Metallica have announced deluxe reissues of 'Kill 'Em All' and 'Ride the Lighting,' which will come out this spring Pete Cronin/Redferns/Getty
Metallica have revealed the contents of the deluxe editions of Kill ‘Em All and Ride the Lightning that they will be putting out this spring. Each album has been remastered and will be available on CD and vinyl, as well as in a deluxe box set. In addition to the original albums, the lavish box sets will contain original source material from the band’s vaults, including previously unreleased music, and a book containing rare photos and essays. All editions will come out on April 15th.
The deluxe box set of Kill ‘Em All will contain four LPs, five CDs, a DVD and a deluxe book with rare photos and a patch. Ride the Lightning will also contain four vinyl records, along with six CDs, a DVD and a book with previously undistributed photos, a mini-book of James Hetfield’s handwritten lyrics, and three posters. The full track list for each is available on Metallica’s website.
The group also posted to samples of rarities that will appear on the deluxe box sets. The first is a version of Kill ‘Em All’s “Phantom Lord” that they recorded live in Paris in 1984.
The second is a “garage demo” of Ride the Lightning’s title track that Lars Ulrich uncovered while putting together the reissues.
Metallica kicked off their reissue campaign last year, when they reissued their No Life ‘Til Leather demo cassette. Ulrich told Rolling Stone at the time, that it was a sign of things to come. “It’s time for us to put out some next-level reissues and do the song and dance of the catalog that everyone else has done; the U2s and the Led Zeppelins and the Oasises,” he said. “Instead of starting with Kill ‘Em All, which came out in 1983, we figured we’d go back another two years to when the band was formed in 1981.”