Master of Puppets

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Even though Master of Puppets didn't take as gigantic a leap forward as Ride the Lightning, it was the band's greatest achievement, hailed as a masterpiece by critics far outside heavy metal's core audience. It was also a substantial hit, reaching the Top 30 and selling three million copies despite absolutely nonexistent airplay. Instead of a radical reinvention, Master of Puppets is a refinement of past innovations. In fact, it's possible to compare Ride the Lightning and Master of Puppets song for song and note striking similarities between corresponding track positions on each record although Lightning's closing instrumental has been bumped up to next-to-last in Master's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Even though Master of Puppets didn't take as gigantic a leap forward as Ride the Lightning, it was the band's greatest achievement, hailed as a masterpiece by critics far outside heavy metal's core audience. It was also a substantial hit, reaching the Top 30 and selling three million copies despite absolutely nonexistent airplay. Instead of a radical reinvention, Master of Puppets is a refinement of past innovations. In fact, it's possible to compare Ride the Lightning and Master of Puppets song for song and note striking similarities between corresponding track positions on each record although Lightning's closing instrumental has been bumped up to next-to-last in Master's running order. That hint of conservatism is really the only conceivable flaw here. Though it isn't as startling as Ride the Lightning, Master of Puppets feels more unified, both thematically and musically. Everything about it feels blown up to epic proportions indeed, the songs are much longer on average, and the band feels more in control of its direction. You'd never know it by the lyrics, though -- in one way or another, nearly every song on Master of Puppets deals with the fear of powerlessness. Sometimes they're about hypocritical authority military and religious leaders, sometimes primal, uncontrollable human urges drugs, insanity, rage, and, in true H.P. Lovecraft fashion, sometimes monsters. Yet by bookending the album with two slices of thrash mayhem "Battery" and "Damage, Inc.", the band reigns triumphant through sheer force -- of sound, of will, of malice. The arrangements are thick and muscular, and the material varies enough in texture and tempo to hold interest through all its twists and turns. Some critics have called Master of Puppets the best heavy metal album ever recorded; if it isn't, it certainly comes close.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 075596043922
  • Catalog Number: 60439

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Metallica Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Kirk Hammett Guitar
James Hetfield Guitar, Vocals
Lars Ulrich Drums
Cliff Burton Bass, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Metallica Producer
Kirk Hammett Contributor
James Hetfield Arranger, Contributor
George Marino Remastering
Flemming Rasmussen Producer, Engineer
Lars Ulrich Arranger, Contributor
Cliff Burton Contributor
Don Brautigam Illustrations
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    another great metal album to come out of the 80s

    metallica is simply the best of the best thanks to all the metallica fans and thanks to all the critics who said this album is a landmark in thrash metal metallica has came along way they played this whole album during the escape from the studio tour in 2006 and guess what? robert trujillo did this whole album justice

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2011

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    great album by metallica!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this album rocks its by metallica

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  • Posted November 18, 2010

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    this album rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this album rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    amazing album by metallica

    one of my most favorite cds ever made this album put metallica on the map and made them for who they are today but sadly this album was cliff burtons last album with the band cliff burton died while on tour to support this album amazing album amazing everything!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Essential Metallica!

    For fans of thrash metal and hard rock this is an essential item for your collection. Fast & long, loud & hard rockin'... and Hetfield's growling lyrics makes the the best Metallica album in my opinion. Not a bad song on it. Warning - listening to this too loudly will make your ears bleed...but it sounds so good!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    this band just rocks

    this band is the best of the best enough said!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Best Metallica Ever!

    The greatest album by the greatest metal band 'nuff said. Perfect Album. Master of puppets and Damage Inc. are both extremely memorable and extremely fat. Welcome Home Sanitarium is also insanely good.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    this band is just amazing just amazing this was cliff burtons last album with metallica

    this album is just as good as pinks funhouse and also its just as cool as nickelbacks dark horse album i already own all of pinks cds and all of nickelbacks albums their all great trust me they are great

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    GREAT

    Amazing record, an all time classic, i listen to it now and it is still great today as it was back then. Sad that this was the last record where Cliff played bass, he was a great talent, lost and missed. Metallica always knows how to kick it up and kick you in the gut (not counting load, reload or st anger - thats just silly crap) great band and still going strong after all crap a band can go through, rehab, death, fire, lawsuites ect

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome!

    Metallica at It's best! If you're going to buy a Metallica album, this is your best choice... Many of Metallica's best songs are in this album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Master of Puppets

    As a fan of hard rock, it was almost manadatory that I purchase this album. And after nearly ten years since purchase, it is still my favorite album of all time. Not only is it probably the greatest metal album of all time, but one of the greatest popular music albums period, ranking with the likes of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper, Michael Jackson's Thriller, U2's The Joshua Tree, and such. Any person that cares simply about good music would be doing his or her ears a great favor by purchasing this album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Master of Puppets

    As a fan of hard rock, it was almost manadatory that I purchase this album. And after nearly ten years since purchase, it is still my favorite album of all time. Probably the greatest metal album of all time, it is an album that defied standards, or simply created new ones. The members of the band showed no interested in any MTV exposure or radio airplay(take a look at the length of the shortest song), but in doing what came from the heart. The album is also a milestone in popular music period, ranking with the likes of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper, Michael Jackson's Thriller, U2's The Joshua Tree, and such. Any person that cares simply about good music, not just the flavor of the month, would be doing his or her ears a great favor by purchasing this album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Timeless Classic.

    This is probably one of the few records ever made in any genre in which you will not find an ounce of filler anywhere. Cut and dry, you get eight flawless tracks that keep you interested throughout the listening expierience. And amazing of all, twenty years after its release, it's still as fresh and new like it was back in 1986. Not many records have that type of power, so if you're a metal fan, or just a music fan in general, you owe it to yourself to own this record. And according to my personal opinion and mine alone, Disposable Heroes (track 5) is by far the greatest piece of music ever written. Put simply, it gives Mozart and other composers a run for their money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    IT DOESN'T GET BETTER THAN THIS!

    Definitely my favorite album ever, it doesn't let up. The opening at the beginning of "Battery" just smacks you in the face and draws you in at the same time. "Master Of Puppets" is the best song ever, with a beautiful instrumental in the middle of its madness...."Sanitarium" - another classic. Just sooo amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    R.I.P Cliff

    Thats really all I have to say. This album is amazing and if it wasn't for Cliff we wouldn't have Metallica's best instrumental, Orion and countless other songs. You say what happened after he died; ... And Justice For All was pretty good but then they just started... well, it wasn't the same was it? WTF is St. Anger anyway? I know bands change but this right here is true Metallica.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Ever

    There r 4 little letters that can describe this album. The B E S T. Period. Ever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sorry Slayer........ Metallica's Album Rocks

    Yes, I am a Metallica Fan. But I'm a Megadeth,Slayer, and BLS fan too. But this is, without a doubt THE BEST ALBUM EVER CREATED. If you do not have this album right now, then you suck.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very good.

    This is the only Metallica cd i own and i dont regret buying it. The song "Master of Puppets" and "Battery" are my favorite.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Metallica: Master of Puppets

    Some say that this is the greatest thrash album of all time; others say it's Slayer's "Reign in Blood." I love this album because of the aggression displayed. My favorite song on the album is probably "Battery." If you're a thrash metal fan and you don't already own this album, first kick yourself, then buy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You do have this album in your CD collection...DON'T YOU???

    Master of Puppets = Masterpiece. 'Nuff said.

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