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    Ride The Lightning

    Ride the Lightning is the second studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica. The album was recorded in three weeks with producer Flemming Rasmussen at the Sweet Silence Studios in Copenhagen, Denmark. The artwork, based on the band's concept, represents an electric chair in the midst of a thunderstorm. The album title was taken from a passage in Stephen King's novel The Stand. Whilst still rooted in the thrash metal genre, the album showcased the band's musical maturity and lyrical sophistication. This was partially because bassist Cliff Burton introduced the basics of music theory to the rest of the band and because he had more input in the songwriting. It was the last album to feature songwriting contribution from former lead guitarist Dave Mustaine.


    Ride the Lightning received positive response from music critics, who saw it as a more ambitious effort than its predecessor. Metallica promoted the album on the Bang That Head That Doesn't Bang European tour in late 1984, and on its North American leg in the first half of 1985. The band performed at a few major music festivals, such as Monsters of Rock and Day on the Green later that year. Two months after its release, Elektra Records signed Metallica to a multi-year contract and reissued the album. Ride the Lightning peaked at number 100 on the Billboard 200 with no radio exposure. Although 75,000 copies were initially pressed for the American market, the album sold half a million by November 1987. It was certified 6× platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 2012 for shipping six million copies in the United States. Many rock publications have ranked Ride the Lightning on their best album lists, saying it had a lasting impact on the genre.

    1. Fight Fire With Fire

    2. Ride The Lightning

    3. For Whom The Bell Tolls

    4. Fade To Black

    5. Trapped Under Ice

    6. Escape
    7. Creeping Death

    8. The Call Of Ktulu
    Metallica
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Ride The Lightning (Deluxe Box Set)

    Limited To 30,000


    Ride The Lightning Remastered On 180 Gram Vinyl


    Double LP Featuring A Previously Unreleased Live Set At The Hollywood Palladium - Los Angeles, CA, 1985


    Creeping Death Picture Disc


    6 CDs Including Ride The Lightning Remastered, Unreleased Interviews, Rough Mixes & Demos, And Previously Unreleased Live Sets


    Live DVD Featuring 3 Songs And An Interview From MTV's Day On The Green In 1985, As Well As A Previously Unreleased Live Set From Metal Hammer Festival At Freilichtbuhne Loreley In St. Goarshausen, Germany


    64 Page Book Including Essays, Never-Before-Seen Photos, Various Ephemera


    Mini-Book Of Handwritten Lyrics


    Poster Set (3 Posters From European Tour In 1984)


    Deluxe numbered box set of Ride the Lightning including four vinyl records, six CDs, one DVD, a hardcover book including never before seen photos, a mini-book of handwritten lyrics and a set of three posters.


    The LPs include a newly remastered 180 Gram pressing of Ride The Lightning, a previously unreleased double LP - Live At The Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, CA - March 10th, 1985, and a Creeping Death picture disc.


    The CDs include a remastered Ride The Lightning, three previously unreleased interviews (one with Metal Forces in 1984, one with WUSC Cleveland Radio in 1985, and one with Metal Madness in 1985), a CD of previously unreleased rough mixes and demos from Lars' vaults, and three full live shows from London, UK in 1984, San Francisco, CA in 1985, and Castle Donington, UK in 1985.


    Additionally, the box set contains a DVD featuring three live songs and an interview from MTV's Day On The Green, as well a previously unreleased live set from the Metal Hammer Festival at Freilichtbuhne Loreley in St. Goarshausen, Germany, a 64 page hardcover book featuring new essays and never-before-seen photos, as well as a poster set containing three posters from their 1984 European tour.


    Ride the Lightning is the second studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica. The album was recorded in three weeks with producer Flemming Rasmussen at the Sweet Silence Studios in Copenhagen, Denmark. The artwork, based on the band's concept, represents an electric chair in the midst of a thunderstorm. The album title was taken from a passage in Stephen King's novel The Stand. Whilst still rooted in the thrash metal genre, the album showcased the band's musical maturity and lyrical sophistication. This was partially because bassist Cliff Burton introduced the basics of music theory to the rest of the band and because he had more input in the songwriting. It was the last album to feature songwriting contribution from former lead guitarist Dave Mustaine.


    Ride the Lightning received positive response from music critics, who saw it as a more ambitious effort than its predecessor. Metallica promoted the album on the Bang That Head That Doesn't Bang European tour in late 1984, and on its North American leg in the first half of 1985. The band performed at a few major music festivals, such as Monsters of Rock and Day on the Green later that year. Two months after its release, Elektra Records signed Metallica to a multi-year contract and reissued the album. Ride the Lightning peaked at number 100 on the Billboard 200 with no radio exposure. Although 75,000 copies were initially pressed for the American market, the album sold half a million by November 1987. It was certified 6× platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 2012 for shipping six million copies in the United States. Many rock publications have ranked Ride the Lightning on their best album lists, saying it had a lasting impact on the genre.

    LP 1: Ride The Lightning (Remastered) 180 Gram
    1. Fight Fire With Fire
    2. Ride The Lightning
    3. For Whom The Bell Tolls
    4. Fade To Black
    5. Trapped Under Ice
    6. Escape
    7. Creeping Death
    8. The Call of Ktulu


    LP 2: Live At The Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, CA - March 10th, 1985 *Previously unreleased
    1. The Ecstasy of Gold
    2. Fight Fire With Fire (Live)
    3. Ride The Lightning (Live)
    4. Phantom Lord (Live)
    5. (Anesthesia) - Pulling Teeth (Live)
    6. For Whom The Bell Tolls (Live)
    7. No Remorse (Live)
    8. Fade To Black (Live)
    9. Seek & Destroy (Live)
    10. Creeping Death (Live)
    11. Am I Evil? (Live)
    12. Motorbreath (Live)


    LP 3: Creeping Death Picture Disc
    1. Creeping Death
    2. Am I Evil?
    3. Blitzkrieg


    CD 1: Ride The Lightning (Remastered)
    1. Fight Fire With Fire
    2. Ride The Lightning
    3. For Whom The Bell Tolls
    4. Fade To Black
    5. Trapped Under Ice
    6. Escape
    7. Creeping Death
    8. The Call of Ktulu


    CD 2: Metallica Interviews *Previously unreleased
    1. Metal Forces Interview with Lars, November 1984
    2. WUSC Cleveland Radio Interview with Cliff & Kirk, February 1985
    3. Metal Madness Interview with Lars, March 1985


    CD 3: Demos & Rough Mixes From Lars' Vault *Previously unreleased
    1. Ride The Lightning (Studio Demo)
    2. When Hell Freezes Over (Studio Demo)
    3. Creeping Death (Studio Demo)
    4. Fight Fire With Fire (Studio Demo)
    5. Ride The Lightning (Garage Demo)
    6. When Hell Freezes Over (Garage Demo)
    7. Fight Fire With Fire (Garage Demo)
    8. Ride The Lightning (Boom Box Demo)
    9. Blitzkrieg (Rhythm Track Rough Mix)
    10. Am I Evil? (Rhythm Track Rough Mix)


    CD 4: Live At Kabuki Theatre, San Francisco, CA - March 15th, 1985 *Previously unreleased
    1. Fight Fire With Fire (Live)
    2. Ride The Lightning (Live)
    3. Phantom Lord (Live)
    4. The Four Horsemen (Live)
    5. (Anesthesia) - Pulling Teeth (Live)
    6. For Whom The Bell Tolls (Live)
    7. No Remorse (Live)
    8. Fade To Black (Live)
    9. Creeping Death (Live)
    10. Guitar Solo (Live)
    11. Am I Evil? (Live)
    12. Motorbreath (Live)


    CD 5: Live At The Lyceum Theatre, London, UK - December 20th, 1984 *Previously unreleased
    1. Phantom Lord (Live)
    2. The Four Horsemen (Live)
    3. (Anesthesia) - Pulling Teeth (Live)
    4. For Whom The Bell Tolls (Live)
    5. No Remorse (Live)
    6. The Call of Ktulu (Live)
    7. Seek & Destroy (Live)
    8. Whiplash (Live)
    9. Creeping Death (Live)
    10. Guitar Solo (Live)
    11. Metal Militia (Live)


    CD 6: Live At Castle Donington, UK - August 17th, 1985 *Previously unreleased
    1. Creeping Death (Live)
    2. Ride The Lightning (Live)
    3. For Whom The Bell Tolls (Live)
    4. The Four Horsemen (Live)
    5. Fade To Black (Live)
    6. Seek & Destroy (Live)
    7. Whiplash (Live)
    8. Motorbreath (Live)


    DVD: Metal Hammer, Day On The Green & Danish TV
    Metallica Live at MTV's Day On The Green at Oakland Stadium, Oakland, CA - August 31st, 1985
    1. Creeping Death
    2. Ride The Lightning
    3. For Whom The Bell Tolls
    MTV Day On The Green Interview with Lars and James
    Metallica Live at Metal Hammer Festival at Freilichtbuhne Loreley in St. Goarshausen, Germany *Previously unreleased
    1. Creeping Death
    2. Ride The Lightning
    3. Disposable Heroes
    4. No Remorse
    5. (Anesthesia) - Pulling Teeth
    6. For Whom The Bell Tolls
    7. The Four Horsemen
    8. Fade to Black
    9. Seek & Destroy
    10. Whiplash
    11. Fight Fire With Fire
    12. Guitar Solo
    13. Am I Evil?
    14. Motorbreath

    Metallica
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Box Set + 6 CDs + DVD - 4 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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    Ride The Lightning

    Kill 'Em All may have revitalized heavy metal's underground, but Ride the Lightning was even more stunning, exhibiting staggering musical growth and boldly charting new directions that would affect heavy metal for years to come. Incredibly ambitious for a one-year-later sophomore effort, Ride the Lightning finds Metallica aggressively expanding their compositional technique and range of expression. Every track tries something new, and every musical experiment succeeds mightily. The lyrics push into new territory as well -- more personal, more socially conscious, less metal posturing. But the true heart of Ride the Lightning lies in its rich musical imagination. There are extended, progressive epics; tight, concise groove-rockers; thrashers that blow anything on Kill 'Em All out of the water, both in their urgency and the barest hints of melody that have been added to the choruses. Some innovations are flourishes that add important bits of color, like the lilting, pseudo-classical intro to the furious Fight Fire with Fire, or the harmonized leads that pop up on several tracks. Others are major reinventions of Metallica's sound, like the nine-minute, album-closing instrumental The Call of Ktulu, or the haunting suicide lament Fade to Black. The latter is an all-time metal classic; it begins as an acoustic-driven, minor-key ballad, then gets slashed open by electric guitars playing a wordless chorus, and ends in a wrenching guitar solo over a thrashy yet lyrical rhythm figure. Basically, in a nutshell, Metallica sounded like they could do anything. Heavy metal hadn't seen this kind of ambition since Judas Priest's late-'70s classics, and Ride the Lightning effectively rewrote the rule book for a generation of thrashers. If Kill 'Em All was the manifesto, Ride the Lightning was the revolution itself.


    - Steve Huey (All Music)

    1. Fight Fire With Fire

    2. Ride The Lightning

    3. For Whom The Bell Tolls

    4. Fade To Black

    5. Trapped Under Ice

    6. Escape
    7. Creeping Death

    8. The Call Of Ktulu
    Metallica
    $17.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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