Metallica – Ride the Lightning sealed U.S. half speed mastered 45 RPM 2 LP set


Free U.S. shipping!  A still sealed copy of the limited edition 45 RPM 2 LP half speed mastered U.S. pressing of Ride the Lightning by Metallica.

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Offered for sale is a still sealed limited edition half speed mastered 2 LP edition of Ride the Lightning by Metallica.

This version was cut at 45 RPM and pressed on 180 gram vinyl for optimal sound quality.

About this copy: This copy of Ride the Lightning is a 2008 pressing on the Warner Brothers label.

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

The loose wrap is fully intact with no rips, tears, or holes.  There is a hype sticker on the wrap that says, “180 Gram Audiophile Quality Vinyl.  Half Speed Mastered at Mobile Fidelity.  45 RPM from the original analog master tapes.  2 Disc set.”

There is also a wraparound banner, or “obi,” that says, “Metallica – Louder – Faster – Heavier – 45 RPM Series – Metallica Like You’ve Never Heard Them Before…”

A beautiful (and great-sounding) copy of a now-rare Metallica LP and the only copy we’ve ever had for sale.

Background: Starting in 2008, Warner Brothers Records reissued the entire Metallica catalog as a series of high-quality “audiophile” pressings, with each title pressed on 180 gram vinyl, and cut at 45 RPM using Mobile Fidelity’s half speed mastering technology.

The resulting LPs sounded great, but were a bit expensive and didn’t stay in print very long and are all hard to find today.

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: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Warner Brothers
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 2008
Format: Stereo
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Additional information

Weight 25 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.3 in