GUNS N’ ROSES
appetite For Destruction: locked N’ loaded Edition
GEFFEN 9/10 Appetite for expansion? GN’R box up their landmark debut
it took a full year to break the biggest rock band of the 1980s. guns N’ roses released their full-length debut in July 1987, but it wasn’t until the next summer that they scored a hit, their third single from Appetite For Destruction. dominating radio and MtV, “Sweet Child O’ Mine” was a surprisingly tender plea of devotion and arguably the one song that sounded even remotely like the slick pop metal that defined the era. rejecting hairspray and spandex for leather pants and ripped shirts, the quintet mixed classic rock with heavy metal power and punk attitude, as the charismatic frontman axl rose slithered his way into the american subconscious. thirty years later, these songs have lost neither their grandeur nor their menace. Extras: 8/10.a wealth of live tracks, rarities and covers. the highlight is the set of demos from California studio Sound City. after signing with geffen, the band booked sessions there, which showcase the band’s considerable power: the knife-fight interplay between the guitars, the boogie-rock propulsion of the rhythm section. these tracks provide the framework for the band’s debut as well as their followups, especially axl’s understated piano version of “November rain”.