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Ride the Lightning (1984)




Ride The Lightning (1984) Released: July 27, 1984
Label: Megaforce
Peak Chart Position: US (100), UK (55)
RIAA Certification: Platinum 5x

Ride The Lightning is the second studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica. The album was produced under Flemming Rasmussen, founder of Sweet Silence Studios, who also went on to produce the band’s following two albums, Master of Puppets and ...And Justice for All. Metallica finished recording Ride the Lightning on March 14, 1984, and the album was released through Megaforce Records. On September 12, 1984, Metallica signed with major label Elektra Records who re-released the album on November 19, 1984.

Ride the Lightning is the last Metallica album to credit former lead guitarist Dave Mustaine with co-writing any songs. Mustaine was kicked out of the band in 1983, prior to the recording of Kill Em’ All. He is credited on the title track, “Ride the Lightning”, and instrumental track “The Call of Ktulu”. The album is also the first for which lead guitarist Kirk Hammett is given writing credits.

(From Wiki Release Page)