Posted on November 16, 2009 -
Preface: I am a HUGE White Zombie fan, and have been looking forward to this box set for years. As far as the quality of the music contained herein, this set gets a 5 out of 5.
1. Omissions. The set contains no remixes, which is neither surprising nor disappointing, since White Zombie’s remixes were done by outside personel and, quite honestly, were never as good as the original recordings. Strangely, though, “Black Friday” and “Dead or Alive” are omitted from this set (maybe because they were only on the cassette version of “Gods on Voodoo Moon”?). Songs like “Star Slammer” which were previously recorded but never before released are also AWOL on the box set. What a shame.
2. Redundancy. La Sexorcisto and Astro Creep are contained, in their entirety, on Discs 3 and 4 (respectively). Anyone who’s a big enough White Zombie fan to shell out this kind of money for the box set already has the two albums, both of which are owned by millions of fans across the world. Rob knows this, but included them anyway. Why? So he could justify a higher price tag? I feel like a moron for paying for something I already own.
3. Aesthetics. The packaging is very, very disappointing. Back in the day, Geffen declined to front the money to give Astro Creep the kind of elaborate booklet that Rob wanted. So, what did he do? He spent a big chunk of change out of his own pocket to give the album the kind of treatment it deserved. Sadly, Rob seems to have gotten miserly in his old age. The set’s packaging is in the form of a compressed fold-out digipack. The booklet (which is in the form of a standard CD booklet, not an actual book, as I had hoped) is uninteresting and offers neither liner notes nor lyrics. This really caught me by surprised, as this is what usually makes box sets distinct from the rest of a band’s catalogue. Rob really didn’t come through on this.
1. It’s incomplete.
2. It has stuff you already have.
3. It doesn’t look as nice as it could have.
4. The music is great, and the quality of all the old pre-Sexorcisto tracks has been cleaned up a little bit.
Oh, and the DVD is good too, although the videos for Boogieman and One curiously omit clips from the films in which they were featured (licensing issues, perhaps?).
All in all, the good outweighs the bad. Buy it.