Monday, September 23, 2013

Use Your Illusion

In September of 1991 Guns N' Roses released 2 albums entitled 'Use Your Illusion I' and 'Use Your Illusion II'.  They were both epic and still stand-up 22 years later.  

Like any album released in the 90s this music was a full body of work and meant to be heard in sequence.  Of course there were singles - but they were literally extractions to drive the album as a whole.  That's sadly not the case for most releases today.  I wish it were not true - but most popular music is about the almighty single.  I digress.

Guns N' Roses will go down in history as one of the greatest, most successful, inspirational acts of all time.  They'll also go down in history as one of the most dramatic stories of inner fighting and turmoil.  

These 2 albums remind me of grade 9.  They remind me of freedom and new experiences.  They both played as a backdrop to me and my friends growing up in the suburbs with little to do but go to bush parties, local McDonalds, Pizza Pizza, Subway parking lots and people's houses when their parents were away.

These albums also remind me of innocence and the loss of a friend in grade 9.

A guy that I grew up with passed away after a snowmobile accident the winter these albums came out.  He was your regular freshman that loved hockey, girls and music.  G N' R was his band and for him these 2 albums were gospel.  They played over loud speakers at his wake and will forever transport me to that time when I hear them.   Gone but not forgotten.

These albums are fantastic and should be in every collection.  I prefer part 2 (Blue Cover) because 'Civil War', 'Knocking on Heaven's Door', 'Don't Cry (extended version)' and 'You Could Be Mine' (from Terminator) are on that one.  They might not be something I listen to on a daily basis - but when they come out they're welcomed with open arms.

Here are a few standout tracks from this collection.

'Civil War'

'Knocking On Heaven's Door'

'Get In The Ring'

'Don't Cry'

'The Garden'

'November Rain'

Thanks for reading/listening.