CD review METALLICA ‘… And Justice For All’ (Remastered)

(*/10) ‘…And Justice For All’ was Metallica’s fourth album and it became the most successful one up to that date. After ‘Master of Puppets’ manifested the move from the underground to a wider audience Metallica had to go through a tougher time. It was on September 27th, 1986 when the band had a bus accident due to black ice. Metallica lost their bass player and friend Cliff Burton, which was a shock for band and fans. 

All of a sudden things weren’t anymore as they were before. Would this tragedy even mean the end of the band? Those were the questions by this time. Fortunately, the band continued and after an intense search for a new bassist, it was Jason Newsted (of Flotsam & Jetsam) who got the job. 

‘…And Justice For All’ was Metallica’s impressive step back into the metallic shimmering spotlight and fans all over the world were as excited as curious about what Metallica will sound like.

September 6th, 1988 was the moment of truth. The new album was available at record stores and showcased a band that returned as strong as they ended with ‘Master of Puppets’. What was surprising though with this album was the fact that Metallica offered a rather complex album.  Songs became longer, with the title track and ‘To Live is to Die’ even touching 10 minutes running time. Last but not least the album included the legendary ‘One’, which became one of the most popular Metallica songs ever.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of this milestone in metal, Metallica releases a remastered of ‘…And Justice For All’, done by Reuben Cohen. The album comes in all kinds of formats, as a larger box or a simple cassette. The full overview can be looked at on metallica.com

An extra that comes with some of the formats is a recording of a Metallica show the quartet played in Seattle in 1989. Nowadays Metallica almost floods the market with downloads of the current shows, but the beauty of this live disc is that it dates back to a time when Metallica gained momentum. So the setlist also features all the classics from the first four albums, which is great ‘best of…’ for old-school fans. Considering the date, the sound of the recording is really good and also authentic. It’s not too much polishing that took place.

The big box package also includes riff tapes, jams, demos and much more. This remastered release of a real metal classic makes sense and depending on your need, there’s for sure a format you like the most. What makes it interesting for me is the vinyl version of ‘…And Justice For All’, since the original release felt in a time when CD’s started to take over. So let’s go vinyl.

 

(*/10)

 

Tracklist:

  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
  10. The Ecstasy of Gold

 

Live in Seattle 1989:

  1. Blackened (Live – Seattle ’89)
  2. For Whom the Bell Tolls (Live – Seattle ’89)
  3. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (Live – Seattle ’89)
  4. Harvester of Sorrow (Live – Seattle ’89)
  5. The Four Horsemen (Live – Seattle ’89)
  6. The Thing That Should Not Be (Live – Seattle ’89)
  7. Bass Solo (Live – Seattle ’89)
  8. Master of Puppets (Live – Seattle ’89)
  9. Fade to Black (Live – Seattle ’89)
  10. Seek & Destroy (Live – Seattle ’89)
  11. …And Justice for All (Live – Seattle ’89)
  12. One (Live – Seattle ’89)
  13. Creeping Death (Live – Seattle ’89)
  14. Guitar Solo (Live – Seattle ’89)
  15. Battery (Live – Seattle ’89)
  16. Encore Jam (Live – Seattle ’89)
  17. Last Caress (Live – Seattle ’89)
  18. Am I Evil? (Live – Seattle ’89)
  19. Whiplash (Live – Seattle ’89)
  20. Breadfan (Live – Seattle ’89)

 

Rough Mixes and Riff Tapes:

  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)

 

Demos:

  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)

plus much more…

 

Label: Blackened Recordings

Genre: Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: November 2nd, 2018

 

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