Metallica ‎– Fade To Black

Elektra ‎– ED 5042
Vinyl, 12", Promo, 33 ⅓ RPM, Green Fluorescent


Companies, etc.



From Elektra LP 60396 "Ride The Lightning". Promotional Copy - Not For Sale.

Double A-side, record has the same track and labels on both sides.

Original copies have a green 'The Friday Morning Quarterback' or a green 'Metallica "Fade To Black" (LP Version)' sticker. Counterfeit copies have a white paper 'The Friday Morning Quarterback' sticker or no sticker at all.
Be aware that the original green stickers have a tendency to fade to a light green / yellow color over time. Original stickers are made of a plastic / oil based material, counterfeits are made of paper.

The sticker on the front cover shows:
The Friday Morning Quarterback Album Report January 25, 1985.
WQFM. Milwaukee. WI M.D. - Jerry Gavin "A while ago a certain Elektra Promoman came by with a copy of the new Metallica LP. I like many other M.D.'s around the country, was skeptical about what I was about to hear, but after I listened to 'Fade To Black' I knew Elektra had something there. Lo and behold 'Fade to Black', after about five weeks of airplay, tests in the 80's 18-30 adult and in the 90's 30-35 men. Don't let the name Metallica scare you off."

℗ 1984 Elektra/Asylum Records

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Label): ST-ED-5042-A-SP
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): ST-ED-5042-A-1 MASTERDISK HW [SRC Logo]
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): ST-ED-5042-A-1 MASTERDISK HW [SRC Logo]
  • Rights Society: ASCAP

Other Versions (3 of 3) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ED 5044 Metallica Fade To Black(12", Single, Promo, SP ) Elektra ED 5044 US 1985 Sell This Version
ED 5044 Metallica Fade To Black(12", Single, Promo, AR ) Elektra ED 5044 US 1985 Sell This Version
ED 5042 Metallica Fade To Black(12", Promo, Unofficial, Blu) Elektra (2) ED 5042 Germany 1989 Sell This Version


Reviews Show All 2 Reviews

Add Review



July 26, 2018
Bought this 12" single from a used record store in Cambridge, MA back in 1985. Paid $9.00 for it. Good investment.


January 2, 2017
One of Metallica's rarest singles. Can't believe people still want to sell theirs. I got mine for $150 + shipping never will sell it.