Use Your Illusion

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This article is about the compilation album. For the original albums, see Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II. For other uses, see Use Your Illusion (disambiguation).
Use Your Illusion
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Compilation album by Guns N' Roses
Released September 17, 1991[1][2]
Recorded December 1989-August 1991, A&M Studios, Record Plant Studios, Studio 56, Image Recording, Conway Studios & Metalworks Recording Studios
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal, punk rock, punk metal, progressive rock, art rock, blues rock
Length 63:50
Label Geffen
Producer Guns N' Roses and Mike Clink
Guns N' Roses compilation chronology
Use Your Illusion
Greatest Hits

Use Your Illusion is a Guns N' Roses compilation album drawing from the Use Your Illusion I and II albums. It has only been released in the United States, consisting entirely of songs without profanity (save for one use of "bullshit" on "14 Years"). However, not all songs without profanity were chosen to appear on this compilation, as "So Fine" and "Breakdown" from Use Your Illusion II contain no profanity. The album 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.

"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.[3] The image is a detail of the Raphael painting "The School of Athens". The album is certified Platinum (1,000,000 sales) by the RIAA.

Track listing[edit]

Use Your Illusion I[edit]

  1. "Live and Let Die" (Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney) – 3:04
  2. "Don't Cry" (original) (Izzy Stradlin, Axl Rose) – 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" (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) (Stradlin, Rose) – 4:43


Guns N' Roses[edit]

Additional Personnel[edit]


  1. ^ "Use Your Illusion". 
  2. ^ Luukkonen, Jarmo. "Use Your Illusion (1998)". Here Today... Gone To Hell!. 
  3. ^ "Use Your Illusion - Mark Kostabi".