Category: metallica

On this day in music history: August 21, 1987 …

On this day in music history: August 21, 1987 – “The $5.98 E.P. – Garage Days Re-Revisited” by Metallica is released. Produced by Metallica, it is recorded at A&M Studios in Hollywood, CA and Conway Studios in Los Angeles, CA in July 1987. Still reeling after the death of their friend and co-founding member Cliff Burton, the surviving members of Metallica find it difficult to work for several months. Even with Burton’s replacement Jason Newsted having proved his mettle and having survived an intense “hazing period” during his initial months as a band member, Metallica are still having a hard time writing new material for the follow up to “Master Of Puppets”. The pressure to come up with a new release nearly causes the band to implode. Things are further complicated when guitarist and lead vocalist James Hetfield breaks his wrist while skateboarding, forcing the band to take even a longer hiatus from the studio. We he recovers, they come up with a different plan to continue. In order to get back up and running, and break in their new bassist, Metallica decide to record an EP rather than a full album with original material. The five song vinyl EP (also issued on CD with the amended title “The $9.98 EP”) features covers of some of the bands favorite New Wave, British Heavy Metal and Hardcore Punk songs. Metallica includes the list price in the title to insure that fans are not overcharged for it by retailers. The EP goes out of print in the 90’s, and becomes a much sought after and high priced collectible among fans until it is reissued in 1998 in expanded form as “Garage, Inc.”. Out of print for nearly thirty years in its original form, the EP is reissued on limited edition 180 gram orange colored and standard black vinyl, cassette and CD on April 13, 2018. The vinyl reissue also comes with a mp3 download card of the full EP contents. The CD edition also comes packaged in a cardboard long box, like the original 1987 release, with the added feature of the box sporting a lenticular cover. “The $5.98 E.P. – Garage Days Re-Revisited” peaks at number twenty eight on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: August 12, 1991 …

On this day in music history: August 12, 1991 – “Metallica”, the fifth album by Metallica is released. Produced by Bob Rock, James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, it is recorded at One On One Recording Studios in North Hollywood, CA and Little Mountain Sound Studios in Vancouver, B.C., Canada from October 6, 1990 – June 16, 1991. Impressed with his work on label mate Mötley Crüe’s “Dr. Feelgood” album, the veteran metal band hire producer Bob Rock to produce the follow up to their successful fourth album “…And Justice For All”. Musically, it differs from previous Metallica albums, with many of the songs having slower tempos than the band’s trademark high velocity “thrash metal” style. The recording sessions with Rock are often tense as he pushes the band members outside their normal comfort zone within the studio. The intense atmosphere spills over into their personal lives as well, with Hetfield, Ulrich and bassist Jason Newsted all winding up divorced from their spouses by the time recording is completed. In spite of all of the turmoil, the album is a huge critical and commercial success, launching Metallica into the mainstream on a worldwide basis. Nicknamed “The Black Album” by fans (for its stark black cover featuring the bands logo and a coiled snake in dark grey print), it spins off six singles including “Enter Sandman” (#16 Pop, #10 Mainstream Rock), “Sad But True” (#98 Pop, #15 Mainstream Rock), “The Unforgiven” (#35 Pop, #10 Mainstream Rock) and “Nothing Else Matters” (#34 Pop, #11 Mainstream Rock). The album wins a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 1992. Available on vinyl only sporadically since its original limited run in the format in 1991, the album is issued equally limited pressings as a four LP set mastered at 45 RPM in 2008, and a two LP set by Simply Vinyl in 2000. It is remastered an reissued again as a double vinyl 180 gram LP set in 2015. “Metallica” spends four weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 16x Platinum in the US by the RIAA, earning a Diamond Ceritification.

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On this day in music history: July 27, 1984 – …

On this day in music history: July 27, 1984 – “Ride The Lightning”, the second album by Metallica is released. Produced by Fleming Rasmussen and Metallica, it is recorded at Sweet Silence Studios in Copenhagen, Denmark from February 20 – March 14, 1984. After the underground success of their debut release “Kill ‘Em All” and the subsequent tour to support it, Metallica begin writing new material for the follow up, road testing many of the new songs before going into the studio. For their sophomore release, the band work with Danish recording engineer and producer Flemming Rasmussen, beginning a collaboration that lasts over the next four years. The band and Rasmussen work quickly, recording the new album in only three and a half weeks. Like their debut, “Lightning” is very well received by fans and critics, being praised as an “instant classic”, featuring several songs that become staples of Metallica’s live concerts, including “Fade To Black”, “For Whom The Bell Tolls” and “Creeping Death”. Without mainstream radio play, the album is steady seller, moving more than a half million copies in short order, after the band signs with Elektra Records only seven weeks after its release by Megaforce. Elektra re-releases the album on November 19, 1984. “Ride The Lightning” peaks at number one hundred on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 6x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: July 25, 1983 – …

On this day in music history: July 25, 1983 – “Kill ‘Em All”, the debut album by Metallica is released. Produced by Paul Curcio, it is recorded at Music America Studios in Rochester, NY from May 10 – 27, 1983. The San Francisco, CA based thrash metal band temporarily relocates to the east coast to record their first album after being signed by indie metal label Megaforce Records. Prior to going into the studio, there is one major personnel change when original guitarist Dave Mustaine is fired (for drug and alcohol abuse) and is replaced by Kirk Hammett. Mustaine goes on to form Megadeth after leaving Metallica. The album’s original working title “Metal Up Your Ass” is changed when Megaforce refuses to release it under that title. Bassist Cliff Burton comes up with the new title “Kill ‘Em All” after Burton is quoted as saying “why don’t we just kill ’em all?” when record distributors are apprehensive to sell the record with its original title. Though only a modest success upon its initial release, the album will contain a number of songs that become staples of Metallica’s live performances, becoming fan favorites including “Seek & Destroy”, “No Remorse” and “Jump In The Fire”. “Kill ‘Em All” is reissued by Elektra Records in 1987 (followed by a second issue in 1988 with two additional tracks) after the band is signed to the label first peaking at number one hundred fifty five on the Billboard Top 200, eventually reaching a chart peak of number one hundred twenty in 1988. It is remastered and reissued on CD in 1995, with its original ten song track listing, with a double vinyl LP reissue released by Rhino Records, and mastered at 45 RPM in 2004. Another limited reissue of the double vinyl LP is released in 2010, pressed on translucent red vinyl. On April 16, 2016, a limited edition numbered deluxe boxed edition (3 LP’s, 5 CD’s + 1 DVD) of the album is released. The box includes the original LP, with the second LP including  a two LP live concert recorded at Live At Espace Balard in Paris, France on February 9th, 1984. The third disc is a three track 12" picture disc EP titled “Jump In The Fire”. The set also comes with five CD’s, featuring the original “Kill ‘Em All” album, interviews, radio station ID’s, rough mixes,  the “Whiplash EP”, and a live performance recorded at the Keystone Corner in Palo Alto, CA on Halloween night of 1983. The DVD features a live performance of Metallica at The Metro in Chicago, IL on August 12th, 1983.  Finally, the box also includes a 72 page book and a sew on embroidered patch. “Kill ‘Em All” is certified 3x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: March 3, 1986 – …

On this day in music history: March 3, 1986 – “Master Of Puppets”, the third album by Metallica is released. Produced by Metallica and Fleming Rasmussen, it is recorded at Sweet Silence Studios in Copenhagen, Denmark from September 1 – December 27, 1985. After recording two albums for indie label Megaforce Records, the San Francisco, CA based thrash metal band make the jump to a major, signing with Elektra Records. Despite the lack of airplay, the album is quickly certified Gold, selling largely by word of mouth and through their reputation as a live band. The album is widely regarded by fans and critics as one of Metallica’s best. It is also the last to feature bassist Cliff Burton who is killed in a bus accident while the band are on tour in Sweden promoting it. Out of print on vinyl since 1989, it is remastered and reissued as a double 180 gram LP set mastered at 45 RPM in 2008. Another limited edition double LP set pressed on marbled purple vinyl is released in 2010. The current vinyl edition, released as a single LP is released in 2014. To commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of its release, the album is remastered and reissued as a three CD deluxe edition in 2017. The first disc features the original eight song album, with the second containing eleven bonus tracks including demos, rough mixes and an interview with Cliff Burton. The third CD features a complete live concert from the “Damage, Inc. Tour in 1986. "Master Of Puppets” peaks at number twenty nine on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 6x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: November 23, 199…

On this day in music history: November 23, 1993 – “Live S***: Binge & Purge” by Metallica is released. Produced by James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, it is recorded at San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, CA January 13 – 14, 1992, Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City, Mexico on February 25, 26, 27, and March 1 and 2, 1993 and Seattle Coliseum, Seattle, WA on August 29 – 30, 1989. The band’s first live album, it is released after Metallica’s co-headlining tour with Guns ‘N’ Roses in 1992. The tour is cut short when lead singer and guitarist James Hetfield has an accident onstage while the band perform the song “Fade To Black” at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Canada. Hetfield suffers second and third degree burns on his left arm when he unintentionally walks into a pyrotechnic flame on the stage. In spite of the severity of Hetfield’s injuries, he returns to the stage with Metallica only seventeen days later, singing while Metal Church guitarist (and band guitar tech) John Marshall fills in on guitar. After the tour with G’N’R, the band hit the road again in 1993 continuing to promote “The Black Album”. With no new studio album planned, the band decide to record and film numerous shows for a live box set. The package is originally released containing three CD’s (or cassette tapes) and three VHS tapes (later two DVD’s on reissue sets), a booklet containing photos and other artifacts, a T-shirt and an airbrush stencil kit. The box containing the audio and video is designed to look like an anvil road case. Featuring more than six hours of performances, the CD’s are taken from live shows recorded at the Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico City, Mexico on February 25, 26, 27, and March 1 and 2, 1993, while the nearly two and half hour long videos are from concerts filmed at the San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, CA on January 13 and 14, 1992. The later reissue sets with the CD/DVD configuration are housed in standard jewel cases and the anvil box is not re-produced, and the booklet content is featured on the DVD-ROM portion of one of the discs. “Live S***: Binge & Purge” peaks at number twenty six on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 15x Platinum by the RIAA, earning a Diamond Certification.

On this day in music history: August 25, 1988 …

On this day in music history: August 25, 1988 – “…And Justice For All”, the fourth album by Metallica is released. Produced by Metallica and Flemming Rasmussen, it is recorded at One On One Recording Studios in Los Angeles, CA from January 28 – May 1, 1988. When the bands regular producer Flemming Rasmussen isn’t available, Metallica begin the recording sessions with producer Mike Clink (Guns N’ Roses). When things don’t work out with Clink, Rasmussen takes over co-production when his schedule frees up. The material Clink records with Metallica are issued as single B-sides and on the compilation album “Garage, Inc”. Many of the songs follow the themes of injustice in politics and the legal system (specifically in war, censorship, and the arms race), backed by some of the bands most musically complex arrangements to date. The album is first full length release to feature bassist Jason Newsted, and spins off four singles including the epic “One” which is based on the novel and film “Johnny Got His Gun” (starring Jason Robards. The songs video incorporates footage, as well as dialogue into the track. The album receives a Grammy Nomination for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance in 1987, and infamously loses the award to Jethro Tull’s “Crest Of A Knave”. Reissued numerous times on CD and vinyl since its initial release, it is remastered and reissued as a double vinyl LP set in 2008, to commemorate its twentieth anniversary. It is also released as a limited edition four LP box set, mastered at 45 RPM. The box set is given another limited run in 2011, pressed on green vinyl, quickly selling out and turning into a sought after collector’s item. “…And Justice For All” peak at number six on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 8x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: August 21, 1987 …

On this day in music history: August 21, 1987 – “The $5.98 E.P. – Garage Days Re-Revisited” by Metallica is released. Produced by Metallica, it is recorded at A&M Studios in Hollywood, CA and Conway Studios in Los Angeles, CA in July 1987. Still reeling after the death of their friend and co-founding member Cliff Burton, the surviving members of Metallica find it difficult to work for several months. Even with Burton’s replacement Jason Newsted having proved his mettle and having survived an intense “hazing period” during his initial months as a band member, Metallica are still having a hard time writing new material for the follow up to “Master Of Puppets”. The pressure to come up with a new release nearly causes the band to implode. Things are further complicated when guitarist and lead vocalist James Hetfield breaks his wrist while skateboarding, forcing the band to take even a longer hiatus from the studio. We he recovers, they come up with a different plan to continue. In order to get back up and running, and break in their new bassist, Metallica decide to record an EP rather than a full album with original material. The five song vinyl EP (also issued on CD with the amended title “The $9.98 EP”) features covers of some of the bands favorite New Wave, British Heavy Metal and Hardcore Punk songs. Metallica includes the list price in the title to insure that fans are not overcharged for it by retailers. The EP goes out of print in the 90’s, and becomes a much sought after and high priced collectible among fans until it is reissued in 1998 in expanded form as “Garage, Inc.”. Out of print for nearly thirty years in its original form, the EP is reissued on limited edition 180 gram orange colored and standard black vinyl, cassette and CD on April 13, 2018. The vinyl reissue also comes with a mp3 download card of the full EP contents. The CD edition also comes packaged in a cardboard long box, like the original 1987 release, with the added feature of the box sporting a lenticular cover. “The $5.98 E.P. – Garage Days Re-Revisited” peaks at number twenty eight on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: August 12, 1991 …

On this day in music history: August 12, 1991 – “Metallica”, the fifth album by Metallica is released. Produced by Bob Rock, James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, it is recorded at One On One Recording Studios in North Hollywood, CA and Little Mountain Sound Studios in Vancouver, B.C., Canada from October 6, 1990 – June 16, 1991. Impressed with his work on label mate Mötley Crüe’s “Dr. Feelgood” album, the veteran metal band hire producer Bob Rock to produce the follow up to their successful fourth album “…And Justice For All”. Musically, it differs from previous Metallica albums, with many of the songs having slower tempos than the band’s trademark high velocity “thrash metal” style. The recording sessions with Rock are often tense as he pushes the band members outside their normal comfort zone within the studio. The intense atmosphere spills over into their personal lives as well, with Hetfield, Ulrich and bassist Jason Newsted all winding up divorced from their spouses by the time recording is completed. In spite of all of the turmoil, the album is a huge critical and commercial success, launching Metallica into the mainstream on a worldwide basis. Nicknamed “The Black Album” by fans (for its stark black cover featuring the bands logo and a coiled snake in dark grey print), it spins off six singles including “Enter Sandman” (#16 Pop, #10 Mainstream Rock), “Sad But True” (#98 Pop, #15 Mainstream Rock), “The Unforgiven” (#35 Pop, #10 Mainstream Rock) and “Nothing Else Matters” (#34 Pop, #11 Mainstream Rock). The album wins a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 1992. Available on vinyl only sporadically since its original limited run in the format in 1991, the album is issued equally limited pressings as a four LP set mastered at 45 RPM in 2008, and a two LP set by Simply Vinyl in 2000. It is remastered an reissued again as a double vinyl 180 gram LP set in 2015. “Metallica” spends four weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 16x Platinum in the US by the RIAA, earning a Diamond Ceritification.

On this day in music history: July 27, 1984 – …

On this day in music history: July 27, 1984 – “Ride The Lightning”, the second album by Metallica is released. Produced by Fleming Rasmussen and Metallica, it is recorded at Sweet Silence Studios in Copenhagen, Denmark from February 20 – March 14, 1984. After the underground success of their debut release “Kill ‘Em All” and the subsequent tour to support it, Metallica begin writing new material for the follow up, road testing many of the new songs before going into the studio. For their sophomore release, the band work with Danish recording engineer and producer Flemming Rasmussen, beginning a collaboration that lasts over the next four years. The band and Rasmussen work quickly, recording the new album in only three and a half weeks. Like their debut, “Lightning” is very well received by fans and critics, being praised as an “instant classic”, featuring several songs that become staples of Metallica’s live concerts, including “Fade To Black”, “For Whom The Bell Tolls” and “Creeping Death”. Without mainstream radio play, the album is steady seller, moving more than a half million copies in short order, after the band signs with Elektra Records only seven weeks after its release by Megaforce. Elektra re-releases the album on November 19, 1984. “Ride The Lightning” peaks at number one hundred on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 6x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.