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Japanese only SHM pressing. The SHM-CD [Super High Material CD] format features enhanced audio quality through the use of a special polycarbonate plastic. Using a process developed by JVC and Universal Music Japan discovered through the joint companies’ research into LCD display manufacturing SHM-CDs feature improved transparency on the data side of the disc allowing for more accurate reading of CD data by the CD player laser head. SHM-CD format CDs are fully compatible with standard CD players. Universal. 2009.This record has so much good material that it’s a shame the production is so shoddy. Songwise, this is probably Metallica’s most sophisticated album, exploring the theme of justice and perversions thereof with a vengeance. ”One” is one of their best songs ever, building from a slow, edgy beginning into effortless overdrive. The title track is excellent and never boring, despite clocking in at more than nine minutes. It’s the epic of the album, but all of the songs are long, displaying impressive chops and songwriting. Metallica took a commercial turn after …And Justice for All, and it’s interesting to speculate on what would have happened to their music had they continued in the direction suggested by this album. –Genevieve WilliamsHaving already established themselves as the streetwise saviors of heavy metal’s oft-tainted legacy in the ’80s, Metallica rebounded from the accidental death of original bassist Cliff Burton to produce their most thematically challenging, musically accomplished album to date. Despite James Hetfield’s dank, extended portraits of a world collapsing from corruption and decadence–themes that virtually guaranteed it little radio or television exposure–the album was nonetheless a muscular commercial success. Even ”One,” its complex, seven-and-a-half-minute adaptation of Dalton Trumbo’s ”Johnny Got His Gun,” managed to scale the singles charts. Other highlights include ”Blackened,” ”Eye of the Beholder,” and the sweeping ”To Live Is to Die,” tracks that underscore a sense of musical ambition that’s often downright prog-centric, yet never merely self-indulgent. –Jerry McCulley

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  • I bought this along time ago on cassette. I enjoyed listening to it and I am looking forward went the new 2 disc edition is released. The songs and musicship is very good and it was good to see Philty back on drums.
    The songs I liked were Traitor, Dogs and Rock N Roll. All for You could of and should of been radio bound. Overall another excellent Motorhead album.

    Posted on February 4, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This album did not receive the bestreviews at the time of its release but, looking back with hindsight, it’s clear it’s a very good album.This is the album that brought back Philty Taylor on drums, and they still had Wurzel and Campbell on guitars. So, it’s a EXTREMELY heavy album. THe punk ; rock swing is almost gone, it’s just sheer weight! The lyrics are, as usual, very good.

    Posted on February 4, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • The rock, the whole rock, and nothing but the rock. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL has none of the duds that clutter IRON FIST and BOMBER, no filler (ORGASMATRON), and no power ballads (1916, MARCH OR DIE). The disc is worth buying for “Eat the Rich” alone, but you will also want to crank up “Rock and Roll,” “The Wolf,” and “Boogeyman.” My one complaint is that this record is too good; it has spoiled me for the rest of Wurzel-era Motorhead.

    Posted on February 4, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This album seems to get slogged a lot by both critics and fans as one of Motorhead’s weaker releases. In fact classic rock magazine listed this one as the band’s worst albums in a recent issue. I am not sure why it gets such a bad rap. No, I don’t think this is the band’s best, but it is a decent Motorhead album with some great songs. “Rock N Roll”, “Eat The Rich”, and Stone Deaf In The USA” are all classic Motorhead tracks and contain pretty much everything you want from Lemmy and the boys. The rest of the disc is pretty typical Motorhead shenanigans, but all decent stuff. “Rock N Roll” may not be essential, but I don’t think that it deserves the reputation that it has received.

    Posted on February 4, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Wow, I can’t believe nobody else has reviewed this classic. I feel compelled to write a quick review for it after reading another reviewer cutting on it elsewhere. This is one of my top five Motorhead albums (if not top three), and I own most of Motorhead’s albums. “Eat The Rich”, “Rock N’ Roll”, “Stone Deaf in the USA”, “Boogeyman”, “Blackheart”, “All For You”, and the rest of this monster all rock and rock hard. Why any Motorhead fan would rip on this masterpiece just boggles the mind. I don’t have the newest edition yet so I can’t say anything about the bonus tracks, but I wore out my cassette and a copy I made off the LP and I still love to hear these songs. Lemmy is at his raunchy, nasty best on several songs, yet shows intelligence and lyrical range on other tracks. If I were to introduce someone to the genius of Lemmy and Motorhead I would not hesitate to crank up this slab of greatness…

    Posted on February 3, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now