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Metallica's Black Album Picture Disc
This vinyl beauty, claims to have been released in 1998 under the Vertigo Record label(PLP 5100220), and was commissioned to thank a airbrush artist by the name of Sorayama, for his work on other Metallica albums.
Information, on this disc, has been nearly impossible to obtain. But according to a knowledgable vinyl dealer based in Ajax, Ontario, this album is in fact a unofficial pressing originating in Italy. Regardless of it place of origin, there is no question, that the artwork on this album, is positively stunning. And is the prized possession of the Picture Disc Website library.

The view of the "Black Album", as seen above, is of side "B". Side "A" contains a coiled snake, with the Metallica logo above, and four faces of the group below.

This picture disc, is of a extremely limited production. Perhaps, limited to only 500. The value, of this disc, is hard to determine. This website has seen the disc top out at $142.00 at a recent auction. But realistically, the value is probably somewhere less than half of that.

The songs found on this disc are:
Side One
Enter Sandman
Sad but True
Holier Than Thou
The Unforgiven
Wherever I May Roam
Don't Tread on Me
Side Two
Through the Never
Nothing Else Matters
Of Wolf and Man
The God That Failed
My Friend of Misery
The Struggle Within
James Hetfield (lead vocals/rhythm guitars)
Kirk Hammett (lead,rhythm,guitars)
Lars Ulrich (drums)
Jason Newsted (bass)
Founded in Norvale,California in 1981 by drummer Lars Ulrich(born December 16,1963 in Copenhagen,Denmark), and guitarist James Hetfield(born August 3,1963 in Los Angeles,California). This "Thrash/Heavy Metal" group is credited for making Metal Rock what it is today. At the same time, overcoming adversity and tragedy including the firing of guitarist Dave Mustaine, and the death of bassist Cliff Burton on September 27,1986, in a bus crash while touring Sweden. Guitarist Kirk Hammett(born November 18,1962 in San Francisco,California) replaced Mustaine, and bassist Jason Newsted(born March 4,1963 in Battle Creek,Mi) replaced Burton.
Prior to Burtons death, Metallica released three albums. First, "Kill Em' All" in 1983. Then, "Ride the Lightning" in 1984. Followed by "Master of Puppets" in 1986 which is said to be Metallica's finest effort on vinyl. Metallica later went on to write extremely complex music, which sold millions of copies without even the benefit of airtime.
Additionally, they toured with names such as Guns N' Roses and Ozzy Osbourne. Then went on to headline the 6th American Lollapalooza Tour.
July,1983.. Kill Em' All ..M.F.N.(MFN-7),M.R.I.(MRI-069)
July,1984.. Ride the Lightning ..M.F.N.(MFN-27),Elek.(60396)
March,1986.. Master of Puppets ..M.F.N.(MFN-60),Elek.(60439)
August,1987.. The $5.98 EP-Garage days Re-Revisited ..Metal(1-12),Elek.(60757)
October,1988.. And Justice for All ..Vert.(836 062 2),Elek.(60812)
August,1991.. Metallica ..Vert.(510 022 2),Elek.(61113)
December,1993.. Live Shit:Binge and Purge ..Vert.(518 726 21 4),Elek.(61594)
(No vinyl lp./3-CD's and 3 tapes,plus books and tickets)
June,1996.. Load ..Vert.(532 618 2),Elek.(61923)
November,1997.. Re-load ..Vert(536 409 2),Elek.( )
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