Appetite for Destruction

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Appetite for Destruction
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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 21, 1987
RecordedJanuary 18–March 23, 1987
Studio
  • Rumbo Studios, Canoga Park, California
  • Take One Studio, Burbank, California
  • The Record Plant, Los Angeles, California
  • Can Am Studio, Tarzana, California
Genre
Length53:51
Label Geffen
Producer Mike Clink
Guns N' Roses chronology
Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide
(1986)
Appetite for Destruction
(1987)
Guns N' Roses (EP)
(1988)
Guns N' Roses studio album chronology
Appetite for Destruction
(1987)
G N' R Lies
(1988)
Singles from Appetite for Destruction
  1. "It's So Easy"
    Released: June 15, 1987
  2. "Welcome to the Jungle"
    Released: October 3, 1987
  3. "Sweet Child o' Mine"
    Released: August 17, 1988
  4. "Paradise City"
    Released: November 30, 1988
  5. "Nightrain"
    Released: July 29, 1989
Alternative cover
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Original cover, which was replaced shortly after release

Appetite for Destruction is the debut studio album by American hard rock band Guns N' Roses. It was released on July 21, 1987, by Geffen Records.

Hard rock is a loosely defined subgenre of rock music that began in the mid-1960s, with the garage, psychedelic and blues rock movements. It is typified by a heavy use of aggressive vocals, distorted electric guitars, bass guitar, drums, and often accompanied with keyboards.

Guns N Roses American hard rock band formed in 1985

Guns N' Roses, often abbreviated as GNR, is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1985. When they signed to Geffen Records in 1986, the band comprised vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. The current lineup consists of Rose, Slash, McKagan, keyboardist Dizzy Reed, guitarist Richard Fortus, drummer Frank Ferrer and keyboardist Melissa Reese.

Geffen Records is an American record label owned by Universal Music Group through its Interscope Geffen A&M Records imprint.

Contents

The album was released to little mainstream attention in 1987. It was not until the following year that it became a massive commercial success, after the band had toured and received airplay with the singles "Welcome to the Jungle", "Paradise City" and "Sweet Child o' Mine". It topped the Billboard 200 and became the best-selling debut album of all time, as well as the eleventh best-selling album of all time in the United States. With over 30 million copies sold worldwide, it is also one of the best-selling records of all time.

Welcome to the Jungle song by Guns N Roses in 1987

"Welcome to the Jungle" is a song by American rock band Guns N' Roses, featured on their debut album, Appetite for Destruction (1987). It was released as the album's second single initially in the UK in September 1987 then again in October 1988 this time including the US, where it reached number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 24 on the UK Singles Chart.

Paradise City single

"Paradise City" is a song by the American rock band Guns N' Roses, featured on their debut album, Appetite for Destruction (1987). It was released as a single in January 1989. It is also the only song on the album to feature a synthesizer. It is frequently played at sports stadiums during games along with "Welcome to the Jungle", also from Appetite for Destruction. The song peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100—becoming the band's third single to reach the Top 10—and number six on the UK Singles Chart. It also topped the Irish Singles Chart, their first of three singles to do so.

Sweet Child o Mine single by Guns N Roses

"Sweet Child o' Mine" is a song by American rock band Guns N' Roses, appearing on their debut album, Appetite for Destruction. Released in August 1988 as the album's third single, the song topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming the band's only number 1 US single. Billboard ranked it the number 5 song of 1988. Re-released in 1989, it reached number 6 on the UK Singles Chart. Guitarist Slash said in 1990, "[The song] turned into a huge hit and now it makes me sick. I mean, I like it, but I hate what it represents."

Although critics originally were ambivalent toward the album, Appetite for Destruction has since received retrospective acclaim and been viewed as one of the greatest albums of all time. In 2018, it was re-released as a remastered box set to similar acclaim.

Background

Guns N' Roses first recordings were for a planned EP in March 1985, shortly after forming, with "Don't Cry", a cover of "Heartbreak Hotel", "Think About You" and "Anything Goes". [1] However, plans for the release fell through, as original guitarist Tracii Guns left the band, being replaced by Slash. [2] Shortly afterward, the classic lineup of Axl Rose, Duff McKagan, Slash, Steven Adler and Izzy Stradlin was finalized. [3]

Dont Cry 1991 song by Guns n’ Roses

"Don't Cry" is a power ballad by the hard rock band Guns N' Roses, two versions of which were released simultaneously on different albums. The version with the original lyrics is the fourth track on Use Your Illusion I, while the version with the alternate lyrics is the 13th track on Use Your Illusion II. Only the vocal tracks differ, and even then only in the verses; however, in those verses, not only are the words entirely different, but the meter and melody are also slightly different. There is also a third version, officially released only on the single for the song, which was recorded during Appetite for Destruction sessions in 1986. The song reached the top 10 in many countries, including number 8 in the UK Singles Chart and number 10 in the U.S. on the Billboard Hot 100.

Heartbreak Hotel single

"Heartbreak Hotel" is a song recorded by American singer Elvis Presley. It was released as a single on January 27, 1956, Presley's first on his new record label RCA Victor. It was written by Tommy Durden and Mae Boren Axton.

Tracii Guns American musician

Tracy Richard Irving Ulrich, known professionally as Tracii Guns, is an American musician best known as the founder of glam metal group L.A. Guns, as well as the supergroups Brides of Destruction and Contraband. He was also a founding member of Guns N' Roses, but left shortly afterwards and was replaced by guitarist Slash.

After heavy touring of the Los Angeles club scene, the group signed with Geffen Records in March 1986. [4] In December of that year, the group released the four-song EP Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide , designed to keep interest in the band alive while the group withdrew from the club scene to work in the studio. [5] [6] The EP release was designed to sooth over the label, who felt the band didn't have enough songs to record an album. [7]

Singer Axl Rose stated that many of the songs on the album were written while the band was performing on the Los Angeles club circuit, and a number of songs that would be featured on later Guns N' Roses albums were considered for Appetite for Destruction, such as "Back Off Bitch", "You Could Be Mine", "November Rain" and "Don't Cry". It is said that the reason for not putting "November Rain" on it was because they had already agreed to put "Sweet Child 'O Mine" on it and thus already had a ballad on the album (however, both Use Your Illusion albums would contain more than one ballad). [8] [9] Producer Spencer Proffer was hired to record "Nightrain" and "Sweet Child o' Mine" to test his chemistry with the band. [10] The band eventually recorded 9 songs during these sessions, including "Heartbreak Hotel", "Don't Cry", "Welcome to the Jungle" and "Shadow of Your Love". [10] In mid to late 1986, the band recorded demos with Nazareth guitarist Manny Charlton, [10] which were released in 2018. (See Below for more info) The band initially considered Paul Stanley of KISS to produce, but he was rejected after he wanted to change Adler's drum set more than Adler wanted. [10] Robert John "Mutt" Lange was also considered, but the label didn't want to spend the extra money on a famous producer. [10] Ultimately, Mike Clink (who had produced several Triumph records) was chosen, [11] and the group recorded "Shadow of Your Love" first with Clink as a test. [10]

Axl Rose American singer-songwriter and musician

W. Axl Rose is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and musician. He is the lead vocalist of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses, and has also been the band's sole constant member since its inception in 1985. In addition to Guns N' Roses, he also toured with Australian rock band AC/DC in 2016 during their Rock or Bust World Tour when Brian Johnson took a break due to hearing problems. Rose has been named one of the greatest singers of all time by various media outlets, including Rolling Stone and NME.

Los Angeles City in California

Los Angeles, officially the City of Los Angeles and often known by its initials L.A., is the most populous city in California and the second most populous city in the United States, after New York. With an estimated population of four million, Los Angeles is the cultural, financial, and commercial center of Southern California. Nicknamed the "City of Angels" partly because of its name's Spanish meaning, Los Angeles is known for its Mediterranean climate, ethnic diversity, Hollywood, and the entertainment industry, and sprawling metropolis.

You Could Be Mine 1991 Guns n’ Roses song

"You Could Be Mine" is a song by American rock band Guns N' Roses, featured on their 1991 fourth studio album Use Your Illusion II. It was released as the band's seventh single, and the first from the Use Your Illusion albums, in June 1991. Backed with "Civil War" from Use Your Illusion II, the single reached number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number three on the UK Singles Chart.

In 1999, Rose had the album re-recorded with the then current lineup (Rose, Robin Finck, Tommy Stinson, Paul Tobias, Josh Freese, Dizzy Reed & Chris Pitman) to "spruce up" the album with new recording techniques. [12] The re-recorded version of the album was never released, although an edited clip of "Sweet Child O' Mine" featuring the second half of the song using the re-recorded version was included over the credits of the movie Big Daddy in 1999.

Robin Finck American musician

Robert John "Robin" Finck is an American guitarist. He is one of only a few artists who has played in two different bands listed on VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock": Nine Inch Nails and Guns N' Roses.

Tommy Stinson American musician

Thomas Eugene Stinson is an American rock musician. He came to prominence in the 1980s as the bass guitarist for The Replacements, one of the definitive American alternative rock groups. After their breakup in 1991, Stinson formed Bash & Pop, acting as lead vocalist, guitarist and frontman. In the mid-1990s he was the singer and bassist for the rock band Perfect, and eventually joined the hard rock band Guns N' Roses in 1998.

Paul H. Tobias is an American guitarist best known for his involvement with hard rock band Guns N' Roses, with whom he has collaborated since 1994.

Recording and production

Promo photo of Guns N' Roses classic lineup, from left to right, Izzy Stradlin, Steven Adler, Axl Rose, Duff McKagan, & Slash. Guns-N-Roses-1987.jpg
Promo photo of Guns N' Roses classic lineup, from left to right, Izzy Stradlin, Steven Adler, Axl Rose, Duff McKagan, & Slash.

After some weeks of rehearsal, the band entered Daryl Dragon's Rumbo Recorders in January 1987. [10] Two weeks were spent recording basic tracks, with Clink splicing together the best takes with his razor blade. [10] Clink worked eighteen-hour days for the next month, with Slash overdubbing in the afternoon and evening, and Rose performing vocals. Slash struggled to find a guitar sound before coming up with a Gibson Les Paul copy plugged into a Marshall amplifier. He spent hours with Clink paring down and structuring his solos. The total budget for the album was about $370,000. [9] According to drummer Steven Adler, the percussion was done in just six days, but Rose's vocals took much longer as he insisted on doing them one line at a time, in a perfectionism that drove the rest of the band away from the studio as he worked. [13] Final overdubs and mixing were done at Mediasound Studios, and mastering at Sterling Sound, New York City. [14]

Many of the songs on Appetite For Destruction began as solo tracks that individual band members wrote separate from the band, only to be completed later. These songs include "It's So Easy" (Duff McKagan) and "Think About You" (Izzy Stradlin). "Rocket Queen" was an unfinished Slash/McKagan/Adler song that was written from their earlier band Road Crew, whereas "Anything Goes", written by Hollywood Rose and included in their compilation album The Roots of Guns N' Roses , was later re-written for Appetite. Most of the songs reflect the band's personal experiences and daily life, such as "Welcome to the Jungle", some of the lyrics of which Rose wrote after he encountered a man in New York shortly after arriving there from Indiana in 1980, [15] and "Mr. Brownstone", which is about the band's problems with heroin. Lyrics to some of the songs focus on the band members' younger years, like "Out ta Get Me", which focuses on lead singer Axl Rose's constant trouble with the law as a youth in Indiana. [16]

Artwork

The album's original cover art, based on Robert Williams' painting Appetite for Destruction, depicted a robotic rapist about to be punished by a metal avenger. After several music retailers refused to stock the album, the label compromised and put the controversial cover art inside, replacing it with an image depicting a Celtic cross and skulls of the five band members with (designed by Billy White Jr., originally as a tattoo), each skull representing one member of the band: Izzy Stradlin, top skull; Steven Adler, left skull; Axl Rose, center skull; Duff McKagan, right skull; and Slash, bottom skull. In a 2016 interview, Billy White Jr. explained, "The cross and skulls that looked like the band was Axl’s idea, the rest was me. The knot work in the cross was a reference to Thin Lizzy, a band Axl and I both loved.” [17]

The photographs used for the back of the album and liner notes were taken by Robert John, Marc Canter, Jack Lue, Leonard McCardie, and Greg Freeman. The original cover was supposed to be on the 2008 vinyl reissue, though the record label replaced it with the "Skulls" art at the last minute. [18]

The band stated the artwork is "a symbolic social statement, with the robot representing the industrial system that's raping and polluting our environment." [19] In albums which were issued on double sided media (vinyl records and audio cassettes) the two sides were not conventionally labeled "A" and "B", but "G" and "R". Tracks 1–6 which compose side "G" all deal with drugs and hard life in the big city ("Guns" side). The remaining tracks, which compose side "R", all deal with love, sex and relationships ("Roses" side). In an interview with That Metal Show in 2011, Rose stated his original idea for the cover art was to be the photo of the Space Shuttle Challenger exploding, which was on the cover of Time magazine in 1986, but Geffen refused it saying it was "in bad taste". [20]

Release and promotion

Appetite for Destruction was released by Geffen on July 21, 1987, receiving little notice from American press and radio, apart from some airplay in California. Music journalist Stephen Davis later attributed this to competing rock music in the mainstream at the time, including Aerosmith's comeback hit Permanent Vacation , Def Leppard's presence on radio with their Hysteria album, and the dominance of U2's spiritual rock on MTV's prime-time viewership. [21]

In the week of August 6, 1987, Appetite for Destruction debuted at number 182 on the Billboard 200. The album would not top the chart until August 6, 1988, after the band had toured and received radio and music video airplay with singles such as "Welcome to the Jungle", "Paradise City" and "Sweet Child o' Mine". [22] The album spent four non-consecutive weeks at number one [23] and a total of 147 weeks on the Billboard 200. [24] "We thought we'd made a record that might do as well as, say, Motörhead," noted Slash. "It was totally uncommercial. It took a year [sic] for it to even get on the charts. No one wanted to know about it." [25]

By September 2008, the album had been certified 18x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), having shipped over 18 million copies in the United States, [26] making it the country's 11th best-selling album ever. [27] According to Billboard in 2008, it is also the best-selling debut album of all time in the US. [28] That year, Sky News reported the album's worldwide sales to be approximately 28 million copies, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time. [29] More recent figures have it at approximately 30 million sold worldwide. [30]

Reception and legacy

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svg [31]
Christgau's Record Guide B− [32]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svg [33]
Entertainment Weekly A [34]
MusicHound Rock 5/5 [35]
Pitchfork 10/10 [36]
Rolling Stone Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svg [37]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svg [38]
Spin Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svg [39]
Sputnikmusic 2/5 [40]

Appetite for Destruction was not well received by contemporary critics. [41] Many complained that its massive success with consumers was fostered by the taboo of "sex, drugs and rock & roll" during the 1980s, when much of the cultural atmosphere in the US became informed by the Reagan-Bush Administration, the AIDS crisis, and the popularity of MTV. [42] Reviewing in 1987, Dave Ling from Metal Hammer dismissed the album as an inferior mix of elements from bands such as Aerosmith, Hanoi Rocks, and AC/DC. [41] Critics in England were more positive; Kerrang! claimed that "rock is at last being wrestled from the hands of the bland, the weak, the jaded, the tired, the worn, and being thrust back into the hands of the real raunch rebels." [21] It was voted the 26th best album of the year in The Village Voice 's 1988 Pazz & Jop, an annual poll of American critics nationwide. [43] Robert Christgau, the poll's supervisor, was qualified in his praise while reviewing the album for his 1990 book Christgau's Record Guide: The '80s . While applauding Rose's "effortless, convincing vocal abilities" as "undeniable and [setting] him apart from his contemporaries", the journalist found his performance undermined by questionable lyrics that reveal darker ideas: "He doesn't love 'Night Train', he loves alcoholism. And once that sweet child o' his proves her devotion by sucking his cock for the portacam, the evil slut is ready for 'See me hit you you fall down.'" [32]

In a retrospective review for The Rolling Stone Album Guide (2004), Ann Powers wrote that Guns N' Roses "produced a unique mix of different rock values," such as "speed and musicianship, flash and dirt", on an album that "changed hard rock's sensibilities at the time." [38] Stephen Thomas Erlewine also viewed it as a "turning point for hard rock" in his review for AllMusic and felt Rose's singing and songwriting are enhanced by Slash and Stradlin's dual guitar playing, which helped make Appetite for Destruction "the best metal record of the late '80s". [31] According to Jimmy Martin of The Quietus , as the 1980s' best hard rock album, Appetite for Destruction had an "unrefined, punk quality" that marked a "shift away" from hair metal bands commercialized by MTV. [41] According to Billboard magazine's Christa Titus, Appetite for Destruction appealed to rock music's various listeners because the band incorporated "metal's forceful playing, punk rock's rebellious themes, glam metal's aesthetic, and bluesy guitar riffs that appealed to purists." [22] Russell Hall, the features writer for Gibson's online publication, said the album "injected a much-needed dose of ’70s-style rebellion into the frothy pop metal of the '80s", by "combining the swagger of late '60s Stones and vintage Aerosmith with the menace of punk and a trash-glam aesthetic". [44]

Writing for Pitchfork, Maura Johnston called the album "a watershed moment in '80s rock that chronicled every vice of Los Angeles led by the lye-voiced Axl Rose and a legendary, switchblade-sharp band." [36] BBC Music's Dennis O'Dell said the engagingly hedonistic album remains the band's best, [45] as did Ric Albano of Classic Rock magazine: "This band would never again reach this level of importance and breakthrough originality." [46] In a 2000 list, Q named it one of the greatest metal albums ever and hailed it as "a riotous celebration of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll". [47] Chuck Klosterman said it would be the only pop metal album to make a theoretical list of rock's ten best albums. [48] and Chuck Eddy named it one of his essential hair metal records; it was "the greatest album ever made about how you can't run away from yourself", he wrote in Spin . [49] On the other hand, Sputnikmusic believed the album has been somewhat overrated and that most of the songs suffer by comparison with the highlights "Welcome to the Jungle", "Sweet Child o' Mine", "Paradise City", "Mr. Brownstone", and "Rocket Queen". [40]

Accolades

According to Acclaimed Music, Appetite for Destruction is the 63rd most ranked record on critics' all-time lists. [50]

Remastered version

Appetite for Destruction: Locked N' Loaded
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Compilation album by
ReleasedJune 29, 2018 (2018-06-29)
Recorded1985-1988
Studio
Length
  • 211:25 (Super Deluxe)
  • 127:08 (Deluxe)
Label Universal Music Group
Producer Mike Clink, Manny Charlton
Guns N' Roses chronology
Appetite for Democracy 3D
(2014)
Appetite for Destruction: Locked N' Loaded
(2018)
Singles from Appetite for Destruction: Locked N' Loaded
  1. "Shadow of Your Love"
    Released: May 4, 2018
Alternative cover
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The contents of the Locked N' Loaded edition

On April 30, 2018, billboards appeared in several large cities, and a website was launched, with the tagline "Destruction Is Coming." [66] The website was updated with a countdown clock to May 4, 2018, and a snippet of the Hollywood Rose song "Shadow of Your Love" playing. [67] Journalist Mitch Lafon stated the campaign was for a deluxe edition of Appetite for Destruction. [68] A video announcement was inadvertently released a day early, detailing the Appetite for Destruction: Locked N' Loaded edition, which was released June 29, 2018. The box set includes 73 songs (49 of which were previously unreleased) on four compact discs and seven 12-inch 180-gram LP's. It includes remastered versions of Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide , an EP of b-sides, 25 recordings from the group's 1986 Sound City Studios sessions with producer Manny Charlton, and two previously unreleased tracks from the group's sessions with Mike Clink. Three of the four songs from the G N' R Lies EP are included, with the exception of the controversial "One in a Million". [69]

In addition to the music, the includes a 96-page book with unreleased photos from Rose's personal archive, 12 lithographs visualizing each song on the album and assorted replica memorabilia. [70] "Shadow of Your Love" was released as a single on May 4, 2018, the band's first single in almost a decade. [71] [72] The full Locked N' Loaded edition initially retailed for $999; a deluxe edition which includes the five discs and extras and standard editions with just the remastered album and bonus tracks were also made available. [73] [74] In addition, the deluxe and super deluxe versions were made available for streaming and paid download.

On May 21, 2018, the band released the unseen music video for It's So Easy on Apple Music. [75] "Welcome to the Jungle (1986 Sound City Session)", "Move to The City (1988 Acoustic Version)" and "November Rain (Piano Version, 1986 Sound City Session)" [76] were released as promotional singles in June before the album's release. A hidden tape of the band's five-song 1985 Mystic Studios demo session is included as an easter egg in one of the drawers of the Locked N' Loaded edition. [77]

A Pop-up shop was opened in London on the day of release, featuring Guns N' Roses themed drinks, a tattoo artist, merchandise, and a large screen showing the band's 1988 show at The Ritz. [78] The remastered release resulted in Appetite for Destruction re-entering the top 10 of the Billboard 200 for the first time in 29 years. [79]

Reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic 95/100 [80]
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic Positive [81]
Drowned in Sound Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svg [82]
Kerrang! Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svg [83]
Rolling Stone Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svg [84]
Slant MagazineStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svg [85]

The box set received universal critical acclaim, with Metacritic scoring it 95 out of 100, based on 9 reviews. [80] It was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Boxed Set, their first nomination since 1993. [86]

Track listing

Original release

All tracks written by Guns N' Roses, except where noted.

Appetite for Destruction [14]
Side one
No.TitleLength
1."Welcome to the Jungle"4:31
2."It's So Easy" (Guns N' Roses, West Arkeen)3:21
3."Nightrain"4:26
4."Out ta Get Me"4:20
5."Mr. Brownstone"3:46
6."Paradise City"6:46
Side two
No.TitleLength
7."My Michelle"3:39
8."Think About You"3:50
9."Sweet Child o' Mine"5:55
10."You're Crazy"3:16
11."Anything Goes" (Guns N' Roses, Chris Weber)3:25
12."Rocket Queen"6:13
Total length:53:52

Super deluxe edition

The "Locked N' Loaded" Edition and the "Super Deluxe Edition" have the same musical contents. Disc one is the original album.

All tracks written by Guns N' Roses, except where noted.

Disc 2: B-Sides N' EP's
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Reckless Life" Axl Rose, Izzy Stradlin, Chris Weber 3:21
2."Nice Boys" Angry Anderson, Mick Cocks, Geordie Leach, Dallas "Digger" Royall, Peter Wells 3:02
3."Move to the City" (Live)Stradlin, Weber, Del James 3:34
4."Mama Kin" Steven Tyler 3:41
5."Shadow of Your Love" (Live)Axl Rose, Izzy Stradlin, Paul Tobias3:03
6."You're Crazy" (Acoustic Version) 4:25
7."Patience" 5:54
8."Used to Love Her" 3:13
9."You're Crazy" 4:10
10."It's So Easy" (Live at the Marquee Club London / 1987)Guns N' Roses, West Arkeen3:54
11."Knockin' on Heaven's Door" (Live at the Marquee Club London / 1987) Bob Dylan 4:59
12."Whole Lotta Rosie" (Live at the Marquee Club London / 1987)Angus Young, Bon Scott, Malcolm Young4:06
Total length:47:21

All tracks written by Guns N' Roses, except where noted.

Disc 3: 1986 Sound City Session
No.TitleLength
1."Welcome to the Jungle"4:59
2."Nightrain"4:49
3."Out ta Get Me"4:01
4."Paradise City"5:34
5."My Michelle"4:21
6."Think About You"3:50
7."You're Crazy"3:21
8."Anything Goes" (Guns N' Roses, Chris Weber)4:35
9."Rocket Queen"6:06
10."Shadow of Your Love" (Rose, Stradlin, Paul Tobias)2:38
11."Heartbreak Hotel (Elvis Presley cover)" (Mae Boren Axton, Thomas Durden, Elvis Presley)4:36
12."Jumpin' Jack Flash (The Rolling Stones cover)" (Jagger/Richards, Bill Wyman)3:21
Total length:52:11
Disc 4: 1986 Sound City Session N' More
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Shadow of Your Love"Rose, Stradlin, Tobias3:05
2."Move to the City"Stradlin, Weber, Del James 3:16
3."Ain't Goin' Down No More" (Instrumental Version)Guns N' Roses, Weber3:30
4."The Plague"Guns N' Roses, Weber0:54
5."Nice Boys"Anderson, Cocks, Leach, Royall, Wells2:58
6."Back off Bitch"Rose, Tobias4:39
7."Reckless Life"Rose, Stradlin, Weber2:45
8."Mama Kin"Tyler3:26
9."New Work Tune"Guns N' Roses, Weber3:25
10."November Rain" (Piano Version)Rose10:18
11."Move to the City" (Acoustic Version)Stradlin, Weber, James3:41
12."You're Crazy" (Acoustic Version)Guns N' Roses4:06
13."November Rain" (Acoustic Version)Rose5:00
14."Jumpin' Jack Flash" (Acoustic Version)Jagger/Richards, Wyman3:52
15."Move to the City" (1988 Acoustic version)Stradlin, Weber, James3:26
Total length:58:21

All tracks written by Guns N' Roses, except where noted.

Hidden bonus cassette: 1985 Mystic Studio Session
No.TitleLength
1."Welcome to the Jungle"4:52
2."Anything Goes" (Guns N' Roses, Weber)5:03
3."Don't Cry" (Rose, Stradlin)4:36
4."Back Off Bitch" (Rose, Tobias)4:46
5."Think About You"3:58

A fifth disc is included; a Blu-ray disc, which has 96 kHz 24-bit 5.1 Surround Sound & Remastered Stereo mixes, mixed by Elliot Scheiner and Frank Filipetti. It includes all of Appetite for Destruction, alongside bonus tracks "Shadow of Your Love", "Patience", "Used to Love Her", "You're Crazy", and "Move to the City (1988 Acoustic version)". In addition, it includes music videos for "Welcome to the Jungle", "Sweet Child O' Mine", "Paradise City", "Patience", and a previously unreleased video of "It's So Easy". [87]

Deluxe edition

All tracks written by Guns N' Roses, except where noted.

Disc 1: Appetite for Destruction Remastered
No.TitleLength
1."Welcome to the Jungle"4:33
2."It's So Easy" (Guns N' Roses, West Arkeen)3:22
3."Nightrain"4:28
4."Out ta Get Me"4:23
5."Mr. Brownstone"3:48
6."Paradise City"6:45
7."My Michelle"3:39
8."Think About You"3:51
9."Sweet Child o' Mine"5:56
10."You're Crazy"3:17
11."Anything Goes" (Guns N' Roses, Chris Weber)3:26
12."Rocket Queen"6:13
Total length:53:41

All tracks written by Guns N' Roses, except where noted.

Disc 2
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Reckless Life" Axl Rose, Izzy Stradlin, Chris Weber 3:21
2."Nice Boys" (Rose Tattoo cover) Angry Anderson, Mick Cocks, Geordie Leach, Dallas "Digger" Royall, Peter Wells 3:02
3."Move to the City" (Live)Stradlin, Weber, Del James 3:34
4."Mama Kin" (Aerosmith cover) Steven Tyler 3:41
5."Shadow of Your Love" (Live)Axl Rose, Izzy Stradlin, Paul Tobias3:03
6."Welcome to the Jungle" (1986 Sound City Sessions) 4:59
7."Nightrain" (1986 Sound City Sessions) 4:49
8."Out ta Get Me" (1986 Sound City Sessions) 4:01
9."Paradise City" (1986 Sound City Sessions) 5:34
10."My Michelle" (1986 Sound City Sessions) 4:21
11."Shadow of Your Love"Rose, Stradlin, Tobias3:05
12."It's So Easy" (Live at the Marquee Club London / 1987)Guns N' Roses, West Arkeen3:54
13."Knockin' on Heaven's Door" (Live at the Marquee Club London / 1987) Bob Dylan 4:59
14."Whole Lotta Rosie" (Live at the Marquee Club London / 1987, AC/DC cover)Angus Young, Bon Scott, Malcolm Young4:06
15."You're Crazy" (Acoustic version) 4:25
16."Patience" 5:54
17."Used to Love Her" 3:13
18."Move to the City" (1988 Acoustic version)Stradlin, Weber, James3:26
Total length:1:13:27

Personnel

Credits are adapted from the album's liner notes. [14]

Charts

ChartPeak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA) [88] 7
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria) [89] 3
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders) [90] 11
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia) [91] 5
Canadian Albums (Billboard) [92] 7
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100) [93] 3
French Albums (SNEP) [94] 7
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100) [95] 2
Irish Albums (IRMA) [96] 7
Italian Albums (FIMI) [97] 5
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ) [98] 1
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista) [99] 9
Polish Albums (ZPAV) [100] 21
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan) [101] 12
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade) [102] 5
UK Albums (OCC) [103] 5
US Billboard 200 [104] 1
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard) [105] 4
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard) [106] 1

Certifications

RegionCertification Certified units/Sales
Argentina (CAPIF) [107] 3× Platinum180,000^
Australia (ARIA) [108] 7× Platinum490,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria) [109] Platinum50,000*
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil) [110] Platinum250,000*
Canada (Music Canada) [111] Diamond1,000,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat) [112] Gold25,000 [112]
France (SNEP) [113] 2× Gold200,000*
Germany (BVMI) [114] Platinum500,000^
Japan (RIAJ) [115] Platinum200,000^
Italy (FIMI) [116] Gold50,000*
Mexico (AMPROFON) [117] Gold100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ) [118] 5× Platinum75,000^
Sweden (GLF) [119] Gold50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland) [120] Platinum50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI) [121] 4× Platinum1,200,000^
United States (RIAA) [122] 18× Platinum18,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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