As celebrated as Metallica’s 1988 album …And Justice for All is, fans have long bemoaned the absence of bass on the full length. In a recent interview, Flemming Rasumussen, the producer of the album, has commented on what the bass that Jason Newsted recorded for …And Justice for All sounded like.
“Jason is one hell of a bass player,” the producer tells Rolling Stone. “I’m probably one of the only people in the world, including Jason and Toby Wright, the assistant engineer, who heard the bass tracks on …And Justice for All, and they are f***ing brilliant.”
Rasmussen went on to say he still doesn’t know why the tracks were “nixed in the mix.” “It’s not on them, that’s for sure,” the producer says. “It was Lars and James who said to turn the bass down. I know that for a fact because I asked them.”
“He always more or less was the new kid,” Rasmussen says. “I actually had him practice bass when me and Lars would be doing drums. And I’d ask Toby to do some bass sounds with Jason to run it through a few times, and we’d go, ‘This is great. This is not great. Do this, do that.’ And we’d let them bang it out after we’d left for the night. While we went to sleep, he was actually doing some of his bass tracks. We’d listen to them the next day. … I feel and I think the general feeling in the band is that he was never treated with the respect that he deserved.”