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MetallicaMaster Of Puppets

Label:DCC Compact Classics – GZS-1133, Elektra – GZS-1133
CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered
Style:Heavy Metal, Thrash


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

Companies, etc.



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 504)View All

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


Lanakias1's profile picture
Edited 9 months ago
Master of puppets is my favorite album. I have been hearing it almost every day for 24 years. I have in my collection over of 20 versions of the album right now and in my personal opinion this is not the best version of the album.
The music it feels more faster and the reason for that is because the bass drum instrument sounds louder. You feel the music is more speed metal than thrash metal. You can notice that very easily on "Leper Messiah" second faster part of the song.
The guitars sounds thin with less deformation. Also the bass is missing.
The original album it sounds more noisy but also more atmospheric (80s) with more depth. You feel much more passion from it.
As a collector of the album and the band in general, these DCC remasters they were welcome to me. They give me a different version to listen and i'm ok with that but they are far from the best versions.
The best version of the album IMO, is Columbia House Club Edition followed by the 1st Elektra pressings (AR & SP), MFN 45 RPM, Vertigo EU 01 and Roadrunner.
For CD the original CDs "MFN, Elektra" or the 89 vertigo reissue, are the best for me
jasonbum's profile picture
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.
Hi_NRG_Rules's profile picture
Edited one year 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.
audiom3's profile picture
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.
aphexacid's profile picture
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.
Scoffman5150's profile picture
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.