Use Your Illusion

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Use Your Illusion
Compilation album by
ReleasedAugust 25, 1998[1][2]
RecordedJanuary 1990 – August 1991
StudioA&M Studios, Record Plant StudiosStudio 56, Image Recording, Conway Studios & Metalworks Recording Studio
GenreHard rock
ProducerGuns N' Roses and Mike Clink
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Use Your Illusion is the name of two releases by American rock band Guns N' Roses: a 1998 compilation album, drawing from the Use Your Illusion I and II studio albums featuring songs without explicit lyrics, and a 2022 box set anniversary edition of both albums.

The first compilation was only released in the United States, and was primarily sold at Walmart and Kmart, two retail outlets that refused to stock the unedited Use Your Illusion I and II due to explicit lyrics.[3] The second compilation featured remastered versions of both albums alongside several live shows in honor of the album's 30th anniversary.[4]


"Knockin' on Heaven's Door" appears in an edited version without Josh Richman's speech, removed for unknown reasons. Therefore, the track length is reduced to 5:20, instead of 5:36 from the version included on Use Your Illusion II. Richman's speech was instead included in the Greatest Hits compilation album.

The cover art of the album simply combines the color schemes from the covers of Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II, which were originally designed by Mark Kostabi.[5] Like the original two, the image is a detail of the Raphael painting "The School of Athens".

Track listing[edit]

Use Your Illusion I[edit]

  1. "Live and Let Die" (Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney) – 3:04
  2. "Don't Cry (Original)" (Axl Rose, Izzy Stradlin) – 4:44
  3. "You Ain't the First" (Stradlin) – 2:36
  4. "November Rain" (Rose) – 8:57
  5. "The Garden" (Rose, West Arkeen, Del James) – 5:22
  6. "Dead Horse" (Rose) – 4:17

Use Your Illusion II[edit]

  1. "Civil War" (Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan) – 7:42
  2. "14 Years" (Rose, Stradlin) – 4:21
  3. "Yesterdays" (Rose, Arkeen, James, Billy McCloud) – 3:16
  4. "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" (Bob Dylan) – 5:20
  5. "Estranged" (Rose) – 9:23
  6. "Don't Cry (Alternate Lyrics)" (Rose, Stradlin) – 4:43


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Additional Personnel[edit]

  • Steven Adler – drums on "Civil War"
  • Shannon Hoon – backing vocals on tracks 1, 2, 4, 5 & 12
  • Alice Cooper – lead vocals on "The Garden"
  • Johann Langlie – programming on "November Rain", "Live And Let Die"
  • Reba Shaw, Stuart Bailey – backing vocals on "November Rain"
  • Jon Thautwein, Matthew McKagan, Rachel West, Robert Clark – horn on "Live and Let Die"
  • West Arkeen – acoustic guitar on "The Garden"
  • Mike Clinknutcracker on "Dead Horse"
  • The Waters – backing vocals on "Knockin' on Heaven's Door"
  • Tim Doyle – tambourine on "You Ain't the First"

Remastered box set[edit]

Use Your Illusion (Super Deluxe)
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ReleasedNovember 11, 2022 (2022-11-11)
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Use Your Illusion (Super Deluxe)


  1. ^ "Use Your Illusion".
  2. ^ Luukkonen, Jarmo. "Use Your Illusion (1998)". Here Today... Gone To Hell!.
  3. ^ Wilkening, Matthew. "That Time Guns N' Roses Cut 'Use Your Illusion' in Half". Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  4. ^ super deluxe
  5. ^ "Use Your Illusion – Mark Kostabi".