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Guns N' Roses To Release 73-Track 'Appetite For Destruction' Box Set
The most dangerous band in the world, Guns N' Roses, have announced an epic deluxe reissue of their classic 1987 debut album, Appetite For Destruction. The extensive new box set will feature a total of 73 tracks, 49 of which have been previously unreleased. Titled Locked N' Loaded, the remastered and expanded reissue is and is due out June 29.
Arriving one year after the album's 30th anniversary, the massive collection reportedly appears to be worth the wait. Spanning four CDs and seven 12" 180-gram vinyl LPs, the reissue includes the album remastered from the original analog tapes across two LPs, a pressing of the band's 1986 Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide EP, an EP of B-sides from the era, plus 25 unreleased recordings from the band’s 1986 Sound City sessions and two unreleased tracks from their sessions with the album's producer, Mike Clink.
Packed with plenty of extras, Locked N' Loaded also includes a 96-page hardbound book with unreleased photos from Axl Rose's personal archive, 12 new illustrations depicting each song on the album, and replica memorabilia from the era.
An unboxing video was posted then deleted on the band's site, and a countdown clock has been launched for midnight on May 4, presumably marking the official announcement of the reissue.
Producer Mike Clink has also been hard at work recently on behalf of creators' rights. Clink delivered testimony on critical music copyright issues at a House Judiciary Committee meeting earlier this year. Clink's efforts helped lead the Allocations For Music Producers Act (AMP Act) to be included in the Music Modernization Act, which unanimously passed the House of Representatives on Apr. 26. Clink has also worked with bands such as Mötley Crüe, Megadeth, and Heart, in addition to his work with GN'R.
Last December, Slash also went to work on Capitol Hill, lobbying Congress on music creators' behalf in support of the Fair Play Fair Pay Act.
Locked N' Loaded arrives in the midst of Guns N' Roses' Not In This Lifetime… Tour, which kicks back up June 3 in Berlin, Germany, and treks through Europe through the end of July. Complete tour dates can be found on the band's website.