Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Rage Against the Machine CD 10 Epic Associated CZK 52959 77749757336102
Rage Against the Machine (BMG club edition) CD 10 BMG Direct Marketing, Inc., Epic Associated D110094, ZK 52959 [none]
Rage Against the Machine CD 10 Epic Associated ZK 52959 074645295923
Rage Against the Machine 12" Vinyl 10 Epic Associated Z 52959 074645295916
Rage Against the Machine (CB 811) CD 10 Epic 472224 2 5099747222429
Rage Against the Machine CD 10 Epic 472224 2 5099747222429
Rage Against the Machine Cassette 10 Epic EPC 472224 4 5900867016846
Rage Against the Machine CD 10 SRCS 6608 4988009660820
Rage Against the Machine CD 10 Epic Associated 472224 2 9399747222426
Rage Against the Machine 2×CD 10 + 4 Epic Associated 472224 2, 483788 2, SAMP 737
Rage Against the Machine CD 10 Epic 472224 2 5099747222429
Rage Against the Machine 12" Vinyl 10 Epic, Music on Vinyl EPC 472224-1, MOVLP043 5099747222412
Rage Against the Machine CD 10 Epic 88697639702 886976397029
Rage Against the Machine 12" Vinyl 10 Epic, Music on Vinyl 472224 1, MOVLP043 5099747222412
Rage Against the Machine XX (20th anniversary special edition) 2×CD + DVD-Video 13 + 12 + 6 Epic, Legacy (Legacy Recordings) 88765412152 887654121523
Rage Against the Machine XX (20th anniversary edition) CD 13 Epic, Legacy (Legacy Recordings) 88765412342 887654123428
Rage Against the Machine XX (20th anniversary special edition) 2×CD + DVD-Video 13 + 12 + 6 Epic, Legacy (Legacy Recordings) 88765412152 887654121523
Rage Against the Machine (20th anniversary deluxe edition) 12" Vinyl + 2×CD + 2×DVD-Video 10 + 13 + 12 + 34 + 21 Epic, Legacy (Legacy Recordings) 887654117625 887654117625
Rage Against the Machine XX CD 13 Epic, Legacy (Legacy Recordings) 88765412342 887654123428
Rage Against the Machine (picture LP) 12" Vinyl 10 Sony Music (global brand, excluding JP, owned by Sony Music Entertainment; for use as release label only when no sub-label/imprint is specified) 88765408931 887654089311
Rage Against the Machine (“We are Vinyl” 2015 reissue) 12" Vinyl 10 Epic Associated, Legacy (Legacy Recordings), Sony Music (global brand, excluding JP, owned by Sony Music Entertainment; for use as release label only when no sub-label/imprint is specified) 88875111751 888751117518
Rage Against The Machine Digital Media 10 Epic Associated, Legacy (Legacy Recordings) [none] [none]
Rage Against the Machine (remaster) Hybrid SACD 10 Audio Fidelity AFZ 244 780014224424
Rage Against the Machine (CB770) CD 10 Epic 472224 2, 4722242003, EPC 472224 2 5099747222429
Rage Against the Machine Cassette 10 Epic Associated ZT 52959 074645295947
Rage Against the Machine Digital Media 10 Epic 074645295923
Rage Against the Machine CD 10 Epic Associated ZK 52959 888750377623
Promotion
Rage Against the Machine Cassette 10 Epic Associated ZT‒52959
Rage Against the Machine Vinyl 10 Epic Associated ZAS 4832

Relationships

artist & repertoire support: Michael Goldstone
associated singles/EPs: Bombtrack
Bullet in the Head
Freedom
Killing in the Name
included in: Rage Against the Machine / Evil Empire / The Battle of Los Angeles
×2: Rage Against the Machine / Evil Empire
part of: Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 365)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000091696 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/7939 [info]
Wikidata: Q540943 [info]
other databases: http://musicmoz.org/Bands_and_Artists/R/Rage_Against_the_Machine/Discography/Rage_Against_The_Machine/ [info]
http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/rage_against_the_machine/rage_against_the_machine/ [info]
http://www.musik-sammler.de/album/18926 [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/9wzf [info]
http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/bfrj [info]

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Politics and rock - always a touchy subject. How to convey an agenda while courting big record company rewards? How to say what you really want without risk of censorship? And if you make the music too good will the message be lost? Rage Against The Machine is probably the last gasp of commercially successful agit-prop rock released under the corprorate umbrella: musically adventurous, funky to a tee and mad as hell.

Fusing the polemical style of Public Enemy with some pretty avant garde metal shapes RATM remain a model of how to make white rap rock that cuts across boundaries. Firstly, the sheer ..well, rage and conviction with which vocalist Zach de la Rocha spits his rhymes. Secondly the use of a guitar by Tom Morello to counterpoint outrage at a 'free' world that harbours hypocrisy and injustice. It's a heady brew that was never better than on this debut album. Songs like Bullet In The Head and the multi-platinum Killing In The Name use limited repeating phrases to bludgeon you awake while still allowing you to groove on the fabulously driving riffs.

It's only when you take a really good look under the hood that you see the failings. The flows may be bile-soaked but say little more than ''America is corrupt and lies to its citizens'' and '' the world is unfair if you're dispossessed''. Fair points, and worth making, but hardly ground-breaking. What's more they're devoid of any real concrete answers other than not agreeing to, "do what you tell me''. This naturally made RATM's debut the ultimate teenage rebellion album to date as well: the soundtrack to a million angry stomp-offs to a million poster-strewn bedrooms.

But to dismiss it as mere stroppiness is ultimately unfair. In Tom Morello's guitar work we were witnessing innovation on a grand scale. Combining noise, electronics and good old fashioned shred, his style was a template for a generation and yet has hardly ever been bettered. And in politicising a generation, no matter how vapidly, RATM at least struck a blow. In this worryingly apolitical present day climate it still seems bravely confrontational. Musically it remains a milestone.