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Ride the Lightning

Metallica

Type:
Full-length
Release date:
July 27th, 1984
Catalog ID:
MRI 769
Label:
Megaforce Records
Format:
12" vinyl (33⅓ RPM)
Reviews:
30 reviews (avg. 94%)
Side A
1. Fight Fire with Fire 04:44   Show lyrics
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2. Ride the Lightning 06:36   Show lyrics
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3. For Whom the Bell Tolls 05:06   Show lyrics
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4. Fade to Black 06:53   Show lyrics
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Side B
5. Trapped Under Ice 04:02   Show lyrics
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6. Escape 04:22   Show lyrics
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7. Creeping Death 06:36   Show lyrics
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8. The Call of Ktulu 08:55   instrumental
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Band members
James Hetfield Vocals (lead), Guitars (rhythm)
Lars Ulrich Drums
Cliff Burton (R.I.P. 1986) Bass, Vocals (backing)
Kirk Hammett Guitars (lead)
Miscellaneous staff
Harald Oimoen Photography
Robert Hoetink Photography
Anthony D. Sommella Photography
Fin Costello Photography
Rick Brackett Photography
Pete Cronin Photography
Mark Whitaker Producer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Flemming Rasmussen Producer, Mixing, Engineering
Dave Mustaine Songwriting (tracks 2, 8)
James Hetfield Vocals (lead), Guitars (rhythm)
Lars Ulrich Drums
Cliff Burton (R.I.P. 1986) Bass, Vocals (backing)
Kirk Hammett Guitars (lead)
Harald Oimoen Photography
Robert Hoetink Photography
Anthony D. Sommella Photography
Fin Costello Photography
Rick Brackett Photography
Pete Cronin Photography
Mark Whitaker Producer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Flemming Rasmussen Producer, Mixing, Engineering
Dave Mustaine Songwriting (tracks 2, 8)
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Dave Mustaine gets a co-songwriting credit for "Ride the Lightning" and "The Call of Ktulu."

Some vinyl & cassette versions of the album misprint "For Whom the Bell Tolls" as "For Whom the Bells Toll."

"For Whom the Bell Tolls" is titled after the book by Ernest Hemingway, and borrows its subject matter from one passage.

"Escape" is an early (and somewhat misplaced) attempt at commercial writing. Metallica did not perform this song live until 2012, when they performed the album in its entirety.

"Creeping Death" is lyrically about the biblical story of the plagues of Egypt.

"The Call of Ktulu" is titled after a H.P. Lovecraft story, although the original spelling is "Cthulhu".

Recording information:

Recorded and mixed at Sweet Silence Studios, Copenhagen, Denmark during spring 1984.
Mastered at Frankford Wayne, NYC.

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