Albatross / Memories / Swan Lake (Death Disco) / Poptones
/ Careering / Socialist / Graveyard ('Another' Inst) / The
Suit / Bad Baby / No Birds (Do Sing) / Chant / Radio 4
Re-issued (4/92) (2/11)
Label & Catalogue
Virgin. CDVD 2512
Vox - John Lydon
Guitar/Synth - Keith Levene
Bass - Jah Wobble
Drums - Richard Dudanski / Martin Atkins / David Humphrey / Jah
Wobble / Keith Levene
track breakdown inc, studio info
CD re-issue of 'Second Edition' LP. 8 page booklet featuring lyrics
& re-productions of original sleeve artwork.
The February 2011 re-issue uses the Metal Box 2009 remaster.
Same tracks as LP version
Lake' (aka 'Death Disco') is a slightly different mix to
the 7" with extra synth at the very end.
'Memories' is also a
different mix to the single... 'No Birds' (aka 'No Birds Do Sing')
is the same version as the B-side of the 'Death Disco' 7".
'Graveyard' is an instrumental
version of 'Another' from the 'Memories' single.
Writing / Publishing:
All tracks Written by Public Image Ltd
Published by Warner Chappell Music Ltd / EMI Virgin Music Ltd ©
1979 Virgin Records Ltd
was one of the first PiL albums to be re-issued on CD in 1986, along
with 'First Issue' & 'Live in Tokyo'.
Despite being the same
album both 'Second Edition' & 'Metal Box' (in a tin) are currently
available on CD.
Back in 1979 Warner Brothers
in the US didn't want to release the 'Metal Box' LP in the can format
due to cost. So it was decided to release the record as a standard
double album in the states. Virgin UK then decided to release the
album as a re-issue of the now sold-out 'Metal Box'.
When PiL appeared on
the 'Old Grey Whistle Test' to promote the album Lydon used the
rear sleeve as a lyric sheet.
Produced by 'Public Image Ltd'
Engineered by Nick Cook & Hugh Padgham
The Manor, Oxfordshire / Town House, London / Advision, London
Original Sleeve Design:
We did the new cover and we wanted it to be a double album. We told
them that's how we wanted it done. It was our idea to be reflective
in those things and move them. Then they put me on the front (cover),
which was nice. It's this reflection. We were taking a picture of
a reflection. You move it some position and it's like being at the
fairground, with your face stretched. So the cover is just a composite
of my face. All the pictures there are like that. It's fucking cool
- Keith Levene, Perfect Sound Forever 2001
I was very shocked by
the reviews of 'Metal Box', of course I believe none of them. They
liked us for all the wrong reasons...
- John Lydon, Tomorrow Show 1980
Review (US), August 1980 (LP)
24th November 1979 (Metal Box)
see the Fodderstompf 'Metal Box' page featuring extensive review
and additional info.