S&M

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All Music Guide - Gina Boldman
After 1988's ...And Justice for All, Metallica pared down its progressive, heavy metal sound. During the '90s, the band's studio releases grew slicker and more produced, resulting in mostly radio-friendly, good ol' boy metal. By the end of the decade, Metallica was established as the pioneer of modern metal, but the band hadn't done anything innovative, arguably, in ten years. In April 1999, the group performed two concerts with the San Francisco Symphony, and the result was S&M, a two-disc collection of the concerts. Overall, the album successfully pairs violin strings with guitar strings, but it's no surprise that the best tracks here are the older songs; their ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Gina Boldman
After 1988's ...And Justice for All, Metallica pared down its progressive, heavy metal sound. During the '90s, the band's studio releases grew slicker and more produced, resulting in mostly radio-friendly, good ol' boy metal. By the end of the decade, Metallica was established as the pioneer of modern metal, but the band hadn't done anything innovative, arguably, in ten years. In April 1999, the group performed two concerts with the San Francisco Symphony, and the result was S&M, a two-disc collection of the concerts. Overall, the album successfully pairs violin strings with guitar strings, but it's no surprise that the best tracks here are the older songs; their multi-layered, compositional style works well with symphonic arrangements. "Master of Puppets," "Call of the Ktulu," "One," and "For Whom the Bell Tolls" sound richer and fuller with violin, trumpet, clarinet, harp, trombone, and flute accompaniments, but "Sad but True," "Devil's Dance," and especially "Of Wolf and Man" range from haphazard and melodramatic to uninspired. S&M definitely has its moments, and not just with the pre-Black Album material: "Fuel" surpasses the furious pumping energy of the studio version, "Hero of the Day" stays poignant throughout, and "Until It Sleeps" has a wonderfully sinister feel. James Hetfield maintains his madman persona from beginning to end, laughing maniacally and grunting and growling at all the right moments. Overall, the symphony adds a macabre, ghoulish atmosphere -- it all sounds like a Broadway freak show or a revved-up Danny Elfman nightmare. Which is exactly what a Metallica album should sound like, even if every song isn't the best (or most appropriate) in the band's catalog.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/24/2013
  • Label: Blackened Recordings
  • UPC: 856115004569
  • Catalog Number: 015
  • Sales rank: 9,730

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Ecstasy Of Gold (2:30)
  2. 2 The Call Of Ktulu (9:34)
  3. 3 Master Of Puppets (8:54)
  4. 4 Of Wolf And Man (4:18)
  5. 5 The Thing That Should Not Be (7:26)
  6. 6 Fuel (4:35)
  7. 7 The Memory Remains (4:42)
  8. 8 No Leaf Clover (5:43)
  9. 9 Hero Of The Day (4:44)
  10. 10 Devil's Dance (5:25)
  11. 11 Bleeding Me (9:01)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Nothing Else Matters (6:47)
  2. 2 Until It Sleeps (4:29)
  3. 3 For Whom The Bell Tolls (4:52)
  4. 4 Human (4:19)
  5. 5 Wherever I May Roam (7:01)
  6. 6 The Outlaw Torn (9:58)
  7. 7 Sad But True (5:46)
  8. 8 One (7:53)
  9. 9 Enter Sandman (7:39)
  10. 10 Battery (7:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Metallica Primary Artist
Michael Kamen Conductor
Bruce Roberts Horn
Daniel Kobialka Violin
Don Ehrlich Viola
Glenn Fischthal Trumpet
Julie Ann Giacobassi Oboe
David Goldblatt Viloncello
Kirk Hammett Guitar
James Hetfield Guitar, Vocals
Jason Newsted Bass
Paul Renzi Flute
Jonathan Ring Horn
Nanci Severance Viola
Marc Shapiro Keyboards
Pamela Smith Oboe
Lars Ulrich Drums
Geraldine Walther Viola
Michael Gerling Violin
Judiyaba Viloncello
Anne Pinsker Viloncello
Douglas Rioth Harp
Christina King Viola
Melissa Kleinbart Violin
Rob Weir Bassoon
Chris Bogios Trumpet
Paul Brancato Violin
John Engelkes Trombone
Frances Jeffrey Violin
Stephen Tramontozzi Bass
Peter Wahrhaftig Tuba
Jeremy Constant Violin, Concert Master
Artie Storch Percussion
David Herbert Timpani
Eric Achen Horn
Richard Andaya Viloncello
Daniel Banner Violin
Enrique Bocedi Violin
Barara Bogatin Viloncello
Steven Braunstein Bassoon
Jill Rachuy Brindel Viloncello
Charles Chandler Bass
Anthony J. Cirone Percussion
Catherine Down Violin
Gina Feinauer Viola
Bruce Freifeld Violin
Connie Gantsweg Violin
Joshua Garrett Horn
David Gaudry Viola
Chris Gilbert Bass
Yasuko Hattori Violin
Tom Hornig Trombone
Douglas Hull Horn
Eugene Izotov Oboe
Naomi Kazama Violin
Kum Mo Kim Violin
Chumming Mo Kobialka Violin
Rudolph Kremer Violin
Kelly Leon-Pearce Violin
Yun Jie Liu Viola
Linda Lukas Flute
Seth Mausner Viola
Andrew McCandless Trumpet
Diane Nicholeris Violin
Florin Parvulescu Violin
Stephen Paulson Bassoon
Catherine Payne Flute
Sheryl Renk Clarinet
William Ritchen Bass
Victor Romasevich Violin
Philip Santos Violin
Peter Shelton Viloncello
Anthony Striplen Clarinet
David Teie Viloncello
Paul Welcomer Trombone
S. Mark Wright Bass
Raymond Froehlich Percussion
Yukiko Kurakata Violin
Jim Smesler Horn
Jeffrey Budin Trombone
Larry Epstein Bass
Craig Morris Trumpet
Luis Baez Clarinet
Robert Ward Horn
Tom Hemphill Percussion
Leonid Gasin Viola
Technical Credits
Chris Boardman Orchestration
Michael Kamen Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes, Orchestration
Paul DeCarli Digital Editing
Kirk Hammett Composer
James Hetfield Composer, Producer
George Marino Mastering
Ennio Morricone Composer
Stephen McLaughlin Engineer
Dave Mustaine Composer
Bob Rock Producer, Engineer
Randy Staub Engineer
Lars Ulrich Composer, Producer
Brad Warnaar Orchestration
Billy Bowers Digital Editing
Cliff Burton Composer
Geoffrey Alexander Orchestration
Darren Grahn Digital Editing
Bruce Babcock Orchestration
Mike Gillies Digital Editing
Pete Anthony Orchestration
Jonathan Sacks Orchestration
Ted Allen Orchestration
Bob Elhai Orchestration
Blake Neely Orchestration
Robert Urband Management
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