Metallica marks the 30th anniversary of its self-titled fifth album — a/k/a The Black Album — with two releases, both out September 10th on the band’s own Blackened Recordings. First up is the album itself being remastered and treated like royalty and the second release is a 50+ artists tribute album.
To commemorate its 30th anniversary, the GRAMMY-winning, 16x platinum-certified Black Album is receiving its definitive re-release. Remastered for ultimate sound quality, The Black Album remaster will be available in multiple configurations including 180 gram Double Vinyl LP, Standard CD and 3 CD Expanded Edition, digital, and Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set (containing the album remastered on 180G 2LP, a picture disc, three live LPs, 14 CDs (containing rough mixes, demos, interviews, live shows), 6 DVDs (containing outtakes, behind the scenes, official videos, live shows), a 120-page hardcover book, four tour laminates, three lithos, three guitar picks, a Metallica lanyard, a folder with lyric sheets, and a download card).
Much more than a mere tribute album, The Metallica Blacklist celebrates the enduring influence of this musical milestone with one of the most ambitious projects ever conceived by the Metallica team: An unprecedented 50+ artists spanning an unbelievably vast range of genres, generations, cultures, continents and more, each contributing a unique interpretation of their favorite Black Album cut.
One of the newest samples off this massive compilation is Jason Isbell’s cover of “Sad But True.” I always like when an artist really pushes a song’s boundaries and Isbell’s version does just that. “Sad But True” is now an Americana stomper that is dirty, dusty and grinds along through the heat until you find shelter. It for sure keeps the Metallica mojo and is a great tribute from the Blacklist compilation.