METALLICA is teasing a deluxe remastered version of its “…And Justice For All” (1988) album. A short video clip of the reissue being manufactured has been posted to the band’s official Twitter account along with the hashtag #comingsoon.
In addition to the original album and other rarities, the deluxe edition will apparently include a 1989 METALLICA concert in Seattle, recorded during the “…And Justice For All” tour.
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 — and many fans feel that drummer Lars Ulrich, who had very specific ideas for how he wanted his drums to sound, is to blame.
In February of this year, “…And Justice For All” mixer Steve Thompson claimed that Metallica don’t have plans to remix the album. “I just contributed to the anniversary album of …And Justice [for All],” he told the Talk Toomey Podcast. “I just sent them a bunch of pictures and some outtakes, but they have no desire to remix the record. They want to keep it the way it is. They might remaster it or something like that, but there is only so much mastering you can do. And I’ll tell you the truth, I don’t even know if those original multi-tracks could be saved. Because there are like 5 million edits in them from Lars‘ drums alone. So if you have the box and open it up there probably be about 50 million pieces of tape all over the place.”