Former Metallica Bassist Jason Newsted On Hearing “…And Justice For All” For The First Time: “I Was Fucking Livid!”

During a recent interview with Metal Hammer, Jason Newsted opened up about his bass tracks being buried on Metallica’s 1988 album “…And Justice For All.“ The bassist says he “was fucking livid” when he first heard the record.

Newsted said the following:

“I was fucking livid! Are you kidding me? I was ready [to go] for throats, man! No, I was out of my head, because I really thought I did well. And I thought I played how I was supposed to play.”

He also added:

“Lars and James were the original garage band duo, as far as that goes. They always made the records that way, from [1982 demo cassette] ‘No Life ’Til Leather‘, it was Lars and James, guitar and drums. On the original ‘No Life ’Til Leather‘ cassette – if you happen to ever see a real copy or a photo of a real copy – in Lars’ handwriting, in ink pen, on the label of the cassette, [it reads] ‘Turn bass down on stereo’. On ‘No Life ’Til Leather‘!”

“They mixed it how it was supposed to be mixed: there’s the bass and there’s the guitar from all the way back. But Lars didn’t want [that] because it messed with his drums somehow, so when he sends the demo out to fucking Combat Records and wherever, [his instruction is] ‘Turn the bass down before you even listen to this.’

Before you even get it going, just turn the bass down. Right from the get go. Before you even start. That’s where he’s been his whole goddamn life, so why would it be any different when it came to [‘…And Justice For All‘]? They made ‘Kill ’Em All‘ that way, they made ‘Ride…‘ that way, they made ‘Master…‘ that way, all of them. Those two guys in a room [mimics drum beats and playing], that’s the way it always happened. [For] the most successful metal band of all time. So you argue with this shit? I’m not really sure.”

“Now it’s become the best garage band album ever [for artists such as] Black Keys, White Stripes, Flat Duo Jets, the different ‘power duos’ of garage stuff.”

[via The PRP]

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