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 (80)

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
2WX 3288 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(2xLP, Album, Gat) Island Records 2WX 3288 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
VD 2512 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(2xLP, Album, Gat) Virgin VD 2512 New Zealand 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) 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
2WX 3288 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(2xLP, Album, Gat) Island Records 2WX 3288 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
TCVD2512 Public Image Limited Second Edition(Cass, Album) Virgin TCVD2512 New Zealand 1979 Sell This Version
2W5 3288 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(Cass, Album) Warner Bros. Records 2W5 3288 US 1979 Sell This Version
300 884 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(2xLP, Album) Virgin 300 884 Benelux 1980 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
300863 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(2xLP, Album, Gat) Virgin 300863 France 1980 Sell This Version
VD2512 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(2xLP, Album, Gat) Virgin VD2512 UK 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 Ltd.* Second Edition(2xLP, Album, Gat) Columbia YB-7006~7-AX Japan 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
2WX 3288 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) Warner Bros. Records 2WX 3288 US 1983 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* Second Edition(CD, Album) Virgin CDVD 2512 UK 1986 Sell This Version
CDVD 2512 Public Image Ltd.* 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
METAL02 PiL* Metal Box(2x12", Album, RE, RM, TP + 12", TP + 12", TP + Box) 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 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, 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
MTLCD1 PiL* Metal Box(CD, Album, RE) Virgin MTLCD1 UK 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, LA/) Island Records 2WX 3288 US Unknown Sell This Version
VD 2512 Public Image Limited Second Edition(2xLP, Album, Promo, RE, Gat) Virgin VD 2512 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
VD 2512 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) Virgin VD 2512 New Zealand Unknown Sell This Version
VD 2512 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) Virgin VD 2512 New Zealand 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
3288-2 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(CD, Album, RE) Warner Bros. Records 3288-2 US 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
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 Limited Second Edition(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP, Son) 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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crowdered

crowdered

July 9, 2021
referencing Metal Box, 3x12", Album, RE, 4M 500
This label has been known to put our releases with varying sound quality, but this one has always sounded great to me. It plays at 45rpm.
wellyeahbutstill

wellyeahbutstill

June 27, 2021
referencing Second Edition, 2xLP, Album, Gat, 2WX 3288
My copy of this album is etched as follows:

Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched, stamped): 2WX-1-3288 LW3 ✶ STERLING
Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched, stamped): 2WX-2-3288 LW1 ✶ STERLING
Matrix / Runout (Side C, etched, stamped): 2WX-3-3288 LW1 ✶ STERLING
Matrix / Runout (Side D, etched, stamped): 2WX-4-3288 LW5 ✶ STERLING
MattJanovic

MattJanovic

May 8, 2021
referencing Metal Box, 3x12", Album, Ltd + Box, METAL 1
I bought an original, personal copy of Metal Box from guitarist Keith Levene from his website. The film can itself has the standard oxidization--normal, not a problem, and it doesn't affect the disks. I got the impression that Keith takes pretty good care of his records but doesn't get the chance to clean them all the time. It just took some light cleaning. The mixes are unique to the set in several cases as well. You cannot go wrong buying an original pressing.
Brooklyn75

Brooklyn75

March 30, 2021
referencing Metal Box, 3x12", Album, Ltd + Box, METAL 1
Question, just purchased metal box and it seems that record goes into a loop towards the end of Chant. Any ideas
Andrew_Lawson

Andrew_Lawson

February 24, 2021
referencing Metal Box, Cass, Album, MBCAS 1
Much like the vinyl edition, the cassette release of P.I.L.'s 2nd album has a different track listing that was later altered on later releases. However, this release in 100% unique and has never been done since. Essentially it goes like this (compared to the Metal Box releases):

Vinyl 1, side 1
Vinyl 2, side 2
Vinyl 2, side 1
Vinyl 1, side 2
Vinyl 3, side 1
Vinyl 3, side 2

I'm going to assume this was either done to make sure even out each tapes side in length or was a total mistake and was just corrected when the album was re-released as "Second Edition".
rubbert

rubbert

November 2, 2020
referencing Metal Box, 3x12", Album, Ltd + Box, METAL 1
I bought my copy in the 90's, and the metal can is perfect (not tarnished), and I don't know why, since it apparently was manufactured to eventually become tarnished (like most of the copies I see) ... can anyone explain this?
drgn238

drgn238

October 21, 2020
referencing Metal Box, 3x12", Album, Ltd + Box, METAL 1
Well, I do have a ( film ) metal can copy & my set up is Thorens D 800 + Grado Platinum ( MM )
and it plays vinyl without skipping . Strange , huh ?
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?