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The Battle of Los Angeles (album)

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The Battle of Los Angeles is the third studio album by the American rap metal band Rage Against the Machine, released on November 2, 1999 by Epic Records. The album was released three years after their previous studio album, Evil Empire (1996). The album is Rage Against the Machine's most recent album consisting of original material. The Battle of Los Angeles was nominated for a 2001 Grammy Award for Best Rock Album.

The Battle of Los Angeles
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Studio album by Rage Against the Machine
Released November 2, 1999 (1999-11-02)
Studio (see Studios)
Genre
Length 45:10
Label Epic
Producer Brendan O'Brien
Rage Against the Machine chronology
Evil Empire
(1996)Evil Empire1996
The Battle of Los Angeles
(1999)
Renegades
(2000)Renegades2000
Singles from The Battle of Los Angeles
  1. "Guerrilla Radio"
    Released: October 12, 1999
  2. "Sleep Now in the Fire"
    Released: November 4, 1999
  3. "Testify"
    Released: June 7, 2000
  4. "Calm Like a Bomb"
    Released: November 13, 2000

Contents

ConceptEdit

"Voice of the Voiceless", a song referring to Mumia Abu Jamal, references a letter written by Mao Zedong, called "A Single Spark Can Start a Prairie Fire."[3][4] Another Rage-Mumia-Mao connection can be seen in Mumia's paraphrased words from Mao's "power grows out of the barrel of a gun" when Mumia gave his court testimony: "It is America who has seized political power from the Indian [Native American] race, not by God, not by Christianity, not by goodness, but by the barrel of a gun."[5]

Release and promotionEdit

The song "Calm Like a Bomb" is featured in the credits of The Matrix Reloaded. The videos to "Sleep Now in the Fire" and "Testify" were directed by documentarian Michael Moore. Both "Testify" and "Guerrilla Radio" are also featured in the video game Rock Band 2, being on-disc and downloadable, respectively.

The album debuted at #1 on Billboard's Top 200 selling 420,000 copies its first week during a busy CD release schedule, forcing Mariah Carey's highly anticipated album to take the #2 spot. "Guerrilla Radio" was featured in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2, albeit heavily edited on the Nintendo 64 version, and it is also heavily edited on Madden NFL 10. Both Time and Rolling Stone named it the Best Album of 1999. It was listed as #53 in SPIN Magazine's 100 Greatest Albums, 1985-2005.

The album cover art was an original artwork by the LA Street Phantom aka Joey Krebs aka Joel Jaramillo, a well-known Los Angeles artist who has exhibited at numerous galleries in Los Angeles, New York City and throughout the United States.[6]

Saul Williams sampled "Born of a Broken Man" for his song "Om Nia Merican", which appeared on his 2001 album Amethyst Rock Star.

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic      [1]
Christgau's Consumer Guide  [7]
Entertainment Weekly A[8]
Houston Chronicle      [9]
Los Angeles Times     [10]
NME 7/10[2]
Rolling Stone      [11]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide      [12]
Spin 9/10[13]

In 2003, The Battle of Los Angeles was ranked number 426 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In 2005, the album was ranked number 369 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[14]

AwardsEdit

Track listingEdit

All lyrics written by Zack de la Rocha; all music composed by Rage Against the Machine.

No. Title Length
1. "Testify" 3:30
2. "Guerrilla Radio" 3:26
3. "Calm Like a Bomb" 4:58
4. "Mic Check" 3:33
5. "Sleep Now in the Fire" 3:25
6. "Born of a Broken Man" 4:40
7. "Born as Ghosts" 3:22
8. "Maria" 3:48
9. "Voice of the Voiceless" 2:31
10. "New Millennium Homes" 3:44
11. "Ashes in the Fall" 4:37
12. "War Within a Breath" 3:36
Total length: 45:10
Bonus promo CD/tape

In the US, some retail stores gave a free promo CD to those who pre-ordered the CD. It contained 2 tracks: "Clear the Lane" and "Hadda Be Playing on the Juke Box". In Australia certain chains gave a promo tape to those who pre-ordered titled "New... Live... Rare" which featured "Calm Like a Bomb" and the aforementioned all on one side and repeating on side B. All versions are the same as on their proper CD releases.

PersonnelEdit

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[39] Platinum 70,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[40] 2× Platinum 200,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[41] Gold 7,500^
United Kingdom (BPI)[42] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[43] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ A Single Spark Can Start a Prairie Fire, 1930
  4. ^ Voice of the Voiceless, Genius.com
  5. ^ "From Death Row, Mumia Abu-Jamal". 
  6. ^ "The Street Phantom - Artist's Statement at Graffiti Verite.com". Graffitiverite.com. Retrieved 2010-11-15. 
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  8. ^ Hermes, Will (November 1, 1999). "The Ballad of Los Angeles". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 15, 2012. 
  9. ^ Sullivan, James (October 31, 1999). "Rage Still at Forefront Of Rock's Revolution". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved April 24, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Listen Up, Elves!". Los Angeles Times. December 2, 1999. Retrieved January 16, 2017. 
  11. ^ Strauss, Neil (November 11, 1999). "The Ballad of Los Angeles". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 15, 2012. 
  12. ^ Tate, Greg (2004). "Rage Against the Machine". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 672–73. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
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  14. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 61. ISBN 3-89880-517-4. 
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  41. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Rage Against the Machine – The Battle of Los Angeles". Recorded Music NZ. 
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Preceded by
Supernatural by Santana
Billboard 200 number-one album
November 20–26, 1999
Succeeded by
Breathe by Faith Hill