I have now updated my wantlist with additional stuff i look for with Ghost, Metallica, Wasp, Rolling Stones, Watain, Ebba Grön, Hanoi Rocks to name a few, both records vinyls and tourposters, tourbook and memorbilia.
Here is the complete tracklist for the album:
01. Smoke On The Water – CARLOS SANTANA
02. Highway Star – CHICKENFOOT
03. Maybe I’m A Leo – GLENN HUGHES, CHAD SMITH, LUIS MALDONADO
04. Pictures Of Home – BLACK LABEL SOCIETY
05. Never Before – KINGS OF CHAOS (Joe Elliott, Steve Stevens, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum, Arlan Schierbaum)
06. Smoke On The Water – THE FLAMING LIPS
07. Lazy – JIMMY BARNES, JOE BONAMASSA
08. Space Truckin’ – IRON MAIDEN
09. When A Blind Man Cries – METALLICA
10. Highway Star – GLENN HUGHES, STEVE VAI, CHAD SMITH, LACHLAN DOLEY (exclusive track)
Not only bad things happens on Friday the 13th, for example this piece of metal history arrived today. I guess that most of you who are into this kind of music i write about on my blog are familiar with this compilation, it was put together by Brian Slagel for the Metal Blade Records label, a release on where he was gonna put on a few upcoming unsigned bands he liked, he also asked his friend Lars Ulrich if his band had any songs cos he had a spot open on the compilation. Lars band in this case was Metallica an unknown band (more or less they didn’t even exist yet when Lars accepted to be on the record) who went in and recorded their first song ever for this Lp, and they got the last track on the compilation, an early version of “Hit the lights” saw the light of day, a version wich is way more raw than the more common No Life Til Leather demo version.
Said and done, Metallica got their song on the record, the bandnamed was even misspelled on this first release, it’s spelled Mettallica. The first pressing sold out pretty fast and when it was time to make another pressing they spelled Metallica right and they also took out the early version of “Hit the lights” and replaced it with the No Life Til Leather Demo version of the song, a version wich is a bit more polished and well sounding. Another thing that differs this original press from the second one is that Ratt is featured with the song “Tell the world” that was cut out on the second pressings, i don’t know why but my guess is that Ratt got a record deal and released a MiniLP about the time for the re-issue and that song was featured there.
Other than the fact Metallica did include their very first recording on this vinyl i think it’s a really good compilation and if you don’t feel like spending a bit of money on the vinyl versions they are also available on Cd. Other than Metallica and Ratt i think you should check out Malice and Cirith Ungol, also really good bands.
Side A: Cold day in hell (Steeler), Live for the whip (Bitch), Captive of light (Malice), Tell the world (Ratt), Octave (Avatar)
Side B: Death of the sun (Cirith Ungol), Dead of the night (Demon Flight), Fightning backwards (Pandemonium), Kick you down (Malice), Hit the lights (Mettallica)
On June 23 Metallica performed the song “Escape” (from the 1984 album Ride The Lightning) live for the very first time at the Orion + more festival where the band played the complete Ride The Lightning album on the first night.
Below is a nice pro-shot clip from where they play the song, a song wich is one of my favourite Metallica tracks.
Kirk Hammett is well known for collecting old horror movie stuff and today he announced the release date of his book Too Much Horror Business (yeah, a little nod to The Misfits song there) a book in wich he will show off his huge collection of memorbilia. Looks like a book well worth picking up. Here is the pressrelease from Metallicas official website:
Metallica’s Kirk Hammett announced today that he will publish his first book, Too Much Horror Business – The Kirk Hammett Collection, this October via Abrams Image. Documenting Kirk’s love of all things horror, and the legendary collection of horror memorabilia he has amassed over the years, TMHB is a stunning 228 page, hardback, large format coffee table book featuring well over 300 full color images from Kirk’s private collection and exclusive set photography by Mark Leialoha and Joe Gibbs. There will be three extensive conversations with writer Steffan Chirazi covering the importance of collecting in Hammett’s life from childhood, plus written captions by Kirk for many of the items displayed in the book.
“This is my gift to all the other horror nerds out there who are just like me,” says Kirk, “it’s been made with great love for all the many characters and movies which guided me through childhood, into adulthood and which still keep me on track today.”
Record Store Day, wich will be held on April 21 this year is approaching, celebrating it´s 5th year since the kickoff in 2008. And as previous years there will be some exclusive records released in limited edition for this day. As of now all the exclusives have not been officially confirmed, and when they do you will be able to find them at the Record Store Day Official Homepage.
Here are some titles that will be released on Record Store Day, more to follow so keep up with the official homepage or their Facebook (you´ll find a link at the homepage)
The Black Keys – “El Camino” deluxe vinylalbum including poster and bonus 7″
Disturbed – “The Collection” boxset featuring all five of their studialbums
Metallica – “Beyond Magnetic” Lp released on silver vinyl and also includes a sticker
Mastodon / Fiest – “A Commotion / Black Tongue” 7″
Mastodon / The Flaming Lips – “A Spoonfull Weighs A Ton” 7″ babypink vinyl
MC5 / Afrika Bambaataa – “Kick Out The Jams” 7″ white with red splatter vinyl
David Bowie – “Starman” 7″ picturedisc
White Stripes – “Hand Springs” 7″ red/black swirl vinyl
As we all know the band will headline both nights, and as said before the band will play the entire Black Album at one night, just the same as they will do over Europe this summer, but at the bands pressconference Metallica also confirmed that they on the other night will play Ride The Lightning in it’s entirety! This will be two amazing night, first off on the Black Album there are a couple of songs the band have never played live before, and on Ride The Lightning they have played all songs live before EXCEPT “Escape”, sure they did a one minute jam of the song on the bands 30 year celebration at The Fillmore last year, but why this is so cool is because James have said earlier that he would like to have one song that the band never played live and that song he thought should be “Escape”, but now it will get it’s live debut!
Here is a video from the bands pressconference regarding the Orion Music + More festival
The line-up (except for Metallica) is basically awful, shit, crap (…fill in whatever word you want it to be) Metallica will however headline both of the festivaldates, and on one of the days they will play the Black Album in it entirety for the first time in the USA. Other bands that are confirmed are Arctic Monkeys, Avenged Sevenfold, The Gaslight Anthem, The Black Angels and The Sword to name a few
For more information about the festival check out http://www.orionmusicandmore.com/
“We’ve had the idea of doing our own lifestyle festival with lots of diverse music and fun and games for years,” said Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich. “Finally this year all the practical ducks lined up in a row, and we are beyond psyched to bring Orion to our fans, friends and the curious. After the most incredible of weeks ever in December 2011 celebrating our 30th anniversary at the Fillmore in San Francisco, California, bringing the spirit of that week, the looseness of that week, the possibilities of that week, the fan interactive elements of that week, and the (fill in your own blank here) of that week to a festival setting is so exciting we can hardly contain ourselves.”
Here is some really cool news for us Thrash-Metal fanatics. Kirk Hammet joined Exodus on stage for the song “Whipping Queen” at the Bonded by Baloff: A Decade of Rememberance in Oakland, Usa on February 4, a special night to celebrate the memory of former Exodus singer Paul Baloff who died 10 years ago. Paul who suffered from a stroke and ended up in coma, and was taken off lifesupport on February 2 2002.
For you who don’t know Kirk played guitar on Exodus very first demo back in 1982 before he joined Metallica. The band at the time of this demo had the following lineup Paul Baloff – vocals, Kirk Hammett – guitars, Gary Holt – guitar, Jeff Andrews – bass and Tom Hunting – drums. The demo wich had following three songs “Whipping Queen”, “Death and Domination” and “Warlord”. So to see and hear him rip thru “Whipping Queen” once again is amazing! This demo is the only recording Kirk did with Exodus. Below is a clip of the performance and underneth that you can listen to the original 1982 demo version of the song.
1982 demo version
Metal Up Your Ass is one of the very first Metallica bootlegs to ever surface (the absolute first one was Frankfurt’84) this one is released by an Italian label called Headbangers Records Inc back in 1985. The first pressing was released on black vinyl (so was the third press) and they are pretty easy to find, the second pressing is a bit harder and a bit more expensive when you find em, they were released in all kind of different colours, as you can see in the photo i have the green version, but there was also released as multicolored, red, white, clear just to name a few.
The vinyl have a full Metallica liveshow from Germany 1984, and i would say that this is my favourite period of Metallica, the songs are played faster and rawer than on the studio versions and the band was really young and hungry back then. This is also the only bootleg wich features a full show from 1984 (well it was anyway, nowdays there are so many bootlegs released i don’t keep track, i am mostly interested in the old original 80’s bootlegs) the sound pretty much is what it is, it’s a bootleg, and an audience recording, you can’t ask for much, but that’s not what’s important either when you listen to bootleg recordings (or watch bootlegs videorecordings either for that matter) it’s the feeling, it’s all about the feeling! The capturing of the moment, the intensity.
Side A: Intro, Fight fire with fire, Ride the lightning, Phantom lord
Side B: The four horsemen, Bass solo, For whom the bells toll, No remorse
Side C: The call of kthulu, Seek and destroy, Whiplash
Side D: Creeping death, Guitar solo, Metal militia