Guns N Roses announce ‘Use Your Illusion’ box sets

Set includes 63 previously unreleased songs

UME/Geffen celebrates Guns N’ Roses’ incredible musical legacy with Guns N’ Roses – Use Your Illusion I & II, the ultimate box set for the band’s 1991 multi-Platinum releases Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II. Set for release on November 11th, the deluxe editions feature a total of 97 tracks, 63 are previously unreleased. Available in multiple configurations including a Super Deluxe 7 CD/Blu-ray, a Super Deluxe 12 LP/Blu-ray, 2 CD Deluxe Editions of Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II separately, and standard versions of Use Your Illusion I on single CD and 2 LP and Use Your Illusion II on single CD and 2 LP separately. In all formats, the original studio albums have been fully remastered for the first-time ever, from high-resolution 96kHz 24-bit transfers from the original stereo 1/2-inch analog masters. All versions will also be available to stream and as digital downloads.

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 massive success of GN’R Lies and Appetite For Destruction, the band had the daunting task of a follow up album. Not only did the band deliver, Guns N’ Roses surprised the world by releasing not one but two new, full length studio albums. Upon release, Use Your Illusion I reached No. 2 and Use Your Illusion II took the No. 1 position on the Billboard 200 chart concurrently, selling over 500k in the first two hours of release, with an estimated sales of over 685k and 770k respectively within the first week of release.

Use Your Illusion I features the band’s bombastic cover of Paul McCartney’s “Live and Let Die,” the Top 10 hit “Don’t Cry,” and the band’s ‘90s anthem and MTV staple “November Rain,” which hit No. 3 on Billboard’s Hot 100, spending a total of 30 weeks on the chart, and holds the title of the first video from the ‘90s to hit the one billion views mark on YouTube – now nearing two billion views. “November Rain” will now include a real 50-piece orchestra for the first-time ever newly recorded, conducted & arranged in 2021 by Grammy Award winning & Emmy Award nominated composer Christopher Lennertz.

Use Your Illusion II features the band’s Top 50 single “You Could Be Mine,” “Civil War,” which reached No. 4 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Airplay chart, Bob Dylan’s “Knocking On Heaven’s Door,” plus an alternate version of “Don’t Cry” featuring different lyrics.

The Super Deluxe 7 CD/Blu-ray and Super Deluxe 12 LP/Blu-ray box sets feature a whopping 97 songs, 63 of which are unreleased audio and video tracks. The original studio albums are both remastered for the first-time from high-resolution 96kHz 24-bit transfers from the original stereo 1/2-inch analog master tapes. The box set features an impressive, anamorphic illusion showcasing each of the two covers at different angles. The 12 LP box is pressed on 180-gram heavy weight audiophile black vinyl with six premium tip-on gatefold jackets. Both Super Deluxe Editions also include the complete live audio recording Live In New York, taped at the Ritz Theatre on May 16, 1991, with sound newly mixed from original multi-track tapes. This legendary show is one of three warmup shows for the Use Your Illusion Tour and features Izzy Stradlin on guitar, the original version of “Don’t Cry” and a special performance of “You Ain’t The First” both of which features the late Shannon Hoon of Blind Melon on guest vocals. Also included is the complete audio recording of Live In Las Vegas taped at Thomas & Mack Center on January 25, 1992, newly mixed from the original multi-track tapes and features the band’s new guitarist Gilby Clarke. The bonus disc is a Blu-ray video of the complete Live In New York concert film, newly transferred from 35mm film prints to 4K UHD and presented in 1080p 24fps HD, in its entirety, along with audio mixed in Dolby Atmos, Dolby TrueHD 5.1 surround, and PCM 48kHz 24-bit stereo. The Blu-ray menu features the new live music video “You Could Be Mine.” This is the first-time release of any complete audio and video concerts from the Use Your Illusion era GN’R.

The Super Deluxe box sets are housed with a 100-page hardcover book with unreleased photos, memorabilia & archival documents, Conspiracy Inc. replica fan club folder with membership card, four Conspiracy Inc. 1991/1992 Use Your Illusion era replica fan club newsletters, 10 double-design lithos that reveals one of two unique images when inserted into the supplied red & blue reveal sleeves, seven band 8”x10” photo prints, four Use Your Illusion Tour replica cloth sticky backstage passes, a Ritz Theatre 5/16/1991 replica concert ticket (with the original misprinted date of 5/15/1991) and a brand new 24”x36” band poster.

Both albums are packaged together in a limited edition 4 LP set, each housed in a premium tip-on gatefold jacket with a 12″x12″ insert and feature both original studio albums fully remastered for the first-time ever from high-resolution 96kHz 24-bit transfers from the original stereo 1/2-inch analog master tapes. Use Your Illusion I includes the debut of the newly recorded “November Rain (2022 Version)” with a first-ever real 50-piece orchestra conducted and arranged by Grammy Award winner and Emmy Award nominated composer Christopher Lennertz. Both albums are housed in an exclusive foil-art slipcase showcasing both Use Your Illusion I & II covers. Use Your Illusion I LP 1 is pressed on yellow vinyl and LP 2 is pressed on red vinyl, Use Your Illusion II LP 1 is pressed on blue vinyl and LP 2 is pressed on purple vinyl. As an added bonus, exclusive to this set is a zoetrope turntable mat that when combined with a strobing light effect animates the mat’s artwork while spinning on a turntable.

The Use Your Illusion I 2 CD edition features the original studio album on disc one, fully remastered for the first-time ever from high-resolution 96kHz 24-bit transfers from the original stereo 1/2-inch analog master tapes onto 44.1kHz 16-bit CD, and now includes the debut of the newly recorded “November Rain (2022 Version)” featuring a real 50-piece orchestra for the first-time conducted and arranged by Grammy Award winner and Emmy Award nominated composer Christopher Lennertz.

Disc two features 13 unreleased, newly mixed live tracks from London, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, New York, and Las Vegas recorded during the Use Your Illusion 1991/1992 tour including the track “Always On The Run (Live in Paris – 6/6/92)” featuring Lenny Kravitz, complete with a 24-page booklet with expanded artwork and unreleased photos and images.

The Use Your Illusion II 2 CD features the original studio album on CD one, fully remastered for the first-time ever from high-resolution 96kHz 24-bit transfers from the original stereo 1/2-inch analog master tapes onto 44.1kHz 16-bit CD. Disc two features 13 newly mixed, unreleased live tracks from London, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, New York & Las Vegas recorded during the Use Your Illusion 1991/1992 tour including special guest appearances by Steven Tyler & Joe Perry of Aerosmith for live renditions of “Mama Kin & Train Kept A Rollin’ (Live in Paris – 6/6/92).” Included is a 24-page booklet with expanded artwork and unreleased photos and images.

The 2 LP vinyl editions feature each album pressed on 180-gram heavy-weight audiophile black vinyl as a 2 LP set, both Use Your Illusion I & II are available separately and each housed in a gatefold jacket with a 12″x12″ insert and feature the original studio album fully remastered for the first-time ever from high-resolution 96kHz 24-bit transfers from the original stereo 1/2-inch analog master tapes. Use Your Illusion I includes the debut of the newly recorded “November Rain (2022 Version)” with a first-ever real 50-piece orchestra conducted and arranged by Grammy® Award winner and Emmy Award nominated composer Christopher Lennertz.

For the first-time ever, the single CD versions of each, both available separately, have been remastered from high-resolution 96kHz 24-bit transfers from the original stereo 1/2-inch analog master tapes onto 44.1kHz 16-bit CD. Use Your Illusion I includes the newly recorded “November Rain (2022 Version)” with a first-ever real 50-piece orchestra conducted and arranged by Grammy Award winner and Emmy Award nominated composer Christopher Lennertz and each housed in a jewel case with 16-page booklet.

Super Deluxe 7 CD/Blu-raySuper Deluxe 12 LP/Blu-ray

CD 1: Use Your Illusion I (Original Album Remastered)

  1. Right Next Door To Hell
  2. Dust N’ Bones
  3. Live And Let Die
  4. Don’t Cry (Original)
  5. Perfect Crime
  6. You Ain’t The First
  7. Bad Obession
  8. Back Off Bitch
  9. Double Talkin’ Jive
  10. November Rain [Previously Unreleased]
  11. The Garden
  12. Garden of Eden
  13. Don’t Damn Me
  14. Bad Apples
  15. Dead Horse
  16. Coma

CD 2: Use Your Illusion II (Original Album Remastered)

  1. Civil War
  2. 14 Years
  3. Yesterdays
  4. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
  5. Get In The Ring
  6. Shotgun Blues
  7. Breakdown
  8. Pretty Tied Up
  9. Locomotive
  10. So Fine
  11. Estranged
  12. You Could Be Mine
  13. Don’t Cry (Alt. Lyrics)
  14. My World

CD 3: Live In New York (Ritz Theatre – May 16, 1991) [Previously Unreleased]

  1. Pretty Tied Up
  2. Bad Obsession
  3. Right Next Door To Hell
  4. Mr. Brownstone
  5. Dust N’ Bones
  6. Live and Let Die
  7. Paradise City
  8. Voodoo Child (Slight Return)/Civil War
  9. Drum Solo
  10. Slash Solo
  11. You Cold Be Mine

CD 4: Live In New York (Ritz Theatre – May 16, 1991) [Previously Unreleased]

  1. I Was Only Joking/Patience
  2. Only Women Bleed/Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
  3. Don’t Cry (Original) [features Shannon Hoon on vocals]
  4. You Ain’t The First [features Shannon Hoon on vocals]
  5. My Michelle
  6. Estranged
  7. Double Talkin’ Jive
  8. Sweet Child O’ Mine
  9. Welcome To the Jungle

CD 5: Live in Las Vegas (Thomas & Mack Center – January 25, 1992) [Previously Unreleased]

  1. Nighttrain
  2. Mr. Brownstone
  3. Live And Let Die
  4. Attitude
  5. It’s So Easy
  6. Bad Obsession
  7. Welcome To The Jungle
  8. Double Talkin’ Jive
  9. Voodoo Child (Slight Return)/Civil War/Voodoo Child (Slight Return)

CD 6: Live in Las Vegas (Thomas & Mack Center – January 25, 1992) [Previously Unreleased]

  1. Don’t Cry (Original)
  2. Wild Horses
  3. Patience
  4. You Could Be Mine
  5. So Fine
  6. November Rain
  7. Intros/Drum Solo
  8. Slash Solo
  9. Speak Softly, Love (Love Theme for The Godfather)
  10. Rocket Queen

CD 7: Live in Las Vegas (Thomas & Mack Center – January 25, 1992) [Previously Unreleased]

  1. Sail Away Sweet Sister
  2. Sweet Child O’ Mine
  3. Move To the City
  4. Hotel California/Only Women Bleed/Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
  5. Yesterdays
  6. My Michelle
  7. Estranged
  8. Mother/Paradise City

Blu-ray: Live in New York (Ritz Theatre – May 16, 1991) [Previously Unreleased]

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