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Use Your Illusion: II Explicit Lyrics

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 17 1991)
  • Original Release Date: 1991
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B000000OSG
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record  |  DVD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 162 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #417 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Civil War
2. 14 Years
3. Yesterdays
4. Knockin' On Heaven's Door
5. Get In The Ring
6. Shotgun Blues
7. Breakdown
8. Pretty Tied Up
9. Locomotive (Complicity)
10. So Fine
11. Estranged
12. You Could Be Mine
13. Don't Cry (Alt. Lyrics)
14. My World

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Japanese SHM paper sleeve pressing. The SHM-CD [Super High Material CD] format features enhanced audio quality through the use of a special polycarbonate plastic. Using a process developed by JVC & Universal Music Japan discovered through the joint companies' research into LCD display manufacturing SHM-CDs feature improved transparency on the data side of the disc allowing for more accurate reading of CD data by the CD player laser head. SHM-CD format CDs are fully compatible with standard CD players. Universal. 2009.

Had Use Your Illusion II been combined with Use Your Illusion I, keeping only the best material while dropping the filler, it would have been one of the best rock albums ever recorded. Instead, great songs like "Civil War", "14 Years", "Estranged", and "So Fine" compete with the inexcusable "Get in the Ring" and the well-intentioned but off-target cover of "Knockin' on Heaven's Door". There's no point to the second version of "Don't Cry", either. On the other hand, when Guns N' Roses were good, they were very, very good, and some of the material on this album is unsurpassable. --Genevieve Williams

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What is all the arguing about? These albums were huge when they came out and have stood the test of time. To those who complain about filler on albums, I’ll take all the filler that this era of GNR has to offer over anything on the radio today.

Use Your Illusion II has one of the greatest songs ever written on it, Estranged - a true masterpiece. The guitar work alone from Slash cements him as all-time great. Axl’s best work ever on piano and lyrically.

I say I love every minute of both UYI albums. Even the oft criticized My World. Because it captures what GNR was like at the height of their debauchery. Axl snuck a crazy track like that on what was destined to become an epic album, and he knew it! Isn’t that just a big middle finger to the whole world (and his band)? The last real rock star on the planet – Axl Rose. CAT scan shows disfiguration!

This vinyl was worth every penny.
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Haven't opened this yet, but it's simply a re-buy of a must-have album from the early 90s. I had forgotten just how good these guys were and would have appreciated them more had I been this old back then.
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Appetite For Destruction is an excellent album and easily one of the Top 3 from the 80's but Use Your Illusion II makes it look vastly overrated. Compare the fury of "Welcome To The Jungle" with "You Could Be Mine" which everyone knows was in AHHHNOLD'S Terminator: Judgment Day. Or how about the 9+ minute epic Estranged which alone makes Use Your Illusion II a five star album. Slash's guitar for 4 minutes, then a change wear Axl plays beautifully on the piano, then more of Slash's guitar and then a thrilling finish. "Knockin On Heaven's Door" was a great Bob Dylan cover and "Civil War" displays Axl's talent for songwriting when he avoids profanity. "14 Years" has a cool chorus with Izzy doing vocals and "Yesterdays" is one of the band's better known songs. Use Your Illusion II is above Use Your Illusion I because it's more consistent and there's less filler. Like everyone else, my only complaint is "My World" which really isn't saying much because it's only 1 minute-22 seconds long although it's still Guns N Roses worst song ever. This CD overall is probably my favorite of the 90's although "90's" refers only up to 1993 in my book because things went downhill fast afterward. Use Your Illusion II is classic Guns N Roses and should no be missed by anyone.
Also check out these early 90's CD's:
Metallica - Metallica (1991)
Alice In Chains - Dirt (1992)
Pearl Jam - Ten (1991)
Nirvana - In Utero (1993)
Guns N Roses - Use Your Illusion I (1991)
Nirvana - Nevermind (1991)
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Easily tied with some other albums for "Greatest of All Time", "Use Your Illusion II" is the one review I kept putting off, not thinking I could ever be in the proper state of mind to give this piece of music the justice and worship that words can never express. Well, I've obviously started typing, so let's see what happens...
(Oh first of all let's get the "Appetite" and "My World" issues out of the way; yes, Appetite is wonderful and there's no reason to let any sort of comparison between these two albums impede the immense praise that is deserved by both. And yes, "My World" is an example of "WTF, Axl?????". HOWEVER, you have over 70 of the most well spent minutes of your entire existence to experience from this album before the final two minutes, so how DARE anyone let "My World" affect the reaction towards "Use Your Illusion II.")
Ok here we go. This album is epic (did I mention that?). When you are down and out, ready to give up, think all hope has gone, etc., etc..... you do NOT go to Nirvana. you do NOT go to Britney Spears. No, my friends (and enemies), you go to this album, track 11. There you will find the reason music exists. Heart and soul, blood and guts, tears, catharsis, anger, rage, emotion of the highest form, a purging of all of your demons: THAT is what will be injected into your veins when you listen to one of the greatest songs ever, "Estranged." Unfortunately, songs like this were a major reason for the sad (and painfully slow) breaking of the fellowship that was known as the mighty original Guns. Axl was (and is) a control freak that dictatorially directed how the music was going to be.
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The Use Your Illusion albums were perhaps the most widely anticipated albums, EVER! Hundreds of thousands of fans waited at record stores until midnight so that they could get the album right when it was released. And while most people were expecting more Appetite for Destruction, the new, more sophisticated sound that appeared on the albums kept most fans happy. While Appetite was dominated by Izzy Stradlin and Slash's double guitar attack, this albums had a different sound. Slash had great solos on 80% of the songs and Axl's piano playing added a new sound to the dirty punk-influenced rockers. Izzy Stradlin also emerged as not only a great guitar player, but an extremely talented songwriter.
1. Civil War 10/10- A great song that has comments from little known revolutionaries and also a quote from "Cool Hand Luke." These tie in perfectly with the song. Sounds like an anti-Vietnam song, so it's hard to take it seriously since Axl wasn't even a teenager when the war was going on, but it is so good. Axl sounds great on vocals, and so does Slash with the wah-wah pedal. A masterpiece.
2. 14 Years 10/10- Similar sounding to Dust N' Bones, they are also both written and sang by Izzy, who sounds great. It is too bad they didn't keep to this sound: heavy guitars and Izzy's vocals, balanced by Axl's piano and harmonies. It's a shame that when Izzy released his solo stuff that he did not use this sound instead of that Stonesy road music similar to John Fogarty.
3. Yesterdays 7/10- Thought of by many as a great song, but comes off as sappy aand phony. Released as a single, but didn't do anything thanks to Nirvana. Still has a good guitar solo.
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