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Ride the Lightning (1984)

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Ride the Lightning is the second studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released on July 27, 1984, through the independent record label Megaforce Records. The album was certified gold by the RIAA on November 5, 1987, and was certified 5× platinum on June 9, 2003.
In July 1983, Metallica released their debut studio album, titled Kill 'Em All through Megaforce Records. On February 20, 1984, the band began work on their second album, titled Ride the Lightning, at Sweet Silence Studios, Copenhagen, Denmark. The album was produced under Flemming Rasmussen, founder of Sweet Silence Studios, who also went on to produce the band's following two albums, Master of Puppets and ...And Justice for All. Metallica finished recording Ride the Lightning on March 14, 1984, and the album was released through Megaforce on July 30, 1984. On September 12, 1984, Metallica signed with major label Elektra Records who re-released the album on November 19, 1984.
Ride the Lightning is the last Metallica album to credit former lead guitarist Dave Mustaine with co-writing any songs. Mustaine was kicked out of the band in 1983, prior to the recording of Kill Em' All. He is credited on the

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4:24 Escape
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