Metallica will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the release of its fourth studio album, . . . And Justice For All, with the November 2nd arrival of a deluxe reissue through the band’s own Blackened Recordings label.
The reissue of . . . And Justice For All has been remastered for the most advanced sound quality and will be available in multiple digital and physical configurations. The set will be available physically as a Standard Double 180 gram LP, Standard CD, three CD Expanded Edition, Cassette, Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set and digitally as a Standard album for streaming and downloading, an Expanded Edition for download only, and a Digital Deluxe Box Set.
The Expanded Edition will include previously unreleased demos, rough mixes, previously unreleased live tracks, and a booklet of never-before-seen photos. The Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set will include the remastered double 180 gram LP, a “One” picture disc, three LPs featuring a legendary performance from Seattle in 1989, 11 CDs, four DVDs, a set of four patches, a Pushead print, a tour laminate, lyric sheets, a download card for all material in the set, and a deluxe 120-page book with never-before-seen photos and never-before-told stories about the album, its creation and its legacy.
While . . . And Justice For All is considered one of Metallica’s classics, it has been criticized almost since the day it was released in 1988 for the lack of any bass guitar on the record. Jason Newsted‘s playing is virtually buried in the mix, which many fans and recording mixer Steve Thompson blame on drummer Lars Ulrich, who wanted the drums to sound a certain way even at the expense of the bass.
Ulrich told us a while back that fans were extremely vocal about the sound of the album at the time of its release. [“I mean it was unbelievable, you know, …And Justice For All. People were saying, ‘That’s the worst-sounding record, where’s the bass, and it sounds like it was recorded in a garage, and…’ But, you know, listen, you do the best you can in the moment and then you move on.”] SOUNDCUE (:14 OC: . . . you move on.)
The reissue will not include a remix of the album with the bass restored to normal volume, despite fan requests for such an item.
Story source: press release
- Pre-orders have begun at Metallica.com where fans can see the full package details and track listing.
- Pre-orders of all configurations will receive an instant download of “Dyers Eve (Remastered),” while pre-orders of the expanded and deluxe editions will receive an additional instant download of “Eye Of The Beholder,” recorded live in England in October 1988.
- . . . And Justice For All was originally released on September 7th, 1988, on Elektra Records.
- It was Jason Newsted’s first full-length album with Metallica after he replaced late bassist Cliff Burton in 1986.
- The album was the first by the band to sell more than a million copies and featured their first radio hit, “One”, which was also the basis of the group’s first music video.
- The record was nominated for the first-ever Grammy for “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance,” but infamously lost to Jethro Tull‘s Crest Of A Knave.
CHECK IT OUT: Watch Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett unbox the reissue below: