Metallica – Ride the Lightning Japan LP with obi


A rare original Japanese pressing of Ride the Lightning by Metallica, including the original obi.

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Offered for sale is a rare original Japanese pressing of Ride the Lightning by Metallica, including the original obi.

About this copy: This copy of Ride the Lightning is an original 1984 Japanese issue on the Nexus label.

Cover, obi, lyric insert and disc are all M-.  The record looks unplayed.

A beautiful copy of an ultra-rare Metallica LP, as the band’s albums sold quite poorly in Japan when new.

Background: Released in 1984, Ride the Lightning was the second album by Metallica.  While the album peaked at #48 on the U.S. album charts, the album has since sold more than six million copies. gave Ride the Lightning a 5 star review:

Kill ‘Em All may have revitalized heavy metal’s underground, but Ride the Lightning was even more stunning, exhibiting staggering musical growth and boldly charting new directions that would affect heavy metal for years to come. Incredibly ambitious for a one-year-later sophomore effort, Ride the Lightning finds Metallica aggressively expanding their compositional technique and range of expression. Every track tries something new, and every musical experiment succeeds mightily. … Basically, in a nutshell, Metallica sounded like they could do anything. Heavy metal hadn’t seen this kind of ambition since Judas Priest’s late-’70s classics, and Ride the Lightning effectively rewrote the rule book for a generation of thrashers. If Kill ‘Em All was the manifesto, Ride the Lightning was the revolution itself.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Nexus
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1984
Format: Stereo
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Additional information

Weight 12 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in