PiL* ‎– Metal Box

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Originally released as "Metal Box" in 1979 by Virgin Records (containing three 12" 45rpm records), it was deleted from the catalogue on 23 November 1979 after an initial release of 60,000 units, then re-issued on 22 February 1980 as "Second Edition", a double LP packaged in a more conventional gatefold.

Tracklist

Metal 1.1
Albatross 10:32
Metal 1.2
Memories 5:05
Swan Lake 4:19
Metal 1.3
Poptones 7:45
Careering 4:32
Metal 1.4
No Birds 4:43
Graveyard 3:07
Metal 1.5
The Suit 3:29
Bad Baby 4:30
Metal 1.6
Socialist/Chant/Radio 4 12:31

Versions (73)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
METAL 1 PiL* Metal Box(3x12", Album, Ltd + Box) Virgin METAL 1 UK 1979 Sell This Version
MBCAS 1 P.I.L.* Metal Box(Cass, Album) Virgin MBCAS 1 UK 1979 Sell This Version
2W5-3288 PiL* Second Edition (Cass, Album, Dol) Island Records 2W5-3288 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
300 884 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(2xLP, Album) Virgin 300 884 Benelux 1979 Sell This Version
VD2512 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(2xLP, Album, Gat) Virgin VD2512 UK 1979 Sell This Version
2WX 3288 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(2xLP, Album, Gat) Island Records 2WX 3288 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
AVIL 212512 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(2xLP, Album, Gat) Virgin AVIL 212512 Italy 1979 Sell This Version
2WX 3288 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(2xLP, Album, Gat) Island Records 2WX 3288 US 1979 Sell This Version
2WX 3288 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(2xLP, Album, Gat) Warner Bros. Records, Island Records 2WX 3288 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
2WX 3288 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(2xLP, Album, Gat) Island Records 2WX 3288 US 1979 Sell This Version
VD 2512 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(2xLP, Album, Gat) Virgin VD 2512 New Zealand 1979 Sell This Version
2WX 3288 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(2xLP, Album, Gat) Island Records 2WX 3288 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
2WX 3288 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(2xLP, Album, Gat) Island Records 2WX 3288 US 1979 Sell This Version
2W5 3288 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(Cass, Album) Warner Bros. Records 2W5 3288 US 1979 Sell This Version
300 863-420, 300 861, 300 862 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(2xLP, Album) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin 300 863-420, 300 861, 300 862 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
YB-7006~7-AX Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(2xLP, Album, Gat) Columbia YB-7006~7-AX Japan 1980 Sell This Version
300863 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(2xLP, Album, Gat) Virgin 300863 France 1980 Sell This Version
2676 720 Public Image Limited Second Edition(2xLP, Album, Gat) Virgin 2676 720 France 1980 Sell This Version
YB-7006~7-AX Public Image Limited Second Edition(2xLP, Album, Promo) Columbia YB-7006~7-AX Japan 1980 Sell This Version
2W8 3288 PiL* Second Edition(8-Trk, Album) Warner Bros. Records 2W8 3288 US 1980 Sell This Version
LSVIRG 75095/6, VD2512 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(2xLP, Album) Jugoton, Virgin LSVIRG 75095/6, VD2512 Yugoslavia 1981 Sell This Version
300 863, 300 863-420 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(2xLP, Album, RE) Virgin, Virgin 300 863, 300 863-420 Germany 1981 Sell This Version
VD 2512, VDC 2512 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) Virgin, Virgin VD 2512, VDC 2512 Australia 1981 Sell This Version
062-VG-50057/58, 062-VG 50057/58 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(2xLP, Album) Virgin, Virgin 062-VG-50057/58, 062-VG 50057/58 Greece 1984 Sell This Version
60013 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(2xLP, Album, RE) Virgin 60013 France 1984 Sell This Version
33C38-7947 Public Image Limited Metal Box(CD, Album, RE) Columbia 33C38-7947 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
CDVD 2512 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(CD, Album) Virgin CDVD 2512 UK 1986 Sell This Version
CDVD 2512 Public Image* Second Edition(CD, Album) Virgin CDVD 2512 UK 1986 Sell This Version
VGD 3513 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(2xLP, Album, RE) Virgin VGD 3513 1987 Sell This Version
VGD 3513 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) Virgin VGD 3513 UK 1987 Sell This Version
CY-3113 Public Image Limited Metal Box(CD, Album, RE) Columbia CY-3113 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
MTLCD 1 P.I.L.* Metal Box(CD, Album, Ltd, Tin) Virgin MTLCD 1 UK 1990 Sell This Version
300 863-420, 300 861, 300 862 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(2xLP, Album, RE) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin 300 863-420, 300 861, 300 862 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
3288-2 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(CD, Album, Club, RE) Warner Bros. Records 3288-2 US 1990 Sell This Version
COCY-78002 Public Image Limited Metal Box(CD, Album, RE) Columbia COCY-78002 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
MTLCD 1, MTLCD1, 0777 7 87473 2 1, 07777 8747321 PiL* Metal Box(CD, Album, RE) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin, Virgin MTLCD 1, MTLCD1, 0777 7 87473 2 1, 07777 8747321 UK 1996 Sell This Version
AN-2039 PiL* Metal Box(CD, Unofficial) ArsNova AN-2039 Russia 1999 Sell This Version
ALR 1040 Public Image Ltd.* Metal Box(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Always Records ALR 1040 Russia 2000 Sell This Version
4M 500 Public Image Limited Metal Box(3x12", Album, RE) 4 Men With Beards 4M 500 US 2006 Sell This Version
MTLCD 3, 50999 6 07017 2 5 Public Image Limited Metal Box(3xCD, Album, RM, Tin) Virgin, Virgin MTLCD 3, 50999 6 07017 2 5 Europe 2009 Sell This Version
4M517 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) 4 Men With Beards 4M517 US 2009 Sell This Version
TOCP-95081~83 Public Image Limited Metal Box(3xCD, Album, Ltd, RM) PIL TOCP-95081~83 Japan 2011 Sell This Version
TOCP-95071 Public Image Limited Second Edition(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap) PIL TOCP-95071 Japan 2011 Sell This Version
CDVDR 2512, 50999 0 70015 2 9 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(CD, Album, RE, RM) Virgin, Virgin CDVDR 2512, 50999 0 70015 2 9 Europe 2011 Sell This Version
TOCP-54558 Public Image Limited Second Edition(CD, Album, RE, RM) PIL TOCP-54558 Japan 2011 Sell This Version
UICY-77444 Public Image Limited Metal Box (Second Edition)(CD, Album, RE, RM, SHM) Public Image Ltd. UICY-77444 Japan 2015 Sell This Version
UICY-77451/3 PiL* Metal Box(3xCD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, SHM + Box) Public Image Ltd. UICY-77451/3 Japan 2015 Sell This Version
UICY-40155 PiL* Metal Box(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap) Public Image Ltd. UICY-40155 Japan 2015 Sell This Version
UIGY-9698 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(SACD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, SHM) Public Image Ltd. UIGY-9698 Japan 2015 Sell This Version
METAL02 PiL* Metal Box(2x12", Album, RE, RM + 12" + 12" + Box, Album, Dlx) Virgin, UMC METAL02 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
UICY-77929/32 Public Image Ltd.* Metal Box(CD, Album, Mono, RM, SHM + CD, Comp, SHM + CD, SHM) Virgin UICY-77929/32 Japan 2016 Sell This Version
570 149-1 Public Image Ltd.* Metal Box(CD, Album, RE, RM + CD, Comp + CD + CD + Box, Albu) Virgin, UMC 570 149-1 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
4M517 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(2xLP, Album, RE, Cle) 4 Men With Beards 4M517 US 2016 Sell This Version
METAL02 PiL* Metal Box(2x12", Album, RM, RP + 12", Album, RP + 12", Album) Virgin METAL02 Europe 2020 Sell This Version
MTLCD 1, 07777 8747321, 07777 87473 2 1 PiL* Metal Box(CD, Album, RE) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin MTLCD 1, 07777 8747321, 07777 87473 2 1 UK Unknown Sell This Version
MTLCD 1, 07777 87473 21, 07777 8747321 Public Image Ltd* Metal Box(CD, Album, RE) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin MTLCD 1, 07777 87473 21, 07777 8747321 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
MTLCD 1, 0777 7 87473 2 1, MTLCD1, 07777 8747321, Public Image Ltd* Metal Box(CD, Album, RE) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin, Virgin, Virgin MTLCD 1, 0777 7 87473 2 1, MTLCD1, 07777 8747321, Europe Unknown Sell This Version
MTLCD 1, 07777 87473 21, 07777 8747321 Public Image Ltd* Metal Box(CD, Album, RE) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin MTLCD 1, 07777 87473 21, 07777 8747321 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
2WX 3288 Public Image Limited Second Edition(2x12", TP) Warner Bros. Records 2WX 3288 US Unknown Sell This Version
2WX 3288 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(2xLP, Album, Gat) Warner Bros. Records 2WX 3288 US Unknown Sell This Version
VD 2512 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) Virgin VD 2512 New Zealand Unknown Sell This Version
3288-2 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(CD, Album, RE) Warner Bros. Records 3288-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
CDVD 2512 Public Image* Second Edition(CD, Album, RE) Virgin CDVD 2512 UK Unknown Sell This Version
CDVD 2512 Public Image* Second Edition(CD, Album, RE) Virgin CDVD 2512 UK Unknown Sell This Version
CDVDR 2512, 50999 0 70015 2 9 Public Image Limited Second Edition(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Virgin, Virgin CDVDR 2512, 50999 0 70015 2 9 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
CDVDR 2512, 50999 0 70015 2 9 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Virgin, Virgin CDVDR 2512, 50999 0 70015 2 9 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
3288-2 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(CD, Album, RE, RP) Warner Bros. Records 3288-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
3288-2 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(CD, Album, RE, RP) Warner Bros. Records 3288-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
WB 2W5 3288 PiL* Second Edition(Cass, Album, RP) Warner Bros. Records WB 2W5 3288 US Unknown Sell This Version
141 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Digi Music 141 Poland Unknown Sell This Version
141 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Digi Music 141 Poland Unknown Sell This Version
141 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Digi Music 141 Poland Unknown Sell This Version
none Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition.(12xFile, MP3, Album, RE, VBR) Rhino Records (2), Warner Records none US Unknown

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donryanocero

donryanocero

September 6, 2020
referencing Metal Box, 3x12", Album, Ltd + Box, METAL 1

My copy does not skip whatsoever on my Technics SL1200 mk2 with ortofon blue set at recommended tracking force. I didn't know this was a problem! The records spin pretty easily against the rubber mat although they adon't seem to be warped. Could this be a possible cause? a stabilizer should help if so?
cmonpelican

cmonpelican

August 31, 2020
referencing Metal Box, 2x12", Album, RM, RP + 12", Album, RP + 12", Album, METAL02
There seems to be some confusion surrounding this vinyl release in terms of 2016 release and 2020 reissue. Mine came with a signed and numbered card that is printed on heavy stock paper with the PiL logo on what almost looks like black vinyl ink! Very nice with signature and a small drawing on lower right corner. The pressing is phenomenal. Sure it isn't pressed at 45 rpm over three platters but it's ok since that original Metal Box, which I own, is almost impossible to play at any loud level for fear of shredding your woofers! Thanks to Mr. Wobble for that. Anyway, this pressing sounds amazing and overall a wonderful deluxe edition of this great album. It does seem to be a bit pricey though. I got mine from a seller in the UK. I had to pay almost $50 just for shipping but the box set was only $60 sealed. I am happy.
Sanyo79

Sanyo79

July 29, 2020
referencing Second Edition, 8-Trk, Album, 2W8 3288
Would love to hear the chopped up version of "Bad Baby" ( as would it's drummer Martin Atkins) has it been uploaded anywhere?
cmonpelican

cmonpelican

July 14, 2020
referencing Metal Box, 3x12", Album, Ltd + Box, METAL 1
I remember I found this in Albuquerque back in 1981 at Natural Sounds when they were doing business out of a house. I remember snagging an original 3D EP by XTC the same day. Anyway, just wanted to mention that as far as I know all copies suffer from skipping. I always attributed the problem to Wobbles insane bass mixing. A word of warning for anyone playing one of these records in the can. Turn down your bass setting and turn off the loudness if you have one. This release will shred your woofers! Awesome sound and all but damn that bass is just designed for very strong speakers. I never play this for that reason. I have a British copy of Second Edition which sounds great and has four different colored PiL labels! And yes the original has a heavy duty film can...that oxidizes.
Derekmusicman2015

Derekmusicman2015

June 19, 2020
edited 3 months ago
referencing Metal Box, 3x12", Album, Ltd + Box, METAL 1
Hello, I created a new listing page for the 2020 release of Metal Box. But I did not place it correctly into the metal box version list and instead its in the main PiL page for releases.. Here is the link.. https://www.discogs.com/PiL-Metal-Box/release/15494235
Perhaps someone with more no how can move it for me.. in any event its now started for us to use to sell and rate

carscars

carscars

June 17, 2020
referencing Second Edition, 2xLP, Album, Gat, YB-7006~7-AX
I had a west German pressing of this for awhile....then I bought this one. Jesus it’s one of the best upgrades Iver ever made. I think it led to me upgrading a ton of vinyl from 75-85 from whatever I had to Japanese. Wow.
Derekmusicman2015

Derekmusicman2015

June 11, 2020
edited 3 months ago
referencing Metal Box, 2x12", Album, RE, RM + 12" + 12" + Box, Album, Dlx, METAL02
I noticed that people are selling the 2020 release here on the 2016 release page.. Just because all the printed information says 2016 does not make it a 2016 release when it was release as a reissue in 2020.. Please create the correct new category for the 2020 release.
Derekmusicman2015

Derekmusicman2015

June 10, 2020
referencing Metal Box, 3x12", Album, Ltd + Box, METAL 1
I noticed that people are here selling the 2020 release here on the 2016 page.. Just because all the printed information says 2016 does not make it a 2016 release when it was release as a reissue in 2020.. Please create the correct new category for the 2020 release.
jimmyjacktoth

jimmyjacktoth

May 14, 2020
referencing Metal Box, 3x12", Album, RE, 4M 500
Does this version play at 33 rpm or 45 rpm?
70sman

70sman

May 1, 2020
referencing Second Edition, 2xLP, Album, Gat, VD2512
Can someone please tell me about the pressing on this lp, is it better than The Metal Box because I'm tired of the constant ending on Swan Lake which i love?