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Metallica: Cliff 'em All

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    The Only Metallica DVD you need!

    I would call this the only essential Metallica DVD. Not only do you not have to fear that some moron went back in and edited in some material from the "black album" era, or, heaven forfend, later material than that, but everything on here is pre- "and justice for all"!
    So it is only PRIME Metallica, only the good stuff, you can rest assured.
    There is quite an obvious reason for this. The purpose of this DVD is twofold: To collect together videotaped footage of the band during the Cliff Burton era, and, also a tribute to Cliff. His bass solos are highlighted and you see live that he played his bass like an awesome guitar player might (except he didn't use a pick). Very intense and soulful. You can also see how his bass solo was the centerpiece for the early Metallica live show. Inevitably, these segments will produce a poignant feeling mixed in with awe. Photo montages of him support this feeling.
    The footage in general is totally mesmerizing. You gotta remember this was back when Metallica was the biggest, baddest, hottest metal band in the land, and it is a pure joy to see James wearing spandex, a bullet belt and whipping his hair around while thrashing away, looking so young. This in contrast with Cliff's bellbottoms made an interesting dynamic. Thank goodness these tapes exist.
    The video footage is extremely raw, as 80's video is likely to be. Even on DVD, no glitches at all were corrected. This is not a complaint. It just adds to the unpolished, untainted, unretouched, "fans only" vibe. It is similar in quality to the "live in Gothenburg" bonus DVD on the reissue of King Diamond's "Abigail" or the live bonus DVD on Fates Warning's "awaken the guardian", in other words, 80's raw home video greatness! Never has nostalgia and pure metal mixed like this! Since this is a standalone DVD, not likely to be reissued in a deluxe edition of Kill em all anytime soon (it would fit perfectly), it has more than enough merit to be sold on its own.
    When you watch this, you go "Oh yeah, Metallica was a METAL band once upon a time!" And such an awesome one too. For that alone it is worth it, but for a glimpse of a once-great band in their heyday, as well as a touching as well as rockin' tribute to their fallen brother, this great DVD is a must-have.

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