Metallica Announce Super-Duper Extra-Special Deluxe Re-Release of …And Justice for All
Metallica have announced that they’ll continue their chronological series of super-duper extra-special deluxe reissues of their back catalog with a new edition of …And Justice for All, to be released November 2 via the band’s owned Blackened Recordings.
Of course, the immediate question on everyone’s mind will be, “Will it have any goddamn motherfucking bass on it or what?” The answer is not presently clear. A press release announcing the reissue says only that the album “has been remastered for the most advanced sound quality, as overseen by Greg Fidelman,” and uses the word “bass” exactly one time, to remind us (as if we could forget) that Justice was “The first full length Metallica recording to feature bassist Jason Newsted.” But the re-mastered version of “Dyers Eve” suggests that, no, we will not finally be able to hear Newsted’s contributions to what is otherwise surely one of Metallica’s best albums.
For whatever it’s worth, the bass comes through just fine on a live recording of “Eye of the Beholder,” recorded in London in 1988, which will also be part of the reissue:
Meanwhile, here’s a video of Kirk Hammett unboxing one of the pricier editions of the reissue:
Pre-orders for a variety of editions are available here. Some of them come with rough mixes and demos… maybe those will have proper bass on them.