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Live At the Grand Olympic Auditorium Tracklist:
Granted I'm not the world's biggest Rage Against The Machine fan, but I own all of their studio albums including the XX RATM and, of course this Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium album. And for the life of me I can't figure out just why there are so many 4-5 star reviews for this terrible live album. The sound quality of this is worth a very generous two stars, at best. Truly it sounds like it was recorded in the parking lot a half-mile away. For any casual fan thinking of getting this as a 'greatest hits live' kind of thing- DON'T, instead get the studio albums (The XX RATM has 3 live tracks). All of the studio albums are seminal, legendary discs worthy of 4-5 stars, but this live album DOES NOT do these legends justice.
Rage Against The Machine is hands down one of the best nu metal bands in the world. They revolutionized funk metal and rap-rock/rap-metal. They have a killer bassist. Not only are they amazing and epic, they put on great live shows. I own this album on CD, and am currently listening to it. Tom has a great voice live as well as on a regular album. "Born Of A Broken" man is a perfect song. It's my favorite track off this album. 10/10, buy it.
Best RATM Guitar Album: Evil Empire Best RATM Bass Album: Battle of Los Angeles Best RATM Drumming Album: Evil Empire Best RATM Vocal/Lyrics Album: Self-Titled Most Energetic RATM Album: Live At The Grand Olympic Auditorium Yep, the most energetic rage album. Nuff said.
This is probably one of the greatest live albums ever to be created. This group is so tight on the stage, it's insane. And how they incorporate the crowd into their music, and switch up the lyrics every now and then, it's just remarkable. Best money ever spent. 5/5.
Though i wasn't at this show, i did attend the opening show of this tour at the Oakland Coliseum and can definitively say that it was one of the best shows I ever went to and I've been to alot of good ones. I still have visions of the entire floor of the Coliseum, literally becoming a giant mosh pit as they kicked up the energy to crazy levels. It's one of the few concerts I've ever been to where I can still conjure up the sensations of how it felt to be at the show just by thinking about it. This album isn't as good as being there live, but it's pretty close.
This is truely an amazing live album. RATM did something that most live acts aren't able to pull off. They managed to bring all of the magic from the original studio recordings without making them sound mechanical or stiff. They put all of the energy that their legendary live shows were known for on record. All of the songs are performed perfectly, although a live rendition of "Wake Up" from their debut album would have just made this album transendent, but at the end of the day, this is the greatest testament to an amazing band. P.S. Reunite, the world needs RATM now more then ever!
the songs are even more intense and powerful with the addition of a screaming audience. The album also serves as a kind of greatest hits CD as well considering it has most of the best songs from throughout their career.
A above average Live album that showcases all of Rage's best work. Only faults is ocasionally De La Rocha messes up and Morrelo's effects don't always work but other whys good job. They do the rare job of letting you hear the audiance.
LEGENDARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! One of the greatest albums ever created by one of the bands ever! if you love the raw sound of rock, or just good music, you will LOVE this album!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ps: !!!!!!!
This is Rage Against the Machine at they're very best, highlights include "Freedom" as well as "Bulls on Parade" unfortunatly they couldn't perform all of their work, and if-by chance-you are a new fan, don't just listen to the established hits but also try out hidden gems such as "Wind Below"(Evil Empire) or "Ashes in the Fall" (The Battle of Los Angles) and "Take the Power Back" (Rage Against the Machine) Enjoy, ROCK LOUD
As others have stated, this is by far the best RATM album to date. Not only are just about all the hits on here, the sound quality is great. For all of those who were unlucky enough not to catch Rage as they toured in 07 in the U.S., this album sounds nearly exactly like the live show. So crank up the volume and throw your fists in the air!
Dang dude this band is so friggen energetic. I cant wait to see them live. Great guitar, base and Drums. Zach takes vocals to another level. Favs are people of the sun, born of a broken man,no shelterm and bullet in the head. RATM 4 EVER
Rage is one my favorite bands; their political mentality perfectly fit my own. One of the strongest live bands out there, along with RHCP, Grand Olympic Auditorium reflect this perfectly. Certainly the audio is not as crisp as their studio recordings, it is still crisp with, a more raw rapcore edge to it. yTimk's bass has an awesome crunch to it. Morello, as always, wields a guitar of metal doom, slaying the crowd with his sick harmonic power. As I have stated in earlier Rage reviews, Zack has the perfect vocals for this band; he is arguably the best emcee since the days of Public Enemy, Cypress Hill and Run DMC. Behind all of this, Brad Wilk's drumming keeps the tricky rhythms together with a furious blend of funk and rock drumming. If you ever get the chance to see Rage live, the experience is like no other. Fight the power man!!!!
Untill I bought this album I thought a song was vastly superior to its live verson but man was I wrong. RATM breathes new life into old songs and playes them better than ever. Listening to this album was like listening to their songs for the first time again. If your considering buying this at least buy Bulls On Parade and Sleep Now In the Fire.
this is a live recording and it must have been to far from the stage ,because in most of the songs you can only hear the crowd cheering. i'd suggest you buy the album that's not recorded live. but rage agenst the mechine is still a great band. ENJOY!!!! :)
bro, i dont know what your deal is, RATM is getting back together. RAGE is sooo good. usually live performances blow but this is good, Sleep now in the fire and gureilla radio sound better than they do in the studio. this is amazing! I love Zack!
But you will not see a reunion of these guys, because they are now audioslave except for the leader singer obviously. I'd love to see it to more than anything but sadly it will never happen and the only thing left to do is enjoy their music that will be listened for years and years to come. Like the eagles final album this should be named Hell Freezes Over cause I think only the will be when we see the beauty again that is Rage Against the Machine.
To me, since this album is SO good, it functions more as a "Greatest Hits" collection than a live album. They manage to stay true to their trademark studio sound, while still providing a fresh twist to some of the songs (the revised 2nd verse of "Killing in the Name" and the added lyrics in "Freedom" come to mind). If you ever thought anything that RATM did lacked effort or energy, then just take a listen to this. Energy will seeth through your speakers, just like the raw, unabashed anger of Zack's rhymes. Because of this album, I am truly sad that RATM is only a memory now, and even sadder that I couldn't be in the Grand Olympic Auditorium on the magical night. That doesn't stop me, however, from enjoying this incredible CD, one of the best live albums of all time. Easily worthy of five stars.