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Spares and Parts: Guns N’ Roses Appetite for Destruction sets broken up

Universal Music selling off USB sticks, guitar picks and more from unsold Locked N’ Loaded boxes

The Guns N’ Roses Appetite For Destruction reissue campaign of 2018 was massive and in hindsight, perhaps over ambitious from a record label point of view.

The ‘Locked N’ Loaded’ mega-box was created in the hope that 10,000 fans would be prepared to pay $1000 for a music box set that literally came in a wooden cabinet. You could hold it in your hands, but only just. Fourteen months on from the release, Universal Music have discounted this to less than $400 and furthermore, it appears they are actually breaking them up to sell off, separately, individual components that were once exclusive to the sets. Let’s take a look at what’s going on…

The US GNR Merch site is not only offering the ‘Locked N’ Loaded’ box for $399 but it also has for sale something called ‘Appetite For Destruction Hardcover Book + 4CD+ Blu-ray‘ which looks very much like the super deluxe edition, WITHOUT the outer slipcase and the ‘collectables’ (lithos, replica concert tickets, posters, temporary tattoos, flyers etc). The $49.98 pricing on this is curious, since the same site has the actual super deluxe edition for ONE CENT more – $49.99. Superfluous as those ‘collectables’ might be, you may as well get them for a cent!

This is where it becomes interesting though, because the same site also has for sale a set of 12 lithos (one for each song) for less than $20, a set of five metal band skull rings  for $39.98, a set of five metal guitar picks for $24.98 and a 32gb Metal Cross USB Stick With Audio for $39.98. What do all these items have in common? They were previously exclusive to the ‘Locked N’ Loaded’ box set!

SDE is not one to enthuse about digital formats, but that USB cross is actually excellent value, when you consider the contents. It has the audio from all four CDs in the super deluxe (album, B-Sides N’ EPs, 1986 Sound City Session, 1986 Sound City Session N’ More) in THREE different file resolutions (44.1kHz 16 bit, 96kHz 24 bit, 192kHz 24 bit). So in total 153 hi-res tracks for less than $40. Note, this doesn’t include the 5.1 surround mix.

All these products are on the US GNR site and while they will ship internationally – and rates are surprisingly good – but what about other territories, like the UK? Sadly the UK GNR Merch site has none of the goodies above and isn’t selling the ‘Locked N’ Loaded’ box set at all, while the super deluxe is shown as ‘sold out’.

In terms of other options, you can buy the ‘Locked and Loaded’ set from Amazon in the UK for the not very attractive price of £800 although in Germany it’s a much better €665 which gets the price to nearer £600. Amazon in the USA have it listed at $499.

The super deluxe edition via Amazon UK has a similarly unattractive price-tag of £112. However, if you head buy from Amazon in Japan you can acquire the same super deluxe for just £47. Shipped to the UK with all taxes paid this equates to around £63. That’s very good indeed.

Despite the discounting, the big question is whether the prices will drop any lower? Perhaps not, if Universal have adopted a ‘spares and parts’ strategy for the really big ‘Locked N’ Loaded’ sets. This certainly appears to be the case, because the ‘hardcover book’ five-disc edition and the rings, lithos, guitar picks and USB stick are all straight from that mammoth box set.

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CD 1 – APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION: REMASTERED

Welcome To The Jungle
It’s So Easy
Nightrain
Out Ta Get Me
Mr. Brownstone
Paradise City
My Michelle
Think About You
Sweet Child O’ Mine
You’re Crazy
Anything Goes
Rocket Queen
Produced by Mike Clink

Mixed by Steve Thompson and Michael Barbiero

CD2 – B-SIDES N’ EPS: REMASTERED

Reckless Life
Nice Boys
Move To The City (Live)
Mama Kin
Shadow Of Your Love (Live)
You’re Crazy (Acoustic Version)
Patience
Used To Love Her
You’re Crazy
It’s So Easy (Live)
Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door (Live)
Whole Lotta Rosie (Live)

CD 3 – 1986 SOUND CITY SESSION

All Previously Unreleased

Welcome To The Jungle (1986 Sound City Session)
Nightrain (1986 Sound City Session)
Out Ta Get Me (1986 Sound City Session)
Paradise City (1986 Sound City Session)
My Michelle (1986 Sound City Session)
Think About You (1986 Sound City Session)
You’re Crazy (1986 Sound City Session)
Anything Goes (1986 Sound City Session)
Rocket Queen (1986 Sound City Session)
Shadow Of Your Love (1986 Sound City Session)
Heartbreak Hotel (1986 Sound City Session)
Jumpin’ Jack Flash (1986 Sound City Session)

CD 4 – 1986 SOUND CITY SESSION N’ MORE

All Previously Unreleased

Shadow Of Your Love
Move To The City (1986 Sound City Session)
Ain’t Goin’ Down No More (Instrumental Version – 1986 Sound City Session)
The Plague (1986 Sound City Session)
Nice Boys (1986 Sound City Session)
Back Off Bitch (1986 Sound City Session)
Reckless Life (1986 Sound City Session)
Mama Kin (1986 Sound City Session)
New Work Tune (1986 Sound City Session)
November Rain (Piano Version – 1986 Sound City Session))
Move To The City (Acoustic Version – 1986 Sound City Session)
You’re Crazy (Acoustic Version – 1986 Sound City Session)
November Rain (Acoustic Version – 1986 Sound City Session)
Jumpin’ Jack Flash (Acoustic Version – 1986 Sound City Session)
Move To The City (1988 Acoustic Version)

DISC 5 – BLU-RAY AUDIO

96kHz 24-bit 5.1 Surround Sound & Remastered Stereo
5.1 Surround Sound mixed by *Elliot Scheiner and **Frank Filipetti

All Previously Unreleased

APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION*

Welcome To The Jungle
It’s So Easy
Nightrain
Out Ta Get Me
Mr. Brownstone
Paradise City
My Michelle
Think About You
Sweet Child O’ Mine
You’re Crazy
Anything Goes
Rocket Queen
Produced by Mike Clink

Stereo mixed by Steve Thompson and Michael Barbiero

BONUS TRACKS

Shadow Of Your Love**
Patience*
Used To Love Her**
You’re Crazy**
Move To The City (1988 Acoustic Version)**
MUSIC VIDEOS*

Welcome To The Jungle
Sweet Child O’Mine
Paradise City
Patience
It’s So Easy – BRAND NEW VIDEO FROM 1989

Appetite For Destruction Locked N’ Loaded box set

Full Contents

  • Embossed Faux Leather and Wood Cabinet
  • Handmade 3D Cross
  • Super deluxe edition: 96 page handbound book with unreleased photos from Axl Rose’s personal archive
  • 4 CD’s in total with 73 total tracks featuring 49 unreleased tracks
  • 1 blu ray audio disc with new 5.1 surround sound mixes
  • Seven 12″ 180 Gram LPS
  • Original Album expanded into two LPs
  • First ever album remaster from analogue tapes
  • Limited Edition foil slipcase
  • 4th side hologroove hologram
  • 1 LP B-Sides  N’ EPs and Live Like a Suicide EP
  • 3LP Sound City Session and 25 unreleased songs from the 1986 session
  • 2 unreleased tracks from Mike Clink Sessions
  • 7 7″ singles on yellow vinyl
  • 12 New illustration lithos visualizing each song from Appetite for Destruction
  • Turntable Mat
  • 6 Replica Gig Flyers
  • Welcome to the Jungle Video Invite Flyer
  • Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
  • 6 Iron-On Stitched Logo Patches
  • 5 Metal Guitar Picks
  • 3 Replica Ticket Stubs
  • 5 metal Band Skull Lapel Pins
  • 2-Inch Collectable Coin
  • 5 buttons
  • 7″ adapter
  • 5 Metal Band Skull Rings
  • USB Stick
  • 5 Never-Before Seen Band Member Photo Lithos
  • 6 Temporary Band Member Tattoos
  • Robert Williams Painting Litho
  • Two Wall Posters
  • Custom bandana With Silver Metallica Ink
  • Replica 85’/86′ Concert Banner Featuring Numbered Certificate of Authenticity
  • 4 CDs
    • 73 Total Tracks – 49 Tracks Previously Unreleased
    • First Ever Album Remaster from Original Analog Tapes
    • 12 Tracks from B-sides N’ EPs Newly Remastered from Original Analog Tapes
    • 25 Unreleased Recordings from 1986 Sound City Session
    • 2 Unreleased Recordings from Mike Clink Sessions:
      • “Shadow Of Your Love” – from December 1986 Mike Clink tryout session
      • “Move To The City (1988 Acoustic Version)” – from GN’R LIES sessions
  • 1 Blu-ray Audio Disc
    • New 96kHz 24-bit 5.1 Surround Sound Mixes from Original Analog Multi-tracks
    • Original Album Mixed by Elliot Scheiner
    • 5 Bonus Tracks Mixed by Elliot Scheiner & Frank Filipetti
    • All songs feature brand new animations
    • 4 Original Music Videos in 5.1
    • Unreleased 1989 “It’s So Easy” Video in 5.1
  • Seven 180-gram Audiophile 12-inch LPs
    • All Vinyl Cut from 192kHz 24-bit Remastered High-Resolution Audio
    • Original Album Expanded to 2-LPs for Maximum Audiophile Playback
      • Limited Edition Foil Art Slipcase
      • Side 4 Extra Bonus: Hologroove Hologram of GN’R Logo
    • LIVE LIKE A SUICIDE EP (1-LP) with Extra Track “Shadow Of Your Love”
    • B-SIDES N’ EPS (1-LP)
    • 1986 SOUND CITY SESSION N’ MORE (3-LPs)
  • 6 Replica 7-inch Singles + New 7-inch for “Shadow Of Your Love” on Yellow Vinyl
    • “It’s So Easy” b/w “Mr. Brownstone”
    • “Welcome To The Jungle” b/w “Whole Lotta Rosie (Live)”
    • “Sweet Child O’ Mine” b/w “Out Ta Get Me”
    • “Paradise City” b/w “Used To Love Her”
    • “Patience” b/w “Rocket Queen”
    • “Nightrain” b/w “Reckless Life”
    • “Shadow Of Your Love” b/w “Move To The City (1988 Acoustic Version)”
  • 32GB Metal Cross USB Stick with High-Resolution Audio Formats from All 4 CDs
    • 192kHz 24-bit AIFF Files
    • 96kHz 24-bit AIFF Files
    • 44.1kHz 16-bit AIFF Files

44 responses to Spares and Parts: Guns N’ Roses Appetite for Destruction sets broken up

  1. Kevin Davis says:

    FYI for anyone who has the big box or is tempted to buy the USB stick as a standalone – the USB included in my box has issues and, after three weeks of emails back and forth, they have yet to resolve this for me. The problem is that the “hi-res” files for the Appetite for Destruction album itself (disc one of the set) are NOT the 24bit files they list, but are actually 16-bit files.

    The included USB stick is supposed to contain digital files for each of the 4 CDs in the set, in three formats: 192kHz 24-bit AIFF Files, 96kHz 24-bit AIFF Files and 44.1kHz 16-bit AIFF Files.

    For disc one (the actual Appetite for Destruction album), the two formats which are supposed to be encoded at 24-bit are only 16-bit files.

    Again, I have emailed repeatedly over the past several weeks and have only heard back, “we’re looking into this”

  2. The Geordie Expat says:

    Musicvaultz in Canada have the locked and loaded edition for CAD 650 which works out to US $491 including free shipping to the US – They also have the limited edition Levi denim jackets or Hockey shirts included at no extra price for those who like such goodies.

  3. Michael says:

    Thanks for the tip. Ordered the SDE, with quite reasonable postage to Australia (if it eventuates). Half the price Amazon Australia has on offer, and better still than ordering from the Australian G&R affiliate.

  4. Luis Armando says:

    I buy mine 2 months ago from amazon.com.mx for less than USD$330 and i got Sgt. Pepper box set and The Joshua Tree Box set for free. Free shipping.

  5. Chris Elliott says:

    I got my Locked N Loaded set for $299 using a 25% coupon code when they also had them on sale around fathers day at $399. Also got free shipping, and this thing weighs 40 pounds. Haven’t really gone through it much yet, but for $299, I felt it was reasonable. However, I would be happy if they never released one of these again, which based on sales, looks like will be the case. $100 for a super-deluxe is more than enough.

  6. Ron says:

    This Box set turned out to be a bust. But if there is one thing good coming from this, it is this: The 10 000 that were reduced will be reduced now, and that makes those who bought the huge box set in a position where it is now a rarity. Depending on how many of the box sets they are breaking up, this $1000 will be worth more in the future. Who knows how many box sets they are breaking up. 1000? 5000? 8000? The more box sets they are breaking up, the more valuable the ones out there will be.

  7. gwynogue says:

    “Appetite For De(con)struction”…I’m not a GNR fan, but – as others have said – that rather nifty box/cabinet would be quite handy for storing the music I am a fan of. Perhaps they’ll sell those when they’ve shifted all the contents. If they’re just going to ditch them, some clever person – perhaps someone with a blog and an online shop, hint hint :) – should offer to take them.

    And you could say the prices have been ‘slash’ed…*boom-tish!*

    Okay, I’ll go now…

  8. Ejner says:

    Didn’t “Appetite for Destruction” get lost in the Universal fire? So this can’t be a 100% pure remaster, I reckon.

  9. Michel Banen says:

    Looks like the rings, picks etc. are re-prints as they are pre-order items. $ 25 for 5 metal guitar picks that are cheap to make again so it looks as if selling these items seperately will cover for the loss of the targeted box-price. Same goes for the rings and USB cross; they have been made and designed already so making a bunch more will not be much of an investment but the sales price -and numbers sold- could add up nicely.

  10. Musicmacca says:

    Dare i say this but IMO this is not as great an album as it’s legendary status would suggest.
    Sure Sweet child is up there with all the Rock Classics. Maybe even Paradise City but after revisiting this LP after many years (and buying on original release) this has not stood the test of time.

  11. James Agates says:

    The deluxe edition was $36US the other week and I ordered that with a mere $13 shipping to Australia making it a total of $70AUD. Its got all the music that the insane set has and in my opinion that was the right price for what was contained :-)

  12. Gareth Jones says:

    I would’ve expected the entire box set to come down in price at some point, but selling off “exclusive” items individually is bad practice. Certainly not the only time this has happened, mind you.

    I’m a big fan of They Might Be Giants, and they’ve often offered “exclusive” items, then re-sold them later on. One year they did a bundle of items for Xmas which contained an “exclusive” set of original 80’s gig posters. They even made a YouTube video stating this would be the only time you could get these, they would never be available again. A couple of years later, the merch page on their website sold them for about $10!

    They also did an “exclusive” comic book in their 2018 fan club pack. This set people back around $80 for a year’s membership. 12 months later you can buy the comic book on their merch site separately for $15!

    So I now always take the word “exclusive” with a very large pinch of salt! So don’t be surprised if Macca starts selling off individual items from his ‘Traveller’s Edition’ box any time soon!

  13. -SG- says:

    My guess it is the remains of boxes damaged while shipping, thus no boxes, only parts.
    On another note of overpriced boxed sets, I noticed that Howard Jones Human’s Lib Super deluxe disappeared from every selling platform, none available anywhere, so what happened, was it recalled? Or did it really sell out?

  14. Johnny Spasm says:

    I have so many unanswered questions. How many sold at the original $1000 price? How many sold at $499? How many did they break up? How many Locked N’ Loaded boxes still remain, and how low will the price fall? Will unsold copies eventually end up in a landfill next to the E.T. Atari game? Are the remaining Locked N’ Loaded boxes in a storage unit somewhere, and Axl is paying $100 a month? How long before Axl burns down the building for the insurance money?

  15. Jim says:

    So when can I order the empty box to use as a drinks cabinet?

  16. Russ says:

    You’ll notice the big item missing from the box is the exclusive vinyl (which is the only thing many fans wanted). I bet that they’re saving that to put RSD stickers on, then sell at higher prices either on Black Friday RSD or next Aprils RSD.

  17. Dean says:

    Honestly, people need to calm down a little, imo. As consumers we should know by now that exclusives are rarely that exclusive. As I’ve said for a long time, exclusives and limited editions are the bane of the industry. As a music fan I’d rather fans be able to get what they want for a price they can afford than another fan get to gloat about how much their copy is worth. I wish other fans felt the same, the whole “collectables” concept that the music business have adopted is a virus that needs to be killed off ASAP.

    All of that said, this is a pretty embarrassing state of affairs for both the label and the artist. The set is went above and beyond in every department and in the process became a big bloated mess at an exorbitant cost. What were they thinking?

    Those who bought it shouldn’t feel bad. They knew what they were getting, and they paid the asking price. That’s how things go. At least they got the product they valued, and can continue to enjoy it. As such, I think this situation is a win all around. The people who wanted it bought it. However, the label now know these $1000 boxes aren’t wanted – at least not at the numbers they tried it at. Hopefully they will now concentrate on making sets that are more affordable and reasonably priced.

  18. Ausmonty says:

    Don’t understand why anybody would you buy the Hard cover book and 4 x CDs + Blu-ray. When you can buy the Super deluxe edition for one cent more and get, the book the discs a lot more stuff?

  19. Kenneth says:

    I might have been tempted if the 5.1 was in the USB stick. I wonder if these greedy bastards in the music industry will ever learn to market stand alone Blu-rays?

    • Steven Roberts says:

      In fairness to Alan Parsons and Tears for Fears, they DID release standalone blu-rays – though granted, they are sadly very much in the minority….

  20. Paul Taylor says:

    I know some will say I am comparing apples and pears, but when you look at last year’s Nazareth box set at just over £100 and the GnR box at (originally )£850, you wonder how marketing men earn their corn. The Nazareth box had everything from the Dan McCafferty era in a mix of vinyl (first time releases) and remastered CDs; extras included two replica tour programmes, vocals sheet music for two songs and a metal badge. Nothing OTT. Then you get the Loxked n Loaded monstrosity which relates to ONE ALBUM.
    Even the Sabbath Ten Year War box worked out at about £50 per album once you stripped out the tat.
    I get it that some fans like to hear every unreleased/alternative mix of every song and that perfectly acceptable. As one poster said earlier, maybe canvass fans about what they’d like on a box instead of throwing the contents of a band-branded lucky bag into a big box and charging upwards of £300 for it. I’m sure a Nazareth fan will feel their VFM satisfaction is much higher than someone who bought L&L on release

    • Gary says:

      I’m not the greatest Nazareth fan but considering the content of Loud & Proud it was a no brainier to acquire their catalogue at that price. Likewise the 24 disc Judie Tzuke ‘Full Moon’ collection was a steal. The marketeers in the GnR camp were simply out to exploit and that is what deluxe editions are all about but the GnR camp try to exploit more than most! I thought I’d seen it all from Kiss and Gene Simmonds but at least his Vault experience numbers were somewhat ‘restrained’ compared to Appetite standards.. We’ve all purchased the music in one form or another but rarely picture books, badges and crap.. At the end of the day surely the music is everything and owning the ‘box set’ doesn’t make you an ultimate or better fan. Recent reissues of, for example, the Queen coloured studio vinyl collection, shows that anything can be available if the demand and price is right. As Billy Bragg once sang ‘nostalgia is the opium of the age’ – and I’ve no doubt he nicked it from somewhere…..

  21. Kenneth Tilley says:

    i just ordered one of the cross memory sticks, just got my confirmation email, excellent value, thanks Paul

  22. paul wren says:

    Well at least the record industry have tested the boundaries of what will and what won’t sell at these prices and I guess we won’t see any more blockbuster sets at these prices in future which will be a blessing in disguise. And I speak as someone who can afford this price but basically doesn’t think it offers value for money.

  23. Talcy says:

    $25 shipping for the USB stick to the UK….

  24. Ian McJannet says:

    If these items were supposed to be ”Exclusive” to the box set then I believe
    Universal should be prosecuted under the trades description act for miss leading
    potential buyers !!!

  25. smorrissey says:

    I love Guns, i own the deluxe (usa limited edition), the euro super deluxe edition (bought it on a huge discount btw) box and the 24 bits FLAC edition, personally i don’t need anymore.

    Last weekend i went to my local Sears and they had this unlock edition on display at the original price…i was only watching it and a security guard just came to watch me looking it…lol good luck selling it.

  26. Kmunn says:

    Charging me $25 is to ship the usb across border to Canada…. for real!!!! No thanks

  27. AlexKx says:

    Looking forward to Michael Jackson’s studio long plays getting this treatment and Meat Loaf’s “Bat Out Of Hells”!

  28. AndyHaines says:

    I know a lot of these box sets and exclusive items aren’t always the work of the artist in question, but would it harm the people who wish to create these things to speak to the fans and get an idea of what they might like included/ excluded? It may be more cost effective and profitable to listen to the customers. That’s probably to easy?! Marbles anyone? I think I’ve lost mine!

  29. Tim-Meh says:

    I think they’ve used all the spare parts to assemble the new Tool CD packaging which takes deluxe edition to a whole new level. I’m all for recycling.

  30. Javilu says:

    Use code gnr10 for an extra 10% discount.
    I just bought it. Cheers!

  31. MFG says:

    Appetite for Consumption (or lack thereof). This is the funniest music story I’ve read in awhile. As a whole, is there any better story of rock & roll excess than GNR’s entire career?

    I’m surprised Axl doesn’t settle into a Vegas residency with a rotating cast of sidemen and guns for hire (pun intended). Slash and Duff could show up every now and then, when they need the income boost.

  32. MARK LEVY says:

    Have just ordered the USB. Hope it works. I mean it should work. The Bon Jovi greatest did. I would hope Universal Music split more of the USB formats away from their boxed sets in the future.

  33. Steve Gilmour says:

    Paul lolol shipping to Australia on the big box their site quotes 347 us dollars ha ha ha

  34. Paul E. says:

    No sign of the wooden cabinet being offered as a stand-alone item. Mr. Sinclair, what do ya reckon GNR list the carcass for? I think the label needs some direction on that last part. I’m in if it’s around the $50 mark…

  35. Gisabun says:

    It was too ambitious and even 10,000 of them at $1000 was ridiculous.
    As previously mentioned, give me the media and something to hold them in and I’m satisfied.
    I don’t need these gimmicks like a USB key [that costs under $10 – and is it USB2 or USB3? :-)], picks, cloths, stubs, condoms, turntable mat, etc. [Actually surprised that with their reputation, 5 condoms (one for each band member) wasn’t included.]

  36. Bob says:

    Thanks for the heads-up on the discounted SDE. I’ve been waiting for the right price.

  37. Chris says:

    Problem is there’s a lack of money to buy the things with. Once our 45-55 year old group have stopped buying…. well… the digital crowd won’t want them. I bought that ultra-mega McCartney double box before Xmas and immediately thought….. what have you done?

    We aren’t really interested in a Nat King Cole box set or Bing Crosby box set. Welll…… will folk want the heirlooms of Paul McCartney two star albums even in 10 years?

    Mobile Fidelity One Step Recordings of Stevie Ray Vaughan or Theolonious Monk cost AUD 268 delivered. Really for less than 40 mins of music.

    I’ve got some great box sets but sometimes I wish that the only two that were ever released were The Beatles Blue Box vinyl collection from 1978 and the Jimi Hendrix 10th Anniversary vinyl collection from 1980. Coz then the bank wouldn’t still have hold of my soul!!

    • Stephen Thorpe says:

      You are absolutely right Chris!
      Those of us of a “certain age” just love these box sets but they are expensive and perhaps we do have more disposable income than youngsters? My son thinks it’s quaint when yet another physical disc arrives for me from Amazon through my letterbox!

  38. Andy says:

    GNR10 discount code (10%) at US GNR store!

  39. Tony says:

    I can imagine that the loyal fans would be feeling a bit ripped off by the discounting, a run of a 1000 with Axl & Slash signed lithos would have worked better, these lithos and boxes were actually printed in Feltham, as are a lot of these lithos and boxes for all artists, I’d love the blu ray on its own.

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