Unlike Six Feet Down Under part I, part II was not taken from bootleg sources. The fidelity here is much better, making this an immediately more enjoyable listen. Where part I released Australian Metallica recordings as far as back to the Justice days to St. Anger, this EP is taken solely from Metallica's most recent Aussie tour.
The track list is quite good, and is as follows:
"Fade to Black"
You'll notice all tracks are oldies, all songs are over 20 years old, nothing from the Black album or beyond. That's because these tracks were selected for release by the fans. The fans have spoken, and this is the Metallica they wanted! Personally, I prefer a more varied lineup. While I'm sick to death of a lot of the Black and Load album material, it would have been nice to get some recent stuff from Death Magnetic too.
The performances are, as expected, pretty sloppy at times. Hey, it's Metallica. If you're going to be harping away on the fact that Lars is an overrated drummer, why are you even looking at this EP? You just figured that out? The energy and adrenaline is there, and that's what makes a Metallica concert special. Except these tracks were pulled from several concerts. You have to assume the band picked the versions that they liked best.
Packaging wise, this one lacks the little liner notes from the band that part I had. However, the cool part is, it comes in a double CD digipack designed to house both part I and part II in the same case. Remember back in the early 90's, when bands would do that with CD singles? I love this little retro touch.
My only complaint is the price. Like the last EP, this is not cheap. You have to remember this was released for Australia in Australia. Lots of bands do exclusive releases for certain territories all the time, it's not a Lars cash grab, and I'm sure most of the money you'll pay goes straight to the retailers and importers. If you're a devoted fan you'll pick this up, and if you're a resourceful one you'll figure out how to get it at a reasonable price. If not, there's lots of live Metallica available out there for peanuts.
I find these two releases (plus the other new EP, Live at Grimy's) to be a really cool retro treat. Some of us still like to buy EP's and limited editions. That's who this stuff is for, and I'm really happy Metallica remember their roots as rock fans and collectors themselves.