Guns N Roses Greatest Hits

Guns N' Roses Greatest Hits

March 23, 2003 (Universal/Geffen)

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Track list:

1. Welcome To The Jungle
2. Sweet Child O'Mine
3. Patience
4. Paradise City
5. Knockin' On Heaven's Door
6. Civil War
7. You Could Be Mine
8. Don't Cry (Original)
9. November Rain
10. Live And Let Die
11. Yesterdays
12. Ain't It Fun
13. Since I Don't Have You
14. Sympathy For The Devil

Released only as a CD.

 

Greatest Hits includes 14 of Guns N' Roses hit singles presented in a digipak picture sleeve.  Released worldwide in 2003.  This album is valued at $14.00 (CD).

 

Greatest Hits includes 14 of Guns N' Roses hit singles presented in a digipak picture sleeve.  Released by Universal in the United Kingdom 2003.  This album is valued at $24.00 (CD).
Greatest Hits includes 14 of Guns N' Roses hit singles presented in a digipak picture sleeve with obi strip.  Released in Japan 2003.  This album is valued at $30.00 (CD).
Greatest Hits includes 14 of Guns N' Roses hit singles.  Limited edition with extensive discography, lyric booklet, and obi strip.  Released in Taiwan 2004.  This album is valued at $47.00 (CD).
Greatest Hits includes 14 of Guns N' Roses hit singles.  Limited edition with extensive discography, lyric booklet, and obi strip.  Packaged with promotional GNR Newpaper.  Released in Taiwan 2004.  This album is valued at $47.00 (CD).
Greatest Hits includes 14 of Guns N' Roses hit singles presented in a digipak picture sleeve with obi strip. Limited edition with extensive discography, lyric booklet, and obi strip.  Packaged with promo-only limited edition logo sticker in sealed, stickered shrink wrap.  Released in Korea 2004.  This album is valued at $55.00 (CD).  This is the only GNR album to date that has been released in Korea.

Promotional Material

 

  Greatest Hits 6-track Promo Sampler CD presented in a custom picture sleeve. Released in Europe 2003.  This album is valued at $37.00 (CD).
Greatest Hits 4-track Promo Sampler CD presented in a custom card picture sleeve with Axl picture and Spanish text on reverse. Released by Universal in Spain 2003.  This album is valued at $37.00 (CD).

Hit Single

The only single off the Greatest Hits album was the Rolling Stones cover, Sympathy for the Devil.  However, it was released in 1994 on the Interview with the Vampire Soundtrack.  Slash did a cameo shot at the very beginning of the movie.  I placed it here rather than devoting a separate page to it.  It was released as a 7" Vinyl, Cassette Tape and CD.

 
Sympathy for the Devil/Escape to Paris 2-track 7" vinyl single.  Released in the United States 1994.  This album is valued at $15.00 (Vinyl).
[Image same as above] Sympathy for the Devil 1-track Cassette single.  Released in the United States 1994.  This album is valued at $5.00 (Cassette).
[Image same as above] Sympathy for the Devil 1-track Cassette single inside a picture box.  Released in the United States 1994.  This album is valued at $8.00 (Cassette).
Sympathy for the Devil US Promo CD features the 7:35 LP version, only 500 copies issued plus press release sheet and custom black and red title sleeve.  Released in the United States 1994.  This album is valued at $50.00 (CD).
Sympathy for the Devil US Promo CD features the 7:35 LP version, only 500 copies issued.  Housed inside a die-cut wallet and includes a 1-page press release.  Released in the United States 1994.  This album is valued at $50.00 (CD).
[No image available] Sympathy for the Devil/Escape to Paris 2-track Picture CD single in picture sleeve.  Released in the United Kingdom 1995.  This album is valued at $20.00 (CD).
[No image available] Sympathy for the Devil/Escape to Paris 2-track Picture CD single in card wallet picture sleeve.  Released in Germany 1995.  This album is valued at $20.00 (CD).
[No image available] Sympathy for the Devil/Escape to Paris 2-track CD single in card wallet picture sleeve.  Released in France 1994.  This album is valued at $20.00 (CD).
[No image available] Sympathy for the Devil "Entretien Avec Un Vampire" Promo CD in card wallet picture sleeve.  Features clips from the soundtracks, plus interviews with Tom Cruise.  Released by Warner Brothers in France 2000.  This album is valued at $30.00 (CD).
Sympathy for the Devil/Escape to Paris 2-track CD single in picture sleeve with obi strip.  Released in Japan 1994.  This album is valued at $25.00 (CD).
[No image available] Sympathy for the Devil/Escape to Paris 2-track CD single in picture sleeve.  Released in Mexico 1994.  This album is valued at $25.00 (CD).
Sympathy for the Devil/Escape to Paris 2-track Picture CD single in custom picture sleeve with Spanish text.  Released in Columbia 1996.  This album is valued at $55.00 (CD).
[No image available] Sympathy for the Devil/Escape to Paris 2-track CD single in custom picture sleeve.  Released in Argentina 1994.  This album is valued at $46.00 (CD).

The Album and Music

The Greatest Hits album was released by Geffen against Axlís wishes pending the release of Chinese Democracy.  W. Axl Rose and ex-Guns N' Roses members filed a joint lawsuit to try and prevent the release of the album.  Universal Records' response to Rose's opposition to the record was that he had been given adequate time to supply them with a record but had failed to do so, and so they had produced their own Guns N' Roses record instead.  Critics of the compilation were somewhat disappointed, as many of the classics from Appetite For Destruction and G N' R Lies were neglected from this release.  Fans were also slightly irritated by the inclusion of many cover songs, while others believed the covers clearly showed Guns N' Roses' talent at reworking older classics.  Despite this criticism, it has proven a popular seller and has gone multi-platinum selling 13 million copies to date.  The Greatest Hits album was #1 in the UK and #3 in the US. 

It may surprise some to realize that Guns Ní Roses released only four full-length original albums, and two of those debuted simultaneously. But they were enough to forever change rock Ďní roll. Even more shocking is that one of the great bands in rock history, with its last studio album issued 10 years ago, has never had a "best of" compilation. Now it has.  With 14 selections housed in a digipak, Greatest Hits features all eight of the bandís Top 40 Billboard Hot 100 singles (five of them RIAA-certified "gold," i.e., sales of more than 500,000 units). Along with spanning the groupís four album releases, Greatest Hits also marks the debut on a Guns Ní Roses album of the bandís cover of the Rolling Stonesí "Sympathy For The Devil" for the 1994 film Interview With The Vampire.

If time is the true test, then Guns N' Roses' Greatest Hits confirms that they really were one of the greatest rock & roll bands in the world. While, in retrospect, fellow graduates of the class of 1987 are about as cool as poodle perms and spandex, the L.A. bad boys still rock like gods. Listening to the sun-drenched chords of "Paradise City" and the ensuing stadium-sized swagger is enough to make wearing leather trousers and bandanas seem like a good idea. Of course, it helped that for them sex, drugs, and rock & roll was a way of life, not a fashion statement. As Axl Rose wails "I wanna watch you bleed" on "Welcome to the Jungle" like a chain-smoking lunatic possessed, it's hard not to believe he meant it. Yet equally, it was his surprisingly poetic nature that made genuinely touching love songs of "Patience" and "Sweet Child O' Mine."

Though none of their subsequent albums matched the drug-crazed genius of Appetite for Destruction, they did, as the Greatest Hits reminds, have their moments. From the bloated Use Your Illusion I & II came ultimate rock ballads "Don't Cry" and "November Rain," along with the primal rage that was "You Could Be Mine." And while the covers of the The Spaghetti Incident? were largely forgettable, the fact that their final single was a seedy sneer through the Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil" seems spectacularly fitting.