Producer FLEMMING RASMUSSEN Addresses "Missing" Bass Tracks On METALLICA's ...And Justice For All - "I'd Love To Remix That Album"
July 5, 2015, 8 years ago
Producer Flemming Rasmussen is best known in metal circles as the producer for Metallica's classic Ride The Lightning ('84), Master Of Puppets ('86) and ... And Justice For All ('88) albums. He recently spoke with Ultimate-Guitar.com about working with Metallica and addressed the controvery surrounding the "missing" bass tracks on ...And Justice For All. An excerpt is available below.
Rasmussen: "I never understood why the bass was never louder on the album. But you'll have to talk to Lars (Ulrich) and James (Hetfield) about that. Jason (Newsted) was technically a better bass player than Cliff (Burton). He was much tighter and faster and all this.
Musically I don't know. Did he ever co-write any of the songs? He probably did on the later albums but they never really gave the poor guy a chance. Did they?
I'm one of the few persons who heard the bass tracks on ...And Justice for All and as far as I'm concerned they're absolutely killer. He did a really good job on that.
I'd love to remix that album. I'm pretty sure the guys who did it (Steve Thompson and Michael Barbiero), I know they would love to mix it again. Because they set it up and made it sound good and then Lars and James came in and fucked it all up, hahaha."
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