Themes From Great Cities

It might have come to your attention that I'm not a regular poster of love and understanding, which you will just have to get used to. I will however, have bursts of creativity where I move completely randomly from post to post with no rhyme or reason. I have recently posted a few singles (7 & 12”) and the odd bootleg which have been received very well by all who visit. More of the same will continue as you, dear readers, seem to be enjoying them.

Some of the rips are my own, but many more are from other blogs and I’m just sharing the wealth. If other bloggers out there wish to share the rips from my posts, please as I do, host them yourself. To combat this, the FLAC files that are over 6 months old will be replaced with MP3 files.

Finally I am happy to re-up old posts where the link has expired. Please comment in the relevant posts comments box.



Reloaded, Re-upped and coming in FLAC as well.

I'm back for a short run


I wanted to start this journey with a BANG!

Metal Box is the second album by Public Image Ltd, released by Virgin Records on 23 November 1979. The album was a departure from PiL's relatively conventional début First Issue, released in 1978, with the band moving into a more avant-garde sound characterised by John Lydon's cryptic vocals, Jah Wobble's propulsive dub-inspired basslines, and the abrasively "metallic" guitar sound developed by guitarist Keith Levene. Metal Box is widely regarded as a landmark of post punk. Released as a three 12 inch single set in a metal film can completely anonymous save an embossed PiL logo, the cutting of the grooves themselves were so widely separated from each other that they’re visible to the naked eye. This encourages the tracks to boom out in analogue warmth and fullness; deemed necessary by Jah Wobble’s domineering and lush contributions in the low end department. A beautiful and barbed album whose power is still a formidable one, even now. And will be for a very long time.

Ripped from a triple 12" vinyl set to high resolution and high quality MP3 @ 320kbps
A. Albatross
B1. Memories
B2. Swan Lake
C1. Poptones
C2. Careering
D1. No Birds
D2. Graveyard
E1. The Suit
E2. Bad Baby
F1. Socialist
F2. Chant
F3. Radio 4


  1. Thanks for this! I have Second Edition, the Metal Box CD version and the PiL box, but I am always interested in hearing the original version of this classic. Heard it in the record store, but couldn't afford the collector price...

    1. Thanks Anonymous.
      I hope you enjoyed listening to this awesome vinyl rip. For anyone else thinking about downloading Metal Box, please note that it was originally ripped to high resolution and high quality lossless 24-bit FLAC audio and then downsized to MP3 to fully flesh out all the sonic grooves...this could quite possibly be the best rip of this outstanding album currently on the www

  2. Nice work! Thank you for this treasure!