Metallica announce ‘Helping Hands’ vinyl album for charity

Featuring live acoustic recordings taken from the band’s benefit concert.

Metallica Helping Hands

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Metallica are set to release a limited-edition album on vinyl, with all proceeds going to the band’s All Within My Hands (AWMH) Foundation. Helping Hands…Live & Acoustic at The Masonic comprises live recordings of acoustic numbers taken from the group’s Helping Hands benefit concert, held in San Francisco on 3 November.

The 12-track double album features stripped-down performances of fan favourites, including a rare, unplugged version of “The Unforgiven”. Several acoustic covers of hits have made the cut as well, with the band putting their spin on Deep Purple’s “When a Blind Man Cries”, Nazareth’s “Please Don’t Judas Me” and Bob Seger’s “Turn the Page”.

The AWMH foundation, which Metallica launched last February, aims to “assist and enrich the lives of members of the communities who have supported the band for years, as well as encourage participation from fans and friends”, according to its website.

Helping Hands…Live & Acoustic at The Masonic will arrive on 1 February 2019, but you can pre-order a copy here.

Here’s the full track listing:

Disc One/Side A

1. “Disposable Heroes”
2. “When a Blind Man Cries”
3. “The Unforgiven”

Disc One/Side B

1. “Please Don’t Judas Me”
2. “Turn the Page”

Disc Two/Side C

1. “Bleeding Me”
2. “Veteran of the Psychic Wars”
3. “Nothing Else Matters”

Disc Two/Side D

1. “All Within My Hands”
2. “Enter Sandman”
3. “The Four Horsemen”
4. “Hardwired”

In the meantime, check out the acoustic version of “Unforgiven” from the benefit gig here:

Pre-orders at $34.99. More information at metallica.com.

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