Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Guns N’ Roses to release expanded Use Your Illusion box set

Guns N’ Roses will release an expanded “Use Your Illusion I & II” box set on November 11.

The pair of albums – which were originally issued on the same day in the fall of 1991 – have been remastered for the project as part of a series of new configurations, including Super Deluxe Seven-CD + Blu-ray and Super Deluxe Twelve-LP + Blu-ray packages that will feature a total of 97 songs, 63 of which are unreleased audio and video tracks.

Both Super Deluxe Editions also include the complete audio recording “Live In New York”, taped at the Ritz Theatre on May 16, 1991, with sound newly mixed from original multi-track tapes. One of three warmup shows for the Use Your Illusion Tour, it features Izzy Stradlin on guitar, the original version of "Don't Cry” and a special performance of “You Ain’t The First” both of which features the late Shannon Hoon of Blind Melon on guest vocals.

Also included is the complete audio recording of “Live In Las Vegas” taped at Thomas & Mack Center on January 25, 1992, newly mixed from the original multi-track tapes and features the band’s new guitarist Gilby Clarke.

The bonus disc is a Blu-ray Video of the complete Live In New York concert film, newly transferred from 35mm film prints to 4K UHD and presented in 1080p 24fps HD, in its entirety, along with audio mixed in Dolby Atmos, Dolby TrueHD 5.1 surround, and PCM 48kHz 24-bit stereo. The Blu-ray menu features the brand-new live music video “You Could Be Mine.”

This is the first-time release of any complete audio and video concerts from the Use Your Illusion era GN’R.

The Super Deluxe box sets are housed with a 100-page hardcover book with unreleased photos, memorabilia & archival documents, Conspiracy Inc. replica fan club folder with membership card, four Conspiracy Inc. 1991/1992 Use Your Illusion era replica fan club newsletters, 10 Double-design lithos that reveals 1 of 2 unique images when inserted into the supplied red & blue reveal sleeves, seven band 8”x10” photo prints, four Use Your Illusion tour replica cloth sticky backstage passes, a Ritz Theatre 5/16/1991 replica concert ticket (with the original misprinted date of 5/15/1991) and a brand new 24”x36” band poster

Other configurations available will include a limited-edition 4LP color vinyl set, 2CD Deluxe Editions of each album, standard 1CD, digital and 2LP versions of each album, all with remastered audio and all including a newly recorded “November Rain (2022 Version)” with a first-ever real 50-piece orchestra conducted and arranged by composer Christopher Lennertz.

Guns N’ Roses are streaming audio of a performance of “You Could Be Mine” from the “Live In New York” club show at The Ritz as the first preview to the November release; the band is currently playing concert dates in South America.

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