G N' R Lies

Label
Universal Music Division Polydor
Release date
3 Jul 1999
Running length
8 tracks
Running time
32:38

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Reckless Life (Live Version (Explicit)) 3:20 1,146
2 Nice Boys (Live Version (Explicit)) 3:03 1,103
3 Move To The City (Live Version (Explicit)) 3:42 1,371
4 Mama Kin (Live Version (Explicit)) 3:57 1,150
5 Patience 5:56 545,033
6 Used to Love Her 3:13 199,326
7 You're Crazy (Album Version (Explicit)) 3:17 2,007
8 One in a Million 6:10 145,513

About this album

Lies, aka G N’ R Lies, is the second studio album by the hard rock band Guns N’ Roses in 1988 (see 1988 in music). According to the Recording Industry Association of America, it has sold 5 million copies in the United States and about 12 million copies worldwide to date.

Its first four songs consist of the previously released EP Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide.

The last four songs were recorded with acoustic guitars. They were written and recorded in one studio session (with the exception of “You’re Crazy”, which appeared in an alternate version on Appetite for Destruction), which producer Mike Clink called “one of those magical rock and roll history moments”. A Duff sung track “Cornshucker” was dropped from the album, reportedly for excessive profanity.

In later interviews, Axl Rose stated that while he loved how the band sounded on the last four songs, he hated the sound of his voice. Rose recalled that his voice was husky and scratchy from the band’s lengthy touring at the time, and if he could he would’ve re-recorded his vocal tracks in a separate session.

The cover is a parody of tabloid newspapers as are the liner notes. The LP cover art underwent several minor modifications when the title was released on CD. First, in the bottom left corner reading “LIES LIES LIES” originally read “Wife-beating has been around for 10,000 years.” Second, instead of “Elephant gives birth to midget”, the original headline reads, “Ladies, welcome to the Dark Ages.

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