Thank You Metallica!
Damn I feel old! I just saw that today is the 30th Anniversary of Ride The Lightning! So share some memories with Old Man Feind!
So this Scribbler is feeling a little old now. It seems Metallica's Ride The Lightning was released 30 years ago today. Metallica WAS music for me in my teenage years so it is with pleasure that I share some of this great album and some memories with you all today. 1984 seems like a very long time ago now...
I believe I've mentioned before that Master of Puppets was my first Metallica album and that is and isn't true at the same time. Technically MoP was my first full length but my first was actually a 3-song cassette (yes, laugh it up!) called Jump In The Fire! Check out some terrible footage but with decent sound below with Mustaine still in the band!
I'll admit that my first copy of Ride The Lightning was a tape traded copy (way before downloading for you youngsters) from a good friend. I had a small group of metalhead friends in school so when one of us got something new, copies were hastily made for everyone else. Creeping Death and For Whom The Bell Tolls are two tracks that I've heard probably a million times a piece by now but never ever get fucking old to me! I even had the Creeping Death Ep! I kind of had too as I wore out my cassette copy of RtL and had to get it again.
I am and will forever be a Cliff Burton (RIP) fanboy and while I loved post-Burton Metallica with Newsted the truth is Metallica wasn't the same after Cliff tragically died and neither was metal, period. I mean what other bassist aside from Primus' guru Les Claypool can pull off a bass solo and not just a solo but one that makes you go, "Oh My Fucking Satan, YES!!!!"
But back to Ride The Lightning... Kill 'Em All had put Metallica on the metal map and most seemed to recognize there was something special there but it was Ride The Lightning that showed that Kill 'Em All was no fluke, they were the real deal and there were great things to come. RtL was only 8 tracks but there wasn't a stinker in the bunch and it still influences bands now 30 years later. Check out an awesome cover of Escape by one of my personal current favs, Gojira, below.
If you have somehow never heard Ride The Lightning I can only assume that you are young. I wasn't lucky enough to be able to see Metallica prior to Cliff's passing but I did see them several times including the big dual show with G'n'R. I'm not so big a fan these days but in my youth Metallica was pretty much my whole world and I wasn't alone. Crank that volume knob to the max remembering a misspent youth or become a fan for the first time, you've got some serious catching up to do.
Happy 30th Ride The Lightning
Thank You Metallica!
So are you an old fart like me and remember hearing this great album back in the day or are you younger and heard it much later. Feel free to share you thoughts with us in the comments.
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