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  • This “official bootleg” is a telling compilation of various Rage concerts throughout the mid-90s and may represent the final phase of “old school” RATM. What do I mean by old school? From the beginning up until the Evil Empire days, Rage’s live concerts emphasized speech and wicked guitar improvisations. Oddly, this sense of adventurism faded out around the time BOLA was released… and it’s quite obvious too. The “Bullet in the Head” solo on this disc destroys the one on Grand Olympic Auditorium. “Zapata’s Blood” is a recognizable live track to any hardcore Rage fan and this may be the best performance of the song ever. The bonus demo cuts are pretty good, and “F*ck tha Police” is a wild ride. But the real treat is “Hadda be Playing on the Jukebox”, an 8 minute poem that tells a story by its guitar work alone.This CD may not be as accessible to Rage newbies as Grand Olympic Auditorium, but will be an instant classic to true fans.

    Posted on November 11, 2009