Metallica ‎– Master Of Puppets

Elektra ‎– 9 60439-2, Elektra ‎– 60439-2
CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered

Tracklist Hide Credits

1 Battery 5:12
2 Master Of Puppets
Soloist [1st Solo], Guitar – Hetfield*
3 The Thing That Should Not Be 6:37
4 Welcome Home (Sanitarium) 6:27
5 Disposable Heroes 8:16
6 Leper Messiah 5:40
7 Orion (Instrumental)
Soloist [2nd Solo], Guitar – Hetfield*Soloist [4th Solo], Bass – Burton*
8 Damage, Inc.
Bass [Intro] – Burton*

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Recorded, Sept.-Dec. 1985 at Sweet Silence Studios, Copenhagen, Denmark..

Earlier pressings have the 9229 Sunset Boulevard address on the back cover. The 1995 remastered version has the 345 North Maple Drive address on the back cover.

℗ © 1986 E/M Ventures
Made in U.S.A. by WEA Manufacturing Inc.

Catalog number 9 60439-2 on spine.
Catalog number 60439-2 on back cover, booklet, and compact disc.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 7559-60439-2
  • Barcode (String): 07559604392
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): 2 60439-2 RE-1 SRC##01 M1S5
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 2U3N
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): 2 60439-2 RE-1 SRC##01 M1S5
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 2U2D
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3): 2 60439-2 RE-1 SRC##01 M1S21
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI 2U7B
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 4): 2 60439-2 RE-2 SRC##01 M1S6
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 4): IFPI 2U8E

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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 8, 2018

‘Master of Puppets’ is without a doubt one of the greatest heavy metal albums of all time. Taking what they started on ‘Ride the Lightning’ and pumping it full of steroids, this takes all the best elements of Metallica's previous album and magnifies it a thousand times over, firmly placing Metallica amongst metal's royalty.

A nice combination of heavy and melodic, ‘Master of Puppets’ mirrors its predecessor very closely, but at the same time it manages to maintain its own identity. Opening track ‘Battery’ is very similar to ‘Fight Fire with Fire’, starting with a nice clean guitar harmony, followed by riffs of complete chaos that'll destroy all your senses. ‘Welcome Home (Sanitarium)’ takes the ballad concept started on ‘Fade to Black’ and pushes it further than anyone thought possible, and ‘Orion’ is a nice eight minute instrumental that can go toe to toe against ‘The Call of Ktulu’ any day.

Despite the similarities, ‘Master of Puppets’ shows a band becoming more mature with each release. The lyrics are even more grim and darker than before, and the song-writing, especially on tracks like ‘Master of Puppets’ and ‘Welcome Home’, shows a band that has developed closer over the years to become as tight as they can be, with Hetfield and Hammett's guitars working in perfect harmony with Burton's bass-lines and Ulrich's (somewhat limited) drum skills.

Often cited as the single greatest metal album in history, it’d be hard to disagree.