It is said Lars requested no bass on the album. Whatever the reason. the bass cannot be heard. Not until this version including the enhanced bass recording was released. Take a good listen, you will likely love it!
In an interview with Ultimate-Guitar, Steve Thompson, who mixed the album, explains exactly what happened:
“We had to get the drum sound up the way he had it. I wasn’t a fan of it. So now [Lars Ulrich] goes, “See the bass guitar?” and I said, “Yeah, great part, man. He killed it.” He said, “I want you to bring down the bass where you can barely, audibly hear it in the mix.” I said, “You’re kidding. Right?”
He said, “No. Bring it down.” I bring it down to that level and he says, “Now drop it down another 5 db.” I turned around and looked at [James] Hetfield and said…
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