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MetallicaMaster Of Puppets

Genre:Rock
Style:Thrash, Speed Metal
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Tracklist

Battery5:10
Master Of Puppets8:38
The Thing That Should Not Be6:32
Welcome Home (Sanitarium)6:28
Disposable Heroes8:14
Leper Messiah5:38
Orion8:12
Damage, Inc.5:08

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Notes

Originally released on 3rd of March 1986.
It was the last album with the bassist Cliff Burton, who died in a bus accident in Sweden during the album's promotional tour.

Artwork, designed by Metallica & Peter Mensch and painted by Don Brautigam, depicts a cemetery field of white crosses tethered to strings, manipulated by a pair of hands in a blood-red sky. Instead of releasing a single or video in advance of the album's release, Metallica embarked on a five-month American tour in support of Ozzy Osbourne. The European leg was canceled after Burton's death in September 1986, and the band returned home to audition a new bassist.

Master of Puppets peaked at number 29 on the Billboard 200 and received widespread acclaim from critics, who praised its music and political lyrics.
It was certified six times platinum by the RIAA in 2003 for shipping six million copies in the United States, and was later certified six times platinum by Music Canada and platinum by the BPI.
In 2015, Master of Puppets became the first metal recording to be selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Recording Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.

It is widely considered to be one of the greatest and most influential thrash metal albums of all time.

Main runouts of 1986 vinyl releases per country.

US
STE 60439 Elektra.
ST-E-60439-1-A Elektra.
STE-60439-A DMM-1 Elektra.
STE-60439-A-DMM-1 Elektra.
STE-60439-A-DMM Elektra.
R-134552-A, S̶T̶E̶-̶6̶0̶4̶3̶9̶-̶A̶-DMM-1 Elektra.

UK
MFN 60 Music for Nations.
RR 9717 MFN 60 Music for Nations + Elektra.
R̶R̶ ̶9̶9̶1̶7̶ MFN 60 Music for Nations + Elektra.
R̶R̶ ̶9̶9̶1̶7̶ MFN 60 Music for Nations.
R̶R̶ ̶9̶9̶1̶7̶ RR 9717 MFN-60 Music for Nations, misprint.
R̶R̶ ̶9̶9̶1̶7̶ RR 9717 MFN-60 Music for Nations + Elektra, misprint.
R̶R̶ ̶9̶9̶1̶7̶ RR 9717 MFN-60 Music for Nations + Elektra, misprint + mispress.

EU
RR 9717 Music for Nations + Roadrunner.
RR 9717 MFN 60 Music for Nations + Roadrunner.

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Cover of Master Of Puppets, 1986, VinylMaster Of Puppets
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Roadrunner Records – RR 9717, Music For Nations – RR 9717Europe1986Europe1986
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Cover of Master Of Puppets, 1986-03-04, CassetteMaster Of Puppets
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Elektra – 9 60439-4, Elektra – 60439-4US1986US1986
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Elektra – 96 04391Canada1986Canada1986
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Music For Nations – MFN 60PUK1986UK1986
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Music For Nations – MFN 60UK1986UK1986
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Music For Nations – TMFN 60UK1986UK1986
Cover of Master Of Puppets, 1986-03-03, VinylMaster Of Puppets
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Elektra – 60439-1, Elektra – 9 60439-1US1986US1986
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New Electric Way – 2320France1986France1986
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Music For Nations – MFN 60UK1986UK1986
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Cover of Master Of Puppets, 1986-05-21, VinylMaster Of Puppets
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CBS/Sony – 28AP 3169Japan1986Japan1986
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CBS/Sony – 32DP 448Japan1986Japan1986
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WEA – 60439-1Australia1986Australia1986
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Music For Nations – MFN 60UK1986UK1986
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Elektra – 60439-1, Elektra – 9 60439-1US1986US1986
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Elektra – E4-60439, Elektra – 60439-4US1986US1986
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Dolby HX Pro, B NR
Elektra – 96 04394Canada1986Canada1986
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Philips – 842219-4Colombia1986Colombia1986
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Cover of Master Of Puppets, 1986-04-11, CDMaster Of Puppets
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Music For Nations – CD MFN 60, Music For Nations – CDMFN 60UK1986UK1986
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Music For Nations – MFN 60PUK1986UK1986
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Elektra – 60439-1, Elektra – 9 60439-1US1986US1986
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Music For Nations – MU 444France1986France1986
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CBS/Sony (2) – 28AP 3169, CBS/Sony (2) – HM 26South Korea1986South Korea1986
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Cover of Master Of Puppets, 1986-06-17, VinylMaster Of Puppets
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Elektra – 96 04391Canada1986Canada1986
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Music For Nations – MFN 60UK1986UK1986
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New Electric Way – C 2320France1986France1986
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New Electric Way – 2320France1986France1986
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Music For Nations – TMFN 60Europe1986Europe1986
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Cover of Master Of Puppets, 1986-02-21, VinylMaster Of Puppets
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Elektra – 60439-1, Elektra – 9 60439-1US1986US1986
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Cover of Master Of Puppets, 1986-02-28, VinylMaster Of Puppets
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Music For Nations – MFN 60 UK1986UK1986
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Roadrunner Records – RR 9717, Music For Nations – MFN 60Europe1986Europe1986
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Cover of Master Of Puppets, 1986-06-00, CDMaster Of Puppets
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Elektra – 9 60439-2, Elektra – 60439-2US1986US1986
Cover of Master Of Puppets, 1986, CassetteMaster Of Puppets
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Dolby HX Pro, B NR
Elektra – E4-60439Canada1986Canada1986
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Elektra Logo
Music For Nations – MFN 60UK1986UK1986
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New Electric Way – 193204France1986France1986
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Elektra – E1 60439Canada1986Canada1986
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aloha__aloha's avatar
aloha__aloha
I agree with many people here. The sound of this LP is much too muddy and the volume is too low. There's not a lot of surface noise, which is good, but in order to get a decent volume you need to turn it up so much that you'll get some unwanted noise with it, too. It's listenable but that does not make it good either. Also while James rhythm' guitar is extremely muddy, you get a sort of bump every time a guitar solo is played. So weird and unbalanced.
Devolutionator's avatar
This is the quintessential thrash metal album. What began with Kill Em All and Ride took a major step forward with Master of Puppets. Ride is an excellent album in its own right, but the sheer warpath of power that is Master of Puppets cannot be stopped. Side A is about as good as metal gets. Orion is a clear reminder to what Cliff Burton was to this band, and how integral the bass is to their music (something band forgot on Justice). This reissue is clear, punchy, and very well mixed. You will be tempted to keep the metal down, but you must turn the metal UP.
whitmorestl's avatar
whitmorestl
Not the best mix and master of this record, but the coloring is worth it to me. Metallica's represses are gorgeous, and I'm glad they're pushing out more. Hopefully the quality of these represses ontinues to increase.
d_niner's avatar
d_niner
I guess I got a dud because mine sounded like garbage. The treble is harsh and sibilance was overwhelming. Every crash cymbal hit sounded like a trash can dropping.
I've bought a few Walmart vinyl before and they were fine. Not sure what happened here.
vinylbladerunner's avatar
After owning about 4 different pressings of this album, this one sounds fantastic, the solo's sound so clean and realistic. I put this one 3rd in my pressings, behind the Columbia House and My Allied Elektra pressings.
AlwaysBizzy's avatar
AlwaysBizzy
This is back up on Walmart for retail. As of today 6/4/22
chriz74x's avatar
chriz74x
Terrible release. Lot of surface noise. Waste of money. Avoid.
Black7's avatar
Black7
The first time this masterpiece was pressed on vinyl. So happy to own it. One of the best versions of this album!!
rjmichael's avatar
rjmichael
Edited one month ago
I generally prefer vinyl to cassette or CD, but this cassette is my preferred format by which to hear this album. Part of it has to do with the fact that the first time I heard this album was on cassette in 1988 so a lot of memories are attached to how the album sounds on cassette and the other being that the format really lends itself to how the album was mixed. So dynamic, but not harsh, tinny or thin. The vocals, guitars, bass and drums all work together fantastically when this tape is played through a good system. I do enjoy listening to this album on vinyl, make no mistake - but the cassette wins out overall with Master Of Puppets.