almost anything they put out....
I was lucky enuff that my sis mailed me this cd as a gift (thanx!) but I probably only listened to it 3 times. Like I said, I own all their albums. Greatest Hits are really for ppl who don't own any of the band's material, so it's a great "introductory" lesson (hey, if you're young like me and don't know much about the Stones, get "hot rocks" and you'll end up fallin in love and buying thier whole library!) Same goes for young ones (younger than me, or those that missed out when they were at the height of their carrer)...go out an buy this (it's pretty cheap if you get it now in the stores too). Then if you like it (and you will!!) buy appetite and the Illusion records for sure. Lies is awsome (has "you're crazy--one of my favourites) and Spaghetti is good for you snot nosed punks out there :)
Now for the actual album:
-did anyone notice that "aint it fun" is censored?? WHY??
-Where on earth is Estranged---I know for a fact a lot of guns fans LOVE this song (myself incl')--so beautiful
-should've came with like a dvd or something special--for kicks
-geffen should've titled it "singles" or something and then incl' all thier singles
so overall, it's what you expect from a greatest hits cd--a good intro lesson---but it does take away from thier work....
my advice to you, is if you're not familiar with GNfn'R...get Appetite for destruction--it's a greatest hits right there (every freakin song is genius---trust me!!!!)
And if you are familiar with GNR by ALL thier albums and DVDs---you won' regret it!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Doran on July 12 2004
Format: Audio CD
Like Stone Temple Pilots, the band's greatest hits album was my introduction to GNR. I listened to it all the way and didn't think much of it. We just went on vacation and I decided to bring it with me. I'm glad I did. "Don't Cry", "Paradise City", "Patience", "November Rain", and "Sweet Child o' Mine" are fantastic. "You Could Be Mine", "Knockin' On Heaven's Door", and "Welcome to the Jungle" are also very good. The last few tracks aren't very good in my opinion. Like a lot of people, I wondered why over a third of the album were cover songs. I know GNR didn't release a lot of albums, but they certainly could have pulled a few more songs out. I would have liked to have seen "It's So Easy", "Nightrain", "Rocket Queen", and "Estranged", "Dust N' Bones", and "14 Years" on there. I think it's a great intro to GNR, and for that, it's worth getting. It's gotten me into them, that's for sure. After buying this Greatest Hits album, I've gone out and purchased all of their albums. Use Your Illusion II is my favorite.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Duncan on July 13 2004
Format: Audio CD
the first 2/3rds of the CD are all worthy of GnR's greatest hits, but the ending is a huge disappointment, culminating in the absolute worst GnR's remake of "Sympathy for the Devil." Estranged, Used to Love Her and other tracks are much more deserving than the final 3 on this album. Estranged, in particular, would demonstrate more fully how Slash's excellent guitar-playing carried a lot of GnR songs, taking the burden off Axel's singing and lyrics.
My guess is the record company made an incomplete and flawed product on purpose because they reckoned that those introduced to GnR from this album would then feel compelled to buy the other CD's with the missing tracks they'd heard were also essential.
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