- Audio CD (December 1, 1994)
- Original Release Date: November 25, 1994
- Number of Discs: 3
- Format: Box set
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- Label: TVT/WaxTrax!
- ASIN: B000003RGU
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,696 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Black Box - Wax Trax! Records: The First 13 Years Box set
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Top Customer Reviews
The packaging is beautiful -- a heavyweight black box covered with hip lettering and disturbing images; three black CD cases containing labeled discs and a listing with artist, cut, time and version information; and a terrific booklet that relates the anecdotal history of Wax Trax! -- it's artistically interesting as well as substantive and entertaining.
If you enjoy industrial music, you cannot go wrong with this incredible collection of the music and people that started it all. And why not put a few bucks into the pockets of the guys who loved the music more than the profits?
I'm not going to fire off a huge, elaborate critique of the set. If this kind of music from this time period pushes the dopamine receptors in your brain over the brink (and you know who you are), then this collection is for you. Yeah, it's primarily industrial in nature, but there are hints of techno, hard/goth rock, and dark experimental music. The 3-CD set clocking in at roughly 3 1/2 hours of music represents a nice, thick, bloody slice of a time and a place, and yes, it's just that damn good. Read the other reviews for point by point details. At worst, this one gets 4.5 stars. At best, it easily garners 5.
This is industrial music as its not made anymore, as industrial music since the death of this label has become even more of a minor niche market fading into the obscure. But this box set captures industrial's golden age. An interesting mix of styles and history, it actually prompted to go visit the orginal WaxTrax store in Denver while on vacation(ironicly seeing one of the artists on the boxset.KMFDM). With all the music revials going on, I wish someone would revive this kind of industrial music, before its completely forgotten. The track that is the most well known is probably the cover of "Supernaut" with the Trent Renzor vocals, but that is to over look alot of other amazing material. You can feel the energy, the thoughtfulness, and the pioneering spirit racing though every track. The only shortcoming i'd say would be that Front 242's material couldn't be included.
Music history buffs will also get a kick out of this, there is a little booklet helping outline the history of the label, and quite a history it is. I find it quite sad that there is no real written books about WaxTrax and the chicago industrial scene of the 80s like there is for punk,hardcore,indie and their counterparts.
I recommend this comp 100%, and hope that you can feel the same love for this music as I do.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Essential collection of industrial dance tracks from the legendary Chicago label WaxTrax! that dominated alternative dance clubs in the 80's and 90's. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Darin Campbell
Considering I got this for $6.00 from Goodwill in near mint condition, and I really love at least two songs, not a bad deal!Published 20 months ago by Barry Ouimet
one of my fav. compilations, a must have for industrial music afficiandos, dj's, etc. front 242, 1000 homo dj's, early ministry, revolting cocks, laibach, need i say more?????Published on June 5, 2013 by James Hambly
I loved WaxTrax. I enjoyed the music growing up. This CD will remind of how the club scene used to be. Every now and then I hear samples from this tracks in songs now.Published on June 26, 2012 by Kali
If you like this type of music, this is a must have. I love being able to listen to Ministry go from 80's new wave to the hard core industrial of the 90s. Read morePublished on June 8, 2011 by Bubbles7361
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