Metallica will reissue its classic early albums on vinyl this spring, according to a new post at the band's official Web site.
Its first two discs, 1983's Kill 'Em All and 1984's Ride the Lightning, are due first. The post read, "While we're finishing up the new album, we told the dudes at the record company we thought it might be cool to dust off the old tapes and get all retro with some vinyl re-releases. First up are the first two albums...coming out on April 15 in North America and pretty f***ing close to that in the rest of the world." There will be two versions: a single platter than spins at 33 1/3 rpm, and a two-disc, heavyweight vinyl set that spins at 45 rpm. Both editions have been remastered from the original tapes for "audiophile quality." The reissues will be available at the Metallica online store and through its fan club.
The band's third and fourth albums, 1986's Master of Puppets and 1988's ...And Justice For All, are tentatively scheduled for the vinyl treatment in June. Metallica's ninth studio album is tentatively slated to arrive sometime later this year.
(Via The Rock Radio)