Mars Attacks! radio and podcast has just launched a new "Classic Albums Column." The column consists of a series of comments that have been submitted by people that are involved in the music industry everything from musicians, producers, authors/journalists, hosts, photographers, label reps, PR people, etc. The first column focuses on METALLICA's 1988 album "...And Justice For All" and features written comments from Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (GUNS N' ROSES), Dan Lorenzo (HADES), Mitts from MADBALL, "That Metal Show"'s Jim Florentine, photographer Kevin Estrada, authors Joel Gausten and Greg Prato, and current and former members of WHITE WIZZARD. The podcast can now be streamed using the audio player below.
METALLICA's fourth album, "And Justice for All", was originally released on August 25, 1988 through Elektra Records. It was the band's first studio LP to feature Jason Newsted, who replaced the group's former bassist Cliff Burton. The album's dark subject material, featuring references to nuclear apocalypse, injustice in the law system, limited freedom, war, insanity and hate, was accompanied by what were the most complex song structures in METALLICA's discography at the time of the LP's release. The album is also noted for its near lack of bass guitar and dry production and therefore has been called a "slightly flawed masterpiece and the pinnacle of METALLICA's progressive years" by AllMusic.com's reviewer.
The front cover depicts the statue of Lady Justice cracked and bound by ropes, with both of her scales filled with dollars and both of her breasts exposed. The words "And Justice for All" are written in graffiti to the right. The cover is made by Stephen Gorman after a concept by James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich.
The album has sold over 8 million copies in the U.S. alone, according to the RIAA and was the best-selling METALLICA record upon its release.