Ride The Lightning (180 Gram Vinyl)
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Metallica's second album Ride The Lightning available on 180 Gram Vinyl.Incredibly ambitious for a one-year-later sophomore effort, Ride the Lightning finds Metallica aggressively expanding their compositional technique and range of expression. Every track tries something new, and every musical experiment succeeds mightily. The lyrics push into new territory as well -- more personal, more socially conscious, less metal posturing. - all music
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- Brighter Highs
- Deeper, more defined lows
- Balanced mids
- Overall cleaner, tighter, better sound
The reason I gave this 4 stars is because Cliff's bass needed to be higher in the mix, as always. Cliff's bass playing is too valuable of a thing not to raise it a notch or so in the mix. They should've lowered the guitars a bit in order to raise the bass some, since the guitars already benefit from a higher pitched, more definable sound whereas the bass needs extra lovin' in the mix to make individual notes and fills more audible.
With that being said, you can hear more definition in Cliff's bass sound and you can also hear (and feel) Lars's bass drum better, which results in a more satisfying low-end sound than the original.
Also, some people said that they heard clipping sounds on this new version. I cranked it on my sound system and heard nothing of the sort.
This remastered version is best listened to and appreciated through a good quality sound system (at as high of a volume as your family or neighbors will allow) rather than on an i-pod through headphones. When listening to it through headphones, you won't be able to hear all the little improvements to the overall sound that makes this remastered version worthwhile. It'll just sound like a slightly better version than the original.
All in all, I recommend replacing your old version with this version.
But honestly, IMHO, the 80’s thrash production style doesn’t hold up against classic metal (say Black Sabbath) or more modern metal recordings (say Rammstein). It’s all very scooped and at the same time the bass is lacking thump and the high end is lacking sparkle. That’s true regardless of medium.
BUT! This pressing presents that sound in its best possible light! It sounds really really good and brings back the nostalgia with full force hearing it on extra warm vinyl. Highly recommended for fans with a turntable.
Metallica also is impressive about how they start to tackle other subjects besides death, and destruction, such as: war, death penalty, and suicide.
Metallica lastly, begins to show us their signature style of writing very long songs. Call of Ktulu is like 9 minutes long, and amazing, from start to finish.
If you are a Metallica fan, and want to see a young, hungry, talented thrash band really flex their huge muscles, then Ride the Lightning is a must have!!! 6 stars!!
Mastering and Pressing = flawless. Really impressed with this re issue. I am very demanding when buying LP's i always look for pressing and sound quality. i have spent hundreds on originals for this reasons but here is the beauty of this version. No need to look for expensive original's. This LP plays beautifully.
1. "Fight Fire with Fire" Hetfield, Cliff Burton, Lars Ulrich 4:45
2. "Ride the Lightning" Hetfield, Dave Mustaine, Burton, Ulrich 6:36
3. "For Whom the Bell Tolls" Hetfield, Burton, Ulrich 5:09
4. "Fade to Black" Hetfield, Burton, Hammett, Ulrich 6:57
5. "Trapped Under Ice" Hetfield, Hammett, Ulrich 4:04
6. "Escape" Hetfield, Hammett, Ulrich 4:23
7. "Creeping Death" Hetfield, Burton, Hammett, Ulrich 6:36
8. "The Call of Ktulu" (Instrumental) Hetfield, Mustaine, Burton, Ulrich 8:53
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For me, this remastering job isn't great. First of all, it's a remaster from what I would guess is the original mix-down. This is not a re-mix, then remastering exercise, which means it really only involves applying some more modern audio processes to make the final master from the stereo mix down.
For the purest (and for the guy who mixed the album), I suppose this is important because it means the mix is the same - no instrument is louder or quieter than before nor EQ'd differently - which is too bad really because it would be nice to hear a bit more bass guitar. Having said that, at least it's audible on this record (except on Trapped Under Ice where it's basically inaudible) unlike on Master of Puppets (barely audible) and ...And Justice For All (completely inaudible - anybody who tells you they can hear a bass guitar on that record is imagining it).
The end result of all of this is a cleaner, more polished sound and the record is louder than before. However, I think this loudness is achieved at the expense of dynamic range because of compression, which is disappointing. Since I have a very good hi-fi, I'd rather have a quieter record with wider dynamics.
Comparing this back to back with my original (vinyl) copy, I much prefer the original.
In summary, I've added a tiny bit more to Metallica's vast riches but only they will enjoy the benefit. Just as well I didn't buy any of their albums after Justice, which makes me feel slightly better.
Ride The Lightning is almost an unsung classic in the heavy metal world. The die hard fans will praise the record until they are blue in the face and rightfully so. But the casual listener usually over looks the record for more popular releases like Master of Puppets and And Justice For All. With exception of the previously mentioned Master of Puppets, this is perhaps the bands finest moment in terms of album recordings.
When you look at big hitters like For Whom The Bell Tolls, Ride The Lightning, Fade to Black and Creeping Death which take up the majority of the album, it is truly impossible to deny that this is an incredible record. Even the lesser tracks like Trapped Under Ice and Escape are of reasonably high quality, despite their lack of decent song writing. The riffs are a plenty, there are just as much memorable melodies and there is some magnificent lead guitar work. Very little to actually complain about here.
The original CD print of Ride The Lightning was actually of much higher standard than Kill ‘Em All so I would assume that this record really did not need remastered. But now that I have heard it, I really have noticed how dated the original ’80s CD print has become. The original sound was a little muffled and a tad muddy. The 2016 edition is crystal clear and has provided the band with a much needed kick up the butt. The four instruments have been given a little bit more power, specifically the bass and drums. Much like the Kill ‘Em All disc, Cliff and Lars have been given a more prominent role in the over all sound and it sounds excellent.
There are a little niggle or two in regards to the music but as far as sound goes, this is possibly the best CD version you can buy. Those in charge have cleaned up the music without compromising the over all quality and I couldn’t recommend it more
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For me it is neck & neck with Master Of Puppets as their finest album.
Heavy, Fast, Loud..................Nothing else to say!
The only down side I guess is that as its 45 RPM there are 2 songs per side so you end up changing side/disks a bit but given how big it sounds its not really a big deal.
All in all very happy.
The cardboard cover however is very thin and flimsy. When looking at the side, there is no album or artist name. If you can look past this however, it is definitely worth buying.