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Metallica Employ A Full-Time Archivist


Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich recently once again spoke about one of the more interesting members of their team, Bob Pfiefer, a former musician/record executive who now travels the world for the band, essentially serving as their full-time archivist. Speaking with Revolver, he offered of Pfiefer‘s role:

“We actually have a person who works for us, Bob Pfiefer, whose full-time job is to travel the world in solitude and try and unearth Metallica tapes and Metallica first-generation masters, and that type of stuff. That’s literally his only job! And you have to sort of be realistic about it. There’s some stuff that just doesn’t exist — no matter how many rocks you turn over, it’s just not going to show up.

You can throw your little rock star shit fit, or whatever, but some of this stuff is just lost to time. When you’re looking for stuff from the Eighties and before, it’s pretty limited — a lot of radio stations didn’t keep all their archived stuff, TV shows often erased [their tapes] and recorded over it. For me as, say, a Deep Purple fan, I’m pretty sure that every single recording that exists of Deep Purple playing live from, say, 1969 to 1973, I’ve already heard.

Because it’s not like two weeks of shows from their 1972 U.S. tour are suddenly going to show up in perfect condition. You kind of have to come to the conclusion that what’s there is there, and you accept that and move on.”

With Metallica now owning the rights to their masters and continuing to comb the vaults for extensive remastered box sets of each of their proper full-length albums, one would presume Pfiefer can look forward to some more years of gainful employment with the band. The group’s latest trip down memory lane, a remastered deluxe box set of “Master Of Puppets“, will hit stores this Friday, November 11th.

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