ME­TAL­LICA un­leash an ex­tras-filled …And Jus­tice For All box set.

And Jus­tice For All: Deluxe Edi­tion

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BLACK­ENED RECORD­INGS

The prog-me­tal mon­ster gets a multi-disc reis­sue It’s fIt­tIng that Me­tal­lica’s weight­i­est al­bum gets the bulki­est treat­ment so far in their on­go­ing ev­ery­thing-plus­the-kitchen-sink reis­sue cam­paign. The band’s fourth al­bum was the point where the prog­metal streak that had been bub­bling be­neath the sur­face on Mas­ter Of Pup­pets rose to the sur­face. In its orig­i­nal in­car­na­tion, …

And Jus­tice For All swung be­tween the bru­tal and the com­plex, the slick and the in­di­gestible. It was the most fas­ci­nat­ing of their run of clas­sic 1980s al­bums, but also the most flawed.

The top-of-the-range deluxe edi­tion de­con­structs this be­he­moth across – deep breath – six LPs, 11 CDs, four DVDs and one pic­ture disc. The col­lec­tion of riffs, frag­ments, demos and works-in-progress spread over three of the CDs work as a jig­saw that Me­tal­lica fans can grad­u­ally piece to­gether – even if most of th­ese songs were well on the way to be­ing fully formed.

Else­where, five discs’ worth of era-spe­cific live tracks of­fer lit­tle that Me­tal­lica com­pletists won’t al­ready own, though they high­light the prob­lem Me­tal­lica had with recre­at­ing some of the songs on­stage – it would be years be­fore they played The

Frayed Ends Of San­ity (too com­pli­cated), Dy­ers Eve (too fast) and To Live Is To Die (too much bag­gage). What the live ma­te­rial does il­lus­trate, though, is just what th­ese songs sound like with bass in them.

And that’s the big­gest fault with this reis­sue.

While the newly re­mas­tered ver­sion adds sparkle and un­cov­ers long-lost sounds – who knew a ghostly wind haunted the in­tro of Har­vester Of Sor­row? – the in­fa­mous, Ja­son New­sted-free mix re­mains in­tact. James Het­field has claimed that the band wanted to pre­serve the orig­i­nal al­bum’s in­tegrity, and you can see his point. But swap­ping out one live disc for a brand new, bass-boosted take on the al­bum wouldn’t have hurt any­body. As it is,

…And Jus­tice For All re­mains what it al­ways was: bold, bril­liant, but im­per­fect.

You might as well take a step back there, Ja­son…

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