Rage Against the Machine

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Rage Against the Machine is the eponymous debut studio album by American rock band Rage Against the Machine, released on November 3, 1992 by Epic Records. The album peaked at number 1 on the US Billboard Heatseekers chart and number 45 on the US Billboard 200.

Artwork and sleeve notes

The cover features a photo of the self-immolation of Thích Qu?ng ??c, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, in Saigon in 1963. The monk was protesting President Ngô ?ình Di?m's administration for oppressing the Buddhist religion. The photograph drew international attention and persuaded U.S. President John F. Kennedy to withdraw support for Ngô ?ình Di?m's government. It was taken by Associated Press correspondent Malcolm Browne; a similar photograph earned the award of World Press Photo of the Year in 1963.

The songs on Rage Against the Machine all feature political messages. Activists such as Provisional IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands and Black Panther Party founder Huey P. Newton are listed in the "Thanks For Inspiration" section. Also thanked were Ian and Alec MacKaye?de la Rocha was straight edge at the time, though he later took up smoking.

The lyrics for each song were printed in the album booklet with the exception of those for "Killing in the Name", which were omitted; the booklet reads "2. KILLING IN THE NAME", skips the lyrics and continues with the next song.

The statement "no samples, keyboards or synthesizers used in the making of this record" can be found at the end of the sleeve notes. Similar statements were made in the band's subsequent albums. The band also refer to themselves as "Guilty Parties" for each album.

Tour

The album was supported by the Rage Against the Machine Tour which commenced in early 1993 and concluded on December 31, 1993.

XX 20th Anniversary Edition

The band announced on October 9, 2012, via their Facebook page that they would be releasing a special 20th anniversary boxset to commemorate the group's debut album. The boxset contains never-before-released concert material, including the band's 2010 Finsbury Park show and footage from early in their career, as well as a digitally-remastered version of the album, b-sides and the original demo tape (on disc for the first time). The collection was released on November 27, 2012.

The release features 3 distinct versions:

  • Deluxe Box Set featuring two CDs, two DVDs, one 12" 180gm vinyl LP, one 40 page booklet and two-sided poster
  • Special Edition featuring two CDs and a bonus DVD featuring six tracks
  • Single compact disc (with three bonus tracks)

Critical reception

In a contemporary review, NME wrote that "what makes RATM more than just another bunch of prodigiously capable genre-benders is their total lack of pretension or contrivance .

.. the results burn with an undeniable conviction." Q magazine deemed it "a record of real attitude and energy", while Los Angeles Times critic Robert Hilburn hailed it as "a striking, politically conscious debut" and de la Rocha "a bona fide star who combines on stage a Bob Marley-like charisma and a Chuck D.-style rap command -- and the music itself is as tough and relentless as his raps." Robert Christgau was somewhat less impressed in The Village Voice, summing it up as "metal for rap-lovers?and opera-haters" while naming "Know Your Enemy" and "Wake Up" as highlights. AllMusic reviewer Eduardo Rivadavia wrote in a retrospective review, "it was the first album to successfully merge the seemingly disparate sounds of rap and heavy metal", he also praised the album's "meaningful rhymes and emotionally charged conviction".

In 2001, Q named Rage Against the Machine as one of the 50 Heaviest Albums Of All Time. The album is included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. In 2012, the album was ranked number 365 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time and number 24 on the magazine's list of "100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time".

BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe named Rage Against the Machine as one of four 'Masterpieces'. This was his best album, on December 2, 2008. In October 2011, Rage Against the Machine was ranked number five on Guitar World magazine's top ten list of guitar albums of 1992.

Track listing

All tracks written by Rage Against the Machine (Tim Commerford, Zack de la Rocha, Tom Morello, Brad Wilk).

Anger Is a Gift bonus disc - released with the 1995 Australian CD re-release

  1. "Darkness" - 3:40
  2. "Year of tha Boomerang" - 4:02
  3. "Freedom" (Remix) - 6:14
  4. "Take the Power Back" (Live) - 6:12

Bonus Maxi 12" from the "Limited Tour Edition" red vinyl 1993 European re-release included this second LP labeled sides C and D

  1. C1 "Freedom" (Live) - 6:13
  2. C2 "Bombtrack" (From Mark Goodier's "Evening Session") - 4:08
  3. C3 "Bullet in the Head" (Remix) - 5:40
  4. D1 "Darkness of Greed" - 3:40
  5. D2 "Bullet in the Head" (Live) - 5:44
  6. D3 "Bombtrack" (Live) - 5:33

All songs from both bonuses are the versions from previously released singles and promos, except C1 which is from a different performance. No information is given on the 12" about the date nor venue.

Personnel

Rage Against the Machine

  • Zack de la Rocha - vocals, production, art direction
  • Tom Morello - guitar, production, art direction
  • Tim Commerford (credited as "Timmy C.") - bass, backing vocals, production, art direction
  • Brad Wilk - drums, percussion, production, art direction

Additional musicians

  • Maynard James Keenan - additional vocals on "Know Your Enemy"
  • Stephen Perkins - additional percussion on "Know Your Enemy"

Technical

  • Craig Doubet - assistant engineer
  • Stan Katayama - engineer
  • Nicky Lindeman - art direction
  • Garth Richardson - production, engineering
  • Jeff Sheehan - assistant engineer
  • Steve Sisco - mixing assistant
  • Andy Wallace - mixing
  • Bob Ludwig - mastering (1992 CD and Vinyl)
  • Steve Hoffman - mastering (2016 Hybrid SACD)

Charts

Certifications

References

Source : Wikipedia

Top Tracks

Killing in the Name 1

Killing in the Name

Bulls on Parade 2

Bulls on Parade

Guerrilla Radio 3

Guerrilla Radio

Bombtrack 4

Bombtrack

Wake Up 5

Wake Up

Know Your Enemy 6

Know Your Enemy

Bullet in the Head 7

Bullet in the Head

Testify 8

Testify

Sleep Now in the Fire 9

Sleep Now in the Fire

Take the Power Back 10

Take the Power Back

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