First of all, this cd kicks majorly! Some don’t think the sound is good, and I’ll give ‘em that one. But, its still one of the best dang live recordings out there. No one matches the rage and energy as Rage does. It was absolutlye beuatifull. The only two beafs to this wunderfull cd is that whoever mixed needs to have thier head rearagened. I hope the band had nothin’ to do with this, for one reaseon.(two really) One is where the hell is “How I could just kill a man?” That song was wild! B-Real and Sen Dog actually came out and preformed it with them! It was dope yall. The other only problem I could’nt ignore was that they copletly took out Zack’s rantings! I mean what the heck man?!?!?!? I wanna hear him discuss these things. You can hear and see ‘em on the dvd though, but still. Other than that, it was a great cd full of energy and an overall great preformencePeace
While Judas Priest’s first three Columbia albums displayed a band that seemed musically restless and a bit wary of becoming just another rock caricature, their first official live album offers up a strong distillation of the musical sense that informed those records (along with earlier material from Sad Wings of Destiny) and is a testament to their KK Dowling/Glen Tipton fueled twin-guitar fury. The fact that vocalist Rob Halford’s tracks (allegedly damaged in the recording process) were later replaced in the studio has long been a bone of contention to purists (though hardly an unusual practice in the industry), but fresh ears may find the ”problem” actually resulted in a better-sounding record. More gratifying, the original album’s manic sensibility has been amped even further by the inclusion of four key live, previously unreleased bonus tracks–”Rock Forever,” ”Delivering the Goods,” ”Hell Bent for Leather,” and ”Starbreaker.” This digitally remastered edition also features new notes by the band and expanded artwork. This is Judas Priest’s early arena rock at its over-the-top best: big, loud, and wholly unapologetic. –Jerry McCulley
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A couple of years ago, I was beginning to wonder if Rage Against the Machine were ever going to release a Greatest Hits album. After all, they were a very popular and influential and innovative group, and I’m sure Zach de la Rocha misses the income (no matter how much he is against money/greed/wealth).
Well, only a short while before these political rap-rockers disbanded (because Zach left), Rage were busy touring in support of their latest album, 2000’s covers disc, “Renegades.” While touring, they made a stop over in their hometown (Los Angeles) and played a show which was actually recorded and was to be released as a live album which wouldn’t see the light of day for three years.
Unless the record label decides to cash in and releases a Greatest Hits album for Rage’s anniversary, “Live At The Grand Olympic Auditorium” is as close to being a greatest hits album that you’re going to get. But, at the same time, this live C.D. is much better than a Greatest Hits release. Why? Well, RATM’s live shows were quite powerful, energizing, and inspirational. Thus, some of the songs on here are so intense, they actually make the studio versions sound calm and restrained (for proof, see “Bulls on Parade” and “Testify”)!
The rhythm section (composed of Tom Morello, Tim Cummerford, and Brad Wilk), coupled with Zach’s angry vocals and inspired lyrics, makes every one of these songs detonate like a grenade. Tom, not surprisingly, pulls off a flawless performance. As “Testify,” and the aforementioned “Bulls On Parade” show, he makes noises on the guitar that I couldn’t even make with my mouth! His guitar swoops, beeps, punches, crunches, chugs, creaks, wails, and about everything in between. Also, Tim’s bass (which hums, grumbles, and makes a wah-wah sound) is a lot more audible, here, than originally. Finally, drummer Brad Wilk fills in the remaining gaps and anchors the songs, making them as solid and impenetrable as a brick wall.
Even though the whole set is great, my personal favorite songs are “Bulls on Parade,” “Bullet In The Head” (where Zach switches off vocal parts with the crowd), “Sleep Now In The Fire” (which also features some great bass riffs), the exciting, adrenaline-pumped and very catchy renditions of “Guerilla Radio” and “Kick Out The Jams,” and the perfect album/concert closer, “Freedom” (which has a few impromptu, added lyrics).
Ultimately, it’s just a hair away from being perfect. Zach can’t complete the whole rendition of “Killing In The Name” without pausing to take a breath, and he forgets part of the ending to “Know Your Enemy.” And, I, overall, prefer Rage’s “Live and Rare” album to this. But, even still, “Live At The Grand Olympic Auditorium” is more than a welcome inclusion in your collection and a great snack if you’re tired of listening to the same four Rage C.D.’s again and again.
I loved Rage Against the Machine before this album, but this album made them my favorite band ever. It blew me away right from the start with “bulls on parade”. The intro to that song works perfectly with the bass that would later start it off. This album might have been the worst thing that has happened to Rage. Because after listening to all those songs live, it made their studio versions sound quieter and not as energetic and fun. Especially songs like “born of a broken man” and “know your enemy”. Most of the songs were nailed perfectly like “killing in the name”, “calm like a bomb”, and “testify”. I think that is just a tribute to the band and shows how talented they are. Zack is very explosive and i love how he changes his singing styles. I could just feel all of his emotion in “FREEDOM!”
The one song that I did not think was too good was “kick out the jams” i thought his singing was way faster than the music and sounded sloppy.
I also recommend the DVD, so you can see their performance at the 2000 Democratic National Convention.
This album is nothing short of amazing. It contains a mix of songs from their final 2 shows recorded live in Los Angeles on September 12th and 13th of 2000. If you’re a fan of RATM you need to get it right now. Even if you’re not get it anyway. Trust me it’s worth it alone just to hear Tom Morello’s insane guitar playing. I love how he has changed some of the guitar solos, especialy in the songs “Bullet in the Head” and “Freedom”.
When i found out Rage Against The Machine broke up three years ago, i was pretty disappointed. I loved their music, but at least they ended on a good album, Renegades. Earlier this month i was on Rage’s official site for the first time in about a year. As i scrolled down the screen i saw something new! “Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium” I was very excited! This is a recording of Rage’s last two nights together as a band. Once again they proved they were one of the most creative and politically active bands to ever hit the stage. They also porve they’re the most powerful bands of the last decade. Not only is Rage a great band, but they’re at their best live! So i decided to buy this CD the day it came out. I did and i was not disappointed! This CD is everything i expected and more. If you’d like to hear one of the greatest rock bands ever, then pick up this CD or one of their earlier ones. If you don’t like rock much, i’d still recommend you check Rage out. Or if you like a much softer version of Rage then listen to Audioslave, Rage’s sister band. Track Listing1 Bulls On Parade 2 Bullet In The Head 3 Born Of A Broken Man 4 Killing In The Name5 Calm Like A Bomb 6 Testify7 Bombtrack8 War Within A Breath9 I’m Housin’10 Sleep Now In The Fire11 People Of The Sun 12 Guerrilla Radio 13 Kick Out The Jams 14 Know Your Enemy 15 No Shelter16 Freedom