Metallica - Harvester of Sorrow 12" MAXI-SINGLE VINYL

- USA Release

  This is a 12" EP with one song on Side A and two songs on the B-Side "Harvester of Sorrow" is a track from Metallica's full-length album: "...And Justice For All" in 1988.

  The two songs on the B-side are covers from songs of other Heavy Metal bands (Budgie, Diamond Head)


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"Harvester of Sorrow" Album Description:

Metallica's 1988 release of "Harvester of Sorrow" wasn't just a single; it was a statement. This USA-exclusive 12" maxi-single vinyl delivered the crushing power of the title track along with a pair of thrilling heavy metal cover songs, showcasing Metallica's mastery of the genre and their respect for its roots.

Side A: Thrash Metal Powerhouse

The A-side explodes with the relentless energy of "Harvester of Sorrow." This track, a centerpiece of their landmark album "...And Justice For All," exemplifies Metallica's progressive thrash metal sound. Its complex structure, relentless tempo changes, and James Hetfield's haunting lyrics create a sonic tour-de-force.

Side B: A Tribute to Heavy Metal's Legacy

Metallica flips the record to pay homage to two influential heavy metal bands:

* Breadfan (Budgie cover): Metallica ramps up the aggression in their take on this Budgie classic. Their blistering cover showcases their raw power and honors the Welsh band's impact on the heavy metal scene.

* The Prince (Diamond Head cover): This lesser-known Diamond Head gem gets the full Metallica treatment. The band injects their signature intensity, delivering a powerful, headbanging tribute to one of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal's defining acts.

Collector's Essential

The "Harvester of Sorrow" maxi-single is more than just a collection of songs; it's a snapshot of Metallica's creative energy and their dedication to the heavy metal genre. The unique track selection and the classic 12" vinyl format make this release a must-own for collectors and fans of Metallica's early years.

Vinyl Identification 101: All You Need to Know
To identify this particular pressing:
  • Barcode: 0 42287 06141
  • Record Label Side One: The label on side A has the same artwork as on the front cover
  • Record Label Side Two:
    • At 3 o'clock Phonogram Logo Vertigo Logo
  • Matrix Code SIde One: METAL 212 A-5U-1-1
  • Matrix Code Side Two: METAL 212 B-6U-1-1
 Collector's attributes: This section contains detailed information to be able to uniquely identify this particular version/release of the album Harvester of Sorrow

Music Genre:

Thrash Metal 

Album Production Information:

The album: "Harvester of Sorrow" was produced by:

Metallica and Flemming Rasmussen

Sound/Recording Engineer(s):

Flemming Rasmussen

Danish maestro Flemming Rasmussen shaped the sound of heavy metal. Metallica's thunderous albums? His work. Founder of legendary Sweet Silence Studios, he's produced icons across genres.

Sound Mixers:

Steve Thompson, Michael Barbiero, Mike Clink, Toby "Rage" Wright, George Cowan

Mastering Engineer:

Bob Ludwig

Bob Ludwig is an American mastering engineer and record producer. He is widely regarded as one of the best mastering engineers in the music industry, and has worked with a diverse range of artists across various genres, including classical, rock, pop, and jazz.


Ludwig has been active in the music industry since the 1970s and has worked on numerous critically acclaimed and commercially successful albums, including records by Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, and many others. He has also been recognized for his contributions to the industry and has won several Grammy Awards for his work.

Throughout his career, Ludwig has been known for his technical expertise, attention to detail, and his ability to bring out the best in recordings. He has also been a strong advocate for the preservation of audio quality and has worked to promote the use of high-quality analog and digital technologies in the recording and mastering process.

Overall, Bob Ludwig is a highly respected and accomplished mastering engineer who has made a significant impact on the music industry through his work with many of the biggest and most influential artists of our time.


Record Company & Catalog number:  Vertigo – METAL 212, Vertigo – 870 614-1

Media Format:

12" Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  
Year & Country:  1988 USA
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: Harvester of Sorrow
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Vocals, guitars - James Hetfield
  • Bass - Jason Newsted (ex-Voivod, ex-Flotsam and Jetsam)

    Jason Curtis Newsted was born on 4 March 1963, in Battle Creek, Michigan, USA. He developed a passion for music at a young age and began playing guitar and bass guitar. He was influenced by a variety of rock and metal bands, which helped shape his musical direction.

    Career Beginnings:
    Newsted's career took a significant turn in 1986 when he joined the legendary thrash metal band Metallica. He replaced the late Cliff Burton as the bassist. His addition to the band brought a new energy and dynamic to their music. He made his recording debut with Metallica on the "Garage Days Re-Revisited" EP and later on the album "…And Justice for All".

    Metallica Years:


    During his time with Metallica, Newsted contributed to some of the band's most iconic albums, including "Metallica" (often referred to as "The Black Album"), which showcased his solid bass lines and backing vocals. He also played a crucial role in the band's live performances, becoming known for his stage presence and energetic playing style.

    Despite his contributions, Newsted faced some challenges within Metallica, as he often felt overshadowed by the band's original members. He sought more creative involvement but found it challenging to fully integrate his ideas into the band's songwriting process.

    Departure from Metallica:
    In 2001, after nearly 15 years with Metallica, Newsted left the band due to personal reasons and a desire to pursue his own musical ventures. His departure marked the end of an era for Metallica and opened the door for Newsted's solo career.

    Solo and Other Projects:
    Following his departure from Metallica, Jason Newsted formed his own band, simply called "Newsted". The band released an EP titled "Metal" in 2013, followed by the full-length album "Heavy Metal Music" later the same year. Newsted showcased his skills as a lead vocalist and songwriter, exploring a range of heavy metal styles.

    Outside of his solo project, Newsted has collaborated with various musicians and bands, including Ozzy Osbourne, Voivod, and others. He also participated in charity events and benefit concerts, using his talent and influence to make a positive impact beyond the music industry.

    Later Years and Legacy:
    Jason Newsted's contributions to the world of rock and metal music, particularly during his time with Metallica, have left an indelible mark on the genre. His bass playing, vocals, and stage presence continue to be celebrated by fans and fellow musicians alike.

    In recent years, Newsted has remained somewhat private, focusing on his personal life and other interests. However, his influence on the metal scene and his contributions to music continue to be recognized and appreciated by generations of fans.

  • Drums - Lars Ulrich
  • Guitars - Kirk Hammett
Complete Track-listing of the album "Harvester of Sorrow"

The detailed tracklist of this record "Harvester of Sorrow" is:

    Track-listing Side One:
  1. Harvester Of Sorrow (05:42)
    Track-listing Side Two:
  1. Breadfan (05:44)
  2. The Prince (04:26)

Breadfan is a cover of the song priginally performed by BUDGIE in 1973.

"The Prince" is a cover of the song originally performed by "Diamond Head" in 1980 on the album "Lightning to the Nations"

High Quality Photo of Album Front Cover  "Harvester of Sorrow"
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Photo of "Harvester of Sorrow" 12" LP Record - Side One:
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