Metallica – Ride the Lightning sealed limited edition blue vinyl U.S. LP

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Offered for sale is a still sealed limited edition blue vinyl U.S. pressing of Ride the Lightning, the first album by Metallica.

About this copy: This copy of Ride the Lightning is a 2021 pressing on the Blackened label of an album that was originally released in 1984 on the Megaforce label.

This limited edition pressing on “electric blue vinyl” was sold exclusively through Walmart stores in the United States.  These pressings were quite limited and the album sold out in just a few days.

As the album is still sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.

The wrap is fully intact, with no rips, tears, or holes.  There is a bend in the upper right-hand corner.

There is a hype sticker on the wrap that says, “Limited Edition Exclusive Electric Blue vinyl.”

A nice copy of a terrific LP.

Background: In early 2021, a limited number of colored vinyl pressings of six different Metallica albums were sold through Walmart, a U.S. retailer.

The albums were:

  • Kill ‘Em All (red vinyl)
  • Ride the Lightning (blue vinyl)
  • Master of Puppets (red vinyl)
  • …And Justice for All (green vinyl)
  • Metallica, aka “The Black Album,” (black marbled vinyl)
  • Hardwired to Self-Destruct (orange vinyl)

With the exception of the black marbled vinyl Metallica LP, all sold out immediately.

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.

Allmusic.com 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.

 

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Blackened
Catalog Number:
BLCKND004R-1W
Year of Release: 2021
Format: Stereo
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Additional information

Weight 11 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in