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A deluxe reissue of Rage Against The Machine's classic 1992 self-titled debut arrives in stores on Tuesday (November 27th). The original 10-track disc came out on November 3rd of that year and was arguably the first full album to successfully merge the two genres of rap and heavy metal while infusing them with a radically fierce political rhetoric. We asked Rage guitarist Tom Morello if it feels like two decades have gone by since this groundbreaking record first came out: "You know, it weirdly doesn't feel like 20 years, but at the same time it's sobering that it is. There's no crystal ball that we could have looked into, you know, when we were writing these songs in 1991, that we'd be talking about this record over two decades later."
Rage Against The Machine XX, as the new reissue is called, comes 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 features three hard-to-find B-sides along with the original album, while the second CD contains the rare, original Rage Against the Machine 1991 demo tape that helped land the group their record deal with Sony.
The first DVD contains Rage's free concert in Finsbury Park on June 2010. Also included are music videos and other live concert performance clips. The second DVD features Rage's first public performance ever at Cal State North Ridge in October 1991, plus various rare early concert clips.
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.
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