The Roots of Guns N' Roses

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The Roots of Guns N' Roses
Compilation album by Hollywood Rose
Released United States June 22, 2004
Japan June 22, 2004
United Kingdom June 28, 2004
Recorded January 1984
Genre Heavy metal, hard rock, glam metal
Length 58:57
Label Cleopatra Records
Producer Chris Weber
Professional ratings
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Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

The Roots of Guns N' Roses is a compilation album containing old songs of Hollywood Rose. It was released on June 22, 2004 by Deadline Music (Cleopatra Records).

The album[edit]

The album was produced by Chris Weber, the band's ex-guitarist. It contains three sets of five demos: the first five are original versions, the following five have been remixed by former-Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke, and the last five have been remixed by Fred Coury, the drummer of Cinderella, who took part in a tour with Guns N' Roses when Steven Adler broke his wrist.

"Shadow of Your Love" and "Reckless Life" were recorded with the first guitarist of Guns N' Roses, Tracii Guns.

The songs "Anything Goes" and "Reckless Life" were later recorded again by Guns N' Roses. They were released on the albums Appetite for Destruction and G N' R Lies, respectively.

Slash, Duff McKagan and Steven Adler, together with Axl Rose, Chris Weber and Izzy Stradlin, were credited as the composers of "Anything Goes", "Shadow of Your Love" and "Reckless Life". These songs were originally performed by Hollywood Rose and were only later played by Guns N' Roses. In fact, when Rose, Weber and Stradlin composed these songs, they were not yet in touch with Slash, McKagan or Adler.

On January 18, 2005, the Japanese version was released by Sony, together with a bonus DVD.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Killing Time" (Original demo version) Chris Weber, Axl Rose 3:39
2. "Anything Goes" (Original demo version) Rose, Izzy Stradlin, Weber 5:07
3. "Rocker" (Original demo version) Weber, Rose 3:50
4. "Shadow of Your Love" (Original demo version) Rose, Stradlin, Paul Tobias 2:58
5. "Reckless Life" (Original demo version) Rose, Stradlin 4:40
6. "Killing Time" (Gilby Clarke remix) Weber, Rose 3:28
7. "Anything Goes" (Gilby Clarke remix) Rose, Stradlin, Weber 4:55
8. "Rocker" (Gilby Clarke remix) Weber, Rose 3:35
9. "Shadow of Your Love" (Gilby Clarke remix) Rose, Stradlin, Tobias 2:47
10. "Reckless Life" (Gilby Clarke remix) Rose, Stradlin 4:41
11. "Killing Time" (Fred Coury remix) Weber, Rose 3:26
12. "Anything Goes" (Fred Coury remix) Rose, Stradlin, Weber 4:31
13. "Rocker" (Fred Coury remix) Weber, Rose 3:34
14. "Shadow of Your Love" (Fred Coury remix) Rose, Stradlin 3:00
15. "Reckless Life" (Fred Coury remix) Rose, Stradlin 4:46