Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Metal Box

Finally got it. This thing even looks cool in iTunes.


Peter Hennig said...

That's awesome -- looks like you didn't waste anytime ripping it. How's the sq?

Pete Bilderback said...

Sound quality is great. The guy who sold it to me told me he bought it on the day of release in 1979 and only played it once to tape it. Judging from the condition of the LPs, I have no reason to believe that is not the truth. He even put in a contemporary ad from NME that has the lyrics to all the songs.

Metal Box is much more of a sensory assault than than Second Edition. It's obvious that cutting at 45 RPM allowed much deeper bass (that's what you always hear people say, and it is true), but the treble also seems more extended to me as well. The treble can sound quite harsh and grating, especially through headphones, but I'm certain that is the sound Lydon and company were going for.

21 years after its release, Metal Box still sounds very forward looking and challenging.

Anonymous said...


It sounds great. I compared it to my copy of Second Edition and it has much more depth. The bass has much more heft and at times is downright menacing.