Thursday, October 30, 2014

Metallica seek fan help for reissues of first two albums

Metallica are asking help from fans as they prepare deluxe reissues of their first two albums - 1983’s “Kill ‘Em All” and 1984’s “Ride The Lightning” - for release in 2015.

“We want it all!,” posted the group. “Did you manage to sneak a video camera into a show long before they fit in your pocket? Maybe your old instamatic camera for some snap shots? A cassette Walkman with a microphone? We’re looking for anything and everything... audio, video, photos, fliers, ticket stubs, the set list you picked up off the floor, and in general any mementos you may have from that around that time.”

“Make your mark on these albums by e-mailing us at to share your story and receive more info about submitting photos, videos, audio recordings and other mementos.”

“Remember, we want everything (well, everything that’s yours)!,” added the band. “Nothing is too small or too trivial... share your archives with your fellow fans and have some fun with us walking down memory lane. By submitting it, you’re saying we can use it should your piece of history land on a release (yes, the lawyers made us add this part!).”

Metallica’s debut, “Kill ‘Em All”, was recorded in two weeks on a miniscule budget in upstate New York. Although only 1,500 copies were initially pressed, the album was reissued by Elektra Records after the band signed to that label in 1984 and has since been certified triple platinum for sales of more than three million copies.

The project features concert staples like “Seek & Destroy,” “Hit The Lights” and “Whiplash.”

Metallica’s sophomore album, “Ride The Lightning”, is marking its 30th anniversary this year.

The set includes several Metallica classics, including the single “Creeping Death”, “For Whom The Bell Tolls” and “Fade To Black.”

The album peaked at No. 100 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to selling more than 6 million copies in the States alone.

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