Metallica ‎– Master Of Puppets

DCC Compact Classics ‎– GZS-1133, Elektra ‎– GZS-1133
CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered

Tracklist Hide Credits

1 Battery
Music By – Hetfield*, Ulrich*
2 Master Of Puppets
Music By – Burton*, Hetfield*, Hammett*, Ulrich*
3 The Thing That Should Not Be
Music By – Hetfield*, Hammett*, Ulrich*
4 Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
Music By – Hetfield*, Hammett*, Ulrich*
5 Disposable Heroes
Music By – Hetfield*, Hammett*, Ulrich*
6 Leper Messiah
Music By – Hetfield*, Ulrich*
7 Orion (Instrumental)
Music By – Burton*, Hetfield*, Ulrich*
8 Damage, Inc.
Music By – Burton*, Hetfield*, Hammett*, Ulrich*

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Originally released in 1986. 24 Karat Gold CD release. Issued with a cardboard slipcase.

Printed in U.S.A.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 0 10963 11332 7
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L127
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 240A
  • Matrix / Runout: E2459 GZS1133

Other Versions (5 of 474) 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
2320 Metallica Master Of Puppets(LP, Album, RP) New Electric Way 2320 France 1986 Sell This Version
UICR-1054 Metallica Master Of Puppets(CD, Album, RE, RM, Unofficial, Pap) Universal International (2) UICR-1054 Unknown Sell This Version
9 60439-2, 60439-2 Metallica Master Of Puppets(CD, Album, Unofficial) Elektra (2), Elektra (2) 9 60439-2, 60439-2 Unknown Sell This Version
838 141-2 Metallica Master Of Puppets(CD, Album, Unofficial) Vertigo (3), Phonogram (2) 838 141-2 Russia Unknown Sell This Version


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December 2, 2020

Ahhh. Not so impressed, sounds flat and lifeless, almost like a CD. I really like Ride the lightning from the blackened pressings, but this Master of Puppets deserves better.


September 27, 2020
edited 2 months ago
Sound quality rates a DR 9, same as 1995 US Elektra Remastered CD (SRC matrix). The whole vacuum/tube mastering details on the back sounds like a marketing gimmick. Original Elektra vinyl rates a DR 12 (there's your warmth). Save your money, unless your hardcore collector.


July 16, 2019

I've owned this since release and if I weren't a collector of music, I would say save your money. I'm not sure what these other guys are talking about! I love Steve Hoffman, don't get me wrong. But this as well as Metallica's RTL on DCC Gold are NOT good. They are compressed to hell and back. The original US CDs sound better. Thrash is supposed to have a cutting, aggressive guitar sound. That life has been sucked out on these gold CDs. The bass is mushy (too warm) and not punchy, the lower mids are good but the upper mids are non-existent (the frequency range where cutting thrash guitars reside) and the highs are rolled off stupidly. Steve probably tried to tame some of the brightness of this album and IMO, he over-did it. I'm a drummer and to hear ride cymbal 'ping' that sound like Lars was using cotton balls on the ends of his sticks really sucks. For comparison, I have the original US CD, some late 80s repressed CD, remastered CD from 1995 (stay away from this!), Japanese CD - 25DP, Original UK MFN LP, UK MFN 45RPM LPs (yes!). The best this album has ever sounded, is on the double 45s from Music For Nations vinyl. Without a doubt! I have pretty high end gear that I listen on.


January 15, 2019
Best sounding version of Master Of Puppets I’ve hear by far. I own the original release on vinyl, original CD, the latest Blackened remaster. This sounds full, warm and dynamic. You can hear the difference even on boom box, you don’t need a $10k setup.
The Prices are getting a little stupid, but for a Metallica fan, it’s very worth it.


April 16, 2012

This is the best sounding version of this album that i have ever heard! I highly recommend getting this version, if you can find it. It is supperior to the regular elektra releases. Some people may not notice the difference right away. It's more noticable with a higher end or really good stereo. Everything is mixed just right on this copy, not that the original sounded bad or anything. This one has a slightly 'warmer' touch to it, and was remastered from the original master tapes. Most other cd presses are from EQ'd copies of the master tapes, so they might sound slightly different than other pressings of the same cd or album. This one sounds just right.