Recording Sessions
1986-?  

(Axl Rose / Slash / Izzy Stradlin / Duff McKagan / Steven Adler)

Ain't Goin' Down (instrumental) [unreleased]
Anything Goes [unreleased]
Anything Goes (with different lyrics) [unreleased]
Back Off Bitch [unreleased]
Don't Cry [unreleased]
Heartbreak Hotel [unreleased]
Jumping Jack Flash [unreleased]
Mr. Brownstone [unreleased]
My Michelle [unreleased]
Nightrain [unreleased]
Nightrain (with different intro) [unreleased]
November Rain (two versions, piano and guitar) [unreleased]
Out Ta Get Me [unreleased]
Paradise City [unreleased]
Rocket Queen [unreleased]
Sentimental Movie (demo with drum machine, recorded at the Hell House by Axl & West Arkeen) [unreleased]
Shadow Of Your Love [It's So Easy 12"]
Shadow Of Your Love [Live And Let Die single]
Sweet Child O' Mine [unreleased]
Think About You [unreleased]
Welcome To The Jungle [unreleased]
You Could Be Mine [unreleased]
You're Crazy (acoustic) [Welcome To The Jungle second issue]

Not all of these songs were recorded at the same sessions.

Most of them are just demos.

 
Unknown dates:  

Bad Obsession (demo with drum machine) [unreleased]
Bring It Back Home (demo with drum machine) [unreleased]
Crash Diet (demo with drum machine) [unreleased]
Just Another Sunday (demo with drum machine) [unreleased]
The Garden (demo with drum machine) [unreleased]
Too Much Too Soon (demo with drum machine) [unreleased]
Yesterdays (demo with drum machine) [unreleased]

 
July 1986?  

(Axl Rose / Slash / Izzy Stradlin / Duff McKagan / Steven Adler)

Studio: Sound City Studios

Songs recorded:
Out Ta Get Me (take 1) [unreleased]
Rocket Queen (take 1) [unreleased]
Rocket Queen (take 2) [unreleased]
Nightrain [unreleased]
My Michelle [unreleased]
You're Fuckin' Crazy [unreleased]
Paradise City [unreleased]
Move To The City (take 1) [unreleased]
Move To The City (take 2) [unreleased]
November Rain (acoustic) [unreleased]
November Rain (piano) [unreleased]
Shadow Of Your Love [unreleased]
Reckless Life [unreleased]
Think About You [unreleased]
Welcome To The Jungle [unreleased]
Don't Cry [unreleased]
Nice Boys (take 3) [unreleased]
Back Off Bitch [unreleased]
Anything Goes [unreleased]
Mama Kin [unreleased]
Heartbreak Hotel (take 2) [unreleased]
Ain't Goin' Down (no lyrics) [unreleased]
Jumpin' Jack Flash (take 2) [unreleased]
Jumpin' Jack Flash (acoustic) [unreleased]
Move To The City (acoustic) [unreleased]
Untitled Song In Progress [unreleased]
You're Crazy (acoustic) [unreleased]
The Plague [unreleased]
Cornshucker Stomp [unreleased]

Manny Charlton produced session.

 
July 1986?  

(Axl Rose / Slash / Izzy Stradlin / Duff McKagan / Steven Adler)

Studio: Pasha Studios

Songs recorded:
Sweet Child O' Mine [unreleased]
Nightrain [unreleased]
Reckless Life [Live ?!'@ Like A Suicide & GN'R Lies]
Nice Boys [Live ?!'@ Like A Suicide & GN'R Lies]
Move To The City [Live ?!'@ Like A Suicide & GN'R Lies]
Mama Kin [Live ?!'@ Like A Suicide & GN'R Lies]

Spencer Proffer produces sessions. He eventually quit and Mike Clink was hired to produce the album.
 
July 1986?  

(Axl Rose / Slash / Izzy Stradlin / Duff McKagan / Steven Adler)

Song recorded: Shadow Of Your Love [unreleased?]

The band tries out Mike Clink. After this session he's hired to produce the album.

 
August - December 1986  

(Axl Rose / Slash / Izzy Stradlin / Duff McKagan / Steven Adler)

Studios: Rumbo Studios, Take One Studio, Can Am Studio

Songs recorded:
Anything Goes [Appetite For Destruction]
It's So Easy [Appetite For Destruction]
Mr. Brownstone [Appetite For Destruction]
My Michelle [Appetite For Destruction]
Nightrain [Appetite For Destruction]
Out Ta Get Me [Appetite For Destruction]
Paradise City [Appetite For Destruction]
Rocket Queen [Appetite For Destruction]
Sweet Child O' Mine [Appetite For Destruction]
Think About You [Appetite For Destruction]
Welcome To The Jungle [Appetite For Destruction]
You're Crazy [Appetite For Destruction]

Appetite For Destruction sessions proced by Mike Clink. It's possible that some of the old songs, that were later recorded during the Use You Illusion sessions, were also recorded during these sessions.

Early 1988  

(Axl Rose / Slash / Izzy Stradlin / Duff McKagan / Steven Adler)

Studio: Rumbo Studios

Songs recorded:
Cornchucker [unreleased]
One In A Million [GNR Lies]
Patience [GN'R Lies]
Used To Love Her [GN'R Lies]
You're Crazy [GN'R Lies]

 

 
1989?  

(Slash / Duff McKagan / Steven Adler)

Songs recorded:
Civil War (instrumental) [unreleased]
Don't Damn Me (instrumental) [unreleased]
Dust N' Bones (vocals by Duff) [unreleased]
Garden Of Eden (instrumental) [unreleased]
Locomotive (instrumental) [unreleased]

 
1989?  
Songs recorded:
Don't Damn Me (with vocals)?
 
June, 1990? - Early 1991?  

(Axl Rose / Slash / Izzy Stradlin / Duff McKagan / Dizzy Reed / Steven Adler / Martin Chambers? / Adam Maples? / Jussi Tegelman? / Matt Sorum)

Studios: A&M Studios, Record Plant, Studio 56, Image Recording, Conway Studios

Songs recorded:
14 Years [Use Your Illusion 2]
Ain't Goin' Down [unreleased]
Ain't It Fun ["The Spaghetti Incident?"]
Attitude ["The Spaghetti Inciden?"]
Back Off Bitch [Use Your Illusion 1]
Bad Apples [Use Your Illusion 1]
Bad Obsession [Use Your Illusion 1]
Black Leather ["The Spaghetti Incident?"]
Breakdown [Use Your Illusion 2]
Civil War [Use Your Illusion 2 & Romanian Angel Appeal compilation]
Coma [Use Your Illusion 1]
Dead Horse [Use Your Illusion 1]
Don't Cry (Alt Lyrics) [Use Your Illusion 2]
Don't Cry (Original) [Use Your Illusion 1]
Don't Damn Me [Use Your Illusion 1]
Double Talkin' Jive [Use Your Illusion 1]
Down On The Farm ["The Spaghetti Incident?"]
Dust N' Bones [Use Your Illusion 1]
Estranged [Use Your Illusion 2]
Garden Of Eden [Use Your Illusion 1]
I Don't Care About You ["The Spaghetti Incident?"]
Just Another Sunday *** [unreleased]
Jumping Jack Flash *** [unreleased]
Knockin' On Heaven's Door [Use Your Illusion 2 and Days Of Thunder soundtrack]
Live And Let Die [Use Your Illusion 1]
Locomotive (Complicity) [Use Your Illusion 2]
My World [Use Your Illusion 2]
New Rose ["The Spaghetti Incident?"]
November Rain [Use Your Illusion 1]
Perfect Crime [Use Your Illusion 1]
Pretty Tied Up (The Perils Of Rock N' Roll Decadence) [Use Your Illusion 2]
Right Next Door To Hell [Use Your Illusion 1]
So Fine [Use Your Illusion 2]
Shotgun Blues [Use Your Illusion 2]
The Garden [Use Your Illusion 1]
Yesterdays [Use Your Illusion 2]
You Ain't The First [Use Your Illusion 1]
You Could Be Mine [Use Your Illusion 2]

*** = doubtful, according to Mick Wall's book this was recorded during the UYI sessions.

Izzy's guitar parts on the "The Spaghetti Incident?" tracks were later re-recorded by Gilby Clarke.

GN'R were supposed to enter the studio on January 15th 1990, but they pulled out because of the Steven situation. Then they were supposed to start on May 1st but that got pushed back too.

Martin Chambers [The Pretenders] and Adam Maples [Sea Hags] were used when Steven was out of the band. Then they took Steven back and finally fired him.

In September 1990 the band entered Studio One at A&M Studios in Hollywood.

 
June 9th, 1991  

(Axl Rose / Slash / Izzy Stradlin / Duff McKagan / Matt Sorum / Dizzy Reed)

Studio: Metalworks Recording Studios, Toronto, Canada

Song recorded: Get In The Ring [Use Your Illusion 2]

 
March 1993  

(Axl Rose / Slash / Gilby Clarke/ Duff McKagan / Matt Sorum / Dizzy Reed)

Studio: Sound Techniques Inc., Boston, MA

Song recorded: Since I Don't Have You ["The Spaghetti Incident?"]

 
Unknown dates, songs recorded for "The Spaghetti Incident?":  

Buick Makane ["The Spaghetti Incident?"]
Down On The Street (The Stooges cover, recorded for "The Spaghetti Incident?") [unreleased]
Hair Of The Dog ["The Spaghetti Incident?"]
Human Being ["The Spaghetti Incident?"]
Look At Your Game Girl ["The Spaghetti Incident?"]
Raw Power ["The Spaghetti Incident?"]
You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory ["The Spaghetti Incident?"] (originally recorded for the Duff McKagan "Believe In Me" album?)

 
1994  

(Axl Rose / Slash / Paul Tobias / Duff McKagan / Matt Sorum / Dizzy Reed)

Studio: ?

Song recorded: Sympathy For The Devil [Sympathy For The Devil single, Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Interview With The Vampire]

 
   
1998-  

(Axl Rose / Dizzy Reed / Robin Finck / Paul Tobias / Tommy Stinson / Josh Freese / Brain / Chris Pitman / Richard Fortus / Buckethead / + more)

Studios: Village Recording Studios + more

Songs recorded: Oh My God [End Of Days]
Chinese Democracy [Chinese Democracy]
Shackler's Revenge [Chinese Democracy]
Better [Chinese Democracy]
Street Of Dreams (AKA The Blues) [Chinese Democracy]
If The World [Chinese Democracy]
There Was A Time [Chinese Democracy]
Catcher In The Rye [Chinese Democracy]
Scraped [Chinese Democracy]
Riad & The Bedouins [Chinese Democracy]
Sorry [Chinese Democracy]
I.R.S.[Chinese Democracy]
Madagascar [Chinese Democracy]
This I Love [Chinese Democracy]
Prostitute [Chinese Democracy]
Oklahoma [unreleased]
Seven [unreleased]
Leave Me Alone [unreleased]
General [unreleased]
Thyme [unreleased]
Ides of March [unreleased]
Silkworms [unreleased]

 
   
2006-7  

(Axl Rose / Dizzy Reed / Robin Finck / Richard Fortus / Bumblefoot / Tommy Stinson / Chris Pitman / Frank Ferrer)

Studio: ?

Songs recorded: Chinese Democracy [Chinese Democracy]
Shackler's Revenge [Chinese Democracy]
Better [Chinese Democracy]
Street Of Dreams (AKA The Blues) [Chinese Democracy]
If The World [Chinese Democracy]
There Was A Time [Chinese Democracy]
Catcher In The Rye [Chinese Democracy]
Scraped [Chinese Democracy]
Riad & The Bedouins [Chinese Democracy]
Sorry [Chinese Democracy]
I.R.S.[Chinese Democracy]
Madagascar [Chinese Democracy]
This I Love [Chinese Democracy]
Prostitute [Chinese Democracy]
(new band members are believed to have added work on the album between 2006 and January 2007)

 
January 2007  

(Axl Rose)

Studio: Palms Recording Studio, Las Vegas, NV

Songs recorded: ? (Axl doing some recording)

 
January 2007  

(Axl Rose / Sebastian Bach)

Studio: Electric Lady Studios, New York, NY

Songs recorded: Sorry [Chinese Democracy] (Sebastian Bach recording a guest appearance for the GN'R album)

 
   
This is list of recording sessions is far from complete. Any help with corrections or additions appreciated. Sources include Reckless Road, bootlegs, articles, interviews, news stories.  
Thanks to: Coop, Baz, Lluis  
   
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