Metallica
Live Shit: Binge & Purge


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Review

by Master-of-bates USER (4 Reviews)
February 7th, 2005 | 112 replies


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist


Back in the late 80's/early 90's Metallica held 3 HUGE concerts. 1 in San Diego, 1 in Seattle and another in Mexico City. They released the 3 concerts on a VHS Boxset, with Mexico City on a CD. Then a DVD version was later released again, with Mexico City on CD. This is a review of the Mexico City show, not the San Diego and Seattle shows. The Mexico City show took place after the released of 1991's "METALLICA" (more commonly known as "The Black Album" ). The show was roughly 3 hours long, due to no opening act. It was a night of all Metallica. The Mexico City show is on a whopping 3 disc set with a total of 24 Tracks. This is a long review, so sit tight and I'll try to keep track descriptions short.

DISC ONE:

Track 1- Enter Sandman (7:27)
Features the classic Metallica concert opener with the opera-like song. Then it cuts into the opening riff of Sandman and lets go. At the time this was their most famous song, and a great way to open the concert.
5/5

Track 2- Creeping Death (7:28)
Back to the Ride the Lighning days, this song was epic. Based upon the movie "The Ten Commandments" the song talks about the final plague that Moses set upon the Pharaoh of Egypt. It sounds amazing when you hear the crowd chanting "die, die, die" during the bridge.
5/5

Track 3- Harvester of Sorrow (7:18)
Man, I love this song. Its one of my favourites of all time. This version of it is perhaps the best version of the song I've ever heard.
6/5

Track 4- Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (6:39)
This one gives the crowd a chance to calm down after 2 hard hitting songs. Another classic Metallica song, and it'd have to be since its off of Master of Puppets. However, this song wasn't anything special.
3.5/5

Track 5- Sad But True (6:07)
Another recent hit for the band at the time of the concert. Also, a good song. Great job.
4/5

Track 6- Of Wolf and Man (6:22)
I personally never really enjoyed this song, or much of the Black Album really. Again, I dindn't really enjoy this one live.
3/5

Track 7- The Unforgiven (6:47)
Features a nice acoustic solo by James just before beginning. Once it cuts into the opening riff the crow goes nuts (not that they already weren't). Sounds amzing and I miss the days when James could sing like this.
5/5

Track 8- Justice Medley (9:38)
I don't know who came up with this idea, but I love it. I was disappointed when the entire song of Blackened wasn't on there, as it is one of my favourites. But this is just a fantastic medley. It features Eye of the Beholder, Blackened, And Justice For All and the Frayed Ends of Sanity. A terrific Medley.
5/5

Track 9- Solos (Bass and Guitar) (18:48)
This is the sole reason why the first disc has so little tracks. The doodle is a nice long one. This is actually what got me into bass and I love just lounging around playing the improvisation that Jason does over the My Friend of Misery riff. Partway through Kirk takes over and has his fun with it, another great solo.
5/5

DISC TWO

Track 1- Through the Never (3:46)
Another song off of the Black Album that I didn't really enjoy all that much. Again, didn't like it live.
3/5

Track 2- For Whom the Bell Tolls (5:48)
I don't know what it is about this song, but at every concert they play it the crowd loves it. I love listening to this song too though, sounds amazing live. They really do feed off of this song.
5/5

Track 3- Fade to Black (7:12)
You'd have to be insane to not like this song. Its one of Metallica's best. It sounds so great live too.
5/5

Track 4- Master of Puppets (4:35)
Well, this is considered Metallica's best song. I'm not sure why they do this, but they finish at the end of the 2nd chorus and move onto the next song. Which sucks, cause that means no solo.
4/5 (NO SOLO!)

Track 5- Seek and Destroy (18:08)
Man, this is another song that gets the crowd nuts. Maybe its because it used to be String's theme when he entered the wrestling ring, but it gets the job done. They like to take pauses during the song for some reason, to get the crow worked up. Near the end James actually goes down into the auidience and has members in the crowd sing the chorus. An awesome song live and on studio. Ontop of that, it features the lovely vocals of noneother than Jason Newsted.
5/5

Track 6- Whiplash (5:33)
A great song way back from their Kill 'Em All days. James and Jason share vocal duties on this song. Whenever I show it to people they always comment on James' counting in the beginning.
4.5/5

DISC THREE

Track 1- Nothing Else Matters (6:21)
The fans needed this one to calm down, especially when they just endured Puppets, Seek and Destroy and Whiplash all in a row. A really great song too, I can just imagine how many lighters were lit during this one.
4/5

Track 2- Wherever I May Roam (6:32)
This song is another one that gets the crowd going, the Sitar intro is a nice touch too. Sounds great live too, but James could've tried harder.
4/5

Track 3- Am I Evil? (5:41)
I love this song. A homage to Diamond Head and a great song to boot. This song is such an awesome song to just rock out to as well, just great.
5/5

Track 4- Last Caress (1:24)
They just had to follow up Am I Evil with a Misfists cover, and since Green Hell wasn't very good they chose a good one. Its pretty damn short, but its there for fun I guess.

Track 5- One (10:26)
Pyrotechnics galore! You can hear them in the recording, plus if you've ever seen Metallica live in a stadium concert like this you would know exactly whats goin on. One of Metallica's greatest songs too. I fall in love every time I hear it.
5/5

Track 6- Battery (10:04)
Battery, the classical music intro, the thrash content. Such an awesome song. Not to mention it was also good enough to open for Master of Puppets.
5/5

Track 7- The Four Horsemen (6:07)
The controversial little song (due to Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine having rights to it). Its not one of their best songs, a good song but still. It sounds great live too.
4/5

Track 8- Motorbreath (3:14)
Like the Four Horsemen (and pretty much every song off of Kill 'Em All) Dave Mustaine held writing credits for this. However, this song is still one of the best off of the original album. Sounds great in the show.
4.5/5

Track 9- Stone Cold Crazy (5:32)
Sadly, this was the finale. I peronsally think that ending on a cover of Queen wasn't the greatest idea, but hey it worked. The song sounds great, and its a nice length.
4/5

In my opinion, this is the best Live album ever released, but I'm super obsessed with these guys so thats probably why. However, it is still a great album and you should ALL get it (despite the hefty price tag).

Overall score: Perfect 5/5


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Distorted Vision
February 8th 2005


184 Comments


This package absolutely slays. I'm not as big into Metallica as I was 2 years ago, but this, especially the Seattle show on the DVD, is phenomenal.

marky1010
February 8th 2005


1 Comments


The seattle gig is awesome, some of the best versions of metallica songs i've heard. Seeing these guys live was the best thing ever! Mexico cds are amazing too

Priestmetal
February 8th 2005


542 Comments


Metallica is simply AWESOME live!!! Although I do agree that its too bad they dont play all of master of puppets or all of blackened...

kill_the_flux
February 8th 2005


2 Comments


dave mustaine didnt write motorbreath.

stubbszilla
February 8th 2005


9 Comments


This Box set is AMAZING, not to mention it'll beat the most boring road trip into submission due to its hefty length, but I must agree with that anonymous guy up there, it sucks that they don't play all of master.

Master-of-bates
February 8th 2005


11 Comments


"dave mustaine didnt write motorbreath."

Yeah sorry I guess I worded that wrong. He wrote riffs for most of the songs on Kill 'Em All and even a few on Ride the Lightning (or so he claims).

dirge for november
February 9th 2005


49 Comments


i'll check this out.

JamesCliffKirkLars86
February 9th 2005


1 Comments


Its Dave Mustaine though, he'd try to put his name to anything if it meant he could be as big as Metallica, bitter Tw@t

Master-of-bates
February 11th 2005


11 Comments


Hey leave the guy alone, he's been through a lot cause of the mistake he made. He doesn't need people naggin on him for it.

Kingofdudes
February 11th 2005


294 Comments


Its Dave Mustaine though, he'd try to put his name to anything if it meant he could be as big as Metallica, bitter Tw@t


Dave has put this all behind him, you should aswell.

-Gilmour

jonno_2010
March 24th 2005


58 Comments


hell, i am gonna get this box set now!!!
does anyone know know if they have live show discs/vhs of their kill em all tour?

Iceman-rocker
April 1st 2005


31 Comments


cliff'em all? or was that the m.o.p. tour. there are tons of bootlegs u can dload from limewire or other filesharing networks.

jasonsymons
April 10th 2005


11 Comments


Jonno_2010 Quote
hell, i am gonna get this box set now!!!
does anyone know know if they have live show discs/vhs of their kill em all tour?


The Cliff em all Vidio/dvd

Insomniyac
April 15th 2005


18 Comments


this DVD is brilliant, i love it when kirk does the huge guat solo and starts playing with his ass, wooo it is great, he is soo good on the guitar, he is truly the best there is

Iceman-rocker
April 20th 2005


31 Comments


yup. hes pretty good

rockbender
August 7th 2005


13 Comments


its a good box set


heavy metal kid
August 7th 2005


174 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

agree with the reviewer, best live album ever made.

rockbender
August 7th 2005


13 Comments


i agree too

Jim
September 4th 2005


5110 Comments


Hell, I'm checking it out. The track listing is great.

Then again, you could take anything from their first four albums and find gold.

Aw3someman
October 10th 2005


24 Comments


Best Live album I've EVER heard. It is awesome. But i don't get the MoP thing. They cut off just before the duet. (I'm pretty sure thats where) It's weird




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