Guns N’ Roses Release New Version of ‘November Rain’ Featuring a Full Orchestra


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Listen to an orchestral version of “November Rain” from Guns N’ Roses that takes the original to new heights

Get ready for Guns N’ Roses as you’ve never heard them before. The classic rockers have released a new, 2022 version of the band’s popular ballad “November Rain” featuring a 50-piece orchestra as part of their upcoming “Use Your Illusion I & II” 30th anniversary reissue, which drops Friday (Nov. 11). Stream the fresh orchestral version of “November Rain” below.

The song takes on a new character with a rich-sounding full orchestra. The new layers add drama to the already dramatic song, with soaring strings, glittery woodwinds and steady percussion. Porcupine Tree’s Steven Wilson, did the mix for the new song, while movie and TV composer Christopher Lennertz arranged the orchestral parts.

“My mix of a fully orchestrated version of the @gunsnroses evergreen November Rain appears on the just announced 30th anniversary reissue of Use Your Illusion,” Wilson said on Twitter. “The new 2022 version is the same performance as the original, and mixed faithfully to the established version, but with newly recorded orchestration replacing the sampled sounds used at the time.”

The orchestral version of “November Rain” will arrive with the “Use Your Illusion” reissue collections. The biggest offering is the Super Deluxe Edition, which runs $499.98 and offers 97 songs, including 63 previously unreleased songs.

The set also includes previously unreleased live recordings from an appearance in New York in 1991 and Las Vegas in 1992, as well as, of course, the original recordings. The tunes arrive in eight 180-gram vinyl LPs. In addition, the Blu-ray offers the complete “Live in New York” concert film presented in 1080p 24fps HD, plus audio mixed in Dolby Atmos, Dolby TrueHD 5.1 surround and PCM 48kHz 24-bit stereo.

For more information and to pre-order the set, visit Guns N’ Roses’ merchandise site.

Charles Ken
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