Limited Special Japanese edition of the third single by the legendary American Thrash Metal band.
It was also released as the third and final single from their fourth album "...And Justice For All". It is one of the band's most popular songs and has remained a permanent live staple since the release of the album, making this the most played song from the album "...And Justice for All". Like "Fade to Black" and "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)", the song starts off slow and clean, but as the song goes on, becomes heavier and faster, leading up to a tapping solo by Kirk Hammett and a dual guitar section by Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield.
"One" was written in November 1987 by Metallica's principal composers James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich. The song's theme and lyrics are based on Dalton Trumbo's 1939 novel "Johnny Got His Gun", telling the tale of a soldier who is hit by a land mine and loses his limbs, eyes, ears and mouth. His mind functions perfectly, however, leaving him trapped inside his own body (which could also be described as a special form of locked-in syndrome). Trumbo directed the movie adaptation in 1971, from which the footage for the "One" music video is taken.
"One" is a favorite of many Metallica fans, and thus is a fixture of the band's live performances. When played live, the song is usually played with guitars tuned down by one semitone (a permanent fixture of their studio and live work since the post Metallica era, save for "Death Magnetic" in the case of the former) and is preceded by pyrotechnics and the same sounds of war such as machine guns, and bombs exploding as heard on the recorded version. The song also features heavy strobe lighting during the heavier half of the song, namely before the Hammett solo.
"One" was band's first Top 40 hit single, reaching number 35 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Rare original 1989 Japanese CBS Sony 5-track limited edition CD single with RED coloured playing surface. Includes a version of Budgie's “Breadfan”, live concert recordings of “For Whom The Bell Tolls” and “Welcome Home (Sanitarium)” plus the original demo of the title track. Picture sleeve complete with fold-out lyric insert.
No doubts, this is one of the most rare Metal CDs in the world!!!
CBS/Sony Group Inc., 1989 (25DP 5178). Made in Japan. First press, without OBI. Used: very good.
1. One 7:24
2. Breadfan (cover BUNDGIE) 5:44
3. For Whom The Bell Tolls (live) 4:48
4. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (live) 6:06
5. One (Demo) 7:03
Total playing time: 31:05