What if Metallica’s Load & Reload Were One Album (Part II) — The Best Possible Answer?

The Covers for Metallica’s Load and Reload (Andres Seranno/Blackened Records)
The back cover of Load’s vinyl re-release featuring the track listing and the Metallica ‘ninja star’ logo that dominated the period (Anton Corbijn/EM Ventures/Blackened Records).

Alternate Timeline

All we’re doing is bending space-time to create an alternate timeline, what could go wrong… (Universal Pictures/Blackened Records)

Settling the Debate (?): What if Metallica Themselves Had Cut It Down to One Album in 1996?

So, how do we figure out what are the favored parts of each album? The first major metric will be which songs were chosen as singles. Metallica is a hands-on band, and while they may take label and producer input when selecting singles, even at their most commercially friendly, they are fiercely protective of their content and how it is released. With singles automatically included, readers who are Metallica diehards already know eight songs that will be on the list (sorry!).

The back cover of Reload on CD, featuring the track listing and concert images that make up the entirety of the inside booklet (Anton Corbijn/EM Ventures/Blackened Records).

Load ‘97

  1. Ain’t My Bitch (5:04)
Video for Metallica feat. Marianne Faithfull — The Memory Remains (Blackened Records)
Data for Load and Reload via Metallica.com (Danny Bednar)
The alternate timeline track listing for Load ’97. he results, and perils, of messing with altering what is already done via time travel. Evidently, I am not a graphic artist (Anton Corbijn/Blackened Records/Danny Bednar)

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Danny Bednar

Danny Bednar

Your Friendly Neighborhood Space Agency Worker, Geography PhD, Part-Time Professor, and Author. Writing about Movies, Music, Comics, & Hockey.