Metallica ‎– Master Of Puppets

Blackened Recordings ‎– BLCKND005-1
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Repress

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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Comes in standard vinyl jacket with a full-color lyric insert. The audio from this release is identical to this Warner Bros. pressing.

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

Both Pallas and Rainbo Records matrix schemes appear on both sides of the runout.

© ℗ 1986 Blackened Recordings.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 8 56115 00461 3
  • Barcode (Scanned): 856115004613
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched): BLCKND005-1 A 1-470844 A S-65698 P.USA 17361.1(3)... -23217- METALLICA "MASTER OF PUPPETS" 33⅓ A RML / 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, etched): -23217- P.USA BLCKND005-1 17361.2(3)... 1-470844 B S-65699 METALLICA "MASTER OF PUPPETS" 33⅓ B RML / 2
  • Rights Society: ASCAP

Other Versions (5 of 461) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
60439-1, 9 60439-1 Metallica Master Of Puppets(LP, Album, All) Elektra, Elektra 60439-1, 9 60439-1 US 1986 Sell This Version
9 60439-4, 60439-4 Metallica Master Of Puppets(Cass, Album, DOL) Elektra, Elektra 9 60439-4, 60439-4 US 1986 Sell This Version
838142-2 Metallica Master Of Puppets(CD, Album) Helicon Music, Phonogram, Vertigo 838142-2 Israel Unknown Sell This Version
none Metallica Master Of Puppets(2x12", Album, RE, RM, TP, 180) Warner Bros. Records none US 2008 Sell This Version
838 141-2 Metallica Master Of Puppets(CD, Album, RE, RP, PMC) Vertigo, Phonogram 838 141-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version


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November 14, 2019
edited 8 months ago

Garbage. Complete garbage. I can't put my finger on exactly what is lacking other than I guess everything. Sounds like it is on a cassette that's been played a few thousand times. Sucks. No skipping for me and oddly, and this could just be a perception, side 2 does seem to sound a bit better than 1, though still not good, just not as horrifically bad.


January 23, 2019
edited about 1 year ago

This remaster sounds like shit. The skip on B1 mysteriously disappeared; but it still sounds way over-compressed and middy compared to my original Elektra. I'll deal with the "popcorn" to hear this album in its full glory.


September 15, 2018
Sounds decent enough but skips like hell. Stay away from this pressing at all costs.


March 6, 2018
I guess I'm in the minority here but I think this copy sounds fine. All the instruments and vocals come through very clearly on my turntable. I think some copies may have been pressed at Rainbo (their catalogue number S-##### is in the deadwax) which might be why some people had issues. Rainbo pressings are notoriously awful (see Beatles stereo reissues). The copy I have was pressed at Pallas and has very little surface noise. The only issue with this album is that it really needed a 2XLP reissue. It's simply too long for a single LP and would sound even better with more room in the grooves.


January 21, 2018

This pressing is trash, luckily mine only skipped during "Disposable Heroes", not only that but it sounds like garbage, stay away from this pressing and get the 2017 Remaster/Original Elektra/Music For Nations 45 RPM.


January 19, 2018
Sounds alright. However, the record skips multiple times during Track B2 ( Lepper Messiah ).


January 11, 2018
also a locked loop in the middle of orion for some reason overall a bad reissue.


August 20, 2017
edited over 3 years ago

Don't buy it. Sounds like dog sh-t and skips on MOP, Sanitarium and Disposable Heroes (I have a LP120)


August 6, 2017
No skipping for me. However the record sounds very flat and not much punch from the bass drum. I have the Ride the Lightning repress from 2016 and it sounds incredibly punchy compared to this Master of Puppets 2014 pressing. 3 stars nothing special.


July 2, 2017
Battery skips everything else doesn't. which is annoying since battery's a great song. Only new vinyl i bought that skipped.