Metallica nunca habían relanzado sus primeros discos, hasta hoy. La banda se mantenía respetuosa con sus masters originales, algo loable en estos tiempos. Únicamente había hecho relanzamientos en vinilo de sus discos, pero siempre manteniendo los masters originales. La banda ahora pertenece a su propio sello discográfico, Blackened Recordings, y por la razón que sea, han cambiado de opinión. Finalmente ha dado el paso que bastantes fans esperaban desde hace décadas: Remasterizar digitalmente sus primeros discos y reeditarlos en boxsets de lujo con material adicional. Personalmente soy bastante contrario a vulnerar el registro original de un disco, por discreto que sea, creo que hay que preservar el sonido resultante de un momento en concreto, fiel a los medios y recursos de un determinado momento. La «renovación» en estos casos, de clásicos que durante tantas décadas han sido pilar de todo, puede ser peligrosa. Si han convivido perfectamente con nosotros inalterados hasta ahora ¿Es necesario remasterizarlos digitalmente?. Si lo que persiguen es actualizar el sonido, adulterarlo o añadirle pistas, creo que sería un error. Si pretenden resolver el error cometido en la primera y pobre masterización a cd, para así respetar el master analógico, y lo consiguen, puede que sea un acierto. Desde luego hasta que no lo oigamos tampoco es bueno pronunciarse. Sobre todo, la adquisición de este material es voluntaria, y reconozco, que el material adicional es muy jugoso.

El 15 de abril Metallica pondrá a la venta «Kill ‘Em All»  y «Ride The Lightning«en CD/LP o un boxsets deluxe de LPs/CD y DVD. Las versiones incluirán «material original de la colección personal de la banda, con muchas grabaciones nunca antes vistas, junto con libros, fotos inéditas y ensayos«, así como los citados remasters digitales de los dos discos.

¿Qué opináis? Os dejamos el listado del material:

VINYL: RIDE THE LIGHTNING (REMASTERED)

  1. Fight Fire With Fire
  2. Ride The Lightning
  3. For Whom The Bell Tolls
  4. Fade To Black
  5. Trapped Under Ice
  6. Escape
  7. Creeping Death
  8. The Call Of Ktulu

VINYL: LIVE AT THE HOLLYWOOD PALLADIUM, LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 10TH, 1985 (2 LP)

Previously Unreleased

  1. The Ecstasy of Gold
  2. Fight Fire With Fire (Live)
  3. Ride the Lightning (Live)
  4. Phantom Lord (Live)
  5. (Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth (Live)
  6. For Whom the Bell Tolls (Live)
  7. No Remorse (Live)
  8. Fade to Black (Live)
  9. Seek and Destroy (Live)
  10. Creeping Death (Live)
  11. Am I Evil? (Live)
  12. Motorbreath (Live)

VINYL: CREEPING DEATH (PICTURE DISC)

  1. Creeping Death
  2. Am I Evil?
  3. Blitzkrieg

CD: RIDE THE LIGHTNING (REMASTERED)

  1. Fight Fire With Fire
  2. Ride The Lightning
  3. For Whom The Bell Tolls
  4. Fade To Black
  5. Trapped Under Ice
  6. Escape
  7. Creeping Death
  8. The Call Of Ktulu

CD: METALLICA INTERVIEWS

Previously Unreleased

  1. Metal Forces Interview with Lars, November 1984
  2. WUSC Cleveland Radio Interview with Cliff & Kirk, February 1985
  3. Metal Madness Interview with Lars, March 1985

CD: DEMOS & ROUGH MIXES FROM LARS’ VAULT

Previously Unreleased

  1. Ride the Lightning (Studio Demo)
  2. When Hell Freezes Over (“The Call Of Ktulu”) (Studio Demo)
  3. Creeping Death (Studio Demo)
  4. Fight Fire With Fire (Studio Demo)
  5. Ride the Lightning (Garage Demo)
  6. When Hell Freezes Over (“The Call Of Ktulu”) (Garage Demo)
  7. Fight Fire With Fire (Garage Demo)
  8. Ride the Lightning (Boom Box Demo)
  9. Blitzkrieg (Rhythm Track Rough Mix)
  10. Am I Evil? (Rhythm Track Rough Mix)

CD: LIVE AT KABUKI THEATRE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA – MARCH 15TH, 1985

Previously Unreleased on CD

  1. Fight Fire With Fire (Live)
  2. Ride the Lightning (Live)
  3. Phantom Lord (Live)
  4. The Four Horsemen (Live)
  5. (Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth (Live)
  6. For Whom the Bell Tolls (Live)
  7. No Remorse (Live)
  8. Fade to Black (Live)
  9. Creeping Death (Live)
  10. Guitar Solo (Live)
  11. Am I Evil? (Live)
  12. Motorbreath (Live)

CD: LIVE AT THE LYCEUM THEATRE, LONDON, UK – DECEMBER 20th, 1984

“Phantom Lord,” “The Call Of Ktulu,” “Creeping Death” and “Guitar Solo” Previously Unreleased. All Other Songs Previously Unreleased on CD.

  1. Phantom Lord (Live)
  2. The Four Horsemen (Live)
  3. (Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth (Live)
  4. For Whom the Bell Tolls (Live)
  5. No Remorse (Live)
  6. The Call of Ktulu (Live)
  7. Seek and Destroy (Live)
  8. Whiplash (Live)
  9. Creeping Death (Live)
  10. Guitar Solo (Live)
  11. Metal Militia (Live)

CD: LIVE AT CASTLE DONINGTON, UK – AUGUST 17TH, 1985

Previously Unreleased on CD

  1. Creeping Death (Live)
  2. Ride the Lightning (Live)
  3. For Whom the Bell Tolls (Live)
  4. The Four Horsemen (Live)
  5. Fade to Black (Live)
  6. Seek and Destroy (Live)
  7. Whiplash (Live)
  8. Motorbreath

DVD: METAL HAMMER, DAY ON THE GREEN & DANISH TV

LIVE AT THE METAL HAMMER FESTIVAL IN ST. GOARSHAUSEN, GERMANY – SEPTEMBER 14, 1985
Previously Unreleased except “The Four Horsemen,” “Fade to Black” and “Seek & Destroy”

  1. Creeping Death (Live)
  2. Ride The Lightning (Live)
  3. Disposable Heroes (Live)
  4. No Remorse (Live)
  5. (Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth (Live)
  6. For Whom The Bell Tolls (Live)
  7. The Four Horsemen (Live)
  8. Fade to Black (Live)
  9. Seek and Destroy (Live)
  10. Whiplash (Live)
  11. Fight Fire With Fire (Live)
  12. Guitar Solo (Live)
  13. Am I Evil? (Live)
  14. Motorbreath (Live)

LIVE AT MTV’S DAY ON THE GREEN AT OAKLAND STADIUM, OAKLAND, CA – AUGUST 31, 1985

Previously Unreleased except “For Whom the Bell Tolls”

  1. Creeping Death (Live)
  2. Ride the Lightning (Live)
  3. For Whom the Bell Tolls (Live)
  4. MTV Day On The Green Interview with Lars and James

DANISH TV

Previously Unreleased

  1. “Lars Ulrich When He Was Young” *Lars’ first television interview
  2. “SPOT – Lars Ulrich”

…and here’s the latter.

VINYL: KILL ‘EM ALL (REMASTERED)

  1. Hit The Lights
  2. The Four Horsemen
  3. Motorbreath
  4. Jump In The Fire
  5. (Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth
  6. Whiplash
  7. Phantom Lord
  8. No Remorse
  9. Seek & Destroy
  10. Metal Militia

VINYL: LIVE AT ESPACE BALARD, PARIS, FRANCE – FEBRUARY 9TH, 1984 (2 LP)

Previously Unreleased

  1. The Ecstasy of Gold
  2. Hit the Lights (Live)
  3. The Four Horsemen (Live)
  4. Jump in the Fire (Live)
  5. Phantom Lord (Live)
  6. No Remorse (Live)
  7. Ride the Lightning (Live)
  8. Motorbreath (Live)
  9. (Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth (Live)
  10. Whiplash (Live)
  11. Seek and Destroy (Live)
  12. Metal Militia (Live)

VINYL: JUMP IN THE FIRE (PICTURE DISC)

  1. Jump In The Fire
  2. Seek & Destroy (“Live” at The Automatt)
  3. Phantom Lord (“Live” at The Automatt)

CD: KILL ‘EM ALL (REMASTERED)

  1. Hit The Lights
  2. The Four Horsemen
  3. Motorbreath
  4. Jump In The Fire
  5. (Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth
  6. Whiplash
  7. Phantom Lord
  8. No Remorse
  9. Seek & Destroy
  10. Metal Militia

CD: INTERVIEW & RADIO IDS

Previously Unreleased

  1. Metal Forces Interview With Lars, January 1984
  2. Radio IDs With Lars, James & Cliff From 1984

CD: ROUGH MIXES FROM LARS’ VAULT, BOOTLEG TRACKS &WHIPLASHREMIX EP

Previously Unreleased except “Jump In The Fire,” “Whiplash (Special Neckbrace Remix),” “Seek & Destroy (“Live” at The Automatt)” and “Phantom Lord (“Live” at The Automatt)”

  1. Motorbreath (Rough Mix)
  2. Hit The Lights (Rough Mix)
  3. (Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth (Rough Mix)
  4. Seek & Destroy (Rough Mix)
  5. Whiplash (Rough Mix)
  6. The Four Horsemen (Rough Mix)
  7. Seek & Destroy (NOT Live from The Automatt)
  8. Phantom Lord (NOT Live from The Automatt)
  9. Jump In The Fire
  10. Whiplash (Special Neckbrace Remix)
  11. Seek & Destroy (“Live” at The Automatt)
  12. Phantom Lord (“Live” at The Automatt)

CD: LIVE AT J BEES ROCK III, MIDDLETOWN, NY – JANUARY 20TH, 1984

Previously Unreleased

  1. The Four Horsemen (Live)
  2. Jump in the Fire (Live)
  3. Fight Fire With Fire (Live)
  4. Ride the Lightning (Live)
  5. Phantom Lord (Live)
  6. Seek and Destroy (Live)
  7. Whiplash (Live)

CD: LIVE AT THE KEYSTONE, PALO ALTO, CA – OCTOBER 31ST, 1983

Previously Unreleased

  1. Hit the Lights (Live)
  2. The Four Horsemen (Live)
  3. Jump in the Fire (Live)
  4. Fight Fire With Fire (Live)
  5. Ride the Lightning (Live)
  6. Phantom Lord (Live)
  7. When Hell Freezes Over (“The Call of Ktulu”) (Live)
  8. Seek and Destroy (Live)
  9. (Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth (Live)
  10. Whiplash (Live)
  11. Creeping Death (Live)
  12. Guitar Solo (Live)
  13. Metal Militia (Live)

DVD: LIVE AT THE METRO IN CHICAGO ON AUGUST 12TH, 1983

Previously Unreleased except “No Remorse” and “Metal Miltia”

  1. Hit the Lights (Live) (Video Only/No Audio)
  2. The Four Horsemen (Live) (Video Only/No Audio)
  3. Jump in the Fire (Live) (Video Only/Partial Audio)
  4. Phantom Lord (Live)
  5. No Remorse (Live)
  6. (Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth (Live)
  7. Whiplash (Live)
  8. Seek and Destroy (Live)
  9. Guitar Solo (Live)
  10. Metal Militia (Live)

“Phantom Lord” Live in Paris, France (1984)

“Ride the Lightning” Garage Demo