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 (67)

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) 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
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 US 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
300863 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(2xLP, Album, Gat) Virgin 300863 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
2676 720 Public Image Limited Second Edition(2xLP, Album, Gat) Virgin 2676 720 France 1980 Sell This Version
300 863-420 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(2xLP, Album) Virgin 300 863-420 Germany 1981 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
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
CDVD 2512 Public Image* Second Edition(CD, Album, RE) 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
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(3xLP, 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
CDVDR 2512 / 50999 0 70015 2 9 Public Image Limited Second Edition(CD, Album, RE, RM) Virgin CDVDR 2512 / 50999 0 70015 2 9 UK & Europe 2011 Sell This Version
TOCP-54558 Public Image Limited Second Edition(CD, Album, RE, RM) PIL TOCP-54558 Japan 2011 Sell This Version
50999 0 70015 2 9, CDVDR 2512 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(CD, Album, RE, RM) Virgin, Virgin 50999 0 70015 2 9, CDVDR 2512 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
CDVDR 2512, 50999 0 70015 2 9 Public Image Limited Second Edition(CD, RE, RM) Virgin, Virgin CDVDR 2512, 50999 0 70015 2 9 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
UICY-77444 Public Image Limited Metal Box (Second Edition)(CD, Album, SHM) Universal Music UICY-77444 Japan 2015 Sell This Version
UICY-77451 PiL* Metal Box(3xCD, Album, Ltd, RE, SHM + Box) PIL UICY-77451 Japan 2015 Sell This Version
UICY-40155 PiL* Metal Box(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, min) Public Image Ltd. UICY-40155 Japan 2015 Sell This Version
UIGY-9698 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(SACD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) 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
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
UICY-77929 Public Image Ltd.* Metal Box(CD, Album, SHM + CD, Comp, SHM + CD, SHM + CD, SHM) Universal Music UICY-77929 Japan 2016 Sell This Version
4M517 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(2xLP, Album, RE, Cle) 4 Men With Beards 4M517 US 2016 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 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 8747321, 07777 87473 21 Public Image Ltd* Metal Box(CD, Album, RE) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin MTLCD 1, 07777 8747321, 07777 87473 21 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
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 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
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

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ThatHarlequin

ThatHarlequin

August 13, 2018
referencing Metal Box, 2x12", Album, RE, RM + 12" + 12" + Box, Album, Dlx, METAL02
Can anyone tell me how big the poster is? Dying to get one.
chopper0012

chopper0012

August 4, 2018
referencing Second Edition, 2xLP, Album, RE, Cle, 4M517
4 men with beards make the worst pressings ever I have had 3 different albums from them and everyone has a different problem this album bad sound, Pils first album warped lumps in the vinyl etc so my advice is never buy a 4 men with beards copy of an album ever.
area43

area43

July 18, 2018
referencing Second Edition, 2xLP, Album, Gat, 2WX 3288
My copy was purchased brand new in 1985 or 1986 from a small town record store. It has the Island logo on the gatefold jacket's rear, but has Warner Bros. labels. The matrix numbers match except for the fact that I do not see an asterisk on any of the four sides and on sides 1 and 3 there is a *very light* etched "#4".
theluf

theluf

June 15, 2018
referencing Second Edition, 2xLP, Album, RE, Cle, 4M517
Found these to be poor pressings. Warped, bumpy and many pops even with many cleans. Wasn't over impressed with the sound either. Tried a few copies too and found them to be all of simular quality.
simonr69

simonr69

May 23, 2018
edited 5 months ago
referencing Metal Box, 3x12", Album, Ltd + Box, METAL 1
The differences between the various releases are easily explained. You could cook bacon & eggs in the original vinyl's tin lid...but you can only cook a single egg in the smaller CD releases' tin lid...All sound great but you may hear varying "crackling" sounds.....
Eno_Fan

Eno_Fan

December 1, 2017
referencing Metal Box, 2x12", Album, RE, RM + 12" + 12" + Box, Album, Dlx, METAL02
Ok, so amid all this dissatisfaction who's going to swap their hated square tin for my round Metal 1 one with a small financial adjustment? Swap via post et-voila, both happy. Interested parties (assuming it's not just Mr "shaped like a f*cking square" are invited to PM. Me: in Europe, your tin Plus $30 for my pretty good one...
soccerholic06

soccerholic06

September 8, 2017
referencing Metal Box, 3x12", Album, Ltd + Box, METAL 1
Question, I've got a gatefold copy of Second Edition with "Promotional Copy Not For Sale) embossed in the bottom left of the front cover that doesn't seem to be listed here, does anyone have this copy or know what it's worth perhaps?
LESANS

LESANS

July 8, 2017
referencing Metal Box, CD, Album, RE, MTLCD 1, 0777 7 87473 2 1, MTLCD1, 07777 8747321,
More than excellent album with very
interesting songs.
Maybe the best P.I.L. issue.
Masterpiece!!!
jon.torrez.3

jon.torrez.3

March 3, 2017
referencing Second Edition, 2xLP, Album, RE, Cle, 4M517
Sounds decent enough. Perhaps 4MWB have listened to the rather harsh (and deserved) criticism of various reissues in their catalog. My copy has a few stray pops fresh out of the shrink. That's about the worst I could say.
perceptionnexus

perceptionnexus

February 8, 2017
referencing Second Edition, CD, RE, RM, CDVDR 2512, 50999 0 70015 2 9
Hi there!
Just wanted to check on if this PiL CD has shipped out yet? thanks! -Nate W