Rage Against The Machine's self-titled 1992 debut album will be reissued in a 20th anniversary edition on November 27th, according to Antiquiet. The set, titled Rage Against The Machine XX, 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 original Rage Against the Machine demo tape, which was recorded in 1991 and sold for $5 at the merch table at the band's earliest gigs. This marks the first time that the entire demo tape -- which helped land the group their record deal with Sony -- will get a full official release.
- The first DVD will contain Rage Against The Machine's free concert in Finsbury Park on June 2010, which was a "thank you" to U.K. fans for making 'Killing in the Name' the U.K.'s Number One single during Christmas Week 2009. Also included are music videos and 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 concert clips from the band's first couple of years of touring.
- 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.
DID YOU KNOW?
- The first Rage Against The Machine album was released on November 10th, 1992 and entered the Billboard album chart at Number 45.
- The cover features a photo of a Vietnamese Buddhist monk burning himself to death in Saigon in 1963. The monk was protesting the Diem administration for oppressing the Buddhist religion.
- The album features guest appearances from Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan and Jane's Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins.
INTERNET COMMENTS at Loudwire.com -- agree or not?
Jacob Brandt wrote: "geez, i got excited hoping they were putting out a new album."
John Caulfield wrote: "I guess this is easier than going in the studio and banging out some new material. I still have the original CD I bought 20 years ago, I don't need a rehash of the same thing."
Vaughn James Green wrote: "Meh. The album already sounded great; a remaster wasn't necessary, unless they just mean they turned up the volume a bit (a lot)."
Acky Munro wrote: "def getting this. i wanna hear the demos."
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