Metallica Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Self-Titled Album with Remaster, Covers Record
Metallica’s self-titled album, aka The Black Album, is one of the best-selling records of all time. It was certified 16x platinum in 2012, selling over 16 million copies in the U.S. alone. Now the band is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a reissue that’s remastered and available in multiple configurations.
Aside from the original twelve tracks that include hits like “Enter Sandman,” “The Unforgiven”, and “Nothing Else Matters,” the deluxe box set digs up just about every little piece of audio and video from the era: live concerts, interview tapes, demos, outtakes, home videos, and more. It’s a snapshot of the band at the height of their fame when bassist Jason Newsted commanded the bass seat.
Among the many demos is his original riff ideas for “My Friend of Misery,” which features an iconic (and super fun) bass line. Check out his rough sketch:
In addition to the deep dive, Metallica has released The Blacklist, a four-CD compilation of artists covering the songs from The Black Album. Everyone from Miley Cyrus to Weezer to The Neptunes appears on the set. Check out Mike Kerr of Royal Blood rocking out “Sad But True”:
Metallica’s remastered self-titled album is available in a deluxe box set, CD, vinyl, audio cassette, and as a digital download (iTunes and Amazon MP3). The Blacklist is also out now on CD, vinyl and as a digital download (iTunes and Amazon MP3).