Metallica Shares Unreleased Demo Version Of ‘Sad But True’

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The official Twitter page of Metallica shared an unreleased version of their classic track, ‘Sad but True’ from the time when they were recording the song to make it perfect before its official release and the original bassist Ron McGovney has something to say about the band’s recording sessions.

As many of you know, ‘Sad But True’ was released as the fifth and final single from Metallica’s eponymous fifth studio album, widely known as ‘The Black Album’ on August 12, 1991. The song is one of the most well-known classics of the band, being a staple in Metallica’s live performances thanks to having instant success when it first released and finding itself a place in countless charts including US Billboard Hot 100 as well as being number 15 on US Mainstream Rock.

Recently, Metallia shared a post on its official Twitter page revealing the 36th take of ‘Sad but True’ during the recording sessions as the band most likely recorded the song dozens of times to have a perfect song. In addition to sharing an uınreleased version of one of their classic tracks, Metallica also announced that the version will be available in their deluxe box set of the Black Album.

In the Twitter post, the band shared:

“As we were recording the version of ‘Sad But True’ that made ‘The Black Album,’ we went through dozens of takes in the studio. Check out Take 36 from February 5, 1991, available in the deluxe box set.”

After seeing that his former band’s tweet, Ron McGovney shared a post on his official Twitter page replying to the old recording of Metallica by revealing that they haven’t changed a bit when it comes to recording a track since drummer Lars Ulrich and frontman James Hetfield have always loved changing little details about a track even when they first started making music with Metallica four decades ago.

According to his tweet, Ron McGovney said:

I guess things haven’t changed that much in 40 years. It seemed like every day at band practice, James or Lars would change something about a song. Not anything major, just small tweaks. It could be frustrating at times. It was fun, but it wasn’t at the same time.”

You can see the Twitter posts and listen to the 36th take of ‘Sad but True’ below.