A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica

Released November 17, 1992

Released November 17, 1992

Liner Notes

Part One
Hey, check it out. When we heard the demos for our 5th album, we figured that we had the real shit. So we called our video connection, Juliana, and asked her for someone who could cover the making of the record in LA and beyond, you know, basically film everything! Enter Adam Dubin and his cohort Vinnie. For 9 plus months, they were there--all day and night (in the way)--letting the cameras run. Watch and listen as demos become finished, listen to why it really takes us 9 months to complete an album. Meet producer Bob Rock with his sidekick Randy. Listen to Metallica jam on different versions of the new songs. Get it all: Mixing, mastering mistakes, making videos, manufacturing, etc. Find out what we're talking about when we talk about the "joys of the studio." We threw in the first 3 vids we made: the studio based NOTHING ELSE MATTERS, ENTER SANDMAN and THE UNFORGIVEN. We hope you dig checking out how it all came together. Tune in to Part 2 as we explore the other side of being in Metallica--THE never-ending 2 year tour. To be continued...

Part Two
So, our 5th album, Metallica, was released in August '91 and immediately we went out touring. First off was the European Monsters with AC/DC, then our own 3 hour "An evening with..." in the States and Canada, followed by the summer co-headlining stint with Guns N' Roses and finally scheduled to end in late spring '93 with the far East, Australia and South Africa. We played everywhere in ever possible way and (hopefully) lived to tell about it. Once we realized what we had gotten ourselves into, why not show everybody what Metalli-touring is all about. Thus Dubin returned; "Get all this shit on film!!" Included here are the first 14 months of fun, hell and stupidity, the videos of WHEREVER I MAY ROAM and SAD BUT TRUE as well as live performances from Castle Donington, Moscow, our first stadium headlining show (San Francisco's Day on the Green), the Freddie Mercury Tribute at London's Wembley Stadium, MTV's Video Music Awards, the Metallica/Guns tour, and highlights from the Grammys...add in behind-the-scenes shit and horrible truths from all of the above and you have a video package which is almost as long as the tour itself. Which is the way it should be. Sit back and enjoy Part 2 of A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica and... it ain't over yet.

A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica was released worldwide in 2-parts on VHS and also on Laser Disc in Japan. Both parts are now available on a single DVD.

James Hetfield - Guitar, Vocals

Lars Ulrich - Drums

Kirk Hammett - Guitar

Jason Newsted - Bass

Director: Adam Dubin

Director of Photography: Vincent Giordano

Executive Producers: Elizabeth Bailey for Elektra Entertainment and Juliana Roberts for Shine

Producer: Jack Gulick


Director: Matt Mahurin

Filmed in September 1991 in Los Angeles, CA

Video Premiere Date: November 19, 1991


Director: Adam Dubin

Filmed during the recording of The Black Album in Spring 1991 in North Hollywood, CA

Video Premiere Date: February 25, 1992


Director: Wayne Isham

Filmed in June 1991 in Los Angeles, CA

Video Premiere Date: July 30, 1991


Director: Wayne Isham

Filmed in January 1992 in San Diego, CA

Video Premiere Date: October 5, 1992


Recorded live on August 17, 1991 at Castle Donington in Donington, England

Produced by MTV


Recorded live on September 5, 1991 at the MTV Video Music Awards in Universal City, CA

Produced by MTV


Recorded live on September 28, 1991 at Tushino Airfield in Moscow, Russia

Director: Wayne Isham


Recorded live on October 12, 1991 at the Day on the Green Festival in Oakland, CA

Produced by MTV


Recorded live on April 20, 1992 at Wembley Stadium in London, England

Director: David Mallet


Recorded live on August 25, 1992 at the Phoenix International Raceway in Phoenix, AZ

Director: Jeff Claire for BBC Video

Rhythm Guitar: John Marshall


Director: Wayne Isham

Tour Sequences Directed by Adam Dubin

Filmed in January 1992 in San Diego, CA and while on tour throughout the Northeastern U.S. in March 1992

Video Premiere Date: May 21, 1992

All songs © Creeping Death Music (ASCAP)

Cover Concept & Illustration: Pushead

Design: Reiner Design Consultants, Inc.

Photography: Ross Halfin

© 1992 Metallica