Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
…and Justice for All CD 9 Vertigo (British rock label) 836062-2 042283606227
…and Justice for All 2×12" Vinyl 4 + 5 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) 9 60812-1 075596081214
…and Justice for All 2×12" Vinyl 4 + 6 CBS/Sony (Japan) 25AP 5178-9 4988009541419
…and Justice for All CD 10 CBS/Sony (Japan) 25DP 5178 4988009615653
…and Justice for All CD 9 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) CD 60812 075596081221
…and Justice for All CD 9 Phonogram, Vertigo (British rock label) 836062-2 042283606227
…and Justice for All CD 9 Phonogram, PolyGram Discos S.A. (not for release label use! Argentine PolyGram division), Vertigo (British rock label) 836062-2 042283606227
…and Justice for All 2×12" Vinyl 4 + 5 Vertigo (British rock label) VERH 61 042283606210
…and Justice for All CD 9 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) 9 60812-2 075596081221
…and Justice for All (Columbia House) CD 9 Columbia House (direct-mailing distributor of club editions of releases), Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) E2 60812 075596081221
…and Justice for All Cassette 9 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) 9 60812-4 075596081245
…and Justice for All (24K Gold Disc) CD 9 Globus International (label, distributor), Vertigo (British rock label) 210152-2311 [none]
…and Justice for All CD 9 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) 9 60812-2 075596081221
…and Justice for All CD 10 Sony Music Japan International Inc. (Do not use as a label, see the annotation.) SICP 478 4547366012958
…and Justice for All Digital Media 11
…and Justice for All CD 10 Universal International (release must say "制作:Universal International" AND have no logos other than "Universal Music") UICR-1055 4988005440044
…and Justice for All SHM-CD 9 Vertigo (British rock label) UICY-94665 4988005628657
…and Justice for All CD 10 Universal International (release must say "制作:Universal International" AND have no logos other than "Universal Music") UICY-20225 [none]
…and Justice for All CD 9 Blackened BLCKND007-2 856115004507
…and Justice for All Digital Media 9 Blackened [none]
Bootleg
…and Justice for Jason Digital Media 9

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: Eye of the Beholder
Harvester of Sorrow
One
included in: Limited-Edition Vinyl Box Set
supporting tours: Damaged Justice
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000196917 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/6571 [info]
Wikidata: Q214973 [info]
lyrics page: http://genius.com/albums/Metallica/And-justice-for-all [info]
http://lyrics.wikia.com/wiki/Metallica:...And_Justice_For_All_(1988) [info]
other databases: http://www.metal-archives.com/albums/Metallica/...and_Justice_for_All/559 [info]
https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/metallica/___and_justice_for_all/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/5f54 [info]

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And Justice For All was released in 1988, after what was an extremely difficult time in the personal lives of the members of Metallica. While touring their previous release, Master Of Puppets, their tour bus was involved in an accident that killed their bass player Cliff Burton.

This album sounds different to every other Metallica record, vocally gruffer but with thinner orchestration. Drums tick and pop, rather than bang, the guitars sound dryer and thinner, and there's little in the way of bass. The guitars even occasionally resemble electric violins or cellos - particularly on the closing track "Dyers Eve".

The songs are longer too. And as the sound has become thinner and tauter the songs have grown grander and more epic. These are musicians becoming more ambitious craftsmen and experimenting as a result.

Part of this experimentation sees the group explore their progressive streak, but thankfully the speed with which they dispense time changes, new ideas and new phrases that prevent this going on for too long.

As a record it's complicated, aggressive and hugely technically ambitious (so much so that the majority of these songs have only rarely been reproduced in their entirety live), and contains snatches of some of Metallica's finest work - "Blackened" and "Frayed Ends Of Sanity" stand out in particular, both full of ideas, crackling with aggression and neck-snapping hooks.

However, it's a shame that the rigor applied to recording ideas wasn't applied to making the album sound better, the thin production gives the whole record a monochrome, slightly one-dimensional feel.

It's as if such was their confidence as a group that they were determined to pursue and express every idea as it occurred in every song, and there are lots of them so they get bigger and grander, but sometimes needlessly so, this lack of economy can leave you feeling like a spectator.

As a result this is a less inclusive, more introverted and frankly quite gloomy record. Although it's mightily impressive, perhaps in hindsight this is one effort best left to the completists.