GUNS N’ ROSES – The Spaghetti Incident [Japan SHM-CD LTD miniLP] (2016)
Universal Japan has just reissued the entire GUNS N’ ROSES catalog on SHM-CD Cardboard Sleeve / mini LP format in a Limited Edition faithfully replicating the original US LP design with an inner sleeve. All Guns N’ Roses albums are widely known, but “The Spaghetti Incident?” is an often overlooked record that worth a place in your collection.
Many of the tracks were recorded with original Guns N’ Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin during the Use Your Illusion I & II sessions. Those tracks were previously intended to be included in a combined Use Your Illusion album, consisting of three (or possibly even four) discs – instead of the two separate discs they ended up being.
“The Spaghetti Incident?” features song covers from the late Seventies / Eighties which influenced Axl Rose & Co., re-done in a typical Guns N’ Roses fashion but with the aggressive attitude the band had at their origins.
This record is so underrated by critics and some fans as well as it doesn’t contain any original material. If you put this album’s logic as an actual GN’R new material record, “The Spaghetti Incident?” is very good and it still is even when it just include tracks that cover other band’s songs.
There is definitely great music here where GN’R show so much talent and their constructive side is deeply shown by doing each song by their rules, and they sound better or totally different to the original.
Among the best there’s Axl’s raging “I Don’t Care About You” and Nazareth’s “Hair of the Dog” where he really nails it, or Duff’s “Attitude”, and “Down On The Farm” which had been played live way back when Izzy was still in the band.
The New York Dolls’ “Human Being” is a great Guns cover. “Ain’t It Fun” is also an angry standout featuring Michael Monroe on co-lead vocals.
Another curious track is Johnny Thunders’ “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory”. This is actually a Duff McKagan solo track, an outtake recorded for his first solo album, Believe In Me.
“The Spaghetti Incident?” will go down in history as the last music of the Illusions sessions to be released, and also is the only album of the Rose / Slash / McKagan / Sorum / Clarke / Reed lineup.
This Japanese SHM-CD reissue is being sold at a reasonable price, so if you want a copy hurry up as it’s a Limited Release.
01 – Since I Don’t Have You
02 – New Rose
03 – Down On The Farm
04 – Human Being
05 – Raw Power
06 – Ain’t It Fun
07 – Buick Makane
08 – Hair Of The Dog
09 – Attitude
10 – Black Leather
11 – You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory
12 – I Don’t Care About You / Look At Your Game, Girl
W. Axl Rose – lead vocals, keyboards, kazoo
Slash – guitar, vocals, talkbox
Duff McKagan – bass, vocals, drums
Matt Sorum – drums, percussion, backing vocals
Dizzy Reed – keyboards, percussion, backing vocals
Gilby Clarke – rhythm guitar
Michael Monroe – co-lead vocals on “Ain’t It Fun”
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