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  • Audio CD (June 15, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Slash/ Reprise
  • ASIN: B000002LHA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,398 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. From Out Of Nowhere
2. Epic
3. Falling To Pieces
4. Surprise! You're Dead!
5. Zombie Eaters
6. The Real Thing
7. Underwater Love
8. The Morning After
9. Woodpecker From Mars
10. War Pigs
11. Edge Of The World

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Faith No More are virtually impossible to categorize; they blend metal and rap elements in a mix that becomes seamless on The Real Thing, whose hit single, "Epic," is a perfect combination of these disparate genres. Other high points are the thrashy "Surprise! You're Dead!," an excellent cover of Black Sabbath's "War Pigs," the funk-layered-with-keyboards "Falling to Pieces," and the soft but spooky "Zombie Eaters." With the addition of vocalist Mike Patton, the band secured a highly talented frontman and skilled lyricist. The Real Thing is one of those rare albums that is impossible to quantify but astoundingly good. More accessible than the follow-up Angel Dust, it's also the first album new Faith No More listeners should get. --Genevieve Williams

Customer Reviews

Ranging from rap to metal to funk to lounge music.
Brandon Walsh
After a couple of records with vocalist Chuck Moseley, the band hired Mike Patton after hearing the music he was making with Mr. Bungle.
T. A. Daniel
Mike Patton vocals are excellent and so are Jim Martin's guitar playing and Mike Bordin's drumming.
Andy Wilson

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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Wheelchair Assassin on October 29, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Two full years before Nirvana made "alternative rock" the buzzword that it continues to be to this day, Faith No More produced one of the genre's defining moments in "The Real Thing." While this album was among the first to mix rap and rock elements, you definitely shouldn't let that fact scare you. While today's would-be genre benders like Limp Bizkit and (to a lesser extent) Linkin Park seem bent on combining the most meatheaded elements of rap and rock for a sound that only a mook could love, Faith No More brought rock, rap, and funk together with more creativity and intelligence than anyone would have a right to expect. With the phenomenally versatile Mike Patton at the helm and a crack team of musicians backing him up, "The Real Thing" is a clinic in bringing together genres in perfect harmony.
Although there's a bit of a Bay Area thrash influence on display, "Master Of Puppets" this is not. The band's sound may have been ambitious from the outset, but few albums in my vast collection are this fun to listen to.
Even coming from songwriters as prolific and imaginative as Patton and co., it's almost alarming how much high-quality stuff is here. Just look at the first four songs and you'll get an idea of how far ahead of the game Faith No More were. The opening "From Out Of Nowhere" and "Falling To Pieces" bring together Patton's piercing, in-your-face vocals, the band's razor-sharp musical attack, and generous doses of punkish aggression. The head-banging rhythm and explosive rapping of "Epic" made it a justified hit. "Surprise! You're Dead!" brings a menacing, thrash-derived sound into the mix, but it's clearly all in good fun.
From there, the classic songs just keep coming.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Justin G. TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 6, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I realize that this is probably the album responsible for much of the dreaded nu-metal phenomenon, but it is still one of my all-time favorites.

The Real Thing was the first FNM release to feature Mike Patton on vocals, and he made quite an impact, as did the band when they released the single and video for the song Epic. This will always be the song that people associate with the band. Anthrax may have tried to fuse rap and metal with "I'm the Man", but it was too goofy to be anything but a novelty. Faith No More took the idea much more seriously, and as a result Epic was a major hit and an inspiration for many bands that followed, from Korn to Pain of Salvation.

Despite the impression Epic gave, the Real Thing was not really a rap-metal album. It was something exciting and new. I suppose if it had been released in 1992 it would have been called alternative. It had elements of rap, punk, and obviously plenty of metal, but there was also something eclectic and offbeat about the music. It wasn't totally experimental and bizarre - that would better describe the band's follow up album Angel Dust.

The albums best tracks are right in the middle, with the 8-minute title track, Underwater Love, and the Morning After. These are all impressive and powerful songs, and show that the band had more to offer than just a rap-metal single. Another album highlight is the cover of Black Sabbath's War Pigs. I've heard a lot of Sabbath covers, but this is one of the best.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By D. Mok on April 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I was one of those people baffled by "Epic" when it first came out. "What is it?" Neither rap nor metal, neither funk nor dance, it was Faith No More's challenge to conventional music. The song begins with a wash of glorious guitars (courtesy of freaky-looking, Metallica-influenced guitarist Jim Martin) and Mike Bordin's unstoppable drum bashing, going into a thumping bassline and Mike Patton's energetic, enigmatic rap, launching into that mighty chorus, with progressive-rock keyboards providing punctuation at moments, then ending with that classical-sounding piano exit..."What is it?" indeed!
Looking at today's rap-metal fusions, you realize that Faith No More got there first. And The Real Thing is the band's most uniform album, less eccentric, but with exquisite songcraft, a fiery mix, and top-flight performances all around. Patton's versatility and resilient voice is the secret weapon to songs like the irreverent "Falling to Pieces", the superior-to-the-original cover of Black Sabbath's "War Pigs", and instant-classic leadoff track "From Out of Nowhere". And in case you didn't think the band *looked* weird enough, there's "Woodpecker from Mars" and "Zombie Eaters" to remind you that these guys are eccentrics to the bone.
A pivotal release in 1990 that not only woke up the music world, but dangled it by the feet over a pool of alien chemical reagents of Faith No More's own concoction.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By William J. Horne on October 29, 2003
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Ah, the beginning of a new era for the band, with my all time favorite vocalist and performer Mike Patton (please check out his new project Tomahawk and his Mr. Bungle cd California). This cd should easily be one of the top one hundred rock influential albums of all time. And who did they influence? Oh, just about everyone. I just get (...) when rock journalists categorize or harbor this album as rap rock or the beginning of nu-metal! They should in no way be considered journalists if they can't pay attention! The only rap/rock presence on the ENTIRE album is on "Epic", and since it got all the airplay, then everyone automatically jumped on that bandwagon. But only true FNM fans know that the band's ultimate strength was being so diverse that you didn't know what to expect or how to categorize them; that was their beauty. Here is the rundown for all those critics who think FNM only "paved the way" for crap like Limp Briskit, Sinkin Park, P.O.S., and Papi's Roach:
1)From Out of Nowhere- This song has punk influences with some 80s arena keyboards but is probably one of the hardest FNM songs to categorize which is why I like it so much. This sounds more like it influenced power pop/punk bands like The All American Rejects, Lit, Jimmy Eat World, Avril Lavigne, Everclear, etc. 5/5
2)Epic- Enough said. Alongside the Chili Peppers, this song did influence most (...) rock out there today but Patton has said that was never his intention since that music today (...) so bad. What separates it is the performance, Jim Martin's tasty guitar solo, Roddy's beautiful and eerie "fish floppin'" piano outro, and Billy's jaw-dropping bass licks. Influenced Limp biscuit, Linkin Park, Papa Roach, P.O.D., Hot Action Cop, and Saliva.
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