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Metallica Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (2 July 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • ASIN: B00000G5WV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,381 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Ain't My Bitch 5:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. 2 X 4 5:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The House That Jack Built 6:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Until It Sleeps 4:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. King Nothing 5:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Hero Of The Day 4:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Bleeding Me 8:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Cure 4:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Poor Twisted Me 4:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Wasting My Hate 3:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Mama Said 5:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Thorn Within 5:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Ronnie 5:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. The Outlaw Torn 9:480.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Controversial 1996 album which divided the fanbase. Inc. 'Until It Sleeps' & '2 X 4'.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This album changed my life 25 July 2008
By G. Hunt
Format:Audio CD
I'm a big Metallica fan, but I wouldn't be if it weren't for this album. I saw the video to Until It Sleeps while in Spain as a 17-year old and I was captivated by the arresting images and the music which stayed with you hours after hearing it. I didn't really like heavy metal, Nirvana was as heavy as I would go, but this felt different; it had, well, soul. A couple of days later I went down to the local music store, bought the album and then listened to it everyday, sometimes more than once, for the next three or four months.

I still like "Until It Sleeps", but it's been overtaken in my affections by "Mama Said", "The Outlaw Torn" and, especially, "2x4" - there are times when I'm walking along the street listening to this song on my Mp3 player and I feel like I'm stepping a little bit taller. An irrepressible blues groove played by a metal band: it's just dynamite.

After twelve years, what really stands out for me now about this album is how well crafted it is. You might look at these guys and be scared to meet them down a dark alley, but they are real musicians. A lot of thought has gone into each song. After several listens, each one reveals an element you hadn't thought about; even on a song like "the Cure", which isn't one of my favourites, you listen again to the vocals and hear the overlaid tracks of Hetfield singing in two different ways, accompanied by the thumping bass line, and, with the effect that creates, you think, wow, that's clever...

I'll never tire of listening to it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Read 10 Jun 2003
Format:Audio CD
ok to be honest i'd like to say i'm kinda tired of people saying metallica "sold out" for this album, ok its not the thrash they used to play..but its still a GREAT album admittedly its not as heavy as its predesessors but is change necissarily a bad thing, this album has some strong songs that a metallica and music fan will appreciate, do NOT buy this album if you expect metallica to sound like they did 15 years ago because thats not gonna happen the progression for metallica seems to come from everytime they get a new bassist they change there style to me it proves nothing more then therye diversity, its a solid album if your a fan of music... if you want 80's long haired leather jacketed snake skin boots thrash...maybe this album isnt for you!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ignorance is not always bliss! 13 Jun 2009
Format:Audio CD
I can't believe I am writing this album a review (and giving it 4 stars!). I'll tell you why. I was one of those Metallica fans that at the time of release of Load had a lot of difficulty with this album and the band. They had changed their sound, look and attitude which I had trouble accepting. It began with The Black album, an album I didn't hate but wasn't bothered with either. Even now I think that album is over-rated. Even so the day when Load was released I bought it. I went home, pulled it out its sleeve but before i'd even played it I got the jitters. All the trendy, posing photos inside put me off straight away, these images are not what Metallica are about. They are not U2 (they even got Anton Corbain to do them). And they still suck. So I pressed play and I think I got to the 2nd song before losing interest. By the 4th track I couldn't care less. No Leper Messiah, Battery, One, MOP, Shortest Straw, Creeping Death in sight. Thank-you and goodbye. I never played it again until 2 weeks ago, so thats over ten years! So what happened?

A few weeks ago I watched Metallica play at the O2, touring Death Magnetic. 6th song in they play this immense tune which I did not recognise, I am blown away by the heavy, spiraling riff. I am spellbound. I find out (yeah you guessed it) it's from Load and is The Outlaw Torn. So I pull out the album, blow dust off it and press play on this track and am again blown away. Since then I have had this album on repeat. I played it 6 times in a row and fully appreciating Aint My Bitch, House that Jack Built, King Nothing, Bleeding Me, Wasting my Hate and of course The Outlaw Torn.

So a thrash-head has been converted. It seems Metallica really are the Kings of heavy rock/metal/thrash. This album is a classic and rightly deserves to be up there with their best. You just have to get over the photos, a few dodgy tunes (Mamma Said, 2x4 and a few others) and chill. If you doubt me, play The Outlaw Torn at full volume and see......
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars its different...thats all 19 Jun 2005
Format:Audio CD
Well, disappointing as it may seem to these other guys, Load is great. just a change in direction. As a guitarist, this album contains great riffs, although the solo's tend to be a little crappy sometimes. "wasting my hate" is an example. What a riff.
I really hate when others go "This album aint metallica man! These guys suck now!" well, i reckon metallica know what they're doing more than any one else. And as metallica have said before, its what they like, not what you like. And if u dont like it, stay away.
So stay away if you want, but its definetely worth a few quid.
Not the 5 star royalty of previous albums, but still great.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something Different 12 Feb 2009
Format:Audio CD
First off, I will say that I very much like Master Of Puppets, Ride The Lightning and ...And Justice For All so I'm not someone who dislikes metal-ly Metallica, but I do feel that these album receives a fair amount of unjust slander. I understand entirely that Load does not sound akin to the aforementioned but that it is not a reason alone for rubbishing it. If you are buying this album because MOP or RTL is one of your favourite ever CDs, you must prepare for, at the least, a surprise, at the worst, disappointment.
Now the album in question; for me it is an outstanding change of direction for a band not really treading new ground since 1986 and I think it comes off remarkably well. There is enough Metallica-ness to make it work and to justify its parity with their earlier works; for instance, 'King Nothing' is virtually 'Enter Sandman' in structure but very different aurally, James Hetfield's lyrics are as bitter as previous outings and Kirk Hammett still provides some blinding solos.
No longer is the music about how fast one can play or how heavy, but how coherently, how unified as a whole the band are on this record. There is also a more personal and emotional sincerity within the music ('Mama Said', 'Poor Twisted Me') which, other than perhaps in 'Nothing Else Matters', the band have not demonstrated and this allows the listener to connect far more with the music than before.
Unfortunately this is not what every Metallica fan wanted and so the record is just dismissed, unfairly I feel, since there are many fantastic songs present like 'The Outlaw Torn' and 'Bleeding Me', only offset by the boring '2x4' and the unexciting 'Thorn Within'. Other than those two tracks, the rest are all enjoyable.
Just be open-minded and expect a rockier sound, and you'll find a very good album, if not quite a great one.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not a good buy.
The CD is scratched and jumps. It doesn't play well and I was extremely disappointed given that the standard shown was supposed to be high.
Published 24 days ago by MrsS
5.0 out of 5 stars old style
Brinhs back memoriesof dancing around my bedroom as a teen. Now I can dance around the roads listenong to it
Published 3 months ago by Kelly Crowson
5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch
Either you like the newer Metallica or you don't. If you do, then this is absolutely top notch, there are no fillers on this album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars metallica load
it`s an xmas pressie for a family member. A very fast dispatch ordered on monday and wth me on wednesday. thanx
Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Second-best metal album ever, totally underappreciated
The lead singers of metal's two heaviest bands, Pantera and Slayer, trashed this album big-time. Pantera's Phil Anselmo laughed on stage at a Dallas Pantera show about how much he... Read more
Published on 16 Jan 2012 by Matthew A. Gitlin
5.0 out of 5 stars born for this
The other day i foundo that this album, by my faviourite band was released on the day i was born i new it was a sign. Read more
Published on 29 Oct 2011 by Mr Fat Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for closeminded metalheads
First of all, don't listen to the 1 star reviews. All it they are is a bunch of close minded metalheads who think metal is the only genre of music that exists. Read more
Published on 22 Sep 2011 by Fernando
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the critics would have have you believe
....And the worst critics have been Metallica fans themselves. Now, I don't mean to be rude about old school Metallica fans who complained that this was a sell out album and were... Read more
Published on 25 April 2011 by theone&only
4.0 out of 5 stars Great!
This is a really good album by metallica, and one i was surprised i would like. best track on the album is deffinately king nothing, the song cannot be beat! Read more
Published on 13 Jan 2011 by T.Dog
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy for 1/2 the price
Fantastic reissue sounds exellent but you can buy for 1/2 the price at and its available to buy now
Published on 26 Jun 2010 by beeno1978
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