5 comments on “Trimming The Fat: GNR's Use Your Illusion I & II

  1. Nice idea – particularly like the title… the thought of “Get In The Ring” banished works with me. Glad you kept “14 Years” in there too as I’ve always thought of this as a lost treasure in the GnR catalogue.

    I did a similar thing a while back with The Who’s “Odds And Sods” – seeing if I could get the CD set down to a 10 or so track corker of a release. Makes you listen more attentively doesn’t it?

    Look forward to reading more in this series.


  2. If you waited in line at midnight the day of release like I did, and then went home and played this marathon, then you will agree that GNR should have “trimmed the fat” back in 1991! I couldn’t agree more.

    If I had to pick one to listen to it would be #2 but here’s how I would trim the fat to 15 songs:

    Civil War
    You Could Be Mine
    Pretty Tied Up
    Don’t Cry (original)
    November Rain
    Dust ‘N Bones
    Get In The Ring
    So Fine
    Back Off Bitch
    Bad Obsession
    Don’t Cry (alternate) — for comparison sake
    Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door (cover)
    Live & Let Die (cover)

    I would make the covers and the alternate ‘Don’t Cry’ bonus tracks to the 12 song album. Maybe ‘Live & Let Die’ could be for the Japanese pressing, ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door’ for the European pressing, and the 2nd ‘Don’t Cry’ as am iTunes only download, LOL!

    Heavy Metal Addiction


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