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Toby Wright Would Love To Re-Mix Metallica’s “…And Justice For All” For The Deluxe Reissue


With Metallica‘s landmark album “Master Of Puppets” set for a deluxe reissue on November 10th, the road shall soon be paved for the deluxe reissue of it’s 1988 follow-up, “…And Justice For All“. That album infamously saw the bass playing of Jason Newsted buried within the mix, with the band themselves repeatedly being cited as the ones to blame.

One of the album’s original participants would love for a chance to correct that. Toby Wright handled some of the engineering work on the album— including the recording of Newsted‘s bass—and recently spoke about his desire to give the bass some proper, ahem, justice on the album.

Speaking on the ‘Talk Toomey‘ podcast, he said of the original sessions:

“Here’s the real story: The bass was recorded by me and Jason Newsted, in all of its glory. At the time, the theology in the room between Lars [Ulrich] and James [Hetfield] was that if you can hear the bass it’s 2dB too loud. So when it moved over to Steve Thompson and Michael Barbiero mixing it, they brought that same theology with them. No matter how hard Steve and Michael tried to fight them on that’s not right, that’s not right, they still insisted that’s what they wanted so that’s what the world got.”

He later said of the upcoming deluxe edition of the album:

“I’d like to remake it and I’ll show you exactly what was laid down on tape and then the world will be stunned, I think. Keep in mind I would love to re-mix it, Lars. If you are hearing me, I would love to remix it. I think it would be a bit more powerful. Fill out some of that tonality that’s missing from it.

If you listen to the Black [album] which was done a year and half, two years later under Bob Rock, that’s a full band. I don’t know if anybody fought him on all that kind of stuff, because I wasn’t in the room, but you never know. And it turned out how it turned out and 20 million records later. There was some success there.”

Wright himself has since produced/mixed albums from a number of heavy hitters over the years, including Alice In Chains, Slayer, Soulfly and more. You can find the entire conversation over at Buzzsprout.