Master of Puppets Coverart
Studio album by Metallica
Released: March 3, 1986
Recorded: September 1 – December 27, 1985 at Sweet Silence Studios, Copenhagen, Denmark
Genre: Thrash metal
Label: Elektra, Music for Nations, Vertigo
Producer: Metallica, Flemming Rasmussen
Singles from Master of Puppets:
1. "Master of Puppets"
3. "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)"
Master of Puppets is the third studio album by the American thrash metal band Metallica. It was released on March 3, 1986 through Elektra Records in the US. The EEC was being served through Music for Nations and Roadrunner Records. The album reached #29 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart and was the band's first Gold record for sales of over 500,000 copies. This was done without any radio airplay or the release of a music video. The album eventually sold over six million copies in the United States and was certified 6x platinum by the RIAA.
Master of Puppets marks the last Metallica album with bassist Cliff Burton, who was killed in a bus accident while on tour to promote the album. Master of Puppets met with critical acclaim at the time of its release. The album is considered a classic thrash metal album by fans, critics, and the band members themselves alike, and is also considered one of the greatest thrash metal albums of all time.
• 1 Reception and legacy
• 2 Track listing
• 3 Personnel
o 3.1 Production
Reception and legacy
Allmusic's Steve Huey commented that Master of Puppets "was the band's greatest achievement." "Some critics have called Master of Puppets the best metal album ever recorded", Huey noted.
Master of Puppets has been featured on several "greatest albums of all time" lists. The album is present in the list "The All-TIME 100 Albums" published by TIME magazine in November 2006. In TIME critic Josh Tyrangiel's opinion, "Metallica didn't bother with hooks or pop discipline" in writing Master of Puppets. IGN ranked it #1 in a list of the "Top 25 Metal Albums" issued in January 2007. The album is featured in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die and Q magazine counted it among the 50 heaviest albums of all time. In 2003, the album was ranked number 167 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The album has frequently been tagged by critics as "one of the most influential thrash metal albums of all time."
As an early parody of the PMRC's "explicit lyrics" warning labels, many prints of Metallica's 1986 release of Master of Puppets sported an octagonal sticker on the front saying:
"The only track you probably won't want to play is "Damage, Inc." due to the multiple use of the infamous "F" word. Otherwise, there aren't any "Shits", "Fucks", "Pisses", "Cunts", "Motherfuckers" or "Cocksuckers" anywhere on this record." (Six of George Carlin's Seven Dirty Words)
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of its release, Metallica played the album in its entirety on their Escape from the Studio '06 tour for the first time ever at the Rock am Ring festival on June 3, 2006. These concerts included the first-ever complete performances of the instrumental "Orion" (previously only portions of the song's lengthy middle section had been performed onstage as part of instrumental medleys and bass solos).
The title track was ranked #51 in "The Greatest Guitar Solos" from Guitar World. In 2006, the album was voted the fourth "greatest guitar album of all time" in Guitar World. The April 5th edition of Kerrang! was dedicated to it, providing readers with the cover album "Master of Puppets: Remastered". In March 2007, the guitar magazine Total Guitar ranked the 100 greatest riffs of all time and the main riff of the album's title track was ranked number one.
"Damage, Inc." is the last of four songs to feature writing from all members of the Cliff Burton-Kirk Hammett era of Metallica.
Every song from this album except "Leper Messiah" and "Damage, Inc." is playable on the music video game Guitar Hero: Metallica. The song "Battery" is featured as a playable track on Rock Band 2.
ESPN has used the title track "Master of Puppets" to promote the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
The title track "Master of Puppets" is featured in the 2003 comedy film "Old School", starring Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn and Will Ferrell.
All lyrics written by James Hetfield.
1. "Battery" James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich 5:11
2. "Master of Puppets" Hetfield, Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, Cliff Burton 8:34
3. "The Thing That Should Not Be" Hetfield, Ulrich, Hammett 6:35
4. "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" Hetfield, Ulrich, Hammett 6:26
5. "Disposable Heroes" Hetfield, Ulrich, Hammett 8:16
6. "Leper Messiah" Hetfield, Ulrich 5:38
7. "Orion" (Instrumental) Hetfield, Ulrich, Burton 8:25
8. "Damage, Inc." Hetfield, Ulrich, Hammett, Burton 5:30
• James Hetfield — lead vocals, rhythm guitar, 1st guitar solo on "Master of Puppets", 2nd guitar solo on "Orion"
• Kirk Hammett — lead guitar
• Cliff Burton — bass, backing vocals, lead bass on "Orion"
• Lars Ulrich — drums
• Flemming Rasmussen — producer, engineer
• Michael Wagener — mixing
• George Marino — mastering
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Notes on this release:
New vinyltransfer using the original first Dutch pressing (Roadrunner Records/CBS catalognumber: RR9717 - stampers: RR9717 A1 + RR9717 B1).
Quality of record is near pristine.
Nothing much to say about it. The only thing that is not perfect on this pressing is that the vinyl is not dead quiet. There is a small amount of hum noticeable coming from the friction between the needletip and the surface of the vinyl. Nothing too disturbing and a pretty common effect but since this album is very dynamic, with very quiet passages as well as huge walls of sound, I decided to gently remove this hum where it became noticeable. I used the brilliant trainable noise removal tool in iZotope RX for this. The remains of the frequency spectrum were left untouched.
EddylitE – September 2010
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