Rage Against the Machine to Mark 20th Anniversary with 'XX' Box Set

Rage Against the Machine PR image - H 2012
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Rage Against the Machine PR image - H 2012

The collection, due out Nov. 27, comes in three configurations and features liner notes written by longtime fan and hip-hop pioneer Chuck D.

To mark the 20th anniversary of Rage Against the Machine's game-changing debut album, Sony Music's Legacy Recordings will issue XX, a deluxe set available Nov. 27.

The collection comes in three configurations: a box set that includes two CDs, two DVDs, one 12-inch 180gm vinyl LP, one 40-page booklet and a two-sided poster; a "special edition" package featuring two CDs and a bonus DVD featuring six tracks in an oversized softpack; and a single compact disc version with three bonus tracks. Vinyl, remastered editions of the original LP also will be available.

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Originally released in November 1992, Rage Against the Machine was seen as downright revolutionary at the time -- melding hip-hop with heavy metal as singer Zack de la Rocha's raps took on the essence of screaming battle cries. During the next decade, dozens of bands tried to emulate the Rage sound, but few could channel their passion to right the wrongs of social and political injustice. (Guitarist Tom Morello, who now performs as The Nightwatchman, has continued to champion a variety of causes and was among the most active and outspoken advocates of the Occupy movement.) 

Rage Against the Machine would go on to sell millions of albums and chart several hit singles including "Bullet in the Head" and "Killing in the Name." The latter song made headlines during Christmas week in 2009 when an online campaign drove it to No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart. A song by Joe McElderry, who had just won the British version of Simon Cowell's The X Factor, had been expected to take the top spot until a couple set up a Facebook page to urge support for the Rage song. "Killing in the Name" sold 502,000 downloads that week, topping the 450,000 for McElderry's "The Climb." Until then, a song from X Factor had been No. 1 during Christmas week for four consecutive years.

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The XX collection featured newly remastered versions of the original recordings along with collectible B-sides from era, demos and live performances. The first DVD in the deluxe box set features Rage's historic free concert in Finsbury Park in June 2010, performed as a thank-you to U.K. fans for the "Killing in the Name" stunt six months earlier; DVD2 includes live performances from 1991-94, featuring a full set of the band’s first public performance at Cal State Northridge in October 1991.

Liner notes for the packkge were written by hip-hop pioneer and longtime Rage fan Chuck D.

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See below for the box set's tracklisting and additional info:

Rage Against the Machine - XX (20th Anniversary Edition Deluxe Box Set)

CD 1  - Rage Against The Machine - Remastered

1. "Bombtrack"

2. "Killing in the Name"

3. "Take the Power Back"

4. "Settle for Nothing"

5. "Bullet in the Head"

6. "Know Your Enemy"

7. "Wake Up"

8. "Fistful of Steel"

9. "Township Rebellion"

10. "Freedom"

Bonus Tracks (b-sides)

11. "Bombtrack" (live, taken from "Bombtrack" single)

12 Bullet in the Head (live, taken from "Bullet in the Head" single)

13. "Take the Power Back" (live, taken from "Freedom" single)


CD 2 – "The Original Demos" - first official commercial release (except where noted)

1. "Bombtrack"

2. "Take the Power Back"

3. "Bullet in the Head"

4. "Darkness of Greed" (previously released)

5. "Clear the Lane" (previously released)

6. "Township Rebellion"

7. "Know Your Enemy"

8. "Mindset's a Threat"

9. "Killing in the Name"

10. "Auto Logic"

11. "The Narrows"

12. Freedom



"The Battle of Britain" - previously unreleased


1. "Testify"

2. "Bombtrack"

3. "People of the Sun"

4. "Know Your Enemy"

5. "Bulls on Parade"

6. "Township Rebellion"

7. "Bullet in the Head"

8. "White Riot"

9. "Guerrilla Radio"

10. "Sleep Now in the Fire"

11. "Freedom"

12. "Killing in the Name"



"Killing in the Name" (1992)

"Bullet in the Head" (1993)

"Bombtrack" (1993)

"Freedom" (1993)

"Bulls on Parade" (1996)

"People of the Sun" (1996)

"No Shelter" (1998)

"Guerrilla Radio" (1999)

"Sleep Now in the Fire" (2000) - first official commercial release

"Testify" (2000) - first official commercial release

"Renegades of Funk" (2000) - first official commercial release

"How I Could Just Kill a Man" (2000) - previously unreleased



"The Ghost of Tom Joad"

"Vietnow" - Irvine, CA, 1997

"People of the Sun"

"Bulls on Parade"

"Bullet in the Head"

"Zapata's Blood" - Rock Am Ring Festival, Germany, 1996

"Know Your Enemy"


"Tire Me" - Reading Festival 1996

 "Killing in the Name" - Pink Pop Festival, 1994


DVD 2 - all previously unreleased

"First Public Performance"


1. Killing in the Name

2. Take the Power Back

3. Autologic

4. Bullet in the Head

5. Hit The Deck

6. Township Rebellion

7. Darkness of Greed

8. Clear the Lane

9. Clampdown

10. Know Your Enemy

11. Freedom


PINK POP 1994 - "Freedom"

VIC THEATRE 1993 - "Take the Power Back"

JC DOBBS 1993 - "Fistful of Steel"


Halfway House 1992 - "Wake Up"

Castaic 1992 - "Settle for Nothing"

San Luis Obispo 1992 - "Clear the Lane"

CWNN 1992 - "Untitled"

Zed's Records 1992 - "Darkness of Greed"

NOMADS 1992 - "Wake Up"

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