LARS ULRICH Is To Blame For Lack Of Bass On METALLICA’s ‘…And Justice For All’ Album: Mixing Engineer

larsulrichfacemonsterIn a brand new interview with, Steve Thompson, a prominent music producer who has worked with a vast array of rock icons, including GUNS N’ ROSES (on “Appetite For Destruction”), KORN (on “Follow The Leader”) and SOUNDGARDEN (on “A-Sides”) spoke about the mixing sessions for METALLICA‘s classic 1988 album, “…And Justice For All”, and the criticism that record has received for the bass parts being nearly inaudible. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. When you mixed the tracks for METALLICA‘s “…And Justice For All” album in 1988, was that a totally different experience than working on the “Appetite For Destruction” record?

Steve: “Well, what I wanted to do and what Lars [Ulrich, METALLICA drummer] wanted to do was totally different, which kind of upset me a little bit. I loved METALLICA and was very familiar with them. I said, ‘These guys are cool.’ We got the call to do it and went up to Bearsville Studios in upstate New York and the guys were on the Monsters Of Rock tour at the time. So what they would do is fly in by helicopter, a day here and a day there just to go through things.”

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