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PiL*Metal Box

Label:Virgin – METAL 1
Format:
3 x Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Album, Limited Edition
Country:UK
Released:
Genre:Electronic, Rock
Style:Post-Punk, Dub, Avantgarde, Experimental

Tracklist

Metal 1.1
AAlbatross10:32
Metal 1.2
B1Memories5:05
B2Swan Lake4:19
Metal 1.3
C1Poptones7:45
C2Careering4:32
Metal 1.4
D1No Birds4:43
D2Graveyard3:07
Metal 1.5
E1The Suit3:29
E2Bad Baby4:30
Metal 1.6
FSocialist/Chant/Radio 412:31
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Credits

Notes

"Public Image Ltd...John Lydon.Keith Levene.Wobble.Jeannette Lee.Dave Crowe..." were the members of PIL at the time of the release. However, Jeannette Lee and Dave Crowe as non-musical band members are not featured on the record.

Packaged in a 12" film can-style metal box. Includes an A5 size sheet with tracklist and line-up.

Side B ends with a locked groove which repeats the last few seconds of "Swan Lake" endlessly until the needle is lifted from the record.

Edition of 50,000 copies (plus an extra 10,000 for export).

In runouts, the main strings and Tim Young/CBS credits are etched, additional characters are stamped.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Label side A): Metal 1-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side B): Metal 1-B
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side C): Metal 1-C
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side D): Metal 1-D
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side E): Metal 1-E
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side F): Metal 1-F
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 1): METAL.1-A-1 TY-CBS A 3
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 1): ·METAL.1- BA̶B-1 TY-CBS A 0
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side C, variant 1): ·METAL-1-C-2 tim-cbs A
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side D, variant 1): ·METAL-1-D-1 TY-CBS A 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side E, variant 1): METAL-1-E-1 TY-CBS B
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side F, variant 1): METAL-1-F-2 tim-cbs A
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 2): METAL.1-A-1 TY-CBS A
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 2): ·METAL.1- BA̶B-1 TY-CBS A 4
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side C, variant 2): ·METAL-1-C-2 tim-cbs A
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side D, variant 2): ·METAL-1-D-1 TY-CBS B
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side E, variant 2): METAL-1-E-1 TY-CBS B 7
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side F, variant 2): ·METAL.1-F-1 TY-CBS B 13
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 3): ∙ METAL∙1-A-1 C 1 3 TY-CBS
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 3): ∙METAL∙1-BAB-1 C TY-CBS
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side C, variant 3): · METAL-1-C-1 C TY-CBS
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side D, variant 3): ·METAL∙1-D-1 A TY-CBS
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side E, variant 3): ∙ METAL-1-E-1 C TY-CBS B
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side F, variant 3): ∙ METAL-1-F-1 C TY-CBS 5
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 4): ∙ METAL∙1-A-2 tim-CBS A
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 4): ·METAL.1- BA̶B-1 TY-CBS 21 C
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side C, variant 4): · METAL-1-C-2 tim-CBS E
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side D, variant 4): ·METAL∙1-D-1 5 TY-CBS C
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side E, variant 4): ∙ METAL-1-E-1 20 TY-CBS C
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side F, variant 4): ∙ METAL-1-F-3 12 tim-CBS A
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 5): · METAL-1-A-2 1 C tim-cbs A
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 5): · METAL∙1-B-2 1 2 tim-cbs A
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side C, variant 5): · METAL-1-C-1 1 C TY-CBS C
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side D, variant 5): · METAL∙1-D-1 ., ., TY-CBS A
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side E, variant 5): · METAL-1-E-2 1 tim-cbs A
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side F, variant 5): · METAL∙1-F-1 A TY-CBS

Other Versions (5 of 89)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Second Edition (2×LP, Album, Quality Records Pressing, Gatefold)Island Records2WX 3288Canada1979
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Metal Box (Cassette, Album, Stereo, Grey Cassette w/ Corner Screws)VirginMBCAS 1UK1979
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Second Edition (2×LP, Album, Gatefold, White Text)VirginVD 2512New Zealand1979
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Second Edition (2×LP, Album, Gatefold)Island Records2WX 3288US1979
New Submission
Second Edition (2×LP, Album, Gatefold, Jacksonville Pressing)Island Records2WX 3288US1979

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  • jblakeboroughi's avatar
    Came across a copy recently for £5 at a carboot, insane find. NM records too, any ideas how to clean the tin, there must be something to do to clean it up a bit.
    • Philbar15's avatar
      Philbar15
      I had this for Christmas 1979.. I still have it. Slightly oxidised tin but i love it still.. Poptones!!
      • MGSeveral's avatar
        MGSeveral
        Zigzag magazine published an insert (effectively) with all the lyrics (I do remember one "correction" where "you are unbeatable" had been modified to "you are unbearable") - you could prize it out of the centre of the magazine. Also, it didn't ruin the magazine itself as it effectively had printed the inner pages twice!

        This didn't happen often as there are "music copyright clearance" issues with printing lyrics (Smash Hits would pay a lot of money to do what they did), but as ZigZag was somewhat of a high production values 'fanzine', I'm guessing they "got away with it" (unless you know different...)
        • charliesorbit's avatar
          charliesorbit
          Any UK seller with just the tin in reasonable state they want to sell? Please message me. Though I kind of love my version - the three original vinyls in handmade filthy worn sleeves with the lyrics and other annotated pictures glued to exteriors. Car boot in Cornwall some years ago. Still sounding as fresh as ever. (As a tender 16 yr old saw them at Futurama in Sept 1979, and they blew my mind...)
          • rezmole's avatar
            rezmole
            For information. I bought this the week it was released. It did NOT have the printed sheet inside. However, this must have happened to many of the initial batches which went out for sale. I remember getting a copy of the insert in one of the music papers a few weeks later (either NME or Sounds). This might explain why a lot of copies appear to be missing the insert.
            Still loving my copy. Very little of the tin remains untarnished, but I like it that way. The inside has faired better, but has tarnished where greasy fingerprints have been (possibly due to salt in sweat). Again, I don't mind this.
            • ihave5dollars's avatar
              ihave5dollars
              Any suggestions for how to store this? Something about keeping these in the tin, separated by the paper dividers, makes me feel like they will be damaged. Maybe I'm paranoid but I feel like keeping the vinyl in poly sleeves with the tin kept separate... is this ridiculous?
              • henryhopkinsmusic's avatar
                Hi all! What sort of value would you give to just the tin?

                Many thanks,

                Henry
                • Christopher_Packer's avatar
                  Apologies in advance if this is a non-point, which everyone finished talking about 40 years ago, or even if not that, it is beyond pedantic.

                  But anyway, in my copy of the film-can metal box release, on three of the four circular white paper dividers, the lyrics are printed in red capitals. In two places, corrections have been made. First, in the lyrics to Albatross, the line “another will not forget” has been tippexed out and overtyped with “If I wanted”. Second, in the lyrics to Memories, the last “and on” in one line has been deleted in the way one could with the ribbon in a typical typewriter from the 70s (so that it is still legible).

                  Were printed lyrics (whether with or without corrections) a standard feature of the initial release? Or has a previous owner of what is now my copy unilaterally typed up the lyrics and then corrected a couple of self-made mistakes?
                  • muphasta's avatar
                    muphasta
                    Edited 2 years ago
                    Martin Atkins started The Museum of Post Punk and Industrial Music in Chicago which I got to visit in September, 2021.
                    He has a copy of Metal Box in the museum with "PiL" printed tape wrapped around it. He told me that the Richard Branson paid for the tape with the intention of wrapping each copy of Metal Box with it, but when he calculated how much it would cost to pay people to wrap 50-60K tins, he decided against it.
                    • drgn238's avatar
                      drgn238
                      On mine copy there is a sticker and on it you can read HMV 7.50 pounds .
                      Was , is & stays one of the best EVER !

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