Even if Axl wanted to work on the material I don't think Slash would have let him do what he wanted. Slash was not happy with Axl's overdubs on the UYI material and, to this day, feels that the demos were better then the finished product.....And while Axl might be exaggerating when he said Slash told him to "shut up and sing" I could see them battling over changes to the Snakepit material.....Even Marc made a cryptic comment in a post that he felt Slash should have allowed Axl to work on the Snakepit material.........
From what I've read, it appears to me there was a lot of animosity back then. Axl was taking too long with new material. Slash worked on his own with band members, brought it to Axl, and it was rejected. That had to piss him off. There seems to have been a power struggle. So I agree with what you're saying, based on accounts I've read. Slash wanted it THIS way, Axl wanted it THAT way. Duff was kinda caught in the middle.
I can see why Duff would have rejected it though. What made Gn'R brilliant is the blending of the styles.
the problem with axl rejecting it out of hand and what we don't know is - what did axl have at the time that was better? all's we know is what became snakepit was rejected but did axl have anything better to counter with or was it just an idea in his head.............axl's never answered that
Well, in all fairness, when has GN'R ever been about settling on mediocre? Maybe there was nothing else but mediocre material, and Axl wanted to wait until they'd found the perfect direction to go in, y'know? And waiting and trying and getting rejected and waiting some more wore on Slash.
I always thought if the 1st snakepit album got the full GnR treatment, meaning axl and duff also working the songs out, that album would have been killer, as it was, it's a good rock album.
But between Axl and Duff and anyone else in the band, you never hear about the material they brought to the table, only the music that became the snakepit album......I just finished Duff's book and I read the band was paying for a rehearsal space from 94-97 that went unused for 3 years, so it doesn't really sound like anyone else had anything going on at the time
As for "This I Love" coming from that period, I don't really think that topped anything off the 1st Snakepit album, and if it took nearly 20 years to finish, it couldn't have been that great to begin with