What does it sound like?:
It’s hard to believe this album, one of the biggest ever selling hard rock records, is now thirty years old, as it still sounds so current and has barely aged at all with the passing years. This was really the turning point in the band’s career, enabling them to take the final step to megastardom as producer Bob Rock completed the transformation of their sound from the thrash metal dominated approach of their earlier days to a much more accessible radio friendly hard rock style, appealing to a much bigger worldwide audience. This is a huge set comprising no less than fourteen cds, six vinyl albums and a further half a dozen dvds, giving over twenty fours of musical content, plus a 120 page book, and a plethora of ephemera, posters, etc. As well as the original set remastered, there are no less than five cds worth of demos, early takes, rehearsals and the like, and it’s interesting to hear how some of the most well known songs here came from the germ of an idea that was developed and honed over many months. However, they are in all honesty not something that most listeners, including even the most ardent of fans, will listen to repeatedly. As well as various band interviews, the remainder of the cds (I haven’t seen the dvds) are given over to various full live shows from the subsequent globe straddling tours that capitalised on, and added to, the album’s success, and they admirably capture the raw power of the band in full flight at what was surely the peak of their career, A great set if you’re a mega fan with a big wallet, but for most the very reasonably priced three cd version is the better option, giving you the remastered album, a cd of demos and a cd of live material – great value.
What does it all *mean*?
This is an album where the big songs, including Enter Sandman, Nothing Else Matters and The Unforgiven, became so ubiquitous that the lesser ones rather faded into obscurity as they paled somewhat in comparison – who now remembers the likes of My Friend of Misery, Don’t Tread On Me and Of Wolf and Man?
Goes well with…
Remembering what you were doing thirty years ago
Might suit people who like…
Hard rock, metal.