FIRST PICTURES / PiL super deluxe editions


First look at the packaging for the two PiL super deluxe editions – Metal Box and Album – which are being reissued next week.

Going by these pictures, the four-CD box sets both seem to conform to the style and dimensions of Simple Minds and Tears For Fears super deluxe editions, although obviously Metal Box comes a metal box which adds a premium of about £6 on to the price.
4CD super deluxe of Album

The 4LP vinyl version of Metal Box is still hideously expensive, and it’s hard to recommend something that is so overpriced. Obviously a 12″ x 12″ metal outer box isn’t exactly cheap to make, but even so the non-metal vinyl super deluxe of Album is still £137 for a 4LP set!

4LP vinyl super deluxe of Metal Box


4LP vinyl super deluxe of Album

Metal Box and Album are reissued on 28 October 2016.

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Metal Box - 4CD Super Deluxe


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Metal Box - 4LP vinyl Super Deluxe


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Metal Box 4 CD super deluxe edition

CD 1: Metal Box
CD 2: B-sides, mixes & radio sessions
CD 3: Unreleased Mixes
CD 4: Live at Manchester, Russell’s Club (The Factory) 18/6/79

Disc 1: Remastered album
1. Albatross
2. Memories
3. Swan Lake (Death Disco)
4. Poptones
5. Careering
6. No Birds Do Sing
7. Graveyard
8. The Suit
9. Bad Baby
10. Socialist
11. Chant
12. Radio 4

Disc 2: B-sides, mixes & radio sessions
1. Death Disco (7” edit)
2. Death Disco 12”
3. Half Mix / Megga Mix (b-side)
4. Death Disco – BBC TV, Top of the Pops July 12.7.72
5. Memories 12”
6. Another (b-side)
7. Poptones – BBCRadio 1, John Peel Sessions 1979
8. Careering – BBC Radio 1, John Peel Sessions 1979
9. Chant – BBC Radio 1, John Peel Sessions 1979
10. Poptones – BBC TV, Old Grey Whistle Test 5/2/80 (audio)
11. Careering – BBC TV, Old Grey Whistle Test 5/2/80 (audio)
12. Pied Piper (rare compilation-only track)

Disc 3: Unreleased Mixes
1. Poptones (version 3) (unreleased)
2. Swan Lake (monitor mix)
3. Albatross (monitor mix) (alternative mix)
4. Swan Lake (“master”) (alternative mix) (unreleased)
5. Unknown INST Jam 1 (“Chant”) (unreleased)
6. Unknown Jam 2 (“Megachant”) (unreleased)
7. Music from an Oven (aka Memories) (unreleased)
8. Radio 4 (“symphony suite”) (unreleased)
9. Home is Where The Heart is (original mix) (unreleased)
10. Unknown INST 2 (unreleased)

Disc 4:  Live at Manchester, Russell’s Club (The Factory) 18/6/79 (unreleased)
1. Chant
2. Swan Lake (aka Death Disco)
3. Memories
4. Public Image
5. Annalisa
6. No Birds Do Sing


Metal Box 4 LP

LP 1: Metal Box
LP 2: Metal Box (continued)
LP 3: Live at Manchester, Russell’s Club (The Factory) 18/6/79
LP 4: Rare Mixes and BBC Radio Sessions

LP 1 & 2: ‘Metal Box’ studio album

Disc 1 (side 1):

Disc 1 (side 2):
Swan Lake (Death Disco)

Disc 2 (side 1):
No Birds Do Sing
The Suit

Disc 2 (side 2):
Bad Baby
Radio 4

LP 3: Live at Manchester, Russell’s Club (The Factory) 18/6/79 (unreleased)

Disc 3 (side 1):
Swan Lake (aka Death Disco)

Disc 3 (side 2)
Public Image
No Birds Do Sing

LP 4: Rare Mixes & BBC Session

Disc 4 (side 1):
Swan Lake (monitor mix)
Albatross (monitor mix)

Disc 4 (side 2):
BBC Radio 1, John Peel Sessions 1979


Album 4 CD super deluxe edition

CD 1: Album
CD 2: Live at Brixton Academy 27.5.86
CD 3: Various, mixes & outtakes etc
CD 4: Original 1985 Album demos

Disc 1: Remastered album
1. FFF
2. Rise
3. Fishing
4. Round
5. Bags
6. Home
7. Ease

Disc 2:  Live at Brixton Academy 27.5.86 (unreleased)
1. Kashmir
2. FFF
3. Low Life
4. Fishing
5. Poptones
6. Pretty Vacant
7. Banging the Door
8. Flowers of Romance
9. Bags
10. Round
11. Home
12. Public Image
13. Rise
14. Annalisa

Disc 3: Various, mixes & outtakes etc
1. Things in E (aka Ease) (alternative Laswell mix) (1986) (unreleased)
2. Rise (7” edit)
3. Rise (instrumental)
4. Home (7” edit)
5. Rise (Bob Clearmountain remix)
6. Home – BBC TV, Old Grey Whistle Test 20/5/86 (audio)
7. Round – BBC TV, Old Grey Whistle Test 20/5/86 (audio)

Bonus Tracks
1.Time Zone – World Destruction (12”)
2.Time Zone – World Destruction (Industrial Remix)

Disc 4: Original 1985 Album demos
1. Animal (unreleased)
2. Black Rubber Bags (aka Bags) (unreleased)
3. European Cars (aka Round) (unreleased)
4. Fairwell Fairweather Friend (aka FFF) (unreleased)
5. Pearls Before Swine (aka Fishing) (unreleased)
6. Things in E (aka Ease) (instrumental) (unreleased)
7. Ben Hur (unreleased) (instrumental) (unreleased)
8. Cats (unreleased) (instrumental) (unreleased)
9. Have a Nice Day (unreleased) (instrumental) (unreleased)
10. Untitled 3 (unreleased) (instrumental) (unreleased)
11. Pearls Before Swine (aka Fishing) (alternate mix) (incomplete) (unreleased)


Album 4 LP

LP 1: Album
LP 2: Original 1985 Album demos
LP 3: Various, mixes & outtakes etc 1
LP 4: Various, mixes & outtakes etc 2

LP1: ‘Album’ studio album

Disc 1 (side 1):

Disc 1 (side 2):

LP2: Original 1985 Album demos

Disc 2 (side 1):
Animal (unreleased)
Black Rubber Bags (aka Bags) (unreleased)
European Cars (aka Round) (unreleased)

Disc 2 (side 2):
Fairwell Fairweather Friend (aka FFF) (unreleased)
Pearls Before Swine (aka Fishing) (unreleased)
Things in E (aka Ease) (instrumental) (unreleased)

LP3: Various, mixes & outtakes etc 1

Disc 3 (side 1):
Things in E (Ease) (alternative Laswell mix) (unreleased)

Disc 3 (side 2):
Rise (7” edit)
Rise (instrumental)
Home (7” edit)

LP4: Various, mixes & outtakes etc 2

Disc 4 (side 1):
Home – BBC Old Grey Whistle Test 20/5/86
Round – BBC, Old Grey Whistle Test 20/5/86
Rise (Bob Clearmountain remix)

Disc 4 (side 2):
Time Zone – World Destruction (12”)
Time Zone – World Destruction (Industrial Remix)




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Peter Gibbs

As of writing, if you still want the 4 x CD version of ‘Metal Box’, PIL’s official site have them in stock again. None of these silly eBay/Amazon prices.


Mine even came with a signed insert card, great stuff.


Both vinyl and CD editions of MB now showing as sold out on the Universal store.


A heck of a lot of releases are having their release date put back at the moment. It’s getting very annoying. A delay in manufacturing? What are those pictures you have on this website and on Amazon? A computer generated mock up? Are you trying to tell me that a mere 24 hours before shipment was due to be made someone suddenly noticed they didn’t have any stock to send? If they don’t when it will be available they will have known this for weeks so why tell us 48 hours before release date? no mention of this on the band’s website. Probably haven’t noticed there is no stock to ship.

Ross Novak


Dear Customer,

Thank you for your recent order from the Public Image Store.

We are writing to let you know that that unfortunately there has been a delay with the manufacturing of Metal Box and Album which were previously due for release on Friday 28th October.

At this time we do not have an exact date when we expect these to be available but we will be in contact with you to advise once we have a confirmed date.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Many thanks,
Public Image Customer Services


@Ross, You beat me to it, was gonna paste this in:) So I guess that they are either waiting for more preorders to reach ‘profit point’ or the vinyl manufacturing back up has delayed them. I think though with the 76 Live Pistols box, they went ahead with the CD sets and just delayed the vinyl.

Marshall Gooch

“Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?”
Well, I’m not a PiL fan but I am a Pistols fanatic. That being said, and being in the marketing biz (not on the music side), I know that small runs of anything that has to be manufactured cost phenomenally more than big runs so it’s likely that the metal tin price is some magic number between the minimum cost of a tin (which would be based on selling thousands) and the maxium they believe they could charge for one (based on selling one or a very small number). That doesn’t mean they aren’t hedging their bets, though, and charging more than they think they have to, just in case the item doesn’t sell well–which could be because they’ve mis-forecast what they think the market will bear, based on how popular they think PiL is at this moment in time. I wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t sell many of ’em and then in six month to a year Paul posts one of his “hot price! get it while you can!” posts.


I think I expressed myself on this a while ago, sorry if I am repeating my idea.
As more or less Ted says above:
– in the past 25 years the industry has committed commercial suicide by introducing the CD, and then pushing it even further with the downloads and all that sh*t, because if you want to sell you need a decent object to buy, and not a silly plastic box that blatantly could have a production cost of 5£ or, even, intangible data.
– people like us have held on for the critical 90s period, with the 00s bringing back vinyl thanks to the “lounge”/Late Night Tales and all that movement (and to labels like Mute, of course).
– the vinyl format has unexpectedly (for the masses) regained importance and would constitute new oxygen for an agonizing industry who has wanted and done the disaster in the first place
– said industry, as the majority of people nowadays, want EVERYTHING, and IMMEDIATELY. So instead of appreciating the fact that they could sell a lot at reasonable prices, there go the prices, sky high to ridiculous heights.
NO WAY I will fork out outrageous amounts of money for nothing. I have my channels, I have developed my contacts, so I buy when I feel the price is right.
Sometimes there is also a bit of luck: I recently bought the Bowie blue vinyl Reality Tour 3-LP set for a more or less “reasonable” 34Euro (25 – 30 would have been fairer) on Amazon (shot up to double that price a few days later), to find myself in any case with just three blue vinyls in transparent inner sleeves, a silly rectangular double sided “poster” (two pics taken from the concert) and a 12″x12″ picture reproducing the cover with just the credits of the songs. All other info (meagre) on the back of the box. Not much of a “box set”, to me, just three records protected by a cardboard box. But the “design effort” of record companies behind reissues or box sets is another story.


… on the german amazon and jpc website the release date has changed to january 2017 …

Stephen Collman

The original Metal Box canister does indeed start to dull and look grubby with time but I paid £12 in 1997 for a pristine complete set from an electronics exchange shop in Biggleswade Bedfordshire which was selling a large collection of second hand records. Having cherry picked around 100 albums from these records over a number of months and not been back for over six months the owner sold his remaining records to a specialist dealer as a job lot. The internet has largely killed such bargains as charity shops etc can now gauge the market price online.

Stephen Collman

I have the original vinyl versions of Metal Box and Album so have no intention of forking out much moolah for the demos.

Simon Thornhill

Given that the closest equivalent I can think of is Kate Bush’s Before the Dawn .In terms of like for like physical content ie 4x vinyls 12″ x 12″ booklet The pricing seems way off what can be responsibly anticipated for such a set.There really doesn’t appear to be anything physically included in the PIL Boxset that warrants such an inflated price. Whilst there really is no doubt that Metal Box is an essential album. Therefore deserving of a deluxe boxset reissue. The additional content doesn’t justify the astonishing mark up. My advice if you really must have it, then wait 6 months for the price to plummet due to unsold stock!

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Michel Bendichou

How countenances these kind of rip off prices? Is the decision solely that of the label, or the artist? You’d like to think that Lydon wouldn’t go along with this but then, he does butter adverts…..


andre geusebroek

i bought the metal box for 15 pounds early 1980, so no way to pay these prices


While the price is high, at least these sets seems to understand that fan want more the demos. The material included is interesting and a nice mix. So many of this sets add nothing to a collection and are wasted opportunities. PIL/John is much more fan friendly.


I doubt it’s the record company’s idea to charge this much.
More likely John Lydon who (again) is short on cash.
He’s changed his way where money applies years ago.
Nothing wrong with that but pity the fools who fall for it.


He’s been the greatest of great rock ‘n’ roll swindlers from day one, and more power to him.

Cash from chaos!


… that said, I’d bet the pricing is up to the record company weasels, who surely must own the masters to all of this material.

Dr Volume

Since the more casual music listener will either stream or torrent what they want, the record companies are now going after the dedicated music lovers, turning them upside down and shaking every bit of loose change out of them. I guess their rationale behind this price is based on the going rate for a 2nd hand Metal Box goes for £100-£150 in good nick with all the inserts (but they tend to go rusty and look grubby with age) – so perhaps the thinking is if someone wants a Vinyl copy of this they might prefer to stump up for a shiny new one with some extra material. This one definitely takes the biscuit (tin), I’d quite like the CD set – but that still feels £15 over the odds to me.

Carl Noonan

I’m not interested in PIL but I love reading about stuff on here and noticed the metal box is £400 on Amazon Germany WTF?


I can’t get my head around this – surely the record companies would make more money if they made these vinyl sets more affordable/accessible. There aren’t many artists that I would fork out £100+ for. In fact, anything over say £40 requires much consideration and thought. So many vinyl fans are very dedicated long-term fans who love physical formats, collect them and probably spend more on music than most people. The record companies taking advantage of these people and I find it is immoral.

Gianluca Morelli

no way!!!!!

Julian Hancock

Well, I suppose that £42 for a tin is marginally better value than what people were being asked to pay for that Bob Marley fag lighter tin. That just leaves the little matter of £33 or so per vinyl album.


Biscuits come in metal tins and cost next to nothing, so this is clearly a gimmick to fleece more money out of collectors. I doubt that the 12″ metal tin costs more than a cardboard equivalent.

Bruce nicholson

I could be right, i could be wrong, but i think signed copies of the vinyl versions were £200 on the PIL website …..

Paul Murphy

Paul, as I mentioned last time mate, PIL didn’t perform Death Disco on BBC TV, Top of the Pops July 12.7.72 – more’s the pity, if they thought that Bowie doing ‘Starman’ the week before was shocking…

Bob Dudek

Actually the original metal film can cost very little more than a paper cover , which was why Virgin let them do it . I doubt that thing cost 6 pounds to make either . I did buy it tho . Still a stunning work after all these years . Ill be slowing down now on my purchases . Im 61 and its time to reconsider how much I need to buy these special editions , but I had to make an exception for Metal Box .

Mr x

Would love both of them but no way at these prices.

Wayyyyy over priced!


I hope there will be a Metalbox or a Second Edition single CD edition in the future.