July 8, 2011

Guns N' Roses: Chinese Democracy

Thirteen million dollars recording, a number of producers came and went, a half dozen others declined offers, countless delays, an endless cycle of band changes and re-recordings, and fourteen years later Axl finally delivers what U.S. fans were no longer anticipating. 

Upon initial release in November 2008, Chinese Democracy landed on the U.S. Billboard album chart at #3, and to date has sold just over 600k in the U.S., however it has been Certified Platinum in 15 countries, (Triple Platinum in Canada) and Gold in 16 others, selling 2.1 million world-wide in its first 3 months of release.

Sold exclusively through Best Buy in the U.S., who this year heavily discounted it to $1.99 (both CD & double LP sets). 

The download code expired as of November 28 2009, but it is a pretty nice 180 gram set in a gatefold cover.  No lyrics, but LOTS of credits inside the cover. 

I've read that Geffen refused Axl's original cover art, and that he could possibly re-release the album with that alternate art soon (thus the Best Buy discount). Who knows? There have been CD booklets reported with alternative art- including the following center page:

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