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Guns N' Roses: Use Your Illusion 1; Use Your Illusion 2 (Geffen)

Paul Elliott, Vox, November 1991

THE BAND'S ex-manager Alan Niven described Use Your Illusion I and II as "Pink Floyd's The Wall meets Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti." Niven was on Axl's hit list, and he had to go (for a price), but he had a point. Though strictly speaking they don't constitute a double album, these two 70-minute records are a vast and important body of work, and as such are held up against rock's classic double sets, like the two mentioned by Niven, and The Rolling Stones' Exile On Main Street. The latter — surely the benchmark for all significant rock'n'roll releases — is perhaps the closest likeness.

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