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Metallica / …And Justice For All box set

11 CDs • four DVDs • six vinyl records • 120-page hardcover book

Metallica continue their impressive reissue campaign with another enormous super deluxe edition box set, this time for their 1988 album …And Justice For All. 

The limited and numbered box set of the band’s fourth studio album includes the audio remastered and on double vinyl LP and CD with a further ten CDs of audio, including two discs of ‘Riffs, Jams and Demos’, a CD of Rough Mixes and six discs of live material, largely all unreleased. Amongst all this are B-sides and radio edits from the era.

In terms of vinyl, as well as the 2LP album remaster, the box includes Live Seattle ’89 as a triple LP (newly mixed by Greg Fidelman) and a vinyl picture disc of the third single, ‘One’.

On top of this, you get four DVDs featuring live performance, ‘raw’ live footage, archive camcorder material and more.

The box set comes with a download card of all audio (MP3), a tour laminate, set of four patches, Pushead print, lyric folder and sheets and a 120-page hardcover book.


3CD edition offers highlights of demos and live material

If all this is too much, then you can plump for a 3CD edition in ’embossed and debossed’ packaging. This pairs the remastered album with a disc of demo/writing-in-progress highlights, and a third CD of live highlights.

There is also a standalone 2LP vinyl package which features only the remastered album.

…And Justice For All is reissued on 2 November 2018.

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…And Justice For All super deluxe edition

VINYL: …AND JUSTICE FOR ALL (REMASTERED) (180g)

SIDE ONE

  1. Blackened
  2. …And Justice for All

SIDE TWO

  1. Eye of the Beholder
  2. One

SIDE THREE

  1. The Shortest Straw
  2. Harvester of Sorrow
  3. The Frayed Ends of Sanity

SIDE FOUR

  1. To Live Is to Die
  2. Dyers Eve

VINYL: “ONE” PICTURE DISC

SIDE ONE:

  1. One

SIDE TWO:

  1. Seek & Destroy (Live at Reunion Arena, Dallas, TX – February 5th, 1989)

VINYL: LIVE – SEATTLE ’89 (triple LP) Newly mixed by Greg Fidelman

SIDE ONE

  1. The Ecstasy of Gold
  2. Blackened (Live – Seattle ’89)
  3. For Whom the Bell Tolls (Live – Seattle ’89)
  4. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (Live – Seattle ’89)

SIDE TWO

  1. Harvester of Sorrow (Live – Seattle ’89)
  2. The Four Horsemen (Live – Seattle ’89)
  3. The Thing That Should Not Be (Live – Seattle ’89)

SIDE THREE

  1. Bass Solo (Live – Seattle ’89)
  2. Master of Puppets (Live – Seattle ’89)
  3. Fade to Black (Live – Seattle ’89)

SIDE FOUR

  1. Seek & Destroy (Live – Seattle ’89)
  2. …And Justice for All (Live – Seattle ’89)
  3. One (Live – Seattle ’89)

SIDE FIVE

  1. Creeping Death (Live – Seattle ’89)
  2. Guitar Solo (Live – Seattle ’89)
  3. Battery (Live – Seattle ’89)

SIDE SIX

  1. Encore Jam (Live – Seattle ’89)
  2. Last Caress (Live – Seattle ’89)
  3. Am I Evil? (Live – Seattle ’89)
  4. Whiplash (Live – Seattle ’89)
  5. Breadfan (Live – Seattle ’89)

CD: …AND JUSTICE FOR ALL (REMASTERED)

  1. Blackened
  2. …And Justice for All
  3. Eye of the Beholder
  4. One
  5. The Shortest Straw
  6. Harvester of Sorrow
  7. The Frayed Ends of Sanity
  8. To Live Is to Die
  9. Dyers Eve

CD: INTERVIEWS Previously Unreleased

  1. KSDT Interview with Jason
  2. Circus Magazine Interview with James
  3. KNAC Report from LA Monsters of Rock
  4. KHDX Interview with Kirk
  5. Metal Forces Magazine Interview with Lars

CD 3: RIFFS, JAMS & DEMOS Previously Unreleased except where noted.

DISC ONE

  1. Blackened (1987, From James’ Riff Tapes)
  2. Blackened (1987, From James’ Riff Tapes II)
  3. …And Justice for All (1987, From James’ Riff Tapes)
  4. …And Justice for All (1988, From James’ Riff Tapes)
  5. Eye of the Beholder (1987, From James’ Riff Tapes)
  6. Eye of the Beholder (1987, From James’ Riff Tapes II)
  7. One (1987, From James’ Riff Tapes)
  8. The Shortest Straw (1986, From James’ Riff Tapes)
  9. The Shortest Straw (1986, from James’ Riff Tapes II)
  10. Harvester of Sorrow (1987, From James’ Riff Tapes)
  11. The Frayed Ends of Sanity (1987, From James’ Riff Tapes)
  12. To Live Is to Die (1986, From James’ Riff Tapes)
  13. To Live Is to Die (1988, From James’ Riff Tapes)
  14. Dyers Eve (1986, From James’ Riff Tapes)
  15. Dyers Eve (1987, From James’ Riff Tapes)
  16. Blackened (October 1987, Writing in Progress)
  17. …And Justice for All (October 1987, Writing in Progress)
  18. …And Justice for All (October 1987, Writing in Progress II)
  19. One (October 1987, Writing in Progress)
  20. The Shortest Straw (October 1987, Writing in Progress)
  21. …And Justice for All (November 1987, Writing in Progress)
  22. The Frayed Ends of Sanity (November 1987, Writing in Progress)
  23. One (November 1987, Writing in Progress)
  24. Dyers Eve (November 1987, Writing in Progress)
  25. Eye of the Beholder (November 1987, Writing in Progress)
  26. To Live Is to Die (November 1987, Writing in Progress)
  27. The Shortest Straw (December 1987, Writing in Progress)
  28. Harvester of Sorrow (December 1987, Writing in Progress)

DISC TWO

  1. Blackened (November 1987 Demo)
  2. …And Justice for All (November 1987 Demo)
  3. Eye of the Beholder (November 1987 Demo)
  4. One (November 1987 Demo) *previously released & newly remastered
  5. The Frayed Ends of Sanity (November 1987 Demo)
  6. Eye of the Beholder (January 1988 Demo)
  7. The Shortest Straw (January 1988 Demo)
  8. Harvester of Sorrow (January 1988 Demo)
  9. Dyers Eve (January 1988 Demo)
  10. To Live Is to Die (January 1988 Demo)

CD: ROUGH MIXES FROM THE VAULT Previously Unreleased

  1. Blackened (Work in Progress Rough Mix)
  2. …And Justice for All (Work in Progress Rough Mix)
  3. Eye of the Beholder (Work in Progress Rough Mix)
  4. One (Work in Progress Rough Mix)
  5. The Shortest Straw (Work in Progress Rough Mix)
  6. Harvester of Sorrow (Work in Progress Rough Mix)
  7. The Frayed Ends of Sanity (Work in Progress Rough Mix)
  8. To Live Is to Die (Acoustic Intro) (Work in Progress Rough Mix)
  9. To Live Is to Die (Work in Progress Rough Mix)
  10. Dyers Eve (Work in Progress Rough Mix)
  11. Breadfan (Work in Progress Rough Mix)
  12. The Prince (Work in Progress Rough Mix)

*CD: LIVE AT THE TROUBADOUR, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – MAY 24TH, 1988 + B SIDES * Previously Unreleased

DISC ONE Previously Unreleased

  1. Creeping Death (Live at The Troubadour, West Hollywood, CA – May 24th, 1988)
  2. For Whom the Bell Tolls (Live at The Troubadour, West Hollywood, CA – May 24th, 1988)
  3. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (Live at The Troubadour, West Hollywood, CA – May 24th, 1988)
  4. The Four Horsemen (Live at The Troubadour, West Hollywood, CA – May 24th, 1988)
  5. Whiplash (Live at The Troubadour, West Hollywood, CA – May 24th, 1988)
  6. Fade to Black (Live at The Troubadour, West Hollywood, CA – May 24th, 1988)
  7. Seek & Destroy (Live at The Troubadour, West Hollywood, CA – May 24th, 1988)
  8. Master of Puppets (Live at The Troubadour, West Hollywood, CA – May 24th, 1988)
  9. Encore Jam (Live at The Troubadour, West Hollywood, CA – May 24th, 1988)
  10. Last Caress (Live at The Troubadour, West Hollywood, CA – May 24th, 1988)
  11. Am I Evil? (Live at The Troubadour, West Hollywood, CA – May 24th, 1988)
  12. Battery (Live at The Troubadour, West Hollywood, CA – May 24th, 1988)

DISC TWO Tracks 1-4 previously unreleased. Tracks 5-12 newly remastered.

  1. Encore Jam #2 (Live at The Troubadour, West Hollywood, CA – May 24th, 1988)
  2. Harvester of Sorrow (Live at The Troubadour, West Hollywood, CA – May 24th, 1988)
  3. Leper Messiah (Live at The Troubadour, West Hollywood, CA – May 24th, 1988)
  4. Blitzkrieg (Live at The Troubadour, West Hollywood, CA – May 24th, 1988)
  5. Breadfan (Remastered)
  6. The Prince (Remastered)
  7. For Whom the Bell Tolls (Live at Reunion Arena, Dallas, TX – February 5th, 1989)
  8. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (Live at Reunion Arena, Dallas, TX – February 5th, 1989)
  9. Seek & Destroy (Live at Reunion Arena, Dallas, TX – February 5th, 1989)
  10. Creeping Death (Live at Reunion Arena, Dallas, TX – February 5th, 1989)
  11. Harvester of Sorrow (Live at Seattle Coliseum, Seattle, WA – August 29th, 1989)
  12. One (Live at Seattle Coliseum, Seattle, WA – August 29th, 1989)
  13. Breadfan (Live at Seattle Coliseum, Seattle, WA – August 30th, 1989)
  14. Last Caress (Live at Seattle Coliseum, Seattle, WA – August 30th, 1989)

CD: LIVE AT HAMMERSMITH ODEON, LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 10TH, 1988 + RADIO EDITS Previously unreleased except where noted

DISC ONE

  1. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (Live at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England – October 10th, 1988)
  2. The Four Horsemen (Live at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England – October 10th, 1988)
  3. Harvester of Sorrow (Live at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England – October 10th, 1988)
  4. Eye of the Beholder (Live at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England – October 10th, 1988)
  5. Bass Solo (Live at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England – October 10th, 1988)
  6. Master of Puppets (Live at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England – October 10th, 1988)
  7. Damage, Inc. (Live at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England – October 10th, 1988)
  8. One (Live at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England – October 10th, 1988)
  9. Seek & Destroy (Live at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England – October 10th, 1988)
  10. …And Justice for All (Live at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England – October 10th, 1988)

DISC TWO

  1. Encore Jam (Live at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England – October 10th, 1988)
  2. Creeping Death (Live at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England – October 10th, 1988)
  3. Fade to Black (Live at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England – October 10th, 1988)
  4. Guitar Solo (Live at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England – October 10th, 1988)
  5. Battery (Live at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England – October 10th, 1988)
  6. Encore Jam #2 (Live at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England – October 10th, 1988)
  7. Last Caress (Live at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England – October 10th, 1988)
  8. Am I Evil? (Live at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England – October 10th, 1988)
  9. Whiplash (Live at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England – October 10th, 1988)
  10. Eye of the Beholder (Radio Edit) *previously released & newly remastered
  11. One (Radio Edit) *previously released & newly remastered
  12. …And Justice for All (Radio Edit) *previously released & newly remastered

CD: LIVE AT LONG BEACH ARENA, LONG BEACH, CA – DECEMBER 7TH, 1988 + MORE Previously Unreleased

DISC ONE

  1. Blackened (Live at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA – December 7th, 1988)
  2. For Whom the Bell Tolls (Live at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA – December 7th, 1988)
  3. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (Live at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA – December 7th, 1988)
  4. Leper Messiah (Live at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA – December 7th, 1988)
  5. Harvester of Sorrow (Live at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA – December 7th, 1988)
  6. Eye of the Beholder (Live at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA – December 7th, 1988)
  7. Bass Solo (Live at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA – December 7th, 1988)
  8. Master of Puppets (Live at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA – December 7th, 1988)
  9. One (Live at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA – December 7th, 1988)
  10. Seek & Destroy (Live at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA – December 7th, 1988)

DISC TWO

  1. …And Justice for All (Live at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA – December 7th, 1988)
  2. Encore Jam (Live at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA – December 7th, 1988)
  3. Creeping Death (Live at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA – December 7th, 1988)
  4. Fade to Black (Live at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA – December 7th, 1988)
  5. Guitar Solo (Live at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA – December 7th, 1988)
  6. Battery (Live at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA – December 7th, 1988)
  7. Last Caress (Live at UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL – November 17th, 1988)
  8. Am I Evil? (Live at UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL – November 17th, 1988)
  9. Whiplash (Live at UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL – November 17th, 1988)

DVD 1: …AND CAMCORDERS FOR ALL & “ONE”

…AND CAMCORDERS FOR ALL Previously Unreleased

  1. Intro
  2. Barcelona
  3. Leiden
  4. San Francisco
  5. San Antonio
  6. Dallas
  7. Philadelphia
  8. Buffalo
  9. Auckland
  10. Osaka
  11. Hoffman Estates
  12. Richfield
  13. Thornville
  14. Greenville
  15. Atlanta
  16. Biloxi
  17. Concord
  18. Irvine (Night #2)
  19. Irvine (Night #3)
  20. Sao Paulo
  21. Sao Paulo

“ONE”

  1. 2 of One Introduction with Lars
  2. “One”
  3. “One (Jammin’ Version)”
  4. “One (Live at the 31st Annual GRAMMY® Awards)”

“ONE” B-ROLL

  1. Intro
  2. Band
  3. Lars
  4. Kirk
  5. James
  6. Jason
  7. More Band

DVD 2: LIVE AT SHORELINE AMPHITHEATRE, MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – SEPTEMBER 15TH, 1989 Previously Unreleased

  1. The Ecstasy of Gold
  2. Blackened
  3. For Whom the Bell Tolls
  4. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
  5. Harvester of Sorrow
  6. The Four Horsemen
  7. The Thing That Should Not Be
  8. Bass Solo
  9. Master of Puppets
  10. Fade to Black
  11. Seek & Destroy
  12. …And Justice for All
  13. One
  14. Creeping Death
  15. Guitar Solo
  16. Battery
  17. Encore Jam
  18. Last Caress
  19. Am I Evil?
  20. Damage, Inc.
  21. Blitzkrieg
  22. Breadfan

**DVD 3: LIVE AT THE STONE BALLOON, NEWARK, DE – AUGUST 7TH, 1989 Previously Unreleased

  1. Backstage Shit
  2. The Ecstasy of Gold
  3. Creeping Death
  4. For Whom the Bell Tolls
  5. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
  6. The Four Horsemen
  7. Harvester of Sorrow
  8. Phantom Lord
  9. Bass Solo
  10. Master of Puppets
  11. Fade to Black
  12. No Remorse
  13. Seek & Destroy
  14. Last Caress
  15. Am I Evil?
  16. Motorbreath
  17. Hit the Lights
  18. Blitzkrieg
  19. Damage, Inc.
  20. Breadfan

DVD 4: JUSTICE ON WHEELS, MASA ITO INTERVIEWS, RAW LIVE FOOTAGE Raw live footage + partial Masa Ito interview previously Unreleased

Justice On Wheels

  1. Intro
  2. The Road Crew
  3. The Fans
  4. The Band
  5. The Video

Masa Ito Interviews

  1. Lars
  2. James
  3. Jason
  4. Kirk

Raw Live Footage (Live at JFK Stadium, Philadelphia, PA – June 11th, 1988)

  1. Whiplash
  2. Fade to Black
  3. Seek & Destroy

Raw Live Footage (Live at RPI Field House, Troy, NY – March 15th, 1989)

  1. Master of Puppets
  2. One

Raw Live Footage (Live at Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, Ontario – April 8th, 1989)

  1. Master of Puppets
  2. One
  3. Seek & Destroy

3CD deluxe edition

CD 1
1. Blackened
2. …And Justice for All
3. Eye of the Beholder
4. One
5. The Shortest Straw
6. Harvester of Sorrow
7. The Frayed Ends of Sanity
8. To Live Is to Die
9. Dyers Eve

CD 2
1. Blackened (November 1987 Demo)
2. …And Justice for All (November 1987, Writing in Progress)
3. Eye of the Beholder (November 1987, Writing in Progress)
4. One (Work in Progress Rough Mix)
5. The Shortest Straw (December 1987, Writing in Progress)
6. Harvester of Sorrow (Work in Progress Rough Mix)
7. The Frayed Ends of Sanity (November 1987 Demo)
8. To Live Is to Die (Work in Progress Rough Mix)
9. Dyers Eve (January 1988 Demo)

CD 3
1. Blackened (Live – Seattle ’89) *previously released & newly mixed/remastered
2. For Whom the Bell Tolls (Live at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA – December 7th, 1988)
3. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (Live at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England – October 10th, 1988)
4. Leper Messiah (Live at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA – December 7th, 1988)
5. Harvester of Sorrow (Live at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England – October 10th, 1988)
6. Eye of the Beholder (Live at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England – October 10th, 1988)
7. Seek & Destroy (Live at the Troubadour, West Hollywood, CA – May 24th, 1988)
8. Creeping Death (Live at Reunion Arena, Dallas, TX – February 5th, 1989) *previously released & newly remastered
9. One (Live – Seattle ’89) *previously released & newly mixed/remastered
10. …And Justice for All (Live at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA – December 7th, 1988)
11. Whiplash (Live at the Troubadour, West Hollywood, CA – May 24th, 1988)
12. Breadfan (Live at Seattle Coliseum, Seattle, WA – August 30th, 1989) *previously released & newly remastered

…And Justice For All 2LP vinyl

Side 1
1. Blackened (Remastered)
2. …And Justice For All (Remastered)

Side 2
1. Eye Of The Beholder (Remastered)
2. One (Remastered)

Side 3
1. The Shortest Straw (Remastered)
2. Harvester Of Sorrow (Remastered)
3. The Frayed Ends of Sanity (Remastered)

Side 4
1. To Live Is To Die (Remastered)
2. Dyers Eve (Remastered)

65 responses to Metallica / …And Justice For All box set

  1. Not bad. I was mainly excited for a decent sound Seattle ’89 recording. Thanks Greg Fidelman.

  2. Phil says:

    I heard that a remix is not feasible too. I think the band’s attitude is to leave it alone. Still a great album, and there are loads of live versions of the songs with plenty of bass if you feel inclined to visit their live archive site. The three disk set will be fine for me. Thanks Paul… it only gets busier as we approach Christmas…

  3. elliott buckingham says:

    the best version of this is a boot that someond did entitled and justice for Jason sounds far better than the released version

  4. Eric Slangen says:

    As I already bought the previous boxes I will also buy this one.
    I’m not a hardcore fan but I really liked the previous boxes.
    That said about the complains of a blu-ray I don’t care that much as much of the material is so old or bad recorded it would probably not benefit to be included on a blu-ray.
    About the lack of the base of Jason I am pissed off.
    This is so unprofessional from Lars that it must be pure envy.
    I think the original mix (with the intended bass) would be an eyeopener and so much better.
    Again I have nothing to compare but in interviews the producer also confirmed it.
    Are they afraid that the fans would know they made a bad mistake back then?

    It is my biggest disappointment with Metallica EVER.

    • Francois says:

      Well I suggest you listen to the “work in progress” material in the box.. It features an unmissable bass… And it is mostly the solos which are missing.
      I still think the “official” mix works better. It causes the very harsh, cold sound with which I have discovered and liked this album. The bass parts are indeed only a replay of the guitar riffs, there is nothing original about them.
      This box is really good, the demos and “alternate mixes” really give a new point of view on the album.

  5. Holger Hühne says:

    This is the first set from this reissue campaign that I won’t be buying. I was not at all impressed with the Master of Puppets set and regretted buying it. The video content was virtually unwatchable due to its abysmal quality. The live recordings weren’t too impressive either. In fact, the best live recordings are included in the Kill em All set. Sound and performance wise.
    Moreover, I didn’t at all enjoy listening to hours and hours of riffs and demos. It was just too much.
    And now among the dozens of discs included with this album they didn’t have the space to include a remix with the bass restored?

  6. Dan says:

    If the bass isn’t fixed I’m not interested.
    Also, why are people complaining about there being no blu Ray? The footage was shot in 1988 on SD cameras, blu Ray HD isn’t an option.

    • AdamW says:

      Agreed that the quality of the video likely cannot improve (except perhaps the “One” video material), but I think the Blu-Ray comments are about reducing the cost of delivering all the content. I haven’t counted it all up, but it seems possible that ALL of the music content (at CD quality, plus a 24/96 stereo version of the remastered album), and DVD-quality versions of all the video content, could fit on one (maybe 2) Blu-Ray(s). The box would be much smaller (and likely cheaper) if they did that, in line with the XTC and Yes releases we’re accustomed to.

      It’s a legitimate complaint, IMHO. But sometimes these things aren’t just about delivering content, and since we do celebrate physical releases on this site, it makes sense to me that a band like Metallica would produce something sorta-old-school, and also physically imposing, like their music.

      Maybe they’ll release all this stuff again in 20 years on a 1 TB SD card, because their fans will be too old to lift anything heavier than that. :-)

    • dobyblue says:

      For those complaining about those complaining about the lack of Blu-ray saying the material wouldn’t benefit – try picking up Dire Straits – Alchemy. Yes, the material will ALWAYS be limited by its resolution, but it doesn’t need to be further handicapped by DVDs archaic MPEG-2 codec, lossy audio, challenged bandwidth and Never The Same Color twice color scheme.

      Even stuff shot on video can look better on Blu-ray due to infinitely less compression and upscaling to 1080i60 using the best scaling equipment in the business vs. your own $3,000 TV or $300 player can remove a lot of artifacting inherent to DVD playback.

      My biggest complaint would be not doing a 5.1 mix, you could silence all the complaints about “no bass” or “Justice for Jason” without replacing the stereo mix by just doing a new 5.1 mix.

      My second complaint would be getting Chris Bellman to cut the lacquers for the vinyl – you have a guy who can cut and master in an all analogue chain like Chris Bellman and you’re mastering elsewhere and sending him digital files? Lame! Send the dude the tape and let HIM cut and master and then you have more for your marketing blurb “all analog cut” etc.

  7. Mark Reed says:

    Interesting and massive, but …

    Where’s the Hammersmith video footage that was on the BBC in 1988? We get audio, but not video.

    Also, the Hammersmith recording looks to be missing the first two tracks from the set. Whats the deal with that?

  8. Charlie Waffles says:

    The huge box set should have a disc with the bass reinstated. You can keep your overpriced box set, Lars! Oh, and listen to the buyers on this site. Blu-ray is preferred, Bozo!

    • Francois says:

      I really do not agree with that statement and the demand for a remixed …And Justice
      The sound of the album makes its unique identity. Reinstating the bass lines, which were, according to Jason himself, only a rendition of James guitar riff on the bass would only serve to make a new album, which is not needed. And it might even not be for the best.
      Anyway, there are only three songs really good on this album: Blackened, One, Dyers Eve. The rest are much too long songs which drag on until you’re bored. There are a couple of good riffs (Harvester Of Sorrow and the title track) but – much like they will do on all further albums except the “black” one – they just do not know were to stop…
      As a collector and lover of all things beautifully crafted, I am a buyer of that one, but side 3 of the Lp is likely never to be played…

  9. Charles K says:

    This is only worth it if you really need all the bonus content. They did nothing to improve the bass mix on the album and didn’t even want to. So you still get a brilliant album maligned severely by horrible sound. Shame, I’ve been waiting for them to address this for years, they’ve had plenty of time to do so.

  10. Richard Bartley says:

    Why No Blu Ray love???? Ancient DVD fascination. DVD replaces vhs. Blu Ray replaces???
    Some Artist and Companies are guilty. G N’ R would have had me, but one Blu Ray and Four cds? All that Blu Ray GB going to waste.

    LOTR puts 157 tracks on Blu Ray. Xtc, Too. What a shame. Let them stay in the warehouse.

    To the DVD loyalist: My 76 yr old neighbor has a $59-89 Blu Ray with Netflix, Amazon, etc. You just want to complain that you can’t afford to upgrade. We can all afford what we want: booze , drugs, fags as the Brits say. You name the want and must have.
    Off my soap Box and Rant. Apologies to those who agree with me.

    • CraigH says:

      Like it or not DVD is by far the dominant visual format, and at this point it’s likely to never be overtaken by Blu-ray.

      Similarly CD is by far the dominant physical music format.

      But you wouldn’t think either was true from reading these pages sometimes.

      • Paul Sinclair says:

        This site is read by fans who tend to like ‘the best’. Good kit, good box sets etc. blu-ray is ‘better’ than DVD so it should be no surprise that SDE readers bemoan such choices, because we aren’t ‘the masses’!

        • CraigH says:

          True, but on the other side of the coin is that all the content of this Metallica box could fit on one blu ray but that’s not a lot of physical media to hold in your hands is it and it wouldn’t be much of a box set.

          Most readers of this site I’d imagine would prefer a huge box than everything on a catch-all disc surely? That’s one step from high res downloads with nothing physical at all.

          That’s just IMO anyway, love the site either way!

          • Paul Sinclair says:

            I agree… sorry hadn’t read the previous discussion which I had wrongly assumed was a ‘why are the DVDs not blu-ray’ type argument.

      • Neil says:

        They are indeed. However, that does not mean a) they are the best for what is on offer, b) that people want either of them, or c) there is any point in yet more CD boxsets when they’ve been done to death already.

        If you don’t agree that CD boxsets have been done to death, just visit Ebay, there are literally thousands of them, often by the same artists, again and again, and no, we don’t need any more of them. By contrast, decent vinyl (ie not the thousands of record label cash ins done on poor equipment from dodgy tapes, on crap vinyl) boxsets are few and far between for well mastered, well cut ones, on decent vinyl. Equally, there are very few music re-issues on blu-ray, which, unlike DVD, supports Dolby trueHD and DTS-Master.

        But then, a little common sense would have saved me having to spell all of this out..

  11. Rough cut says:

    Great box, great consistency, great for the fans. Metallica is building their legacy with these boxes.

    Umm… this might be an out of place comment inna Metallica thread, but WHERE is the Michael Jackson 10 CD re-release of ANY album???

    The MJ estate seems he’ll bent on trying to give MJ fans ‘new’ material; remixed, contemporized or otherwise. Just release the outtakes, the demos, the rejects, a live song or two. Metallica’s doing it. GNR is doing it. Prince is doing it.

    How hard can it be?

  12. Stevieb says:

    I’m beginning to think that Yoko’s shortchanging us.

  13. Gisabun says:

    New title “…And need to rob a bank account for me….” Expensive plus need a book shelf for these SDDE [Super duper deluxe edition].

  14. The lack of a “And Justice for Jason”-type remix is frustrating, and yet again this is a box set with vinyl for which I have no use whatsoever. On the plus side, as others have noted, a lot of love and care has evidently gone into this, and the Seattle ’89 show – if hardly rare, given that it’s on Live Shit Binge & Purge – might just be the two most exciting two hours in the history of heavy metal.

  15. Greg says:

    Why no mention of the new Clutching At Straws super deluxe?
    Come on give Marillion some love.

  16. CraigH says:

    Definite buy for me to go with the other 3.

    Not sure whether to hold off pricewise though, I got KEA, RTL for 99 quid each on preorder, MOP 120 quid (via amazon US as amazon UK didn’t ship my preorder). Hmmm.

  17. Robert says:

    These guys and Jethro Tull really know how to take care of the fans
    well done

    • Francois says:

      I would add King Crimson to the list..

      • Dave H says:

        Don’t forget XTC as well. Their CD/blu-ray range has so many bonus and unreleased material on the blu-ray and at a reasonable price.

        It’s also that time of year when this years re-release will soon be announced. Will it be an early album with Barry Andrews or Apple Venus since a new vinyl mastering is due for release in September.

  18. Mark Levy says:

    I hope there’s a single CD edition.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      There is, but I didn’t bother to mention it because SDE readers aren’t normally a ‘single CD remaster’ kind of bunch :)

  19. Otto says:

    There is a lot of love put in this box set. The price sure is justified.

  20. Eamonn says:

    Yeah, not a metal-head but I’m well-jeal as to the bounty of goodness that bands like Metallica and GnR put into their deluxified offerings. Will we ever see the like for Kate Bush – The Dreaming? :(

  21. Rune T says:

    Have to add my voice to the ‘why not a release with decent bass’-crowd. I think that should have been done at the very least as an ‘alternative mix’ of the album in the box and 3CD set.

    Would have been an insta-buy for me and probably tens of thousands of others.

  22. Alan Lee says:

    Similar to Elizabeth and Marc, I’m jealous of the hardcore Metallica fans who will happily shell out for these impressive sets. I don’t mind Metallica – I’ve seen them live a couple of times and own some of their albums, and I am a sucker for impressive box sets, but no, I won’t be getting this as I’m not *that* big of a fan.

    I might buy the 3CD version though as this is one of their albums I’ve never owned. Disappointed though that they haven’t address the bass-issue after all these years (for those not in the know, this was the first album recorded with Jason Newstead after original talisman Cliff Burton died in an accident. The band “hazed” him in his early tenure, to the point of virtually removing his bass tracks on this album – cutting off their nose to spite their face. 30 years and Lars still decides the leave the album as is… why not offer it as an extra disc, if he didn’t want a remix to replace the original, as a compromise?)

  23. Paul English says:

    Worth buying for the One radio edit alone.

  24. Bart says:

    And justice for all but not Newsted. What were they thinking when turning down bass? I mean album is great and maybe i will buy box set but no 2018 remix? Really?

    • Shane Madgett says:

      and the weird effect on the bass drum whre it sounds like lars is hitting a rubbermaid storage tub with a fish…

      a j f a ,,, is a great album, but it does sound horrid, ewww, icky and dumdum…

      • Bart says:

        But i like sound of guitars the most on ajfa. Even though bass is gone , the sound of guitars makes IT worth listening

  25. Wolf says:

    Nearly nothing to complain! The only thing I’d wished is the entire

    1989-02-05 Dallas, TX, USA

    Maybe the reason is that already released as:
    Fan Can 4 – 4th Metclub CD

    but only as 12-Track edition. The entire show has 20 tracks.

    About
    DVD 2: LIVE AT SHORELINE AMPHITHEATRE, MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – SEPTEMBER 15TH, 1989 Previously Unreleased

    and:

    DVD 3: LIVE AT THE STONE BALLOON, NEWARK, DE – AUGUST 7TH, 1989 Previously Unreleased

    I hope both DVD’s are PRO-shots and no FAN-CAM crap.

  26. AdamW says:

    Man, this will be a lot to digest. And so soon after the Master Of Puppets one. I don’t know if my bank account can handle this much. I love this band, and I can confirm that these boxes don’t just seem awesome to fans, they ARE awesome.

    That said, this is one of the few albums I can think of where including two versions, a “remastered original” version and a “remix where you can hear the bass finally” version, would have been justice for ALL. Usually Metallica give their fans just what they want, but on some issues (the bass on Justice, the loudness war casualty of Magnetic, the existence of Lulu) they are truly tone-deaf. But no one is perfect.

    Gonna have to rent a forklift for this one. “Blackened” is still the best album opener in their entire catalog.

    • Shane Madgett says:

      I’d “almost” agree with you re: “blackened”, but….

      “battery” i’ve always held the two equally.

      still though, top choice, “blackened”

      and yes, two versions of the LP, one including bass, would’ve been perfect.

  27. madman says:

    These Metallica SDE’s are awesome. I wish I had the money for any one of them, let alone all of them.

    I was wondering if they’d address/correct the lack of bass, but from the comments it looks like that’s not going to happen. Of course, if they did, people would still complain (“That’s not the sound I grew up with!” “Revisionists!” etc). I’ve never been able to make it through one side before ear fatigue kicked in.

  28. Murray says:

    Metallica get it bang on for a fourth time in a row! This is how to do SDE’s. If Macca even did ONE Wings set like this amount of additizonal audio ( especially contemporary gigs), I would be in heaven SDE-wise!

  29. Elizabeth Ursula Hirst says:

    Very impressive set. I’m in the position of several other commenters – have enjoyed Metallica live a couple of times and have a couple of albums on CD. I just wish some of the artists I would shell this sort of money out for as good a set as this took notice.

  30. Peter Muscutt says:

    Just out of interest, does anyone know what might be the biggest SDE reissue ever released? Not necessarily the best, but with the largest amount of audio content in terms of CDs/LPs in the box set? I’m thinking something along the lines of the Dylan sets featuring everything recorded in a set year, but which ones do people feel feature a ridiculous amount of audio content for just one album?

    • Sam says:

      Off the top of my head, there are a bunch that would be up there: the Pink Floyd Early Years box, TG24 by Throbbing Gristle (25 hours of music), the King Crimson live boxes, that Grateful Dead live box and of course that huge Dylan set.

      I think in terms of proper SDEs one of the biggest would be Merzbow’s Merzbox. 52 CDs, over 49 hours of music.

      In terms of sheer content, of course, probably the ultimate winner is that huge Mozart set that has over 200 CDs, but I’m not really counting that!

      • TommyBoy says:

        My dad bought that Mozart set when it first was released back in, I think, the early 90’s (or maybe the late 80’s). My brothers and I split it up among us after Dad passed away in the mid-90’s. I guess that my mom didn’t want to keep it for herself.

        • Gorecki says:

          The original 1990 Complete Mozart Edition (Philips) was 180 CDs; the 2016 revised version (DG/Decca) for the 225th anniversary (none of this 5th or 15th anniversary stuff!) stretched to 200 CDs – and lasts for over 240 hours – 10 days solid listening, or 30 working days!

          Not bad going given Mozart died aged 35! Imagine if Kate Bush, David Bowie, Portishead or Massive Attack were that prolific – or if they’d completely stopped after just 35 years – would mean nothing after Scary Monsters! :o

          The 1997 Complete Beethoven Edition (DG) is a mere 87 CDs of 60-80 mins each. Sony’s 2015 Complete Stravinsky is 57 CDs. And they all make me deeply covetous.

          Every month there are more of these monster box sets (recently a Karl Bohm complete opera recordings at 80 CDs) – thankfully, for those who can afford them (so not me!), they tend to work out at about £2-3 per disc (inc. the books and libretti). I doubt there’d have been too many complaints if the recent Roxy Music or Bowie sets had come in at that price!!! Certainly not from me. :)

          I am a little baffled as to why classical music box sets aren’t really counted though. It is music, it is super-deluxified, and it is very good (except Brahms and Schumann and the French impressionists).

  31. elliott buckingham says:

    unless this has been remixed a remaster will not do it any favours. its an absolute brilliant album ruined by lars decision to turn the bass guitar to far down in the mix

  32. Erwin says:

    Nice unboxing video featuring Kirk Hammett https://youtu.be/MqL04r775p4
    I think the average SDE reader is way more careful with a SDE like that…

  33. Marc VP says:

    I´m jealous, very jealous, of every Metallica super-fan getting these boxes. Very tempted again with this one as I was with the previous, but no. I mean, I´m a fan myself, but not at that level to purchase these impressive sets. Hats off to Metallica and their team, though. The 3CD edition or the 2LP will be mine.

    • Gunther says:

      Every Metallica fan is begging for the remix where you can actually hear the bass guitar.
      For me no remix=no order.

    • Gunther says:

      Every Metallica fan is begging for the remix where you can actually hear the bass guitar.
      For me no remix=no order.

  34. Phil says:

    There seems to be a lot of complaints, via the bands official announcement about this release that it is remastered and not remixed, so the bass that was mixed down (out?) in the original is still missing. Listened to the original CD in the car yesterday and it is harsh sounding, my 8 year old son and his mate were not impressed.

    • Tim-Meh says:

      Everyone was getting excited that the bass issue would be addressed on this reissue (worth checking out the various posting on Youtube where the bass has been restored). Apparently the masters were shot so it wasn’t going to happen. I’m quite glad they haven’t because it a really unique sounding record, and dare I say, perhaps their best.

  35. Chris Squires says:

    Ah man I utterly hate this type of music…..BUT boy do these guys give good SDE.
    Totally jealous. My head would explode if something like The Kick Inside was turned into something even half as good.

  36. Peter Muscutt says:

    Bloody hell! That’s….comprehensive!

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