On this day in music history: November 23, 197…

On this day in music history: November 23, 1979 – “Metal Box”, the second album by Public Image Ltd. is released. Produced by Public Image Limited, it is recorded at The Manor Studios in Shipton-on-Cherwell, Oxfordshire, UK, The Townhouse Studios, Advision Studios, Gooseberry Sound Studios, and Rollerball Rehearsal Studios in London from March – October 1979. The initial release (60,000 copies) is pressed on three 12" singles mastered at 45 RPM and packaged in a metal 16mm film can embossed with the band’s logo. However, because of the expensive packaging and the records themselves are susceptible to damage (during shipping and removal from the can). Over time, the film cans also have a tendency to oxide and rust, if they are not stored in a cool, dry place. The LP is reissued in February 1980 as “Second Edition” on two LP’s packaged in a gatefold sleeve. The album is regarded as a landmark release of the post punk era. During the 90’s, it is also reissued in a miniature replica film can for some CD releases of the album. “Metal Box” peaks at number eighteen on the UK album chart, and number one hundred seventy one on the Billboard Top 200.