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The fourth full-length studio album by legendary American Thrash Metal band.
It is the first full-length Metallica album to feature bassist Jason Newsted, following the death of Cliff Burton in 1986 (Newsted had previously participated on the cover album “The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited” EP, which was his first recorded work with Metallica). It's also the last Metallica album with producer Flemming Rasmussen.
Metallica's previous studio album, "Master Of Puppets" (1986), was their last under their contract with the record label Music for Nations. Manager Peter Mensch wanted them to sign with British record distributor Phonogram Records. Phonogram manager Martin Hooker offered them "well over £1 million, which at that time was the biggest deal we'd ever offered anyone". His explanation was that the final figure for combined British and European sales of all three Metallica albums was more than 1.5 million copies.
"...And Justice For All" marked the band's gear-shift from Underground heroes to the major league. Containing the band's first Top 40 Single, the horror-filled "One", the album's hard-hitting lyrics and darkly intense feel delighted their ever-growing fanbase, reaching number six on the Billboard chart.
After years of refusing to release music videos, Metallica released its first for "One". The video was controversial among fans, who had valued the band's apparent opposition to MTV and other forms of mainstream music. Slant Magazine ranked it number 48 on their list of the "100 Greatest Music Videos", saying that Metallica "evoke a revolution of the soul far more devastating than that presented in the original text". The guitar solo was ranked number seven in Guitar World's compilation of the "100 Greatest Guitar Solos" of all time. Additionally, website Noisecreep classed the song ninth among the "10 Best '80s Metal Songs".
The album was acclaimed by music critics for its depth and complexity, although its dry mix and nearly inaudible bass guitar were criticized. It was included in The Village Voice's annual Pazz & Jop critics' poll of the year's best albums, and was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1989, controversially losing out to Jethro Tull in the ill-fated Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Vocal or Instrumental category. The Single "One" earned Metallica their first Grammy Award in 1990 (and the first ever in the Best Metal Performance category).
Although Metallica's music was considered unappealing for mainstream radio, "...And Justice For All" was highly successful in the US. It became Metallica's best-selling album upon release, peaking at number six on the Billboard 200, where it charted for 83 weeks. More than 8 000 000 copies have been sold in the United States since 1991, when Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales. It was certified Platinum nine weeks after it was released in stores, and 1.7 million copies were sold in the US by the end of 1988. Since its release, the album has scanned more than 8 million copies in the US. It was certified 8× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 2003 for shipping eight million copies in the U.S. With this album, Metallica received substantial media exposure, becoming a multi-Platinum act by 1990.
"...And Justice For All" achieved similar chart success outside the United States. It topped the charts in Finland, peaked within the top 5 on the charts in Germany, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, and remained on the UK chart for six weeks. The album managed to peak in the top 10 on the Norwegian and Swiss album charts. "...And Justice For All" received a three times Platinum certification from Music Canada for shipping 300 000 copies, a Platinum certification from IFPI Finland for having a shipment of little over 50 000 copies, and was certified Gold by the Bundesverband Musikindustrie (BVMI) for shipments of 250 000 copies. It was awarded Gold by the British Phonographic Industry in 2013 for shipping 100 000 copies in the UK. "...And Justice For All" was surpassed commercially by the band's following album, "Metallica" (1991).
The album was ranked at number nine on IGN's "Top 25 Metal Albums". Guitar World lists it 12th on the "100 Greatest Guitar Albums" from a 2006 reader poll, and lists all of its tracks on "The 100 Greatest Metallica Songs of All Time". Kerrang! listed the album at number 42 among the "100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time". Martin Popoff ranks it at number 19 in his book The Top 500 Heavy Metal Albums of All Time, the fourth highest ranked Metallica album on the list. It is featured in Robert Dimery's 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. In 2017, it was ranked 21st on Rolling Stone's list of "100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time".
Phonogram/Vertigo, 1988/2005 (836062-2). Made in Germany.
1. Blackened 6:40
2. ...And Justice For All 9:44
3. Eye Of The Beholder 6:25
4. One 7:24
5. The Shortest Straw 6:35
6. Harvester Of Sorrow 5:42
7. The Frayed Ends Of Sanity 7:40
8. To Live Is To Die 9:48
9. Dyers Eve 5:12
Total playing time: 65:29 min.