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Heavy Metal Box (Digi Version) Box set, Compilation

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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
See all 18 tracks on this disc
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
See all 18 tracks on this disc
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
See all 16 tracks on this disc

Product Description

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. This is the digipak version.

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Great Compilation with only a few misses Feb. 8 2008
By David Girod - Published on Amazon.com
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
18.Neon Nights - Black Sabbath (the folks who compiled this box set must LOVE Ronnie James Dio as he is present on several tracks with various bands and is featured in an interview in the booklet!!)

Disc 2:
1. Ace of Spades - Motorhead
2. Am I Evil - Diamond Head (It's cool to hear the original, but I prefer Metallica's cover....same goes with Blitzkrieg below)
3. Nice Boys - Rose Tattoo
4.Attack of the Mad Axeman - The Michael Schenker Group
5. Denim and Leather - Saxon
6. Blitzkrieg - Blitzkrieg
7. Gangland - Tygers of Pan Tang (not the most accessible band name??)
8. Witching Hour - Venom
9. You've Got Another Thing Comin' - Judas Priest
10.The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden (where is the spoken intro??)
11.Star War - Raven
12.Say What you Will - Fastway
13.Black Funeral - Mercyful Fate (the first of two tracks featuring the high falsetto of King Diamond??)
14.Animal (F**K Like A Beast) - W.A.S.P. (Tipper Gore's PMRC anthem)
15.Mean Streak - Y&T
16.Holy Diver - Dio (again)
17.Queen of the Reich - Queensryche
18.Whiplash -Metallica

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
6. I Wanna Rock - Twister Sister
7. The Boulevard of Broken Dreams - Hanoi Rocks
8. Big Bottom - Spinal Tap (yes...a parody metal band makes the set?)
9. Midnite Maniac - Krokus
10.I'll See the Light Tonight - Yngwie Malmsteen
11.Crazy Nights - Loudness
12.Shake Me - Cinderella
13.Watch the Children Pray - Metal Church
14.To Hell With the Devil - Stryper
15.A Little Time - Helloween
16.Wrecking Crew - Overkill
17.Caught in a Most - Anthrax
18.Peace Sell..But Who's Buying - Megadeth

Disk 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 (a great metal band that went all holly jolly on us and became the Trans Siberian Orchestra know for their Christmas music?????)
6. Kiss Me Deadly - Lita Ford (in leather g-string naturally)
7. Hail and Kill - Manowar
8. Trial by Fire - Testament
9. Welcome Home - King Diamond
10.South of Heaven - Slayer
11.One - Metallica
12.Cult of Personality - Living Colour
13.Youth Gone Wild - Skid Row
14.Cowboys from Hell - Pantera
15.Beg to Differ - Prong
16.Dead Embryonic Cells - Sepultura (catchy song title there?!)

The only complaints I really have are duplicate tracks by a couple bands like Priest and Maiden. I would like to have seen them throw in a couple more bands like Y&T or Fastway, bands that didn't quite make it through to the next level. Also, and I know I'm gonna catch grief for this, but including bands like Pantera, Prong and Sepultura kind of ends the box set on a down note. Going from great bands like Uriah Heep and Alice Cooper featuring great musicianship and vocals to the 90's metal featuring a few chords played very fast over unintelligble lyrics really shows you how far Metal (and the music world in whole)has fallen.
Awesome Metal retrospective Oct. 26 2009
By William Ward - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If you are a true fan of the metal genre this box set is a must have.It starts with the origins of the movement with bands like Iron butterfly and 4 discs later concludes in the 90's with bands like Prong and the mighty Pantera.All eras are pretty much covered including hair metal,thrash metal,nwobhm,hard rock Etc.... The sound quality is awesome on all tracks.You need this set!!!
Fantastic purchase and seller! June 28 2009
By Ladyrogue - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
What a compilation! If you love metal...classic metal, you will love this. Incredible value! Groups I had forgotten. Songs I had not heard in 20? years. Even if you are a younger person, if you love classic rock, you will be thrilled to have this in your collection. I am in my early 50's. My friends and I are enjoying the music and the memories evoked.
Great Metal Compilation Dec 21 2011
By DC - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This was a great gift. You truly have to be a metal fan to appreciate this. There is a few songs on this album that are well know to non-metal fans, but the artists and songs on here are great! A+ for awesomeness. And the case is freakin sweet too!!
Nice overview of METAL music growth 101 Feb. 28 2011
By Pooksmasterjam - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Very well done box set with killer color booklet. I already owned 70% of these songs, but thought it was cool to have remastered as a mix cd. Lots of classics I did not own and have gotten me into some new Metal bands I missed in the day. Several classic bands/tracks left off, so I hope a Metal Box pt. 2 is on the way from Rhino.