Heavyweight, futurist dub from a cross-generational pairing of sound systems masters. The culmination of two years in the studio developing, re-dubbing and deconstructing tracks. Evocative of a long and strange journey from dusk til dawn, it finds the highest common factor between the two producers techniques. Pinchs electronic pulse meeting Sherwoods analogue FX units head on.
2. Music Killer Dub
3. Gimme Some More (Tight Like That)
5. Wild Birds
6. Stand Strong
7. Precinct Of Sound
8. Different Eyes
9. Africa 138
10. Run Them Away
The third and most accomplished album to date from Rone, Creatures is a reflection of quiet open spaces, sun, shadow, electronic sparks and acoustic beauty. Rones tracks are short stories with a distinctly optimistic energy, presenting a soundworld where machines express themselves without constraint at any moment.
2. Acid Reflux
4. Sing Song
6. Sir Orfeo
8. Calice Texas
10. Quitter La Ville
Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley on a steady diet of punk and glitter rock, Prima Donna are infamous on the LA scene. Their curriculum includes musical road trips with Eddie and the Hot Rods, Adam Ant, Glen Matlock & The Philistines, The Dictators, and even Green Day, who they supported on two arena tours on two continents. Frontman Kevin Preston has also continued participation in Green Day side-project Foxboro Hot Tubs. While touring the US and Europe, Prima Donna was in and out of the studio numerous times. The finished product is Nine Lives and Forty Fives, a 11-song variety pack that displays the bands skills in the studio, and compiles some of their rarest and rawest recordings.
1. Pretty Little Head
3. Born Yesterday
4. Living In Sin
6. Rock And Roll Is Dead
7. Like Hell
8. I'm On Fire
9. Tattooed Love Girls
10. Rip Her To Shreds
11. Eat Your Heart Out
Soul Jazz Records' new 'Punk 45' album Burn, Rubber City, Burn charts the rise of the music scene in the mid-west city of Akron, Ohio, at a time when the city and the rubber industry it was associated with was in deep decline. Featuring a fantastic collection of Akron groups including Devo, The Bizarros, Rubber City Rebels, Jane Aire, Chi-Pig, The Waitresses and more. The album follows on from Soul Jazz Records' earlier Punk 45 albums about USA and British punk (Kill The Hippies! Kill Yourself! and There Is No Such Thing As Society) as well as the cover art book Punk 45. Burn, Rubber City, Burn coincides with the release of as a second album about Ohios early punk scene, Extermination Nights in the Sixth City featuring the music scene of nearby Cleveland.
1. The Bizarros - I Bizarro
2. The Waitresses - The Comb
3. Hammer Damage - Laugh
4. Devo - Mechanical Man
5. Tin Huey - Squirm You Worm
6. The Bizarros - Lady Doubonette
7. Chi-Pig - Ring Around The Collar
8. Devo - Auto Modown
9. Rubber City Rebels - Kidnapped
10. Denis Defrange And Mark Frazier - The Manikin Shuffle
11. Jane Aire & The Belvederes - When I Was Young
12. Tin Huey - Puppet Wipes
13. Chi-Pig - Apu Api (Help Me)
14. The Bizarros - Nova
15. Rubber City Rebels - Such A Fool
16. Denis Defrange - Sector Wars
17. Ralph Carney - Closet Bears
18. 15 60 75 The Numbers Band - Narrow Road
Soul Jazz Records' new 'Punk 45' album Extermination Nights in the Sixth City charts the rise of underground punk in the mid-west city of Cleveland, Ohio, which for many people is the true birthplace of punk music in the mid-1970s. Featuring a fantastic collection of punk 45 singles from Cleveland groups including Pere Ubu, electric eels, The Pagans, Rockets From The Tomb, Mirrors, XX and more. The album follows on from Soul Jazz Records' earlier Punk 45 albums about USA and British punk (Kill The Hippies! Kill Yourself! and There Is No Such Thing As Society) as well as the cover art book Punk 45. Extermination Nights in the Sixth City coincides with the release of as a second album about Ohios early punk scene, Burn, Rubber City, Burn featuring the music scene of nearby Akron.
1. The Pagans - Street Where Nobody Lives
2. Jazz Destroyers - Love Meant to Die
3. Pere Ubu - Final Solution
4. The Broncs - Tele
5. Electric Eels - Splittery Splat
6. The Pagans - Dead End America
7. X - X
8. Defnics - 51%
9. Pere Ubu - Heart of Darkness
1. The Human Switchboard - the Human Switchboard
2. X - X
3. Pressler - Morgan One Plus One
4. The Pagans - I Juvenile
5. Poli Styrene Jass Band - Drano in Your Veins
6. Mirrors - Hands in My Pockets
7. Electric Eels - Bunnies
8. Styrene Money - Everything Near Me
9. Rocket From the Tombs - Life Stinks
Jeff Austin has been playing professionally for nearly 20 years, most of them as the vocalist/mandolinist of the game-changing bluegrass jam act Yonder Mountain String Band. Austin has long harbored urges to stretch out musicallyand even cast a few pop hooks of his own. He finally makes the leap on The Simple Truth, his solo debut (releasing Feb. 10th, 2015) and maiden voyage with Yep Roc Records. Accompanying him is an eager troupe of trustworthy fellow travelers chartered as the Jeff Austin Band: Danny Barnes (of Bad Livers fame) on banjo, guitars and vocals; Ross Martin on guitars; and Eric Thorin on basses and vocals, with North Mississippi Allstar Cody Dickinson on drums, percussion and electric washboard. The result is an album that truly reflects Austins goal of crafting a sonic document unconstrained by the limitations jamgrass, newgrass or whatever other names it wears.The Simple Truth captures the energy and excitement of that party, as well as the quiet moments of contemplation that happen after guests leave. If one must give it a label, Americana will do, but he prefers to call it, simply, American music, written from my experience as a 40-year-old guy in America.
1. What The Night Brings
2. Simple Truth
3. Scrapbook Pages
4. Fiddling Around
5. 15 Steps
6. Over And Over
8. Run Down
9. Shake Me Up
10. Falling Stars
The debut release from both the Dead Weather and Third Man Records is two songs of dark, mysterious rock and roll with a violent edge. Alison Mosshart's vocals coupled with Dean Fertita's slashing guitar work wreak havoc on top of Jack White's vicious back-beat. Little Jack Lawrence's bass blows holes through your mind. Prepare to be spooked cause this record is scary good.
Jack White has formed a new group called The Dead Weather with The Kills frontwoman Alison Mosshart. White takes drum and vocal duties, while The Raconteurs bassist Jack Lawrence and Queens of the Stoneage guitarist Dean Fertita round the four piece out.
First release from Jack White's imprint Third Man Records
First release by the Dead Weather
Band features members of the White Stripes, the Kills, Queens of the Stone Age, the Raconteurs
B-side is a cover of the classic Gary Numan song exclusive to this release
Full-length 'Horehound' due from Third Man in July
Hang You Up From the Heavens
Are Friends Electric? (Gary Numan cover)
Ranked 206/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
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When word got out that we were beginning a pressing plant, customers began to call with questions. And the most common and full-of-anticipation question was inevitably: What will be the first title that you press? Well, we couldn't possibly imagine hitting a bigger home run than to open Quality Record Pressings (QRP) with one of the all-time most classic audiophile records, Cat Stevens' Tea for the Tillerman from 1970.
There are so many things perfect about this release. First and foremost, it's a masterpiece of a record. It's that rare record that couples breathtaking sound with hit after hit after hit. In fact, to list the hits would be to list the entire song list. We couldn't pick a better vehicle for which to show off what we're so confident will be the highest quality records ever pressed.
But here's something else that's cool: We scored the absolute original analog masters, and the tapes were in impeccable condition. It took an unbelievable amount of digging and research - and luck - to get this project done to the standards of Analogue Productions. But, wow, was it ever worth it! The tapes were last used in December 1999 when Ted Jensen at Sterling, along with producer Paul Samwell-Smith, remastered the Cat Stevens catalog for CD.
In 1970, Lee Hulko at Sterling Sound cut Tea For The Tillerman for A&M Records in the U.S. and Island Records in the UK using a Telefunken M10 tape machine and a Neumann VMS 66 lathe with a Neumann SX68 cutterhead. Hulko started Sterling in 1968 and was its original mastering engineer. He's considered among the first engineers to advance mastering from just transferring music from tape to lacquer to an art where attention is paid to all the details that result in better sound. We actually found Hulko's original mastering notes from more than 40 years ago. It's incredible, but Sterling still has all of their notes filed away.
So, it was originally cut at Sterling - as were all of the early original Cat Stevens albums - and the tapes were last used at Sterling. How appropriate then that we should go back to Sterling for this monumental reissue. Using the original tapes, George Marino handled the mastering this time. He used an Ampex ATR-102 tape machine, another significant point of interest. While Ampex has long been revered for their sound, they had never made a preview version so that a mastering engineer could cut a lacquer from an Ampex machine. Mike Spitz at ATR Services made a unique preview modification for Sterling so that they could cut this record using an Ampex. Marino then used a Neumann VMS 80 lathe with a Neumann SX 74 cutterhead.
"I think we've gotten something quite a bit better than what was originally issued," Marino says. "I think this version is much more representative of what was on the tape. And that's not a criticism of what was originally done."
Marino points out that since the original issue, there have been advancements in cutting lathe technology that make the improvements of this reissue possible.
"You didn't have the same number of options that you have in the new Neumann electronics," Marino says. "With the new one, they give you more variations to work with. Let's say there's a nice kind of present sounding acoustic guitar on the left channel and then all of the sudden there's a drum peak with cymbal crashes and stuff and that stuff happens to be on the left channel. Being the vocal is down the center, you can drive the high frequency limiter from the right channel. So you can set a threshold on the right channel and grab the vocal without wiping out some of the musical peaks on the left channel. This is what I talk about when I say that we have technical advantages that they didn't have."
Marino also chose to use a wide-track stereo head for this project, which he said allows for better signal-to-noise than the normal stereo head.
And he also decided against using tube electronics, as would have been used originally, because he says that while the tubes allowed for more warmth, they also made the sound duller.
"You wind up wanting to put a little top-end EQ or something to get a little something back (when using tubes)," Marino explains of his decision.
Marino says that he is very pleased with the results.
"A great record. A classic," he says. "And those tapes were in excellent, excellent condition. Musically, I think we've got something that sounds richer and more natural. It sounds more correct. I had to do very, very little to the tape regarding EQ processing or anything."
To package this reissue, we've decided to do a facsimile of the original British Island gatefold jacket rather than the non-gatefold U.S. version. This British jacket also has a textured paper stock on the inside and is glossy on the outside. Additionally, we're using the original pink Island label.
So there you have it. Quality Record Pressings is off and pressing in a big, big way! Finally, we're ready to unveil the innovations in record pressing that we've been working on for more than a year. Among those innovations are the installations of microprocessors on the presses so that all of the presses functions are performed with absolute precision. For example, we've developed a dye with an imbedded temperature sensor that we can use to cycle the presses. Rather than having the presses close and open based on time - as it's been to date - these presses will close and open based on temperature, the far more accurate indicator of when the record is ready. We also have a plating department in Quality Record Pressings, run by the best plating man in the business, Gary Salstrom.
Still to come from Analogue Productions pressed at Quality Record Pressings will be the Cat Stevens classics Teaser and the Firecat and Catch Bull at Four.
Tea For The Tillerman is one of Cat Stevens' finest albums and a gem in the crown of early 1970s singer/songwriterdom. Stevens manages to have his cake and eat it too, simultaneously achieving pop accessibility and artistic relevance. The feel is decidedly gentle and spare. Apart from the occasional string section, Stevens is accompanied only by a three-piece band as he sings his introspective lyrics with appreciable favor.
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1. Where Do The Children Play?
2. Hard Headed Woman
3. Wild World
4. Sad Lisa
5. Miles From Nowhere
6. But I Might Die Tonight
7. Longer Boats
8. Into White
9. On The Road To Find Out
10. Father And Son
11. Tea For The Tillerman
Calling Out of Context is the critically acclaimed release that started the Arthur Russell renaissance. In 2002 Audika Records entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with the Russell estate to compile and issue previously unreleased and out of print material from Arthur’s vast archive. This first album in the Audika catalog features 12 previously unreleased tracks of Buddhist Bubblegum Alt Disco Pop recorded during Arthur’s prime years 1985-90 that clearly illuminates his brilliance as one of the most important musicians of the last 25 years.
1. The Deer In The Forest Part 1
2. The Platform On The Ocean
3. You And Me Both
4. Calling Out Of Context
5. Arms Around You
1. That's Us/Wild Combination
2. Make 1, 2
3. Hop On Down
4. Get Around To It
5. I Like You!
6. You Can Make Me Feel Bad
7. Calling All Kids (Walter Gibbons Remix)
With this release, The Raconteurs are forgoing the usual months of lead time for press and radio set up, as well as forgoing the all important first week sales. We wanted to explore the idea of releasing an album everywhere at once and THEN marketing and promoting it thereafter. The Raconteurs would rather this release not be defined by it's first weeks sales, pre-release promotion, or by someone defining it FOR YOU before you get to hear it...
Another purpose was to also allow people to have their own choice as to exactly which format they would like to hear the album in IMMEDIATELY, rather than having to wait for their favorite format to become available. The band are also not releasing any version of this record that contains bonus tracks. Musically this album will be the same as the band created it no matter what format it is purchased in (The sound quality of each format however, is a different story. The Raconteurs recommend hearing it on vinyl, but the choice is of course up to the listener)...
We hope not to confuse anyone with too many options, or deny them the formats that they like best. The Raconteurs feel very strongly that music has worth and should be treated as such. Thank you to all those who respect music in this fashion, and thank you to our label partners for working with us to get this album to fans in as many formats as possible all at once... - The Raconteurs
1. Consoler Of The Lonely
2. Salute Your Solution
3. You Don't Understand Me
4. Old Enough
5. The Switch And The Spur
6. Hold Up
7. Top Yourself
8. Many Shades Of Black
9. Five On The Five
11. Pull This Blanket Off
12. Rich Kid Blues
13. These Stones Will Shout
14. Carolina Drama
1. At Least That's What You Said
2. Hell Is Chrome
3. Spiders (Kidsmoke)
4. Muzzle Of Bees
6. Handshake Drugs
7. Wishful Thinkingn
8. Company In My Back
9. I'm A Wheel
11. Less Than You Think
12. The Late Greats
Ranked 481/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
With their eponymous 1984 debut, The Smiths began their tenure as the definitive British indie rock band as well as the torchbearers of a new musical era. Johnny Marr's inventive songwriting and Morrissey's unconventional croon made for an evocative sound that was both original and innovative. Songs about homosexuality (Hand in Glove) and child molestation and murder (Suffer Little Children) enshrouded the band in controversy and cultlike devotion, both of which would only grow from here.
1. Reel Around the Fountain
2. You've Got Everything Now
3. Miserable Lie
4. Pretty Girls Make Graves
5. The Hand That Rocks the Cradle
6. Still Ill
7. Hand in Glove
8. What Difference Does It Make?
9. I Don't Owe You Anything
10. Suffer Little Children
Originally released in 1972, Vol. 4 is the fourth album by British heavy metal legends Black Sabbath. The release was initially titled Snowblind in reference to the many tracks centered around drug use which was running rampant in the band at the time of the recording. Vol. 4 also found the band expanding upon their trademark sound with the tracks "Wheels of Confusion," "Tomorrow's Dream" and "Changes," while still offering up classic Sabbath fair like the ultra-heavy "Supernaut."
1. Wheels Of Confusion/The Straightener
2. Tomorrow's Dream
8. Laguna Sunrise
9. St. Vitus' Dance
10. Under The Sun/Every Day Comes And Goes
Ranked 362/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Released shortly before Jim Morrison's death in Paris, 1971's L.A. Woman was the first Doors album too not feature production from long time collaborater Paul Rothchild. The rawer, more live feel marks a return to the blues roots from which the band originally emerged and it delivered the signature songs Love Her Madly, Riders On The Storm and the title track.
1. The Changeling
2. Love Her Madly
3. Been Down So Long
4. Cars Hiss By My Window
5. L.A. Woman
7. Hyacinth House
8. Crawling King Snake
9. The Wasp (Texas Radio And The Big Beat)
10. Riders On The Storm
Ranked 339/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Singer-Pianist's Jazzy Sophomore Record Revels in After-Hours Poetry and Seedy Tales
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: You Will Not Find a Better-Sounding Version!
Closing Time, Nighthawks at the Diner, and Small Change Also Available on 180 gram LP from Warner Bros.
Extending the late-night themes he explored on his stunning debut, Tom Waits continues to explore the seedy underside of urban life and desperate human emotions on his equally stellar sophomore effort. However, The Heart of Saturday Night also included a few changes, the biggest of which is Waits' move away from love ballads. Here, he aims straight for the gutter, the bright neon lights, and the cigarette-strewn alleys, love be damned. Waits hits the mark every time.
Focusing on the after-hours aspects of night life and desire, Waits frames his increasingly nicotine-scarred voice with jazzy arrangements that aptly capture the moods and feelings of his lively cast of characters. Along with minimalist orchestral accompaniment, bluesier influences also seep into the piano-driven songs, and Waits occasionally trades singing for rhythmic Beat spoken-word poetry that mirrors the singer's progressive use of metaphor and allusion. On The Heart of Saturday Night, Waits gives new meaning to what it is to serenade an audience. This is the avenue at which Hunter S. Thompson, Allen Ginsberg, and Bob Dylan meet and have a smoke.
An artist whose popularity spans generations and is equally prized by both older and younger audiences, Waits' records remain in constant demand, particularly on vinyl, where they fetch top dollar on the used market. Despite several import LP versions, no edition of The Heart of Saturday Night has ever claimed audiophile-quality sound. Which is reason enough why Warner Bros.' reissues of the singer's first four albums on 180 gram vinyl are worth celebrating and immediately owning.
Mastered from the original master tapes, this is the first time that any of Waits' formative work has been upgraded and comes on with a presence, immediacy, and detail that have always been missing. Do not miss this incredible pressing!
1. New Coat Of Paint
2. San Diego Serenade
3. Semi Suite
4. Shiver Me Timbers
5. Diamonds On My Windshield (Looking For)
6. The Heart Of Saturday Night
7. Fumblin' With The Blues
8. Please Call Me, Baby
9. Depot, Depot
10. Drunk On The Moon
11. The Ghosts Of Saturday Night (After Hours At Napoleone's Pizza House)
Together is the 5th album by Canadian-US collective The New Pornographers, featuring Neko Case and Destroyer's Dan Bejar, in addition to bandleader and chief songwriter A.C. Newman. Playing to all the New Pornographers strengths, Together combines the freewheeling, glammy spirit of their debut Mass Romantic with the very personal, emotional songwriting of their most recent material.
Stunning ballads like My Shepherd and Valkyrie In The Roller Disco are among the most beautiful melodies Newman has ever written, and singles The Crash Years and Your Hands (Together) rank among faves like The Slow Descent Into Alcoholism and The Laws Have Changed. Vocalist keyboardist Kathryn Calder's voice has never integrated so well with Case's, and Bejar's three contributions are probably his catchiest and least disjointed. Newman says he's always had a dream of finding the middle ground between Led Zeppelin and The 5th Dimension, which isn't a bad way to describe Together's mix of deceptively complex songwriting with pop hooks and arena-rock power.
2. The Crash Years
3. Your Hands (Together)
4. Silver Jenny Dollar
5. Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk
6. My Shepherd
7. If You Can't See My Mirrors
8. Up in the Dark
9. Valkyrie in the Roller Disco
10. A Bite Out of My Bed
11. Daughters of Sorrow
12. We End Up Together
180 Gram double vinyl for the band's ninth studio album! Their first with Roadrunner features a 25 minute epic and includes the musicianship, the skull-crushing riffs, the big progressive epics and the heart-wrenching melodies that the band is known for.
1.In the Presence Of Enemies-Part I
4.The Dark Eternal Night
6.Prophets Of War
7.The Ministy Of Lost Souls
8.In the Presence Of Enemies-Part II
Ranked 309/500 On Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time.
Jane's Addiction may not have been a strict metal band, but their music was certainly full of traits inherent to the genre: hard, gleaming and powerful. Their 1988 release Nothing's Shocking captured the much too short-lived quartet at its absolute peak. Combining radically diverse musical elements from art and classic rock, to hard-core punk and funk, Jane's Addiction was the last great precursor to the alternative revolution of 1991-92. From songs about Ted Bundy (Ted, Just Admit It) to punk ideology as Eastern philosophy (Pigs In Zen) to mystic romances (Summertime Rolls) and early-morning thoughts (Standing In The Shower...Thinking), Perry Farrell consistently dissects his subjects through a psychologically-stimulating viewpoint while the extremely talented band made up of guitarist Dave Navarro, bassist Eric Avery and drummer Stephen Perkin provide the songs with an expansive set of musical colour. A must-have for lovers of cutting-edge, influential, and timeless hard rock.
1. Up The Beach
2. Ocean Size
3. Had A Dad
4. Ted, Just Admit It
5. Standing In The Shower...Thinking
6. Summertime Rolls
7. Mountain Song
8. Idiots Rule
9. Jane Says
10. Thank You Boys
Ranked 41/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Recognizing that there's no such thing as bad publicity, manager-Svengali Malcolm McLaren molded the Sex Pistols into the most confrontational, nihilistic band rock & roll had ever seen. Propelled by Johnny Rotten's maniacal vocals, Steve Jones's buzz-saw guitar, and (most importantly) bass player Glen Matlock's hook-filled compositional skills, the Sex Pistols' early singles Anarchy in the U.K. and God Save the Queen defined the raging style of British punk. By the time they recorded their lone 1977 album, Matlock had been bounced, replaced by the volatile Sid Vicious. Never Mind The Bollocks remains a bile-filled emblem of the times. Punk rocks quintessential album, reissued here on 180g virgin vinyl LP.
1. Holidays In The Sun
3. No Feelings
6. God Save The Queen
8. Anarchy In The U.K.
10. Pretty Vacant
11. New York
This is where the garage punk-pop revival began. Before Nirvana and Nevermind, there was Green Day and the 1991 indie-released 39/Smooth. MTV, multiplatinum albums and massive critical acclaim were still in the distance at this point. 39/Smooth was a three chord explosion of unfettered, even goofy, energy and passion. Previously out of print, this elusive album, now reissued for the first time on a major label, marks the genesis of modern rock. The earliest offering from what has become one of the biggest acts in the world today.
1. At The Library
2. Don't Leave Me
3. I Was There
4. Disappearing Boy
5. Green Day
6. Gong To Pasalacqua
8. Road To Acceptance
10. The Judges Daughter
11. Paper Lanterns
12. Why Do You Want Him?
13. 409 In Your Coffeemaker
15. 1,000 Hours
16. Dry Ice
17. Only Of You
18. The One I Want
19. I Want To Be Alone
Unreleased Emotion was originally released in 1982 but is well worth discovering for the first time, even after all these years. From start to finish, every song keeps the party going and the tone bouncy. For example, for the lively, upbeat “There She Goes” and “Can I Be Your Girl,” Quatro is a one-woman bubblegum girl group.
1. Pardon Me
2. There She Goes
3. Can I Be Your Girl
4. I’m A Rocker
5. Strange Encounters
6. Comes The Night
7. Starry Night
8. Good Girl (Looking For A Bad Time)
9. Everything I Ever Wanted
10. Secret Hideaway
11. Just Like Momma
12. Suzi Q
13. I Go Wild
"Kill 'Em All may have revitalized heavy metal's underground, but Ride the Lightning was even more stunning, exhibiting staggering musical growth and boldly charting new directions that would affect heavy metal for years to come. 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. But the true heart of Ride the Lightning lies in its rich musical imagination. There are extended, progressive epics; tight, concise groove-rockers; thrashers that blow anything on Kill 'Em All out of the water, both in their urgency and the barest hints of melody that have been added to the choruses. Some innovations are flourishes that add important bits of color, like the lilting, pseudo-classical intro to the furious "Fight Fire with Fire," or the harmonized leads that pop up on several tracks. Others are major reinventions of Metallica's sound, like the nine-minute, album-closing instrumental "The Call of Ktulu," or the haunting suicide lament "Fade to Black." The latter is an all-time metal classic; it begins as an acoustic-driven, minor-key ballad, then gets slashed open by electric guitars playing a wordless chorus, and ends in a wrenching guitar solo over a thrashy yet lyrical rhythm figure. Basically, in a nutshell, Metallica sounded like they could do anything. Heavy metal hadn't seen this kind of ambition since Judas Priest's late-'70s classics, and Ride the Lightning effectively rewrote the rule book for a generation of thrashers. If Kill 'Em All was the manifesto, Ride the Lightning was the revolution itself."
- Steve Huey (All Music)
1. Fight Fire With Fire
2. Ride The Lightning
3. For Whom The Bell Tolls
4. Fade To Black
5. Trapped Under Ice
7. Creeping Death
8. The Call Of Ktulu