Faith No More - The Real Thing (Deluxe)
[2LP] (180 Gram, gatefold)
As Faith No More prepares to unleash its first new album in nearly 20 years this May, Rhino Records celebrates the back-to-back classic albums that helped establish the band's vital and visceral musical legacy with Deluxe Editions of THE REAL THING and ANGEL DUST.
Each album will be offered as a two-disc CD set that includes the original release accompanied by a second disc filled with rarities related to the album. Both will be available on June 8 at retail outlets. The collections will arrive soon after the band concludes an extensive North American tour.
In addition to the CD set there will also be a double LP, 180gm heavyweight black vinyl format of each album, featuring the original album and a selection of the rarities related to each. The release date of the vinyl formats is planned for August.
Like all bands who transcended their time to become cornerstones of an era, Faith No More sounded like nobody else. The group's commercial breakthrough came in 1989 with the release of THE REAL THING. It was the band's third album, but the first to feature the line-up of Mike Bordin (drums), Roddy Bottum (keyboards), Bill Gould (bass), Jim Martin (guitars), and Mike Patton (vocals).
The album was incredibly diverse, yet every song was linked by the band's own developing style. It peaked at #11 on the charts and was certified platinum, spawning the singles, ''From Out Of Nowhere'' and ''Falling To Pieces,'' as well as ''Epic,'' which was ubiquitous on radio and MTV.
The bonus disc puts a different spin on many of the album tracks with remixed versions of ''Epic'' and ''Falling To Pieces,'' as well as live performances of ''Surprise You're Dead,'' ''Underwater Love'' and the Black Sabbath classic ''War Pigs.'' The bonus disc also includes the b-sides ''Cowboy Song'' and ''The Grade.''
After extensive touring, the band returned in 1992 with ANGEL DUST. It climbed to #10 on the U.S. album charts and would later be recognized as one of the most influential releases of the era. The album swings between extremes - aggressive and disturbing, but also beautiful and soothing - showing off every facet of the band's quirky eloquence on such diverse tracks as ''Midlife Crisis,'' ''Jizzlobber,'' ''R.V.'' and ''Small Victory.''
Among the nine tracks featured on the bonus disc is a mix of ''Midlife Crisis'' by the band's longtime producer Matt Wallace, a trio of live recordings from a concert in Munich, Germany, as well as covers of the Dead Kennedys' ''Let's Lynch The Landlord'' and the band's unforgettable take on the Commodores' ''Easy.''
LP One (as per 1989 LP): Side One: 1. From Out Of Nowhere 3:19 2. Epic 4:51 3. Falling To Pieces 5:12 4. Surprise! You're Dead! 2:26 5. Zombie Eaters 5:57
Side Two: 1. The Real Thing 8:10 2. Underwater Love 3:50 3. The Morning After 3:40 4. Woodpecker From Mars 5:38
LP Two: Side Three Studio Non-LP tracks: 1. War Pigs (studio) 2. Edge of the World 3. Sweet Emotion 4:52 4. Falling To Pieces (Matt Wallace Remix) 4:31
Side Four Live Bonus Tracks: 1. War Pigs (Live in Berlin 1989) 7:59 2. Surprise! You're Dead! (Live in Sheffield 1990) 2:52 3. Chinese Arithmetic (Live in Sheffield 1990) 4:16 4. Underwater Love (Live at Brixton 1990) 3:33 5. As The Worm Turns (Live at Brixton 1990)