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Chinese Democracy
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Studio album by Guns N' Roses
Released November 23, 2008
Recorded Battery Soundtrack, Bennett House, Can Am, Capitol, Cherokee, Electric Lady, IGA, The Palms, Rumbo, Sunset Sound, The Townhouse, The Village, Woodland Ranch, 1994-2007
Genre Hard rock
Length 71:18
Label Geffen Records
Producer Axl Rose, Caram Costanzo
Guns N' Roses chronology
Greatest Hits
(2004)
Chinese Democracy
(2008)

Chinese Democracy is the sixth and most recent studio album by Guns N' Roses, released on November 23, 2008 on Geffen Records. The album took upwards of fourteen years to write and record, with many lineup changes occurring during this time. Despite debuting at #3 on the Billboard 200, the album was deemed a commercial failure, drastically underselling domestic expectations in the United States, although it was a moderate success internationally.

The album yielded three singles: "Chinese Democracy", "Better" and "Street of Dreams".

Due to the length of the recording process, the album features recordings from various lineups of Guns N' Roses, most prominently the lineup of Axl Rose, Robin Finck, Buckethead, Paul Tobias, Tommy Stinson, Bryan Mantia, Dizzy Reed and Chris Pitman, with later contributions from Bumblefoot, Richard Fortus and Frank Ferrer.

Track ListingEdit

  1. "Chinese Democracy"
  2. "Shackler's Revenge"
  3. "Better"
  4. "Street Of Dreams"
  5. "If the World"
  6. "There Was a Time"
  7. "Catcher in the Rye"
  8. "Scraped"
  9. "Riad N' the Bedouins"
  10. "Sorry"
  11. "I.R.S."
  12. "Madagascar"
  13. "This I Love"
  14. "Prostitute"

Rock Band 2 MultitracksEdit

Each song on Chinese Democracy's multitracks were ripped from the video game Rock Band 2. In 2010 the multitracks were leaked online. Most of them are seperated Into 7 different tracks.

  • Kick Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Cymbals
  • Bass
  • Guitar
  • Vocals
  • Additional Instruments

The Mulitracks offer a unique look into each song on the album and include hidden solo's found on There Was a Time and Shackler's Revenge.

Most of the multitracks are slightly edited. Foul language was taken out since Rock Band 2 is rated T by the ESRB. The intros to most of the songs include drum counts that aren't present on the album versions. 

Alternate ArtworkEdit

Chinese Democracy was originally intended to be released with three artwork options. For unknown reasons, this changed shortly before the release date. The album was released with a single artwork option instead of the alternates. At least one of the alternate artworks exists in few numbers and is highly sought after by hardcore fans.

Fear N' Freedom: The Future of China And Western SocietyEdit

Main article: Fear N' Freedom: The Future of China and Western Society

Of special note, the second artwork contains a social commentary essay written by Axl Rose called Fear N' Freedom: The Future of China and Western Society, which isn't present in the original booklet.

Unreleased SongsEdit

It is not known for sure how many songs Guns N' Roses in fact produced to the Chinese Democracy project. On Axl's own words: "Depends how you look at it", regarding the amount of finished material. Many song numbers have been reported, 32 and 36, by Axl Rose himself, 70 by Tom Zutaut, and "enough for 4 albums" by Sebastian Bach.

  • Oh My God
  • Silkworms
  • Jackie Chan/Checkmate/No Love Remains
  • The General
  • Atlas Shrugged
  • Quick Song
  • Down By The Ocean
  • Ides Of March
  • Berlin/Oklahoma
  • Thyme
  • Seven
  • Zodiac

PersonnelEdit

Guns N' Roses and former members
  • W. Axl Rose – lead vocals, keyboards, piano on "Catcher in the Rye", "This I Love" and "Prostitute"
  • Dizzy Reed – keyboards, piano, synthesizer, backing vocals
  • Buckethead – lead guitar, acoustic guitar on "If the World"
  • Robin Finck – lead guitar, acoustic guitar on "Sorry", keyboards on "Better"
  • Bumblefoot – lead guitar
  • Paul Tobias – rhythm guitar, piano on "There Was a Time"
  • Richard Fortus – rhythm guitar
  • Tommy Stinson – bass, backing vocals
  • Chris Pitman – keyboards, programming, sub-bass on all tracks except on "Catcher in the Rye", 12 string guitar on "If the World", backing vocals
  • Frank Ferrer – drums, percussion
  • Brain – drums, percussion
  • Josh Freese – drum arrangements on tracks 4, 6, 9 and 14
Additional personnel

​InfoEdit

  • This album is banned in China due to the title track and title.
  • Saul "Slash" Hudson was quoted on his opinion of Chinese Democracy: "It's pretty good. It's nice to hear Axl's voice after so long."

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