Metallica ‎– Master Of Puppets

Blackened Recordings ‎– BLCKND005R-1, Blackened Recordings ‎– 00602557382594
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered, 180 Gram

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Battery
Written-By – Hetfield*, Ulrich*
A2 Master Of Puppets
Soloist, Lead Guitar [1st Guitar Solo] – Hetfield*Written-By – Burton*, Hetfield*, Hammett*, Ulrich*
A3 The Thing That Should Not Be
Written-By – Hetfield*, Hammett*, Ulrich*
A4 Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
Written-By – Hetfield*, Hammett*, Ulrich*
B1 Disposable Heroes
Written-By – Hetfield*, Hammett*, Ulrich*
B2 Leper Messiah
Written-By – Hetfield*, Ulrich*
B3 Orion (Instrumental)
Soloist, Bass [4th Solo] – Burton*Soloist, Lead Guitar [2nd Guitar Solo] – Hetfield*Written-By – Burton*, Hetfield*, Ulrich*
B4 Damage, Inc.
Bass [Intro] – Burton*Written-By – Burton*, Hetfield*, Hammett*, Ulrich*

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Printed insert with lyrics, credits and photographs.
Download card with digital version of the album.
Merchandise card for "Master Of Puppets book"
Sticker: Obey your remaster! "The #1 Greatest Heavy Metal album of all time" - Rolling Stone reader's poll. 180 gram vinyl featuring "Master Of Puppets," "Battery," "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)"

"CB" etching on runout: Chris Bellman (Mastering engineer), "P.USA" Pallas (Pressing plant)

Recorded Sept.-Dec. 1985 at Sweet Silence Studios, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Mixed at Amigo Studios, North Hollywood, CA.
Mastered at Sterling Sound.
Made in EU.

Copyright © 1986 Creeping Death Music (Global Music Rights)
©℗ 1986 Blackened Recordings, under exclusive licence to Universal International Music B.V. Gerrit, Van Der Veenlaan 4, 3743 Dn, Baarn, Netherlands. BLCKND005R-1. 00602557382594

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 6 02557 38259 4
  • Barcode (Scanned): 602557382594
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Runout Ethced): BLCKND - 003R1 - A Obey your RE-Master! CB
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Runout Ethced): BLCKND - 005R1 - B Made On The MetalliPress CB
  • Pressing Plant ID (Side A,B Runout Stamped): -40191- P.USA
  • Rights Society: BIEM/SDRM
  • Label Code: LC 01846

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
60439-1, 9 60439-1 Metallica Master Of Puppets(LP, Album) Elektra, Elektra 60439-1, 9 60439-1 US 1986 Sell This Version
838 141-4 Metallica Master Of Puppets(Cass, Album) Vertigo 838 141-4 Philippines 1986 Sell This Version
838 141-2 Metallica Master Of Puppets(CD, Album, RE) Vertigo, Phonogram 838 141-2 Philippines 1989 Sell This Version
838 141-1 Metallica Master Of Puppets(LP, Album, RE, Unofficial, Blu) Vertigo (3) 838 141-1 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
838 141-4, CP 1439 Metallica Master Of Puppets(Cass, Album, RE, Chr) Vertigo, PolyGram 838 141-4, CP 1439 South Korea 1989 Sell This Version


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February 13, 2019

The Base of the drums are Very heavy while the bass is Very numb. Its okay but its a Very messy mix.


September 20, 2018
Definitely an improvement over the 80s cd. I have both (1989 cd and this 2017 vinyl), and played on my high-end equipment the cd sounds boxy and thin, while the vinyl sound fuller, warmer, richer and with more low end to it, which gives Cliff 's bass playing more substance, depth and justice, and a fuller soundstage which sounds more natural. No reason to skip this if you want a good vinyl version. But you need to turn the volume up. It's mastered as low as the original master was.


July 1, 2018
Not an improvement over the 80s cd. Less dynamic range. The classical guitars on Battery have added low mid range to them. Causing them to sound muddied. The vinyl has less top end. Which takes away from the clarity, especially in any acoustic passages. Overall it's nothing to write home about. Still glad I have both cd and remastered vinyl, but this is when the cd trumps vinyl. I'm sure the 2lp version is better.


April 14, 2018

Sorry but i really don't see the point of buying this record on vinyl. It's just a little bit better than the cd for the ambience. Are Trash albums made better for CD listening ? A digital analytic source offers me a better feeling of the guitar distorsion in that music style. I'm open minded if you propose something.


December 26, 2017
Read a few comments about people liking the sound quality. I find it a bit quiet. My system is never turned up this loud and I'm sure the neighbors still can't hear it. (Purchased in UK)


November 24, 2017
Got my copy today in the UK, bit underwhelmed. This pressing feels a little light, not sure if 180g is accurate? Feels a little flimsy?


November 20, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
If you want a real vinyl sound, copies done when recording was analog will allways be better because vinyl is analog.
So if you use digital masters, there is necessarily a conversion from digital to analog before pressing the vynil. if the recording was in analog, no need to convert the recording,
that's why 70's vinyls sound so great , it is analog from the start to the end..
if you want extra clear sound, what is the point of listening to vinyl, listen to cds.
vinyl capacity is more limited in terms of "clear sound" but the vinyl sound is warmer, with really beautiful mediums but in terms of details cd is better , especially if the masters are digital


November 17, 2017

Sounds amazing! Finally a vinyl re-pressing of "Master Of Puppets" that sounds great and dosent skip all over the place. They've done a great job rectifying their vinyl re-issues since the first batch of pressings on Blackened Records have been extremely spotty. So far they've corrected them mistakes on "Kill Em All" "Ride the Lightning" and now "Master Of Puppets." Just make sure if your buying any of the vinyl re-issues of the classic Metallica albums that the catalog number ends in Re-01 to get the new re-issues because the previous Blackened vinyls are crappy and skip all over most tracks. Just waiting for "And Justice For All" and hopefully they will also re-do "Metallica" and "Death Magnetic". "Metallica" or black album sounded great the first time around but there was still the problem that you didn't know if you were gonna get a copy that played all the way through or if it was gonna skip at all. I don't even need to mention why they need to re-press "Death Magnetic". Just leave Lars out of the mixing booth.


November 15, 2017
these blackened pressings are nothing compared to the music for nations pressings


November 14, 2017
I have got my copy today.Perfect sound quality.Very detailed and clear.