The good news is that Rage Against The Machine will issue a deluxe edition of its classic 1992 self-titled debut on November 27th, complete with unreleased demos and tons of live material. The bad news is that this is the only release we're going to see from the band for the foreseeable future: guitarist Tom Morello told Billboard that despite some recent hints from bassist Tim Commerford and singer Zack de la Rocha, there are "no plans" for Rage to make a new record.
As for the 20th anniversary of the first Rage album, Morello told us that the band had no idea when it first started out that its pioneering mix of rock, rap and radical politics would last this long: "I had literally zero expectations. It's very different now, like, everybody's got Lil Wayne and Metallica in their iPod. That was not the case in 1991. They were opposing musics. And to combine traditionally black and white music and then to have a multi-ethnic band, and then have the lyrical content -- I didn't think that we would be able to book a club show."
- Rage Against The Machine XX, as the new reissue is called, will come out in three versions: a regular single disc, a two-CD/one-DVD package, and a deluxe box set featuring the CDs, two DVDs, the album on vinyl picture disc, plus a 40-page booklet and a double-sided poster.
- The first CD will feature three hard-to-find B-sides along with the original album, while the second CD will contain the rare, original Rage Against the Machine 1991 demo tape that helped land the group their record deal with Sony.
- The first DVD will contain Rage's free concert in Finsbury Park on June 2010. Also included are music videos and other live concert performance clips. The second DVD will feature Rage's first public performance ever at Cal State North Ridge in October 1991, plus various rare early concert clips.
- Morello told Billboard about the release, "We're really psyched to be putting this out for the fans . . . I want to really give them a motherlode of Rage Against The Machine history, past and present."
- Rage Against The Machine disbanded in 2000 but reunited in 2007 and has played sporadic live shows ever since. Summer 2011's L.A. Rising festival was Rage Against The Machine's last live appearance to date.
CHECK IT OUT: Watch a 1993 performance of "Take The Power Back" from the upcoming reissue:
LISTENERS' POLL: Is Rage Against The Machine one of the greatest debut albums of all time?
INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth -- agree or not?
davey_f wrote: "the first time my buddy and I saw them we knew they were going to be huge! they made it cool to like metal, punk, hip-hop, politics, reading and education all at the same time! times have changed and so have some of my politics but I still respect the right for Rage to push our thinking and to push the boundaries of heavy music!"
shapechangerVII wrote: "Regardless of what you think about their politics, that was/is a fantastic album. Even Paul Ryan likes it!"
Zosimus wrote: "This was a very special album back in the day. A lot was happening in music in the 1990s."
JPacHalen wrote: "I remember the first time I heard RATM. 1994. I was like 'Who in the hell is this?' Kicked my ass! Regardless of their politics, RATM is one of the greatest rock bands of all times. Hands down."
Tom Morello On Rage Against The Machine Having No Expectations In 1991
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