Disc 1: Albatross / Memories / Swan Lake (Death Disco)
Disc 2: Poptones / Careering / No Birds [Do Sing] / Graveyard
Disc 3: The Suit / Bad Baby / Socialist / Chant / Radio 4
June 27th 2006
Label & Catalogue
4 Men With Beards. 4MBLP500
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
2006 (US only) re-issue replica. 3x45rpm, housed in the legendary
metal canister, plus insert.
180g vinyl, with remastered
Initial pressing of 5,000.
Same tracks as original LP
Writing / Publishing:
All tracks Written by Public Image Ltd
Published by Warner Chappell Music Ltd / EMI Virgin Music Ltd ©
1979 Virgin Records Ltd
Nearly 27 years
after its original release 'Metal Box' finally gets an official
release in the USA (as it was meant to be).
The only real
difference between this version and the original is that they couldn’t
get the metal canister in a matt finish. Even the track-listing
insert still looks poorly printed!
The rear of the canister
features a clear sticker with licensing info, and the can is sealed
with a single small PiL logo sticker.
The album is licensed
from Warners Bros / Rhino to re-issue specialists RUNT Distribution,
and their 4 Men With Beards label.
John Lydon oversaw the
production of the re-issue, ensuring it was as close to the original
release as possible. In fact, it wouldn’t have got released
in a metal canister if it wasn’t for his involvement.
Produced by 'Public Image Ltd'
Engineered by Nick Cook & Hugh Padgham
The Manor, Oxfordshire / Town House, London / Advision, London
Original Concept: PiL & Dennis Morris
2006 Packaging concept: John Lydon
'Metal Box' was hard work. First, Virgin weren't very sure about
the metal package, you know, cost, blah blah blah. So we offered
to pay for some of it by reducing our advance from them. Obviously
the idea of putting a record in a metal box was a bit unusual. The
idea came from film canisters. We all thought video and film was
the future. Besides, I've always collected vinyl and this was a
really good way of stopping it getting damaged.
- John Lydon, 'Plastic Box' sleevenotes 1999
We all came up with the concept of the Metal Box. The way it came
together was that we got it made at this factory called "The
Metal Box Company". It was just the logistics between the idea
and how we could get it made up, which made it look the way it did
and made us put three pieces of vinyl in it. It cost us £35,000
of our advance back to get it out. It ran at 45rpm so you could
get the best response on your sound system. We thought 45's were
cool. They were like almost pre-releases.
- Keith Levene, Perfect Sound Forever 2001
Stone, November 2006
24th November 1979 (original LP)
Metal Box feature and review, August 2006