Producer, Mixer, Re-mixer, Arranger, and Writer  Steve Thompson 

7x Grammy-winner, 150+ Diamond, Platinum & Gold Records, 250+ million records sold —  Steve Thompson has worked closely with the top decision-makers in the music and entertainment industry in virtually every music genre: from pop, rock, and edm/dance, to hiphop, R&B/soul, reggae, roots, Americana, blues and country.  His Grammys include songs/records with KORN, Blues Traveler, Whitney Houston, Cutting Crew, Aretha Franklin & George Michael, Paul Simon and Ziggy Marley.

Thompson has also worked musically on many of the biggest movies of all time, as well as a host of smaller budget pics and indies. Counted among the bigger releases are: Ace Ventura, Return of the Jedi, Blues Brothers, End of Days, War of the Worlds, and Dracula. Here he talks with Paul Doty and Roman Guzman about   …And Justice for All , the fourth studio album by American thrash metal band Metallica, released on August 25, 1988 by Elektra Records. It was the band’s first studio album to feature bassist Jason Newsted after the death of Cliff Burton in 1986. …And Justice for All is musically progressive, with long and complex songs, fast tempos, and few verse-chorus structures. The album is noted for its dry, sterile production, which producer Flemming Rasmussen attributed to his absence during the mixing process. The lyrics feature themes of political and legal injustice seen through the prism of war, censored speech, and nuclear brinkmanship.


They are instantly recognizable, the music and albums that have shaped popular culture for generations. ICON explores the inside story of the most memorable albums that you know and love – with those that were there. Your hosts are music industry professionals, production company CEO Paul Doty and radio personality Roman Guzman.

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The album’s front cover, designed by Stephen Gorman on a scheme by James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, features a representation of Lady Justice. The phrase “…And Justice for All” appears spray-painted in the lower right corner. The album title is derived from the American Pledge of Allegiance. Originally released on one vinyl disc, the album was quickly re-released as a double album without additional tracks. Three songs from the album were released as singles: “Harvester of Sorrow“, “Eye of the Beholder“, and “One“, while the title track was released as a promotional single.

…And Justice for All was acclaimed by music critics. It was included in The Village Voice ’​s annual Pazz & Jop critics’ poll of the year’s best albums, and the single “One” earned Metallica its first Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 1990. The group’s best-selling album at the time, it was the first underground metal album to achieve chart success in the United States. The album was certified 8× platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 2003 for shipping eight million copies in the US, making it Metallica’s second best selling album.


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