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Split between four songs from 1986 and four songs from 1988, Lies puts a frame around 1987, the year that Appetite For Destruction conquered rock music and Guns N’ Roses became the most exciting band in the world. The first part of Lies is a verbatim reissue of the band’s 1986 debut EP Live ?!*@ Like A Suicide, a collector’s piece that was beginning to fetch exorbitant prices in the wake of Appetite’s success. While not actually recorded “live” (though the subsequently-added crowd noise blends quite convincingly), the 1986 songs are as lean and mean as anything that would follow on the group’s breakthrough album. Though the band’s songs would later grow in depth and focus, its attitude was fully realized in 1986, and when Axl Rose’s wail climaxes on “Reckless Life” it’s clear that this young band meant business. The acoustic half of Lies is a revelation. Not since Beggar’s Banquet had a rock band been recorded in tones as warm and close-to-the-bone as on this. Of course, the band’s coup was that its playing was no less focused or vicious when it was unplugged. Even when Axl & Co. put aside their amps, Guns N’ Roses remained electrifying.

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Interesting, I read your reviews of N.W.A and couldn't help but notice that you weren't quite as concerned about racism, sexism and violence against women, the police and whites in these reviews?? Is it all possible that you are every bit as racist as you claim Axl to be? I strongly suggest that you think about that.

Note to iTunes reviewer on One in a Million

NEWSFLASH: Slash is black (His mother is african american and his father is English). Axl explained what he meant by his lyrics at the time and Slash said then, and still says now, that they were in no way an indication of Axl or the bands feelings on race. Body Count, which last time I checked was an all black band lead by Ice-T, used to open for Guns and even Ice-T said it was ridiculous to deem them racist. The Homophobic accusations are along the same wavelength. Axl openly idolized the song writing of Elton John and Freddie Mercury. This uneducated review is an embarrassment to iTunes.

A gem, especially for a hardcore fan

This album is neither the most popular nor the most mainstream. However, I decided to write this since I am irritated by all the lame "this is not so great, get their other stuff blah blah blah" comments I see on this board. First of all first four songs are not live, it's a common misconception. The songs were taped in the studio with the crowd sound added in. If you look it up, Axl says it himself, I think it was in Hit Parader for 1989. Anyway, the first four songs are pure 80s rock n roll at its' finest. Mix brilliance of Guns' rendition of Aerosmith's Mama Kin (that is better then the original as Steven Tyler himself mentioned), with energy of Reckless Life/Nice Boys and raw power of Izzy's Move to the City, and you've got the first part of the record. Mind you, these songs are for an experienced gunner, so if you are new to Guns this should not be your first album. But the bottom line is, these songs give a great representation of where the band came from and, for an experienced fan, they are a must have. The second part of the record is even better. Great country styled guitars, Axl's raw voice and cool bluesy licks a la Keith Richards by Slash produce a powerful combo. These songs are more radio friendly then the first part of the record (except perhaps for the lyrics) In my opinion this exposes a different Stonesy side of the band and it sounds just great. The PC people may not like the lyrics but I think Axl, like everyone else, needs to speak his mind, that's why we love him. Bottom line is, it is a great album that exposes a different side of the band. I wish they done another album like that -- there is no big production, just some guitars, a different old country kind of sound and the band. If you are new to Guns N Roses, buy Appetite and Illusions first. When you love every song on those, it's time to get Lies. For serious gunners this is a must-have, make no mistake about it!


Formed: 1985 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

At a time when pop was dominated by dance music and pop-metal, Guns N' Roses brought raw, ugly rock & roll crashing back into the charts. They were not nice boys; nice boys don't play rock & roll. They were ugly, misogynistic, and violent; they were also funny, vulnerable, and occasionally sensitive, as their breakthrough hit, "Sweet Child O' Mine," showed. While Slash and Izzy Stradlin ferociously spit out dueling guitar riffs worthy of Aerosmith or the Stones, Axl Rose screeched out his tales of...
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