The 30th anniversary of Metallica’s self-titled fifth album (aka The Black Album) will be celebrated this September with a newly remastered edition of the rock classic, and The Metallica Blacklist, in which a cavalcade of artists contribute their versions of favourite Metallica tracks.
Launched in 1991, The Black Album gave Metallica their first number one album in 10 countries, and provided a string of hit singles, including ‘Enter Sandman’, ‘The Unforgiven’, ‘Nothing Else Matters’ and ‘Wherever I May Roam’.
The Grammy-winning record has since become a staple of Best Album lists, and remains unchallenged as the best-selling album in the history of Nielsen Soundscan, outselling every release in every genre over the past 30 years.
To commemorate its 30th anniversary, The Black Album is being re-released and remastered in multiple formats, including 180 gram Double Vinyl LP, Standard CD and 3 CD Expanded Edition, digital, and Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set (containing the album remastered on 180G 2LP, a picture disc, three live LPs, 14 CDs (containing rough mixes, demos, interviews, live shows), 6 DVDs (containing outtakes, behind the scenes, official videos, live shows), a 120-page hardcover book, four tour laminates, three lithos, three guitar picks, a Metallica lanyard, a folder with lyric sheets, and a download card).
The Black Album is being re-released and re-mastered in multiple formats, including vinyl, CD and boxsets…
The Metallica Blacklist celebrates the influence of this musical milestone, with 50+ artists spanning an vast range of genres, generations, cultures, continents and more, each contributing a unique interpretation of their favourite Black Album track, in turn providing a new insight into the universal appeal of the record.
The Metallica Blacklist’s 53 tracks are re-interpreted by country artists, electronic and hip hop artists, punk rockers, indie heroes, and world music performers. Profits will be divided evenly between charities of the artist’s choice and Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation.
The release reads: ‘The Metallica Blacklist is a fitting and limitless homage, one that features bands who’ve shared stages with Metallica alongside artists who are younger than the original album. It’s a truly staggering, at times mystifying assemblage of musicians, dozens of whom have little to nothing in common other than the shared passion for the music that’s united them for this album: 1 Album. 12 Songs. 53 Artists. Unlimited Possibilities.’
The Metallica Blacklist will be available digitally September 10, with physical formats to follow on October 1 including 4 CD and a limited edition 7 LP vinyl pressing. Pre-orders will instantly receive Miley Cyrus’ version of ‘Nothing Else Matters’ featuring WATT, Elton John, Yo-Yo Ma, Robert Trujillo and Chad Smith, and Latin music superstar Juanes’ interpretation of ‘Enter Sandman’.
The Black Album Remastered goes on sale September 10.
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