Rage Against The Machine SACD


Audiophile specialist Audio Fidelity will reissue Rage Against The Machine‘s debut album as a ‘limited, numbered edition’ on the SACD format in June.

The stunning 1992 long-player has been remastered and as with all these releases, this is a ‘hybrid’ SACD meaning that even if you don’t have an SACD player the standard ‘redbook’ CD layer will play on all machines so you can enjoy the remaster at least. If you have the hardware then the SACD layer will boast a hi-res stereo version of the remastered album.

Sony issued 20th anniversary ‘XX’ editions of this back in 2012.

This Audio Fidelity SACD edition will be released on 17 June 2016.


1. Bombtrack
2. Killing in the Name
3. Take the Power Back
4. Settle for Nothing
5. Bullet in the Head
6. Know Your Enemy
7. Wake Up
8. Fistful of Steel
9. Township Rebellion
10. Freedom

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Steve Burke

Honestly the XX 2012 remaster was absolute gash, slammed hard by loudness wars-champion Vlado Meller who has destroyed massive amounts of dynamics recently including Californication and the balance of the previous four Chili Pepper’s CD releases and the last two Jane’s Addiction albums. Blech, even the XX vinyl release sounded like arse.

The original CD is very good, but it still has some noticeable limiting on it…it’s the incredible production that shines through. Audio Fidelity will allow us to hear the full dynamics from those original 1/2″ 30ips analogue stereo master tapes and whether you can playback SACD or not, should be pretty definitive for those who prefer fully dynamic recordings.

Would be great to see a 5.1 Blu-ray at some point, I don’t expect that would come from Audio Fidelity though, seems there would be a substantially bigger investment in doing that if it wasn’t artist driven.

Hope this trend continues with some other artists in the Sony Music camp if they’re open to AF doing Analogue > DSD transfers, would love to have a fully dynamic mastering of Pearl Jam’s Ten for example.

Scott G

“Audiophile specialist Audio Fidelity will reissue Rage Against The Machine‘s debut album as a ‘limited, numbered edition’ ”

First thing to say about AF is they have release other albums as ‘limited, numbered edition’ but be aware!!! In the case of Yes: Close to the Edge (http://hraudio.net/showmusic.php?title=8332) the ‘limited, numbered edition’ turned out to be a sticky numbered label on the outside of the cardboard outer cover for the first 2500 (as I remember) and the rest of the print had no sticky label but were EXACTLY the same. It was a conn to get pre-sales up. SO if it is a sticky numbered label you are after dive right in but beware you may not getting anything ‘limited’ other than a sticky label.

SACD done correctly will sound superior to the CD layer especially if the original source is an analogue master. But this also depends on your feedback equipment and its configuration – e.g. always configure DSD to analogue if you can. Avoid DSD to PCM to Analogue.


The original cd was very good, the original vinyl even better, but a remaster by the hand of Steve Hoffman is more than promising. I didn’t intend to purchase this album, but the combination of the great master engineer and the SACD format did make me preorder this album. Mostly the AF label is releasing ’70s classic rock and prog which are most of the time not my cup of tea, that’s the third reason I’m very happy to purchase this album: supporting AF’s choice for releasing more modern albums!

Simon F

Just who out there has got five ears?


I assume you don’t only look at two things specifically while using your two eyes Simon?

Friso Pas

First of all…
The 20th ann. edition has more compression than the original, which doesn’t mean it would sound much worse, although it could be tiring after a while, but it would be likely. I haven’t heard it, so I’m not making any comments on that. The vinyl of that reissue seems to be decent, as good as the original, with more dynamics than the cd version, as was the original.

I will wait for some reviews and comments first on Steve’s forum, before I decide.
But, most of his output is pretty good. I have the Deep Purple boxset from AF, and also Yes’ 90125 and Clapton’s Journeyman, all of those sound very good.

Second (@SG) , this hybrid SACD is stereo, not surround.

Most importantly, Steve himself made comments on his forum about the mastering:
“I enjoyed mastering this.
DSD right from the September, 1992 original analog masters from Quantum Sound Studios, Jersey City, NJ!

As someone mentioned yesterday: “When A/B’ing our new Audio Fidelity SACD mastering to the CD version – the glass goes away and this rich, full beast comes to life – very fun.” ”
So…very hopeful.


This is a stereo-only release. Audio Fidelity’s multi-channel release have a silver slipcase.


Honestly, what’s the point here. Rage in 5.1. At that point, you ARE the machine. They should retitle it rage against yourself.

William M

The 2012 reissue was a big improvement on the original, not sure about this though, my heart says yes but the head says no. I’m still chasing the Bowie sacd releases from the early 00’s I only managed to get ziggy and the dual disc of reality but as is said above, the prices for 2nd hand sacd’s is ridiculous so that might sway my purchase of the rage one.


Is there actually that much difference in sound quality between a standard CD and a SACD considering the human ear can only hear a certain amount of high level sound and the fact this particular format has not become very popular (standard CDs sell much more)? Seems like a bit of a gimmick to me just so the music industry can get more profit from the gullible.

Hub Hamers

I hope more SACD’s will be reissued. Prices for second hand SACD’s are sometimes ridiculous!