Four LP set with 'Metal Box' on LP One and Two, live at Factory Records Russell Club, Manchester 18/6/1979 on Side Three and Rare Mixes / BBC Session 1979 on Side Four. The extra tracks not on the vinyl come on a Download card. Includes a 72 page booklet together with an exclusive poster, and Art Prints.
Metal Box was the band's second album, originally released on 23rd November 1979. Metal Box is issued in a square metal tin (CD and LP) (the 1979 original was issued in a round metal film canister) with an embossed PiL logo. Include a 72 page booklet together with an exclusive poster, art-prints (LP version) and postcards (CD version). With all lyrics written by John Lydon 'Metal Box' was recorded with original PiL members Keith Levene and Jah Wobble. Original drummer Jim Walker had left, to be replaced by a succession of drummers. 'Metal Box' came out less than a year after PiL's debut 'Public Image: First Issue' yet it was nothing like its predecessor. Things had changed, and so had PiL. While outside pressures mounted PiL channeled their energies (negative and positive) into a record that would set them apart back in 1979, and indeed today in 2016. Whether it be John's powerful and passionate vocals; Keith's wailing guitar and melodic synths; Wobble's sub-disco reggae basslines; or the crashing rhythm that holds it all together, 'Metal Box' has many strengths. The album was originally released as 3 x 45rpm 12" singles, housed in a metal 'film' canister. As made by 'The Metal Box Company' in London's East End; hence the name. The deluxe edition includes rare and unreleased mixes from the recording sessions, along with B-sides and BBC sessions, plus a live recording from a now legendary unplanned show at Factory Records Russell Club in Manchester arranged on the day of a Granada TV appearance in 1979.