Guns N' Roses - Appetite for Destruction

Appetite for Destruction
Appetite for Destruction is the debut studio album by American hard rock band Guns N' Roses, released on July 21, 1987 on Geffen Records. It was well received by critics and topped the American Billboard 200 chart. As of September 2008, the album has been certified 18 times Platinum by the RIAA, making it the best-selling record released on Geffen.[4] The album is featured in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[5]

Axl Rose stated that many of the songs featured on the album had been written while the band had been 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).[6][7]

The band started searching for someone to produce their debut, mostly recommendations made by Geffen executives Alan Niven and Tom Zutaut. Demos were recorded under both Manny Charlton and Spencer Proffer, with some work made with the latter being issued in the EP Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide.[8] One of the interviewed prospects was Kiss's Paul Stanley, rejected after insisting on changes to Steven Adler's drum setup and the songs. The band considered Robert John "Mutt" Lange, but he proved too expensive to hire. Eventually Mike Clink, who had produced several Triumph records, was chosen,[9] for being the first to record the band exactly the way they wanted.[8]

  • 1. "Welcome to the Jungle"   Axl Rose, Slash 4:34
  • 2. "It's So Easy"   Duff McKagan, West Arkeen 3:23
  • 3. "Nightrain"   Rose, McKagan, Izzy Stradlin, Slash 4:29
  • 4. "Out ta Get Me"   Rose, Stradlin, Slash 4:25
  • 5. "Mr. Brownstone"   Stradlin, Slash 3:49
  • 6. "Paradise City"   Rose, McKagan, Stradlin, Slash 6:46
  • 7. "My Michelle"   Rose, Stradlin 3:40
  • 8. "Think About You"   Stradlin 3:52
  • 9. "Sweet Child o' Mine"   Rose, Slash, Stradlin 5:55
  • 10. "You're Crazy"   Rose, Slash, Stradlin 3:17
  • 11. "Anything Goes"   Rose, Stradlin, Chris Weber 3:26
  • 12. "Rocket Queen"   Rose, Slash, Stradlin 6:13
  • The band started searching for someone to produce their debut, mostly recommendations made by Geffen executives Alan Niven and Tom Zutaut.


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