Rate the Guns N' Roses version of "Knocking on Heaven's Door"

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Rate the Guns N' Roses version of "Knocking on Heaven's Door"

★☆☆☆☆
7 (17.1%)
★★☆☆☆
5 (12.2%)
★★★☆☆
9 (22%)
★★★★☆
11 (26.8%)
★★★★★
9 (22%)

Total Members Voted: 41


MirrorMask


WildRanger


The Walrus

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

Adami

Quote from: Kittylox 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

That about sums it up perfectly.

KevShmev

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.

TAC

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.

Adami

Quote from: TAC 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.

Live Era 87-93 I think it's called. Really great record.

TAC

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.

The Walrus


Elite


TAC

Just pulled up that live album on Spotify. Yeah, that live version of Knockin' is tons better than the studio version.


It's too bad that band imploded when they did.

wolfking

Never cared for the song and never cared for GnR, so I'm sure you can figure out the rest.

TAC



Stadler

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. 

ZirconBlue

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.

pg1067

Quote from: Elite on May 17, 2020, 03:16:01 PM
1 star out of 5, because it contains Axl Rose

Ditto.  If zero stars were a possibility, that'd be my vote/

Setlist Scotty

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.

The Walrus

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

Cool Chris

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.

Quote from: Setlist Scotty 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.

Elite

Quote from: Kattelox 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

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.

The Walrus

I never once implied anyone isn't allowed to do anything

Elite

That's right, but you said you found it funny that people complain about the way he sings :)

The Walrus

Quote from: Elite 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 :)

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

Elite


Zantera

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.

Adami

Quote from: Zantera 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.

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

He puts them to shame.  :lol

pg1067

Quote from: Kattelox on May 18, 2020, 03:03:32 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?

Indiscipline

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.

Peter Mc

Absolutely love it, Slash's guitar work alone makes this a 5 star rating.

dparrott


KevShmev

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.

I feel a little gross just typing that... :lol :lol

Elite

Quote from: pg1067 on May 18, 2020, 04:22:00 PM
Quote from: Kattelox on May 18, 2020, 03:03:32 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?

Thanks :)

WildRanger

It seems Axl is one of the most polarizing rock vocalists.
His voice is a main reason why so many people dislike GnR.