May 3, 2011
Once again, vinyl is back as we come down the home stretch with the re-issue series. Things got a little behind thanks to all the demand for vinyl during Record Store Day, but "S&M" is finally ready and will be available in the Metallica Store this Thursday, May 5 and at your favorite record store next week on Tuesday, May 10 in North America.
Just like the previous releases, there will be two packages. Because "S&M" was originally released as a double CD, the vinyl sets will include a three disc gatefold package for the 33.3 version and a box set with six discs for the 180 gram, 45 rpm deluxe edition. All the music was half speed mastered from the original analog tapes at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood, CA to bring you audiophile quality.
A limited edition pressing of 500 copies of a yellow vinyl version of the deluxe box set will be available for MetClub members (make sure you log in before heading over to the Metallica Store) and BecauseSoundMatters.com on this Thursday, May 5 at 1:00 PM PDT.
For our friends outside of North America, the "S&M" vinyl re-issue is also available for pre-order through our European record company with a release date of May 16.