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Guns N’ Roses Appetite for Destruction Deluxe Edition Review.

 It’s hard to believe that this iconic album was released over thirty years ago. Thirty one to be exact. Appetite for Destruction was Guns n’ Roses debut album released in 1987 and on the strength of the hit single Sweet Child of Mine has now sold over 30 million copies worldwide despite only reaching number one on the billboard charts a year after it’s official release.  In fact it would be number one for four non-consecutive weeks.

So it seems rather fitting that the band should release a thirtieth anniversary edition in various formats that include a double CD edition, a 2LP deluxe edition and a super deluxe edition which includes 4 CD’s and a Blu Ray audio disc plus 49 previously unreleased tracks aptly titled the Locked and Loaded edition. I’m going to be concentrating on the 2LP deluxe edition which Universal music kindly gave me a copy of to review. Firstly the cover art work is amazing and is the alternate cover from the original the band wanted to go with. The band originally wanted to go with the cover art based on Robert William’s painting Appetite for Destruction depicting a robotic rapist about to be punished by a metal avenger. But due to some retailers refusing to stock it, it was decided to go with a cross with the five band members skeletal faces on. But don’t fear because the original album cover with the original artwork is inside. A digital download card in the form of a sticker is also included where you can download a CD quality digital edition of the album. But keep in mind that this offer expires on 31 December 2020. There is also a couple of LP size band photos inside together with lyrics for the tracks on the album. Three sides of the album is used with the real gimmick coming on side D where there is an etching which looks like the LP is scratched. But when you shine your phone light on it up comes a really cool hologram depicting the Guns N’ Roses logo.

 

But what about the music. The deluxe edition unfortunately doesn’t have any extra tracks but instead features the entire original album remastered for the first time from the original analog tapes. If you want extra unreleased material then you will have to fork out a little more on the super deluxe edition which includes a lot of other cool stuff. Does the album sound any different to the original. Definitely more crisper and clearer than the original although you might not pick this up without a decent record player. In total five singles were released in America off this album namely It’s So Easy, Welcome to the Jungle, Nightrain, Paradise City and their only number one single Sweet Child of Mine, and they all feature here. One of my favorite Guns tracks Mr Brownstone, a song about the bands problems with heroine is also featured.  The band at the time of release which many people feel was the definitive line up featured Axl Rose on lead vocals, Slash on lead guitar, Duff McKagan on bass whom I had the honor of interviewing when he came to South Africa as part of the Kings of Chaos tour, Steven Adler on drums and Izzy Stradlin on rhythm and occasional lead guitar.

 

This is still one of the biggest debut albums of all time and one of the biggest sellers, and with the band coming to South Africa for the first time in November this year now is a good time to become acquainted with their music once again.