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  • Summary: The five-disc box set features the remaster of hard rock band's 1987 debut album, a disc of B-sides, the 1986 demo session at Sound City Studios, two previously unreleased tracks from sessions with Mike Clink, and a blu-ray disc which includes music videos. A 96-page hardcover book and sixThe five-disc box set features the remaster of hard rock band's 1987 debut album, a disc of B-sides, the 1986 demo session at Sound City Studios, two previously unreleased tracks from sessions with Mike Clink, and a blu-ray disc which includes music videos. A 96-page hardcover book and six lithographs, three replicas of concert tickets, a copy of a video shoot flyer, a wall poster, and temporary band tattoos are also included. Expand
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  1. Jul 5, 2018
    100
    Thirty years later and Appetite For Destruction still packs a visceral thrill; a combination of real attitude and proper songcraft that very few bands, if any, have ever combined so perfectly.
  2. Kerrang!
    Jun 25, 2018
    100
    This remastered package in all its various formats is worth buying for the absolute bonanza of extra stuff include wit it. ... At the cene of it all still sit 12 of the most charged, arrogant, piss-and-vinegar songs ever written, perfectly captured, and played by a gang of reprobates genuinely out to take on the entire world. [23 Jun 2108, p.54]
  3. Jun 29, 2018
    100
    Although nothing here may eclipse the original Appetite for Destruction, everything added to this deluxe edition enhances the album, offering proof of Guns N' Roses's immense skill while also illustrating how the band captured lighting in a bottle on their debut.
  4. Jun 25, 2018
    90
    Its hours of bonus content do offer a fresh perspective on one of the last great rock albums of the pre-alternative era. That material--including a handful of B-sides, previously unreleased demos, and most of the 1988 EP G N' R Lies (more on that later)--is the set's chief selling point.
  5. Jun 25, 2018
    90
    As with everything Guns N' Roses from the period, it's not so much all access as it is all excess. And that's exactly what you want from a reissue like this. It'll bring you to your sha-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-knees.
  6. Jun 25, 2018
    80
    It’s both beefier--practically punching you in the face in places--and more nuanced, the vocal harmonies, for instance (in many ways, GNR’s secret weapon--you don’t notice they’re there, until you do), coming into their own. Amping up its already formidable power, the new mix never loses the sense that this was the work of a bunch of scrappy upstarts, while reminding you just how well-constructed Appetite really was. That’s underscored by the bonus material.
  7. Mojo
    Jun 25, 2018
    80
    It's a record full of fabulous intros. [Aug 2018, p.100]

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  1. Jul 6, 2018
    10
    When lollipop rock was destroying us...Appetite for Destruction was released to save us. Raw and powerful, we are thankful for it's influenceWhen lollipop rock was destroying us...Appetite for Destruction was released to save us. Raw and powerful, we are thankful for it's influence and nostalgia. A group that you could see live and it was a disaster or it was an amazing raw, visceral rock experience. No matter what happened, we are thankful that this happened. Expand
  2. Jul 9, 2018
    10
    greatest rock n roll album of all time, still sounds as raw and as relevant as it always has been. GNFNRs for life
  3. Jul 9, 2018
    10
    [Universal's deluxe reissue of Appetite for Destruction missed the 30th anniversary of the album's release by a year but that's okay: Appetite[Universal's deluxe reissue of Appetite for Destruction missed the 30th anniversary of the album's release by a year but that's okay: Appetite wound up burning up the charts in 1988, so having the various deluxe reissues pop up in the summer of 2018 feels fine. Certainly, the extra music available on the three various editions -- the ultra-expensive Locked N Loaded edition has the same bonus material as the four-disc Super Deluxe, while the double-disc Deluxe Edition contains highlights of that bonus material -- is all worth the wait. All of the B-sides and all of the 1986 debut EP Live ?!&@ Like a Suicide are here, along with all of the new material from 1988's G N' R Lies save "One in a Million," whose absence signals Rose's political and emotional growth, but the true discoveries here are the demo sessions that cover disc three and disc four on the Super Deluxe, many of which were cut at the legendary Los Angeles studio Sound City. Most of Appetite was given its first airing here, and while the versions aren't as fiery as the finished album, what's remarkable is that the songs are. That's especially true regarding early versions of "Back Off **** and "November Rain," the latter sounding just as majestic in a solo Rose piano reading as it did on Use Your Illusion. Scattered throughout are covers of "Heartbreak Hotel" and "Jumpin' Jack Flash," signs that the group saw themselves as heirs to all manners of rock & roll rebellion, but the acoustic versions that end this deluxe edition -- which include yet another cover of "Jumpin' Jack Flash" -- serve the same purpose as the acoustic numbers on G N' R Lies: they show how the band was tight and versatile underneath that roar. Although nothing here may eclipse the original Appetite for Destruction, everything added to this deluxe edition enhances the album, offering proof of Guns N' Roses's immense skill while also illustrating how the band captured lighting in a bottle on their debut.] Expand
  4. Jul 5, 2018
    10
    The best Rock album of all time! The remix give shine to all of these classics. The two early versions of November Rain are simply magnificent...