Must Own Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Albuns :
Artist : Guns N’ Roses
Album : Appetite For Destruction
Released : July 21, 1987
M.M. Album Rating : 5/5 (The Greatest Hard Rock Album Ever Made ! )
I remember in the mid-1980s in my teen years when I first started studying music history, reading about landmark albums that had changed the musical landscape. Albums like Sgt. Pepper from The Beatles, Are You Experienced by The Jimi Hendrix Experience , Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd, the 4th Led Zeppelin album, etc. I remembered that I personally hadn’t felt anything like that happen in my generation. An album that was loved equally not only by the public, but also blew the music critics away too. To that point there had been records that were one or the other, especially the two records from 1986 by Metallica, and Slayer, and I didn’t appreciate the full scope of those albums until years later. Same with many records that sold well, but critics hated. All of that would change however the first time I heard an album from a new band called Guns N’ Roses called Appetite For Destruction.
I’ll never forget the first time I heard a Guns N’ Roses song. It was in my junior year of High School on a Saturday night. I was watching the now legendary show “Headbangers Ball” on MTV, (back when MTV was actually about music.) They were showing a new video called “Welcome To The Jungle”, and rolled my eyes as I watched the goofy looking guy with a suitcase, and his hat on backwards get off a bus. I didn’t realize that this goofy guy would become known as maybe the greatest frontman of my generation. Yes, in the beginning no one got or cared who Axl Rose or Guns N’ Roses was. I see many websites and pages making posts about the album today on it’s 30th anniversary giving people the impression that people ran to the record store and bought it. Nothing was further from the truth though. From an original cover that many stores refused to carry to releasing the wrong song to kick the album off “It’s So Easy”. By the summer of 1987 it seemed like Appitite would become forgotten.
Thankfully though The Geffen records executives believed in the album. Once the songs Welcome To The Jungle, and especially Sweet Child O’ Mine got heavy rotation on radio, and MTV the album, and the band became the biggest thing in the world. Just like other other landmark albums released before it you had to truly be there to experience what was happening. For one thing it’s success would begin the slow death to hair bands with little or no substance. Appetite brought back a certain integrity and attitude to Rock music that had been missing for years. Taking influences from The Rolling Stones, to Zeppelin, The Stooges, even Elton John, they mixed all of these sounds together to create their very own style.
Last but not least what makes this album so monumental is the songs. The twelve songs on this record alone are better than many decades of other bands best work. Not one sign of weakness or filler anywhere. Nightrain, Mr. Brownstone, Out To Get Me, Rocket Queen, etc, etc. The record that Axl, Izzy, Slash, Duff, and Steven recorded will continue to remain relevant, for decades to come. Today the album is not only one of the greatest selling (greatest selling debut album of all time) but most respected. Always constantly showing up on “Greatest Albums Of All Time” lists. And neither is an exaggeration because this is a record that deserves every accolade it’s ever received. I’m proud to tell people now hearing it for the first time that it was part of MY generation.
1. “Welcome to the Jungle” 4:34
2. “It’s So Easy” 3:23
3. “Nightrain” 4:29
4. “Out ta Get Me” 4:25
5. “Mr. Brownstone” 3:49
6. “Paradise City” 6:46
1. “My Michelle” 3:40
2. “Think About You” 3:52
3. “Sweet Child o’ Mine” 5:55
4. “You’re Crazy” 3:17
5. “Anything Goes” 3:26
6. “Rocket Queen” 6:13
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