A Must Have for the Faithful
Metallica fans, specially of the "old school" variety who kneel down before the band's first 4 albums, will rejoice at the amount of material contained in "Ride The Lightning Deluxe Edition". Not only did the band pumped up the volume on this brand new remaster of the album, but included is the original "Creeping Death" picture disc and a live concert from 1985, ALL on vinyl! Also included are 6 CDs, amongst them the album remastered plus various demo versions, outtakes and more live material. There's a small booklet with pictures of the original lyric sheets too. The highlights for me are the book, which at vinyl size lets you appreciate the vast amount of never before photos in pain staking detail. Commentaries by some of the band's close associates at the time (original Metallica Club president KJ Doughton, Metal Forces scribes Dave Constable, Dave Reynolds and Kelv Hellraiser, Cliff Bernstein, Michael Alago, etc) give insight at a magical era when Metallica's star was on the rise from the extreme metal underground and into the mainstream. Also a highlight is a never before released Metallica concert in Europe. Although already posted somewhere on YouTube, this concert shows the devastating thrash power that the band had back in 1985, and a more than clear reminder of how brutal of a drummer Lars Ulrich used to be. He punished his drums like there was no tomorrow and his intense double bass work (specially on "Fight Fire With Fire") will make some wonder why he toned down his drumming assault in recent years (age, most definitely).
To top things off, 3 great posters from the era are included, one which actually is a Venom poster and Metallica as opening act, the other 2 have Metallica as headliner and the mighty Tank as special guests.
At over $125 USD, it's not a boxset meant for everyone. Only 30,000 were made and they are intended for the ultra hardcore fans, that's the truth about this limited edition boxset.
If you're one of those ultra hardcore fans like me, you will no doubt cherish this most precious version of the monumental "Ride The Lightning"!Read full review
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