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Metallica announce massive box sets for their first two albums

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US heavy rockers Metallica‘s first two albums, 1983’s Kill ‘Em All and Ride The Lightning (1984), will be reissued as enormous ten and 11-disc box sets (respectively) this coming April…

Both albums have been remastered (as you might expect) and form but a small part of the deluxe box sets which take in live performances, unreleased demos and rough mixes, interviews, radio spots and more! Both boxes include CDs, black vinyl records, vinyl picture discs and a DVD along with books including rare photos and essays and other paraphernalia.

The Kill ‘Em All box includes the album on CD and vinyl as well as a 2LP vinyl pressing of Live at Espace Balard (Paris, France Feb 9th, 1984) and a vinyl picture disc of the Jump in the Fire single. All the vinyl comes with digital downloads.

The four CDs (in addition to the album) include a disc of rough mixes and raritiesLive at J Bees Rock III, Live at The Keystone, Palo Alto, CA and a CD of interviews and Radio IDs. Finally a DVD of Metallica Live at the Metro in Chicago on August 12th, 1983 is included which is mostly previously unreleased.

The Ride The Lightning box follows a similar template, although is even bigger. As well as the remastered album on vinyl and CD, the Metallica fan gets to enjoy Live at the Hollywood Palladium (from 1985) on double vinyl and a vinyl picture disc of the Creeping Death single. There are five more CDs in this box (a total of six): an interview disc, ten unreleased rough takes/demos from Lars’ vault, and three live performances from Kabuki Theatre (San Francisco), Lyceum Theatre (London) and Castle Donington respectively.

The DVD in Ride The Lightning box offers footage of the band Live at the Metal Hammer Festival in Germany in 1985, Live at MTV’s Day on the Green (California, 1985) and some early interview footage from Danish TV.

Both boxes come with a hardcover book. Kill ‘Em All also has a patch, while Ride The Lightning includes a ‘mini-book’ of handwritten lyrics and a set of three posters.

Both boxes are released on 15th April 2016. (Pre-order links will be updated to reflect wider availability).

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Kill ‘Em All deluxe box (4LP+5CD+DVD+Book)

Ride The Lightning deluxe box (4LP+6CD+DVD+Book)

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Kill ‘Em All Deluxe Box Set Track List:

Vinyl: Kill ‘Em All (Remastered)

“Hit the Lights”
“The Four Horsemen”
“Motorbreath”
“Jump in the Fire”
“(Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth”
“Whiplash”
“Phantom Lord”
“No Remorse”
“Seek and Destroy”
“Metal Militia”

Vinyl: Live At Espace Balard, Paris, France – February 9th, 1984 (Two LPs)

Previously Unreleased

“The Ecstasy of Gold”
“Hit the Lights” (Live)
“The Four Horsemen” (Live)
“Jump in the Fire” (Live)
“Phantom Lord” (Live)
“No Remorse” (Live)
“Ride the Lightning” (Live)
“Motorbreath” (Live)
“(Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth” (Live)
“Whiplash” (Live)
“Seek and Destroy” (Live)
“Metal Militia” (Live)

Vinyl: Jump in the Fire (Picture Disc)

“Jump in the Fire”
“Seek and Destroy” (“Live” at The Automatt)
“Phantom Lord” (“Live” at The Automatt)

CD: Kill ‘Em All (Remastered)

“Hit the Lights”
“The Four Horsemen”
“Motorbreath”
“Jump in the Fire”
“(Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth”
“Whiplash”
“Phantom Lord”
“No Remorse”
“Seek and Destroy”
“Metal Militia”

CD: Interview and Radio IDs

Previously Unreleased

Metal Forces Interview With Lars, January 1984
Radio IDs With Lars, James and Cliff From 1984

CD: Rough Mixes From Lars’ Vault, Bootleg Tracks and Whiplash Remix EP

Previously Unreleased except “Jump In The Fire,” “Whiplash (Special Neckbrace Remix),” “Seek and Destroy (“Live” at The Automatt)” and “Phantom Lord (“Live” at The Automatt)”

“Motorbreath” (Rough Mix)
“Hit the Lights” (Rough Mix)
“(Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth” (Rough Mix)
“Seek and Destroy” (Rough Mix)
“Whiplash” (Rough Mix)
“The Four Horsemen” (Rough Mix)
“Seek and Destroy” (Not Live from The Automatt)
“Phantom Lord” (Not Live from The Automatt)
“Jump in the Fire”
“Whiplash” (Special Neckbrace Remix)
“Seek and Destroy” (“Live” at The Automatt)
“Phantom Lord” (“Live” at The Automatt)

CD: Live at J Bees Rock III, Middletown, NY – January 20th, 1984

Previously Unreleased

“The Four Horsemen” (Live)
“Jump in the Fire” (Live)
“Fight Fire With Fire” (Live)
“Ride the Lightning” (Live)
“Phantom Lord” (Live)
“Seek and Destroy” (Live)
“Whiplash (Live)”

CD: Live at the Keystone, Palo Alto, CA – October 31st, 1983

Previously Unreleased

“Hit the Lights” (Live)
“The Four Horsemen” (Live)
“Jump in the Fire” (Live)
“Fight Fire With Fire” (Live)
“Ride the Lightning” (Live)
“Phantom Lord” (Live)
“When Hell Freezes Over (‘The Call of Ktulu’)” (Live)
“Seek and Destroy” (Live)
“(Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth” (Live)
“Whiplash” (Live)
“Creeping Death” (Live)
“Guitar Solo” (Live)
“Metal Militia” (Live)

DVD: Live at the Metro in Chicago on August 12th, 1983

Previously Unreleased except “No Remorse” and “Metal Militia”

“Hit the Lights” (Live) (Video Only/No Audio)
“The Four Horsemen” (Live) (Video Only/No Audio)
“Jump in the Fire” (Live) (Video Only/Partial Audio)
“Phantom Lord” (Live)
“No Remorse” (Live)
“(Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth” (Live)
“Whiplash” (Live)
“Seek and Destroy” (Live)
“Guitar Solo” (Live)
“Metal Militia” (Live)

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Ride the Lightning Deluxe Box Set Track List:

Vinyl: Ride the Lightning (Remastered)

“Fight Fire With Fire”
“Ride the Lightning”
“For Whom the Bell Tolls”
“Fade to Black”
“Trapped Under Ice”
“Escape”
“Creeping Death”
“The Call of Ktulu”

Vinyl: Live at the Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, CA – March 10th, 1985 (Two LPs)

Previously Unreleased

“The Ecstasy of Gold”
“Fight Fire With Fire” (Live)
“Ride the Lightning” (Live)
“Phantom Lord” (Live)
“(Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth” (Live)
“For Whom the Bell Tolls” (Live)
“No Remorse” (Live)
“Fade to Black” (Live)
“Seek and Destroy” (Live)
“Creeping Death” (Live)
“Am I Evil?” (Live)
“Motorbreath” (Live)

Vinyl: Creeping Death (Picture Disc)

“Creeping Death”
“Am I Evil?”
“Blitzkrieg”

CD: Ride the Lightning (Remastered)

“Fight Fire With Fire”
“Ride the Lightning”
“For Whom the Bell Tolls”
“Fade to Black”
“Trapped Under Ice”
“Escape”
“Creeping Death”
“The Call of Ktulu”

CD: Metallica Interviews

Previously Unreleased

Metal Forces Interview with Lars, November 1984
WUSC Cleveland Radio Interview with Cliff and Kirk, February 1985
Metal Madness Interview with Lars, March 1985

CD: Demos and Rough Mixes From Lars’ Vault

Previously Unreleased

“Ride the Lightning” (Studio Demo)
“When Hell Freezes Over (‘The Call Of Ktulu’)” (Studio Demo)
“Creeping Death” (Studio Demo)
“Fight Fire With Fire” (Studio Demo)
“Ride the Lightning” (Garage Demo)
“When Hell Freezes Over (‘The Call Of Ktulu’)” (Garage Demo)
“Fight Fire With Fire” (Garage Demo)
“Ride the Lightning” (Boom Box Demo)
“Blitzkrieg” (Rhythm Track Rough Mix)
“Am I Evil?” (Rhythm Track Rough Mix)

CD: Live at Kabuki Theatre, San Francisco, CA – March 15th, 1985

Previously Unreleased on CD

“Fight Fire With Fire” (Live)
“Ride the Lightning” (Live)
“Phantom Lord” (Live)
“The Four Horsemen” (Live)
“(Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth” (Live)
“For Whom the Bell Tolls” (Live)
“No Remorse” (Live)
“Fade to Black” (Live)
“Creeping Death” (Live)
“Guitar Solo” (Live)
“Am I Evil?” (Live)
“Motorbreath” (Live)

CD: Live at the Lyceum Theatre, London, UK – December 20th, 1984

“Phantom Lord,” “The Call Of Ktulu,” “Creeping Death” and “Guitar Solo” Previously Unreleased. All Other Songs Previously Unreleased on CD.

“Phantom Lord” (Live)
“The Four Horsemen” (Live)
“(Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth” (Live)
“For Whom the Bell Tolls” (Live)
“No Remorse” (Live)
“The Call of Ktulu” (Live)
“Seek and Destroy” (Live)
“Whiplash” (Live)
“Creeping Death” (Live)
“Guitar Solo” (Live)
“Metal Militia” (Live)

CD: Live at Castle Donington, UK – August 17th, 1985

Previously Unreleased on CD

“Creeping Death” (Live)
“Ride the Lightning” (Live)
“For Whom the Bell Tolls” (Live)
“The Four Horsemen” (Live)
“Fade to Black” (Live)
“Seek and Destroy” (Live)
“Whiplash” (Live)
“Motorbreath” (Live)

DVD: Metal Hammer, Day on the Green and Danish TV

Live at the Metal Hammer Festival in St. Goarshausen, Germany – September 14, 1985

Previously Unreleased except “The Four Horsemen,” “Fade to Black” and “Seek and Destroy”

“Creeping Death” (Live)
“Ride the Lightning” (Live)
“Disposable Heroes” (Live)
“No Remorse” (Live)
“(Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth” (Live)
“For Whom The Bell Tolls” (Live)
“The Four Horsemen” (Live)
“Fade to Black” (Live)
“Seek and Destroy” (Live)
“Whiplash” (Live)
“Fight Fire With Fire” (Live)
“Guitar Solo” (Live)
“Am I Evil?” (Live)
“Motorbreath” (Live)

Live at MTV’s Day on the Green at Oakland Stadium, Oakland, CA – August 31, 1985

Previously Unreleased except “For Whom the Bell Tolls”

“Creeping Death” (Live)
“Ride the Lightning” (Live)
“For Whom the Bell Tolls” (Live)
MTV Day on the Green Interview with Lars and James

Danish TV

Previously Unreleased

Lars Ulrich When He Was Young (Lars’ first television interview)
Spot – Lars Ulrich

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Kill ‘Em All deluxe box (4LP+5CD+DVD+Book)

Ride The Lightning deluxe box (4LP+6CD+DVD+Book)

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42 responses to Metallica announce massive box sets for their first two albums

  1. karl says:

    That’s fantastic although living here in Canada, I’ll wait until the lot comes to Amazon.ca.

  2. Lee Taylor says:

    Prices are similar to the Led Zeppelin super deluxe sets but with way more “new” content. These are seriously tempting. It’ll also be interesting to see if they remix …And Justice For All, which has to be the worst-sounding great album I’ve ever heard.

  3. Charles K. says:

    Great news indeed as long as they finally fix the bass issues with …And Justice. It may not be possible but one would hope. Either way, this reissue campaign is way overdue and welcome by me. I am not a huge Thrash fan but early Metallica and pretty much all of Slayer’s catalog were a definite few exceptions for me.

  4. Ron says:

    I do not care about Metallica at all BUT these look very interesting. Looks like they cover a lot of ground, possibly good packaging and even digital downloads so you get the music on all main formats. Well done!

  5. David says:

    Wow and thats the early albums. How big will the Black Album box be when it emerges? The amount of content that they could pour into that takes the disc count way way into double figures

  6. Adam says:

    Gotta say, these look terrific. Pretty good value for money for the Metallica fan, all things considered. I’m in.

  7. elliott buckingham says:

    a decent remix of …..and justice for all would be nice a brilliant album that has always sounded awful

  8. Martin says:

    Having only come into Metallica over the recent years this is very very tempting and may well be the next purchase now waiting for the UK links

  9. JL says:

    No interest in this, however, I’m very impressed with what Metallica is offering here and it sets a nice model for other bands to follow. Great job!!!

  10. Wazza says:

    This is how a box set should be done , put out as much material as you have available from that particular period , take note mr page. Time to start saving my pennys as the Metallica website says that this is just the beginning

  11. Mark Lavallee says:

    Bummer you have to get the vinyl with the CDs, could also do without the disc of interviews. Lars is insufferable enough with his mouth closed, couldn’t imagine sitting through a disc of him blathering on. There were so many more demos they could have put out with Kill ‘Em All, it’s a real shame what few we’re getting.

    Definitely hoping for a complete remix of Justice, add bass and do something about that absolutely wretched drum sound.

    • Bob says:

      I agree – just want the CDs. Often remastering isn’t enough – would like to see more deluxe reissues with remastered versions and remixed versions.
      Mark of Lands End?

  12. Richard says:

    This is how a box set should be done… i’m very tempted to buy if the price is right

  13. Tony says:

    Not a Metallica guy at all, but, clearly, this is the way you do reissues properly. So many artists could learn from this.

  14. Jack MPLS says:

    I don’t follow Metalica at all, but if I were a fan I’d be drooling. I only wish I got something hardcore like this from each Madonna classic album sadly she isn’t after money when it comes to re-issues.

    But the only thing this is lacking IMO would be BLU Ray HD Audio discs of the album in 2.0 and 5.1 (if possible)

    Massive sets fans should be thrilled.

    • Mark says:

      Would love to get a massive reissue of Madonna’s albums minus the vinyl ( I’m way to lazy to be flipping sides). But it will never happen while she is alive, she is too obsessed with pretending she’s still relevant to the kids. And no doubt thinks she will be a “has been” if she were to pay to much attention to the back catalog. A shame, as she has some of the best pop tunes of the last 50 years.

  15. Simon F says:

    Have to concur with Tony and Jack. Truly deserving of the title Super Deluxe, and nobody grumbling about the price for once. That makes a pleasant change.

  16. MCK says:

    Only interested in a CD only box. Don’t want the LP’s.

  17. Runicen says:

    I was prepared to be totally underwhelmed by these re-releases given that the band had “gone dark” on them for a while, but this is truly impressive.

    That said, given their reputation for horribly smashed and brickwalled recordings, I’ll hold off until the reviews are in before deciding if these belong in my collection or not.

  18. David Fearon says:

    Well certainly they have given the fans content ! I wonder why they ( and others ) mix the formats. OK to offer the concert on vinyl if you also offer on CD. I do not have a turntable any more.
    XTC have shown the way with their bluray releases.

  19. Richard says:

    I’d be very interested in a complete CD album box set of new remixes/remasters but I won’t be buying any box sets that include vinyl, which I have no use for. I wish all box sets in general were geared toward either the CD or vinyl consumer, rather than mixing them up.

    • Mark says:

      Agree 100%!!

    • Daniel says:

      I agree as well. I don’t know why they keep putting vinyl in these box sets. I wish they would do the exact same sets in terms of booklets and other junk: one with CDs /DVDs or CDs/BluRay only and then the other with Vinyl/DVDs or Vinyl/BluRay only. I can’t figure out the logic that guides this mixed format approach.

  20. johnny says:

    I’m getting them both as, unlike a majority on here it seems, I actually like Metallica and possess a turntable.

    Let’s hope Puppets and Justice sets are being planned now.

  21. Tim says:

    Now thats how to do a super deluxe!!

  22. Dean says:

    I’ll add my voice to this. I’ve not interest at all in the music here, it’s not my thing.

    However – huge round of applause at the package itself, and the effort put forth. To some these may seem wildly over the top, but for avid fans I’m sure it’s a treasure trove. Talking about adding value! So congrats to the label, and I’m really happy for fans of the band, because they’re getting something new and exciting.

  23. Stevo says:

    The …And Justice deluxe will include a whole CD of Jason Newstead’s bass lines.

  24. Jay says:

    Metallica has always taken care of and given back to their fans from day one, this is a true Metallica fans dream come true. Can’t wait for more like this!

  25. stephen gilmour says:

    so excited about this…never a thrash fan…but dont know why always loved metallica. when are uk links coming paul? ? and master of puppets next

  26. Chris L says:

    Amazon UK finally have a listing – £150 for Kill and £205 for Ride. Hahahaha! What is the point in listing stuff at such ridiculous prices when most people know that the prices will drop dramatically. Don’t Amazon realise that listing at such stupid prices will actually put some people off from ordering with them! Spin have both boxes listed at £99. I expect the Amazon prices will drop to around the same but in the meantime, they’ll lose orders to outlets such as Spin.

  27. MR Tim says:

    The links are up then finally – at silly money of course, so far…

    Will be disappointing if these don’t settle at what are american cousins are paying c.$150. If its £150. Possibly a no sale to me.. taking the mick. Hoping for the best.

    • Craig says:

      I’ve cancelled my amazon us order ( worked out at £240 for both including import fees) and ordered from spin – thanks to Chris L pointing out their price above. £99 each delivered is more than reasonable and I don’t have to scour half a dozen amazon sites working out which will end up being the cheapest.

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  29. FRED says:

    Very expensive and too much additions of the original album !!!
    I want a 2cd deluxe … simply !

  30. peter chrisp says:

    Although i am not a fan, but gee the box sets look amazing, massive is the word, i remember when Pink Floyd’s The Division Bell first arrived in a box set, and the price was a fraction over the top to say the least, 12 months down the line half the cost. In regards to the huge Metallica box sets out of interest sake i wonder how many box sets will be available? I must admit if i was a Metallica fan i would buy them immediately. Will the prices decrease over the next few weeks?
    Or the song remains the same? Let’s hope too that they don’t run out of copies?

  31. FRED says:

    On Fnac.com (France) there is a simple edition remastered of this 2 albums ;-)

  32. AlexKx says:

    Are these limited editions like the Led Zeppelin ones? They appear to have the same design and format as them in some manners. Also there is no artwork on the cheap ass digipackages for the live shows in it. How lame.

  33. David says:

    They have to mix up the formats to get more people buying turntables. It’s a marketing ploy, as the industry is pushing vinyl more than CDs now.

  34. Adey says:

    Nice looking sets but seem pricey. Its as if they’re pricing them high to knock ’em down around release date.

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