Last month marked the 30th anniversary of not only the greatest metal release in history, but also one of the best-selling albums of all time in Metallica’s eponymous 1991 LP, commonly referred to as “The Black Album “. Now, the Bay Area-based hard rock titans are celebrating this Friday with a new release of the record as well as a tribute to the album by more than 50 artists from various genres.
Upon its release, and on the heels of the late July single “Enter Sandman”, Metallica’s fifth effort reached No. 1 on the global charts and remains the best-selling title in sales tracker Nielsen Soundscan history, surpassing all releases of all genres over the past 30 years. Other hits on the record included “The Unforgiven”, “Nothing Else Matters”, “Wherever I May Roam” and “Sad but True”, fueling the group’s rise to headlining stadium, radio and MTV. dominating surname status.
Now ‘The Black Album’ is receiving its definitive reissue. Remastered for ultimate sound quality, the reissue is available in several configurations, including a 180 gram double vinyl, a standard CD, and an extended three-disc and digital edition. Like the first four albums in its catalog, Metallica is also releasing a deluxe limited edition box set containing the 180g two-LP remaster, a picture disc, three live LPs, 14 CDs with raw mixes, demos, interviews, live shows. , six DVDs of excerpts, behind the scenes, official videos and live performances, a 120 page hardcover book, four tour laminates, three lithographs, three picks, a Metallica cordon, a folder with sheets of lyrics and a download card.
Alongside the set, “The Metallica Blacklist,” which sees 53 unprecedented artists spanning a vast array of genres, generations, cultures, continents and more, each bringing a unique take on their favorite “Black Album” cut. It provides new insight into the record’s universal and timeless appeal and the influence 12 songs have had on fans and musicians of all stripes.
Contributors include singer-songwriters, country artists, electronic and hip-hop artists, punk rockers, indie darlings, icons of rock, metal, world music and more. ‘others. Some of the names include Weezer (“Enter Sandman”), Phoebe Bridgers (“Nothing Else Matters”), The Neptunes (“Wherever I May Roam”), Royal Blood (“Sad but True”) and a collaboration between Miley Cyrus, Watt , Elton John, Yo-Yo Ma, Robert Trujillo of Metallica and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith on “Nothing Else Matters”.
“The Metallica Blacklist will be available in formats such as digital, four CDs and a limited edition of seven vinyl records. Proceeds from each sale, download or broadcast will be split equally between charities of the artist’s choice and Metallica’s own All Within My Hands foundation.
VINYL OF THE WEEK
Keep an eye out for this place as every week we’ll be reviewing new or upcoming vinyl records from a variety of artists. It could be a repress of a historical recording, a special edition or a new collection of a legendary act. This week we’re doing something a little different.
“LED ZEPPELIN VINYL: THE ESSENTIAL COLLECTION”: BY ROSS HALFIN
Led Zeppelin has released just eight studio albums and – in their home country of Britain – no single during their 12-year career. Yet to date there are over 1,000 singles and 2,000 complete LPs on the market. All are unofficial of course, but for vinyl collectors and die-hard fans of the band, this is where some of the pure gold lies. Now a new coffee table book takes a look at this fascinating side of Zep’s recorded history.
A definitive hardcover volume from the iconic group on Wax released by Reel Art Press, “Led Zeppelin Vinyl: The Essential Collection” illustrates in color some of the rarest and most interesting versions of vinyl, including unique, bizarre rarities. regional variations, official albums and pirate recordings of legendary concerts, sometimes featuring handmade artwork or colorful vinyl records.
All vinyls, labels and covers have been documented by photographer Ross Halfin in superb detail and are annotated with the details of their release. Additionally, the book includes over forty pages of the most up-to-date comprehensive discography ever compiled on the band, with forensic details. All known albums and vinyls around the world are listed with catalog numbers, release or recording dates and additional notes.
“The first album I bought was ‘Led Zeppelin II’ when I was 13,” Halfin said in a statement. “I have at least 40 different versions of it now.”
A true labor of love from a photographer who has photographed some of the greatest rock and roll bands in history, “Led Zeppelin Vinyl” is a feast for the eyes and a must-have for band fans and vinyl lovers alike. . It’s a hymn to vinyl artwork and graphic design: the illustrations are explosive and surreal, playful, experimental and subversive, interpreting multiple artistic disciplines with flair and wit.
Highlights from the bootleg include “Yellow Zeppelin,” a show recorded in Miami on the 1969 inaugural tour, with the cover making the group cartoon characters in a play on The Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine.” Another is “Berkeley Daze”, taken from a 1971 concert in the city of California, where the group is shown riding the elephant Dumbo. The care and skill taken in illustrating some of the releases is amazing – even if the track listings are a bit off at times, like when “Rock and Roll” is called “It’s been a long time”.
‘Led Zeppelin Vinyl: The Essential Collection’ is available now wherever beautiful books are sold.
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