Box includes 97 songs, 63 of which are previously unreleased audio and video recordings, a 100-page book with never-before-seen photographs, and various collectible documents.
UME/Geffen celebrates the incredible musical legacy of Guns N’ Roses with GUNS N’ ROSES – USE YOUR ILLUSION I & II, the definitive box set of celebrated 1991 albums Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II. Scheduled for release on November 11, 2022, GUNS N’ ROSES – USE YOUR ILLUSION I & II SUPER DELUXE contains a total of 97 tracks, 63 of which are previously unreleased. Available in a variety of formats, including a Super Deluxe version consisting of 7 CDs + Blu-ray, a Super Deluxe version with 12 LPs + Blu-ray, two-CD Deluxe Editions of Use Your Illusion I and II separately, standard 1CD and 2LP of Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II separately. In all formats, the studio albums Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II have been fully remastered for the first time from the original analog recordings.
Guns N’ Roses’ highly anticipated third and fourth studio albums, Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II, were originally released simultaneously on September 17, 1991. With the huge success of GN’R Lies and Appetite For Destruction, the band had the arduous task of releasing new work. Guns N’ Roses surprised the world by releasing not one, but two new studio albums. Upon release, Use Your Illusion I peaked at number two, and Use Your Illusion II peaked at number one on the Billboard 200 chart simultaneously, selling over 500,000 copies in its first two hours of release, with estimated sales of over 685,000 and 770,000 copies, respectively, in the first week of release.
Use Your Illusion I includes an incredible version of Paul McCartney’s Live and Let Die, the hit Don’t Cry, which NPR described as “one of the best hard rock ballads”, the 1990s anthem November Rain, which reached third on the Billboard Hot 100, having spent a total of 30 weeks on the chart, and holds the title of the first video of the 1990s to reach 1 billion views on YouTube – now approaching 2,000. millions of views. November Rain will now include a 50-piece orchestra, having been recently recorded, directed, and arranged in 2021 by Grammy®-winning, Emmy-nominated composer Christopher Lennertz.
Use Your Illusion II includes the single You Could Be Mine, Civil War, which reached #4 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Airplay chart, Bob Dylan’s Knocking On Heaven’s Door, plus an alternate version of Don’t Cry with different lyrics.
Meanwhile, you can listen here to the new version of You Could Be Mine recorded live in New York at the Ritz Theater on May 16, 1991.