The last 2 songs of the new recordings from 1998 are on side A. Let’s finish these songs off.
Tuesday’s Gone – Ok. This is definitely a different one for Metallica. It is a much softer song than they usually perform. Also, for the record it is my favourite Lynyrd Skynyrd song, so impressing me will be a tough nut to crack. The song starts and I realize we are back to the quieter recording like album # 1. The next thing that I realize is that Metallica can play a softer song. They actually don’t Metallicize this one. They play it pretty straight up. This is a live recording from December 18, 1997 on KSJO radio in San Jose. It included guests Les Claypool (Primus), Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains), Gary Rossington (Lynyrd Skynyrd), Pepper Keenan (COC, Down), Jim “Fatso” Martin (Faith No More), and the amazing harmonica sounds of the great John Popper (Blues Traveller). Such an awesome song to try and cover, but playing it straight up, and including some awesome help was the right way to go. This arguably is Metallica’s best cover song ever. I may even include it in their top 10 or 20 songs of all time. It has some vocal faults, but such is the nature of a live recording. It is awesome (A lot of the love is possibly for the amazing harp work though). If you haven’t heard it do yourself a favour. There is not way it could be better than the original, as it is perfect in my eyes. However, this is just as good. That really says something. I am now off to find the Golden Unplugged album to find more gems recorded from this broadcast.
The More I See – We are graced with another Discharge cover song. I for one wish the band let out their inner punk spirit. Lars especially plays a punk song in the same way Lars plays all of his songs. It would be nice to embrace a genre and branch out a bit. Kirk plays it more thrash and with less of a punk edge. James’ voice is too deep and growly for this song. Jason’s bass is very good, but a little drown in the mix. In the original the bass stood out more. The live show Discharge put on back in the day had the lead singer pacing all over the stage and the crowd was all fired up and slamming. This is what I expect from a punk cover. Metallica do a good cover, but should have been more raw and edgy. Of note there is a hidden, instrumental jam of the later half of Robin Trower’s Bridge of Sighs that kicks in a minute or so after The More I See ends. Too bad. I would have loved to have heard a cover of that song. It has amazing guitar work.
The next side features songs that were off of Garage Days Revisted ’84. They were also featured later on re-issues of Kill ‘Em All as bonus tracks.
Am I Evil? – Another Diamond Head song starts this side off. Lars is drumming pretty good here, with military like precision. This may be one of his best drum performances ever. Then Kirk goes off on a solo, which leads into a really cool riff. James had a less growly sound back in the day, and it suits this song better than his later voice. Cliff’s bass is in fine form here as well. The original song is very good, but Metallica are pretty close here.
The below video is from a live performance, much later than the recording, but I had to include it due to the personnel involved.
Blitzkrieg – It will be pretty hard to top a song that has the same name as the band. This was released by Blitzkrieg as a single in 1981. The guitar work at the start of the original is a total rip off of Hocus Pocus – Focus, but that is ok. Don’t worry Metallica fans, there will be no yodelling, scat or whistling here. Just straight ahead metal. After praising Lars on the last song, I will not be on this song. The drumming sounds very generic at the start and seems lost in the mix a bit. It does get better though as the song goes on. The guitar is the star here for me. Of note is the burp and laugh at the end of the song.