Renegades [Limited Edition]by Rage Against the Machine
Most serious musicians, at some point in their careers, take the time to tip their hats to those who inspired them -- and maybe even kick a few bucks in royalties their way in the process. So it's not too surprising that Rage Against the Machine are marking the end of the first phase in their career with a covers collection, paying the same kind of homage to sonic influences as they've previously bestowed upon socio-political ones. There aren't too many out-and-out shockers in the grooves of Renegades, either -- no cock-rock skeletons or surreptitious displays of Lionel Ritchie worship. No, what the band delivers is a musically potent, unflaggingly raucous collection of tunes that can easily be traced to the sounds of Rage's own tunes. The group sounds loosest on songs culled from the ghosts of hip-hop past -- notably decidedly apolitical tracks such as Afrika Bambaataa's "Renegades of Funk" and EPMD's "I'm Housin' " -- but manages to land some heavy body blows on the rock end as well. Sensibly, Rage draw heavily from the Motor City's most legendary rabble-rousers -- the Stooges (a gutsy take on "Down on the Street") and the MC5 (in two separate versions of the classic "Kick Out the Jams"). There are a few misses -- a muddled version of Dylan's "Maggie's Farm" and an "In My Eyes" that pales in comparison to the Minor Threat original -- but overall, Renegades provides both an illumination of Rage's family tree and a powerful jolt in its own right.
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- Microphone Fiend (originally performed by Eric B & Rakim)
- Pistol Grip Pump (Volume 10)
- Kick out the Jams (originally performed by MC5)
- Renegades of Funk (originally performed by Afrika Bambaataa)
- Beautiful World (originally performed by Devo)
- I'm Housin'(originally performed by EPMD)
- In My Eyes (originally performed by Minor Threat)
- How I Could Just Kill a Man (originally performed by Cypress Hill)
- The Ghost of Tom Joad (originally performed by Bruce Springsteen)
- (originally performed by The Stooges)
- Street Fighting Man (originally performed by Rolling Stones)
- Maggie's Farm (originally performed by Bob Dylan)
Performance CreditsRage Against the Machine Primary Artist
Zack de la Rocha Vocals
Tom Morello Guitar
Tim Commerford Bass
Brad Wilk Drums
Technical CreditsRage Against the Machine Arranger,Producer,Art Direction
Nick DiDia Engineer
Brendan O'Brien Producer
Rick Rubin Arranger,Producer,Art Direction
David Schiffman Engineer
Jim Scott Engineer
Aimee MacAuley Art Direction
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this is one of the best rage against the machine albums (along with the self-titled debut) ever. these are te best cover-songs i have ever heard! they took these already sweet songs buy great artists, and paired they're original sound (one of a kind) with it. a great buy!! enjoy it!! ... also: if you have the choise between the original cd, and the one with the live bonus tracks ("kick out the jams", and "how i could just kill a man" -featuring cypress hill witch sounds awesome) the definate buy is the bonus tracks... they rock. enjoy again!!!
I bought The Battle of Los Angeles and I thought it was great and for a while I was really into RATM but when I got this CD it was great at first but then the songs started sounding less and less like them. I understand that this CD has no original music from them and that it's just there version of classics but still.... Buy it if you're a really big fan.
rage really gets a lot of their messages across on this cd.. i love the way they covered so many diverse musical styles. it's an amazing cd.
This is an incredible display of hip hop culture and it's ability to blend with agressive rock. Even the messages in the package have great meaning. Rage's lead singer's unfortunate departure will possibly hurt the group in the future but right now they are the ''Renegades''.
This CD is just another added to my collection of theirs that just gets me pumped. They rock as usual and this disc has all great tracks. My favorites are Renegades, How I could just kill a man, and Kick out the jams. Definately buy it as a tribute to the split up band and to listen to some of Rage's best sound.