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I'd give it 4 stars.
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Re: Rate the Guns N' Roses version of "Knocking on Heaven's Door"
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2020, 11:44:26 AM »
Why "version"? didn't GNR write the song?
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Re: Rate the Guns N' Roses version of "Knocking on Heaven's Door"
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2020, 12:02:15 PM »
Why "version"? didn't GNR write the song?

Nope. It's a cover of Bob Dylan's song.


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Re: Rate the Guns N' Roses version of "Knocking on Heaven's Door"
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2020, 12:06:13 PM »
The live version from the live record is 5 stars

The studio version gets 3 stars because the phone call bit is stupid but otherwise it's still far better than the original
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Re: Rate the Guns N' Roses version of "Knocking on Heaven's Door"
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2020, 12:07:47 PM »
The live version from the live record is 5 stars

The studio version gets 3 stars because the phone call bit is stupid but otherwise it's still far better than the original

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Re: Rate the Guns N' Roses version of "Knocking on Heaven's Door"
« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2020, 01:06:35 PM »
Well, to be honest, isn't just about every cover of Dylan better than his original? Anything has to be better than his original with him sounding like your drunk grandpa. :lol :lol

Great songwriter, obviously, but his singing makes me want to find the nearest quarry to jump into.

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Re: Rate the Guns N' Roses version of "Knocking on Heaven's Door"
« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2020, 02:27:28 PM »
What live album did GnR have?

I think the song blows, honestly. Musically, GnR does a great job on it, but Axl is awful on it.
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« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2020, 02:31:41 PM »
What live album did GnR have?

I think the song blows, honestly. Musically, GnR does a great job on it, but Axl is awful on it.

Live Era 87-93 I think it’s called. Really great record.
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Re: Rate the Guns N' Roses version of "Knocking on Heaven's Door"
« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2020, 02:33:18 PM »
Oh, OK. I remember that. You know, despite seeing them a half dozen times during that period, I have never listened to anything off that album.
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Re: Rate the Guns N' Roses version of "Knocking on Heaven's Door"
« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2020, 02:48:51 PM »
It's a kickass live record
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Re: Rate the Guns N' Roses version of "Knocking on Heaven's Door"
« Reply #10 on: May 17, 2020, 03:16:01 PM »
1 star out of 5, because it contains Axl Rose
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Re: Rate the Guns N' Roses version of "Knocking on Heaven's Door"
« Reply #11 on: May 17, 2020, 03:33:00 PM »
Just pulled up that live album on Spotify. Yeah, that live version of Knockin' is tons better than the studio version.


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« Reply #12 on: May 17, 2020, 06:55:59 PM »
Never cared for the song and never cared for GnR, so I'm sure you can figure out the rest.

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« Reply #13 on: May 17, 2020, 07:00:05 PM »
Thanks for playing! :lol
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Re: Rate the Guns N' Roses version of "Knocking on Heaven's Door"
« Reply #15 on: May 18, 2020, 08:48:21 AM »
Only four stars.  Don't like the phone call nonsense, and while I love the rockin' version, and really like Axl's singing, the affected "ow-oo-ows, hey, hey, hey-ee-yeah!" after every "door" gets old. 

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« Reply #16 on: May 18, 2020, 09:53:20 AM »
The video was for a live version, but the first version I remember was from the Days of Thunder soundtrack, which was a little different from the version released on UYI II.

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« Reply #17 on: May 18, 2020, 11:21:11 AM »
1 star out of 5, because it contains Axl Rose

Ditto.  If zero stars were a possibility, that'd be my vote/
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Re: Rate the Guns N' Roses version of "Knocking on Heaven's Door"
« Reply #18 on: May 18, 2020, 12:57:30 PM »
Definitely better than the original, but then again, it wouldn't take much, considering we're talking about Bob Dylan (just do NOT get the appeal of that guy). That said, Axl's whiny vocals repeatedly saying "Na-na-na-knockin' on heaven's doe-woar oh-whoa-oh-whoa-oh-whoa-oh-whoa yeah!" gets tiring quickly. I gave it 3 stars, but I think even that's being generous.
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Re: Rate the Guns N' Roses version of "Knocking on Heaven's Door"
« Reply #19 on: May 18, 2020, 01:00:34 PM »
I find it funny seeing all the complaints about the frontman/singer doing his job... singing. I think it adds to the song with the 'whoa-ohs'! But I get it, tastes.  :lol
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Re: Rate the Guns N' Roses version of "Knocking on Heaven's Door"
« Reply #20 on: May 18, 2020, 01:03:53 PM »
Not often a song gets its own thread. I remember liking this song a lot when it came out, and I only liked a few GnR songs. Was a long time before I found out it was a Dylan song. Below sums up my current feelings. I can't imagine wanting to listen to it now.

Definitely better than the original, but then again, it wouldn't take much, considering we're talking about Bob Dylan (just do NOT get the appeal of that guy). That said, Axl's whiny vocals repeatedly saying "Na-na-na-knockin' on heaven's doe-woar oh-whoa-oh-whoa-oh-whoa-oh-whoa yeah!" gets tiring quickly. I gave it 3 stars, but I think even that's being generous.
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Re: Rate the Guns N' Roses version of "Knocking on Heaven's Door"
« Reply #21 on: May 18, 2020, 02:12:32 PM »
I find it funny seeing all the complaints about the frontman/singer doing his job... singing. I think it adds to the song with the 'whoa-ohs'! But I get it, tastes.  :lol

Are we not allowed to completely dislike the way he sounds? I'm not complaining in any way, just gave him 1 star out of 5 - indeed mainly because it does contain Axl Rose singing. Does it matter though? The majority of people don't like random growling (wo)man in death metal band X. Tastes indeed.
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Re: Rate the Guns N' Roses version of "Knocking on Heaven's Door"
« Reply #22 on: May 18, 2020, 02:45:41 PM »
I never once implied anyone isn't allowed to do anything
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Re: Rate the Guns N' Roses version of "Knocking on Heaven's Door"
« Reply #23 on: May 18, 2020, 02:54:49 PM »
That's right, but you said you found it funny that people complain about the way he sings :)
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« Reply #24 on: May 18, 2020, 03:03:32 PM »
That's right, but you said you found it funny that people complain about the way he sings :)

Well no, some are people saying '1/0 stars because Axl Rose' which is funny, but also that 'whoa-ohs' bug people more than I was aware of  :lol
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« Reply #25 on: May 18, 2020, 03:04:07 PM »
Well then, at least I gave 1 star
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Re: Rate the Guns N' Roses version of "Knocking on Heaven's Door"
« Reply #26 on: May 18, 2020, 03:21:16 PM »
It's OK i guess? Never really got into Guns n Roses when I was deep into that type of music and I think Axl was a big part of that. I mean sure the guy can sing but to me he's kinda the stereotypical 'full of himself egomaniac rock star singer' which is a bit of a turn off. Can definitely see how that would sway people either way.

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« Reply #27 on: May 18, 2020, 03:44:06 PM »
It's OK i guess? Never really got into Guns n Roses when I was deep into that type of music and I think Axl was a big part of that. I mean sure the guy can sing but to me he's kinda the stereotypical 'full of himself egomaniac rock star singer' which is a bit of a turn off. Can definitely see how that would sway people either way.

Completely disagree. Axl Rose is not a stereotypical "full of himself egomaniac."

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« Reply #28 on: May 18, 2020, 04:22:00 PM »
Well no, some are people saying '1/0 stars because Axl Rose' which is funny

Maybe you're using "funny" in a way that I'm not understanding.  Axl Rose sucks (although he does have degrees).  What's "funny" about giving GnR's version of this song a low ranking because of that?
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Re: Rate the Guns N' Roses version of "Knocking on Heaven's Door"
« Reply #29 on: May 18, 2020, 04:33:44 PM »
Two stars.

Good rock translation of the Dylan song (which is way more enjoyable in its context movie), partially ruined by annoying singing mannerism.

There was just NO escaping that song in the summer of '92.

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« Reply #30 on: May 18, 2020, 04:59:51 PM »
Absolutely love it, Slash’s guitar work alone makes this a 5 star rating.

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« Reply #31 on: May 18, 2020, 06:35:24 PM »
This is the best version imo.  1988. 
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« Reply #32 on: May 18, 2020, 06:36:11 PM »
I find Rose's vocalisms in this song kinda comical, which adds a certain charm to it, I guess. I don't seek the song out, but it's enjoyable whenever I hear it. 

He can be a very annoying singer (see: the verses to Paradise City), but he can sing pretty well in a normal, non-raspy voice when he wants.  It's just too bad it was never that often.  And I am not one to defend the mega-egomaniac that is Axl Rose, but I will give credit where it's due.  I have always been a big fan of Patience, and I think he does a really good job on that one.

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« Reply #33 on: May 19, 2020, 04:05:23 AM »
Well no, some are people saying '1/0 stars because Axl Rose' which is funny

Maybe you're using "funny" in a way that I'm not understanding.  Axl Rose sucks (although he does have degrees).  What's "funny" about giving GnR's version of this song a low ranking because of that?

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Re: Rate the Guns N' Roses version of "Knocking on Heaven's Door"
« Reply #34 on: May 19, 2020, 04:37:22 AM »
It seems Axl is one of the most polarizing rock vocalists.
His voice is a main reason why so many people dislike GnR.