MetallicaMaster Of Puppets

Label:Elektra – E1 60439, Elektra – 9 E1-60439
Vinyl, LP, Album, Club Edition
Style:Thrash, Heavy Metal


A2Master Of Puppets
Soloist [1st Guitar Solo]Hetfield*
A3The Thing That Should Not Be6:32
A4Welcome Home (Sanitarium)6:28
B1Disposable Heroes8:14
B2Leper Messiah5:38
Soloist [2nd Guitar Solo]Hetfield*
Soloist [4th Solo, Bass]Burton*
B4Damage, Inc.5:08

Companies, etc.



Comes with inner sleeve with lyrics and photos; reads "Printed In U.S.A."

Recorded between September and December 1985 at Sweet Silence Studios, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Mixed at Amigo Studios, North Hollywood, CA, USA.
Mastered at Sterling Sound.

First catalog number appears on the platen label.
Second catalog number appears on the spine.
No barcode on sleeve.

Misprint on labels "Produed" instead of "Produced"

Unlike the Elektra release Master Of Puppets, this release has no notes of Direct Metal Mastering and, by the sound of it, this is not Direct Metal Mastered.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, hand-etched / Variant 1): (PXTR) STE 60439A - G1A D [stamped] G1 A1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, hand-etched / Variant 1): (P*AP) - STE-60439B - G1A G1 E8
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, hand-etched / Variant 2): STE 60439A - 1A G1 B2 SL
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, hand-etched / Variant 2): STE 60439B - 1A G1 C SL
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, hand-etched / Variant 3): STE 60439A-1A G1 D8 SL
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, hand-etched / Variant 3): (P*AP) - STE-60439B - G1A G1 E7
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, hand-etched / Variant 4 [D is stamped]): STE 60439A-1A D G1 C2 SL
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, hand-etched / Variant 4 [E is stamped]): (P*AP) - STE-60439B - G1A E G1 E2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, hand-etched / Variant 5 [E is stamped]): STE 60439A-1A E G1 D7 SL
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, hand-etched / Variant 5 [E is stamped]): (P*AP) - STE-60439B - G1A E G1 D3
  • Rights Society: ASCAP

Other Versions (5 of 533)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Master Of Puppets (LP, Album)Roadrunner Records, Music For NationsRR 9717Europe1986
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Master Of Puppets (Cassette, Album, SR)Elektra, Elektra9 60439-4, 60439-4US1986
Master Of Puppets (LP, Album)Elektra96 04391Canada1986
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Master Of Puppets (LP, Album, Picture Disc, Reissue)Music For NationsMFN 60PUK1986
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Master Of Puppets (LP, Album)Music For NationsMFN 60UK1986


  • alcoholica's avatar
    This pressing is not better than the Elektra promo or the MFN double lp, someone is selling snake oil.
    • The_Rainmaker's avatar
      Hahaha who pad $1200 for this :D like seriously man
      • tarrare's avatar
        Best pressing of this album hands down. Top 5 sounding records in my collection. It's like if Daft Punk mixed a metal album. Incredible, incredible release that I'll never let go of. A collector's equivalent of a RL Zep 2 for a metal fan.
        • Unclephil51's avatar
          This record is by far the most clean version out there, very strong and defined bass, very clear with the least distortion when compared to 5 other copies of this album. Even compared to the promo. I have to say if you want ear bleeding and a massive headache you are better off with the version from the 2004 rhino numbered box set. They really are a bargain for what they are. I’m not sure about some of you, but I can only turn my volume so high when on the turntable before the woofers start fluctuating. CD’s can go max but these records can’t. Only reason I say this is the 2004 version I can turn so loud it’s insane. That one has a great soundstage and all that blah blah blah but it can go much louder than this or the original or the promo. The promo is nearly identical to the retail release.
          • SartoriTangier's avatar
            Edited 8 months ago
            I originally thought that y’all were on something strong when it came to raving about this pressing, as generally Columbia House pressings are known to be really inferior to their retail versions. Boy was I wrong…

            After A/Bing my Speciality pressing with this one, I can honestly agree the Columbia House pressing beats it. Being that Columbia House tends to use their own stampers vs. what other pressing plants get, it gives this album a decent upgrade in clarity and brightness.

            This is probably one of the few times I can say that a record club pressing has a different listening experience and you can actually hear it. Worth the upgrade.
            • jamilmac14921763's avatar
              Fucking absolutely fantastic pressing, the upper mids are just so incredible it makes for an amazing experience. Sanitarium was truly mind blowing!!! I’ve got some light crackle on the lead ins and very light between songs but it no way detracts from the experience. Wow, this was even better than I had expected! So glad I purchased it!!!
              • echauhan1's avatar
                I don't have any other pressings of this, and I paid heavy for a copy based upon the reviews, and I must say this is impressive! The music just jumps out at you, full range, musicianship displayed by the awesome Metallica!!
                • RedXD001's avatar
                  Edited one year ago
                  I have both the Columbia House and the Specialty Pressing (Thanks to Lanakias1) and I can easily say the Columbia House literally the greatest MOP pressing of all time. You NEVER heard of Master Of Puppets until you hear the Columbia House pressing.
                  The lack of DMM make this pressing incredibly a spellbinding experience.

                  11 out of 10

                  Who ever worked for Columbia House at that time has a reserved spot in heaven.
                  • Lanakias1's avatar
                    Edited one year ago
                    The best pressing of the album in my opinion. Insane brightness, sharpness, clarity and passion. The most alive version of the album. It destroys all the others.
                    If you need more details, go and see my comment on "Allied" pressing page or visit my list here
                    • monddialle's avatar
                      Edited one year ago
                      Sounds noticeably different to a standard Sterling DMM version.
                      With brighter highs and sharper upper-mids.
                      Fading effect lasts longer.
                      Has approx.2x gaps between tracks which is very unusual after listening a regular issue over 30 years.
                      All I can say this is the most powerful single release of MoP that I heard in my life.
                      Only few people know the names of those who mastered versions for CRC but anyway we should be grateful for them as in most cases they sound magnificent.



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