(1984) Ride The Lightning

Metallica

... read moreKill 'Em All may have revitalized heavy metal's underground, but Ride the Lightning was even more stunning, exhibiting staggering musical growth and boldly charting new directions that would affect heavy metal for years to come. Incredibly ambitious for a one-year-later sophomore effort, Ride the...

Explicit

05:55′:33″ 63 Songs

Disk 1

1
Fight Fire With Fire (Remastered)
Metallica
4:44
2
Ride The Lightning (Remastered)
Metallica
6:36
3
For Whom The Bell Tolls (Remastered)
Metallica
5:10
4
Fade To Black (Remastered)
Metallica
6:57
5
Trapped Under Ice (Remastered)
Metallica
4:04
6
Escape (Remastered)
Metallica
4:23
7
Creeping Death (Remastered)
Metallica
6:37
8
The Call Of Ktulu (Remastered)
Metallica
8:52

Disk 2

2
Fight Fire With Fire (Live At The Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, Ca / March 10Th, 1985)
Metallica
4:39
3
Ride The Lightning (Live At The Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, Ca / March 10Th, 1985)
Metallica
7:08
4
Phantom Lord (Live At The Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, Ca / March 10Th, 1985)
Metallica
5:05
5
(Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth (Live At The Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, Ca / March 10Th, 1985)
Metallica
3:35
6
For Whom The Bell Tolls (Live At The Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, Ca / March 10Th, 1985)
Metallica
4:29
7
No Remorse (Live At The Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, Ca / March 10Th, 1985)
Metallica
6:24
8
Fade To Black (Live At The Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, Ca / March 10Th, 1985)
Metallica
7:15
9
Seek & Destroy (Live At The Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, Ca / March 10Th, 1985)
Metallica
7:06
10
Creeping Death (Live At The Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, Ca / March 10Th, 1985)
Metallica
5:55
11
Am I Evil? (Live At The Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, Ca / March 10Th, 1985)
Metallica
3:39
12
Motorbreath (Live At The Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, Ca / March 10Th, 1985)
Metallica
3:19

Disk 3

1
Creeping Death (Creeping Death Ep Version / Remastered)
Metallica
6:36
2
Am I Evil? (Remastered)
Metallica
7:50
3
Blitzkrieg (Remastered)
Metallica
3:37

Disk 4

1
Ride The Lightning (Studio Demo)
Metallica
6:48
2
When Hell Freezes Over (Studio Demo)
Metallica
8:42
3
Creeping Death (Studio Demo)
Metallica
7:11
4
Fight Fire With Fire (Studio Demo)
Metallica
5:01
5
Ride The Lightning (Garage Demo)
Metallica
7:34
6
When Hell Freezes Over (Garage Demo)
Metallica
9:22
7
Fight Fire With Fire (Garage Demo)
Metallica
5:28
8
Ride The Lightning (Boom Box Demo)
Metallica
7:43
9
Blitzkrieg (Rhythm Track Rough Mix)
Metallica
3:38
10
Am I Evil? (Rhythm Track Rough Mix)
Metallica
8:06

Disk 5

1
Fight Fire With Fire (Live At The Kabuki Theatre, San Francisco, Ca / March 15Th, 1985)
Metallica
3:44
2
Ride The Lightning (Live At The Kabuki Theatre, San Francisco, Ca / March 15Th, 1985)
Metallica
6:48
3
Phantom Lord (Live At The Kabuki Theatre, San Francisco, Ca / March 15Th, 1985)
Metallica
4:45
4
The Four Horsemen (Live At The Kabuki Theatre, San Francisco, Ca / March 15Th, 1985)
Metallica
6:01
5
(Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth (Live At The Kabuki Theatre, San Francisco, Ca / March 15Th, 1985)
Metallica
1:39
6
For Whom The Bell Tolls (Live At The Kabuki Theatre, San Francisco, Ca / March 15Th, 1985)
Metallica
4:15
7
No Remorse (Live At The Kabuki Theatre, San Francisco, Ca / March 15Th, 1985)
Metallica
6:14
8
Fade To Black (Live At The Kabuki Theatre, San Francisco, Ca / March 15Th, 1985)
Metallica
6:42
9
Creeping Death (Live At The Kabuki Theatre, San Francisco, Ca / March 15Th, 1985)
Metallica
5:33
10
Guitar Solo (Live At The Kabuki Theatre, San Francisco, Ca / March 15Th, 1985)
Metallica
2:47
11
Am I Evil? (Live At The Kabuki Theatre, San Francisco, Ca / March 15Th, 1985)
Metallica
3:34
12
Motorbreath (Live At The Kabuki Theatre, San Francisco, Ca / March 15Th, 1985)
Metallica
3:02

Disk 6

1
Phantom Lord (Live At The Lyceum Theatre, London, Uk / December 20Th, 1984)
Metallica
4:12
2
The Four Horseman (Live At The Lyceum Theatre, London, Uk / December 20Th, 1984)
Metallica
6:28
3
(Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth (Live At The Lyceum Theatre, London, Uk / December 20Th, 1984)
Metallica
4:15
4
For Whom The Bell Tolls (Live At The Lyceum Theatre, London, Uk / December 20Th, 1984)
Metallica
4:32
5
No Remorse (Live At The Lyceum Theatre, London, Uk / December 20Th, 1984)
Metallica
6:07
6
The Call Of Ktulu (Live At The Lyceum Theatre, London, Uk / December 20Th, 1984)
Metallica
7:47
7
Seek & Destroy (Live At The Lyceum Theatre, London, Uk / December 20Th, 1984)
Metallica
7:03
8
Whiplash (Live At The Lyceum Theatre, London, Uk / December 20Th, 1984)
Metallica
4:35
9
Creeping Death (Live At The Lyceum Theatre, London, Uk / December 20Th, 1984)
Metallica
5:14
10
Guitar Solo (Live At The Lyceum Theatre, London, Uk / December 20Th, 1984)
Metallica
1:22
11
Metal Militia (Live At The Lyceum Theatre, London, Uk / December 20Th, 1984)
Metallica
9:01

Disk 7

1
Creeping Death (Live At Castle Donington, Uk / August 17Th, 1985)
Metallica
5:52
2
Ride The Lightning (Live At Castle Donington, Uk / August 17Th, 1985)
Metallica
7:07
3
For Whom The Bell Tolls (Live At Castle Donington, Uk / August 17Th, 1985)
Metallica
4:43
4
The Four Horsemen (Live At Castle Donington, Uk / August 17Th, 1985)
Metallica
5:57
5
Fade To Black (Live At Castle Donington, Uk / August 17Th, 1985)
Metallica
7:08
6
Seek & Destroy (Live At Castle Donington, Uk / August 17Th, 1985)
Metallica
6:59
7
Whiplash (Live At Castle Donington, Uk / August 17Th, 1985)
Metallica
4:30
8
Motorbreath (Live At Castle Donington, Uk / August 17Th, 1985)
Metallica
4:04
Released 26 July 1984, This Compilation ℗ 2016 Blackened Recordings, under exclusive license to Universal Music International BV

Review

Kill 'Em All may have revitalized heavy metal's underground, but Ride the Lightning was even more stunning, exhibiting staggering musical growth and boldly charting new directions that would affect heavy metal for years to come. Incredibly ambitious for a one-year-later sophomore effort, Ride the Lightning finds Metallica aggressively expanding their compositional technique and range of expression. Every track tries something new, and every musical experiment succeeds mightily. The lyrics push into new territory as well -- more personal, more socially conscious, less metal posturing. But the true heart of Ride the Lightning lies in its rich musical imagination. There are extended, progressive epics; tight, concise groove-rockers; thrashers that blow anything on Kill 'Em All out of the water, both in their urgency and the barest hints of melody that have been added to the choruses. Some innovations are flourishes that add important bits of color, like the lilting, pseudo-classical intro to the furious "Fight Fire with Fire," or the harmonized leads that pop up on several tracks. Others are major reinventions of Metallica's sound, like the nine-minute, album-closing instrumental "The Call of Ktulu," or the haunting suicide lament "Fade to Black." The latter is an all-time metal classic; it begins as an acoustic-driven, minor-key ballad, then gets slashed open by electric guitars playing a wordless chorus, and ends in a wrenching guitar solo over a thrashy yet lyrical rhythm figure. Basically, in a nutshell, Metallica sounded like they could do anything. Heavy metal hadn't seen this kind of ambition since Judas Priest's late-'70s classics, and Ride the Lightning effectively rewrote the rule book for a generation of thrashers. If Kill 'Em All was the manifesto, Ride the Lightning was the revolution itself. ~ Steve Huey