Albatross / Memories / Swan Lake (Death Disco) / Poptones
/ Careering / No Birds (Do Sing) / Graveyard ('Another'
Inst) / The Suit / Bad Baby / Socialist / Chant / Radio 4
Re-issued (8/96 & 11/00, & 2/02?).
Re-issued as ltd edition 3 CD set by Virgin Records 12/09).
Label & Catalogue
Virgin. MTLCD 1
Vox - John Lydon
Guitar/Synth - Keith Levene
Bass - Jah Wobble
Drums - Richard Dudanski / Martin Atkins / David Humphrey / Jah
Wobble / Keith Levene
track breakdown inc, studio info
CD re-issue of 'Metal Box' LP, issued in embossed PiL logo metal
tin; with track list/info insert.
Since originally being
released in 1990 – as a limited edition – the CD
has been re-issued at least three times. Although
the tracks have remained the same, the packaging has been slightly
altered from re-issue to re-issue. Some have inserts with red print;
some have inserts with black print, plus Levene's name spelled wrongly
as "Leven". The tins have also been issued in a matt version
(like the original vinyl), as well as a more shiny finish. If anyone
knows the full details please get in touch...
Re-issued as limited edition remastered 3 CD set by Virgin Records, 14.12.09.
Same tracks as LP version
Lake' (aka 'Death Disco') is a slightly different mix to
the 7" with extra synth at the very end.
'Memories' is also a
different mix to the single... 'No Birds' (aka 'No Birds Do Sing')
is the same version as the B-side of the 'Death Disco' 7".
'Graveyard' is an instrumental
version of 'Another' from the 'Memories' single.
Writing / Publishing:
All tracks Written by Public Image Ltd
Published by Warner Chappell Music Ltd / EMI Virgin Music Ltd ©
1979 Virgin Records Ltd
Edition' was already available on CD Virgin decided to re-issue
this version as a CD replica of the original vinyl 'Metal Box',
digitally re-mastered with John Lydon.
This CD also reverted
back to the original 'Metal Box' running order ('No Birds' &
Like the original, the
metal tin wasn't slow to rust!
For the 2009 3 CD re-issue Virgin Records did not officially contact PiL to let them know the CD had been released and were reluctant to send out any review copies. PiL decided to promote the CD's themselves on the rear of the December 2009 live 'ALiFE' CD's stating "Virgin Records advertising courtesy of Public Image Ltd".
Produced by 'Public Image Ltd'
Engineered by Nick Cook & Hugh Padgham
Digitally remastered with John Lydon
The Manor, Oxfordshire / Town House, London / Advision, London
Original Sleeve Design:
Concept: PiL & Dennis Morris
Packaging: The Metal Box Company
'Metal Box' was hard work. First, Virgin weren't very sure about
the metal package, you know, cost, blah blah blah. So we offered
to pay for some of it by reducing our advance from them. Obviously
the idea of putting a record in a metal box was a bit unusual. The
idea came from film canisters. We all thought video and film was
the future. Besides, I've always collected vinyl and this was a
really good way of stopping it getting damaged.
- John Lydon, 'Plastic Box' sleevenotes 1999
We all came up with the concept of the Metal Box. The way it came
together was that we got it made at this factory called "The
Metal Box Company". It was just the logistics between the idea
and how we could get it made up, which made it look the way it did
and made us put three pieces of vinyl in it. It cost us £35,000
of our advance back to get it out. It ran at 45rpm so you could
get the best response on your sound system. We thought 45's were
cool. They were like almost pre-releases.
- Keith Levene, Perfect Sound Forever 2001
Collector, July 1990 (CD)
24th November 1979 (LP)
see the Fodderstompf 'Metal Box' page featuring extensive review
and additional info.