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After a long wait, Load was released first week of June 1996. On the 1st by Sony in Japan, the 3rd by Vertigo, while in North America the fans had to wait until the 4th to get their hands on the album

In Australia a special limited edition CD set was released with an aditional interview disc. This item have an insert with the questions, while you could hear the answers on the bonus CD. A similar interview CD was released down under but in a different card cover. None of the post black album albums have lyrics, exept the Japanese versions. In Japan even the singles includes lyrics.

The image on the cover is a photograph called "Blood and Semen III" by Anrdes Serrano. It was done by mixing bovine blood and the artist's own semen between two sheets of plexiglass. Kirk discovered the photo while looking through a collection of the artist's work at a bookstore.

Any single and double Load picture discs are bootlegs. These say printed in Mexico or Argentina, but are bad pirate copies from Germany.

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    Load : 2x12Inch vinyl
     Format  Country  Label  Year  Catalog#  Short description  More info
    2x12Inch_vinyl  England  Vertigo  1996  532 618-1 Gatefold sleeveMore info
    2x12Inch_vinyl  EU  Vertigo  2001  532 618-1 Re-release on 180g vinyl. San Rafael fanclub address in gatefoldMore info
    2x12Inch_vinyl  USA  Elektra  1996  61923-1 Gatefold sleeve, sticker on coverMore info

    Load : 2CD
     Format  Country  Label  Year  Catalog#  Short description  More info
    2CD  Australia  Vertigo  1996  532 618-2 With bonus interview CDMore info

    Load : CD
     Format  Country  Label  Year  Catalog#  Short description  More info
    CD  Australia  Phonogram/Vertigo  1996  532-618-2 With warning stickerMore info
    CD  Brazil  Polygram/Vertigo  1996  531-618-2 Different fold out bookletMore info
    CD  Canada  Elektra  1996  CD-61923 More info
    CD  France  Vertigo  1996  532 618-2 Some copies have virgin megastore stickerMore info
    CD  Germany  Vertigo  1996  532-618-2 More info
    CD  Hong Kong  Sony/Columbia  1996  SMP-3263-2 More info
    CD  Israel  Vertigo/Helicon  1996  532-618-2 More info
    CD  Japan  Sony  1996  SRCS-8000 OBI strip and lyricsMore info
    CD  Korea  Polygram/Vertigo  1996  DP-1650 Censored "Ain`t my bit**" on back coverMore info
    CD  South Africa  Polygram/Vertigo  1996  DP-1650 More info
    CD  Taiwan  Polygram/Vertigo  1996  532-618-2 OBI strip, CD made in AustraliaMore info
    CD  USA  Elektra  1996  61923-2 Sticker on coverMore info

    Load : CD-promo
     Format  Country  Label  Year  Catalog#  Short description  More info
    CD-promo  Japan  Sony  1996  SRCS-8000 promo sticker on backMore info
    CD-promo  USA  Elektra  1996  61923-2 Gold promo stamp on coverMore info