Metallica have announced details of the long-rumoured 30th anniversary deluxe re-release of their classic album ‘…And Justice For All’. Check out an unboxing video of the release below.
Released in 1988, containing the seminal single ‘One’ and often hailed as one of the best metal albums of all time, ‘…And Justice For All’ went platinum eight times in the US alone and proved to be one of the most influential rock records of a generation.
The band have been teasing to celebrate three decades of the record for some time – and now, they’ve revealed that the “definitive reissue” will arrive on November 2 via their own Blackened Recordings imprint.
Remastered “for the most advanced sound quality” by Greg Fidelman, the re-release be available physically as:
- A Standard Double 180 gram LP, Standard CD
- 3 CD Expanded Edition
- Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set
- Expanded Edition (download only)
- Digital Deluxe Box Set (on streaming and download).
The Expanded Edition comes unreleased demos, rough mixes, previously unreleased live tracks, and an expanded booklet of never-before-seen Ross Halfin photos. To pre-order and for more details, visit here.
Last year, producer Flemming Rasmussen spoke out to claim that the album’s original sound was of poor quality – and blamed it on the band.
Speaking to Metallica-themed podcast Alphabetallica, Rasmussen explained how he thinks Cliff Burton’s death had an impact on the sound. “What happened was [mixing engineers Steve Thompson and Mike Barbiero] did a mix that they thought sounded really, really good,” he said, “which had lots of bass – let me just point out – the bass tracks on ‘…And Justice For All’ are actually fantastic.
“Jason [Newsted, Burton’s replacement] plays really well. He probably tried to prove that he was worth, that he was up there with Cliff, which in my opinion he is.”
He continued to say that the band continually asked for the bass to be taken down in the mix, until it could barely be heard. “Why they did that I’ve no idea!” Rasmussen said. “It could be that they were still grieving about Cliff. I have no idea. But imagine my surprise when I heard the album. I was like, ‘What the… What?!’
“It got really criticised when it came out, and people got more or less blown away because of the dryness of the sound. It just goes BANG, right in your face.”
This week also saw Metallica kick off their 2018 North American tour – where they performed a rendition of Garbage classic ‘Stupid Girl‘ and a controversial cover of Prince’s ‘When Doves Cry‘.