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

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

Versions (54)

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
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 1979 Sell This Version
2WX 3288 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(2xLP, Album, Gat) Island Records 2WX 3288 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
300863 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(2xLP, Album, Gat) Virgin 300863 France 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
WB 2W5 3288 PiL* Second Edition(Cass, Album) Warner Bros. Records WB 2W5 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
2676 720 Public Image Limited Second Edition(2xLP, Album) Polydor 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
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) 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) 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
3288-2 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(CD, Album, 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) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin, Virgin MTLCD 1, MTLCD1, 0777 7 87473 2 1, 07777 8747321 UK 1996 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 1996 Sell This Version
AN-2039 PiL* Metal Box(CD, Unofficial) ArsNova AN-2039 Russia 1999 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, RM, Ltd) PIL TOCP-95081~83 Japan 2011 Sell This Version
TOCP-95071 PiL* Second Edition(CD, Album, Ltd, 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
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-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
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
4M517 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(2xLP, Album, RE, Cle) 4 Men With Beards 4M517 US 2016 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
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
3288-2 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(CD, Album, RE, RP) Warner Bros. Records 3288-2 US 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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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
rairoldi

rairoldi

February 2, 2017
referencing Metal Box, 3x12", Album, Ltd + Box, METAL 1
Anyone have trouble playing the locked groove on an automatic TT?
MEllODrOnE

MEllODrOnE

January 30, 2017
referencing Second Edition, 2xLP, Album, RE, Cle, 4M517
Never had any other pressings from 4MWB before but I can say this one sounds excellent. It's flat and quiet and the bass and drums are full and the vocals still shine through. I had the version on Island too, that mix is a bit more raw sounding and also good you can tell this version is a little more polished sounding. Sounds excellent.
coiro_records

coiro_records

January 11, 2017
referencing Metal Box, 2x12", Album, RE, RM + 12" + 12" + Box, Album, Dlx, METAL02
Not only totally overpriced but also double LP instead triple 45 rpm albums as the original release... I suppose we´ll have to wait until 50th anniversary to enjoy the 3x12'' album reissue
iblackmovement

iblackmovement

December 27, 2016
referencing Metal Box, 2x12", Album, RE, RM + 12" + 12" + Box, Album, Dlx, METAL02
i dont know how i feel about this being shaped like a f*cking square as opposed to the classic circlular canister
aubauzhitou

aubauzhitou

December 22, 2016
referencing Metal Box, 2x12", Album, RE, RM + 12" + 12" + Box, Album, Dlx, METAL02
one of the most overpriced records in the world! not for the poor punks
timmd154

timmd154

September 27, 2016
referencing Metal Box, 3x12", Album, Ltd + Box, METAL 1
I'm glad I bought this when I had the chance!
saxonman1

saxonman1

September 7, 2016
referencing Second Edition, 2xLP, Album, Gat, YB-7006~7-AX
this lp was released once in japan early in 1980, this is known as the tin can lp but in japan this is how it came NO TIN CAN, like the first issue this also came with a really nice japan only glossy nice poster wich was unique to japan!!!!!!, the only part that is a bit difficult is finding this lp complete w/ the poster and obi and insert but its not impossible 36 years on...................
soulman55

soulman55

August 1, 2016
edited 6 months ago
referencing Metal Box, 3x12", Album, Ltd + Box, METAL 1
Has anyone tried to clean the metal box to remove evidence of oxidation? It seems they all have this problem. I don't want to make it worse so I am holding off for now.
sul42

sul42

July 20, 2016
referencing Metal Box, 3x12", Album, Ltd + Box, METAL 1
I was approaching reaching the milestone of 1000 LPs after 25 years of collecting, and obviously was trying to decide on getting something classic, iconic and just excellent to fill that spot that I didn't already have.

I filled that slot today with this album after seeing both Jah Wobble and John Lydon live for the first time in May this year.

So glad I chose this!