Published Feb 17, 2016After putting a call out to fans way back in 2014 for some archival material, Metallica has now announced that they are indeed reissuing their classic first two albums, Kill 'Em All and Ride the Lightning. Both will arrive via the group right before Record Store Day on April 15.
These are hardly simple represses, however. Both albums have been remastered for, what the press release calls, "the most advanced sound quality," and they will come in CD, vinyl and deluxe box set editions. As the press release explains of the latter: "Both deluxe box sets include original source material from the band's personal collection with many never before heard or seen recordings, along with a book including rare photos and essays from those who were there."
For 1983's Kill 'Em All, the deluxe numbered box set includes a whopping four LPs, five CDs, one DVD, a book including rare photos and a patch. Meanwhile, the 1984 follow-up, Ride the Lightning, will boast a box set that comes with four LPs, six CDs, one DVD, a book with more unseen photos, three posters and even a mini-book featuring handwritten lyrics from James Hetfield.
If you are looking for more details, check out the seriously massive tracklists for both box set editions down below, where you'll also find streams of bonus tracks from each release.
You can pre-order the reissues and learn more about them here.