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I'm the Man

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  • Audio CD (June 15, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fontana Island
  • ASIN: B000001FTF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,091 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Legendary thrash metal band Anthrax made history by being one of the first ever metal bands to include a blend of rap into their songs nearly a decade before the style became popular. To this day, I believe that Anthrax has never received the respect they deserve.
The main focus of this E.P. is obviously the groundgreaking single "I'm The Man". The song is quite simply hilarious, and the mix of musical stylings makes it perfect. The verses sound similar to a Beastie Boys song, and the chorus is pretty Gwar-like. Some of today's rock-rap bands who think making 60 songs about killing someone is "hilarious" should listen to the originaters and take notes. There's also another version of this song on "Attack of the Killer B's", but it doesn't compare to the genius of this one.
The cover of Black Sabbath's "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" is extremely well-done and and shows off a different side of Joey's vocals. The only flaw with this E.P. is the live version of "I'm The Man", which sounds disorganized and sloppily done (but even then, the ad-libbed stuff from the band members is still pretty funny). The two live songs originally from "Among the Living" ("Caught In A Mosh" and "I Am The Law") are a nice addition and almost as good as the originals. Overall, if you're a fan of Anthrax, or a fan of humorous rap-metal, this is a must have.
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I�M THE MAN (CENSORED RADIO VERSION) � This is from where many of today�s bands draw their shtick (you know who you are!). A groundbreaking meld of rap, metal and warped sense of humour that still shows its strengths 15 years after it was recorded. Check out the �blink-and-you�ll-miss-it� sampling of Metallica�s �Master Of Puppets�!
I�M THE MAN (DEF UNCENSORED VERSION) � The same track as above pushed up to ten on the attitude meter. Also check out the song�s �Halva Nageliah� riffs. Who said speed metallers had no sense of humour?
SABBATH BLOODY SABBATH � A frenetic cover of a Black Sabbath classic tune. Joey Belladonna had the most melodic voice in the whole of Speed Metal, and a certain magic was lost after he was fired by Scott Ian and Charlie Benante.
I�M THE MAN (LIVE- EXTREMELY DEF ILL UNCENSORED VERSION) � A highlight of the Belladonna era live set where Joey would change positions with Charlie and give the ol� tonsils a rest. This version shows the energy and fun of Anthrax performances with some killer audience participation.
I AM THE LAW (LIVE) � This classic tune always goes down well live. Not many bands could pull of a tribute to Judge Dredd. Anthrax did it all the way in style.
CAUGHT IN A MOSH (LIVE) � Another classic from the �Among The Living� album captured live and snarling . . .the way the track should be played!
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The best thing on the cd is uncensered i am the man and black sabbath cover and three live tracks i am the man funny and two classic i am the law and caught in the mosh it didn't get a five or four star we didn't need a censered version .
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I'm the Man was my first exposure to Anthrax. The band's extremely juvenile rap-metal hybrid was naturally a huge hit with me and my middle school metal buddies. Of course we also thought the Beastie Boys' "Fight for Your Right to Party" was genius, which ought to tell you something. As goofy as it was though, looking back you have to admire Anthrax's embrace of the decade's other rising musical movement. This would lead to the band's groundbreaking collaboration with Public Enemy and had a lot to do with the emergence of the rap-metal genre. I'm not suggesting that we owe Anthrax a debt of gratitude for inflicting Limp Bizkit on the world, but the band definitely deserves credit for defying expectations and trying something new.

20 years later, I'm the Man is every bit as goofy as it was back in the day, and I'm still not sure we really needed 3 different versions of the song, but there is still a very good reason to pick up this EP. In addition to the various takes on I'm the Man; this EP features two live tracks and an absolutely fantastic cover of the Black Sabbath classic Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. That song alone is well worth the price of the disc (especially if pick it up used like I did). Unless I'm in a particularly nostalgic mood, I usually skip right to this song and hit repeat.

Bottom line - If you're an Anthrax fan you need to own this disc. It will probably linger unheard on your shelf for great lengths of time, but it is still an important piece of Anthrax history.
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mixing rap and metal started as a joke . joey saying all the wrong words in im the man never gets old . the live version is funnyer with how they say joey f***ed up on the radio , good copver of the black sabbath song sabbath booldy sabbath and a grat profomance on a am the law . im the man is a true classic . it has inpired bands like limp bizkit . ANTHRAX rules
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I still have the cassette I bought in high school. So I can tell you right off the bat that the track listing contains an error. The live track "Caught in a Mosh" was not recorded in Irvine, California. It was recorded at the Arcadia in Dallas, Texas. Joe Belladonna even refers to the audience as "Dallas" several times in the track. It's a tad confusing for the listener for Amazon to list the track as "live in Irvine, CA," when Joey Belladonna clearly says "Good evening, Dallas!" on the track. Furthermore, it was not recorded in 1991. It was recorded on July 11, 1987 during their "Among the Living" tour. In fact, all the live tracks were recorded at the Arcadia in Dallas, Texas, in July 1987. So whoever wrote the track listing for this needs to make the corrections.

The Original Release Date is also wrong. It came out in 1987, not 1989.
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