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And Justice For All (4 LP Vinyl 45 RPM )
Vinyl | 45 (7" single, 45 rpm), Reissued, Remastered
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This deluxe vinyl package features four 45 RPM 180g vinyl discs pressed at RTI in Stoughton gatefold jacket with universal 'Louder Faster Heavier' bellyband. The pressing was half-speed mastered from the original analog tapes. And Justice For All, Metallica's fourth studio album, was the band's commercial breakthrough.
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Like I said, I have another copy that was not good and couldn't return it because of driving distance so I got this one from Amazon hoping for something better....it turned out to be worse than my other copy. Luckily Amazon has great customer service and return policies. To contrast it I recently bought Dylan's Tempest album through Amazon and it was perfect, thick, quiet new vinyl. So, there must be an issue with the pressing quality or something. I'm really disappointed Metallica would release such an inferior product of an awesome album. I'm getting a replacement from Amazon for my third and last try with this album. I may have to wait for the remastered box set of this that will come out at some point with the record included (hopefully fixed) or bite the bullet and track down an original copy. I may update after I get the replacement.....
Update 9/17/16: I received the replacement album and it's more of the same, that's three that I've tried and it has been the same issues with each one that I wrote about in my original review. I've officially given up on this one and may track down an original copy or wait for the deluxe box set that will come out at some point.
The difference is: "Not much at all," and my review is: " Since this is replacing the Elektra version entirely, that's arguably a good thing."
Let's face it; few things are more annoying than buying a movie or a CD at full retail price, and then having a new edition released that is cheaper, shinier, or (in some cases) having the level of quality and content that the one you originally purchased SHOULD have had to begin with. Fortunately for those feeling that way, when Metallica bought the rights to their older material off Elektra and went independent under the "Blackened Records" label, they elected to take a less-is-more approach to reissuing their classic albums.
So this edition doesn't boast expanded track lists, or "remastered" works; in fact they are Identical to their Elektra counterparts in every way. After all what really needs to be changed? The album is a classic and the recording snafus that have been part of it since release are a piece of its legacy and icon.
It even comes complete with the classic (or "Cheap" if you're a cynic) black-ridged CD case so it'll fit right in next to that old copy of "Master of Puppets" on your shelf if you're buying the physical copy.
So what HAS changed? Well, there's now a little "Blackened Records" logo where "Elektra" was once emblazoned and (possibly) there has been some color correction to the album cover, though I don't have an Elektra copy sitting around to compare.
Oh, its MSRP is also slightly cheaper than the Elektra version was, which is always a plus.
While I'm sure some people will lament that Metallica didn't take this opportunity to attempt restoring Newstead's largely muted bass track, or conjuring up the lost ambient mic recordings from Ulrich's drumming, one can't help but wonder if these songs might not sound strange with these things added in. (At least in the case of Newstead's Bass, there's an unfortunate technical reason it's not in full force on the master recordings, or so I've read...)
So, Long Story Short: If you haven't yet added "Justice" to your CD collection this is a great time to do so at a more reasonable and modern CD price. (And if you're weird like me, you'll like that the case will match any older versions of Metallica's Albums that you might already have.)
If you already own it? You don't have to fear that you've missed out on anything. Win-Win, I say.