Thursday, March 29, 2012

Thanks to J. Stuart for this review of Metallica The Club Dayz 1982-1984

5.0 out of 5 stars A great, book, from someone there at the time, March 8, 2012
J. Stuart (County Down)

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This review is from: Metallica: Club Dayz 1982-1984 (Paperback)

I don't know if books with pictures would be to everybodys tastes, sometimes they wouldnt be mine, but I think this book was great, as it offered a different perspective of metallica, and the thrash scene at the time, the pictures are annotated nicely, with the photographer giveing his take on things back in those days, and it helps that there is a lot of pictures that people will probably not have seen before.

I think this is a nice footnote in the history of metal, in a way you need these footnotes, to record a time when bands were starting out before they hit the big time.

Thanks to Mr. G. Hill for this review of Metallica The Club Dayz 1982-1984

5.0 out of 5 stars Rare and Exciting Photos that you won't see from Metallica, January 4, 2012
Mr. G. Hill (Australia)

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This review is from: Metallica: Club Dayz 1982-1984 (Paperback)

After being disinterested with my "Ultimate Metallica" Photograph book by Ross Halfin I had almost given up my conquest of finding interesting Metallica photographs that didn't contain poor forewords, captions and hundreds of repeat photos, not to mention airbrushing.

Fortunately a friend spoke up and led me in a positive direction...I was brought into the world of Bill Hale and some wonderful photos that really captured and captivated. Beautiful spontaneity that you want from a picture that can speak a thousand words.

This book contains photos that you will not see if published by Metallica, as anyone with inside knowledge of Metallica's inner workings you will understand that "Photo Approval" can sometimes mean that the chain of command often goes to the very top, which means Lars Ulrich. Lars controls photo approval just like he controls the Set-List at every Metallica show, because he can.

Inside this book you'll see photos that may be 30 years old but only now are seeing light today thanks to the work of the author and snapshots that were taken.

I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised because some of the photos were a great tribute to the past, and if you are a fan of Dave Mustaine you will absolutely love this book as it shows Dave with the band in quite some candid alcoholic fuelled photography back when these guys played the clubs just for beer money or a few drinks at the bar.

Concluding, this is a rare insight and even the most diehard Metallica or Megadeth fan will be surprised at the amount of photographs that they have never seen.
I'm pretty sure my peers agree with me as every review on Amazon has given this book 5 stars and why wouldn't you? It's a glimpse into a past that many still reminisce about.
Well worth the price!

Thanks to Shockwaves for this great review of Metallica The Club Dayz 1982-1984!

5.0 out of 5 stars Bill Hale is a photo genius!, February 21, 2011

This review is from: Metallica: Club Dayz 1982-1984 (Paperback)

Bill Hale is one of the greatest metal photographers of our time. As a rock photographer since the late '70s shooting everyone from Black Sabbath, Queen, Judas Priest, UFO and Thin Lizzy in their prime, and living around the Bay Area at the time, Bill was one of the few to visually capture the beginning of the thrash metal movement in the early '80s and was perhaps the first photographer to capture the early days of METALLICA! This book features brilliant photographs from the very first shows Metallica ever played in the Bay Area with original bassist Ron McGovney and original guitarist Dave Mustaine on through the first club shows with Cliff Burton and the very first show featuring Kirk Hammett (on the "Kill 'Em All For One" Tour w/ opening for Raven). The book contains not only groundbreaking live photos from the band performing at legendary SF clubs The Stone, The Old Waldorf and Ruthies but also great backstage and off-stage photos of a then-unsigned "garage band" who would eventually take over the world! Bill Hale was there from the very beginning to visually capture Heavy Metal History! A Must Buy for the true Metallica fan!!