I remember, I bought this album on a CD in 1996, the year it was released. The album sounds very different from the previous Metallica’s albums, it was obvious that they try themselves as a musicians in other styles, not only in thrash metal. Also for me, this album is divided in two parts, the one I like and the one I like very much. I would divide the album right in the middle, so the second part of it I like the most, because of three tracks: “Thorn Within”, “Ronnie” and “The Outlaw Torn”. From “Thorn Within” we can see the father-son line, how important and how painful it is to Hetfield. He will also continue this line in Reload’s “Fixxxer”.
Today I have the album on a high definition 4 LP set, where each LP is a 180gram vinyl recorded on 45rpm. The set was released in 2010 by Warner Bros. Records Inc. and sounds really good.
About two years ago, I purchased the album, actually the half of it, on a special edition promo pictured LP, released in 1997 especially for Europe. Only 200 copies were pressed. It’s a very beautiful 33rpm vinyl and for me it sounds as great as a Warner Bros.’ release. And because of its design, I would prefer to have the whole album released like that. You can see its front side on a main picture of the post, the rear side is below: