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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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"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).

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

Other Versions (5 of 80)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Second Edition (2×LP, Album, Gatefold)Island Records2WX 3288Canada1979
Second Edition (Cassette, Album)Warner Bros. Records2W5 3288US1979
Second Edition (2×LP, Album, Gatefold)Island Records2WX 3288US1979
Metal Box (Cassette, Album)VirginMBCAS 1UK1979
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Second Edition (2×LP, Album, Gatefold)VirginAVIL 212512Italy1979
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mrborsomething
Yeah I remember buying the record in 79 when it came out I took around 5 or 6 copies back to the record shop at the time because of skipping problems.Back then the record players were on the cheap side which was a big factor but it's interesting that people are still getting these problems nowadays even with very good and improved record decks.
I did find that when the 2 Nd edition came out the problems were eradicated.
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SyntheticBiscuits
Word of warning/advice to anyone suffering from skipping on their copy, or who's nervous about picking one up because of it: the skipping is caused by the huge amount of bass present in the original mix used for this 3x45 pressing. The album was released this way specifically so it could be mixed with extra bass, but the sub frequencies are able to physically bounce the stylus out of the groove in places, which can cause skipping.

I have a Technics SL-QL1 turntable which has very low tracking force and a small range of adjustment (1.25 - 1.75 grams, if I recall correctly), and I found that adjusting the tracking force from the median (recommended) setting to its maximum when playing Metal Box prevented all the skips I had previously experienced. There were a couple of points such as the more intense moments of Careering where the needle was still audibly being bounced around - causing a transient pop in sync with the kick and bass guitar - but didn't actually skip. These transient pops had also previously occurred through most of Albatross, but completely stopped with increased tracking force.

TL;DR, if your copy of Metal Box is skipping but isn't noticeably scratched, try increasing the tracking force on your turntable, as your issue is most likely caused by the sub bass present in the grooves.
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MattJanovic
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.
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Brooklyn75
Question, just purchased metal box and it seems that record goes into a loop towards the end of Chant. Any ideas
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rubbert
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?
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drgn238
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 ?
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donryanocero
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?
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cmonpelican
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.
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Derekmusicman2015
Edited one year ago
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

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Derekmusicman2015
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.