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Heavy Metal Box set, Limited Edition

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Rhino's 4-disc HEAVY METAL box is the most comprehensive anthology of the influential genre ever. Featuring legendary stars from multiple labels, the box's size lives up its thundering sound arranged chronologically, it collects 70 classic tracks tracing the evolution of metal through its first golden age, 1968-1991. Encompassing proto-metalists, hard rock icons, thrashers, progressive acts, speedsters, pop-metal MTV favorites, and more, a who's who of masters get their due. The box also boasts essays from Ronnie James Dio and Lita Ford, plus and a detailed history of metal by Mick Wall. Surveying the last years covered by the box, Wall concludes, metal had come full circle to the point where it was simultaneously riven by so many new categories and subgenres that you needed an encyclopedia to make sense of it all and yet it was more universally popular than ever before. The same could be said today so fly your devil horn salutes and crank it to 11 for five hours of musical mayhem.

The trouble with a genre as sprawling as heavy metal--and one as identified with brawn and intensity--is that its adherents certainly won't agree on the shape of their obsession. And the disagreement won't necessarily be polite. Halfway through disc two, you find one of the precise moments that can split metalheads into two camps: Judas Priest's "You Got Another Thing Comin'," whose crossover success set the table for the likes of Y&T, Dokken, Ratt, Stryper, and Skid Row as they took metal into the primping realm of pop music. Metal purists will want disc one, with Hawkwind, UFO, and even Dio-era Black Sabbath reveling in their status as early headbangers. The question is: Are their heirs truly Dokken and their ilk or are the heirs Pantera, Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax? It might be an academic point only, but across the back half of this 4-CD set, the "truer," faster, thornier metal lies intermingled with the more vapid, hair-teased stuff of the 1980s, before Nirvana nuked the whole genre. And people who love Metallica won't want Skid Row polluting the chugging air. One thing certainly is true: The physical box, with its Marshall amp vibe, is impressive, something any self-respecting metalhead would cherish. It's the track list that'll make 'em kick and scream. --Andrew Bartlett

Disc: 1
1. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida - Iron Butterfly
2. Summertime Blues - Blue Cheer
3. Easy Livin - Uriah Heep
4. Highway Star - Deep Purple
5. Billion Dollar Babies - Alice Cooper
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Disc: 2
1. Ace Of Spades - Motorhead
2. Am I Evil? - Diamond Head
3. Nice Boys - Rose Tattoo
4. Attack Of the Mad Axeman - Michael Schenker Group
5. Denim And Leather - Saxon
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Rock You Like a Hurricane - Scorpions
2. Metal Health - Quiet Riot
3. Into the Fire - Dokken
4. Balls To the Wall - Accept
5. Round And Round - Ratt
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Disc: 4
1. Still Of the Night - Whitesnake
2. Rock Me - Great White
3. Talk Dirty To Me - Poison
4. Bathroom Wall - Faster Pussycat
5. Hall Of the Mountain King - Savatage
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 2, 2007)
  • limited_edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Limited Edition
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000V9KF14
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,079 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By David Girod VINE VOICE on February 8, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I've been listening to this box set all week, and it is a pretty comprehensive collection of classic metal. The focus of the box set is really from the 70's & 80's, though there are some songs from the 60's and 90's tacked on as well. If you don't see a particular band represented, the liner notes explain that some bands did not want to contribute to the box. The booklet included in the set is pretty cool, including a History of Heavy Metal by journalist Mick Wall. You also get a track by track summary which is pretty cool, as well as some interviews with Lita Ford and Ronnie James Dio. Here is the breakdown of what is on each of the four disks:
Disk 1:
1.In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida - Iron Butterfly - Great song, but be warned it is heavily edited down from the normal 17 minute running time to under 5 minutes.
2.Summertime Blues - Blue Cheer
3.Easy Livin' - Uriah Heep
4.Highway Star - Deep Purple (Younger listeners will recognize this song as the commercial for the video game "Rock Band")
5.Billion Dollar Babies - Alice Cooper
6.Lost Johnny - Hawkwind (featuring Motorheads Lemmy on vocals)
7.Bad Motor Scooter - Montrose (Sammy Hagar on vocals)
8.Working Man - Rush (Early heavier Rush before Neil Peart)
9.Man on the Silver Mountain - Rainbow
10.Detroit Rock City - Kiss (without the intro found on Destroyer)
11.The Ripper - Judas Priest
12.Cat Scratch Fever - Ted Nugent
13.Light Out - UFO
14.Godzilla - Blue Oyster Cult
15.Demolition Boys - Girlschool
16.White Witch - Angel Witch
17.The Phantom of the Opera - Iron Maiden
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27 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Barack Obama on October 16, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Rhino's Heavy Metal box does a whole lot right and a few things wrong. Fortunately, the good far outweighs the bad here, and this box is a great listen overall. I'll break down the good and bad disc by disc here:


The Good: Just about everything. This disc contains classic tracks from Blue Cheer, Deep Purple, Alice Cooper, Rush, Montrose, Iron Maiden, UFO, Ted Nugent and others. Uriah Heep's "Easy Livin'" is absolutely awesome.

The Bad: An edited version of "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida." For shame!


The Good: Lots. Great rock from Motorhead, Diamond Head, Mercyful Fate, Y&T, Priest, and Queensryche. Plus, Blitzkrieg and Rose Tattoo...YES YES YES!!!

The Bad: MSG's "Attack Of The Mad Axeman" is just awful.


The Good: Some really rockin' tracks, like "Shake Me" by Cinderella (the best song AC/DC never made), "Wrecking Crew" by Overkill, and "Peace Sells" by Megadeth. Ratt's "Round And Round" has aged well, and tracks by Quiet Riot and Accept are wonderfully dumb.

The Bad: Dokken's "Into The Fire" is woefully tied to its time. Hanoi Rocks. And I could have done without Spinal Tap.


The Good: "Still Of The Night" by Whitesnake, which reaches almose Zeppelinesque heights. Great tracks by King Diamond, Great White, Living Colour, Pantera, Metallica, and "Talk Dirty To Me" still sounds pretty good. Plus, Faster Pussycat's "Bathroom Wall" is hilarious.

The Bad: I could have done without Savatage, and Manowar is ridiculous.

To sum up: If you like your music heavy and rockin', this is a good set of songs. A few duds, but plenty of great tracks that make it well worth the purchase.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R. Fleurant on November 10, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This set isn't perfect and you can't please everybody, but for die hard metal fans this set is great because die hard fans already have Sabbath,Led Zep,Ac-Dc, Van Halen, Ozzy and others in their collection, so this fills in the missing classic tracks we might not have because there's alot of heavy metal out there and you can't have every band in your collection. Rock on!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Curley Q Link on January 4, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I've been a metal fan since I was 14 (28 years ago). While my tastes in music have expanded, this set reminded me of why I still love the loud stuff. Listening to this set reminded me of my first days going to concerts when you would see a headliner, a mid-level, and an up and comer on the bill. My first concert was Nugent with the Scorpions and Def Leppard in 1980. I lost track of how many openers wound up becoming favorites. As others have noted, there are definitely bands missing from the compilation (older- AC/DC- both Bon and Brian era, Roth era Van Halen, early Def Leppard, Ozzy- solo and with Sabbath; more recent- Motley Crue, Slipknot, older Godsmack) but these holes may be due to bands not wanting to participate or contractual issues. For younger listeners, this set is a great introduction to a musical genre that has never gotten the respect it deserves. For people my age, I think you'll be blown away by how these songs still sound relevant. I especially appreciated the inclusion of some of the mid-level groups that never broke it big in the states such as Saxon, Girlschool, and UFO. I would love to have seen something from Riot's "Fire Down Under" included as well, as well as music from the Cult's "Sonic Temple". My only other quibble is that they could have included more eclectic songs instead of hits. Instead of Scorpions' "Rock You Like a Hurricane", give us "Another Piece of Meat"; "Metal Gods" by Priest instead of "Another Thing Coming"; "Tooth and Nail" instead of Dokken's "Alone Again".

That said, this box set is well worth the money. Special mention should also be made of the booklet accompanying the set. There are great interviews and information on all of the bands. It is clear from the start that the folks who put this together love the music and, more importantly, respect the musicians and fans.
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