Metallica will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the release of its fourth studio album, . . . And Justice For All, with the November 2nd arrival of a deluxe reissue through the band’s own Blackened Recordings label.
The reissue of . . . And Justice For All has been remastered for the most advanced sound quality and will be available in multiple digital and physical configurations. The set will be available physically as a Standard Double 180 gram LP, Standard CD, three CD Expanded Edition, Cassette, Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set and digitally as a Standard album for streaming and downloading, an Expanded Edition for download only, and a Digital Deluxe Box Set.
The Expanded Edition will include previously unreleased demos, rough mixes, previously unreleased live tracks, and a booklet of never-before-seen photos. The Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set will include the remastered double 180 gram LP, a “One” picture disc, three LPs featuring a legendary performance from Seattle in 1989, 11 CDs, four DVDs, a set of four patches, a Pushead print, a tour laminate, lyric sheets, a download card for all material in the set, and a deluxe 120-page book with never-before-seen photos and never-before-told stories about the album, its creation and its legacy.
While . . . And Justice For All is considered one of Metallica’s classics, it has been criticized almost since the day it was released in 1988 for the lack of any bass guitar on the record. Jason Newsted’s playing is virtually buried in the mix, which many fans and recording mixer Steve Thompson blame on drummer Lars Ulrich, who wanted the drums to sound a certain way even at the expense of the bass.
The reissue will not include a remix of the album with the bass restored to normal volume, despite fan requests for such an item.