Elektra publish Metallica’s third album : ‘Master of Puppets,’ a musical landmark (1986)

Metallica’s ‘Master of Puppets’ is their third studio (six times platinum) album produced by Flemming Rasmussen and released on March 3, 1986 by Elektra Records.

Track Listing : 1.Battery (James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich) – 05:12 . 2.Master Of Puppets (James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Cliff Burton, Kirk Hammett) – 08:36 . 3.The Thing That Should Not Be (James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett) – 06:37 . 4.Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett) – 06:27 . 5.Disposable Heroes (James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett) – 08:17 . 6.Leper Messiah (James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich) – 05:40 . 7.Orion (James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Burton) – 08:28 . 8.Damage, Inc. (James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Burton, Kirk Hammett) – 05:29


Ross Halfin

Musicians : Metallica – Band . James Hetfield – Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Co-Lead Guitar On (2 – 7) . Kirk Hammett – Lead Guitar . Cliff Burton – Bass, Backing Vocals . Lars Ulrich – Drums

Production : Produced By Metallica, Flemming Rasmussen . Andy Wroblewski – Assistant Engineer . Michael Wagener – Mixing . Mark Wilzcak – Assistant Mixing

Package : Metallica – Cover Concept . Peter Mensch – Cover Concept . Don Brautigam – Illustration . Ross Halfin asterisques RVM – Photography . Rich Likong – Photography . Rob Ellsi – Photography

Recorded September 1–December 27, 1985 At Sweet Silence Studios In Copenhagen, Denmark.

Released On March 3, 1986 By Elektra.

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Metal Archives
While many call this album a “masterpiece”, it did expose the bands limitations. Hetfield is a decent songwriter overall, with good ideas here and there, but he cannot piece them together properly, unlike Mustaine, who knew how to formulate his ideas. […]

PopMatters
I’m not going to come out and make some ridiculous statement like, “It was like Metallica were singing my thoughts”, or, “Metallica’s music saved me from slashing my wrists”. […]

Metal Storm
This was the last time Cliff Burton was able to showcase his talents but he left us with a masterpiece. The album is a definite must have in any heavy metal fan’s collection. […]

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