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Pantera / The Complete Studio Albums 1990-2000 / CD & vinyl sets

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Metalheads rejoice as all five of Pantera’s studio albums from 1990 to 2000 are showcased in multicoloured vinyl and CD formats with this new release by the Atlantic Catalog Group… 

After their formative years releasing ‘glam metal’ records on their own Metal Magic Records independent label and going through a number of singers, by the time Pantera were finally signed up by Atco Records in 1989, they had Phil Anselmo delivering harder-edged lead vocals and a heavier sound was emerging. The four independent albums they had previously released were effectively disowned by the band, so the five long players included in The Complete Studio Albums 1990-2000 represent a definitive collection of the core phase of the band’s career.

First up for Atco, was Cowboys From Hell, released in July 1990, which definitively left glam metal behind in favour of what the band termed ‘power groove’. This record gave Pantera their first taste of commercial success, going platinum in the US and gold in the UK. The sound got even heavier with the 1992 album Vulgar Display of Power. Falsetto singing was out, shouty vocals were in and the sales ramped up around the world, with more success Stateside (ultimately, the album went double-platinum), and significant breakthroughs in countries as diverse as Canada (gold), Australia (platinum), Finland (number 5 in the charts) and Germany (number 6).

By the time Far Beyond Driven was released in 1994, Atco records had been swallowed up by its Atlantic Records sister label East West. The album, including the Grammy-nominated lead single I’m Broken – powered straight in at number one in the US (and Australia) album charts.



In the two years of touring that followed, Phil Anselmo began his descent into heroin addiction and relations between him and the rest of the band fractured to the extent that he recorded his vocals for The Great Southern Trendkill (a suitably dark album) in New Orleans while the rest of the band recorded in Dallas. In July 1996, two months after the record’s release, Anselemo overdosed following a gig in Texas and ‘died’ for five minutes. Happily, he recovered and embarked on a series of side projects before Pantera reunited in the studio in 1999 to record what proved to be their last album – the last in this box set – Reinventing The Steel, which featured Revolution Is My Name, nominated for Best Metal Performance at the 2001 Grammys. 

The five- LP version of The Complete Studio Albums 1990-2000 features each album pressed on different coloured vinyl (see the track listing below for colours) plus a bonus translucent yellow seven-inch single featuring two rare, non-album tracks on vinyl for the first time. The first is the delightfully named Piss, a song recorded during the Vulgar Display of Power sessions but which didn’t make the album. Piss dribbled into obscurity, completely unheard by the general public, until drummer Vinnie Paul unearthed the song and a video was made and played at the 2012 Revolver Golden God Awards, marking the 20th anniversary of the Vulgar long player.



On the flip-side of the seven-inch in this set, is Avoid The Light from the Dracula 2000 film soundtrack. For those looking to buy the CD box set, don’t despair – while Avoid The Light is only included on vinyl, Piss has been tacked onto the end of the Vulgar CD. The CD set also has the benefit of remastered versions of all tracks on the Far Beyond Driven album.

The Complete Studio Albums 1990-2000 is released on 18 December 2015.

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Vinyl box set (5LP  + 7″ vinyl)

CD box set (5CD)

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Vinyl box set:

LP1: Cowboys From Hell – white vinyl

  1. Cowboys From Hell
  2. Primal Concrete Sledge
  3. Psycho Holiday
  4. Heresy
  5. Cemetery Gates
  6. Domination
  7. Shattered
  8. Clash With Reality
  9. Medicine Man
  10. Message In Blood
  11. The Sleep
  12. The Art Of Shredding

LP2: Vulgar Display Of Power – red vinyl

  1. Mouth For War
  2. A New Level
  3. Walk
  4. Fucking Hostile
  5. This Love
  6. Rise
  7. No Good (Attack The Radical)
  8. Live In A Hole
  9. Regular People (Conceit)
  10. By Demons Be Driven
  11. Hollow

LP3: Far Beyond Driven – blue vinyl

  1. Strength Beyond Strength
  2. Becoming
  3. 5 Minutes Alone
  4. I’m Broken
  5. Good Friends And A Bottle Of Pills
  6. Hard Lines Sunken Cheeks
  7. Slaughtered
  8. 25 Years
  9. Shedding Skin
  10. Use My Third Arm
  11. Throes Of Rejection
  12. Planet Caravan

LP4: The Great Southern Trendkill – gold vinyl

  1. The Great Southern Trendkill
  2. War Nerve
  3. Drag The Waters
  4. 10’s
  5. 13 Steps To Nowhere
  6. Suicide Note Pt. I
  7. Suicide Note Pt. II
  8. Living Through Me (Hell’s Wrath)
  9. Floods
  10. The Underground In America
  11. (Reprise) Sandblasted Skin

LP5: Reinventing The Steel (2000) – orange vinyl

  1. Hellbound
  2. Goddamn Electric
  3. Yesterday Don’t Mean S**t
  4. You’ve Got To Belong To It
  5. Revolution Is My Name
  6. Death Rattle
  7. We’ll Grind That Ax For A Long Time
  8. Uplift
  9. It Makes Them Disappear
  10. I’ll Cast A Shadow

7-inch – translucent yellow vinyl

  1. Piss
  2. Avoid The Light

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CD box set:

CD1: Cowboys From Hell (1990)

  1. Cowboys From Hell
  2. Primal Concrete Sledge
  3. Psycho Holiday
  4. Heresy
  5. Cemetery Gates
  6. Domination
  7. Shattered
  8. Clash With Reality
  9. Medicine Man
  10. Message In Blood
  11. The Sleep
  12. The Art Of Shredding

 

CD2: Vulgar Display Of Power (1992)

  1. Mouth For War
  2. A New Level
  3. Walk
  4. Fucking Hostile
  5. This Love
  6. Rise
  7. No Good (Attack The Radical)
  8. Live In A Hole
  9. Regular People (Conceit)
  10. By Demons Be Driven
  11. Hollow
  12. Piss

 

CD3: Far Beyond Driven (1994)

  1. Strength Beyond Strength (Remastered)
  2. Becoming (Remastered)
  3. 5 Minutes Alone (2014 Remastered Version)
  4. I’m Broken (2014 Remastered Version)
  5. Good Friends And A Bottle Of Pills (Remastered)
  6. Hard Lines, Sunken Cheeks (Remastered)
  7. Slaughtered (Remastered)
  8. 25 Years (Remastered)
  9. Shedding Skin (Remastered)
  10. Use My Third Arm (Remastered)
  11. Throes Of Rejection (Remastered)
  12. Planet Caravan (Remastered)

 

CD4: The Great Southern Trendkill

  1. The Great Southern Trendkill
  2. War Nerve
  3. Drag The Waters
  4. 10’s
  5. 13 Steps To Nowhere
  6. Suicide Note Pt. I
  7. Suicide Note Pt. II
  8. Living Through Me (Hell’s Wrath)
  9. Floods
  10. The Underground In America
  11. (Reprise) Sandblasted Skin

 

CD5: Reinventing The Steel (2000)

  1. Hellbound
  2. Goddamn Electric
  3. Yesterday Don’t Mean S**t
  4. You’ve Got To Belong To It
  5. Revolution Is My Name
  6. Death Rattle
  7. We’ll Grind That Ax For A Long Time
  8. Uplift
  9. It Makes Them Disappear
  10. I’ll Cast A Shadow

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3 responses to Pantera / The Complete Studio Albums 1990-2000 / CD & vinyl sets

  1. Dave R. says:

    I don’t know why they still choose to disown the first four albums released on Metal Magic Records. Cover art aside, they were all great records and very much on a par, if not better musically, than anything their contemporaries were doing at the time. Terry Lee Glaze, who sang on the first three albums (Anselmo joined for fourth LP ‘Power Metal’) was a more than adequate singer.

  2. Stefan Richards says:

    I second that Dave R.

    Despite being a massive fan of all types of Rock & Metal it took me quite a while to get into their change in direction around Power Metal / Cowboys From Hell, to be honest I couldn’t see what all the fuss was about. I have warmed to their later albums in recent years though.

    I can’t say I play Metal Magic a great deal but I have a lot of love for ‘Projects In The Jungle’ & ‘I Am The Night’.

    So far I have only come across the first three as dodgy bootleg / unofficial versions. Has anybody here heard any of these, do they sound any good.

    I bought Power Metal on CD about 10 years ago & that sounds & looks pretty good.

  3. Chudbeagle says:

    Question:

    Some of these were recently remastered for Deluxe Editions? Are those masters used?

    And are the other albums newly remastered?

    I’m doubting so, but it’s been unclear since this set was announced months ago.

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