Metallica "No Life Til Leather" CD - Legendary Demo!

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  • Item Category: Entertainment
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Mar 26, 2010
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is a CD version of Metallica’s famed “No Life ‘TilLeather” demo tape from 1982.

This CD was made from high quality MP3s of the original demo tape. I had originally re-created a cassette replica, as I got tired of seeing all of the “authentic” versions going for outrageous amounts of money. First of all, the original cassette was a homemade demo tape put onto blank TDKs by Lars Ulrich, a mad tape trader. So, how do you, or the person selling it, even know their tape is authentic to begin with? And secondly, the cassettes I saw for sale were always beat up, and aging badly with lots of yellow. So, as a huge fan of early Metallica, I decided to make my own! I’ll be selling versions of the cassette soon, but since the CDs are easier to create, I thought I’d sell a few of these to fund the tape version. Ha! So, the faster these CDs sell, the faster a brand new and AFFORDABLE version of the tape will be out t

As stated above, the music on this CD was taken from high quality MP3 rips of Metallica’s 1982 demo tape “No Life ‘Til Leather”. The seven tracks are as follows: Hit The Lights, The Mechanics, Motorbreath, Seek & Destroy, Metal Militia, Jump In The Fire, and Phantom Lord. These tracks were burned onto plain black and silver CDRs. The CDs have no labeling on them at all. They are very clean and look great, totally complimenting the sleeve artwork. NOTE: the black side is the side that plays.

The songs themselves are amazing! Early, screechy Hetfield vocals with Dave Mustaine on guitar! Cliff Burton is listed on the credits as being in the band, but it is noted that he does not play bass on this recording. The bass was played by Ron McGovney. But, as blasphemous as this sounds, that does not take away from the magic of this recording session. Metal Militia with Dave Mustaine playing is just nuts, and must be heard to be believed. Yes, the quality is rough at times, but it is totally listenable and immensely enjoyable. If you are anal about the recording quality of your songs – even self produced songs created 28 years ago by a group of drunken teenagers – then this release is not for you. If you enjoy thrashing around your livingroom to kick-ass metal, then you must have this. It is as simple as that. I made this to be enjoyed, not obsessed over.

The cover art is my take on what the guys in Metallica may have made if CDRs were around when they were a struggling young band. It is very true to the original cassette artwork, and not some terrible photoshopped monstrosity. All of the artwork was recreated in Illustrator, so t is no pixilation. Everything is crisp and clear. I chose a cardstock to print the covers on, to give the sleeve some weight. Plus, it adds to the DIY look that the original cassette version had going on.

The sleeve was then folded in half over the CD and slipped into a clear, mylar sleeve. So, the packaging design is like a mini 7” single. I love it! Again, I am a huge Metallica fan, and this was made with a lot of care. Every CD that I sell was handmade by me and personally tested (and thrashed out to). If you too are a fan like me, you will not be disappointed! I don’t want to hear from pretentious collectors or audiophiles This one is for the Metal Militia!

Thanks for your interest, and please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.