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Zombie, Rob: 20th Century Masters-The Best Of Rob Zombie

From the depths of New York's Metal scene rose White Zombie, a band that blended crushing riffs and some feels from the Industrial side and running the show was the main monster himself Rob Zombie. The career of the band was interesting for while the band was around for several years, all of a sudden they broke and became one of those veteran acts being called an "overnight sensation". Zombie would disband the group and begin performing solo, but the overall vibe of the group would remain pretty much the same. This CD includes four of the most popular White Zombie tracks, yet the albums they come from should be looked into as well. The remaining tracks cover Rob's biggest solo singles as well as music from his movie's where he also served as the creator and director. The 20th Century Masters editions are not high on my list as anything more than teaser plates of a particular artist. The key success of the hits packages are found on the "Gold" editions. There are some historical liner notes and photos inside but other than that this is merely an OK release and not a true "Best Of", these issues need to add more tracks going forward and making better use of the time available on CD.

Track Listing
  1. Thunder Kiss '65
  2. Black Sunshine
  3. More Human Than Human
  4. Super-Charger Heaven
  5. Dragula
  6. Superbeast
  7. Living Dead Girl
  8. Never Gonna Stop
  9. House Of 1000 Corpses
  10. Feel So Numb
  11. The Devil's Rejects
  12. The Lords Of Salem

Added: November 1st 2006
Reviewer: Ken Pierce
Related Link: Rob Zombie Website
Hits: 2182
Language: english

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Zombie, Rob: 20th Century Masters-The Best Of Rob Zombie
Posted by Michael Popke, SoT Staff Writer on 2006-11-01 15:51:25
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I'll admit it: The Best of Rob Zombie is the first "20th Century Masters-The Millennium Collection" release I've taken the time to hear. I always thought the more-thorough two-disc "Gold" anthology series provided a much better package and it does. (And why is Universal still calling this "The Millennium Collection" almost seven years removed from that date?) But in the case of Zombie, a single disc of career highlights spanning 52 minutes is just about all casual fans will need. This 12-track collection includes all of the songs featured on 2003's 19-track Past, Present & Future, save for two songs from this year's Educated Horses, which found Zombie indulging in a little less theatricality than on his previous two solo releases (1998's Hellbilly Deluxe and 2001's The Sinister Urge) and in his former band White Zombie. The Best of Rob Zombie includes four songs from White Zombie, which didn't hit it big until 1992 eight years after it crawled from New York City's twisted metal and art underworld. Brutal and brilliant and smacking of schlocky horror, these songs remains an acquired taste even though they created the sonic framework for creepy and nightmarish modern metal. The man's masterpiece remains "Dragula," from his solo debut the perfect example of a song that must be played loud. But it's also cool to hear "Living Dead Girl" and White Zombie's "More Human Than Human" again. It's also worth noting that "Dr. Eric von Wolfenstein," a fictional TV horror-show host from Zombie's film "House of 1000 Corpses," penned the liner notes. Given their over-the-top verbiage ("White Zombie tapped into the ugly underside of outcast culture"), I wouldn't be surprised if Zombie himself wrote them.

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