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Post by Soulmonster on Fri 6 Aug 2010 - 7:31

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LIVE AND LET DIE
Album:
Use Your Illusion I, 1991, track no. 3.

Written by:
Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney.

Musicians:
Drums: Matt
     Bass: Duff
     Lead and Rhythm Guitars / 6-String Bass: Slash
     Rhythm Guitar: Izzy
     Piano: Dizzy
     Synthesizer Programmers: Johann Langlie, Axl
     Vocals / Keyboards: Axl
     Horns: Matthew McKagan, Rachel West, Robert Clark, Jon Trautwein
     Background Vocals: Axl, Shannon Hoon

Live performances:
The song was played for the first time at Warfield Theatre, USA, on May 9, 1991. Since then it has been a fixture on the set-lists. In total it has, as of {UPDATEDATE}, at least been played {LALDSONGS} times.
Lyrics:
When you were young
       and your heart was an open book
       You used to say live and let live
       you know you did
       you know you did
       you know you did
       But if this ever changin
       in which we live in
       Makes you give in and cry
       Say live and let die
       Live and let die

     What does it matter to ya
       When ya got a job to do
       Ya got to do it well
       You got to give the other fella hell

     You used to say live and let live
       you know you did
       you know you did
       you know you did
       But if this ever changin
       in which we live in
       Makes you give in and cry
       Say live and let die
       Live and let die


Quotes:
About covering 'Live and Let Die': I thought about it once a long time ago but just thought you would never be able to get that the way it sounds, that well. [...] And then I ran at the movie [The James Bond movie ' Live and Let Die'], I was watching it, and this song comes and it's like 'Welcome to the Jungle 2'. [...] And it just felt right so we ended up playing it a little bit, in rehearsal, and it started working, and now we've actually gone and start recording it and finding out that 'Wait, we are good enough to play this song.' We didn't think we were. We didn't think we were good enough to get it done right, but Slash is doing most of the string arrangements on guitar with a harmonizer. To me it's like Tom Waits meets Metallica, it's the way I sing it, so rough and scratchy, like I sound like Tom Waits. It's working out really good, it sounds like us. Everybody who hears it thinks that it sounds like the perfect song for us [Famous Last Words, MTV, 1990].
[…]it was a song that Axl really dug and I really dug and Axl came in and said: 'What do you think about 'Live and Let Die'?' And I said: `Yeah, it's been on my mind for the last year' [VOX, January 1991].
We have pretty varied musical tastes. I mean, collectively, I couldn't name in a week what we listen to Er, '...Heaven's Door' was something that came out of the blue because I liked the song and Axl liked it but we'd never talked about it. One day it came up and we were talking on the phone and I said, 'You wanna do that? Great!'. We did it at The Marquee for the first time, 'Live And Let Die' was the exact same thing. I went to rehearsal after Axl and I had talked about it and tried to see if the band could play it and make it sound good and Axl came in, heard what we were doing and just loved it. That's how it happened. It's cool, you know!?! [laughs] [RAW, October 1991].
Yeah, I grew up on [The Beatles and Paul McCartney], you know, and appreciated it. But one of the main reasons we did Live and Let Die... There’s a few reasons. One, because a critic in L.A. was bagging on all the James Bond songs, and how they were all great, but Live and Let Die was a terrible song. And so we kinda decided that maybe he needed to hear that for another five years (chuckles). […] You know, cuz we knew that if we did it, we did it well; and this person would have to hear it. Another reason was that it was something to shoot for, you know, in quality; and also, you know, if we could show that we could do that kind of song, it would, like, show the quality in the rest of our songs. Another thing is like, you know, it was kind of –not much, but a little bit of a hard pill to swallow- that we consider Welcome to the Jungle 2 is Live and Let Die, and it’s somebody else [that] wrote it, not us. […] You know, but that’s kinda like a more mature version of Welcome to the Jungle, to at least Slash and I [Rockline, November 27, 1991].
It's one of those songs, like 'Heaven's Door,' that Axl and I have always loved. It's always been a really heavy song, but we'd never discussed it, and didn't know that we each liked it. We were talking one night about a cover song and that came up, and we're like, "Yeah! Let's do it!" So I went to rehearsal with Izzy and Matt and Duff, just to see whether we could sound good playing it, and it sounded really heavy. It's actually heavier when we play it live than it is on the record, because of the horns and synthesizer. Live it's got more bottom to it. [No Illusions, Guitar - April, 1992].
Really the same thing that inspired us to do Heaven’s Door – because everybody used to ask us why we did that. It was a song that I just grew up loving and Axl really dug, but we never talked about it. And somewhere before we went to rehearsals or pre-production to do the Illusion records, we got to talking about different songs and that song came up, so it was mutual. So we went into rehearsal to see if we can make it sound half decent, just to give it credit where credit’s due, and it sounded good. So that was that [The O-Zone BBC, May 31, 1993].
The press has liked to show pictures of us as children, kind of where we started, but they also did it with an attitude to hurt us or something. That's why in the video for "Live And Let Die," we show pictures of us all as children in the background, coming in now and then - some of our favorite shots of us as children - to confront that. [...] My step-father had shot a video of our entire family and of his entire family, all the way back to great-great-grandfathers, and he compiled this video. Through doing certain work with my family, with understanding what was going on there now, it was very strange, very surreal, and very disturbing. I use a shot in the beginning of the videofrom when I was about three or four years old. I come in the door with atoy gun and my dad happened to film it. That went on the video. He sent it to me with some sound effects over it and a comment, kind of putting me down, letting me know he's still on top of things or whatever. But that's not the fact and I don't accept it, so it's like, "No, I'm using it my way, and that's me, and don't forget it [Axl Gets In The Ring, Metallix 1992].
About Axl's fondness for synths and keyboard during the production of the Illusion albums: When we did 'Live And Let Die,' it was all synths - those horns are not horns. What Axl did there was really complex; he spent hours dialing all of that shit in, getting the nuances just right, and I have to give him that [Bozza, Anthony, & Slash (2007). Slash. Harper Entertainment: New York, pp 318].

'Live And Let Die' performed live at Deer Creek Music Center, USA, May 29, 1991:

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Post by Soulmonster on Sat 1 Jun 2019 - 8:24

A review of sorts in Kerrang! in December 1991:

ZODY: The worst thing Axl Rose ever did was have the therapy. If this is what the cure leads to, for fuck's sake stop taking the tablets! How anybody can think that Paul McCartney is hip, it's not even bad taste! That was a very bad mistake, Axl. What a turkey! How on earth he got Slash to agree to doing this I've no idea.

CAL: I've never been into 'em, and I don't like those styles of vocals at all. To me it sounded like the Barron Knights, with Slash playing guitar!

DAVE: What have the Barron Knights ever done to you?!
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