This cd includes everything I like, everything I have ever listened to! Limp Bizkit, KoRn, everybody. This is a cd you should get whenever you can. Go and buy it!
If you missed 1998’s Family Values tour featuring Incubus, Orgy, Limp Bizkit, Ice Cube, Rammstein, and Korn, fear not: 15 tracks from the aforementioned bands, plus ”interludes,” add up to well over an hour of neo-metal-angst-rap that can be enjoyed without venturing into a mosh pit. The CD is a cool deal in that it contains the best songs from each lineup, including radio hits such as Orgy’s cover of New Order’s ”Blue Monday,” Limp Bizkit’s breakthrough version of George Michael’s ”Faith,” and Rammstein’s incendiary Germanic ode ”Du Hast.” Korn’s medley of older material and singles from Follow the Leader prove why they’re the headliners. In fact, this CD–and the tour itself–was partly based on the accurate assumption that Korn have such a strong influence that any band they tour with must appear Korn-approved kool to the kids. Both Ice Cube and Rammstein seem out of place, though kudos to Korn for including them. Ultimately, Family Values ’98 is a great sampler for a metal-rap neophyte. –Katherine Turman
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Everybody, you have to go out and buy this CD. It is awesome. Korn sounds awesome, although I don’t really like the Shot Liver Medley. “Freak On A Leash” and “Got the Life” sounded awesome. Orgy sounds great, and Rammstein really sounds good with “Du Hast.” If you are into rap a little, Ice Cube sounded really great. I’m not that into rap, but he had great songs on it. Limp Bizkit had a really good version of House of Pain’s “Jump Around,” it was a heavy metal version and sounded really good along with “Faith.” If you liked any of the bands original albums, I would DEFINETELY pick this up. It was great. I can’t wait to see the video.
I think this album is a great collection of a lot of good music. Korn rocks and they aquired a lot of great bands to make this a great album.
great cd. several minor problems- why the intros? take them out, and we could have more Rammstein and Incubus. alternatively, take out the Limp Bizkit song that ISN’T a cover; the other two are much than it. the Korn songs are great (since they are an excellent band you can’t expect bad from them). considering I don’t like live recordings, you know this one must be good for me to give it such a good rating.here are 2 other good live “sampler” cds (I call them that because usually they have the hit songs from the artists):Family Values 99 (various artists)From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (Nirvana)
i’ll be first to say that i was totally unimpressed with the sets by korn and limp bizkit but extremely surprised when orgy played the best set by far on this entire album. like many people i bought it when it first came out in 1998/1999 at which point it quickly earned a place at the bottom of my pile of cd cases. i was still a fan of korn at this point and “nu-metal” in general before it was actually called that. what can i say, it all seems silly and stupid in retrospect (and it probably is) but for about a year it seemed like this kind of music was going to be THE new alternative movement in america; comparisons to nirvana and the seattle sound were rampant in music publications. as we all know, this forecast came to naught and record sales started to slip around the time the three year mark of the 1999 breakthroughs of many of these bands was reached. everyone likes to pretend they weren’t picking their jaw up off the floor the first time they heard anything from the first three korn albums now that that kind of music has fallen out of favor into the bottomless pit of passe, but the energy from these bands was definately infectious for the time (except for limp bizkit, who always sucked). the first two orgy albums and first three korn albums still remain a guilty pleasure of mine, having come before they became the generic has-beens they are now. out of all the bands featured on this album, korn seems to be the only one (barring incubus) that even has a single leg left to stand on nowadays.
anyway, onto the music. most of the people that bought this album way back in 1998 bought it for either the korn or limp bizkit tracks, obviously. limp bizkit sounds ok but their music is another matter. in short, you can’t polish a turd. korn, on the other hand, sound genuinely bad on many of the tracks. jonathan davis sings like he has the flu while fieldy seems to have doubled his bass volume when the engineer wasn’t looking before the show. munky and head sound buried much farther in the mix than they should be. overall, a sense of muddiness prevails. the shot liver medley is about the only salvagable thing korn did with their alotted time on the album. the opening bagpipe strains of “shoots and ladders” float out ethereally and then proceed to fall into a mishmash of recent and older korn songs. ice cube and rammstein sound about like you’d expect them to, a huge-scale listening party of their album. this is to be expected; they aren’t relying largely on unpredictable conventional instruments to create their on-stage sound and as such sound much more cohesive.
the biggest surprises by far on this entire live album came courtesy of then-newcomers orgy. they were still very much rookies when they played the first family values tour and even now they come across as strikingly tight, cohesive, punchy, and fresh. as such, orgy takes the cake for the best performance on the album.
case in point, i wouldn’t run out and buy this album just because you like the bands on it. many of them have released other live volumes that are generally of higher quality to date. most of the music, although less than 6 years old, sounds sorely dated; especially given the shake-ups in the rock landscape over the past few years.