While Metallica were becoming more popular at the time, Metal was still a dirty word, and most people still didn't "get it". The band were still ugly and loud, and with 7 of the 9 songs clocking in over 6 minutes, you could tell that they were just interested in doing their own thing. While I enjoy all of the Metallica records, I've always considered AJFA to be the last great Metallica album. Still, I've generally overlooked it for the past 10 years or so. Hell, Load, Reload and St. Anger have more seen more action on my stereo than this one. Crazy...I know.
Listening to it now, I'm not sure why I spent such a long period ignoring this album. Frayed Ends Of Sanity, Harvester Of Sorrow, Dyers Eve, The Shortest Straw...damn, I'd forgotten how great these songs are.
I was recently talking with Mike Puffer from Alert/Through These Eyes, and he mentioned that he was looking to sell off some of his Metal records. Strangely enough, while he is more focused on Hardcore, and getting rid of his Metal vinyl, I'm in the exact opposite position. All Metal...all of the time.
While he didn't have the original Megaforce silver label pressings for the first two Metallica records, he did mention that he had a near mint copy of ...And Justice For All. He gave me a price that was more than fair, so I took the opportunity to finally add it to my collection.