Metallica Releases Massive ‘Black Album’ Box Set & Tribute Collection


Out today (September 10th) is the multi-media box set edition of Metallica's self-titled 1991 set, better known to fans as the "Black Album." The massive Metallica "Deluxe Box Set" includes 14 CD's, six LP's, and six DVD's among much more. The band will appear tonight on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! Check your local listings for stations and times.

Featuring over 24 hours of content, the new set includes the original "Black Album" remastered on 180-gram vinyl & CD, the "Sad But True" picture disc, a Live At Wembley EP, the Live In Moscow double-LP, two interview CD's, five CD's of demos and rough mixes, six live CD's, and six live and behind the scenes DVD's.

The set also includes a lyric folder, three lithos, lanyard, tour laminates, three guitar picks, and a 120-page book filled with never-before-seen photos and stories from those who were there. The collection runs just under $240.

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Also released today is a companion covers collection, titled, The Metallica Blacklist, which includes a whopping 53 covers by such artists as Weezer, St. VincentMy Morning JacketCage The ElephantDarius RuckerJason Isbell & The 400 UnitJuanesCorey Taylor, along with Miley Cyrus' rendition of "Nothing Else Matters," which also features Elton JohnWatt, Yo-Yo MaRed Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, and current Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo.

Around the time of the "Black Album's" release, drummer Lars Ulrich spoke about the stigma of Metallica still being referred to as a thrash band: ["It doesn't really bother me much anymore. A couple of years ago, I was really worried about being called a thrash band, because I thought we're not now. I'm pretty much at ease with it. If someone journalist wants to call us a 'thrash band' I think it just makes him look stupid, because we know, and I think most of the people out there really know that we're not really a thrash band. So, whoever's labeling us a thrash band looks silly."] SOUNDCUE (:19 OC: . . . band looks silly)

Guitarist James Hetfield spoke about Metallica taking full charge of their music and career: ["Y'know, you want it just right and we kind of got the money now to make sure it's right. And in the long run, but it doesn't really matter — if you're happy with the work. And in writing the material: I mean we take huge pride in writing that. We can't just churn out, y'know, 30 songs and pick out the 12 best (laughs) or whatever."] SOUNDCUE (:13 OC: . . . best (laughs) or whatever)

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