Original artwork for 1987 release
Appetite for Destruction
Appetite for Destruction cover
Studio album by Guns N' Roses
July 21, 1987
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is the debut studio album by Appetite for Destruction Guns N' Roses, released on July 21, 1987 on Geffen Records. It is Guns N' Roses' highest selling and most critically acclaimed album, being certified 18 times platinum by the RIAA, with over 28 million copies sold worldwide. It is the highest selling debut album of all time in the United States, and is often ranked high on top rock album lists.
The album yielded six singles: "
It's So Easy", " Welcome to the Jungle", " Sweet Child o' Mine", " Paradise City", " Nightrain", and " Mr. Brownstone" (UK Exclusive).
Guns N' Roses
W. Axl Rose – lead vocals, percussion on "Welcome to the Jungle", synthesizer and whistle on "Paradise City"
Slash – lead guitar, rhythm guitar on "Nightrain", "Think About You" and "Anything Goes", talkbox on "Anything Goes"
Izzy Stradlin – rhythm guitar, backing vocals, lead guitar on "Nightrain", "Think About You" and "Anything Goes", percussion on "Paradise City"
Duff McKagan – bass, backing vocals Steven Adler – drums
Mike Clink – production
Steve Thompson – mixing
Michael Barbiero – mixing
George Marino – mastering
Victor Deyglio, Dave Reitzas, Micajah Ryan & Julian Stoll – engineering assistance
Andy Udoff – engineering assistance
Jeff Poe – engineering assistance
Robert Williams – paintings
Michael Hodgson – art direction, design
Robert John – photography
Jack Lue – photography Greg Freeman – photography
This is the best selling debut album of all time.
The original artwork was of a robot trying to rape a woman with a metal tooth creature jumping the robot. It was removed and replaced with the now famous skull cross logo.
Two of the singles are based off of living in Los Angeles ("Welcome To The Jungle" and "Paradise City")
This yielded the three most well-known Guns N' Roses songs: "Welcome To The Jungle", "Paradise City", and "Sweet Child O' Mine".
The song "Rocket Queen" features the voice of a Adriana Smith (on-off again girlfriend of Steven Adler) whom Axl had sex with in the studio during the guitar solo.
"You're Crazy" was later covered in an acoustic form on
G' N' R' Lies. "Sweet Child O' Mine" got featured on the EP, "Live From the Jungle".