KILL 'EM ALL

Metallica's first album. Originally released on Megaforce. Record shop owner Jon Zazula really liked this fresh young band and tried to get them a record contract. When this fails, he founds his own record label, Megaforce, and signs Metallica as his first band. The working title on this album was "Metal up your ass", but as the record distributors didn't want to distribute an album with such a name, they called it Kill 'em all, which means Kill all the record distributors. The album was recorded in May 83, and had its top position at #120 on Billboard in February of 1988. Collectors look out for the double LP set with gatefold sleeve, and the limited edition with two bonus tracks.

TRACKS:
Hit The Lights, The Four Horsemen, Motorbreath, Jump In The Fire, (Anesthesia)-Pulling teeth, Whiplash, Phantom Lord, No Remorse, Seek & Destroy, Metal Militia

 

VINYL

1983 Megaforce US (MRI 069) With and without lyric sheet.
1983 MFN UK (MFN 7) .
1983 R.G.E. Bra . Original Brazilian record company
1983 Road Runner Hol . .
1983 Banzai Records Can . .
1983 Nexus Jap . With lyric sheet and bloodspattered OBI strip
1983 NEW Fra (2336) .
. Vertigo Arg . .
. MFN Tai . Different back, else same
1986 MFN UK (MFN 7 DM ) As double-EP with gatefold sleeve. Direct mastered for good sound
1988 Murcury Uru . .
. Vertigo Kor (SEL-RP2002) With lyric sheet
1988 Tonpress/MFN Pol . .
1988 RTB/Vertigo Yug . .
1988 Vertigo Arg . Spanish titles
1988 Elektra US . .
1988 Vertigo US . .
1988 Elektra Can (96 07661) With Am I Evil & Blitzkrieg as bonus tracks

 

CD's

1983 Megaforce US (MRICD 069) .
1983 MFN UK . .
1988 Elektra US (9 60766-2) With "Blitzkrieg" and "Am I evil?" as bonus
1988 Vertigo . . With "Blitzkrieg" and "Am I evil?" as bonus tracks
1988 Young/Vertigo Bra . Has Portuguese titles.
1988 R.T.B./Vertigo Yug . .
1991 Elektra . . release without bonus tracks
1989 Vertigo . . release without bonus tracks
. Vertigo Kor (DP0688) .
. WEA/Elektra Can . .
. CBS/SONY Jap (25DP 5339) OBI strip. Am I Evil? and Blitzkrieg as bonus tracks
1988 Elektra US (9 60766-2) With printing error. Whiplash appears twice.
1993 . Aus . Australian gold CD Limited edition
1995 Elektra US . Re-mastered.

 

1983 MFN UK . White vinyl in factory sleeve
1983 MFN UK . Silver vinyl in factory sleeve

 

PROMOS CD

1986 CBS/SONY Jap . CD promo, with sticker on cover

 

PROMOS - Vinyl

1983 MFN UK . .
1983 Megaforce US . .
1983 R.G.E. Bra . .
1983 Nexus Jap . .
1988 Elektra US . Gold stamp promo
1988 Vertigo Arg . Titles in Spanish
1988 RTB/Vertigo Yug . .
1988 Young/Vertigo Bra . Titles in Portuguese

 

PICTURE DISCS Vinyl

1983 Megaforce US . (Original Cover art), Red lettering.
1983 Megaforce US . (Original Cover art) USA numbered edition
1986 MFN UK (MFN 7P) Blue lettering

 

 

JUMP IN THE FIRE - Maxi single

In February 84 Metallica visited Europe for the first time. They went on a tour supporting Venom. During this trip, the British label, Music for Nations, released the 'Jump in the Fire' EP to promote the tour. The live tracks is recorded in the studio, and they have added some crowd noise to give it a live feeling. Jump in the fire was originally only released in Europe.

TRACKS:
Side A: Jump In The Fire,, Side2: Seek And Destroy (Live), Phantom Lord (Live)

 

1984 Phonogram . . .
Banzai Can . . .
1984 M.F.N. UK (12 KUT 105) Black vinyl
1984 M.F.N. UK (12 KUT 105) Red vinyl
1984 Road Runner Hol . .
1990 Vertigo UK . Re-issue
1991 Roadrunn Bra (872 973-1) Thick cover

 

PICTURE DISC

1986 MFN UK (PKUT105) Monster shaped picture disc
1986 MFN UK (RKUT105) uncutted shaped picture disc

 

CD SINGLE

. . Jap . Bonus tracks "Am I Evil?" and "Blitzkrieg

 

CASSETTE

. MFN UK (t12kut105) Cassette, else same as vinyl

 

PROMO 12" Vinyl:

1984 Road Runner Hol . Promo

 

TEST PRESSING:

1984 MFN UK . 10" clear vinyl test pressing of shaped picture disc
1984 MFN UK . red vinyl white label test pressing with hand-written labels

 

 

WHIPLASH - Maxi single

Maxi single released in the US only. On the numbered discs, note that some have the number on the record, some have the number on a sticker on the sleeve. It is possible to get a copy with out a number because the original sleeve is not with the record.

TRACKS:
Side A: Jump In The Fire, Whiplash (Special Neckbrace remix), Side2: Seek And Destroy, Phantom Lord

 

12" MAXI SINGLE Vinyl:

1983 Megaforce US . Only released in the US

 

PICTURE DISC Vinyl:

1987 Megaforce US (MRS-04) numbered.

 

CASSETTE :

. Megaforce US (MRST-04) .

 

 

RIDE THE LIGHTNING - Album

Most of the material on this album is written in October, November and December 83, and it was released in the US by Megaforce 27 July 84. Collectors should look out for the double vinyl set released by Music For Nations, and the French missprint. This cover has green inc instead of blue, so it looks kind of strange. The Australian gold CD and the picture disc is also hard to find items

TRACKS:
Fight Fire With Fire, Ride The Lightning, For Whom The Bell Tolls, Fade To Black, Trapped Under Ice, Escape, Creeping Death, The Call Of Ckulu

 

VINYL :

1984 Megaforce US . (Spelling error) with lyric sheet
1984 Megaforce US . (spelling error) without lyric sheet
1984 Elektra US . .
1984 MFN UK (MFN 27) With merchandise leaflet
1984 Nexus Jap . With lyric sheet. Lightning bolts on the OBI strip
1984 King Jap . With lyrics and OBI strip
1984 Road Runner Hol . .
1984 Banzai Can . .
1984 Tonpress/MFN Pol . .
1984 R.G.E. Bra . .
1984 Bernet Fra . With print error (green cover)
1984 NEW Fra . .
. Elektra Tai . .
1984 RGE Bra . .
1986 MFN UK (MFN 27 DM) As a double-EP w/ gatefold sleeve. Comes with merchandise inserts.
. WEA Can . .
1988 Murcury Uru . .
  Vertigo Kor (SEL-RP2026) with lyric sheet
1988 Vertigo Arg Spanish titles .
1988 RTB/Vertigo Yug . .
1991 Vertigo US . .

 

CD's

1984 Elektra US (9 60396-2) .
1984 MFN UK . .
1986 CBS/Sony Jap . Comes with a small fold out colour poster.
1988 Young/Vertigo Bra . Has Portuguese titles.
. Vertigo Kor (DP0076) Back cover is different.
1988 RTB/Vertigo Yug . .
1991 Vertigo US . .
1993 . Aus . Australia gold CD, limited edition
1995 Elektra US . Re-mastered

 

PICTURE DISCS:

1986 MFN UK (MFN 27P) Original cover art

 

TEST PRESSINGS:

1984 MFN UK . White vinyl test pressing
1984 MFN UK . Silver vinyl test pressing
1984 MFN UK . Red vinyl test pressing

 

PROMOS - Vinyl:

1984 Megaforce US . With gold stamp
1984 Elektra US . Promo
1984 MFN UK . Promo
1984 Nexus Jap . Promo
1984 R.G.E Bra . Promo
1984 Vertigo Arg . Promo, , titles in Spanish
1988 Young/Vertigo Bra . Promo, Titles in Portuguese
1988 RTB/Vertigo Yug . Promo

 

PROMOS - CDs:

1986 CBS/SONY Jap . With sticker on cover

 

 

FADE TO BLACK Promo maxi single

Only released as promo 12" EP. It comes in two different colours - black vinyl and a special green glow in the dark vinyl. Please note that bootleg copes of the green version exist, so be sure you get the real stuff. This is one of the rarest Metallica items available. US only

Tracks:
Side1: Fade to black ,Side2: Fade to black

 

12" VINYL PROMO

1984 Elektra US . Black vinyl. With the album version of the song on both sides
1984 Elektra US . Green vinyl, else same as above

 

 

FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS - Promo maxi single

Yet another 12" very rare promo from "Ride The Lightning" album. Side A has an edited version of this song which you can only find here.

Tracks:
Side 1: For Whom The Bell Tolls (edit), Side 2: For Whom The Bell Tolls

 

12" VINYL PROMO

1984 Elektra US . Factory sleeve. US only

 

 

CREEPING DEATH - Maxi single

featuring the original garage days on the B-side. Included is one cover tune, originally recorded by Blitzkrieg, and one track by Diamond Head. These tracks are now also available on the limited edition re-release of Kill 'Em All. "Garage Days Re-Revisited" is the follow up to this recording. Watch out for the coloured vinyl's, these are very hard to find, as well as the vinyl gold disc and the picture disc. Both without cover.

TRACKS:
Side A: Creeping Death, Side B: Am I Evil?(Diamond Head) , Blitzkrieg (Blitzkrieg)

 

12" VINYL

1984 MFN UK (12 KUT 112) Black vinyl
1986 MFN UK (12 KUT 112) Gold vinyl. Looks real cool, almost like real gold. No picture sleeve
1984 MFN Fra . Green, vinyl. With picture sleeve
1984 MFN Fra (12 KUT 112) Red vinyl. With picture sleeve
1984 MFN UK . Blue vinyl. UK version with picture sleeve
1984 MFN Fra . Clear vinyl. With picture sleeve
1984 MFN Fra . White vinyl. With picture sleeve
1990 Vertigo UK . Re-issue

 

CD SINGLES

1990 MFN UK . "Creeping death" and "Jump In The Fire" EPs on one disc
1990 Vertigo US (842 219-2) .
. Vertigo Kor (SEL-RP2044) Contains lyric sheet

 

CASSETTES:

  MFN UK (T12KUT112)  

 

PICTURE DISCS:

1984 MFN UK (P12 KUT 112) Original Cover art

 

TEST PRESSINGS

1984 MFN UK . 12" white label test pressing in factory sleeve
1984 MFN UK . 12" silver vinyl white label test pressing

 

 

MASTER OF PUPPETS - Album

Metallica started to record this album in Denmark September 85, and ended the recording session with Flemming Rasmussen 27 December same year. It saw the light of day in Mars 86, and this was a total different album compared to the two first, both lyrically and musically. There is a lot of cool version of this album. Look out for the double album. The tree first album was re-released by Music For Nations as double discs, but it is only Master of puppets which comes with a poster.

TRACKS:
Battery, Master Of Puppets, The Thing That Should Not Be, Welcome Home (Sanitarium), Disposable Heroes, Leper Messiah, Orion (Instrumental), Damage Inc.

 

VINYL

1986 Elektra US . .
1986 MFN UK (MFN 60) .
1986 Road Runner Hol . .
1986 R.G.E Bra . .
1986 Tonpress/MFN Pol . .
1986 CBS/SONY Jap (28AP 3169) Comes with lyric and biography sheet (In Japanese) and OBI. 1st pressing had prints.
1986 Vertigo Kor (SEL-RP1439) .
1986 MFN UK (MFN 60 DM) As a limited edition double-EP with gatefold sleeve and poster
1988 Murcury Uru . .
1988 Vertigo Arg . Spanish titles
1988 RTB/Vertigo Yug . .
1988 Young/Vertigo Bra . Portuguese titles
1991 Vertigo US . .

 

CDs

1986 Elektra US (9 60439-2) .
1986 CBS/Sony Jap . .
1986 MFN UK . . .
1988 Young/Vertigo Bra . has Portuguese titles.
. Vertigo Kor (DP0078) .
1988 R.T.B/Vertigo Yug . .
1991 Vertigo US . re-release
1993 . Aus . Australia gold CD
1995 Elektra US . Re-mastered

 

PICTURE DISC

1986 MFN UK (MFN 60P) Original Cover art

 

PROMO - Vinyl

1986 Elektra US . Gold stamped label promo with and without warning sticker
1986 R.G.E Bra . .
1986 CBS/SONY Jap . .
1988 Vertigo Arg . Titles in Spanish
1988 Young/Vertigo Bra . Titles in Portuguese
1988 RTB/Vertigo Yug . .

 

PROMO - CDs:

1986 CBS/SONY Jap . With sticker on cover

 

TEST PRESSING:

1986 MFN UK . White vinyl test pressing
1986 MFN UK (MFN 60) White label and white cover

 

 

MASTER OF PUPPETS - EP

The first official 7" single released by Metallica, or should I say their record label in France as I don't think the four guys wanted this to be on the streets. Only 500 copies was printed

Tracks:
Side 1: Master Of Puppets, Side 2: Welcome Home (Sanitarium)

 

7" Vinyl

1986 N.E.W. Fra (11575) Single only released in France in 500 pressed

 

PROMO 12" vinyl

1986 Elektra US . in factory sleeve.Both sides has the same edit version (3:22)

 

PROMO 7" Vinyl

1986 N.E.W. Fra . Promo with embossed promo stamp. With picture cover

 

GARAGE DAYS - EP

Garage Days Re-Revisited was released in October 87 to introduce Jason, their new bass player, to the fans. One of the tracks was left off the British version so it could qualify for the singles chart. In Japan they included the lyrics, a biography as well as a large poster. This is a really great disc featuring only cover tunes by old favourites. Garage Days is now out of print and can be hard to find.

TRACKS:
Helpless, The Small Hours, The Wait, Crash Course In Brain Surgery, Last Caress / Green Hell

 

CD - EP

1987 Mercury Ger (888788-2) .
1987 Vertigo Kor (SEL-RP 1038) Contains lyrics
1987 Elektra UK (CD60757) .
1987 Vertigo UK . .
1987 RTB/Vertigo Yug . .
1987 CBS/SONY Jap . With OBI strip
1988 . Bra . Portuguese titles
. Polygram Kor (SEL-PR1038) .
1987 Phonogram UK . .

 

VINYL - EP

1987 Phonogram UK . First pressing did not have The Wait on it.
1987 Phonogram UK . With all the tracks
1987 Elektra US . .
1987 CBS/SONY Jap (20AP 3391) Released with poster , lyrics and biography (In Japanese) as well as quiz
1987 Vertigo US . .
1987 RTB/Vertigo Yug . .
1987 Vertigo Arg . With Spanish titles
1987 Mercury Hol (888 788-1) .
1987 Mercury Uru . .
1987 Mercury Bra . .
1987 Banzai Can . sticker on Jacket.

 

CASSETTES

1987 Elektra US (60757-4) Cassette

 

TEST PRESSING

1987 Electra US . 12" white label test pressing in factory sleeve

 

PROMO - Vinyl

1987 Electra US . Gold stamp promo, "Do not pay more...." sticker
1987 Vertigo UK . .
1987 CBS/SONY Jap . .

 

PROMO - CDs

1987 CBS/SONY Jap . promo, with sticker on cover.

 

... AND JUSTICE FOR ALL - album

... And Justice For All sees the light of day after 9 months of recording. This is the first full album to feature Jason Newstead, and the Diamond Head cover The Prince is bonus track on the Japanese edition. Also look out for the Japanese tin can with the CD and a T-Shirt

TRACKS:
Blackened, ...And Justice For All, Eye Of The Beholder, One, The Shortest Straw, Harvester Of Sorrow, The Frayed Ends Of Sanity, To Live Is To Die, Dyers Eve

 

VINYL

1988 Vertigo . . .
1988 Elektra US . .
1988 . Kor (SEL-RP1171) Gatefold sleeve
1988 Vertigo Arg . Spanish titles
1988 RTB/Vertigo Yug . .
1988 WEA/Elektra Can . .
1988 Vertigo Bra . .
1988 Vertigo Bra . Gatefold sleeve.
1988 CBS/SONY Jap . With OBI. Bonus track: The Prince
1988 Vertigo Hol (836062-1) .

 

CDs

1988 Elektra US (9 60812-2), .
1988 CBS/Sony Jap (39DP 5176) Bonus track: The Prince
1988 Vertigo . . .
1988 RTB/Vertigo Yug . .
. Vertigo Kor (DP0049) .
1993 . Aus . gold CD autographed inlay card. limited edition
. . Cze . Limited edition gold disc, 1000 hand numbered
1994 Vertigo. Aus . Gold CD boxed with the One (Live) single. 5000 pressed

 

TEST PRESSINGS

1988 Elektra US . 12" audiophile test pressing in factory sleeve. The whole album on one disc

 

PROMO - Vinyl

1988 Elektra US . 2LP white label promo, non-audiophile.
1988 CBS/SONY Jap . White label promo,
1988 Elektra US (960812-1) Gold stamp. With and without audiophile vinyl sticker
1988 Vertigo Arg . Titles in Spanish
1988 Young/Vertigo Bra . Titles in Portuguese
1988 RTB/Vertigo Yug . .

 

PROMO - CDs

1988 CBS/SONY Jap . Promo, with sticker on cover

 

BOX SET

. Jap . . MetalliCan. And Justice For All CD and T-shirt 500x

 

 

... AND JUSTICE FOR ALL - single

...And Justice For All was never released as a single to the public, only promo copies was pressed and sent out to the press and radio stations. The edited version of this song is only available on these promos

 

12" VINYL - Promo

1988 Elektra US (ED 5396) Promo in factory sleeve. Edit (5:58) and full version (9:45)

 

CD Promo

1988 . . (PRCD 8099-2) Full version of on side A, edit on B. Green disk

 

 

... AND JUSTICE FOR ALL - single

This was the first single from the «Justice» album, and it is only released in Europe. Available as a 12" disc and CD, but if you're lucky some very cool promo items excist. The B-side tracks are the covers «Breadfan» and «The Prince» which later appeared on the «One» and «Eye of the beholder» singles in the US

TRACKS:
Harvester Of Sorrow, Breadfan, The Prince

 

CD

1988 Vertigo . (METCD2) Cardboard sleeve

 

12" VINYL

1988 Vertigo Hol (Metal 212) .

 

PROMO - 12" vinyl

1988 Vertigo UK (METDJ 212) 500 numbered copies with black & white promo cover.

 

PROMO - 7" vinyl

1988 Vertigo UK . Album version on both sides. Black & white promo cover

 

 

MANDATORY METALLICA - promo sampler

Metallica have never released any «Greatest hits» or «Best of» collections, except for these promo samplers which are very hard to get. They are released when Metallica have new albums out, and sent out to radio stations to make them play songs from their first albums as well. All versions comes with different covers

TRACKS: Master Of Puppets, For Whom The Bell Tolls, Seek & Destroy, Fade To Black, Welcome Home (Sanitarium), The Thing That Should Not Be, Creeping Death (Bonus on 1989 release: One). The 1996 release has these tracks: Enter Sandman, Nothing Else Matters, One, Harvester Of Sorrow, Creeping Death, Fade To Black and For Whom The Bell Tolls

 

CDs

1988 Elektra US (PRCD 8020-2) 7 tracks from the three first albums
1989 Elektra US . 8 tracks. Re-release, with one extra track: "one".
1996 . UK (MM CJ-1) .

 

 

WHIPLASH - Promo sampler

When The first «Mandatory Metallica» CD was released in the States, the European record company released this one. It doesn't have a name, but is called «The Whiplash sampler» as Whiplash is the first track on the CD

TRACKS:
Whiplash, Ride The Lightning, Welcome Home (Sanitarium), One

 

CD - Promo

1988 Vertigo UK (METCD 100) European version of «Mandatory Metallica»

 

 

EYE OF THE BEHOLDER - single

A single only released in the US in two formats. Yet another cover drawing done by Pushead.

Tracks:
Side 1: Eye Of The Beholder, Side 2: Breadfan

 

7" VINYL

1988 Elektra US . .

 

CASSETTES

1988 Elektra US (94-69357) .

 

PROMOS -12"

1988 Elektra US . Both edit (3:89) and album (5:58) version. Factory sleeve
1988 Vertigo UK (AJFA 112) Album (5:58) version on both sides. With Picture sleeve

 

PROMOS - 7"

1988 Elektra US . .

 

PROMO CDs

1988 . US (PRCD 8028-2) Both Edit and album version.

 

 

ONE - single

The first major single release by Metallica, and also the first one with a video. It has The Prince as B-side in the US, while some live tracks recorded in Dallas on February 5th 1989 was put on the European releases, as The Prince already appeared on Harvester Of Sorrow there. There are just too many versions of this one, you can collect in years, and still miss some items. Look out for the picture disc and the vinyl promos with covers.

 

7" VINYL

1988 Vertigo Ger (METAL 5) 33rpm v/s Seek & destroy (live)
1988 Vertigo UK (METAL 5) With poster. v/s Seek & destroy (live). 33rpm
1988 . Aus . v/s Seek & destroy (live)
1988 Elektra US (7-69329) v/s The Prince

 

CD SINGLES

1988 Elektra US . 3" single in longbox.
1988 CBS/Sony Jap . 3" single in longbox with small poster
1988 Vertigo . (874 154-3) v/s Seek & destroy (live)
1988 Vertigo . (874 155-2) v/s For Whom The Bell Tolls & Welcome Home (Both live)

 

VINYL 12"

1988 Vertigo UK (METAL 512) v/s For Whom The Bell Tolls & Welcome Home (Both live)
1989 Vertigo UK (METAL 512) Collectors edition with gatefold cover and booklet. v/s For Whom The Bell Tolls & Creeping death (Both live)

 

CASSETTE

1988 Elektra US (9-4-69329) v/s The Prince

 

PICTURE DISCS

1989 Vertigo UK (MetalPD 510) v/s Seek & destroy. Nice picture disc with insert card

 

TEST PRESSINGS

1988 . Fra . 7" white vinyl test pressing. Picture sleeve
1989 Vertigo UK . 10" white vinyl test pressing of picture disc. v/s Seek & destroy (live)

 

PROMOS 12" Vinyl

1988 Vertigo UK (MET DJ512) Full version on both sides. Black & white promo cover.
1988 Vertigo UK . In Factory sleeve. edit and album version
1988 Elektra US (ED 5349) Edit (4:58) and full (7:24) version. Factory sleeve

 

PROMOS 7" Vinyl

1988 Elektra US (7-69329) Edit version on both sides. Comes in ordinary cover.
1988 Vertigo UK . 33 rpm promo with picture sleeve
1988 Vertigo . (METDJ 5) Radio edit and full version. Promo cover with lyrics
1988 CBS/Sony Jap . Only 60 pressed.

 

CD PROMO

ONE Elektra US . Edit/album versions '88 PRCD 8044-2
ONE CBS/SONY Jap . promo of CD-single with sticker on cover

 

 

ONE - MINI ALBUM

One is released as a five track mini album in Japan for a reason I don't know. A limited edition on this comes with a wristband. This CD is still available and is a good chance to get Breadfan on CD if you don't have the American One single or the European Harvester of Sorrow maxi single.

Tracks:
One, Breadfan, For Whom The Bell Tolls (Live), Welcome Home (Sanitarium)(Live), One (Demo)

 

CD

1988 CBS/Sony Jap (23DP 5438) Japanese mini album with unique cover
1988 CBS/Sony Jap (23DP 5438) Same as above with limited edition wristband

 

 

STONE COLD CRAZY - Promo single

This song was recorded for an Elektra sampler. It later appeared as a B-side on the «Enter sandman» single.

Track:
Stone Cold Crazy

 

CD PROMO

1990 Elektra US . Promo only single with full colour promo cover.

 

 

THE GOOD THE BAD & THE LIVE - Box set

There is a lot of box sets out there with collections of ordinary singles or albums, but this is the only one put out by the band, or should I say their record company as Lars didn't like this box set. «It is done by the company to make some extra dollars» Lars said in an interview, «If you don't have the new live tracks, tape it from a friend». The box contains a poster and the following EPs. Jump in the fire, Creeping death, Garage days re-revisited, Harvester of sorrow, One, and a live disc only available here which contains these tracks:

TRACKS:
Harvester Of Sorrow v/s One, Breadfan (All live)

 

BOX

1990 Vertigo UK . Box set with 6 maxi singles and a poster

 

 

METALLICA (THE BLACK ALBUM) - album

Metallica got a hell lot of new fans with this album. You understand that it is a good album when you see how many singles are. Vertigo UK released a tin can with the CD, a video and a T-shirt. They did 35.000 copies of this, so it might still be possible to find. There is a bonus on this album as well in Japan,- So What. The cover is almost totally black, but this isn't the first all-black Metallica cover. The two Collectors editions of One, and the EP box set released two years earlier was all-black as well. So from late 1989 to autumn 1992 all Metallica covers where dark as night.

TRACKS:
Enter Sandman, Sad But True, Holier Than Thou, The Unforgiven, Wherever I May Roam, Don't Tread On Me, Through The Never, Nothing Else Matters, Of Wolf And Man, The God That Failed, My Friend Of misery, The Strugle Within

 

VINYL

1991 Vertigo Hol (510 022-1) .
1991 Elektra US . .
1991 Vertigo Bra . .
1991 Phonogram Kor . .
1991 Vertigo Zim . .
1991 Vertigo Kor (SEL-RP2266) The snake on the cover is light grey
1991 . Rus . Special 3 side LP with gatefold sleeve
         

 

CD

1991 Elektra US (9 61113-2) The CD cover is wrapped different in the US then in the rest of the world
1991 Vertigo UK (510 022-2) .
1991 Vertigo Kor (DP0045) .
1991 CBS/Sony Jap (SRCS 5577) Obi strip and lyrics in both English and Japanese. Bonus track: so what!
1991 Vertigo . (510 022-42) Silver picture of James - Leather bound.
1993 Aus . . Limited edition gold CD with autographed inlay card

 

BOX SET

1993 Vertigo Aus . Metallican. Tin can with gold CD, T-shirt, CD single, candy snakes, pin. 1000 copies made
1993 Vertigo UK (MECAN 1) Metallican. Tin can with gold CD, video, T-shirt, 35000 made

 

TEST PRESSINGS

1991 Elektra US . 4-track test pressing
1991 Vertigo . . 2LP test pressing

 

PROMO - CD

1991 CBS/SONY Jap . Promo with sticker on cover

 

 

ENTER SANDMAN - single

First single from the black album. It was released a few weeks prior to the album to get some media exposure before the album came out. This was the first introduction to the new and black covers for many fans. Even the picture disc is almost all black.

Tracks:
Enter sandman v/s Stone Cold Crazy

 

VINYL 7"

1991 Vertigo Ger . With and w/o logo sticker, v/s Stone Cold Crazy, Enter Sandman (demo)
1991 Vertigo . (868 732-7) .

 

CDs

1991 Vertigo Aus . Cardboard sleeve, else same
1991 Sony Jap (SRDS 8204) 3" in long pack,
1993 . Fra . 2-track
1993 . Fra . 2-track With tattoos.
1991 Vertigo UK (METCD 7) This box set comes with the Enter Sandman picture disk CD. The box has two drawers to hold the "Enter Sandman", "The Unforgiven", "Nothing Else Matters", "Wherever I May Roam" picture disks. These put together spell Metallica

 

VINYL 12"

1991 Vertigo UK (METAL 712) v/s Holier Than Thou (Work in progress), Stone Cold crazy, Enter Sandman (demo)
1991 Vertigo UK . Limited edition 12" folder Includes the 12" record v/s Stone Cold crazy, Enter Sandman (demo)
1991 Vertigo UK (METBX 712) Box with four photos. v/s Stone Cold crazy, Enter Sandman (demo)
1991 Vertigo Hol (868 733-1) v/s Stone cold crazy & Enter sandman (demo)

 

CASSETTES

. Elektra US (9-4-64857) .

 

PICTURE DISC - 7"

1991 Vertigo . (METAL 7) With lyrics and cover

 

PROMO - 7" vinyl

1991 Vertigo UK . Promo
1991 . Fra . Radio edit promo. With lyrics

 

PROMO - 12" vinyl

1991 Vertigo UK . Promo

 

PROMO - CDs

1991 Elektra US (PRCD 8407-2) Album version (5:34)
1991 Elektra US (PRCD 8421-1) Edit version (3:59)
1991 Vertigo . . Promo LP/edit version
1991 . UK (BoxDJ/1) .

 

 

THE UNFORGIVEN - Single

A ballad. The fans hated that there were two ballads on the black album. «They have sold out» the die hard fans said, but haven't we heard that before. They said that when Ride The Lightning was released as well, «Fade To Black» is a ballad too remember. Killing time was chosen for the B-side this time. Metallica also recorded this track way back in 1982 on a demotape when they were a three piece band.

Tracks:
Side 1: The Unforgiven v/s Killing Time

 

7" VINYL

1991 Vertigo UK (METAL 8) .
1993 Vertigo Fra . Clear vinyl, with tattoo.

 

CDs

1992 Vertigo UK (866139-2) v/s Killing Time, The Unforgiven (Demo)
1992 Vertigo . . Comes with a poster. v/s Killing Time, The Unforgiven (Demo)
1992 Vertigo Aus . Cardboard sleeve
1992 CBS/SONY Jap (SRDS 8214) 3" longbox
1993 . Fra (866136-2) cardboard sleeve. Comes with tattoos.
1993 Vertigo UK (METAL 8) Picture disc to the four disc series

 

12" VINYL

1991 Vertigo UK (METAL 812) First press with warning sticker. v/s Killing Time, So What, The Unforgiven (Demo)

 

CASSETTE

1991 Elektra US (9-4-64814) .

 

PICTURE DISC 7"

1992 Vertigo . . painting by Jayms. With insert. v/s Killing Time, The Unforgiven (Demo)

 

PROMO 7" VINYL

1991 Vertigo UK (METDJ 8) .

 

PROMO 12" VINYL

1991 Vertigo UK . Promo. Black and white cover

 

PROMO CD

1991 Elektra UK (PRCD 8479-2) Edit version (4:59)
1991 Elektra US (PRCD 8478-2) Album version
1991 Vertigo . . LP and edit version

 

 

WHEREVER I MAY ROAM - single

A really heavy song. Look out for the rare 12" picture disc, or any formats with the Elevator version of Nothing Else matters. This is really cool with orchestra and stuff. There is a lot of different B-sides here, and some of them appears on other singles as well. The live tracks are recorded in Moscow September 28th 1991. It was not released in the US

Tracks:
Side 1: Sad But True, Side 2: So What (or live tracks)

 

7" SINGLE

1992 Vertigo UK (METAL 9) v/s Fade To Black (live)

 

CD SINGLES

1992 Vertigo . (METCD9) Fade to black(Live),Wherever I May Roam(Demo)
. Vertigo Aus . Cardboard sleeve. Fade to black(Live),Wherever I May Roam(Demo)
1992 Vertigo . (METCB9) Digipack. v/s Last Caress, Am I Evil, Battery(All Live)
1992 Vertigo Aus . With Australian tour dates v/s Last Caress, Am I Evil, Battery(All Live)
1992 CBS/Sony Jap (SRCS 6633) v/s Fade To black, Last Caress, Am I Evil, Battery(All Live)
1993 . Fra . 3 track picture CD comes in a Silver and Black can.
1993 . Fra . Two tracker comes with tattoos

 

12" SINGLE

1992 Vertigo UK (Metal 912) .
1992 Vertigo UK (Metal 912) Gatefold cover with tourdates Last Caress, Am I Evil, Battery(All Live), Wherever I May Roam(Demo)

 

CASSETTE

. Elektra US (9-4-64741) Fade To Black (Live)

 

PROMO 7"

1992 Vertigo UK .  

 

PROMO 12"

1992 Vertigo UK . Promo

 

PROMO CD

. Elektra US (PRCD '92 8591-2) Album version (6:42)
1992 Elektra US (8592-2) Edit version
1992 Vertigo UK . Album and edit version
. CBS/SONY Jap . Promo of CD-single with sticker on cover

 

 

SAD BUT TRUE - single

This time So What was chosen for the B-side. This track was already on the Japanese edition of the Black album, and still is, as a bonus track.

Tacks:
Side 1: Sad But True, Side 2: So What, Harvester Of Sorrow (Live)

 

7" SINGLE

1992 Vertigo . . v/s So What

 

CDs

1992 Vertigo UK (864 411-2) .
. Vertigo Hol (864 411-2) I Including competition, 5000 made
1992 Vertigo Hol (864 411-2) Including removable tattoo
. Vertigo Aus (864 411-2) In Cardboard sleeve. Only Australia
1993 Vertigo . (METCD11) v/s Nothing Else Matters (Elevator version), Creeping Death(L), Sad But True(Demo)
1993 Vertigo . (METCD11) with tattoo v/s Nothing Else Matters (Elevator version), Creeping Death(L), Sad But True(Demo)
1993 Vertigo . (METCH11) Picture disc with strip Nothing Else matters, Sad But True (Both live)
1993 . Fra (864942-2) cardboard sleeve v/s Nothing Else Matters

 

12" VINYL

1993 Vertigo UK . v/s Nothing Else Matters (Elevator version), Creeping Death(L), Sad But True(Demo)

 

CASSETTES

. Elektra US (9-4-64696) V/S So What

 

12" PICTURE DISC

1993 Vertigo UK (Metal 1112) With insert card. v/s Nothing Else Matters (Elevator version), Creeping Death(L), Sad But True(Demo)

 

PROMO - 7" Vinyl

1993 Vertigo UK . .

 

PROMO - 12" Vinyl

1993 Vertigo UK . v/s Nothing Else Maters (Live)

 

PROMO - CDs

1993 Elektra US (PRCD 8646-2) Album version
1993 Vertigo UK . Album and Edit version

 

 

NOTHING ELSE MATTERS - Single

Yet another ballad from the black album. This was probably the biggest hit from that album.

Tracks:
Side 1: Nothing Else matters v/s Enter Sandman (live)

 

7" VINYL

1992 Vertigo UK (METAL 10) .
1993 Vertigo Fra . With two-sided poster

 

CDs

1992 Vertigo UK (METCD10) Picture disc for the 4 disc set. v/s Enter Sandman, Harvester Of Sorrow (Both live),Nothing Else Matters (Demo)
1992 Vertigo . (866725-2) .
1992 Sony Jap (SRDS 8225) 3" in long pack
1992 . . . Grey Cardboard Sleeve with limited edition T-shirt v/s Enter Sandman, Harvester Of Sorrow (Both live),Nothing Else Matters (Demo)
1993 . Fra (866 708-2,) Grey Cardboard sleeve also comes with tattoos.

 

12" Vinyl

1992 Vertigo UK . v/s Enter Sandman, Harvester Of Sorrow (Both live),Nothing Else Matters (Demo)

 

CASSETTE

. Elektra US (9-4-64770) .

 

PROMO - 7" Vinyl

1992 Vertigo UK . .

 

PROMO 12" Vinyl

1992 Vertigo UK . .

 

PROMO CDs

1992 Elektra US (PRCD 8530-2) Album version
1992 Elektra US (PRCD 8531-2) edit version (4:59)
1992 Vertigo UK . Album version
1992 Vertigo UK (METCD 10 DJ) First radio edit version, this comes in a black cardboard sleeve withdrawn because Metallica logo doesn't
. . . . appear anywhere on the disk or on the sleeve.
1992 Vertigo UK . Second radio edit version

 

 

LIVE AT WEMBLEY STADIUM - single

These 3 tracks are recorded live at the Fredy Merqury tribute show at Wembley Stadium after he died of AIDS at April 20. It was mixed by Flemming Rasmussen the same day, and the day after, and this single was released only a few days later. The cover is done by Jayms and this is the first time we meet the «Scary guy» who later became their mascot.

TRACKS:
Enter Sandman, Sad But True, Nothing Else Matters. All live at Wembley Stadion, London, England April 20th 1992

 

CDs

1992 Vertigo Ger (866 895-2) .
1992 Vertigo Aus . Cardboard sleeve

 

 

DON'T TREAD ON ME - Single

Not really released to the public as only a few promotional copies do excist.

 

PROMO CD

1993 Elektra US . Album version

 

 

METALLISTORE - Tape

This tape was given to the visitors at a record store on Manhattan on January 21st 93, when Metallica turned the whole store into a Metallistore. Both sides of the tape have the same songs recorded in Moscow 1 1/2 year earlier. The tape cover is designed by Jayms and it is an early version of the Scary guy which later ended up on the Live Shit box set.

Tracks:
Side 1 & 2: Last Caress, Am I Evil, Battery (All live in Moscow 28.09.91)

 

CASSETTE

1993 Elektra US . .

 

 

LIVE SHIT, BINGE & PURGE - Box set

Lars & Co. wanted to release a live album but couldn't decide which show to pick, so instead of releasing one show, they did three, one on CDs and two on videos. In addition you get a 72 pages book, a snake-pit pass and a scary guy stencil, all packed in a good looking box.

TRACKS:
CD 1: Live at the Sport Hall, Mexico City, Mexico February 25 - March 2 1993 Enter Sandman, Creeping Death, Harvester Of Sorrow, Welcome Home (Sanitarium), Sad But True, Of Wolf And Man, The Unforgiven, Justice Medley, Bass/Guitar Solos.

CD 2: Through The Never, For Whom The Bell Tolls, Fade To Black, Master Of Puppets, Seek & Destroy, Whiplash

CD 3: Nothing Else Matters, Wherever I May Roam, Am I Evil?, Last Caress, One, Battery, The Four Horsemen, Motorbreath, Stone Cold Crazy

VIDEO 1: Live at the Seattle Coliseum, Seattle, WA, USA on August 29 & 30, 1989 Blackened, For Whom The Bell Tolls, Welcome Home (Sanitarium), Harvester Of Sorrow, The Four Horsemen, The Thing That Should Not Be, Bass Solo, Master Of Puppets, Fade To Black, Seek & Destroy, ... And Justice For All, One, Creeping Death, Guitar Solo, Battery, Last Caress, Am I Evil?, Whiplash, Breadfan

VIDEO 2: Live at the Sports Arena, San Diego, CA, USA on January 13 & 14, 1992 20 minute Metallimovie, Enter Sandman, Creeping Death, Harvester Of Sorrow, Welcome Home (Sanitarium), Sad But True, Wherever I May Roam, Bass Solo, Thru The Never, The Unforgiven, ... And Justice For All, Drum solo, Guitar Solo

VIDEO 3: Live at the Sports Arena, San Diego, CA, USA on January 13 & 14, 1992 cont. The Four Horsemen, For Whom The Bells Tolls, Fade To Black, Whiplash, Master Of Puppets, Seek & Destroy, One, Last Caress, Am I Evil?, Battery, Stone Cold Crazy

 

BOX SET

1993 Vertigo UK (518 726-2) Box set
. . Jap . With T-shirt

 

 

ONE - live

A re-release of the hit(?) single One. This time a live version to promote the Box set, so the cover is changed and the B-side tracks is not the same. A cool item that didn't sell very well. One of singles even have 3 different versions of the same track

Tracks:
v/s Whiplash, For Whom The Bell Tolls, Last Caress (All live)

 

CD

1993 Vertigo UK (858 545-2) v/s One (Demo), One (live)
1993 Vertigo   (858 544-2) v/s One (Edit)
1993 Vertigo Kor (DP1000) Digipack.
1993 Vertigo UK (858 547-2) Digipack

 

PICTURE DISC 12"

1994 Vertigo UK (858 547-1) With insert card. v/s One (Demo), One (live)

 

 

15 PIECES OF LIVE SHIT - Promo Sampler

Very rare double promo CD. This disc was printed and distributed to radio stations in the US. All the "F" words is edited, and you will find tracks from all the concerts in the box. A bootleg excist, and the different between these is that the promo comes in a Cardboard sleeve while the bootleg in a plastic jewel case.

 

2CD

1993 Elektra US (PRCD 8879-2) White cardboard sleeve with sticker.

 

 

LOAD - album

After five years of wait Load sees the light of day. New image and new music, and the fans says that they have sold out, as they have said since Ride The Lightning. Collectors look out for the limited edition double Australian item with interview disc.

TRACKS:
Ain't My Bitch, 2x4, The House jack Built, Until It Sleeps, King Nothing, Hero Of The Day, Bleeding Me, Cure, Poor Twisted Me, Wasting My Hate, Mama Said, Thorn Within, Ronnie, The Outlaw Torn

 

DOUBLE VINYL

1996 Elektra US (61923-1) Gatefold cover with pictures
1996 Vertigo UK (532 618-1) Gatefold cover with pictures

 

CD

1996 Elektra US (61923-2) .
1996 Vertigo Ger (532 618-2) .
1996 Sony Jap (SRCS 8000) with OBI and lyrics.
1996 Sony Jap (SRCS 8000) with OBI and lyrics. First pressing comes with Promo book. Book has history, stickers, trivia game, and daily planner.
1996 Vertigo Aus (532 618-2) Limited edition with interview disc (MET INT 1)

 

PROMO - CDs

1996 CBS/SONY Jap . Promo with sticker on cover
1996 Elektra US . Gold stamp promo

 

 

LOAD - THE INTERVIEW - Promo

English promo interview disc sent out to various radio stations along with a question sheet so the hosts could «interview» the band themselves. The interview is done by Ian «Molly» Meldrum in Sydney, Australia. This is the same interview as is in the Australian Load CD.

 

CD

1996 Vertigo UK (MET INT1) Promo interview disc

 

 

UNTIL IT SLEEPS - single

First single from Load, released to get some air play and publicity prior the album. The Herman Melville mix of the song which is on some of the versions is done by Moby.

TRACKS:
Until It Sleeps, Overkill

 

7" VINYL

1996 Vertigo . (METJB 12) jukebox single no picture sleeve

 

CD SINGLES

1996 Vertigo UK (METCD 12) Part 1 v/s 2x4 (Live), F.O.B.D
1996 Vertigo UK (METCX 12) Part 2 v/s Kill/Ride Medley (Live),Until It Sleeps (Herman Melville Mix)
1996 . Aus . Card board sleeve
1996 Elektra US (64276-2) .
1996 Elektra Can . Comes in a plastic case
1996 Sony Jap (SRC 8062) With obi v/s Until It Sleeps (Herman Melville Mix), Kill/Ride Medley (Live), 2x4 (Live), Overkill

 

10" VINYL

1996 Vertigo UK (METAL 12) Limited edition red vinyl v/s Until It Sleeps (Herman Melville Mix) 2x4 (Live)
1996 Vertigo Fra (6385) Same as above in black vinyl

 

CASSETTE

1996 Elektra US (4-64276) .

 

PROMO CD

1996 Vertigo UK (Metcj 12) No picture sleeve. 1 Track
1996 Vertigo Fra . promo in gatefold sleeve
1996 Elektra US (PRCD 9568-2) Album version

 

PROMO 7" Vinyl

1996 Vertigo UK (METJB 12) Same track on both sides. White cover

 

 

HERO OF THE DAY - single

This single introduce us to the Motorhead covers. Metallica have been Motorhead fans since the early beginning, but this is the first time they have recorded any of their songs in studio. They recorded them in a rehearsal for Lemmy's (Motorheads main man) 50th birthday party where Metallica jammed with him. Try to find the red box with the single featuring all the Motorhead covers plus a poster.

 

7" VINYL

1996 Vertigo . . .

 

CD SINGLES

1996 Vertigo UK (578 134-2) Cardboard sleeve. v/s Overkill
1996 Vertigo UK (Metcd 13) Part 1. v/s Overkill, Damage Case, Hero Of The Day (Outta B sides Mix)
1996 Vertigo UK (Metcx 13) Part 2. v/s Stone Dead Forever, Too Late Too Late, Mouldy (demo)
1996 Vertigo UK (Metcy 13) Special Motorhead Ache Mess. Red box with poster v/s Overkill, Damage Case, Stone Dead Forever, Too Late Too Late.
1996 Vertigo Aus (578 575-2) v/s Overkill, Damage Case, Mouldy (demo)
1996 Elektra US (64248-2) v/s Kill/Ride Medley (Live)
1996 Sony Jap . with obi strip

 

12" VINYL

1996 Vertigo . . Embossed sliver sleeve

 

PROMO CD

1996 Elektra US (PRCD 9605-2) Album version
1996 Vertigo UK (METCJ 13) With picture sleeve

 

 

MAMA SAID - single

3rd single follows the two previous with 3 parts, and live plus a demo version as B side.

 

CD

1996 Vertigo UK (578 870-2) Cardboard sleeve. Mama Said (Edit) v/s Mama Said (Demo)
1996 Vertigo UK (578 871-1) Part 1. v/s King nothing, whiplash (Both Live), Mama said (Edit)
1996 Vertigo UK (578 873-2) Part 2. v/s So What, Creeping death (Both live), Mama Said (Demo)

 

7" PICTURE DISC

1996 Vertigo UK (METAL 14) With insert. v/s Ain't My Bitch (Live)

 

PROMO CD

1996 Vertigo Fra (Mercury 3433) .
1996 Vertigo UK (METCJ 14) In promo cover. Edit and album version

 

 

KING NOTHING - Single

Released only in the US when Metallica had finished the European leg of the world tour and was ready to start in the states. It is fun to see how much greater all the European items are compared to the US versions. Singles are much more important for a band in Europe

 

CD SINGLE

1996 Elektra US (64197-2) v/s Ain't My Bitch (Live)