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Rhino readies a huge dose of heavy metal thunder

Ben Wener
The Orange County Register (MCT)

What's that? You say you regularly sing Satan's praises while thrashing yourself silly to the sounds of Killswitch Engage and Cradle of Filth but you have no deeper understanding of the history of metal?

Never fear, Rhino Records is here to put you straight -- with "The Heavy Metal Box," a four-disc overview of the much-maligned (and equally exalted, by others) genre that began as the `60s gave way to the `70s. The set, due Oct. 2, spans that "golden age," from pioneers like Black Sabbath, Blue Cheer, Deep Purple, Alice Cooper and Uriah Heep -- and who could forget Iron Butterfly's "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida," honey? -- to the English demons of the late `70s and `80s (Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Saxon, even Motorhead) and on into the dichotomy that the late `80s brought, comprising both hair-metal (Poison, Ratt, Cinderella) and the decade's rawer return to pure metal (Metallica, Pantera, Sepultura).

And it comes looking like the top of an old-school Marshall tube amplifier. Clever, like Rhino typically is. Click the read-more at the bottom for a full track listing.

Naturally, the one key name missing from the haul is Led Zeppelin, which remains very particular about what projects it will lend songs or images to. (Recall how none of the band's Live Aid performance was included on that event's recent DVD release.) As compensation, however, Led Zep has its own new treasure trove in the works -- a catalog-spanning two-CD overview ("Mothership," due Nov. 13) and a remastered-for-5.1 and expanded DVD version of the band's 1976 midnight-movie staple "The Song Remains the Same" (due Nov. 20).

With six songs added to the original 14 the film offered -- including "Black Dog," "Over the Hills and Far Away," "Misty Mountain Hop," "Since I've Been Loving You," "The Ocean" and "Heartbreaker" -- Zep has been able to re-create the full Madison Square Garden show that was truncated for the original film. The DVD, featuring liner notes by Cameron Crowe (David Fricke handles "Mothership"), will also come in a limited-editon set that includes a vintage T-shirt, the soundtrack CD, lobby cards, reproductions of original premiere invitations, a tour schedule and more.

Doesn't change the fact that the flick itself is burdened with all those misty "Lord of the Rings"-ish asides. But I can't be the only one who always skipped past those.

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THE HEAVY METAL BOX

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

6. "Lost Johnny" Hawkwind

7. "Bad Motor Scooter," Montrose

8. "Working Man," Rush

9. "Man on the Silver Mountain," Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow

10. "Detroit Rock City," Kiss

11. "The Ripper," Judas Priest

12. "Cat Scratch Fever," Ted Nugent

13. "Lights 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 Knights," Black Sabbath

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

6. "Blitzkrieg," Blitzkrieg

7. "Gangland," Tygers of Pan Tang

8. "Witching Hour," Venom

9. "You've Got Another Thing Comin'," Judas Priest

10. "The Number of the Beast," Iron Maiden

11. "Star War," Raven

12. "Say What You Will," Fastway

13. "Black Funeral," Mercyful Fate

14. "Animal (F(ASTERISK)(ASTERISK)k Like a Beast)," W.A.S.P.

15. "Mean Streak," Y&T

16. "Holy Diver," Dio

17. "Queen of the Reich," Queensryche

18. "Whiplash," Metallica

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

6. "I Wanna Rock," Twisted Sister

7. "The Boulevard of Broken Dreams," Hanoi Rocks

8. "Big Bottom," Spinal Tap

9. "Midnite Maniac," Krokus

10. "I'll See the Light, Tonight," Yngwie J. Malmsteen's Rising Force

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 Mosh," Anthrax

18. "Peace Sells," Megadeth

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

6. "Kiss Me Deadly," Lita Ford

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

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