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  • Audio Cassette
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B00004ZKSF
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
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The best way to judge an album's quality is how good it sounds years after its release. This is harder for metal bands, as their music can sound dated, their lyrics cheesy and the whole thing, well, a bit naff.

Metallica, however, are not one of these bands. They were always the most intelligent of the thrash bands, with James Hetfield's lyrics examining dark, serious subject matter. ''Ride The Lightning'' is a perfect example of this cerebral approach, with tracks like the epic ''Creeping Death'' and the seminal ''For Whom The Bell Tolls'' showing challenging subect matter can be combined with thrash riffs, without dumbing down the latter.

This intelligence is also reflected in the musicianship, which is nothing short of exceptional. Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and the late, great, Cliff Burton are all superb, their talent and vision are evident throughout, notably on ''The Call Of Ktulu'', which, despite being an instrumental, looses none of its power or heaviness.

To pick a standout track is hard, not least in 2007, 23 years after its release, when many, if not all, of the songs are regarded as thrash classics. I believe ''Fade To Black'' deserves a special mention though: its emotive, yet powerful lyrics, great Hetfield vocals, and a stunning acoustic intro, matched only by the epic outro.

The contrast from the intimacy of the opening to the heaviness of the outro shows Metallica's true genius. Heavy, yet intelligent, matching outstanding musicianship with the ability to write great songs. The best compliment though, is that it still sounds fantastic today.
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Metallica haven't, let's face it, released a classic album since 1991's Black Album (and some people don't even like that). But the fact remains that Metallica reached their creative peak with only their second album. It is debatable as to whether it has ever been equalled (i.e by Master Of Puppets or the Black Album) but it has certainly never been bettered, by Metallica or any other band.
As you may have noticed from the song titles, Ride The Lightning is all about death, in its various guises, with topics from the electric chair (the title track) through war (For Whom The Bell Tolls) to suicide (Fade To Black), amongst others. What really impresses me about Metallica on this album, apart from their musicianship (which is of course outrageously high), is the tact with which they handle the various sensitive issues, from the poignancy of Fade To Black to the desperation and horror of Trapped Under Ice.
Opening track Fight Fire With Fire is a fantastic slice of thrash, with a deceptively gentle build-up followed by a rip-roaring thrash riff, some rather morbid lyrics about Armageddon, and an excellent solo.
The title track is, again, an emotive thrash song which captures perfectly the dread of Death Row (or at least I expect so, having not recently been on Death Row myself), and the lyrics also give Metallica's thoughts on the injustice of capital punishment. The solo found later on in the song is eardrum-burstingly good, and the pounding thrash riff keeps up the sinister tempo throughout.
For Whom The Bell Tolls is one of the true Metallica classics, and one of their most crowd-pleasing numbers in concert.
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What can I say about this box set that will make you buy it from this seller,well let's start by saying I paid 105 quid for it so if that's not reason enough well then don't read this hahaha only kidding,this box set is absolutely amazing the live vinyl albums are superb and the live DVD is fantastic,you get download cards with all the vinyl so if you don't own a record player you can still listen to the live stuff,the book is brilliant great looking back at the time where Metallica were just starting to get recognised,there's a lot more other stuff in this set including live CDs,posters,a lyric book and demo cd plus interviews,if you can afford it buy it and if you buy it open it up and play it because it deserves to be played,yes it's expensive but if you were to buy the vinyl,CDs,DVD,book and posters you'd probably pay a lot more
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These days Metallica seem to be something Jeremy Clarkson might whack on his car stereo while driving around being a twat - not cool! However, the first 4 albums they made are super cool! 'Ride The Lightning' displays a natural progression from their debut 'Kill 'Em All', with more mature lyrics, greater musical complexity and better ideas - they really came into their own on this one. It doesn't have any filler tracks and you can play it several times in a row without tiring of it. It's very catchy and, with hindsight, you can see it as the next logical step toward 'Master Of Puppets'(their best album, I reckon). It also has the coolest of all their album sleeves! Just give it a listen and enjoy. Clarkson would s*** in his boat shoes if he were played this monster!
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Ive been a Metallica fan for a few years now, and without a doubt i can safely say this is perhaps the best album they or any band for that matter have ever recorded. With incredible, "lightning" fast (excuse the pun) guitar solos by Hammett this is thrash metal at its best. Almost 20 yrs from its original recording and this album still rocks, simply because the classic guitar/drum solos are no longer present in modern day rock and pop....sad, but lets talk about the album.
At first glance although the track listing may appear small (8) there is still over 50 mins of epic rock with some songs such as "call of Ktulu" at around 8-9mins. In my oppinion this is probably the most consistant Metallica album though songs like Fight fire.." are not classics, but are neither fillers either.The true classics are "Ride the lightning","Whom the bell","Creeping Death" and "Call of Ktulu". However none of these songs (in my opinion) come anywhere near the masterpiece which is "Fade to Black"! A song with incredible rythm guitar, drums, lyrics....everything about this song is perfect and truely epic. An underated song when placed alongside "Master of Puppetz" for example, but this song is superb with an incredible guitar solo (one of my favourites) to end it all off (typical Metallica style). If you like your classic rock, and have chosen to steer well clear of new metal bands, than this album fits the bill perfectly. Because Slipknot just doesnt come anywhere near the drum and guitar genius of Metallica!!!
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